Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
October 4, 2007
The October meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2007 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Tom Petros presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
The question period was opened at 4:55 p.m.
Don Poochigian shared a complaint/dissatisfaction from faculty due to additional administrative demands, e.g. assessment. He asked if there was any consideration to integrate these demands. Mr. Weisenstein asked which administrative tasks he was referring to. Mr. Poochigian clarified annual reports, assessment, general education validations and revalidations. Mr. Weisenstein indicated that assessment is required by North Central and we have a visit coming. Assessment of student outcomes is good to do as well as required by NCA for accreditation. He indicated that conversations are occurring to work to condense and simplify reporting.
Mr. Wittgraf asked if, during discussion of the move to Division I, there was any discussion regarding the marching band. Mr. Harmeson indicated that he did not know. Ms. Hoffarth indicated that the marching band is funded by the President and that support is very much appreciated. The comment was that there could be an impact on the band. The President shared that there are funds to increase band numbers and support post season travel and said if there are comments regarding the marching band, to send them to Mr. Harmeson.
The question period closed at 5:05 p.m.
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the September 6, 2007 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
A motion was made by Mr. Murphy and seconded by Mr. Little to accept the Senate Faculty Instructional Development Committee, Senate Honors Committee, and Senate Committee on Committees annual reports. The motion was approved.
Mr. Jackson moved to grant permission for Renee Maybe to speak to the Senate. She presented the University Assessment Committee report. It was moved and seconded to accept and file the report.
A resolution regarding Senate Executive Committee representation on the Research Council was presented. It was moved by Mr. Poochigian and seconded by Mr. Mortinson to approve the resolution. Discussion occurred. Mr. Murphy made a friendly amendment to strike the second “Whereas clause.” The friendly amendment was accepted. The motion was approved with a vote of 63 for and 1 against.
A document describing the implementation of early tenure at UND was presented. There was a motion and second to approve. Mr. Weisenstein explained that the document was developed at the request of the State Board of Higher Education. The Board requested the UND implementation of early tenure and it is to be presented to them in a meeting in the near future. Discussion occurred. There was a friendly amendment by Dan Rice to remove the word “unequivocally.” The friendly amendment was accepted and the motion was approved with a vote of 61 for and 1 abstention.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate