2011-2012 Faculty Senate
_Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 2 p.m., Chancellors Room_____
Present: Adcock, Bacon, Barone, Carballal, Carroll, Chao, Hayes, Hendricks, Hewins-Maroney, Huq, Kelly, Kriz, Lomneth, Maring, Melanson, Morris, Nordman, O'Neil, Petrow, Prisbell, Rech, Richter-Egger, Siy, P. Smith, R. Smith, Srithongrung, Surface, Tiller, Toller, Winter, Woody
Excused: Decker, Harden,Mahoney, Mei, Robins
I. The meeting was called to order by President Rech at 2 p.m.
II. The Minutes of January 11, 2012, were approved as written.
III. Officers' Reports
A. President's Report: Senator Rech reported
1. The Executive Committee and Administration (EC&A) met January 18, 2012.
Dr. Rech began by reviewing University President J.B. Milliken's presentation to the Faculty Senate on Jan. 11, 2012. Dr. Rech discussed President Milliken's comment related to growth, technology, and University branding. President Milliken stated that we should concentrate less on what comes after the UN(O, L, MC, K). Dr. Christensen stated that for many Nebraskans when referring to the University of Nebraska often automatically think of Lincoln, so making sure we are recognized as an Omaha institution is important. There was also additional discussion related to online classes and their impact on enrollment and the need to do more to attract local secondary students focused on quality of online classes, dual enrollment, and summer institutes. Dr. Winter stressed the need for quality when considering online offerings and the need to continue to provide outreach and opportunities for area secondary students.
a. Resolutions Passed at the January 11, 2012, Faculty Senate Meetings, both accepted by the Chancellor:
i. RESOLUTION 4021, 1/11/12: Center for Sustainability at the UNO Peter Kiewit Institute
ii. RESOLUTION 4022, 1/11/12: On the Passing of Dr. Jack Newton
i. Faculty Senate topics: Dr. Rech discussed newspapers for faculty. Maria Anderson Knudtson, a Lecturer in the English Dept., discussed the possible availability of discounted rates for faculty members and possible distribution options. Also, the committee to display pictures of faculty receiving outstanding teaching recognition is near reaching a decision about the location of the pictures.
ii. Chancellor's topics: Chancellor Christensen discussed plans to begin the long range facility planning process and the importance of faculty input on the Strategic Planning Forum. Dr. Rech reminded us that the full senate had been made aware of the Forum and were encouraged to attend. Senior Vice Chancellor Reed brought the Executive Committee up to date on current University Search Committees, which include Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to replace Dr. Wallace, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Director of Institutional Research, and additional replacement/restructuring in the Career Center, Testing Center, Counseling, and Honors Programs. Dr. Wallace gave an update of spring enrollment and credit hours. Dr. Christensen announced to the group that B.J. Reed had been selected as the Senior Vice Chancellor and recognized the amount of input he received from faculty during the search. Dr. Christensen also thanked Dr. Wallace for his service to the University. Finally, Dr. Christensen discussed the planning for spring commencement, which will be held on campus, and he reminded us of the initiative related to the Strategic Enrollment Planning Process.
2. Brand Management met January 23, 2012 (Tim Kahldahl, Chair). The following was discussed:
- 1/13: National coverage of UNO Hockey game and airing of first UNO spot for "Connect with What's Next" campaign (2nd spot has now been prepared, as well)
- Office of Graduate Studies has developed new materials using the new icons; material developed by students
- New billboard soon in Iowa: COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE AT UNO
- New radio spots are running currently
- UNO identity? JB Milliken is concerned about University of Nebraska schools using different icons at different campuses, taking away from the University of NE
- Problem: Different individuals on campus are using different companies to produce materials and there is not consistency of brand, icon, etc. A committee is being formed to look closely at this issue, developing a plan to ensure greater consistency across campus.
