April 26, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT: P. Bagley, E. Bateman, K. Dannehl, E. Henderson, C. Hyslop, L. Hyslop, P. Josey, J. Kempster, J. Larsen, K. Martin, M. McFarlane, S. Nielsen, L. Owens, C. Pyatt, N. Remington, J. Rice, S. Rombough, K. Schwandt, J. Shaw, P. Smith, G. Tenney, L. Uhlenkott

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. No quorum was declared.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting convened at 1:23 p.m. Since quorum was not reached the meeting was not called to order.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate. The meeting proceeded with informational items only.
    1. Council of Senate Chairs -
      1. A COLA proposal has been initiated which recommends 3% in the first year and 4% in the second year of the biennium. This 9% is still behind the Consumer Price Index, although this request is reasonable and will possibly be palatable to the Governor because of the State's financial outlook and it meets his flat budget request. This proposal may increase to meet the Classified request.
      2. The Council recommends that the Bylaws of the GBC Faculty Senate be changed to set a specific parameter member of Senate. As the current Bylaws read, every contractual employee, including the President, is eligible for membership under Article III.
    2. Board of Regents - GBC's request to draw an approximate $1.2 million loan for the Heritage Manor was approved. A substantial pending Foundation gift could possibly cover the purchase.
    3. Vice Chair Nominations - No nominations will be made until quorum is reached. Chair Rice urged volunteers to come forward.
    1. Bachelor of Applied Science -
      1. Approximately 85 students have been accepted into the program. Some applications are pending graduation on May 17 in order to fully qualify with an Associates. This number far exceeds the program's goal of 50 applicants.
      2. The Focus visit yielded a good evaluation.
      3. May graduation will see one Instrumentation concentration graduate with one Management Technology graduate following in August.
    2. Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education -
      1. The Focus group evaluation was very complimentary of the programs, faculty and students within all the four-year degrees. Ongoing conversations should address the college mission, the concept in offering BA concentrations, faculty workload strategies and the college's link to the community.
      2. Fifteen applications for Fall Semester were reviewed with only 1 rejection. Some are on hold pending required information. There will be approximately 27 program graduates on May 17.
      3. The faculty welcomes Wannell Donnelli as the new Administrative Aid for the Elementary Education program.
    3. Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - The program has completed the basic format for the Resource Management concentration and has been accepted by the committee. This outline will be forwarded to Curriculum and Articulation for approval.
    4. Bachelor of Science in Nursing - No report.
    1. Budget - Oral Report; information only. There is $70,000 in equipment funds for instruction and faculty. The deadline for request submissions is May 3. Faculty are reminded that this is equipment money for purchases of $2,000 and over. It may be combined with lab fees, but must meet usage requirements.
    2. Distance Learning - No report.
    3. Faculty and Administration Evaluations - Written Report; information only. The committee presented a copy of the tenure and tenure-track faculty evaluation process for review. The packet contained the Evaluation Report, Assessment Schedule and Assessment Procedure. The goal of the committee was to place the responsibility for assessment in the hands of instructors who are aware of the goals and the techniques for teaching. There is currently neither institutional or System policy which mandates the use of one assessment program, nor code which gives merit to faculty evaluation recommendation. The responsibility of setting faculty assessment policy remains a function of the Senate. Vice President of Academic Affairs Betty Elliott indicated that she would agree to procedure set by faculty. This procedure promotes a sense of checks and balances between faculty and administration and operates in a five-year cycle. It will be the individual's responsibility to maintain accurate records for a faculty assessment team in which membership is clearly outlined. It was indicated that certain terminology should be reviewed by the committee in order to solidify the policy and the assessment outcomes. This may include setting clear proportions of the evaluation objectives. Goals should be set in conjunction with the department chair and can be set to address both individual as well as departmental achievements. Goals and self-evaluation must address student evaluations. The assessment strategy should include a timeline noting goal implementation, and/or, area improvement. The committee will take Senate recommendations into consideration and present a program for approval at the succession to the current meeting where quorum should be met. The next responsibility of the committee will be to adjust or change the Student Evaluation of Faculty form.
  7. RECESS: The meeting was recessed at 2:36 p.m. due to lack of quorum. The meeting will resume on May 3 at 9:30 a.m.

May 3, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT: P. Anderson, P. Bagley, E. Bateman, J. Cox, K. Dannehl, C. Eikenberry, S. Garcia, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, C. Hyslop, L. Hyslop, P. Josey, J. Kempster, J. King, J. Larsen, M. McFarlane, C. McMullen, R. McNally, P. O'Hanahan, S. Owen, L. Owens, N. Remington, B. Robertson, S. Rombough, L. Sanchez-Saenz, J. Shrock, R. Siler, P. Smith, T. Staley, S. Sweetwater, L. Uhlenkott, J. Williams

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Vice Chair Pete Bagley, presiding, declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 9:39 a.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Vice Chair Bagley welcomed everyone to Senate. The meeting proceeded with the agenda from April 26, 2002.
