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

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:17 p.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate.
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the November 5, 2000, meeting were unanimously approved with the deletion of Eric Henderson listed as present.
  5. 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.
  6. SENATE CHAIR REPORT: Chair John Rice reported the following:
    1. Board of Regents -
      1. 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 needed monies.
    1. 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 Committee.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Bachelor of Arts in Nursing - No report.
    1. Academic Standards - Written Report; approved. The committee received six requests for non-traditional credit which were recommended for acceptance.
    2. 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.
    3. Compensation and Benefits - No report.
    4. Curriculum and Articulation - Written report; approved. The report dealt with the committee recommendations of Bachelor of Applied Science degree which were earlier reviewed.
    5. 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 members.
    6. 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.
    7. Faculty and Administrative Evaluations - No report.
    8. General Education - No report.
    9. Personnel - Oral report; information only. Advertisements have been placed for the funded positions and will begin running the week of January 8, 2001.
    10. Scholarships and Awards - No report.
    11. 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 resolution.
    1. 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.
    2. The approval for the revised position description of Dr. Gary Heberer was withdrawn.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    1. Electrical Student Jeremy Moser and Elementary Education Program graduate Bethany Jund-Burgess were nominated for the Outstanding Student Award.
    1. The Faculty Senate / Administrative Council Joint Conference will meet January 16th.
    2. The GBC Christmas Party will commence at 6:00 Friday evening. Everyone's invited.
    3. Chair John Rice wished everyone Happy Holidays.
  13. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.