Meeting, October 11, 2007

Meeting, October 11, 2007
Gallagher Business Building, Room 123


Members Present:

E. Ametsbichler, T. Atkins, L. Blank, N. Bradley-Browning, K. Canty, J. Carter, B. Cochran, J. Crepeau, A. Delaney, B. Douma, L. Dybdal, J. Eglin, D. Erikson, L. Frey, J. Glendening, S. Greymorning, L. Hayes, J. Henry, J. Herbold, S. Justman. L. Knott, M. Kupilik, , B. Larson, C. Loisel, J. Lopach, J. Luckowski, M. Mayor, S. McCann, D. McCrea, M. McHugh, S. Miller, C. Nichols, M. Patterson, M. Pershouse, B. Reider, J. Renz, T. Seekins, P. Silverman, D. Six, R. Skelton, D. Swibold, H. Thompson, E. Uchimoto, K. Uhlenbruck, N. Vonessen, A. Ware                      

Members Excused

L. Barnes,  R. Bendick-Kier,  B. Brown, F. Cardozo-Palaez, L. Eagle Heart-Thomas, J. Gannon, B. Halfpap, J. McNulty, N. Nickerson, M. Papanek-Miller, D. Potts, L. Putnam, D. Shively, D. Spencer, S. Stiff, D. Stolle,  R. Stubblefield

Members Absent

B. Allen, C. Anderson, S. Gordon, W. Holben, K. James M. Monsos, G. Smith, K. Unger

Ex-Officio Present:

President Dennison, Registrar Micus, ASUM Vice President Ness


Chair Hayes called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.   

President Dennison
The President attended the Board of Regents Listening Session.  There will be Sessions at approximately 40 different locations around the state. They are held to allow public input regarding Montana University System priorities. The comments will be used to in preparation for formulating the budget request for the next biennium.  Some people would like to see an expansion of the two-year education system.  There is strong sentiment that an initiative is needed to address salary levels within all classifications.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain faculty and staff.   This is necessary in order to meet the highest priority which is the maintenance of quality.  Another issue mentioned is the need to focus on graduate education.  The comments will be organized into a report for the Regents to consider in November when budget discussions start. 

Between now and November each of the universities will be looking at campus initiatives.   These were dropped last legislative session because of the College Affordability Plan. However, the Regents now recognize that some tuition increase is necessary.        

Senator Frey: What's the funding situation for the Speech Language Pathology Program?  President Dennison:  The University received one-time-only funding of $700,000 for faculty and start up and $500,000 for equipment to modernize the lab.  There are efforts to add this to the base.

ASUM Vice President Tara Ness

ASUM is recruiting for two positions, Directors for the Office of Sustainability and the Off Campus Renter Center.  ASUM is working on a "Know Your Rights" card to foster a sense of students place in the community.  There will be a Panel Discussion on the topic October 23rd.    


UFA President Mike Kupilik

The TiaaCref increase takes affect October 1st, so faculty will notice the increase on the November pay check. 

News from the Inter-Unit Benefit Committee is that no money had to come out of reserves in fiscal year 2007.  The committee is looking at the loss from prescriptions and people opting in and out of coverage repeatedly.  Most systems do not let members do this.  The University System will be joining a group of health care plans to get drug costs under control.  The Vision program is working hard to get more providers.  The Wellness Pilot Program's to manage diabetes and depression will be extended. 


Chair's Report:
Chair Hayes has a monthly meeting with President Dennison and encourages any senator to contact him with issues that would be appropriately discussed in this venue.

ECOS met with the Director of the Curry Health Center, Dr Bell and the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Ken Welt about the Suicide Prevention Program.  There is a mental health self evaluation service available online.  Faculty that have concerns about students should contact the Curry Health Center for more information.

Service Award Nominations should be sent to the Faculty Senate Office by November 26th.  Comments on the following centers under review should also be sent the Faculty Senate Office

Montana Geriatric Education Center                                                          

Center for Riverine Science and Stream Re-naturalization                       

Flathead Lake Biological Station                                                                

Montana Forest and Conservation Experimental Station                           

Stella Duncan Memorial Research Institute                                               

Bureau of Business and Economic Research                                          

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit                                             

Montana Biotechnology Center

ECOS is seeking faculty members to serve on several committees.  Please send nominations to the Faculty Senate Office.  The Identity Management Oversight Committee focuses on employees and students system identity issues.

The Professional Schools caucused to nominate a member to ECOS.  Senator Carter from Pharmacy Practice was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

The minutes were approved with amendments noted to the attendance record.

Old Business:

New Academic Policy - Worklife and Spousal Employment
UFA President Kupilik noted that the Union is discussing appropriate language for the extension of the tenure clock because it is a contractual issue.  Modified language will be forthcoming.

