Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha
2001-2002 Senate Minutes
Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 2:00 p.m., Alumni Center, Bootstrapper Hall
Attendees: N. Bacon, W. Bacon, Bishop, Blair, Bruckner, J. Carroll, Chung, Coyne, Dufner, Engelmann, Fawcett, File, Hagen, Helm, Johnson, Landis, Latchaw, Littrell, Mitchell, Nazem, Neathery-Castro, O'Connell, Paterson, Pedersen, Ryalls, Sadlek, Schulte, Shroder, Smallwood, Thompson, E. Williams,
Excused: Bragg, M. Carroll, Dickson, Valle, S. Williams,
Absent: Mande, Tuan, Wolcott
1. NU Chancellor L. Dennis Smith and Provost Jones' Meeting with the Four NU Faculty Senate Presidents, September 14, 2001
On behalf of the Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs and Senator Landis, Senator N. Bacon moved the following two resolutions:
WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha has implemented a plus/minus grading scale taking effect fall, 2001, and
WHEREAS the C- is a variant of the C usually awarded to work that falls at the low end of the C range, and
WHEREAS the conversion to plus/minus grading was not intended to jeopardize students' academic standing,
BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha Undergraduate Catalog be revised to reflect the current grading system. In the passages listed below, the grade 'C' should be replaced with 'C-':
Page 13, third bullet item under "Awarding of Credits for Advanced Standing"
Only courses with a grade of 'C-' or better will be accepted for transfer from accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities. The College of Human Resources and Family Sciences will accept a grade of 'D' excluding courses required by the major department.
Page 13, fifth bullet under "Awarding of Credits for Advanced Standing"
Credits to be transferred with a grade of 'C-' or better from provisionally accredited colleges will be placed in escrow until such time as 30 semester hours have been successfully completed at UNOmaha.
Page 19, number 3 under "Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) Privilege"
A minimum grade of 'C-' is required to receive credit (for CR/NC courses)
Page 35, number 4 under "Requirements"
University division students are required to repeat general education courses of freshman level should they receive a grade of 'D' or below in courses in which a degree college requires all of its students to obtain 'C-' or better grade as a minimum for graduation.
The vote was 16 in favor and 10 opposed. The motion was approved.
WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha undergraduate catalog's descriptors of grades do not accurately represent current grading practices (e.g., 1998 data indicate that only 12.3% of the grades awarded were below a C) and
WHEREAS students have a right to have a clear, accurate description of the meaning of their grades,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the grade descriptors be revised as follows:
D Below standard
The vote was 20 in favor and 6 opposed. The motion was approved.
The Committee met September 26. Senator O'Connell reported that the fund raising for the Paul Beck Scholarship has begun and will run until November 1st. Senator O'Connell explained the significance of the Paul Beck Scholarship Fund and a container was passed for the Senators' contributions. The committee is also looking into faculty involvement in Deans' searches. In their research, the committee members have found inconsistencies in the way Deans' searches are organized, run, and candidates screened. The only guidance they've been offered is referral to the Board of Regents Bylaws (Chapter II, Section 9, posted on the BOR website), which are very vague. They are concerned that faculty are engaged in Dean searches of little value, where their evaluations are ignored. The committee will continue to pursue this subject.
Committee minutes: October 8, 2001.
Committee minutes: September 26, 2001
On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator File moved the following resolutions:
BE IT RESOLVED, that Paul Van Vleet be appointed to replace Hesham El-Rewini and complete his term on the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs through 7/01/02.
The motion passed unanimously.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year reappointments, from 10/10/2001 through 6/30/2004, to the Adjudicatory Committee:
The motion passed unanimously.
V. Non-Senate Committee Reports:
The AAUP Wine and Cheese reception for members and potential new faculty recruits will be held on Friday, October 5th, from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Weber Fine Arts Building. The fall dinner meeting of the entire chapter will take place on Friday, October 26, from 7 to nine p.m. at Fernando's on 114th St.
VI Old Business:
Senator Hagen asked whether there had been a response from the Chancellor to the Shanghai resolutions passed at the September Faculty Senate meeting. President Bacon replied that as of yet there had been no response, but he would check into the matter.
VII There being no New Business, there was a call for a motion to adjourn, seconded and approved by voice vote. The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.