Minot State University
Executive Board Meeting
February 7, 2002
3:30 pm -- Westlie Room
President: Rick Barkosky
Vice President: Christopher Keller
Secretary: Lisa Borden-King
Parliamentarian: Bethany Andreasen
Bethany Andreasen Rick Barkosky
Lisa Borden-King Nancy Hall
Christopher Keller Warren Gamas
Michael Duffy Eric Furuseth
Members present: Michael Duffy, Christopher Keller, Rick Barkosky, Bethany Andreasen, Warren Gamas, Eric Furuseth, Lisa Borden-King, Nancy Hall
Members absent: None
Guests: Steve Huenneke
1. Announcements/Review Agenda: Dr. Barkosky attended the online program retreat. They are looking for input on how to shape MSU Online and they are looking for input on faculty load, and intellectual property rights specifically. They would like Faculty Senate and some of its committees to have input to these issues. For example, Faculty Senate and some of its committees might want to look at how load gets determined, how the teaching of online courses affect tenure and promotion criteria, and assessment of learner outcomes (mostly for general education courses). Perhaps the assessment committee or the General Education Committee would be appropriate for this issue. Dr. Gamas asked about Web-CT. Dr. Barkosky replies that the only thing they said is that hybrid courses are possible now but nothing specific about Web-CT. Dr. Barkosky concluded by stating that they are seeking our input which is a positive sign.
Formal actions: The agenda was approved.
2. Minutes from the previous meeting:
Formal actions: The minutes were approved as written.
3. CCF Report – Dr. Huenneke, MSU Council of College Faculty Representative
a)CCF passed a resolution about extending the CEO severance package to all full time faculty.
b)Despite a significant amount of grass roots interest in reforming the new policy on Presidential search committees, which included numerous resolutions from campuses and student organizations, Jim Grijalva reported that although he got one member to make a motion, it died for lack of a second.
c)The Arts and Humanities summit will be held on April 26 and 27th.
d)The State of the Faculty Conference has become an issue recently. Essentially, CCF heard Hillman say that legislators would not be comfortable with the fact that collective bargaining was discussed, and that future funding was in peril. CCF voted to send President Henry Riegler and another person to meet with Hillman. At this meeting, Hillman stated he was concerned about POSSIBLE negative outcomes. Chancellor Isaak said he understood Dr. Hillman’s concerns. Riegler pointed out that there was a balanced presentation at the conference. Then there was conversation about the future of the State of the Faculty conference. Everyone agreed declining attendance is a concern.
e)CCF wants better long range planning for State of the Faculty conference. If anyone has any ideas, let Dr. Huenneke know. Dr. Duffy indicated that the State of the Faculty conference has never been raised or discussed in the College of Business, so perhaps part of the problem is internal promotion.
f) CCF will have their annual meeting with the State Board on March 27th. CCF will decide how they want to structure this meeting and what they want to cover. Many of us are making individual contacts with Board members.
4. Old Business
a. spouse and dependent tuition waivers -- an update: Dr. Huenneke and Dr. Kibler will present three options to the President. Dr. Huenneke stated that a 50% waiver the first year and a 60% waiver the next year is one idea. This approach will allow us to study the effects on enrollment and revenue. Dr. Gamas suggested we should not assess it just in terms of money ; we should also examine faculty retention and quality of students, as well as other significant issues. Formal actions: By consensus, the EFS Board recommended placing this issue on the next Faculty Senate agenda.
b. excused student announcements - an update: This task has been completed. The new form is out and should be used now by those issuing student absentee notifications.
5. New Business
a. Constitutional Review : The changes to the Constitution are numerous but primarily minor. They are described in the handout distributed by Dr. Andreasen. Their approval needs a faculty at large vote which could be done at the annual meeting. Dr. Barkosky indicated that he will get this accomplished by the end of the semester. Dr. Hall stated that she has made changes to update administration policies and asked about to whom she should send these changes. Dr. Andreasen replied that such changes should go to the Handbook Committee. Dr. Barkosky agreed. Dr. Andreasen also noted that many of the changes, such as the new name for Continuing Education, will require changes in the bylaws as well.
