FACULTY SENATE MEETING
December 8, 2000
MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Avent, B. Byram, J. Cox, F. Daniels, K. Dannehl, S. England, H. Estes, P. Fox, L. Frazier, S. Garcia, G. Boicoechea, P. Josey, J. Karr, M. Kuhl, K. Martin, S. McCaskill, M. McFarlane, S. Nielsen, E. Nickel, S. Owen, L. Owens, M. Ports, M. Puccinelli, C. Pyatt, N. Remington, J. Rice, B. Robertson, J. Shaw, J. Shrock, R. Siler, G. Smith, J. Smith, P. Smith, T. Staley, S. Sweetwater, K. Schwandt, S. Thomson, G. Tenney, P. Warren, J. Williams
OTHERS PRESENT: Dr. Ronald Remington
- ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
- CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:17 p.m.
- WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the November 5, 2000, meeting were unanimously
approved with the deletion of Eric Henderson listed as present.
- DR. RONALD REMINGTON: Dr. Remington gave a brief overview on the status of the upcoming
Bachelor Degree programs. He congratulated the faculty on the progress shown and stressed that the
programs would be developed without injury to the existing Associate Degree curriculum. He urged all
faculty to study the Academic Master Plan during semester break to prepare for a meeting with
Administration to change, clarify and solidify the document.
- SENATE CHAIR REPORT: Chair John Rice reported the following:
- Board of Regents -
- Part-time Faculty Pay - Part time faculty members picketed the BoR rallying for $2,500 for each 3
credit course taught. Chair Rice suggests all faculty salaries by reviewed. A pending new hire in
the Chancellor's office will arrive in February to address community college salaries with a
proposal for resolution by next biennium. In the meantime, a COLA does not look promising for
this year. The Governor is expected to approve the raise but not fund it leaving individual
institutions the responsibility. In the case of GBC, this could mean losing positions to secure the
- FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMS:
- Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies - The committee brought forward the final proposal of the
program for approval. Dr. Elaine Englehardt, Utah Valley State College, reviewed the program
with a letter of recommendation forthcoming. The committee suggested that an additional
concentration in e-commerce or e-business be added to the program. Following extensive
discussion, a motion was made and unanimously approved to accept the program as currently
outlined. Upon obtaining BoR approval, the program will allow for additional development where
an e-commerce/e-business component can be integrated. Once the proposal is approved by the
BoR, faculty will begin submitting classes for approval by the Curriculum and Articulation
- Bachelor of Applied Science - Program outline was distributed. The program proposal has been
approved by the BoR and the General Education requirements have been accepted by the Faculty
Senate. There are currently 65 individuals interested in the program. Dr. Jay Larsen has been
hired to facilitate the program and will be on campus for spring semester. The Curriculum and
Articulation Committee recommended that the specific BAS outline be brought to the Faculty
Senate for approval. Faculty recognizes the weaknesses in the current AAS degree which may
not prepare students for the 300 level seminars. The committee explains that most of these
students will have substantial work experience which act as preparation; students who wish to
pursue the degree will have the diligence to see it through. Faculty must oversee the AAS
courses and advisement of students to make certain proper prerequisites are met. A motion was
made for the acceptance of the program with an amendment to increase the degree to 126 credits.
Following a formal roll call to determine appropriate voting representatives, the amendment to
increase the degree from 120 to 126 credits failed 12:19. The motion for acceptance of the
program as submitted with the committee reviewing options for strengthening the social science
requirements with the AAS degree was passed.
- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - The program has three students completing their
internships this semester with one completing her education in December and walking through
graduation in May. Sixteen students will begin their internships in the spring semester graduating
in May. There are close to 90 students currently in the program.
- Bachelor of Arts in Nursing - No report.
- COMMITTEE REPORTS:
- Academic Standards - Written Report; approved. The committee received six requests for non-traditional credit which were recommended for acceptance.
- Budget - None. Scott Nielsen has accepted the committee chair position with Randall Doyle's
departure. The committee will begin reviewing requests for equipment from departments in
conjunction with Vice President Carl Diekhans.
- Compensation and Benefits - No report.
- Curriculum and Articulation - Written report; approved. The report dealt with the committee
recommendations of Bachelor of Applied Science degree which were earlier reviewed.
- Distance Learning - Written report; passed. The committee wishes to address concerns regarding
the use of IAV technology. Faculty are asked to submit comments to any of the committee
- Facilities - Oral report; information only. The committee will begin addressing the ADA
compliance issues on campus. They will work in conjunction with the incoming safety officer to
bring forth recommendations.
- Faculty and Administrative Evaluations - No report.
- General Education - No report.
- Personnel - Oral report; information only. Advertisements have been placed for the funded
positions and will begin running the week of January 8, 2001.
- Scholarships and Awards - No report.
- Student Relations - Oral report; information only. The ASB issued concerns regarding the GBC
Library. The committee, the ASB, Library staff and Administration are mediating toward
- OLD BUSINESS:
- The Student Pre-requisite Form was presented. The form is in use by Admissions and Records
and will prevent the overriding of required pre-requisites except by the instructor of record or the
department chair. Arrangements during semester breaks will be determined. The class quota
form was not brought forward.
- The approval for the revised position description of Dr. Gary Heberer was withdrawn.
- NEW BUSINESS:
- Academic Master Plan - Copies of the plan are available for faculty review. Each faculty member
should study the plan and determine where they fit in and where they should be as the college
continues to grow. There will be a meeting in January to discuss revising the document into a
viable, workable representation of the college.
- Bylaw Restructure - A committee is being formed to revisit the language of the school bylaws.
The current document is out of date and must be reviewed to suit the college and its expansion.
- Senate Membership Discussion - This item has been examined in passing; however, the way the
Bylaws of the Senate currently read, all employees on faculty contract are eligible for membership
with only the Vice-Presidents and the President excluded. Several administrative employees
decline membership stating conflict of interest, but the bylaws should be restructured to state
exactly who constitutes a member of Senate.
- Final's Week - In a previous mandate, finals week was disbanded with the understanding that the
structure could be revisited if necessary. Policy states that a semester constitutes 16 weeks of
course instruction with finals conducted in the 16th week during normal class hours. Some part-time faculty are conducting their final exams in the 15th week and dismissing class for the 16th
week which is against our accreditation mandates. The structure also interrupts final
examinations for teachers and students where exams are two hours in length. The current
structure will be reviewed and options for revision will be heard.
- OUTSTANDING FACULTY, STUDENT AND STAFF AWARDS:
- Electrical Student Jeremy Moser and Elementary Education Program graduate Bethany Jund-Burgess were nominated for the Outstanding Student Award.
- INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:
- The Faculty Senate / Administrative Council Joint Conference will meet January 16th.
- The GBC Christmas Party will commence at 6:00 Friday evening. Everyone's invited.
- Chair John Rice wished everyone Happy Holidays.
- ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.