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Annual Report

1997 - 1998

President: Shelton Hendricks

 

August 13, 1998

Nancy Belck, Ph.D.
Chancellor University of Nebraska at Omaha
60th and Dodge Streets, EAB 201
Omaha, Nebraska 68182

Dear Chancellor Belck:

Appended to this letter is my annual report on the 1997-98 activities of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This report is prescribed by our constitution as a duty of the president of the faculty senate as follows:

THE CONSTITUTION of the FACULTY SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATION OF THE SENATE

The president shall make at least one written report annually to the chancellor. This report will be made available to the university faculty in the senate office.

I have organized the report around issues that were addressed by the senate placing them in the approximate chronological order in which they occurred. Where appropriate, relevant resolutions passed by the senate and forwarded to you are referenced. I have also included two lists of resolutions: 1) the 1997-98 action resolution log and 2) the 1997-98 appointment/nominations resolution log. Some of the issues addressed will certainly continue into the coming year and indeed beyond that. My perceptions of issues that need future attention are in italics.

It has been a pleasure working with you this year and I am looking forward to the next year.

Sincerely,

Shelton Hendricks, Ph.D.
President of UNO Faculty Senate

Enclosures:

1997-98 Faculty Senate Action Resolution Log
1997-98 Faculty Senate Appointment/Nomination Log

1. Faculty Appointments to University and other Committees

This is by far the most common communication the senate has with the chancellor and other administrative offices. The numerous resolutions recommending and making appointments are among the attached resolutions but will not be enumerated here. In general, I believe, we have provided excellent faculty to serve on these committees. Two criteria have been the driving force behind our seeking and recommending faculty for these committees: (1) relevant expertise and/or interest and (2) providing appropriate representation for various faculty constituencies (departments, colleges, and programs). With your assistance, we have become more sensitive to assuring diversity in these recommendation and have begun, in a more formal fashion, to attend to gender and ethnicity in our recommendations. Another criterion which we have identified is length of service at UNO. Thus, we also make every attempt to assure that committees have representation from relatively new as well as established faculty members. To assist us with committee recommendations, this year we established a modest computerized data base. This data base provides a summary of faculty demographics, expressed interest in committee service, and specialized knowledge and skills. We are finding this to be very useful in this work, and on a limited basis, we could share this information with other university offices which may be seeking faculty assistance or advice.

In response to a number of logistical problems with committee appointments and our Resolution 2258, your office established an ad hoc committee which completed its work and made excellent recommendations. On our end, we are attempting to implement these recommendations and look forward to a smoother operation in the coming year.

It is clear that the general mechanism by which committee appointments are made and by which committees function is far from perfect. Both structures and processes need to be reviewed and areas for improvement identified. The committee established by your office to address these issues should provide the needed forum for this issue. The senate looks forward to the report(s) of this committee and working with your office to implement improvements.

2. Resolutions of Congratulations and Appreciation

The senate frequently passes resolutions expressing its appreciation and good wishes to various individuals and groups. In the past year the following such resolutions were passed.

Resolution 2240: To the board of regents regarding their resolution supporting academic freedom.

Resolution 2241: Appreciation to Don Leahy, retiring athletic director.

Resolution 2256: Appreciation to Connie Claussen, retiring associate athletic director.

Resolution 2297: Congratulations to Chancellor Belck on her investiture.

Resolution 2306 Express thanks and appreciation for the officers and committee chairs and 2307: of the 1997-98 senate

3. Sponsorships and Endorsements

The faculty senate often, by resolution and supporting actions, sponsors and/or endorses various events and issues. Resolutions relating to these issues are:

Resolution 2255: Sponsorship of meeting to review report of Gender Equity Task Force.

4. Revision of Constitution and By-Laws

A major effort by the senate this year was the extensive revision and updating of our constitution and by-laws. Two resolutions addressed this process and the ultimate approval and submission of the products. The resolutions are 2250 and 2279.

The resulting products represent a great improvement. Special appreciate is due to our immediate past-president, Carl Camp, and the committee made up of a number of ex- presidents of the faculty senate and others that worked diligently on this process.

5. Senate Processes and Administration

The senate took a number of actions to facilitate its operation and functioning as follows:

Resolution 2257: Recommended that the faculty senate president serve exofficio as a member of the Chancellor's Council.

Resolution 2261: Modified the methods for selecting faculty marshals for commencement.

