Minutes of MiSU Faculty Senate

March 25, 2004

 

Members present: Larry Atwood, Chris Beachy, Casey Coleman, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Nancy Hall, Christopher Keller, Robert Kibler, Clark Markell, Cheryl Nilsen, Linda Olson, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Beth Pross, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, Clarine Sandstrom,.

Members absent: Lisa Borden-King, Rita Curl, Alexandra Deufel, Leisa Harmon, Joan Houston, Chad Johnson, Karland Kilian, Paul Markel, David McCormack, M. Saeed, Michelle Sauer, H. Erik Shaar one student not yet selected.

Guests present: Stephen Hayton (curriculum), Bethany Andreasen (Academic Policy Comm.), Vicki Michels (Faculty Handbook Comm.), Linda Cresap, Lisa Johnson, Jay Wahlen, Doug Pfliger.

 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Gary Rabe.
 
Ron Royer moved to approve Maila Zitelli as proxy for Alexandra Deufel. Susan Podrygula seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus.
 
Patti Fedje moved to approve the minutes of the February 26, 2004 meeting as presented. Beth Pross seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus.
 
Announcements – Gary Rabe: Paul Markel is not here today as he is with his children who are ill. Chris Beachy will be replaced on the Faculty Rights Committee as he is not currently eligible to serve on that committee.
 
Review of the Agenda – The agenda was approved as presented.
 
Administrative Report – Nancy Hall: Dr. Hall reported that word had just come today from Jon Rumney, professor in the Music Division that four of his students have been honored to receive fellowships to attend the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland this summer. NOI is a three-week program and is one of the most prestigious orchestral programs in the country. Last year only 30 violinists and 12 violists were accepted. They were students from the finest music schools in the US.
 
The learning management system taskforce has asked for additional individuals from each campus to meet with the top three vendors. This does not include WebCT, which chose not to submit a bid. Don Burke and Kris Stonebreaker are going with Cathy Horvath to test the conversion capacity of the vendors with some of MSU’s more complex online courses. The meeting is being held in Valley City on April 14th.
 
After looking at numerous policies of other institutions, Ann Burnett, CCF representative to SBHE, had submitted a revised Policy 611.9 on Textbook Reimbursement. This policy will be reviewed by the AAC on April 6th.
 
ConnectND subject matter experts from Bottineau, Dickinson, and Minot are in our library all week testing the PeopleSoft applications in Financial Aid, Admission, Records, and Finance to test the conversion of campus data and make adjustments to ensure readiness to go live in July.
 
The Assessment Committee will be sending a team to a four-day retreat sponsored by the Collaboration in Northfield, Minnesota, in June 2004. The retreat will allow the team to develop plans for greater involvement of students in the assessment process and for enhancing the culture to support assessment at MSU. Assessment Day is April 1.
 
The NCATE accreditation visit for Teacher Education programs will begin this coming weekend with the team arriving on Friday.
 
Additional administrative report items submitted to Senate members in written form are found in an appendix following the agenda after these minutes.
 
Presidential Search – Gary Rabe: The final candidate for the office of MSU President is on campus today. The scheduling during the visits was always done with compromise and conflicts with campus personnel schedules were inevitable. Dr. Rabe expressed his appreciation to those who were able to attend the faculty sessions with each candidate. The dialogue was informative and enlightening. Dr. Rabe stated that the candidates were all very strong
 
CCF – Chris Keller: CCF met on March 9. Wahpeton and Valley City both had looked into charging tuition by the credit. Wahpeton is proceeding in that direction but Valley City is holding off at this point. At the upcoming State Board meeting CCF will be presenting a new draft of the textbook policy written by Ann Burnett, a compensation package recommendation, and a resolution concerning the Round Table. Text of the draft resolution concerning the Roundtable is in an appendix found after the agenda following these minutes. Clark Markell asked whether there had been any polling of faculty to determine faculty awareness of the Cornerstones. Chris Keller responded that the views were based on anecdotal information.
 
Gen Ed – Ron Royer: The committee will meet next month in the Jones Room. The committee recommends that the probationary period be extended for one year for Geog 110 and Geog 161. Ron Royer moved on behalf of the committee that the recommendation be passed. The motion carried.
 
New Business:
Academic Policy Committee – Bethany Andreasen and Lisa Johnson: Three proposals are being presented to Senate by the Academic Policy Committee. The first proposal concerns freshman admission requirements and reads as follows: A student with a composite ACT score of 17 or higher would be an automatic admission. A student with a composite ACT score of 16 would be reviewed by the existing Exemption Committee. “A student with a composite ACT score of 15 or less would be denied admission.” The Exemption Committee would look at the high school GPA, core high school coursework taken, and supporting documentation of those students with an ACT score of 16. A question was raised on whether the proposal is contradictory to open enrollment policies. Dr. Hall responded that only the two-year institutions currently have open enrollments. The four-year and research institutions have minimum coursework standards that students must meet in order to enroll.  The question was raised as to whether the last year of graduation allowing exemption from the ACT requirement is a fixed value. Lisa Johnson indicated that at this time it is fixed at 1992, but she would like to see it change to a floating value that reflects a ten-year time period between graduation and enrollment application. Patti Fedje moved to adopt the Freshman Admission Requirement proposal. Christian Fantoni seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
The second proposal concerns Common Add/Drop Dates for Graduate and Undergraduate Courses. The impetus is coming from a desire to use the same session for both levels in the new PeopleSoft program. The proposal reads as follows: “Under Adding Courses or Changing Sections: Classes may be added through the seventh day of a regular (16-week) session in fall/spring semester. Students may add classes through the fourth day of summer semester or eight week course. Under Dropping Courses: Classes may be dropped or grading options changed through the 42nd day of a regular (16-week) session in fall/spring semester. Students may drop or request a change in grading option through the 21st day of summer semester or eight week course.” Ernst Pijning moved to approve the recommendation. Susan Podrygula seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
The third proposal concerns Undergraduate Repeat Policy. Clarification of MSU’s course repeat policy and one proposed change in policy were submitted by the Academic Policy Committee. The new policy reads as follows: “Students may repeat coursework at MSU that was originally taken at another institution. Only the last grade earned in a repeated course (through MSU) is used in calculating credits attempted and grade point average. While the campus performs routine repeat checking processes, it is suggested that the student obtain and complete a Petition to Repeat form from the Records Office in order to ensure proper notations are made to their permanent record. This is especially critical when course numbers or course titles differ. Students cannot repeat courses after their degree has been posted.” Christian Fantoni moved to approve the proposal. Ernst Pijning seconded the motion. The motion carried. The clarification concerns the repeating of courses in which a student has received a grade of C or higher. The clarification is stated as follows: “Students are not automatically entitled to repeat courses in which they have earned a grade of C or better. Students must obtain a Petition to Repeat a Course form from the Records Office. The form must be approved by their advisor, the chair overseeing the course and the chair overseeing the student’s major for the course to be repeated. Students must provide compelling reasons for repeating courses in which they have earned C or better grades.”
 
Curriculum Committee – Steven Hayton: Patti Fedje spoke in support of the prerequisite changes to Acct 360, a new Fraud Examination Minor, a proposed new course Acct 351: Fraud Examination, and the proposed change to the accounting major which would allow Acct 351 as an elective option. Chris Beachy moved to approve the proposed curriculum changes in accounting. Ernst Pijning seconded the motion. Chris Beachy moved to split the vote. Ernst Pijning seconded the motion. Clark Markell moved to approve the changes to all parts except the new course Acct 351: Fraud Examination. Ron Royer seconded the motion. The motion carried. Linda Olson moved to rename Acct 351 as Introduction to Fraud Examination. Patti Fedje seconded the motion. The motion carried. Ron Royer moved to approve Acct 351 as renamed. Linda Olson seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
We temporarily moved to Faculty Handbook issues, as it was inadvertently overlooked as we moved through the agenda.
 
Faculty Handbook Committee – Vicki Michels: Faculty have received draft revisions of sections 3, 4, and 5. Section 2 drafts have not been circulated yet. Dr. Michels spoke about the types of revisions that have been made to the three sections presented. The committee moved adoption of the revisions of sections 3, 4, and 5. The motion carried.
 
Curriculum Committee Continued: Maila Zitelli spoke concerning proposed changes to the course description of Lang 390: Foreign Language Methods. The proposed change was moved by the committee. The motion carried.
 
Doug Pfliger spoke in support of the proposed Art Concentration in the Masters of Education program. Chris Beachy moved and Patti Fedje seconded the proposed Art Concentration in the Masters of Education.
 
