Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
December 3, 2009
The December meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2009 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Wendelin Hume presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
Anderson, Julie Anderson, Suzanne
The following members of the Senate were absent:
The following announcements were made:
Ms. Hume shared a correction to the minutes of the November 5, 2009 meeting. She asked for additional corrections or additions. Hearing none, Mr. Dewar moved approval of the minutes as corrected. Mr. Bridewell seconded and the motion was approved.
The question period was opened at 4:26 p.m.
Mr. Grandstrand asked the President to post an explanation of the goals from the State of the University address. The President indicated that the text is on the web and specific questions can be sent to him.
Mr. Grandstrand asked the President how to get involved in the planning described in the State of the University address. The President indicated that those interested should contact the Provost.
Mr. Graziano asked about the Essential Studies approval whereby Spanish language does not meet the global requirement, but the other languages do. Mr. Bridewell moved to allow Mr. Steen to speak. The motion was approved through consensus. Mr. Steen explained that the Language department made the decision on what to validate. The Essential Studies Committee has asked that it be reconsidered and that is in process.
Mr. Cristie asked the President about more student involvement in global experiences. He indicated that tuition and debt is a concern for students and that it needs to be looked into. The President indicated that affordability is a concern not only for North Dakota but nationally as well. The concern is not only tuition amounts but being able to graduate in a timely manner to not incur additional costs. He encouraged looking at tuition and fee structure across the nation to see the tremendous value in North Dakota. The President indicated that there will be a hard look at this issue going forward.
Mr. Bridewell moved that Mr. Steen be allowed to speak and report on the new Essential Studies office. The motion was approved through consensus. Mr. Steen introduced himself as the Director of Essential Studies. He shared how his position and the new office came about. The office is located in O’Kelly, 113. There will be an open house Friday, December 4 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Mr. Grandstrand asked the President if the finding is that students rush to graduate because of increased cost. The President indicated that the opposite seems to be true. Students need to work, etc., and as a result, it takes longer for them to graduate. Reducing time to degree will reduce cost.
The question period closed at 4:40 p.m.
The annual reports of the Senate Continuing Education Committee and the Senate Student Policy Committee were presented. Mr. Munski moved to accept both reports. Mr. Little seconded and the motion passed.
The Curriculum Committee report was presented. Approval was moved by Mr. Stofferahn and seconded by Mr. Perkins to approve the report. The motion was approved unanimously.
The list of candidates for degrees at the December commencement was presented. Approval was moved by Mr. Little. The motion was seconded by Mr. Pelton and approved with a vote of 53 for and 2 abstentions.
Discussion ensued regarding the proposed policy changes from the Academic Policy and Admissions Committee regarding repeating courses and CLEP and other test credit. Mr. Munski moved to discuss the two proposed changes together. The motion was seconded by Mr. Poochigian and approved. After discussion, Mr. Perkins moved approval of the proposed changes with the stipulation that the committee adjust the language for number five under “College-Level Examination Program” in the academic catalog. The motion was seconded by Mr. Munski. Mr. Grandstrand moved to postpone. The motion died for lack of second. There was further discussion. The original motion passed with a vote of 36 for, 16 against and 2 abstentions.
Mr. Little moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Bridewell seconded, and the meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate