Faculty Senate Retreat Minutes
August 20, 2011

Attendance: Allred, Anderson, Benibo, Chambers, Garcia, Garrett, Katz, Larkin, Louis, Miller, Moody, Spencer, Tejeda-Delgado

1. Speaker Katz called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.

2. Speaker Katz opened the meeting by discussing timely reporting obligations and outlining the business to be completed during the retreat. Issues noted during this discussion included:

2.1. New Faculty Orientation
2.2. Changes to Tenure Policy
2.3. Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

2.3.1. Tenure and Promotion Guidelines revisions updated every two years.
2.3.2. Tightened rules and regulations on new policy
2.3.3. Additional workload
2.3.4. No raises - Keep job

2.4. Push for grants
2.5. Shared governance with Faculty Senate
2.6 Catalog approval in full - tight timelines
2.7 President's Cabinet discussions on doing business in the summer
2.8 Provost goal is to increase the student retention rate by 10% this year

3. Assignment of committees and selection of committee chairs - See Faculty Senate web page

4. Identification of Issues for 2011-2012

4.1. Senators identified approximately thirty (30) individual issues for the senate to monitor or investigate this year:

4.1.1 Late Registration: goes to late into semester, don't build stone walls in the beginning process, come to class even if you haven't paid for class, different kinds of policies
4.1.2. Promotion Policy
4.1.3 Academic Freedom: sync with workload, tenure, market driven approach to education, students treated as customers
4.1.4. Syllabus deadlines (six months) and process for filing on-line
4.1.5. Salary data captured for current year
4.1.6. Committee assignment: solicitation, scheduling
4.1.7. Parking: relating to visitors, adjuncts, nuances
4.1.8. Summer School: pay and scheduling
4.1.9. Pay / Merit equity
4.1.10. Release for speakers
4.1.11. Cancelling classes before the end of registration
4.1.12. Minimum number of students required for class to make
4.1.13. Safety and security issues relating to parking garage
4.1.14. Technology
4.1.15. On-line education
4.1.16. Blackboard content
4.1.17. Content management system
4.1.18. Workload issues
4.1.19. Online cheating, proctored exams
4.1.20. Momentum for excellence in on-line teaching
4.1.21. Evaluation of department chairs and administrators, degree of SACS complaints, transparency
4.1.22. Student evaluations
4.1.23. Improve student evaluation form
4.1.24. Print versus on-line (consistency)
4.1.25. Strategies for improving response rate
4.1.26. Graduate admissions
4.1.27. Holds that prevent students from registering
4.1.28. Advocacy, white papers
4.1.29. High school graduates with advanced class ranking, pre-orientation, significant college (IBD, Associate Degrees, etc.)
4.1.30. Targeted recruitment for local students with high test scores via extra curricula or athletic activities

4.2 After further discussion, the issues were prioritized as follows:

4.2.1. Pay / Merit equity [ 10 votes]
4.2.2.On-line education [8 votes]
4.2.3. Academic Freedom: sync with workload, tenure, market driven approach to education, students treated as customers [7 votes]
4.2.4. Evaluation of department chairs and administrators, degree of SACS complaints, transparency [7 votes]
4.2.5. Student evaluations [6 votes]
4.2.6. Promotion Policy [4 votes]
4.2.7. Online cheating, proctored exams [4 votes]
4.2.8. Syllabus deadlines (six months) and process for filing on-line [3 votes]
4.2.9. Summer School: pay and scheduling [3 votes]
4.2.10. Content management system [3 votes]
4.2.11. Advocacy, white papers [3 votes]

4.3 Finally, the committee-generated topics were assigned to committees by category and numbers:

4.3.1. Evaluation: Assigned to Academic Affairs Committee, numbers 21 through 25
4.3.2. On-line Education: Assigned to Academic Affairs Committee, numbers 14 through 20
4.3.3. Salary: Assigned to Budget Committee, numbers   5, 8, and 9
4.3.4. Faculty/Student Policies & Processes:  Assigned to Faculty Affairs Committee, numbers  4, 12, and 18
4.3.5. Academic Freedom (Advocacy): Assigned to Faculty Affairs Committee, numbers  3, 28
4.3.6. Promotion: Assigned to Awards, Bylaws and Elections Committee, plus Taskforce, number 2
4.3.7. Committee on Committees: Assigned to Committee on Committees, number 6
4.3.8. Safety and Parking: Assigned to Committee on Committees, numbers 7, 13
4.3.9. Student Policies and Processing: Assigned to Academic Affairs, numbers 1, 11, 26, 27, 29, 30
4.3.10. Speaker Issues: Assigned to Faculty Senate Speaker, number 10

It was moved and seconded to approve the committee assignments. The motion was approved.

5. Speaker Katz adjourned the meeting at 1:45 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,

Yvonne Graham
Faculty Senate
Administrative Assistant