    1. Vice Chair Nominations - Dr. Joel Shrock accepted the nomination of Vice Chair for the 2002/2003 academic year. Cyd McMullen indicated that she would be interested in the position for the 2003/2004 academic year following the completion of her doctorate program.
    1. Academic Standards - Written report; approved.
      1. The report contained committee recommendations regarding non-traditional credit for Jack Mckeon.
      2. Program Review Guide - The committee submitted the review guide for approval. The guide was brought to Senate at the March meeting requesting faculty comment. Senate questioned the availability of results following the review and indicated that a one-year follow-up should be indicated in the report. A program of study is defined as any study offering a certificate or degree and does include developmental areas of instruction. The review should indicate a specific timeline that will not coincide with the accreditation review. The review guide was unanimously passed with amendments.
      3. Advanced Placement Scores - The committee wishes to address the acceptance of AP exam scores for credit at GBC in accordance with program review standards. Other System institutions have been examined with no consistency found in departmental implementation; however, some colleges do offer a catalog page outlining the scores where appropriate credit will be given. Acceptance of scores assists in recruiting maneuvers. There is question of how to determine the scores on a transcript. A small percentage of students complete the course and take the examination. Of those, a small percentage pass the exams. The Senate requested that this issue be tabled until the beginning of next academic year when Department Chairs can seek more information and discuss the possibility and necessity of implementation. A comment in the catalog will indicate to students that acceptancE of AP test scores is under departmental consideration.
      4. Upper Division Courses - The committee recommends the acceptance of completed upper division course work for two-year programs. The Senate unanimously approved this recommendation.
      5. Proposed Exam Schedule - Due to lack of quorum on a previous email vote, the proposed final exam schedule was presented to Senate for consideration. Senate requested that those classes meeting on weekends have the option of holding their final examinations on Saturday at the preference of the instructor. The schedule was unanimously approved with this amendment.
    2. Curriculum and Articulation - Written Report; approved. The reports submitted by the committee were unanimously approved with the following amendments:
      1. On the April 23, 2002, meeting, CHEM 142 and CHEM 143 should read "Recommended to Senate for Approval."
      2. On the April 18, 2002, meeting, ANTH 311 should read "North American Archeology."
      3. On the April 4, 2002, meeting, CIT 215 MCSE Electives should be included as a common course numbering adjustment.
      4. The Senate recognized the committee for the enormous amount of time and work which they performed this academic year in order to complete the common course numbering project. The committee was commended on a job well done.
    3. Facilities - Oral report; approved.
      1. UNR/AHEC - The committee was asked to investigate the option of moving the UNR Cooperative Extension and the Area Health Education Center to another less prominent location. The committee found that the entities hold a long-term contract with the college to occupy the current areas. The contract does hold language regarding the option of relocation; however, the area must be comparable to their current surroundings.
      2. Elm Street - The committee investigated the Elm Street traffic, parking and pedestrian situation with regards to safety issues. The college over the summer will incorporate a raised walkway in speed-bump form to slow traffic. The campus is also negotiating with the city for installation of pedestrian hazzard lights at College Parkway and 13th Street.
      3. Sculpture - A sculpture created by Vera White, a former student of GBC, was demolished because of its location within the parameters of the Reynolds Foundation campus enhancement project. The artist is deceased and in her memory her family would like the sculpture re-manufactured and placed on campus. The design will be modified as a structural outline of the former piece. The family will weld the form and paint it with weather-proof auto paint in a coordinating color. The committee recommends that the sculpture be placed on a concrete form in the currently un-landscaped area in front of the High Tech Center. In this way, landscaping could be added around the structure. The Senate unanimously agreed to the suggestion.
    4. Faculty and Administration Evaluations - Written Report; passed.
      1. Faculty Assessment Plan - Discussion continued regarding the proposed faculty assessment plan. Following a meeting after the Senate meeting of April 26, the committee decided that the language of the assessment plan should remain as originally proposed without determined parameters or proportions regarding objectives but with the amendment to include a timeline outlining goal implementation and/or area improvement. The committee feels it would not be in the best interest of the faculty if certain portions of the assessment plan were weighted. Much of the same discussion as on April 26 ensued in order to clarify to absent members the exact parameters for the assessment process. The Senate wishes a statement added to the plan indicating that if Administration does not accept the written recommendations of the Tenure Committee, and subsequently the Senate Personnel Committee, the Administration must report to the committees in writing justifying their decision. The committee, as requested by Senate, will research the use of a current annual form by the VPAA in faculty assessments to address the way in which this evaluation will be utilized in the overall administrative evaluation process. The assessment procedure will take effect with new faculty members. A clerical change was made indicating that a department representative, not specifically the department chair, should be part of the assessment team. A motion was made to accept the parameters and approach of the assessment plan. The motion passed with one opposed. Next year's Faculty and Administration Evaluations Committee is requested to follow through with clarifications of the assessment plan; re-evaluating the student evaluation of faculty form; and implementation of the products.