b. residency requirement: Dr. Barkosky reminded the Board that this conversation started with the discussion about the BAS degree. He highlighted the fact that with the new proposal a person could graduate having never been physically in residence at MSU. How we define residence is the issue. Dr. Hall stated that NCA approves sites, for example, Fargo is an approved site as is Bismarck, but online is not yet. Dr. Croonquist brought the issue of online residency to Faculty Senate. There wasn’t agreement then and so it was tabled. Since that time, other developments have occurred which impact this issue. NCA has come out with guidelines and procedures for approving online degrees and so has the Board. The Williston nursing project, for example, came to Academic Affairs, Chancellor’s Cabinet and then to the Board for approval. Following those approvals, Dr. Hall had to write up the program and send it into NCA and then they approved the program. Finally, Linda Petterson had to turn it into the nursing accrediting agency. Given all this oversight, Dr. Hall hasn’t brought these issues to Senate but maybe the Curriculum Committee would want to look at the kinds of questions these agencies are asking. The first step for this group or another Faculty Senate committee might be to look at whether or not we are comfortable with the other approval processes that are in place to address this issue. Dr. Hall indicated that she could bring the NCA guidelines to Executive Board or Faculty Senate as a beginning point.
Dr. Hall stated that the real issue is whether or not what we are doing in online courses is quality. There is a dearth of national research on the effectiveness in terms of student outcomes of online courses. A brief discussion about library services followed. MSU must guarantee library services to online students in order to guarantee NCA approval.
Dr. Barkosky indicated he would like us to look at asking the Academic Policy committee to examine the issue of residency and online education. Further, we should ask ourselves if we generally agree as a group that what we are looking at, at least in part, is a quality issue. Dr. Andreasen replied that quality is what the issue is all about. Dr. Hall asked if we define quality as meeting course outcomes. Dr. Gamas asked if his objectives in ED 380 are supposed to be the same for online and on campus courses. Dr. Barkosky asserted that the outcomes must be the same if the courses are the same. Dr. Borden-King suggested that answering the question “What is quality?” may involve more than course outcomes. There was general discussion concerning whether or not everything important can be quantified. Dr. Gamas stated that he is uncomfortable with some of the ways we may go in comparing online courses and on campus courses. There needs to be more research there. Dr. Duffy suggested that we will see some outcomes better served on campus and others better served online.
Formal actions: None taken
6. Administrative Report – Dr. Hall, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
a)Dr. Hall reported that Stephanie Witwer is looking at all distance education to see how well we are serving our students. Dr. Duffy indicated he would like to see how outcomes are dealt with across online and on campus courses. Dr. Hall stated that Stephanie Witwer has indicated that there is grant money available if we want to pursue research in this area.
b) Deans search: The Arts and Sciences search committee will be bringing another candidate to campus. The committee conducted four more phone interviews and one candidate really excelled; however, his salary was out of reach for us. The committee went back and looked at the other three and Dr. Stokes surfaced as the top candidate. He has been in Japan for 11 years and has lots of international work. March 4th will be the visitation day with open forums on campus. Dr. Hall also announced that Dr. Rasmussen is leaving MSU to return to Weber State. We have decided to go with an interim position for a year because first, the campus is tired of Dean searches and, second, it is late in the year. To fill the interim position, we looked first for a Chair but that person would be ineligible to apply for the Dean’s job. Dr. Hall met with departmental chairs to discuss issues. Social work has an accreditation coming up, but Don Burke thinks they will be ready. NCATE is a larger issue, as next year is the planning year for NCATE. In response to a question, Dr. Hall indicated that the search will start in August, as we have found that if we get our materials out in August and have an early closing date we get a much stronger pool.
c)Sick leave update: Wes is ready to come back with an update about what TIAA CREF told him. He is not done yet drafting a policy, but there is information to share.
Formal action: Wes Matthews will be added to the next Faculty Senate agenda.
d)curricular issues: Gary Rabe came forward with a proposal to set up a rural crime and justice program. Dr. Sando has requested an International Trade Center. So, we are looking at developing some centers for federal funding which would mean hiring some additional people on soft money .
e)Old Main: Jared sent a memorandum to Business and Dr. Hall suggested it be sent to Education as well. People on the 3rd and 2nd floors will need to relocate if they are teaching this summer. If they are not teaching this summer, people will just box up their offices. Those on the first floor are moving over spring break to enable crews to spend more time there.
7. Adjournment 5:00
Lisa Borden-King, Faculty Senate secretary