§ James Loucky, Senate President, called the Faculty Senate to order at 4:08 pm. Senators approved minutes of November 10, 2003 and Standing Committee minutes.
§ Provost Bodman reported that University President Karen Morse was attending an ASCU meeting off campus. Bodman reported continued discussion on the HEC Board master plan which is soon to be considered by the legislature. Bodman reported that Western is a leader in the way it has successfully managed over enrollment for the past decade.
§ Paul Storer, Chair of Salary and Welfare Committee, reported on the availability of recruitment and retention funds, and heard a wide range of views from Senators. He has met with the University Planning Council and the Provost’s Council, and plans further meetings with Loucky and Bodman to construct a transparent process based on Senate recommendations.
§ President Loucky reported that constituents had suggested academic honesty and plagiarism as potential topics for ACC and the Senate to review, and reported results for several concerns raised in earlier meetings.
§ Constituent recommendations include: notify appropriate campus administration to eliminate “W numbers” from mailing labels and forms that circulate publicly; consider a motion to equalize the designated teaching days in each quarter; decide to make the day before Thanksgiving either a full instructional day or to not hold classes; request sufficient accommodation for disabled students to complete student evaluations; nominate faculty representatives to the ad hoc committee on institutional climate.
§ Senators passed a motion to direct ACC to review and evaluate the Freshmen Interest Groups known as FIGs.
§ Loucky wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Senators adjourned at 5:48 pm.
Appointments and Elections, Kristen Parris, Officer
To the Academic Technology Committee: Lea Ann Robinson, Woodring
Vacancies: Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Climate, one representative from each college and the library.