Officers: Chair S.
Lamb, Vice Chair B. Evans, Secretary C. Hoffman
Senators: S. Allen,
C. Amlaner, E. Bermudez, J. Buffington, D. Collins, J. Conant, J. Fine,
Frank, A. Halpern, P. Hightower, J. Hughes, K. Liu, M. Miller, G. Minty,
O’Laughlin, S. Phillips, J. Powers, R. Schneirov, S. Shure, G. Stuart,
Worley, D. Yaw, G. Zhang
Bolinger, H. Chait,
T. Hawkins, M. McLean, S. Pontius,
Steiger, C. Stemmans, J. Wilson,
English, T. O'Neill and K. Hoolehan (ISU Foundation),
Wright (Student Affairs), S. Brown, R. Guell, C. MacDonald
Administrative Report – Provost Maynard
1. According to
the March 15 report, applications and admissions are up. Confirmations
down and are
cause for concern. There is, however, some reason for optimism. The
application deadline was March 1. Last year 1400 qualified students
that deadline, and approx. 700 later enrolled. This year over 1800
were admitted by March 1. If the ratio holds, 900 (200 more) will
numbers suggest that better-qualified students are applying and will
2. The Library
is to be commended for its efforts in recognizing Disability Month.
3. The Public
Service and Community Engagement Awards Banquet recognizes those who
themselves. Students are making a big difference. One prominent example
is the recent work for hurricane victims. Faculty and students are
help those in need.
White and David Gilman are seriously ill. Keep them in your thoughts.
Report – S. Lamb
The March 15
Undergraduate Admissions Report for fall semester 07 shows that
applications are 116%
of what they
were last year at this time, admissions are 108% of what they were last
year, and the elusive
are 57% of what they were last year.
The state AAUP
meeting will be held April 7 at the University of Indianapolis. The main
Donald Wagner, a
nationally-known expert on distance education. If you are at all
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informs me that on Mar. 14, 2007 the Faculty Council of the College of
Arts and Sciences
Council of the College of Arts and Sciences by a vote of 12‑1‑7 strongly
elimination of majors in philosophy, physics, sociology and art history.
1. Only the most
severe financial constraints or a directive from the state level would
core disciplines. Given that virtually no cuts have been made in the
nonacademic units at
are clearly not facing such financial exigencies.
2. We believe such a
move would be counterproductive in increasing our enrollment, since
and their parents would conclude that ISU is in a perilous financial
condition and hence
elsewhere if they see no physics, philosophy, sociology or art history
majors in our catalogue.
was immediately sent to CAAC so that it may give its input to the
I would like the
Provost to inform us about the state of the search for the Vice
President for Enrollment
Marketing. At what stage is it?
Changes to General
Education and the restructuring of Nursing and HHP will flow through
And again, I would
like to inquire as to whether the WEB advisory committee is functional.
III. SGA Report
– A.J. Patton
The last senate
meeting of this session has been held.
the leaf art by Le Club. For the cost of $40, a department can add a
study is being done to discover what opportunities exist to improve
Government Dinner will be Wednesday, March 28.
SGA thanks all
who helped with regard to saving the physics program and requests the
be done for
IV. 15 Minute
Open Discussion Period
Congratulations offered to AJ Patton on his reelection as SGA President.
insurance – Points noted:
-- When an
individual goes on disability, the employee’s health insurance is
terminated. It is
assumed that the disabled employee will apply for Social Security,
Medicaid. There is, however, a 2-year wait without insurance for
Medicare to take effect.
interim, the disabled individual is unable to get private insurance.
pays $15/month for employee disability insurance, making any disability
taxable income. If ISU employees paid for disability insurance
not be taxable.
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General Assembly is considering a Resolution ("marriage amendment")
domestic partner benefits could be banned. Seven newspapers have
amendment, and wondered why universities hadn’t spoken out against it.
believe that the Speaker of the House would have stopped SJR 7 if a
it be rewritten. Many Indianapolis businesses are opposed. Those
email the Speaker of the House and the House Rules Committee. Time is
Executive Committee was asked to write a formal letter or email and it
that an ISU
lobbyist could call in the morning before it is too late to be heard.
partner issues, SJR7 could make new hires and retentions difficult.
4. K. Liu
thanked the Student Government Association, the Student Affairs
Committee, and all
to address the issue related to the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.
V. Minutes #7 (2/15/07)
APPROVED as amended (Collins, Mulkey 28-0-0)
VI. Grad Council
Recommendations – C. MacDonald
Recommendation to move the Geology MA/MS program from "elimination" to
reorganization" (Program Prioritization).
(Amlaner, Frank 28-0-0)
Recommendation to move the Counselor Ed Doctoral Program from
monitored" (Program Prioritization).
(Collins, Buffington 28-0-0).
Integrity – Proposed changes: Appendix I – B. Evans, D. Wright
-- Thanks to
those who worked on the documents.
document has been 1½ years in the making and has been through multiple
Implementation of the Academic Integrity process needs to be in the
forefront of the
talked about, and on the website.
discussion has occurred regarding may versus must in the
instructor always makes the final choice whether to report an incident.
If a faculty
determines that a problem exists, that faculty member may fill
out the form.
faculty determine whether the student had “bad intent” or “poor
instructor may choose to talk to someone about a specific case, only the
the final decision.
-- To bring
Academic Integrity to the forefront, a mission statement is necessary.
statement should appear in the University Handbook and be
stressed with incoming
resource recommended for use with incoming freshmen is Doing Honest
(Hightower, Frank 28-0-0)
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Elimination of Permanent Incompletes - R. Guell
Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee "recommends that no
allowed to graduate with an incomplete, if that incomplete was assigned
term after Spring 2007."
explained the rationale for the change and answered questions.
(Liu, Hightower 27-0-0)
Item: Foundation Fundraising
Tim O’Neil and Kevin
Hoolehan made a Powerpoint presentation on changes in the operation of
the University Foundation. Points noted:
The Foundation is
separately incorporated, but is part of the greater ISU family. Its
mission is to develop and manage private financial support. An
agreement with the University recognizes the Foundation as the
fundraising arm of ISU.
has been implemented, both in personnel and fee structures, producing
opportunities for considerable growth. Major points:
Executive Committee makes decisions. Some members of this Committee
University officers, but the president of the Foundation is no longer
University. Most Board members are alumni.
2) An Audit
Committee now oversees accounting and financial operations.
investment philosophy has changed. Investments remain conservative and
the primary consideration, but the portfolio is much more diversified
than in the
engaging more volunteers
targeting family and corporate foundations for grants
training stakeholders on the availability of funds
strengthening ties with various groups, both internal and external,
especially administration, faculty, and emeriti
The goal of all the
above is to "maximize support for University programs."
As of Jan. 1, 2007,
the endowment stands at $55M, a growth of $10M in one year.
Awards Dinner will be held on April 20.
The Foundation is
considering adding a faculty liaison to its Board.
A quorum was lost
and the meeting ended at 4:45 p.m.