Linda Cresap spoke in support of the proposed changes in the following BIT courses and program changes reflecting the course changes: BIT 235, 236, 312, 318, 320, 333, 342, 385, 391, 452, 453, and BOTE 247, dropping BOTE 147, adding BIT 154, modification of BSE in Business, BS in Management Information Systems, Bachelor of Applied Science – Applied Business Information Technology. Patti Fedje moved to approve the changes in these groups. Ron Royer seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
Linda Cresap spoke in support of new undergraduate business programs: a Bachelor of Science in Virtual Business and a minor in Virtual Business. She also spoke in support of the proposed new courses to support the new programs. The BIT 127 course has been dropped in order to accommodate the new coursework. Questions were asked concerning delivery mode and whether there were on-campus requirements for the degree programs. It was stated that there are several modes of delivery for the same course. Students can select the mode each prefers, out of those that are available that semester, for each course in the program. There is no on-campus requirement. The committee moved to adopt the proposed program. The motion carried with Chris Beachy abstaining.
 
Dr. Cresap then spoke in support of a new graduate program: Master of Science in Information Systems and the graduate course changes and proposed new courses that are reflections of the new program requirements. Changes were proposed concerning the following courses: BIT 563, 566, and 575. Proposed new courses are as follows: Bit 556, 560, 565, 570, 580, and 582. The new program would be offered entirely online. The committee moved approval of the proposed changes. The motion carried.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Cheryl Nilsen, Secretary
Minot State University
Faculty Senate
Thursday, March 25, 2004
3:30pm, Westlie Room
 
1. Review the Minutes
2. Announcements - Markel
3. Proxies
4. Review the Agenda
 
3:40pm - 4:00pm
5. Administrative Report - Hall
6. Presidential Search - Rabe
7. CCF - Keller
8. Gen Ed - Royer
 
4:00pm - 4:45pm
9. New Business
a. Academic Policy Committee - Andreasen
b. Faculty Handbook Committee - Michels
c. Curriculum Committee - Hayton
 
4:45pm - 5:30pm
10. Old Business: Draft guidelines on Tenure and Promotion
11. Adjourn: 5:30pm
 

Additional Administrative Report Items Submitted in Written Form by Dr. Hall
 
Academic Discussion at the State Level
MSU was approved for ongoing distance delivery of the nursing program to the northwest area of North Dakota.
 
The BFA in Art degree was approved at the February SBHE meeting. Marketing material is being prepared by the art department and students will be enrolled in the program beginning in the fall of 2004.
 
Pending final campus approval, the Master of Science in Information Systems and the Bachelor of Science in Virtual Business will be submitted to the Academic Affairs Council in April.
 
Budgeting for 04-05
College level operating budgets and salary allocations for 2004-2005 are being distributed to the deans March 26the and are due back to the VPAA mid-April. Budgets are due to the NDUS staff on May 1, 2004.
 
Preliminary guidelines for budgeting in the next biennium (2005-2007) are being distributed from the State Board of Higher Education Office to Bruce Haskins.
 
Hiring Updates
The School Psychology position has been offered and accepted by a school psychology candidate.
 
Psychology and Business Information Technology were approved to offer tenure-track positions to long-time special contract faculty members.
 
Dr. Joe Ferrar, NDCPD, has exercised his tenure rights to return to a full-time faculty position in Special Education.
 
Geography, Mathematics, Accounting, and Business Law candidates are interviewing on campus this week.
 
Institutional Committee Update
The Evaluation Committee is expanding their pilot project to assess the feasibility of transitioning to an online course evaluation process. A recommendation is expected in June 2004.
 

Draft of Council of College Faculties Resolution on the Roundtable
 
March 25, 2004
 
Whereas Cornerstone 2 of the Roundtable, Educational Excellence, is the pre-condition to the other cornerstones; and
 
Whereas NDUS faculty believe that Educational Excellence is the paramount mission of institutions of higher learning; and
 
Whereas NDUS faculty have not had the opportunity to provide regular and sufficient input into the Roundtable, and
 
In addition:
 
Whereas, many faculty are not aware of the Roundtable Report, many faculty are opposed to or confused about their role in Cornerstone #1, Economic Development, and/or many faculty believe that the Roundtable requests them to do something other than the Educational Excellence they were trained and hired to provide;
 
Therefore, be it resolved that the Council of College Faculties affirms Cornerstone #2 of the Roundtable, and urges the committee to promote it as the first and primary cornerstone. Furthermore,
 
Be it resolved that the Council of College Faculties requests that faculty representation on the Roundtable be nominated by existing faculty governance statewide to be forwarded by the Council of College Faculties to the Roundtable for selection of at least four faculty to serve, including the current faculty representative to the State Board of Higher Education and the president of the Council of College Faculties or his/her designee from that body, for the purpose of setting up Faculty Advisory Boards on each campus whereby faculty input can be better directed and solicited.