Minot State University
Faculty Senate Meeting
January 17, 2002
3:30 pm -- Westlie Room
Officers Executive Board
President Rick Barkosky Bethany Andreasen Eric Furuseth Warren Gamas
Vice President Christopher Keller Rick Barkosky Nancy Hall
Secretary Lisa Borden-King Lisa Borden-King Chris Keller
Parliamentarian Bethany Andreasen Michael Duffy
Members Present: Dr. Barkosky, Dr. Keller, Dr. Borden-King, Dr. Andreasen, Dr. Hall, Dr. Warrick (for Dr. Beachy), Ms. Bowles, Ms. Fedje, Ms. Haider, Dr. Jastrzembski, Dr. Kibler, Ms. Klein, Dr. Markell, Dr. McCormack, Dr. McKenney, Dr. Martin, Dr. Pijning, Ms. Podrygula, Dr. Royer, Dr. Sauer, Dr. Super, Colin McNamara.
Members Absent: Dr. Ford, Dr. Seymour, Mr. Staub, Ms. Yellowbird
Guests: Dr. Sando, Dr. Huenneke, Ms. Witwer, Ms. Loftesnes, Dr. Rabe, Mr. Witwer, Dr. Cresup, Dr. Hoffman
1. Announcements/Review Agenda: Dr. Barkosky expressed his enthusiasm for beginning a new semester.
Formal actions: Dr. Royer made a motion to approve Dr. Warrick as a proxy for Dr. Beachy. The motion was seconded by Ms. Podrygula and approved.
2. Approval of minutes from the December 6, 2001 meeting of the Faculty
Formal actions: The minutes from the December 6th meeting were approved with no changes.
3. CCF Report - Dr. Steve Huenneke, MSU Council of College Faculty
a) Dr. Huenneke reported that CCF passed a resolution to extend the recently approved CEO severance package to all faculty. This resolution will be forwarded to the Board.
b)Arts and Humanities summit: CCF is looking for people to participate in this summit as presenters. Anyone interested in presenting at the summit should submit proposals. The summit will be held on April 25th and 26th at UND. Dr. Huenneke urged faculty to consider attending. Dr. Kibler asked about the representation per university. Is there a quota? Dr. Huenneke indicated that there is not a quota. Dr. Jastrzembski suggested that we should maximize the number of people from MSU as UND has home field advantage. Dr. Kibler suggested that in CCF it should be recommended that some money be set aside to cover travel. Dr. Huenneke stated that he believes money is available for faculty to attend and he will get specifics.
c) CCF communication: During the December IVN meeting, which the Vice Chancellor attended, CCF discussed how to improve the communication system. CCF would like to get beyond having just the CCF listserve, as there ought to be a clear and better way to present information. A web page was suggested, but this takes a lot of energy and some resources. CCF is currently looking for funding from Chancellor’s office.
d)SBHE and State of Faculty Conference: There have been rumors about concerns at the state level focusing on the discussion of collective bargaining at the last CCF State of the Faculty conference. CCF was told that the legislature was so unhappy about this that it might imperil support from the Board office for the conference in the future. CCF approved an action item to get this whole situation clarified. People will meet with Chancellor’s office to clarify the situation.
d)Announcement: Please send ideas for themes for the next State of the Faculty Conference to Dr. Huenneke and they will be put in the pot.
3. Administrative Report - Dr. Nancy Hall, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
a)Update on Deans search: Dr. Roderic Hewlett accepted offer for the Dean of Business position. He has business experience, higher education experience and also has interest in international teaching and student recruiting. He will be here on July 1st. His wife has English credentials and is a writer. Neither candidate accepted the Arts and Sciences position. The search committee will recommence telephone interviews again tomorrow. There are still good candidates in the pool and we are still on time as long as we keep moving forward.
b)Transfer of credit in education: This issue was discussed at a previous meeting. Dr. Rasmussen was going back to the statewide Deans’ group to try to get consensus regarding transfer of upper division credit. They are not yet at consensus. If they can’t come to consensus, individual campuses will forward individual concerns to the Chancellor.
c) Finance area: Dr. Ondracek wrote a grant for student recruitment and services for international students. The Board met today and we should hear about the results soon. MSU will also be subcontracting with UND to get grant money for science research (biomedical). Faculty at MSU will be applying for grant money to work with undergraduate students.
d)MSU receives a program peers report out of Board office which lists MSU and our graduates in comparison to other graduates across the state system. She uses this as one instrument to look at the viability and growth of the institution.
e)Academic Affairs Committee meeting: Many proposals are coming forward to move degrees from Bachelors to Masters levels and Masters to Doctorate level. There is also a trend towards licensing, for example the Physicians Assistant license was at the Bachelors level before and is now at the masters level. Many professions are moving in this direction.