- New license plate frames will be given to all May graduates: "UNO Alumni"
- Shuttle buses (2) will be fit with new UNO "wrap" with new icon, to advertise UNO
- MAT buses may have artwork inside them promoting UNO
- New banners for campus will be arriving soon
- Looking at redesigning UNO website; survey indicated the site isn't user-friendly
3. Chancellors Council met January 26, 2012. The following was discussed:
a. Faculty update on Regent's meeting: overview of past 5 years (buildings, projects, etc)
- "wayfinding" signs will soon be in place
- planning studies in place to move forward (parking, energy, buildings, etc)
- Regents approved Biomechanics facility at UNO
- Regents approved increase in housing at UNO (UNL, & UNK)
b. Graduation rates presented at Board of Regents
i. Approx. 45% graduation rate at UNO
ii. 41.8% graduation rate among BoR peers
iii. 39.6% rate at CUMU peers
iv. increase in graduation rate over past 10 years
v. Metropolitan University student profile is different from other institutions (60% of frosh are 1st generation; 16% are minorities; many have families; 50% of frosh work, 75% of seniors work and 40% of seniors work at least 30 hrs/wk)
vi. Wanting to look at new statistic (22.4 degrees awarded/100 FTE) – NOTE: Not presented at BoR, because UNL & UNK have never looked at this statistic.)
i. Conley: update on financial audits ("deficiencies" were reported, but NONE are significant – UNO is in good shape)
ii. Smith-Howell: Service Learning Academy will have faculty seminars in Feb/March and have projects to work with K-12 students
iii. Liz O'Connor (Student regent): Student agencies are looking at budgets; election will be in March
iv. Hesham Ali: 2 Masters degrees are being developed for approval and are being reviewed by an outside team, one developed with UNMC
v. Lee Denker (Alumni Assoc): Distinguished Alumni Award will be given in May at the Friday convocation; 3/3/12 will be "Night on the Ice" with alums and friends
vi. John Bartle: Peter Hoagland was at UNL and UNO sponsor and Michael Kelly; CPAC has a new Chair sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield
vii. Steve Shorb (library): Library is adding new databases (including old newspapers from back to 1690's – early American newspapers)
viii Lou Pol: Planning underway for 60th anniversary of CBA; Michale Bradley coming on 2/16 to discuss financial challenges of our country
ix. Nancy Edick: Buffett Early Childhood Institute will searching for Director & 3 candidates will be coming to campus – all are encouraged to attend forums; 2/23 and 2/24, events at Joslyn & on campus with author of children's books
x. Lori Byrne (NU Foundation): In December, $20 million was brought in by the Foundation
xi. Molly Handke (SAC): SAC is rolling out new Employee of the Month process and striving for participation from all of campus
xii. Josh White (Athletics): During the January 13 NBC Sports national telecast of our Hockey game against Duluth, we had 93,000 viewers nationwide. Next national telecast will be March 2nd against Denver. The Ralston Arena is on schedule to be finished this October. Academic Excellence Center is developing within the Sapp Fieldhouse (former Maverick Wrestling room). Last home men's basketball game on Wednesday, February 15 against UNK. This will be a celebration for those that have played and contributed to men's basketball over the years.
4. Board of Regents met January 27, 2012. The following was discussed:
UNO presented update on the 2006 Facilities Development Plan Added 832,000 total sq. ft. of facilities, 238,000 sq. ft. for academic space
Renovated 976,000 sq. ft, 747,000 sq. ft. for academic space
Renovated 54% of academic space, and added an additional 17%
Utility infrastructure has been upgraded with LB 605 funding
Sixty acres of property acquired south of Center St. from NU Foundation & Douglas Co. (plans for campus athletic & recreation facilities)
Campus parking improvements (new garage)
Off site: Environmental research/education center at Allwine Prairie Preserve
and Elkhorn River Research Station
Future: Addition to PKI
Addition to Weber Fine Arts (Radio/TV & Communications Programs)
Renovation & addition to Strauss PAC
Renovation of DSC
Development of additional science facility west of DSC
Proscenium Theater Addition to Weber Fine Arts
State Auditor Foley reported audit completed and University of Nebraska has
complied with requirements.
