UNH Faculty Senate
Summary Minutes from 19 April 1999
I. Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent: Afolayan,
Bornstein, de la Torre, Draper, Grenier, Gross, Macieski, Miller, Naumes,
Niman, Pugh, Wang, Williams, and Zsigray. Absent as work to rule were
Brinker, Carr, Coon, Echt, Garland, Krysiak, McNamara, Reardon and Zunz.
Excused was Crepeau.
II. Communications from the Chair - The Faculty Senate chair said that
today the president is attending a special meeting of the trustees
regarding review of the structure of the university system. An outside
consultant may be hired to advise on this matter. The Agenda Committee
will meet with the trustee subcommittee on April 27, and there is also an
open session with the subcommittee from 2:15 to 3:00 on that day. The
trustee subcommittee expects to make its recommendations by July 1. Vice
President for Financial Affairs Candace Corvey has reported on the
renegotiation of the funds charged to the university by the university
The recently proposed Endeavor Program as proposed by the provost's
office will not be implemented. Instead, students will be admitted as in
the past; and those most in need will be given special advising support.
The second edition of "Faculty in the News" has been printed and was
distributed in the Faculty Senate meeting. Mark Rubinstein's office
helped pay for the publication costs. "Faculty in the News" will be
distributed to faculty, legislators and some alumni groups.
The members of the 1999/2000 Professional Standards Committee will be
Professors Jack Yeager, Karen Conway, Susan Walsh, David Lane, Thomas
Fairchild, Kristine Baber and Harvey Shepard, with the new Faculty Senate
vice chair being the chair of the committee. Also, a slate of officers
will be prepared shortly for the 1999/2000 Faculty Senate.
III. Minutes - The minutes of the last senate meeting were approved
IV. University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee - Deborah
Winslow moved and Bernadette Komonchak seconded that the University
Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee be established as described in
the proposal sent with the senate agenda. There are individual school
and college curriculum committees, but they are not standardized and are
not set up to deal with university-wide curriculum issues. Decentralized
budgeting may lead to more frequent times when colleges might want to
take actions which would affect other colleges. The Academic Affairs
Committee has been in touch with other universities which have dealt
recently with these issues, and those institutions recommended that a
university-wide curriculum and academic policies committee be established
before any change to decentralized budgeting occurs.
The committee members should have overlapping terms. The committee
should look for ways to monitor the general quality of education at UNH.
The committee would only review college decisions that were called into
question and would mostly deal with inter-college concerns. The new
committee is not envisioned as an appellate court for persons who may be
dissatisfied with a decision in their college.
The University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee has six
charges. The second charge was modified by the Faculty Senate to state
that the committee would:
Monitor policy changes and apparent trends that affect or have the
potential to affect academic quality. Possibilities might include
monitoring average class sizes, grading norms, credit hour allocation,
and use of temporary faculty. The UCAPC may also hear complaints in
these areas and make recommendations for their resolution. The committee
has the authority to obtain data directly from the university's Office of
The organization section of the motion was amended by the Faculty Senate
to state that:
1. The UCAPC will have a Chair and a Vice Chair who shall be elected for
one-year terms by the UCAPC from among its members. Both the Chair and
the Vice Chair must be faculty members. The Chair (or in that person's
absence, the Vice Chair) shall preside at all meetings of the UCAPC.
2. Each faculty member of the UCAPC shall normally be given a one course
reduction in teaching load in the third year of his or her term. The
Chair will be given a one course reduction in teaching load for each year
of service as Chair.
3. Only the faculty and student members of the committee shall be voting
4. The UCAPC will communicate all decisions both to the Vice President
for Academic Affairs/Provost for executive action and to the Faculty
Senate in a timely way. In addition, at the end of each academic year,
the committee will provide the VPAA/Provost with a copy of its report to
the Senate. [Please see the preamble of the Constitution of the Faculty
It is expected that the funds for course reduction will be supplied by
the administration. Since the first couple of years for this committee
will be especially labor intensive, the Faculty Senate chair will ask for
course release for those members of the new committee who will start out
with one or two-year terms.
The motion's first line under membership was changed to: The UCAPC will
consist currently of 15 members. The motion as amended was passed
V. Open Mike - Concern was expressed about highly-qualified freshmen who
have chosen to transfer to other universities. The senate could ask Mark
Rubinstein to give us a report on retention and on what kinds of students
are leaving. Faculty Senators would also like a report from Bob Mennel,
the head of the Honors Program.
Faculty discussed ideas for having a constructive meeting with trustees
regarding the reorganization of the system offices. A professor said
that the motion which the Faculty Senate has already passed about support
for the system offices should be communicated to this trustee
subcommittee. Also, the university had an accreditation review which
made recommendations about university governance; and we should point out
those paragraphs to the subcommittee as well. Before the university
system was created, Keene and Plymouth Colleges had their own trustees
and approached the legislature for funds separately from UNH. Perhaps
the university system could have an executive director whose main
responsibility would be dealing with the legislature. Concerns were
expressed about duplication of effort in the system and about
inappropriate competition between parts of the system.
The UNH undergraduate catalog is being recalled in order to change the
cover to a more traditional design.
A faculty member said that he has a letter from the AAUP attorney
discussing the legality of the university president's addressing
faculty about matters that are under collective bargaining. This
letter will be distributed to the senators, and the issue could be
discussed with the president at the next senate meeting.
VI. Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned.