Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson H. Hudson, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson
P. Burkett, B. Evans, B. Frank, C. MacDonald, V. Sheets
Ex-Officio: R. English
Visitors: S. Barton, M. Boyer, E. Kinley
I. Administrative Report
1) spoke about VU’s effort to offer four-year programs—in final stages.
II. Chair Report
1) reported that the Board of Trustees had approved a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for undergraduate students at the September 24th board meeting.
2) met with the Governance Chairs Council last Thursday—attended by three chairs: Education, Library, Nursing. Highlighted meeting topics: leaves policy changes, academic deans review, pay for performance and e-mail problems.
3) conveyed a slate of seven faculty to Provost Maynard from which three will be selected to serve on the newly revived Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.
III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) Special Purpose Faculty policy status—questions regarding benefits still to be addressed.
2) Support level provided by the Faculty Computing Resource Center—special needs not being addressed.
3) ISU cap in catastrophic insurance coverage—FEBC will review and a request for review will be forwarded to the ad hoc University Health Benefits Committee. General information in layman’s terms regarding coverage for out-of-pocket expenses would be beneficial.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes of September 14, 2004, were approved. (Sheets, Evans 7-0-1)
V. Old Business
VI. Information Technology Update: E. Kinley
Current events and services were relayed regarding: lab upgrades, technology enhanced classrooms, discipline specific software, emerging technologies, incentive grants, high performance computing and video streaming. IT is integrating new offerings shortly that will enhance visualization, digital video/satellite capability, web forms, training and network use. Models are being considered that will enhance electronic mail delivery and Banner upgrades are scheduled for this year and next. IT now has an internship program. IT welcomes questions, comments and concerns.
VII. Grad Council: Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)7
S. Barton and M. Boyer provided background for the SAP7. The SAP7 was constructed last year to address federal and financial aid problems. New information currently available to the Graduate Council and collaborative efforts to address SAP problems prompted the following motion approved by the Council, September 29, 2004, 8-0-0:
Reconsider the Graduate Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP7), which was approved 12-9-2003, due to possible impact on Graduate education.
After consideration of the new Grad Council motion and present collaborative efforts, the Committee approved a motion requesting Grad Council to report in Fall 2005 the impact on graduate students of the SAP policy approved by the Board of Trustees. (Lamb, Anderson 7-0-1)
The Council noted changes made by the Faculty Senate to the Expedited Graduate Application Process had given rise to enactment problems. The Committee will request a status report from Enrollment Services and Grad Council representatives will attend the meeting.
VIII. New Business
Chair Hudson informed the Committee that a copy of the AAC Satisfaction Survey draft revised by the officers and V. Sheets would be electronically forwarded tomorrow morning for consideration at next week’s meeting. A copy would also be transmitted to the AAC Chair.
IX. Standing Committee Reports
Liaisons provided updates on standing committee activity.
The meeting adjourned at 5:37 p.m.