Graduation rate reports from UNO, UNL, UNK (outlined in Chancellor's
Business items related to UNO
· Approve the Program Statement and Budget for the Biomechanics Research
Facility at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Addendum X-B-6 APPROVED
· Approve the Residence Hall Room Rates for Scott Village, Scott Court,
Maverick Village and University Village for the 2012-13 Academic Year at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Addendum X-B-7 APPROVED
Tenure Density Report:
2001 2006 2010 2011
Tenured 1,638 1,658 1,713 1,634
Tenure‐Track 457 403 435 415
Tenured 299 318 338 327
Tenure‐Track 136 118 99 91
Total 435 436 437 418
% Tenured 68.7% 72.9% 77.3% 78.2%
5. Deans Forum Summary: As of January 31, 2012, it has been updated to Thursday, December 1, 2011, meeting.
ATTENDING: Ali, Bartle, Boocker, Conway (for Edick), Fiene, Gascoigne, Gouttierre, Henry, Morrice, Pol, Reed, Shorb, Smith-Howell, Snyder, Topp, Wallace.
Approval of Summary for November 8, 2011 Deans' Forum
Honor's Week – Carolyn Gascoigne
• 2012 schedule of Honor's Week deadlines and nomination information was shared. Colleges will receive nomination forms and additional information via email later today. Faculty members are encouraged to attend the Student Honor's Convocation on April 12, 2012.
• College of Business – Lou Pol
Priority Programs for CBA include:
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising
Financial Risk Management, Collaboration Science, and Accounting Program advancement
A differential tuition equation is being explored
• College of Arts & Sciences – David Boocker
Priority areas for CAS include:
Enhancing connections across colleges in each of these areas
• International Studies – Tom Gouttierre
Priorities for International Studies include sustaining:
Study abroad opportunities
International student enrollments
International teaching and research opportunities, collaboration with institutions abroad
Link above priorities to Metro area companies
• Student Affairs – Thomas Wallace
Priorities for Student Affairs include:
Develop a strategic enrollment management plan
Develop a master plan for housing and residential life
Increase involvement with the NU Foundation
Enhance the Freshman Year Experience
Provide support for PeopleSoft implementation
Conduct an inventory of the Career Center
Requests for fee increases must be in by early January- Deb Smith-Howell
6. Written Acknowledgements for Resolutions: On 1/18/12 Nancy Castilow, Asst. to the Chancellor, wrote in an e-mail:
He accepts both. (Resolutions 4021& 4022)
2011-2012 Resolution Action Table
(Action Pending and Current Resolutions)
Sent for Senate Action
On the Passing of Dr. Jack Newton
Center for Sustainability at the UNO Peter Kiewit Institute
Not supported. Chancellor's Comment: "While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate."
Employee Plus One Benefits
Senate sent to Pres Milliken, D. Burns, and Board of Regents
This is a university issue, not a campus issue. The senate can choose to forward to Varner Hall for further action or consideration.
Instruction on the Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers
*Chancellor acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate.
Recommended Plagiarism Policy
-Returned to Faculty Senate for additional language consideration as discussed at the 3/17 meeting with administration.
-Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.
*3079(From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/15/11: Not supported. Chancellor's Comment: "While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate.")
*3073 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 1/24/11: This is a university issue, not a campus issue. The senate can choose to forward to Varner Hall for further action or consideration.)
*3033 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 5/27/10: "While he is supportive of Res. 3033, he acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate." ) *3013 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 3/11/10) "The chancellor said the first resolution" (3013) "needs to be considered by Terry" (Hynes) . . . ) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/21/10: Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.)
*3013 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 3/11/10) "The chancellor said the first resolution" (3013) "needs to be considered by Terry" (Hynes) . . . ) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/21/10: Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.)
*2944 (From the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09: The Chancellor supports the concept in Resolution 2944 on funding an UCRCA budget line but opined we wouldn't get it during the years of budgetary problems.)(6/10/09 Nancy Castilow wrote for Chanc. Christensen: "One clarification related to Res. 2944, dealing with ongoing support of the UCRCA budget. I said that I was open to the concept and supportive of continued funding of the UCRCA budget, albeit we would need to review its funding during times of budget constraints, as we do with other such programs. The decision to fund and how much to fund remains the purview of the Office of Academic Affairs. I did not opine that the UCRCA budget line would automatically see no funding during years of budgetary problems.")
7. Treasurer's Report: Senator P. Smith submitted the January 2012, report.
IV. Executive Committee Report: Senator Hayes
A. Senator Hayes, for the Executive Committee, brought the following resolution before the Senate.
RESOLUTION 4023, 2/8/12: Placement of Photographs of Faculty Award Recipients
BE IT RESOLVED, that the photographs of past, present, and future faculty award recipients be permanently displayed in a manner similar to the display of Chancellor Medal recipients. The display will be located in the northeast hall on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building.