4. Old Business
a. Family Tuition Waiver
1) There were 113 responses to the recent survey. 50 respondents were faculty, and 63 were staff. Dr. Kibler highlighted the important parts of responses. Of the total respondents, 90 have spouses. Of these, 95% have degrees and 63% have four year degrees. The majority of dependents (50) are in the 13-17 year old bracket. The second highest bracket was the 18-22 year old range, with 49 dependents. Responses indicated that many people would send kids here if they got the waiver. 16% responded that this should be an expected benefit. Dr. Kibler will email the results to us so we can examine the specifics. Currently, we have 25 dependents at MSU and this generates about $63,800. If you took away that tuition, and added the other 25 dependents who would come to the university, you would have 50 people who would pay fees but not tuition. There is the $15,000 a year revenue from fees to consider when looking at the economic impact of this proposal. We could add in a 250 dollar “special fee” for full time students to offset some of this cost. Dr. Kibler directed faculty to the handout regarding his proposal. Dr. Sauer asked if it is fair for people who take 2 classes to pay the same as someone who takes 5 classes.
Dr. Barkosky indicated that we need to fine tune this proposal and make a recommendation to President Shaar. He asked if the Senate would like to form an ad hoc committee.
Formal actions: Dr. Royer moved that we should follow Dr. Kibler’s recommendation that an ad hoc committee be formed to prepare this for referral to President Shaar. Dr. Markell seconded the motion.
Discussion: Dr. Keller suggested that this should be communicated to Dr. Shaar in an expeditious manner. Dr. Hall responded that the proposal has been shared with Dr. Shaar throughout the process. Dr. Jastrzembski noted that Dr. Royer’s recommendation is a Senate ad hoc committee and asked about the inclusion of staff members. Dr. Barkosky indicated that he would recommend the Staff Senate President, a student, Dr. Huenneke and Dr. Hall should all be included on the committee. Dr. Hall pointed out that Faculty Senate does have a finance committee which includes a student member and Bruce Haskins. There was some discussion concerning whether the finance committee is an institutional committee or a Senate committee. Dr. McCormack suggested that the finance committee could be asked to become an ad hoc committee of the Senate. Dr. Martin requested membership on the committee for reasons of passion. Dr. Barkosky asked if there were any concerns about the passionate senator being included. There were no concerns and the final recommendation was for the inclusion of the Staff Senate president and two Senate designees.
Formal action: The motion regarding the formation of an ad hoc committee was approved.
b. Quality/Quantity of Information and priorities:
a) Faculty Senate has been asked to think about other additions to the list concerning what types of information we would like included in administrative reports. Ms. Fedje indicated that she would be interested in hearing about changes in student handbook, for example, the change regarding the late drop date.
Dr. Kibler suggested it would be good to be apprised of efforts to recruit students from out of state. Several Senators indicated that issues concerning physical plant construction should be covered, especially to the departments and individuals affected.
5. New Business
a. Curriculum Committee - Dr. Joseph Jastrzembski
1) Dr. Jastrzembski indicated that there are a number of guests today who are presenting proposals. In the interest of time, they have the option of either presenting paper work to you now for consideration at next meeting, or they can make a first reading presentation now and it could be handled as second reading at the next meeting. Dr. Barkosky proposed that we receive the paperwork now, get a brief outline to make it understandable and then next time we can consider the proposals.
2)Dr. Cresup: Two changes are being proposed: A change in course credits for the Philosophy of Vocational Education course, and the replacement of CSci 340 with BIT 358. The latter change is endorsed by the Math and Computer Science Department.
3) Ms. Witwer/BAS degree: MSU is proposing to develop a new degree (BAS) with three areas: Management, BIT and General Studies. These degrees would be available to North Dakota residents who have an Associate of Applied Science degree from a ND institution. We are hearing that there is a large demand for students who are technically prepared but these same students also need additional skills, such as communication, which general education would provide. This would give them the best preparation in order to “move up”.
As we look to increasing enrollment, partnering with two year institutions is one main strategy. Students will have to have an Applied Science degree. This degree has about 15-16 general education credits. Students will need to extend those credits. We would be asking the two year institutions to certify the completion of those general education credits. The program would also have a professional component, consisting of 42 credits. Ms. Witwer directed Senators to the specifics of this proposal which are attached as an appendix at the back of the handout.
