UNH Faculty Senate

Summary Minutes from 7 February 2000


          
        		     UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
               			    FACULTY SENATE
          
          FEBRUARY 7, 2000                            	     MINUTES SUMMARY
                                           
                                           
          I.  Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent:
          Chandler, de la Torre, Draper, Garey, Macieski, McCann, and
          VonDamm.  Absent as work to rule were Barretto, Carr, Christie,
          Echt, Garland, Givan, Kaye, Planalp, Reardon, Roh, and Stine. 
          Excused were Bornstein and Hiller.
                             
          II.  Communications with the Provost - The provost said that searches
          for four new deans are now underway.  In the WSBE search, four
          candidates for WSBE's dean are coming to campus soon, and then we
          will look for consensus regarding bringing one or two of them back
          for further discussions.  The CEPS search is down to eight or ten
          candidates, and the next step will be interviews at the airport.  In the
          COLSA search, the committee is starting to set up criteria and will
          soon begin screening candidates; and the vacancy for a dean in SHHS
          is currently being advertised.  Some of the four positions may be
          filled by this summer and others perhaps not until January.  A
          professor asked if the COLSA dean would continue to have a fifty-
          percent appointment as dean and the other percent time in the
          Agricultural Experiment Station, and the provost said that the issue
          is under discussion.
          
          Regarding the academic planning process, the provost said that
          normally there would have been discussions on this subject first with
          each constituency but that this step was delayed due to the current
          contract situation.  At the present time the Academic Planning
          Steering Committee is doing some preliminary work which will be
          followed by the public discussions.  The provost said that he wants
          to make sure that the academic planning process is integrated with
          the governance of the university and with implementation.  The
          General Education Review Committee has one of its  members on the
          Academic Planning Steering Committee, and enrollment planners
          also will be included, as well as the Academic Computing Advisory
          Committee.  Two-thirds of the members of the Academic Planning
          Steering Committee are faculty, including the chairs of the Faculty
          Senate and the senate's Academic Affairs Committee; and the
          planning committee also includes students and members of the Board
          of Trustees.  Resource people will be asked to attend as needed.
          
          A series of articles on the planning process will be published in the
          Campus Journal, and this round of planning is intended to cover the
          next three to five years.  A first draft of the plan is expected to be
          ready early in the fall and will include a time table, implementation,
          accountability, implications, and measures of success.  The provost
          said that the planning effort must secure shared goals which will be
          the anchor of responsibility-center management.  Curricular
          predatory practices could be a worry, but we have set up a committee
          and other resources to guard against that.  The provost added that we
          need to consider what is the right size for the university over the next
          five years.  Once we have agreements on goals and size, the units
          must act within those parameters.  
          
          III.  Update from the Transportation Advisory Committee - Professor
          Diane Freedman said that the membership of this committee includes
          four faculty, two students, one graduate student, one operating staff,
          two PAT staff, the director of sustainability, and a representative
          from the town of Durham.  Non-voting members include Allan
          Braun, Victor Azzi, and Dirk Timmons.  The committee welcomes
          non-members to attend their meetings and intends to ask a member
          of the faculty union to participate.  Future meetings will include
          February 11 from noon until 2:00 and February 18 from noon to 4:00. 
          The committee agrees that there should be a transportation origin and
          destination study.  The committee requests input from the university
          community and will be advisory to the university president and the
          vice president for finance and administration.  A report will be
          published at the end of the year.
                                                 
              
          The Transportation Advisory Committee is currently starting to
          review the disappearances of general-use parking spaces for special
          uses.  A suit by a student is making a review of disability access
          pressing.  The Faculty Senate's Campus Planning Committee has
          proposed a motion that no changes in parking and transportation
          should be made until an origin and destination study has been done
          and reviewed.  The two committees should share information with
          each other on a regular basis, and there should be a Faculty Senate
          representative on the Transportation Advisory Committee in addition
          to the faculty already on that committee.  This membership change
          should be discussed with the transportation committee chair Dork
          Sahagian and the vice president for finance and administration, and
          Diane Freedman will ask the chair to arrange for membership of a
          Faculty Senate representative on this committee.
          
          IV.  Communications from the Chair - The Faculty Senate chair said
          that any additional nominations for the slate of membership for the
          University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee should be
          given to him by the end of the day.  The slate will be presented at the
          next Faculty Senate meeting.
          
          V.  Minutes - The minutes of the last Faculty Senate meeting were
          approved unanimously with two modifications as follows.   The first
          sentence in item VI will be changed to: "If a UNH student takes a
          course at any other accredited school similar to the Thompson
          School, the student could receive credit for the course at UNH."  The
          next to last sentence in that section will be: "Some faculty in WSBE
          and the Nursing and Kinesiology Departments wanted the motion to
          say that no action may be taken in this regard if it would negatively
          affect the department's accreditation."
          
