TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY ‑ CORPUS CHRISTI

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

Minutes of December 7, 2001

 

Present: Boggs, Brouillard, Cabrera, Fugate, Hamilton, Harper, Haswell, Kownslar, Landry-Hyde, Lewin, Moore, Middleton, Morvant, Sterba‑Boatwright, Ward, Winston, Zebda

Absent: Brendel, Lee, Montague

Guests: Rios

 

Meeting started at 1:30pm.

 

I. MINUTES

Minutes of October 19, 2001 approved with one correction. Minutes of November 16 approved.

 

II.                GUEST

Dr. Jo Marie Rios, Chair of the Graduate Committee discussed the changes in the university graduate admission criteria. Dr. Rios discussed under what conditions the university will not admit students.

The senate recommended that the following sentence be amended under Degree Program Admission Criteria: "Admission decisions to the various graduate programs are made by the college offering the program". Amend to read"Admission decisions to the various graduate programs are made by the program offering the degree".

The faculty senate also deferred approval on individual college programs to the Graduate Council at this time. Any new programs in the future will be submitted for approval to the faculty senate.

 

III. COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Academic Affairs

1.       The committee is working on catalog copy and will bring it to the senate for approval in February.

B. Budget Analysis

1.      The committee is waiting on information from Dr. Orser.

C. Bylaws and Elections

1.   None

D. Committee on Committees

1.           The committee is finalizing the list to fill vacancies on the University committees.

2.           The committee is researching summer pay at other universities.

3.           The committee is working on filling the vacancy on the Committee on Honorary Degrees as soon as possible. The Committee on Honorary Degrees consists of the Provost, Dean of Graduate Education and Associate VP for Research and Scholarly Activity, Speaker of the Faculty Senate and one tenured full professor from each of the colleges.

E. Faculty Affairs

1.       The committee has placed a draft of the faculty workload survey in the packet for consideration by the senate. After discussion, it was recommended that some of the questions be amended. The survey will be sent out electronically and by paper during the Spring semester.

 

III.             ACTION ITEMS

A.    Faculty Affairs Committee

1.      The committee recommended approval of the Proposed University Rule, 12.01.99.C1.04, Descriptions of Teaching, Scholarship and Service. After discussion, the rule was approved by 14 for and 1 abstention.

B.     Animal Care and Use Committee

1.       The committee recommended that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Procedure document be approved with following amendments:

a.       Change section 1 to read: ...and use of animals (for a definition of "animal" see NIH, PHS, and USDA policy) involved

b.      Add subsection 1.6 to section 1: This document may be amended by vote of the IACUC to meet changes in federal policy. The IACUC may amend other procedures in the document by vote of the committee.

c.       Omit the following in section 2.3: "Meetings are open to the public."

d.      Change subsection 4.4.2 to read: ...considered withdrawn if a response is not received within 10 working days.

e.       After discussion, the document was approved with the amendments unanimously.

C.     Graduate Admissions Policy

1.        After discussion, the policy was approved with amendments unanimously.

D.    System Policy, 12.01, Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure

1.        Motion made to consider the response to the proposed revisions made to the policy was approved unanimously.

2.        After discussion the response to the proposed revisions approved unanimously.

 

V. PROVOST REPORT

A. Institutional Vision, Mission, Principles, Goals

1.           The document will be forwarded to the President's Cabinet for approval. After approval the mission section will be forward to the Board of Regents for approval.

2.           The university will have 10 faculty members and 10 administrators act as a committee to make sure that goals are being met and that they are moved forward.

3.           The Provost also requested that faculty forward to her any questions or topics they would like discussed at the faculty meeting. The packets for the meeting are being made up. If any groups have information they would like to be included, they should forward the information to the Provost's office.

4.           A proposed rule from the College Deans' Council on Study Days distributed and comments requested by December 17. The rule read as follows:"Effective spring semester 2002, the last full week of classes during the long semester will be designated as Study Week. Classes will continue as scheduled. No examinations, presentations, or papers will be scheduled or have due dates during Study Week. (Exceptions to this rule will be for laboratories or for classes, which only meet once a week.) Final examinations must be scheduled during the final exam week. If papers or take-home examinations are assigned in lieu of a final examination, the due date must be at the regularly scheduled examination time listed in the official class schedule. If final presentations or final critiques require multiple days to complete, then the final day for the critique/presentations will occur on the regularly scheduled exam day."

5.           After discussion the Faculty Senate recommended that the rule be amended as follows: "Effective spring semester 2002, the last full week of classes during the long semester will be designated as Study Week. Classes will continue as scheduled." Examinations, presentations, or papers that have due dates during Study Week must be assigned the first week of class. (Exceptions to this rule will be for laboratories or for classes, which only meet once a week.) Final examinations must be scheduled during the final exam week. If papers or take-home examinations are assigned in lieu of a final examination, the due date must be at the regularly scheduled examination time listed in the official class schedule. If final presentations or final critiques are assigned, in lieu of final examinations, require multiple days to complete, then the final day for the critique/presentations will occur on the regularly scheduled exam day.

6.           The senate also suggested that the rule be implemented in the Fall instead of the Spring to give all faculty a chance to make changes in their syllabi.

 

VI. SPEAKER'S REPORT/DISCUSSION/INFORMATION ITEMS

A.    Standardized Meeting Scheduled distributed in the packed discussed.

B.     The Physical Master Plan for the university discussed.

C.     System policies, 31.05.03, Witnesses in Judicial Action or legislative Investigations and 31.05.02, External Employment distributed in the packet as FYI items.

D.    The speaker requested that the senators who had not done so forward the survey to him as soon as possible..

 

VI.             OTHER BUSINESS

A. The comments from the Fine Arts Department on the University Rule, 34.04.03.C1, HIV/AIDS and Other Bloodborne pathogens in the Workplace and Learning Environment discussed.

 

VII.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

A. None

 

VIII.       ADJOURNMENT

A.                Meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Secretary/Treasurer
Edward Kownslar