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2013-2014 Faculty Senate

Executive Committee & Cabinet

Minutes

__________________________________________Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 2 p.m.,  ASH 196_____________________

Members:   Adcock, M. Bacon, N. Bacon (V.C./A&CA), Casas, Harden (V.C./FP&W), Holley, P. Smith, R. Smith, Surface

Excused:  Mahoney, Petrow, Wileman

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I.         The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. by President M. Bacon.

II.        The Minutes of June 5, 2013, were approved as submitted.

III.       Officers' Reports

A.    President's Report:  Senator M. Bacon reported

1.      The Board of Regents met June 7, 2013.

     Of most significance to UNO was the report on the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). UNL College of Engineering Dean Timothy Wei made an impassioned plea for an enlarged and integrated College of Engineering. His vision, somewhat based on external consultation by Peter Freeman, Emeritus Dean at Georgia Tech, is ambitious and, in my opinion, unrealistic given the location of engineering jobs and interests in Nebraska. It would essentially strip UNO's engineering program of the little autonomy it enjoys. Development of a second college of engineering in Omaha is cost prohibitive. Chancellors Perlman and Christensen have been directed to address the issues in the PKI report and to submit their effort to the BOR in September.

            Reports on STEM education at the four campuses were presented, UNO's made by Prof. Neal Grandgenett.

            As you may have read, state support has allowed the BOR to freeze resident tuition for the coming biennium and to make non-resident tuition increases the lowest since 1997. The Affordability Compact remains intact. The next BOR meeting is Thursday, July 18.

            I got to meet my colleagues from the other three campuses: from UN-L Rigoberto Guevara, from the Department of Foreign Languages; from UNK Ken Trantham from Physics; and, from UNMC Connie Miller from the College of Nursing. All of them were very interested in the implications of the memorandum of understanding with Coursera regarding MOOCs.

2.      Senate President and Chancellor met June 25, 2013.

      The Chancellor sought to reassure me and the Senate that the memorandum of understanding with Coursera does not require participation and does not limit faculty and campus cooperation. Only the faculty will decide how and in what context participation will occur. The faculty retain full control of the curriculum and Chancellor Christensen supports this faculty prerogative. Regarding the BOR directive to rework the PKI report, the Chancellor is not optimistic that UN-L Chancellor Perlman will be open to the suggestions we will make. The Arena project will be discussed at the July BOR meeting. The City Council is supporting it despite the recent change at City Hall. The traffic issues appear to have been resolved to the benefit of both arena patrons and residents of Aksarben Village.  The Arena should be ready in Summer of 2015.

3.      Chancellors Council was held June 27, 2013.

      VC Conley presided. The Alumni Association's Maverick Monument has been commissioned and will face west from in front of the Fieldhouse. It will be ready Summer of 2014.  Enrollments are up with Omaha South freshman applications now the most numerous. Twenty-five percent of new enrollment identifies as Latino/Latina. Instructors are urged to be flexible in terms of class size and number of sections. Good thing we don't have a parking problem! One third of summer credit hours and eighteen percent of academic year credit hours are now generated by on-line courses. A retention dashboard is now up on the website.

        The EC&C had questions about infrastructure and space.  If new faculty are to be hired, they felt that searchs should be done this fall 2013. They also had questions about the status of Long Range Plans, which can be reviewed at 8:30 a.m. on July 19, 2013.

4.      Deans Forum Summary:  As of July 2, 2013, it has been updated to May 2, 2013http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/deansforum.php

5.      Written Acknowledgements for Resolutions:

2012-2013 Resolution Action Table
(Action Pending and Current Resolutions)

Res.#

Date

Senate

Passed

Title

Admin Accept

Sent for Senate Action

Denied

Deferred

In Progress

Final Action/Resolved

4102

5/8/13

Presidential Appointments (a-e)

           

4101

5/8/13

Standing Committee Vice Chairs

           

4100

5/8/13

Chair of the Cabinet

           

4099

5/8/13

Faculty Senate Secretary/Treasurer

           

4098

5/8/13

Faculty Senate Vice President

           

4097

5/8/13

Rules Committee Chair

           

4096

5/8/13

Standing Committee Chairs

           

4095

5/8/13

University Committees  (a-j)

           

4094

5/8/13

Campus Committees (a-g)