          VI.  Update on Transfer of Credit - The chair of the senate's
          Academic Affairs Committee said that New Hampshire's community
          technical colleges have their own trustees and their own system,
          which is not part of the University System of New Hampshire.  The
          community technical colleges are currently accredited by the New
          England Association of Schools and Colleges - Technical College
          Commission, but the technical colleges would like to be accredited
          by the NEASC - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education,
          which accredits UNH and Thompson School.  Visiting teams have
          recently been sent from NEASC to decide if the technical colleges are
          ready for candidacy status, which is the first step in the application
          process.  A report on this is expected in April.  If a technical college
          receives candidacy status, in another one to five years the school
          would start to submit a formal application to NEASC.  Each campus
          would spend about a year preparing a self-study.  Then NEASC
          would send a visiting team to the school for several days, and a
          written report would be prepared for NEASC.  After all that, the
          Commission on Higher Education would decide whether or under
          what conditions to grant accreditation to each school.
          
          Until the three motions on transfer credit were passed by the UNH
          senate a few years ago, a student transferring to UNH from
          community technical colleges would usually get a block of credits
          worth sixty percent of those at the transferring institution; but the
          student would not get credit for the particular courses.  However,
          some courses were evaluated and approved for full credit and
          sometimes even credit as a major course or for a general education
          requirement.  Then the motions passed by the senate eliminated the
          block credit and said that courses from accredited institutions of
          higher education would receive full credit and that courses from
          schools not accredited as institutions of higher education would get
          no credit.  To meet major requirements, courses would have to be
          approved by the major department at UNH; and to meet general
          education requirements, courses would have to be approved by the
          Admissions Office with the consent of the General Education
          Committee.  However, the senate was told that accreditation for the
          technical colleges as institutions of higher learning would happen
          soon, and the motions said that New Hampshire's community
          technical colleges would be exempted from the new provisions until
          the schools received accreditation.  Shortly thereafter, Provost Eggers
          decided to extend this grace period to Hesser, McIntosh, and the
          Maine State Technical Colleges, but only until the fall of 2002.  We
          see now that the change in accreditation for the technical schools will
          take years if it happens at all.
          
          Finally, Bruce Keough, who is chair of the USNH Board of Trustees,
          set up a Transferability of Credit Task Force chaired by Walter
          Peterson.  Membership in the task force includes the UNH provost,
          the dean of UNH-Manchester, and the director of the Thompson
          School, as well as additional trustees and legislators.  The task force
          met on December 20, and UNH gave a presentation at that meeting. 
          The task force will continue to meet and intends to give a report to
          the Board of Trustees.  Previously, technical college and USNH
          faculty had met with the chancellor and emphasized to him the
          differences between the two types of schools and their courses.  The
          Faculty Senate agreed that it needs to keep an eye on the transfer-of-
          credit issue.  The president has said that the senate has jurisdiction on
          this issue at UNH, but many political pressures exist.
                                       
          VII.  Academic Performance of Student Athletes - Professor Steve
          Hardy, who is the UNH faculty representative to the National
          Collegiate Athletic Association and who also chairs the president's
          Athletic Advisory Committee, said that his committee considers
          issues related to the welfare of student athletes.  The NCAA requires
          a report for certification for division one athletics and includes
          criteria of gender equity.  The NCAA provides funds for the UNH
          Academic Support Services for athletes and the Life Skills Program
          for athletes.  Student athletes at UNH have high graduation rates, and
          their average SAT scores compare well also.  Sometimes students
          have problems with conflicts between class or exam schedules and
          games or practices, and the senate has already reviewed that policy. 
          Today senators discussed how they have handled such situations and
          who has been helpful in resolving difficulties.
          
          Hazing is an emergent area of concern and is being reviewed.  In
          addition, the NCAA has set limits on the number of hours which can
          be required for practice and weight lifting during the season and also
          outside of the season for a given sport.  However, the NCAA rules
          subsequently allowed additional individual skills instruction which
          is supposed to be voluntary.  At UNH a weekly list of such skills
          instruction is required.  A professor asked why student athletes do not
          seem to use the University Writing Center, and Professor Hardy said
          that he would look into that.                                       
                        
          VIII.  Transportation Policy  - The Campus Planning Committee
          chair will send to the senators electronically the motion on
          transportation policy, and the senate will have an opportunity to vote
          on the motion at the next senate meeting.  Proposals such as the
          Sustainable Transportation Trip Report and Recommendations call
          for a new approach, transportation demand management, and have
          recommendations which could be disruptive and costly for faculty
          and staff.  Therefore the Campus Planning Committee is proposing
          a motion which calls for an origin and destination study before any
          changes are made.  Many faculty say that the changes which were
          proposed would affect their daily lives negatively and that they have
          seen frequent small changes in parking rules that, in aggregate, have
          already been detrimental to them.  The Faculty Senate should be
          consulted on the questions that would be part of the origin and
          destination study, because faculty want to be sure that its wording is
          not biased.  The Master Plan talks about restoration of the walking
          campus; but we have not had a walking campus; and most faculty
          have great concerns about the proposed changes.  For example, the
          loop road idea would eliminate many parking spaces on campus and
          would cost a great deal.
          
          IX.  Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned.
                                                       
          

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