Resolution 2305: Changed the status of the Rules Committee to a standing committee and modified other parts of the bylaws necessary to effect this change.

Resolution 2264: Changed the criteria for awarding the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarship.

Resolution 2296: Amended the bylaws of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.

6. Reviews and Recommendations Regarding General University Issues and Policies

Resolution 2262: Supported proposed Master of International Business degree.

Resolution 2263: Endorsed the report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on General Education and encouraged administrative action on the panel's recommendations.

Resolution 2265 Endorsed the building of student residence halls on UNO campus and and 2274: the proposed configuration and design.

Resolution 2269: Endorsed and encouraged implementation of the report of the Faculty Benefits Task Force.

Resolution 2271 Endorsed the elimination of programs in the College of Business and 2277: Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences and approved the proposed new computer science degree and MIS degree in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Resolution 2272: Endorsed change in administrative structure of the graduate college with the creation of the position of associate vice chancellor for research and dean for graduate studies.

Resolution 2278: Endorsed the funding of the Teaching Circles program proposed by the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching.

Resolution 2286: Endorsed revised bylaws of the College of Business Administration

Resolution 2288: Endorsed the establishment of technology fee for UNO students.

Resolution 2301: Endorsed and commented on the K-16 initiative.

Resolution 2303: Endorsed establishment of a Center for Innovation in Discipline-Based Arts Education in the College of Fine Arts.

Resolution 2304: Endorsed name change for Department of Accounting.

7. Early and Partial Retirement Policies

The faculty senate spent considerable time reviewing, critiquing, and preparing recommendations relative to the various proposals for providing incentives for retirement of older faculty. Resolution 2254 addressed issues surrounding an administrative proposal that was subsequently withdrawn and a very modest policy established.

This issue should be re-evaluated from time to time. From UNO's perspective, we perhaps need to obtain some information about experiences of other institutions similar to us. An aggressive retirement policy can have negatives (loss of good faculty to other institutions, increasing costs by paying individuals who would have retired in any case) but such a program can provide for the infusion of new strengths, greater flexibility in planning, and the appropriate rewarding of individuals who have provided the institution with distinguished service

One issue which should be addressed in the coming year is an apparent inconsistency in the treatment of faculty at UNO who elect to go on partial retirement as compared to faculty at other UN campuses. I have no first-hand information, but reports are that at UNK and UNL faculty who take partial retirement receive their full health care benefits while at UNO the benefit is apportioned to the percent of effort, typically 50%. This appears to be a campus option. The faculty senate plans to review this issue and make recommendations.

8. Intramural Funding for Faculty and Student Research

The faculty senate passed Resolution 2270 calling for the full restitution of the budget of the University Committee on Research. Your office was able to restore some funding on a temporary basis.

This will continue to be an important issue for the senate and the faculty in general in the coming year and beyond. UNO is at a significant disadvantage in recruiting faculty when we cannot provide competitive start-up support for new faculty research programs. In the past we have been able to assure job candidates that they could expect support from the UCR given a reasonable proposal from a relatively new faculty member. This is becoming less and less a reality. Imaginative ways of supporting faculty research through the UCR and other mechanisms needs to be explored. I will encourage the senate to study this issue further. Among the possibilities for UCR funding, in addition to increased state funding, are business and industry grants to UCR, grant and contract overhead funds, reallocation of funds, and/or the University of Nebraska Foundation. This is a critical issue for attracting competent faculty and assuring that our faculty can submit reasonable competitive proposals for external funding. It is also critical to the quality of education received by our best undergraduate and graduate students by providing nominal support to their independent research and creative efforts.

9. Evaluation of Administrators

Resolution 2259: Provides that more than one administrator can be evaluated in a given academic year.

The senate began the process of its 5-year review of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.

This coming year the evaluation of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance will be completed and the review of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Enrollment Management will be started.

These procedures for review of the chancellor and the vice chancellors were established under the previous administration. It would seem appropriate that they be reviewed with you and your cabinet. The senate would be pleased to cooperate in this matter.

10. Academic Calendar

The senate dealt with a number of difficult issues surrounding proposed changes in the academic calendar as follows:

Resolution 2280: Endorsed the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by not scheduling classes.

Resolution 2281: Addressed issues regarding the potential for unbalanced class schedule growing out of a modified academic calendar.

Resolution 2282: Endorsed moving spring break to earlier in the semester.

Problems of unbalanced class schedules are likely to need further attention and advanced planning.

11. Post-Tenure Review

This issue was much discussed in the senate this year.

Resolution 2287: Endorsed the general concepts for a post-tenure review policy as outlined in a draft document provided by central administration and requested that the implementation of the policy involve consultation with the faculty senate and negotiation with the UNO AAUP.

The senate will review and make recommendations regarding the procedures and policies proposed for post-tenure review at its August, 1998, meeting. Further resolution(s) should be forthcoming.

12. Campus Computing and Information Technology

Issues surrounding academic computing and information technology have become central to the academic enterprise to the point that they are essentially inseparable. Electronic media are now as essential as the written and spoken word to teaching, study and research. The senate took several actions in this arena.

Resolution 2290: Recommended increasing faculty representation on the Committee on Computer Usage.

13. Honorary Degrees

In response to concerns expressed by several faculty members regarding the process of selecting and recommending individuals for honorary degrees the senate, and the Committee on Goals and Directions in particular, investigated the procedures in place and found them to be unclear and at times contradictory. The senate took one action as follows:

Resolution 2294: Recommends full senate participation in the approval of candidates recommended for honorary degrees and recommends broad criteria for the awarding of such degree. Finally, this resolution calls for honorary degrees to be presented only at formal commencements, not at ad hoc ceremonies.

There has been some concern expressed that this procedure may not assure sufficient confidentiality of candidates. The senate stands ready to participate in seeing that a workable and confidential system is established and make formal or informal changes in the recently established procedures.

14. Student Evaluation and Grading

There was much discussion, particularly in the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs, regarding standards and procedures for assigning grades, particularly grades of Incomplete. Actions were as follows:

Resolution 2299: Recommends a required form be completed by faculty when assigning grades of "I" and the current form be reviewed.

Resolution 2300: Recommends that, absence faculty action, grades of "I" be changed to "W" after the specified interval for completing the work has elapsed.

The senate will continue to address issues related to academic standards in the coming year.

15. Part-Time Faculty

The senate received the excellent report of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Part-Time Faculty. The Committees on Academic Affairs and Faculty Personnel and Welfare spent considerable time reviewing these recommendations. Resolutions addressing this report were:

Resolution 2292: Complimented the blue ribbon committee for the excellent report and generally recommended implementation of the recommendations.

16. Professional Conduct

Thanks primarily to the work of the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee, which drafted extensive amendments to the Professional Conduct Committee Rules of Procedure, the senate was able to approve procedures that were consistent with federal guideline for dealing with scientific misconduct and fraud. The new rules and procedures which were accepted as compliant by NIH were adopted by Resolution 2291.

17. Faculty/Staff Dining Room in MBSC

After some study, the senate expressed in Resolution 2302 its agreement with the desires of student government that the current faculty/staff dining room (Elmwood Room) in MBSC be converted into a computer user room for students. It was further recommended that a more appropriate space for a faculty/staff dining facility be identified

We trust that both of these projects go forward in the near future. It had been our hope that the student computer facility would be in place by the start of the fall semester.

18. Academic Success of UNO Students

The senate passed no resolutions regarding this issue. However, within the senate and in other forums this was a much discussed topic under such rubrics as "retention." In the coming year, the senate will surely bring its attention to this issue. Among the issues which may addressed are:

1. Faculty role in the undergraduate admission and recruiting process.

2. Faculty role in orientation and UD 101 and possible use of these experiences as a prerequisite for some courses.

3. Identification of key skills necessary for academic success and means for assuring that students possess these skills upon admission or that they quickly acquire them.

4. Faculty role in assuring that UNO is a welcoming place that offers a comfortable and supportive environment in which students can study and learn.


Resolutions Referred to in the 1997-98 Annual Report -- In Order of Appearance in Report

1. Faculty Appointments to University and other Committees

Resolution 2258 - 10/08/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the proper staffing and functioning of university committees are critical to good management and shared governance at UNO, and

WHEREAS, in recent years, there have been lapses in the appointment process and monitoring mechanism for these committees; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate Executive Committee and the chancellor's office should work together to bring clarity and consistency to the processes by which university committees are staffed and monitored.

