Weber State University
Faculty Senate
Minutes
February 20, 2003

MEMBERS - Listed Alphabetically
Tony Allred - Excused
Donavan Aoki - Student
Lee Badger
Brody Barnes - Student
Rick Bingham - Absent
Lloyd Burton
Paul Caldarella
Bill Clapp - Vice Chair
Roger Crockett - Absent
Gary Dohrer - Chair
Anand Dyal-Chand - Admin
Dave Eisler - Admin
Ann Ellis
Al Forsyth
Ron Galli - Admin.
Colleen Garside - Parliamentarian
Dawn Gatherum
Richard Greene
Cheryl Hansen
Laird Hartman - Peg Wherry representing
Michelle Heward
Warren Hill - Admin.
Ron Holt - Absent
Joan Hubbard - Excused
Pam Hugie - Absent
Christopher Jones
Sheree Josephson
Diane Kawamura - Jeff Grunow representing
Marie Kotter
Kathleen Lukken - Admin.
Marek Matyjasik
Laura MacLeod
Susan Matt
Susan McKay
Kirby McMaster - Kent Weaver representing
Chloe Merrill
President Millner
Kathy Payne
Steve Peterson
June Phillips Admin - Catherine Zublin representing
Kyle Poll - Student
Jared Prisbrey - Student
Jack Rasmussen - Admin
Richard Sadler - Admin.
Dan Schroeder
Monika Serbinowska
Rick Sline
Molly Smith
Erik Stern - Dave Feller representing
Mali Subbiah
Chris Trivett-Russin - Excused
Betty Tucker
Michael Vaughan - Admin.
Huiying Wei-Arthus
Lydia Wingate - Admin
Yu-Jane Yang
Kay Brown, Secretary

 

1.   ROLL CALL

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: Moved to approve the minutes from the January 23, 2003 meeting.
Made: Paul Caldarella
Second: Bill Clapp
Outcome: The minutes were approved.

3.   TEACHING AND LEARNING FORUM Kathy Herndon, Chair, and Jared Prisbrey

The Teaching and Learning Forum will be initiating an exciting new tradition at Weber State, the Last Lecture series. The Last Lecture series is one in which students nominate faculty members, someone they would like to hear give their last lecture. Students will nominate faculty, faculty members will be notified that they have been nominated and be asked to submit a one page proposal for their last lecture. This will be done as a partnership with the Student Senate and the Teaching and Learning Forum. Nominations opened on Tuesday, February 18. The Last Lecture will be presented on April 22 in the Kimball Visual Arts Building.

4.   DIVERSITY UPDATE Forrest Crawford

Forrest Crawford reported on the Northwest self study diversity course narrative, the diversity course survey for feedback on diversity courses, the 2001-02 summary of student feedback on diversity courses, the diversity courses being offered Spring Semester 2003, and the Weber State University Academic Affairs Diversity Action Team Summary Report and Chronology.

2002-03 Events:

5.   RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH COMMITTEE Cliff Nowell, Chair

The call for RSPG proposals went to all faculty in September of 2002. Final proposals were due on November 5, 2002 with the RSPG Committee meeting on November 12, 2002 to review the proposals. The committee had $15,000 of RSPG funds to distribute to all eligible faculty and staff and $7,500 to distribute to new faculty. Twenty proposals were submitted to the committee asking for a total of $51,683.00. The RSPG Committee funded eleven proposals amounting to $22,500.

6.   ADMISSIONS, STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS Erika Daines, Chair

PPM 6-3, II Late Registration for Courses

A. During the first week of a semester, students may add courses, if not closed, without specific permission from departments or instructors

B. During the second week of a semester and the weeks following, students must obtain departmental approval from departments and individual instructors to add courses. which may include seeking permission from individual instructors. Individual departmental procedures governing instructor discretion in this regard may vary.

C. During the third week of a semester and the weeks following, students must receive instructor approval to add courses. Individual departmental procedures governing instructor discretion in this regard may vary.
D. C. During summer term, deadlines for adding courses will vary, and instructor and departmental approval is required after classes have begun.

Motion: Moved to approve the above changes to PPM 6-3 Late Registration for Courses.
Made: Dawn Gatherum
Second: Dan Schroeder
Outcome: The motion passed unanimously.

PPM 4-19, D. Credit/No Credit

The basic objective of credit/no credit grading is to allow students the opportunity to enroll in classes outside their major or minor on a pass/fail basis without affecting their GPA.

Eligibility of Students for Credit/No Credit Grading

a. Freshmen students may take no more than one class per term on a credit/no credit basis.
b. Students with 45 30 or more credit hours who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above may register for no more than two classes per term on credit/no credit basis.