B. Senator Hayes, for the Executive Committee, brought the following resolution before the Senate. After some discussion, Senator P. Smith moved and Senator Woody seconded, to "postpone indefinitely" the following resolution, which the Senate passed unanimously.
Who Should Be Allowed to Waive Prerequisites
BE IT RESOLVED that prerequisites for specific courses may be waived only by the course instructor or the respective department chair, program director, or designee.
V. Standing Committee Reports
A. Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs: Senator Petrow moved the following two resolutions for the Committee.
1. RESOLUTION 4024, 2/8/12: Masters of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy Program for BMI Program
WHEREAS, the field of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is a growing one, with Monster.com listing over 300 BMI job positions, and Bioplanet.net listing over 2,000 such positions, and
WHEREAS, individuals trained in this area are critical to the advancement of basic biomedical research and in facilitating the adaptation of new technologies into clinical practices, and
WHEREAS, the proposed masters and doctoral programs in BMI have the potential to strengthen UNO/UNMC relationships, while contributing to the advancement of important areas of life science in the region and the nation, and
WHEREAS the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate has reviewed the proposal from the College of Information Science and
Technology at UNO and the College of Medicine at UNMC for a Masters of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree program for BMI, and concluded that it represents a great opportunity for UNO and UNMC for which adequate resources are available, therefore;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal to create a Masters of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy program for BMI program within the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska.
2. RESOLUTION 4025, 2/8/12: Bachelor of Science program in Emergency Management
WHEREAS, the field of emergency management is a growing one, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 43% growth in the need for emergency management specialists from 2008 to 2018, and
WHEREAS, there is no bachelor or graduate program in the state of Nebraska for the study of Emergency Management, and
WHEREAS Emergency Management personnel in the Omaha area hold college degrees at a rate lower than that of the national average, and
WHEREAS, the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs has reviewed the proposal for a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in emergency management and concluded that such a program fits well within the strategic plan and the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and that the resources necessary for such a program are available or can be developed through reasonable and appropriated allocations of resources, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal from the School of Public Administration and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service to create a Bachelor of Science program in Emergency Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
B. Committee on Educational Resources and Services: Senator Maring reported the meeting was held January 25, 2012.
Present: Dana Richter-Egger, Jeanne Surface, Harvey Siy, Marvel Maring.
Excused: Robert Smith and Patrick O'Neil.
1. John Fiene and Lanyce Keel from IS were the guest presenters. They presented a comprehensive review of the projects and priorities of the campus information technology issues. AVC John Fiene shared a presentation he's given to deans, which I'll include in the notes. He discussed the mission of IS and priorities, including managing enrollment. Some of the main projects IS deals with regarding enrollment management include SIS maintenance, Branding, Mobile Apps, DegreeWorks (degree audit tracking), R25 Room Scheduling, Talisma (recruiting and retention), StarRez (student housing), etc. The unfunded annual maintenance for IS is $178,000.
Another aspect of the work IS does is to build the network capacity of the campus. These efforts include Internet 1 & Internet 2 (for more information about Internet 2 click here: http://www.internet2.edu/resources/AboutInternet2.pdf), Dodge Campus Network, Mass Storage, Server Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, NCAT–Academic Partnership for Instruction (National Center for Academic Transformation), Distance Education, Kayser Design, Implementation & Support, and the Community Engagement Center.
He also discussed the serious issue of securing our data. He stated that there are over 50,000 security threats to our data in a day. There are many ways that IS secures our data and they include NSF Data Management Plan, perimeter security, firewalls, intrusion prevention, server security, endpoint security, mobile security, wireless security, data storage security and cloud security. AVC Fiene shared a graph that compared the IS budget at UNO to peer institutions and our operating budget for the 2008-2009 academic year was $4,732,905, with 14,213 students and an IT staff of 49. He also shared the Major Purchases Wishlist which includes the 10 gigabit upgrade for the library. For a copy of the presentation, follow this link: http://prezi.com/jjcp2sfwifsz/the-meaning-of-is/.