2. Resolutions of Congratulations and Appreciation

Resolution 2240 - 07/09/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska has reaffirmed its commitment to the constitutional right of free expression and to the institutional principle of academic and freedom, and

WHEREAS, the board of regents has resolved that it is not to act as a board to censor lawful university activities, and

WHEREAS, the board of regents has noted that with academic freedom comes the responsibility of faculty to act with good judgement and consider the rights of their students; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its appreciation and support for the positions adopted by the board of regents, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the faculty senate encourages all faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha to be considerate and responsible when exercising the privileges accorded by academic freedom and to be particularly responsive to the rights, sensitivities, and opinions of their students as encouraged by the regents' resolution.

Resolution 2241 - 07/09/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, Don Leahy now for a second time has served with distinction as UNO's director of intercollegiate athletics and has presided over an exciting period of renewal and expansion of UNO's athletic programs, and

WHEREAS, Don Leahy throughout his career has exemplified, and insisted upon adherence to, the highest standards of integrity and sportsmanship and has shown due regard for the well-being of UNO's student athletes while encouraging coaches and athletes alike to strive always for excellence both on and off the playing field; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha on behalf of the entire faculty expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Don Leahy for his exemplary leadership in the development and maintenance of nationally competitive intercollegiate athletic programs of high quality at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Resolution 2256 - 10/08/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, Constance Claussen has given many years of service to the University of Nebraska at Omaha as teacher, coach, administrator, and fund raiser, and

WHEREAS, this service has brought distinction and recognition to this institution in our community and nation, and broadened support for women's athletics at UNO, and

WHEREAS, her particular service to the cause of women's athletics has been rendered at a critical time in the emergence of women into new roles in society and has contributed significantly to the growing recognition of the importance of sports in the physical, emotional, and social development of young women; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on behalf of the entire faculty, on the occasion of her retirement from the university, expresses its appreciation to Constance Claussen for her many contributions to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Resolution 2297 - 04/08/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the investiture of Nancy Belck as the thirteenth chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is to occur on April 17, 1998, and

WHEREAS, such an occasion is an appropriate time for celebration by the entire campus community; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate extends its heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Chancellor Belck on the occasion of her investiture, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the faculty senate encourages all faculty, staff, and students of the university to participate in the celebration.

Resolution 2306 - 05/13/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, she has presided over meetings of the Executive Committee with skill and patience; and

WHEREAS, her insights and perspectives have always been positive contributions to our deliberations, and

WHEREAS, she has effectively served as the faculty's representative on the UNO Alumni Board; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends to Senator Judith Harrington its deepest appreciation for her exemplary service as vice president during the 1997-98 academic year.
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WHEREAS, he has approached his duties as secretary-treasurer of the faculty senate with devotion to substance and accuracy; and

WHEREAS, the literacy of the faculty senate's documents have been a positive reflection of his scholarship and attention to details; and

WHEREAS, his acumen and insights have been of significant value to the deliberation of the Executive Committee and Cabinet; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends to Senator Gordon Mundell its deepest appreciation for his exemplary service as secretary-treasurer of the faculty senate during the 1997-98 academic year.
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WHEREAS, he has chaired the Rules Committee with a level of skill and determination that manifests his commitment to the principles of collegiality in a proper functioning of shared governance; and

WHEREAS, he has recruited faculty members to serve on a wide array of university committees, boards, and task forces, too often on short notice; and

WHEREAS, his advice and perspective within the deliberations of the Executive Committee have been forthright and valuable; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deepest appreciation to Senator Arthur Diamond for his exemplary service as chair of the Rules Committee during the 1997-98 academic year.
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WHEREAS, as chair of the Cabinet and member of the Executive Committee she has contributed greatly of her wisdom and time to our deliberations; and

WHEREAS, Senator Martha Bruckner has served ably as chair of the Professional Development Committee; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Bruckner for her dedicated service to the faculty and the university.
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WHEREAS, Senator Robert Carlson has served ably and judiciously as chair of the Personnel and Welfare Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Carlson for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.
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WHEREAS, Senator Jack Newton has served ably and with competence and good will as chair of the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Newton for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.
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WHEREAS, Senator John Reidelbach has served with committment and expertise as chair of the Educational Resources and Services Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Reidelbach for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.
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WHEREAS, Senator Loree Bykerk has served with competence and good will for the university's future as chair of the Goals and Directions Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Bykerk for her dedicated service to the faculty and the university.
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WHEREAS, the coordinator of the faculty senate, Sandy Jensen, has managed the office and related senate activities with professionalism, sensitivity, grace and good humor; and

WHEREAS, she has shown initiative in the development of her computer skills and has used these skills to develop other informational and managerial aids that promote greater operational efficiency in the senate office; and

WHEREAS, she continues to be an indispensable link to the continuity and smooth function of the senate office; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deepest respect and gratitude to Sandy Jensen for the excellence of her work as coordinator of the faculty senate.

