University of Nebraska at Omaha
2001-2002 Senate Minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2002, 2:00 p.m., MBSC Dodge Room
Attendees: Akers, Allen, N. Bacon, W. Bacon, Benjamin-Alvarado, Bennett, Bishop, Blair, Bragg, Bruckner, Carlson, J. Carroll, M. Carroll, Dickson, D'Souza, Dufner, Engelmann, Fawcett, File, Garver, Hagen, Helm, Johnson, Krause, Latchaw, Leavitt, Lin, Littrell, Mei, Metal-Corbin, Mitchell, Nazem, Neathery-Castro, O'Connell, Pedersen, Ritter, Ryalls, Sadlek, Schulte, Shroder, Simpson, Smallwood, Thompson, Tixier y Vigil, E. Williams, S. Williams, Wolcott, Zhao
Excused: Chung, Kosloski, Lewis,
Absent: Coyne, Landis, Tuan
That the budget was discussed. Each of the deans then reported on the current faculty mentoring practices in their respective colleges. There was also a discussion of staff mentoring. In the roundtable discussions that followed, Dean Gouttierre addressed the concerns regarding the Afghan textbooks produced by UNO. Dean Gouttierre has agreed to organize a public Afghanistan up-date meeting on campus, to be held before the end of the semester.
E-mail from Senate President W. Bacon to Vice Chancellor Hodgson sent April 22, 2002:
Dear Vice Chancellor Hodgson:
It has come to my attention that students in Shanghai are currently enrolled in English 1150. It is unclear whether it is a UNO or a IIIST offering. The English Department informs me that it has neither prepared nor authorized such an offering but that the book being used is one employed in our ENGL 1150. Whoever is offering the course is apparently using an English Department syllabus and assigned text.
The two Faculty Senate resolutions passed in September specify that the Senate would support the project if, and only if the English Department's concerns were positively addressed. If the ENGL 1150 is now being offered, regardless if it is a UNO or IIIST course, I believe the Faculty Senate will quite publicly disapprove of the entire project.
As I have said in the past on a number of occasions, the lack of communication between Prof. Ng and his colleagues in Omaha is unacceptable. While I fully realize that he has nurtured, indeed established, the program, I believe it is essential that if the project is ever to be approved, he must not be the one in Shanghai who verifies the program's academic legitimacy. Simply put, the faculty have no confidence in him as our representative.
E-mail from Vice Chancellor Hodgson to Senate President W. Bacon received April 26, 2002:
Thank you for your letter concerning English instruction at Fudan University and IIIST.
Please be assured that UNO is not offering English 1150 in Shanghai. The course to which Professor Nora Bacon refers in her earlier e-mail is not a UNO course, and is in no way a substitute for English 1150. The Chinese faculty, in their zeal to provide the very best preparation for their students, have elected to use the same text as we currently use, so that their students can gain an appreciation for the level of skill which is required for a graduate of an (this) American university. They are attempting to provide the students with a continuing opportunity to enhance their English language skills, so that they may be better prepared to face the rigors of our courses when these become available. The Chinese faculty fear that if the students experience a one or two-year hiatus in English language study, they may suffer a serious erosion of their present level of ability.
While I truly cannot explain to you why, or even if, they are using the number 1150, I can and do assure you that there is no intent either on their part or ours to consider this activity as a substitute for UNO's English 1150.
VII Standing Committee Reports
Resolution 2625, 05/08/02: Regarding MCC transfers
WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College have a unique relationship, with a large number of students transferring MCC credit to UNOmaha for courses taken prior to or during their residency at UNOmaha;
WHEREAS data gathered over a ten-year period indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite English course at MCC, the failure rate in English 1160/64 is nearly twice as high as the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;
WHEREAS the data also indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite math course at MCC, the failure rate in Math 1320 is substantially higher than the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;
WHEREAS these data reveal a performance gap, casting doubt on the equivalency of MCC's English 101 to UNOmaha's English 1150/54 and on the equivalency of MCC's Math 122 to UNOmaha's Math 1310;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the data should be distributed to the Articulation Task Force and to the chairs of the English Department and the Math Department at both institutions.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage faculty in the English and Math departments at both institutions to work collaboratively to close this performance gap.
The resolution passed.
C. Committee on Professional Development: Senator Engelmann reported:
1. A meeting was held on April 24, 2002, with Mary Laura Farnham, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research, and John Bartle, incoming chair of the University Committee on Research. The report from Sponsored Programs and Research indicates that there has been a great increase in successful proposals for external funding resulting in large part from increased proposal submissions. Nevertheless, there are still funding sources that have not been tapped, and the director urges faculty to work with SPR to discover these opportunities.
