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2013-2014 Faculty Senate

Minutes

 

___________Wednesday,  January 15, 2014, 2 p.m.,   Chancellors Room________________

Present:    Adcock, M. Bacon, N. Bacon, Beard, Bragg, Casas, Cast-Brede, Chen, Chmidling, Harden, Harder, Holley, Huq, Kwak, Lewis, Mahoney, Means, Meglich, Mei, Mitchell, Morris, O'Neil, Parnell, Petrow, Prisbell, Scherer, Siy, P. Smith, R. Smith, Stack, Surface, Thompson, Tiller, Wileman, Williams

Excused:   Mitchell, Ritter, Sobel, Sollars

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I.                   The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m.

II.                The Minutes of December 11, 2013, were approved as submitted.

III.             Officers' Reports

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

1.      Senate President's Meeting with Chancellor took place December 16, 2013.  One of the subjects discussed was the collection of data on the race of students.

2.      Executive Committee and Administration (EC&A) meeting was held December 18, 2013. 

Present: M. Bacon, Christensen, Conley, Holley, Reed, Scherer, Shipp, R. Smith, Surface

Not Present: Castilow, Mahoney

      Chancellor Christensen acknowledged  Resolution 4121 the January 2014 return of Education Senator Adcock;  Resolution 4122 Franklin Thompson III will temporarily replace Senator Nicholas Stergiou during Spring 2014;  Resolution 4123 appointing Senator Doug Stack as Faculty Senate Rep to the Assessment Committee; and  Resolution 4124 electing Senator Lisa Scherer as President-Elect of the 2014-15 Faculty Senate.  President-elect Scherer was introduced.

      Topics discussed were:  the failed Senate Resolution that data on race of students should not be collected, and the Senate's remanding of  the request for approval of a new Executive Management of Information Technology (EMIT) Degree to committee; Faculty Senate interest in observing the January Board of Regents meeting;  interest among universities nationwide in finding ways of managing costs of education to students (BJ Reed is serving on an NU committee examining various models); and  how expenses of scanning teacher evaluations and obsolescence of equipment are sparking interest in electronic /online teacher evaluations.

      Noted were the Board of Regents interest in the workload figures from universities in the system and the importance of ensuring that instructional workload reports were accurate and complete; new state legislation will require that state tax be paid at purchase of food sold by UNO at the MBSC Food Court, Library, catering, etc.; UNO's relevance for rural Nebraska may need to be clarified as part of establishing its identity as a "Metropolitan University."  Dan Shipp will visit the Faculty Senate to provide information about and discuss strategies and plans for retention of students. 

3.      Deans Forum Summary:  As of January 6, 2014, it has been updated to November 7, 2013http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/deansforum.php

4.      Written Acknowledgements for Resolutions: Acknowledgements were  received from the President's meeting with the Chancellor and the EC&A meeting.

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

4124

12/11/13

Faculty Senate President-Elect

12/18/13

       

Acknowledged

4123

12/11/13

Appointment to Assessment Committee

12/18/13

       

Acknowledged

4122

12/11/13

Temporary Spring 2014 Replacement for Senator Stergiou

12/18/13

       

Acknowledged

4121

12/11/13

January Return of Education Senator

12/18/13

       

Acknowledged

4120

11/13/13

Representative to Digital Measures Ad Hoc Committee

12/16/13

       

Accepts

4119

11/13/13

Distribution of Financial & Administration (F&A) Funds to Host Campuses

12/16/13

       

Acknowledges

4118

11/13/13

Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee

12/15/13

       

Acknowledges

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 gave the December 2013 Budget Report.

IV.             Standing Committee Reports

A.    Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs:  Senator Petrow reported that while there was no meeting held in December, he had been in touch with State Senator Mello who assured him that the EMIT proposal does not fall under the Affordability Compact as it will be a new program and the Compact only covers existing programs.  It was also reported that the EMIT program was approved by the Graduate Council on January 13, 2014.

V.                Other Faculty Senate Committees:

A.    Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee:  President M. Bacon reported that Janet West has been added to the committee.

VI.             Non-Senate Committee Reports

A.    Graduate Council:  Senator N. Bacon reported that the EMIT program was approved by the Council at its January 13, 2014, meeting.

B.     Strategic Planning Steering Committee Forum will take place February 28, 2014.

C.    Wellness Committee:  Prof Bartzatt wrote the meeting was held December 13, 2013.

-          Started with introduction of new members and responsibilities.

-          Fitness /Wellness is addressing our communication issues with a solution, the document of communication is attached on the email.

o   We have a representative in nearly every building now.

-          Discussed the use of Mav Sync. Sending a link with more info on it.

-          The Wellness guide with all spring events will be out in January.

o   Will be delivered to nearly every department.

-          Wellness events from this past month

o   The W.O.W event at Epply Administration was one of our biggest yet.

§  Gave out 14 flu shots in one hour! Usually give out 5-8.

o   Future W.O.W events will go from 11-1:30 to add an extra hour for people to come.

-          Save the Date- Benefits and Wellness Fair is Thursday April 3rd.

-          New Walking to Wellness PROGRAM not a membership to HPER. $30 for the program and program users will be able to use the HPER track only Mon-Fri from 11-1.

-          Wellness Council of the Midlands (Welcom) has a new space in the Community Engagement building. They will be able to access HPER for the price of regular F/S.

VII.          The meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m. with announcements. 

VIII.       Announcements

A.    EC&A Mtg:   Wednesday,  January 22, 2014, 2 p.m., EAB 200, Chancellor's Conference Room

B.     EC&C Mtg:   Wednesday, February 5, 2 p.m., ASH 196

C.    Faculty Senate Mtg:  Wednesday,  February 12, 2014, 2 p.m., MBSC Chancellors Room

D.    Faculty Senate MtgMarch 12, 2014, Mammel Hall 320

E.     Faculty/Staff Dinner:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Social, 7 p.m. Dinner, MBSC  (Invitations will be sent and RSVPs expected)