Resolution 2307 - 05/13/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, he has served with distinction and exemplary dedication to UNO's faculty and community as president of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the 1997-98 term, and

WHEREAS, he has shown, unwavering dedication to the principles of the faculty self- governance process and academic freedom, and

WHEREAS, he has presented the viewpoints of the faculty to the UNO administration, the University of Nebraska administration, the board of regents, and the legislature cogently and effectively, and

WHEREAS, he has played a central and highly productive role in establishing a strong working relationship between the faculty and the new chancellor; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska extends its deep appreciation to Professor Shelton Hendricks for his outstanding service to the faculty and the university as president of the UNO faculty senate.

3. Sponsorships and Endorsements

Resolution 2255 - 09/10/97: Assembly

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha will be one of the sponsors of a panel discussion of the Gender Equity Task Force report.

4. Revision of Constitution and By-Laws

Resolution 2250 - 08/21/97: Executive Committe

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's constitution and bylaws require modification and updating due to cumulative changes in recent years; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate establish an ad hoc committee for the purpose of reviewing its constitution and bylaws and recommending appropriate modifications; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said ad hoc committee be made up of knowledgeable members of the faculty, not necessarily limited to incumbent senators; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Rules Committee is requested to recommend to the senate at its September meeting the names of six to eight faculty members to serve on the ad hoc committee, which once established is to report its recommendations to the senate as soon as practicable.

Resolution 2279 - 01/14/98: Executive Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee moves the approval of the amended faculty senate constitution as previously submitted with the following additional changes:

ARTICLE II. DEFINITIONS

If at any time the number of non-collegiate faculty should be such that they could be apportioned at least one senator, they will be assigned as a separate voting unit.

Colleges.

Other Aacademic units which utilize faculties composed primarily of persons holding faculty rank in the academic colleges of the university do not qualify as colleges under this definition.

ARTICLE V. ORGANIZATION OF SENATE COMMITTEES.

Executive Committee.

The outgoing president shall continue to serve on the Executive Committee as past-president in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity untilthrough the last regularly scheduled meeting of the fall semester.

ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS.

Recommended changes in the constitution must be submitted for approval by the faculty senate and ratification by vote of the university faculty in accord with procedures set forth in Section 1 of this Articlethe first paragraph of this article.

5. Senate Processes and Administration

Resolution 2257 - 10/08/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the UNO Chancellor is establishing a Chancellor's Council to which she is requesting faculty senate representation, and

WHEREAS, the faculty senate president is generally charged with the obligations of representing the senate to the administration; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha designates its president ex officio to represent the senate on the Chancellor's Council.

Resolution 2261 - 10/08/97: Committee on Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, it is an honor for faculty to serve as marshals at commencement, and

WHEREAS, the present system of selecting faculty commencement marshals has proven difficult to implement in its entirety; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the following procedure by used to select faculty marshals for commencement: two faculty marshals for each of the spring, summer, and winter commencements within a calendar year will be selected respectively from that year's award winners in the categories of university excellence in teaching, university outstanding research, and college excellence in teaching; no individual will be a marshal twice in the same calendar year. Priority will be given within each category based on years of full-time faculty service at UNO; if a faculty member is unable to serve as a marshal when designated, the honor will pass to the next person on the priority listing. (For example, if two university teaching awards, one university research award, and six college teaching awards are given in a year, the marshals for that year's spring commencement would be the recipients of the two university teaching awards, for the summer commencement the university research award recipient and the most senior of the college teaching award recipients, and for the winter commencement the second and third, in terms of seniority, college teaching award recipients.)

Resolution 2305 04/08/98: By The Assembly

WHEREAS, the duties of the Rules Committee are increasingly time-consuming and difficult, and,

WHEREAS, the duties could be more efficiently and appropriately carried out if the Rules Committee were a standing committee; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following changes be made to the bylaws of the senate:

Delete the following sentences from article VI., section 1:

Also during a recess or within one week following the last regular senate meeting of the academic year, senators from a) the College of Arts and Sciences, b) the College of Business Administration and the Library, c) the College of Education, and d) the College of Fine Arts and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service shall caucus to select one representative each to the rules Committee. Caucuses should strive for rotation of representation from year to year.