Criteria for Credit/No Credit

a. A maximum of 30 20 hours of credit/no credit in elective courses may be used for graduation.
b.  Classes taken on a credit/no credit basis will not satisfy major, minor, general education, or specific course requirements with the exception of those courses or programs of study approved by the University Curriculum and General Education committee.
c.  Grades on the credit/no credit system are not included in computing the term or cumulative grade point average. A grade of credit is recorded only for letter grades of C- and above. Grades less than C-, including UW, will be recorded as no credit.
d.  Students who change their Program of Study must submit the appropriate form to the Records Office and request the grade be changed to the letter grade issued by the instructor if a credit/no credit course applies to the new Program of Study
e.  If a student has previously taken a course for a letter grade, the same course may not be retaken for credit/no-credit.
f.  Choice of credit/no credit registration should be made at the beginning of the term, but a student may change classes to credit/no credit status during the first 60 percent of the term.
g.  The instructor will not be notified if a student is taking a class for a credit/no credit grade and will give only letter grades on the Final Grade Report to the registrar. The Registrar's Office will convert the letter grades to credit or no credit.
h.  Students who stop attending classes for which they are registered credit/no credit without properly withdrawing, will receive a UW (unofficial withdrawal) grade, which is counted as an E when grades are computed.

Motion: Moved to accept the above changes to PPM 4-19D - Credit/No Credit Grading.
Made: Ron Galli
Second: Warren Hill
Outcome: The motion passed unanimously.

7.   APPOINTMENT, PROMOTION, ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND TENURE John Sohl, chair

The College of Applied Science and Technology tenure document was distributed and discussed. One item was changed in
the document (
1.2.6.1 item 3) to make the language consistent with other items in the PPM:

3. Promotion from associate professor to professor

Five years of satisfactory performance at the rank of associate professor will be the minimum probationary period. To be promoted from associate professor to full professor one must either have been granted tenure or be granted tenure at the same time as the promotion. A candidate who fails the tenure review process cannot be advanced in rank.

Motion: Moved to approve the College of Applied Science and Technology tenure document.
Made: Bill Clapp
Second: Chloe Merrill
Outcome: The motion passed unanimously.

8.   CURRICULUM AND GENERAL EDUCATION Jim Wilson, Chair

Health Sciences new course proposal for Introductory Pathophysiology Laboratory - Hthsci 2231.

Motion: Moved to approve from Health Sciences the new course proposal for Introductory Pathophysiology Laboratory - Hthsci 2231.
Made: Lydia Wingate
Second: Lloyd Burton
Outcome: The motion passed unanimously.

Teacher Education course deletions for Interpersonal Skills for Teachers - Educ 3000, Foundations of Education - Educ 3120; changes to existing courses for Instructional Planning and Assessment - Educ 3100, Educational Psychology & Classroom Management - Educ 3140, Foundations of Diversity: Culturally, Linguistically Responsive Teaching - Educ DV 3200, Foundations and Methods of Elementary Reading and Language Arts - Educ 3240; new course proposals for Instructional Technology - Educ 3110, Elementary Language Arts Methods - Educ 4320; program changes for Secondary Education, Elementary Education.

It was suggested that the course description should include language indicating that "student demonstrating specific competencies for the course requirements can obtain a waiver."

Motion: Moved to approve from Teacher Education the course deletions for Interpersonal Skills for Teachers - Educ 3000, Foundations of Education - Educ 3120; changes to existing courses for Instructional Planning and Assessment - Educ 3100, Educational Psychology & Classroom Management - Educ 3140, Foundations of Diversity: Culturally, Linguistically Responsive Teaching - Educ DV 3200, Foundations and Methods of Elementary Reading and Language Arts - Educ 3240; new course proposals for Instructional Technology - Educ 3110, Elementary Language Arts Methods - Educ 4320; program changes for Secondary Education, Elementary Education with the above change to Instructional Technology - Educ 3110.
Made: Ann Ellis
Second: Chloe Merrill
Outcome: The motion passed unanimously.

9.   FACULTY EVALUATIONS Brody Barnes, Jared Prisbrey, Amilia Mitchell and Rachel Korth

The students would like to make the information from faculty evaluations more accessible, and to change the questions so that a student becomes aware of teaching styles. They feel the current two standard questions, (1) Overall this course was (1) ineffective (2) less than effective (3) satisfactory (4) effective (5) very effective; (2) Overall this instructor was (1) ineffective (2) less than effective (3) satisfactory (4) effective (5) very effective, do not address student concerns. Their goal is to apprize students of what they want to know prior to registering for a course.

A slide presentation discussed: Their Goal, Learning Styles, How Well vs. How, Utah Privacy Act, Utah Intercollegiate Assembly, Why the Students Want It, How to Implement the Process, Teacher Input, and The Solution.

The students plan to present a bill at the Utah Intercollegiate Association proposing that faculty evaluations be posted online. The bill would require universities to have a universal evaluation across campus, and be required to post the information online. UIA will take place in April. The University of Utah and Utah State currently post information online.

The students would like to form a committee to develop acceptable questions, such as: "How the course is run?" "Is the instructor a hands on instructor?" These questions would then be implemented and results would be posted on the web.

Motion: Moved to send to the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee the charge to form a sub committee from members of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee, student representatives, and interested faculty to discuss the teacher evaluation issue, focusing on procedure, and bring back to the Faculty Senate a recommendation.
Made: Kyle Poll
Second: Brody Barnes
Outcome: The motion passed with 1 opposed and 5 abstentions.

ADJOURN 
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.