Executive Committee (EC)
October 21, 2008 Minutes
INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Faculty Senate Executive Committee
October 21, 2008
Approved November 4, 2008
October 21, 2008 Minutes
Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2008-09
Present: V. Sheets, S.A. Anderson, A. Halpern, C. Hoffman, J. Fine, S. Lamb, P. Pontius, T. Sawyer, D. Worley
a.Trustees met this week. Approval $4 million for NHHP building? The President stated that ISU needs a conceptual plan for academic planning of new buildings on campus, particularly if older buildings are under consideration for demolition. Monies possibly could be redirected to Federal building project.
b. Melony Sacopulos, General Counsel/Secretary for ISU is putting together a plan/policy for a clearer delegation of power policy for ISU President as it relates to Board/ University decision making process.
c. Faculty would like some notification when the Board agenda becomes available.
d.The state audit is finished. No significant issues need to be addressed at this time.
e. Another company representative for Strategic Planning will be interviewed this week. The committee for Strategic Planning may pull the enrollment management process out of the Plan, making it a separate set of expertise.
f. The President reminded members of Home Coming week, hoped that committee members could attend one or more events that week.
g.Installation planning is coming to an end and invitations should be going out soon. A global email was sent out regarding cancellation of classes that day.
III. Approval of the EC Minutes of October 14, 2008. Approved: (SP/TS) 9-0-0.
a. J. Fuqua stated that he has been looking into identifying areas /issues of concern as they relate to his department and the ISU campus. He stated that the campus needs to re-engage with its international students by expanding international service support, particularly since the nation interacts heavily in a global economy. He also mentioned that it is particularly important that International students connect with the campus community at the beginning of the school year.
b. International programs need to be expanded to include all colleges on campus working with LLL and the deans. Cultural courses could be developed for faculty who are interested. Businesses can become involved by identifying positions employers are looking to fill. Programs can also be developed for domestic students such as outreach programs. Area student centers could be developed like the ones at IU and the University of Illinois. Basically, the ISU campus needs to put more focus on its international students helping them to integrate more fully into the fabric of the University.
c. J. Fuqua stated that he hopes to have many programs in operation by fall of 2010.
(Handouts were passed out on Fall 2008 Enrolled First-time Freshman, Quality Indicator plus a document entitled Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Communication.
Discussion revolved around these reports.
aa. J. Beacon stated that it is important to put more resources in retaining students.
b. ISU’s primary market is a 60 miles radius around the university. A. Halpern asked if there is any way that the primary market could be extended to include areas like Marion County (around Indianapolis). S. Lamb also asked about the areas (suburbs)around Chicago, with high populations. Beacon stated that there is presently a Chicago area representative who is actively recruiting. There could be more extension in areas but more resources would need to be developed.
c. Need to be more proactive in financial aid then reactive especially among new students (freshmen) and particularly, Hispanic groups.
d. J. Bacon stated that he felt it was especially important to get parents of prospective
students to visit the campus so they could get a better idea on what ISU has to offer their son or daughter. It is very beneficial when parents get to see the campus with the help of a student guide (or host) making sure that the parents/student day is a productive one. Later, the student host can follow up with an email to parents/ student, thus becoming a personal liaison to them. Bacon also stated that ISU needs to focus more on select groups of high schools and to revisit theatre schools.
e. Pontius stated that he felt that ISU attendance policy should be mandatory for
students in freshman year to help them make a stronger connection to the University during the first year. Bacon stated that statistics tell us that the first semester of college is a very transitional time and that it may be a good to also consider the idea of assigning mentors to freshmen. CC. Hoffman stated that a good seating chart can help keep better track of student attendance.
f. Students should simply be allowed to withdraw from class if they are having a hard time so as not to end up demising them from the University. A. Halpern stated that some students simply cannot handle a full load of classes. A full time students needs to take at least 12 hours, which may be too much for some students.
g. J. Bacon stated that students who are undecided about their major or the direction theywant to go in, need to work more closely with assigned advisors. Advisors need to be wiling to move an individual student towards the best choice for him/her. Maybe advisement process needs to be restructured? Pontius stated that it helps students to be doing some kind of work associated with their majors to get a feel for what they want to do. Sheets asked Bacon if he had any effective data associated with bridge program. Bacon mentioned the LEAP programs which brought 13 students to campus prior to the fall semester. T. Steiger (Sociology) taught the course. Students are supervised on campus (they all earned a passing grade).
h. S. Lamb asked about the lap-top initiative. Bacon felt that the University has went as far as they can go with that initiative and that the University can only do that so long. He stated that it was very successful from a marketing perspective. Worley stated that there are/were problems enforcing it. (It was mentioned that since technology is so far advanced that if there were not problems with laptops, there would be problem with students texting one another in class through their cell phones or some other device may become a problem.)
VI. Fifteen Minutes Open Discussion – None
a. AAC - none
b.AEC - none
c.CAAC - some proposal – additions to Gen Ed, discussion re procedures for Banner,
(emphasis on fast tract stuff) – program review.
d.FAC - request for committee meeting times…(helpful esp. SAG)
e. FEBC -none
f. GC - T. Sawyer talked about plus minus grading. B- grade no transferable. Revisited grad assist, residency policy.
g. SAC - Pontius stated that P. Hightower told him the committee met in October but has not received the minutes yet . Their next meeting will be in November.
h. URC -none