      2. Administration Evaluations - The evaluations are being completed and compiled. They will be reviewed by the committee then delivered to President Killpatrick upon his arrival.
    5. General Education - Written report; approved. After determining the extensive nature of the report, the Senate called to Divide the Question.
      1. New General Education Courses - passed without opposition or discussion.
      2. INT Seminars - passed without opposition or discussion.
      3. Electronic Portfolios - The recommendation would incorporate General Education courses only. Although the recommendation does state that this would be for a trial period only, Senate advised a pilot program with volunteer instructors to which the committee agreed. The volunteers will work with the Technology Help Desk located in the High Tech Center for the burning of CD's while the Career Center has agreed to act as the repository. The recommendation passed with three opposed.
      4. Periodic Course Review Process - Senate requests that this recommendation not be implemented until after the accreditation process for the new programs is complete. The committee agreed to this request and added one year to each proposed program review. This recommendation passed without opposition.
      5. Standing Committee - The committee requested that the description of the General Education as a standing committee be changed to read as follows:
        "The General Education Committee serves to review, revise, and otherwise make recommendations relevant to the standards, implementation, oversight, and assessment of the general education program of Great Basin College."
        Although the committee originally began as a temporary ad hoc committee responsible to the Curriculum and Articulation Committee under the assumption that the committee would be re-evaluated once the new four-year general education standards were in place, the committee's responsibilities continue to be a necessity with additional duties being instituted. The committee will continue to work in conjunction with the Curriculum and Articulation Committee. The recommendation passed with two opposed.
      6. Certificate of General Studies - It was the belief of the committee that there was a need to reinstate this certificate for financial aid purposes. However, moving the degree program to a more prominent position in the catalog, directly in line with the other degree programs, will solve the problem. Recommendation failed.
      7. Faculty Professional Development Seminars - The committee recommends that faculty seminars be held in the relation to plagiarism issues, electronic portfolios and math-across-the-curriculum. Senate revised the recommendation to include that Administration look in-house first to supply training and that trainers and training curriculum (in-house and out) should be in conjunction with faculty opinion. The motion was unanimously passed.
    6. Library Standing Committee - No report.
    7. Personnel - Oral report; information only. Dr. Leon Hensley has been hired in the Elementary Education Program to backfill Nancy Remington's post during her one-year hiatus. The Elementary Ed tenure-track position (Ph.D. preferred, Masters required) and the Nursing position are still in the advertising stages.
      1. Senate asked the committee to review the non-teaching faculty evaluation procedure. There is no precise evaluation process or accountability through Senate which leaves non-teaching faculty positions very vulnerable to administrative sanction and termination without clear justification.
    8. Scholarships and Awards - Written report; approved. The report outlined the scholarship application and review process for modification. The committee invited faculty to the President's Award Ceremony is to be held later in the afternoon in the Solarium in the GBC College Community Center.
      1. There needs to be clarification on the way departmental money may be utilized. Departments who may wish to award their students through gifts, money or special social functions are not allowed to do so under System restrictions. Programs have been encouraged from accreditation entities to pursue this type of award system. Having all departments offer similar student incentives may assist in the ability to utilize funds for these purposes. The committee, in trying to meet the obligations in recognizing students at the most reasonable cost, opted for the use of certificates which could be framed in lieu of plaques which had been used in the past. Faculty with questions regarding the award process are asked to bring comments to the committee for resolution.
    9. Student Relations - No report. The committee generously thanks those faculty members who were directly and indirectly involved in the College and Career Awareness Day. Approximately 300 junior high students were in attendance and the college received admirable observations by the State evaluators.
  6. OLD BUSINESS: No old business was brought forward.
    1. Faculty requests that the Facilities Committee address the financial aspects in the college acquiring existing structures which require extensive work to bring them to code versus building new structures.
  8. OUTSTANDING STUDENT, STAFF AND FACULTY NOMINATIONS: Student Angelica Ordaz was nominated for the Outstanding Student Award.
    1. Faculty were reminded that the Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 10. Get your teams together and registered.
    2. The Student Art Show is on display in the Greenhaw Technical Arts Building. Several student pieces are for sale with proceeds being used to purchase a new kiln.
    3. The student-driven production of "The Princess Bride" continues to appear in the Theatre, May 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
  10. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 11:56 a.m. The next meeting will be held Friday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m. via Interactive Video. Rooms to be announced.