Another important IS update is the email project and I'm including the fact sheet here. The project timeline states that in Jan-Feb they will install and configure components, conduct pilot and testing and prepare inboxes and desktops. In Feb-March they will conduct training, create accounts and migrate data, change mail routing and the GO LIVE date is March 19. March-June will give time for clean up, uninstalling Lotus Notes and any additional training. IS Email Project Fact Sheet.pdf.
AVC Fiene also shared the IS Strategic Plan draft and he welcomes comments and feedback. Here's the link to that document: IS Strategic Plan draft.pdf.
Finally, we discussed the tech fee proposal process. IS is seeking input on project proposals from the ER& S committee, the chancellor's committee on technology, resources and services, and student government, in addition to the deans, for recommending funding to the Senior Vice Chancellor. If there is any discussion of these topics within the faculty senate or exec committee, John said he'd be happy to participate in those as well. Tech fee proposals are due February 3 and there is $300,000 in the project pool which is 10% of the total revenue. The projects will be prioritized by deans in each college and decisions will be made in May.
2. The committee also decided several things regarding the Paul Beck Scholarship. We are moving the deadline from April 1 to March 30, 2012.
The number of scholarships and dollar amounts will remain the same as last year and that is:
1 full-time undergraduate scholarship @ $1,000
1 full-time graduate scholarship @ $1,000
1 part-time scholarship for undergraduate or graduate student @ $500
We would also like to make it a requirement that students type their application (no handwritten ones).
C. Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare: Senator Melanson reported the Committee is looking into Disability Benefits, the cost of HPERfaculty memberships, and staffing at UNO.
D. Committee on Goals and Directions: Senator Kelly reported that the Committee is still looking into the state of Articulation Agreem4ents with UNO and Iowa Western.
E. Committee on Professional Development: Senator Winter reported the meeting was held January 25, 2012.
Present: Chao, Kriz, Winter, Woody
1. Leah Pietron the IS&T Director for Distance Ed met with the committee for an open discussion on the subject of online education.
a. Online courses require more instructor time than in-class courses.
i. Online content needs to be revised on an annual or bi-annual basis. Such revisions can require a considerable amount of time and effort.
ii. Dynamic aspects of courses (e.g., discussion of current events) can require considerable effort to incorporate into an online framework.
b. Grants are available to support faculty development of online courses. A typical grant is 2K which is broken down into 1K up front for equipment and 1K for salary (upon delivery of the course).
2. Workshops: The college of IS&T will have monthly workshops on topics germane to online teaching.
a. January – How to use the Camtasia tool to develop online content.
b. February – Adobe Connect
c. March – Discussion-based instruction online
d. April – Best practices of Distance Ed.
3. Risk management – Developing an online course requires significant effort. It would be helpful if the administration (e.g., Chair, Dean) could provide assurances that such an online course, if developed, would indeed be offered.
4. One credit hour modules – such modules may provide a more attractive framework for developing online courses. These modules could be used to more accurately target deficiencies of incoming students and also might provide opportunities for teaching online courses spanning two or more colleges or departments (e.g., CSCI and Math).
5. Inventory – It would be helpful to take an inventory of the technical skill sets of UNO faculty in each department and to also take an inventory of existing technology. For example, to use Camtasia effectively one needs two displays. Use of Camtasia also assumes that developers are familiar with PowerPoint.
6. The PDC renewed its concern about the lack of responsiveness to past requests for improved technical support for faculty members. At the next meeting, this matter will be reconsidered and potentially additional requests will be formulated and transmitted to appropriate administrative sources.
F. Committee on Rules: Senator Barone reported the Committee met January 26, 2012.
Present: Barone, Hewins-Maroney, Mahoney, Smith, Toller
Guest: Dr. Randy Atkins
1. Dr. Randy Atkins was our guest. The Rules Committee invited Dr. Atkins to discuss the change in the election process of faculty senators within the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is in conflict with the election of senators as described in the Faculty Senate By-Laws. The Rules committee had identified two essential conflicts between the new CAS procedures and the Faculty Senate By-Laws: The timing of elections and the elimination of a primary process. As one of the authors of the original proposal, Dr. Atkins provided some background and answered questions regarding the changes. The Committee discussed several ways of resolving perceived conflicts between the new procedures, and decided to bring forward a resolution to amend the Faculty Senate By-laws as follows:
Revision to UNO Faculty Senate Bylaws
BE IT RESOLVED that the "Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws" be changed by deleting the crossed out wording and adding the following underlined wording to Article II, Section 5 Elections:
Section 5: The election of senators shall be conducted by each college by the end of
duringthe month of January in two steps: anomination primaryand a final election. Respective college faculties shall select the nominees (e.g. by primary) vote in a primary to determine the nominees for the final election. The final ballot shall list at least twice as many names as there are seats to be filled by each college. In the event of a tie in either election, a run-off shall be conducted between those candidates. Eligible persons receiving the highest number of votes cast for the respective seats shall be deemed elected to the senate.
