Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
April 5, 2007
The April meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2007 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Tom Petros, chair-elect, presided.†
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Koeser, Brandon Kupchella, Charles
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
a. Mr. Petros announced that the Smoke Free UND campus will go into effect October 5, 2007. Will Gosnold is the Senate representative to establish the policy. Questions can be directed to co-chairs Jane Croeker, Laurie Betting, and Nate Martindale.
Anne Kelsch described the process by which the Task Force approached their work: readings and study; review of best practices; bringing experts to campus; research at UND on general education and general education courses; and discussion and debate on a new direction of general education at UND. They encouraged the Senators to read the document before the May meeting and contact Task Force members with questions, or if they wished a department visit. They indicted that they believe the proposed document is balanced and asked for thoughtful consideration.
The question period was opened at 4:35 p.m.
Mr. Petros asked Mr. Weisenstein to give an update on the legislative process. Mr. Weisenstein commented that the Grand Forks Herald reports quite accurately. The Senate passed the 5/5 salary increases but the House passed the 4/4. He described the process where this difference is worked out in conference committee. He also described two hurdles: the Agriculture Research at NDSU being a separate state agency and, therefore, approved for 4/4 salary increase; and the Governorís proposed budget regarding benefits. The Agriculture research issue has been worked out but the Governorís proposed budget on benefits has not. He indicated that the tuition cap should remain. He also commented that Senator Holmberg has worked hard for education.†
The question period closed at 4:43 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:43 p.m. due to a lack of quorum.
Secretary to the Senate