           

4093

5/8/13

Membership of 2013-2014 Faculty Senate Standing Committees

           

4092

5/8/13

Revised Shared Governance

           

4091

5/8/13

Appreciation for President Peter Smith

           

4090

5/8/13

Appreciation for Faculty Senate Liaisons

           

4089

5/8/13

Appreciation for Chairs of the Standing Committees & Chair of Cabinet

           

4088

5/8/13

Appreciation for Secretary-Treasurer Meredith Bacon

           

4087

5/8/13

Appreciation for Vice President Winter

           

4086

5/8/13

Appreciation for Outgoing Senators

           

4085

5/8/13

New Faculty Senate Members

           

4084

5/8/13

Replacement of CFAM Senator

           

4083

5/8/13

Replacement of LIB Senator

           

4082

5/8/13

Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)

           

4081

4/10/13

&

5/8/13

Submission of Grades (B)

(& amended)

           

4080

4/10/13

&

5/8/13

Submission of Grades (A)

(& amended)

           

4079

4/10/13

MOOCs

           

CARRIED FORWARD

3079

3/9/11

Shared Governance

   

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

1/12/11

Employee Plus One Benefits

 

1/25/11

Senate sent to Pres Milliken, D. Burns, and Board of Regents

   

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

5/12/10

Instruction on the Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers

5/27/10

     

X*

*Chancellor acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate.

3013

3/10/10

Recommended Plagiarism Policy

3/18/10

4/21/10

     

X*

-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.

2944

1/4/09

UCRCA Funding

     

X*

   

*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.")

B.     Treasurer's Report:  Senator Holley submitted the June 2013 Budget Report

IV.     Non-Senate Committee Reports

A.    Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):  Senator Parker submitted the AFCON Newsletter just before she retired.

V.      Old Business

Senator R. Smith moved and Senator N. Bacon seconded the following resolution.  The resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 4103, 7/3/2013:  Fall 2013 Submission of Grades

BE IT RESOLVED, that the deadline for Fall 2013 grades be seven calendar days after the scheduled final exam date in classes with exams scheduled before December 17 and ten calendar days in classes with final exam dates on December 17 or thereafter.

VI.      New Business

A.    Resignation of Criss Library Faculty Senator:

On June 19, 2013, Senator Linda Parker sent the following e-mail:

I will retire at the end of June 2013.  With regret, I must resign from the Faculty Senate. 

Therefore, Senator Adcock moved and Senator Holley seconded the following motion.  The motion passed.

RESOLUTION 4014, 7/3/13:  Permanent Replacement for Library Senator

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate accepts the resignation of Criss Library representative, Linda Parker, who is retiring at the end of June 2013.  Melissa Cast-Brede will replace her and serve until May 11, 2016.

B.     Faculty Senate Retreat (8/21/13)

1.      Place:  Mahoney State Park

(We have been notified that the Barn at the Preserve will probably not be ready.)

2.      Speaker(s)/Topics

·         Victor Winter (MOOCs)

·         Mary Niemiec  (MOOC-ish)

·         Chancellor Christensen

·         SVC Reed

3.      Schedule of Retreat

·         8:30-9 a.m.:  Check in and Continental Breakfast

·         9 am Meeting Begins

·         10:10-10:35 a.m.: Mary Niemiec (MOOC-ish) including  questions

·         10:35-11 a.m.:  Victor Winter (MOOCs) including questions

·         11-11:15 a.m.: SVC Reed

·         11:15-11:30 a.m.: Chancellor Christensen

·         11:30-12:30: Lunch

·         12:30

·         4:30 p.m. or before:  Meeting Adjourns

4.      Thoughts/Goals/Themes for 2013-2014

5.      Items to distribute

·         End of Year Reports?  Years? (At least this past year.)

·         Welcome Letter

VII.    The meeting adjourned at 3:55 p.m., announcements, following.

VIII.   Announcements

A.    EC&A Mtg:  July 17, 2013, 2 p.m., EAB 200

B.     EC&C Mtg:  August 14, 2013, 2 p.m., tba

C.    Faculty/Staff Picnic:  August 20, 2013, MBSC

D.    Faculty Senate RETREAT:  August 21, 2013, ___a.m. to___ p.m?

E.     EC&A Mtg:  No Meeting in August