The Bylaws may only be amended as follows. This is the announcement meeting.
Faculty Senate Bylaws Article VII. Amendments.
Section 1: These bylaws can be amended at any business meeting by simple majority vote of those eligible to be cast by the entire senate providing that at the preceding meeting an announcement has been made declaring intent to introduce a motion to amend at the next meeting and describing its content and purpose. The proposal must be reduced to writing when presented for a vote.
2. Additionally, Senator Barone moved the following for the Committee:
RESOLUTION 4026, 2/8/12: Replacement for Excellence in Teaching Award Committee
BE IT RESOLVED, that Saundra Shillingstad has agreed to replace Amy Teten, for Spring 2012, as the College of Education representative, on the Excellence in Teaching Award Committee.
3. The committee discussed and finalized the time line and documentation used for Faculty Senate Survey for Committee Participation. An email announcing the survey will go out to all faculty on February 8, with the hard copy mailed out on February 13.
VI. Non-Senate Committee Reports
A. Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON): Professor Mitchell reported the meeting was held January 14, 2012, at Eiseley Library, Lincoln, Nebraska.
The following are the highlights of the January AFCON Board Meeting.
· The Kuhr case will go to trial in April (the Kuhr family received the Academic Freedom Award in 2009).
· Deadline for articles for the next issue of the Sentinel will be February 20. The next issue will be available after March 18.
· AFCON Board of Directors members Adair, Moshman, Haller, and Ken Winston of the Nebraska Library Association visited with Senator Haar regarding next steps for the Student Expression Act. Other Senators - Council, Howard and Cornett will be contacted. The plan is to work on getting the bill out of committee to have at least one floor debate.
· Three education-related bills have been introduced to date. The bills are LB990, which requires recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in the first class period of every public school every day; LB809, which requires in-person observation of teachers facing deficiency action; and LB991, which calls for a study of the feasibility of county-wide school districts.
NOTE: AFCON Board of Directors voted to oppose LB990 and authorizes Peggy Adair to monitor the bill and take suitable action.
MEMBER ORGANIZATION REPORTS:
Nebraska Library Association: NLA is working on moving the Intellectual Freedom Committee to Roundtable status, which will increase visibility and number of participants. The vote for the official change will take place in October.
Nebraska Center for the Book: The Nebraska Book Festival will take place March 31, 2012. One Book One Nebraska selection is "I Am a Man:" Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice.
Nebraska Educational Media Association: Next meeting, scheduled for January 28.
UNL Faculty Senate: UNL Regents made a change in hours of credits required for graduation without consulting the Faculty Senate. The issue is not with the change, but with the lack of faculty input.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM CONTEST entry deadline is March 23, 2012.
The next meeting of the AFCON BOARD OF DIRECTORS is Saturday, February 11, 2012, at Eiseley Library in Lincoln.
B. Facilities Planning Committee: Senators Carroll, Surface, or Prof. O'Hara (No Report) (Prof. O'Hara wrote on 1/25/12: There has not been a meeting of the Facilities Planning Committee since Nov. 22, 2011.
C. Graduate Council: Senator Mahoney reported the Graduate School coordinated with all of the GPC chairs to have them attend one of four "Graduate Studies Program Workshops" during the week of January 30th. The purpose of the workshops was to coordinate verbiage across various degree programs, review the university branding, and cross check requirements listed in various places such as web pages and printed material.
D. Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Senator Bacon reported that the Strategic Planning meeting, considering Goal 1, was a great event. There were almost a record number of attendees. She hopes to have the final draft before the March Senate meeting.
VII. The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m. with announcements.