The benchmark for full-time is 9 months at 1.0 FTE.  The form attached to the document should be revised to include Spouse or Partner language.

The amended language to Spousal/Partner Employment or Accommodation was approved. (III.c.3. Within Academic Affairs, the Provost and Deans of Schools or Colleges, and Chairs, and the majority of the faculty of the involved departments must concur.)

The policy was approved with two senators opposed.

Sabbatical/Leave Bylaw Amendment
After discussion and consideration of proposed amendments the language was sent back to committee. 

Committee Reports:

The Curriculum consent agenda consisting of nursing course changes requested by the State Board of Nursing was approved.

General Education Framework

Since the last Faculty Senate meeting ASCRC considered the suggestions made by Provost Engstrom.  1) Information Literacy: The Mansfield Library has been working with ENEX to provide information literacy instruction.  The library suggested that Information Literacy be integrated into the general education writing program and ASCRC charged the Writing Committee to incorporate information literacy into the writing skills section of the framework.  Some language pertaining to information literacy was already in the draft writing course guidelines document.  2) Early completion of core competencies: There is a workgroup looking at the issues, and a CAS Taskforce looking specifically at mechanisms to assure students complete their mathematics literacy within their first year or two.  The two groups will work together with Registrar Micus to come up with a plan.  

Provost Engstrom met with ASCRC regarding 3) Interdisciplinary problem solving experiences and 4) connecting general education to the major.  He made it clear that he did not want to postpone the process to address these issues.  They will likely be resolved in a step-wise fashion involving initiatives and incentives from Academic Affairs that will not involve a change to the framework.  The Provost has more ideas and wants to meet with ASCRC again, so there is collaboration taking place.  


Last Wednesday only 21 faculty attended the open forum, so it would seem there is little resistance to the general education framework moving forward.   Associate Dean Tompkins sent a letter recommending that Group VI Historical and Cultural Studies be folded into Groups IX and X to create 2 categories rather than 3.  However, this would limit the possibilities of Group IX and X perspectives inclusion in the other groups.  There was discussion on the titles of Group IX and X and it was recommended to remove the ‘upper-division course' language from the final statement.

After discussion the following amendment to the last statement was approved.

All General Education courses must be at least 3 credits, must be introductory and foundational, and have no more than one pre-requisite. ASCRC may allow exceptions for upper-division courses, courses fewer that three credits, and for courses with more than one-prerequisite.

Senator Vonessen:  Upper-division writing courses are not normally introductory or foundational if designed to meet the upper-division writing requirement for the major.

Senator Nichols: How do you differentiate between expressive arts and artistic studies?

Senator Thompson:  The next step is to develop clear criteria.  Expressive Arts includes performance and speech courses (doing) and Literary and Artistic Studies involves criticism (analytical). 

Senator Skelton: We could be setting up an advising nightmare with courses satisfying more than one general education group.  How are students going to know which courses meet more than one requirement without referencing a list? 

Registrar Micus:  There is an easy way to do this behind the scenes with attributes in Banner.  


Senator Thompson:  The letters designating general education courses attached to course numbers will continue so students can easily identify courses that satisfy more than one requirement.

Senator Nichols: Moved to rename Group IV from ‘Expressive Arts' to ‘Visual and Performing Arts' and Group V from ‘Literary and Artistic Studies' to ‘Literary Studies'.  The School of Fine Arts faculty just voted to change the name to School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Senator Luckowski:  There are Communications courses in Expressive Arts.  Many students fulfill the requirement by taking Public Speaking.

Senator Canty:  Creative writing and poetry clearly belong in group IV.   This would be an enormous change in the English Department's undergraduate curriculum.

Senator Frey:  The Groups are not intended to be limited to one division.

The motion was then withdrawn.  It was then moved to change the title of Group IV to Creative and Expressive Arts (failed).

Senator Bradley Browning:  A distinction between Group IV and V is important.  She moved to change the title of Group IV to Expressive and Performance Art. It was not seconded.

Senator Ware: The requirements for the groups need to be clearly addressed in the descriptions.  We should not get too bogged down in the titles.  

Senator Greymorning: There has been some concern about the vagueness of Group X.  ‘Global' could be anything - Global Business or Economics.  At the open faculty meeting he suggested a title change to Indigenous North American and Indigenous Global Perspective.   He assumed ASCRC wanted this perspective to address American Indian Education for All.

Senator Thompson: The perspective could satisfy either indigenous or global but does not have to satisfy both.  The intent was for this category to include courses that would satisfy American Indian Education for all, but would not be exclusive.

The specifics of the groups will be clarified in the descriptions and criteria.

The general education framework was approved with a vote of 38 to 5.


Good and Welfare: None

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50pm.