Senate Steering Committee
March 5, 2009
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM
The February 5, 2009 minutes were approved.
* Chair's Report
Frank Bova, Chair
A change in library fines will give money back to library to replace books that are lost. If a book is late you get a
certain number of notices, then you get a notice that the book will be replaced and a fine will be established. The
issue will go before the Welfare council for discussion and the Welfare council will report back to Steering.
A May Senate meeting will be scheduled for May 14.
A report on the new UCC structure by the two co-chairs will be given in May. .
Academic calendars- a faculty task force will be established to look at the academic calendar. Administrators will be
on the task force as liaisons. The task force will need to determine if we are still bound by the old BOG rules for
when we start and finish.
Some concerns to take into consideration are: modular classes and housing concerns. The task force will be charged
and will bring recommendations forward in September and October.
Jane Brockmann moved to take calendar proposal that APC approved to the Senate. The Steering committee
decided to move for approval of calendars for the next three years (2012, 2013 and 2014) and then if the committee
has changes to make, the Senate will vote on the changes.
Academic Policy Council
Committee will be charged with reviewing proposal to create an academic work plan.
Danaya Wright, Chair
Infrastructure Council Jane Brockmann, Chair
Chuck Frazier and Mark Orazem explained the governance aspects of the IT reorganization plan. The council also
had a course management system discussion. The council would like to submit a Green team resolution to the
Senate. The resolution will be presented with Dedee Delongpre's item. There will also be an IT presentation to the
Senate in March.
Welfare Council Susan Percival, Chair
The council is working on student perceptions of teaching. Current questions come from the old Board of Regents.
The council is also looking at the questions themselves and the statistics used to record statistics. Rick Yost will aks
chairs of the Senate's from across the state to send in questions they use.
Research and Scholarship Council Jacob Chung, Chair
Win Phillips talked about RCM and possible implications for research. The council has invited Matt Fajack to the
next meeting to discuss RCM. External research funding has increased. Brandy Boniface, Assistant Director
Research Programs, will also meet with the council to discuss export control. The council is concerned with this
issue. Problems are that violations may not be obvious but can carry severe penalties.
Budget Council David Quillen, Chair
The council reviewed the budget principle document and decided to keep most recent one. The council also
Graduate Council Items Ken Gerhardt, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Proposal to create a M.S. in Biostatistics, PHHP
Sunset Doctorate Degree in Computer & Information Science, College of Engineering
These items will be on the Senate agenda as information for the March meeting.
Committee on Committees Conflict of Interest Committee Recommended Language
Ellis Greiner, COC chair
The COC will finalize a charge for the committee and remove the part about the grievance process with the HSC.
These recommendations will be presented as information at the March Senate meeting.
Constitution Committee Bylaw 22 and Constitution Article VI
Cathy Martyniak, Constitution Committee Chair
This item will be an information item at the March Senate meeting.
Sustainability Information Dedee DeLongpre, Director of the Office of Sustainability
The committee discussed green teams and the green team resolution which Danaya Wright will draft. The
committee also discussed the Tigert Hall energy efficiency program. The committee suggested posting the green
teams on Office of Sustainability web site.
Honorary Degrees Nominees Dave Denslow, chair Honorary Degrees committee
Dave Denslow presented five nominees who were all endorsed by the committee and departments.
This item will be an action item at the March meeting.
Approval of the March 19, 2009 Senate agenda
The agenda was approved pending the addition of the honorary degrees candidates and the sustainability resolution
to the agenda.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM