UNH Faculty Senate

Summary Minutes from 22 February 1999


  
                 UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
                       FACULTY SENATE
  
  22 FEBRUARY 1999                            MINUTES SUMMARY
                                                           
                                                           
  I.  Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent: 
  de la Torre, McMahon, McNamara, Morris, Naumes, Pugh, Sohl,
  Williams, and Zsigray.  Excused were Coon, Draper, Hopkins,
  and Miller.
  
  II.  Communications from the Chair - The governor's response
  to the senate's motion on university funding has been placed
  on the senate's web site.  The senate chair distributed to the
  senators the chancellor's response to the Faculty Senate's
  motion on funding for the system office, as well as the senate
  chair's reply to the chancellor's letter.  The chair passed
  out a list of some state legislators and their addresses. 
  Following Governor Shaheen's suggestion that faculty contact
  their legislators, the chair asked that faculty write
  legislators regarding the university's critical need for both
  the five percent increase in the operating budget and an
  additional two percent to improve academic technology. 
  Faculty were asked for their input on the Distinguished Alumni
  Event.  The chair will contact the senate committee chairs to
  schedule their reports and motions for the remaining senate
  meetings in this semester.
  
  III.  Minutes - The minutes of the last meeting should say
  that that senate meeting approved the December 7 minutes. 
  In item II, the phrase "most of the increase is for
  buildings and cannot be converted to salaries" will be
  attributed to the president.  Also, in item VI, the sentence
  referring to the loss of spaces in Lot B will be changed to
  "Several lots on the main campus would be eliminated".  The
  minutes of the last Faculty Senate meeting were approved
  unanimously as amended.
  
  IV.  Report on General Education - The Academic Affairs
  Committee considered the history, development, financing and
  goals of the current General Education Program and compared
  our program with that of other institutions.  Half of all
  general education seats are in Liberal Arts, and general
  education has recently been changed by the addition of the
  writing requirement.  Some other institutions have a general
  education plan with a thematic structure.  The Academic
  Affairs Committee does not suggest specific changes in the
  program now, but the committee moves that:
  
       the Faculty Senate establish a General Education
       Study Committee composed of faculty
       representatives from every school and college. 
       The committee's membership is not limited to
       senators, but its members will be appointed by the
       Agenda Committee of the Faculty Senate, in
       consultation with the Academic Affairs Committee. 
       The responsibility of the GESC would be to
       undertake the activities described in the
       recommendations section of the document as well as
       other activities the GESC may deem appropriate. 
       The chair of the GESC would be expected to be
       given a minimum of a one-course reduction in
       teaching load for each year of service.  The GESC
       will report to the Faculty Senate once each
       semester, as long as the GESC exists.
       
  Faculty expressed concern about the current reliance on
  part-time faculty and the low budget priority for general
  education.  The study committee will need to examine the
  funding and get assurance that funding will be there,
  especially in the decentralized budgeting system.  Permanent
  funding for general education will need to be built into the
  revenue stream.  We need to build a campus-wide
  understanding that general education is important in all
  colleges.  The General Education Study Committee will need
  to come back to the Faculty Senate for periodic infusions of
  academic vitality, so that it can keep the ability to get
  funding for general education.  General education courses in
  Liberal Arts and CEPS seem to be valued at different rates
  in the new budgeting system.  It is very important to
  maintain clear academic standards on general education
  courses.
  
  The General Education Study Committee would consult with
  students.  A professor also suggested that, although the
  committee members would be faculty, there should be a
  specific liaison person in the administration.  The General
  Education Study Committee chair would receive a reduction of
  one course for each year, and this would come out of the
  university's Academic Affairs budget.  A faculty member said
  that his department is forced by budget considerations to
  give large lecture courses to students who need individual
  instruction in mathematics.  The motion passed with one nay
  and three abstentions.  The university-wide General
  Education committee has sent a letter agreeing with the
  motion.  
  
  V.  Update on the Provost Search - The Provost Search
  Committee has considered over one hundred applicants and has
  chosen eleven semi-finalists for preliminary interviews in
  Boston.  Confidentiality will be maintained until the
  finalists are chosen.  Just after spring break a few
  finalists will come to campus and participate in open fora
  during common exam times.  The search committee chair will
  send a letter asking all members of the university community
  to come to these fora to meet and question the candidates. 
  Finally, the Provost Search Committee will recommend to the
  president candidates who have strong evidence of
  scholarship, artistry, research, teaching, good values, an
  ability to deal with the budget, good communication skills,
  and the ability to work well with faculty, staff and
  students.
  
  VI.  Open Mike - Appreciation was expressed for the hard
  work of the Academic Affairs Committee members and their
  chair.  The senate's Finance and Administration Committee
  chair said that he has forwarded to the Faculty Senate chair
  a number of questions that the committee would like to pose
  to the president.  The budget has assumed a five percent
  operating budget increase plus an additional two percent for
  academic technology.  The budget also assumed a certain
  level of tuition and enrollment and that the collective
  bargaining issue will be resolved at a certain level.  
  
  VII.  Adjournment - Today's meeting was adjourned.
  
  

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