VIII Non-Senate Committee Reports
Planning has begun for this year's Banned Books Week, which will take place from 21 September 2002 to 28 September. Most of the activity, however, is planned for Lincoln. Next year's representative from UNO could be involved in helping to bring some of this activity to the Omaha area.
1 Report of the April 29, 2002 meeting: The Academic Planning Council (APC) met to discuss two of three program reviews that were performed during the month of February. The review of the Mathematics Department was discussed by the review team chair, Roger Foltz, Music Department. Jane Woody, Social Work, chaired the review team for the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA). The third program that was reviewed, Criminal Justice, will be discussed at the May 15 meeting of the Council.
Summarily, both programs have a sound curriculum, strong and dedicated faculty, quality students, and do an excellent job in maintaining program quality. Some of the areas of concern raised for both programs require additional resources. Both Math and ISQA have received the reports and have had the opportunity to respond.
IX Old Business:
It has come to my attention that some faculty have been expressing lack of confidence in Peter Ng and the manner in which the pilot program in Shanghai china has been run and in possibilities of UNO involvement in the future. I feel that it is imperative that you understand that these feelings are not universal among the faculty. In fact, there are many faculty who havecomplete confidence that the program can be run successfully and maintain as high, if not higher, standards as exist for programs on the Omaha campus. This does not mean that things will be done exactly the same as they are on the Omaha campus or that there won't be problems along the way. I see the Shanghai program as an unparalleled opportunity for UNO to excel in the international education arena. I, the vast majority of my colleagues in the communication Department, and many colleagues from other UNO departments view the potential for the program and meeting the challenges that the program will provide as exciting.
Much seems to be made of Faculty Senate Resolution 2598 passed last year which some are interpreting as giving the English Department veto power over the entire project. I believe an assumption underlying that resolution was that all parties would actively work together, address problems, explore different options, and arrive at solutions. For whatever reasons, this has not happened. To have one department or a few individuals, whatever their motives may be, subvert the program is an injustice to those of us who are willing to meet the challenges, and a major disservice to UNO and to the University of Nebraska system. It is time for those who are committed to moving UNO forward and not letting provincial issues close doors to unprecedented opportunities to step forward. As a member of the Senate, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University, I am willing to engage in any forum necessary to move the Shanghai project forward.
X New Business :
A. Transfer of Presidency and Election of 2002-2003 Officers
Resolution 2626, 05/08/02: Membership of Standing Committee Members:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the 2002-2003 senators to the standing committees as designated:
Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
James Akers, ED
Nora Bacon, A&S
Gary Krause, NU
Joan Latchaw, A&S
Jody Neathery-Castro, A&S
Ethel Williams, PACS
Educational Resources & Services
Thomas Bragg, A&S
Laura Dickson, LIB
Bonnie O'Connell, FA
Laura Schulte, ED
Andrew Smallwood, A&S
Peter Wolcott, IS&T
Faculty Personnel & Welfare
Natalie Bennett, A&S
Robert Carlson, A&S
Henry D'Souza, PACS
G. Vaughn Johnson, BA
Shuanglin Lin, BA
Wai-ning Mei, A&S
Goals & Direction
Chris Allen, A&S
Jonathan Benjamen-Alvarado, A&S
Bruce Garver, A&S
Karl Kosloski, PACS
Mary Caroline Simpson, FA
Angela Valle, A&S
Robert Blair, PACS
Harvey Leavitt, A&S
Josie Metal-Corbin, ED
Sufi Nazem, BA
Keith Pedersen, NU
Beth Ritter, A&S
Michael Carroll, PACS
Donna Dufner, IS&T
David Helm, FA
Darryll Lewis, BA
Boyd Littrell, A&S
Yvonne Tixier Y Virgil, ED
The resolution passed.
BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2002-2003 Vice President:
Tom Bragg (to replace Senator Ann Coyne).
The resolution passed.
BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2002-2003 Secretary/Treasurer:
Ethel Williams (to replace Senator Martha Bruckner)
The resolution passed.
Resolution 2629, 05/08/02: Regarding Standing Committee Chairs
BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, Section 1, the standing committees have met and selected the following chairs for 2002-2003 from their continuing members:
Nora Bacon, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
Laura Dickson, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
G.Vaughn Johnson, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
Bruce Garver, Committee on Goals and Directions
Robert Blair, Committee on Professional Development
The resolution passed.
XI 2001-2002 Senate Concluded with President Sadlek dismissing the outgoing senators after thanking them for serving on the senate.