The one place where this proposal strays from current MSU policy concerns the requirement for the completion of 60 credits at a four year institution policy. This requirement would not be met under the current proposal. Dr. Witwer indicated that she included data on the number of graduates in the handout.
Dr. Hall suggested that there are resources available to add extra sections to courses if the need arises. Ms. Witwer indicated that Mayville State has approved a comparable BAS program. The program would not extend to other states without returning to Senate for approval.
4) Dr. Stephanie Martin: Presented the material concerning a change to the communication disorders major program. She indicated that her department has previously discussed this with Senate and with the Biology department. Dr. Barkosky indicated that the concern the biology department had has been addressed in the new proposal. Dr. McKenney asked Dr. Martin about the inclusion of Physics 105, more specifically about the expectations of the CD Department regarding course content. Dr. Martin indicated that they were looking for a basic course in physics to allow students to build on later.
5) Dr. Hoffman: Joint Ph.D. program with UND: There are only 21 institutions that offer such a program. He indicated that his department is starting to notice that there is an increasing demand for qualified individuals with advanced degrees. Secondly, they think this program will be a quick draw in terms of students, both from the surrounding area and from Canada. This belief is based on marketing research from UND. The courses will be offered on both campuses, and the degree will be granted through UND.
The core of the program tries to accomplish two things: First, to ensure that all students, whether at MSU, UND or on IVN, get a common grounding in theory and methods; second, to ensure that the students have the ability to begin specializing in different areas. In order to complete the curriculum, Criminal Justice would like to add five additional courses. The focus is primarily on rural justice and Tribal courts. The Academic Affairs Committee suggested that in order for the Ph.D. to remain unique, it should focus more on nontraditional areas of Criminal Justice. Of those doctoral programs that do exist, most of the focus is on urban issues. Due to these factors, the department decided to redirect our efforts towards the rural. The other three proposed courses are there as a continuation of courses the CJ department already offers.
Dr. Royer noted that we are breaking big ground here to be involved in a Ph.D. program, and inquired about the Board position on such matters. Dr. Hall responded that this program came before the Academic Affairs Committee and they gave MSU and UND six months to get the proposal forward. NDSU had put forth a proposal for a doctoral program as well, but we have the Bachelors and Masters and NDSU does not. We had the support of the Chancellor for time to wait for the decision until they could get the MSU and UND proposals. Academic Affairs Committee did begin discussions concerning proposals. All doctoral programs are on hold until a long term plan for the development of doctoral programs can be articulated. Dr. Royer asked if it was possible that both programs might be approved. Dr. Hall indicated that it was possible as there is some duplication in doctoral programs but not much. The committee could also ask for an outside reviewer. She noted, however, that we are confident in our MSU proposal because of its unique focus.
Formal actions: Dr. Kibler moved approval of the five courses as a package. Dr. McCormack seconded the motion.
Discussion: There was discussion concerning exactly what we were approving or not approving. Dr. Hoffman indicated that at this time we were only considering the five courses themselves not the doctoral program. Dr. Jastrzembski stated that his recommendation is to approve the Ph.D. program as well because the two can’t really be separated. Dr. Kibler revised his motion to also approve the partnership of MSU’s CJ program and UND to develop a Ph.D. program. Dr. McCormack approved the revisions as second.
Dr. Andreasen raised the issue of faculty load and membership given the fact that the courses will be listed at both universities and taught by faculty at both institutions. Dr. Hall indicated that previous to now, Mayville faculty presented credentials to Graduate Council for approval to teach MSU courses. The same process would be followed here. Dr. Hoffman indicated that none of the teaching would be overload teaching. Dr. Andreasen asked if the courses at the 300 and 400 level are going to count as graduate credits? Dr. Hoffman replied that since those are UND courses, he doesn’t know how they will handle that issue. Dr. Rabe stated that he believes the intention is to change them to graduate level courses.
Formal actions: The motion was approved as revised.
b. General Education Committee - Dr. Ron Royer
1)The general education committee has met and approved the recertification for Humanities 251, 252 and 253 as general education courses.
Formal actions: Dr. Kibler moved approval of this recertification and the motion was seconded by Dr. Keller. The motion was approved with no additional discussion.
5. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5:05.
Lisa Borden-King, Faculty Senate Secretary