Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson S. Lamb, Vice Chair V. Sheets
V. Anderson, B. Evans, B. Frank, C. Hoffman, J. Hughes, S. Shure
Ex-Officio: R. English, J. Maynard
I. Administrative Report
Provost Maynard reported: recipients of the faculty awards for this year have been selected and awards will be made at the Faculty Recognition Dinner planned for April 20th.
II. Chair Report
III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) A request for an advance global detailing the Board of Trustees agenda for the April meeting.
2) Inquiry asking if the Law School Committee received the same budget information as that given to the Board of Trustees. Provost Maynard said the Committee co-chairs have received this information.
3) In response to inquiry, Provost Maynard said the EAP within the Center for Teaching and Learning are not teaching credit courses producing Student Credit Hours.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes of the April 4, 2006 meeting were approved. (Hoffman, Hughes 7-0-0)
V. CAAC: Forensic Accounting Minor
Approved. (V. Anderson, B. Frank 7-0-0)
Guests invited to the table by acclamation.
T. Harris relayed the background impetus for the minor proposal: two years of background preparation commencing with emerging needs within society and criminology resulting from events of 9/11 and corporate scandals.
Discussion: students completing this minor can pursue certification and become Certified Fraud Examiners through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners housed in Austin, Texas, after passing a required exam; this field enjoys a fast growing demand within employment opportunities for accountants; fraud is a major financial loss to corporations—estimated to be 6%; student interest is already present for the minor—just waiting for campus approval; discussed the effective date—some students have already taken courses in anticipation of codification into a minor; the college hopes to be able to make the designation on graduates’ diplomas this spring; future intent is to make this available through distance education.
VI. Old Business
General Education Coordinator Position
Time demands of the position were discussed. A copy of the “General Education Locus of Control” approved by the Faculty Senate was referenced noting that currently the
position is a fiscal faculty position with reduced teaching load of no less than nine credit hours distributed throughout the fiscal year.
Provost Maynard has expressed desire to make the position ½ time. The ½ time status has been discussed with the General Education Council; Council agreed this reduction to be feasible. The new coordinator’s dean and department chair will decide the teaching load. Concern was expressed that a half-time appointment may not be enough to cover the work of the position. Provost responded that much of the prior coordinator’s time was spent on compliance.
Motion: Send to the CAAC for review and subsequent recommendation. (Frank, Evans 7-0-0)
AAC: Request for the Executive Committee to charge a task force to evaluate the work of EMG.
Noted previous Executive Committee actions: 1) recommended the constitution of an advisory group to work with the Director of Marketing. This group should include faculty, administrators, and students. 2) charge forwarded to a standing committee, “Investigate how the campus could better academically challenge our students; remedy an existing negative perception of classroom rigor.”
VII. New Business
AAC: Administration/Faculty Count 10/1/2005
Accepted as an information item. (Hoffman, Evans 7-0-0)
Noted that the trend continues--non-instructional staff increase and instructional staff decrease. Discussion: faculty need to be open to ideas that could result in less administration—recent example, merger of two colleges; hurts campus morale that administrative growth continues; accountability and compliance issues may cause some growth in administrative staff; position vacancies need to have the same weights applied for the administration and faculty.
Chair Lamb reported that the Provost, meeting with Senate officers, had assured them of his policy that a vacancy resulting from denial of tenure would not result in a loss of the associated faculty line. Responding to a question, R. English indicated that the same policy would apply in cases of faculty removed for sound academic reasons.
VIII. Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee liaisons provided updates on respective standing committee activity.
IX. Motion to move into executive session. (Frank, Evans 6-0-0)
Motion to move out of executive session. (Hoffman, Sheets 6-0-0)
The meeting adjourned at 4:57 p.m.