Change "section 5:" to "4.6"

Insert the following to the beginning of 4.6:

Soon after the last regular senate meeting of the academic year, the incoming president shall appoint a member of the committee as chairperson. This senator shall also serve on the Executive Committee and the Cabinet and Cabinet.

Delete the following from 4.6:

In addition to the members elected by each of the college caucuses, one at-large member will be appointed to the committee by the faculty president. This senator shall serve as chairperson of the Rules Committee and shall serve on the Executive Committee.

Resolution 2264 - 10/08/97: Committee on Educational Resources and Services

WHEREAS, the Educational Resources and Services Committee has responsibility for awarding Paul Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships, and

WHEREAS, one of the current criteria states that "students must not hold any other scholarships during the term of the award", and

WHEREAS, the Educational Resources and Services Committee awards the Paul Beck Scholarships in the Spring semester for the Fall semester, the committee has no way to determine whether the applicant will hold any other scholarship, and

WHEREAS, this criteria may preclude otherwise qualified and deserving applicants, and

WHEREAS, the Paul Beck scholarships are of modest monetary value; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Educational Resources and Services Committee recommends that the current criteria of students not being able to hold any other scholarships during the term of the award be struck as a selection criteria.

Resolution 2296 - 04/08/98: Executive Committee

Amendment to section 7.2, "Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee," of "The Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha."

After the last sentence, add:

A committee with a case under consideration shall, when necessary, continue past April with its membership unchanged until the case is resolved; in such an event, new cases shall be considered by the reconstituted committee.

6. Reviews and Recommendations Regarding General University Issues and Policies

Resolution 2262 - 10/08/97: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate supports the proposal by the College of Business Administration to award a Master of International Business degree.

Resolution 2263 - 10/08/97: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS, we have reviewed the report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on General Education and concluded that the general education requirements currently in effect at UNOmaha meet both the letter and spirit of the panel's recommendations; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate commends the efforts of the Blue Ribbon Panel on General Education and supports the continuation of the current general education requirements.

Resolution 2265 - 10/08/97: Assembly

WHEREAS, on-campus residence halls provide students with safe, affordable, and convenient housing during their university studies, and

WHEREAS, such residence halls can facilitate immersion into an academic environment and provide unique opportunities for intellectual and social development, and

WHEREAS, such residence halls are likely to benefit the entire UNO community; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate strongly supports the construction of student residence halls on the UNO campus.

Resolution 2274 - 12/10/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the construction of on-campus residence halls at UNO is intended to make available to students the benefits of a more intense immersion into an academic environment and enriched social/cultural opportunities, and

WHEREAS, the currently proposed residence halls, by virtue of their location and design, are excellently suited to meeting these goals; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly supports the current residence hall proposal.

Resolution 2269 - 11/12/97: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the UNO Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare has reviewed the "Report of Faculty Benefits Task Force" dated June 9, 1997, and

WHEREAS, the Committee has found the report to be well thought out, comprehensive, and realistic, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate commends the efforts of the task force and urges the university administration to implement the recommendations and bring the University of Nebraska benefits package to competitive levels.

Resolution 2271 - 11/12/97: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate supports the proposal by the College of Business Administration to eliminate the Decision Science and Production/Operations Management specialties programs.

Resolution 2277 - 12/10/97: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate approve deletion of computer science degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and deletion of the bachelor of science with a specialization in management information systems (MIS) from the College of Business Administration, and approve the proposed new computer science degree and MIS degree in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Resolution 2272 - 11/12/97: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate supports a change in graduate studies to create an appointment to a position as associate vice chancellor for research and dean for graduate studies

Resolution 2278 - 12/10/97: Committee on Professional Development

WHEREAS, the primary mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is teaching, and

WHEREAS, teaching circles would allow participating faculty members to have an opportunity to discuss, share, and improve teaching strategies, and

WHEREAS, UCAT is proposing a program through which 40 faculty members could each receive a $300 stipend for their participation in teaching circles for the sum of $12,000, and

WHEREAS, a program to improve teaching at UNO should not be at the expense of other successful UCAT programs; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO faculty senate supports UCAT in their development of a program of teaching circles, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNO faculty senate urges the administration to increase the budget for UCAT by $12,000 in 1998-99 and in future academic fiscal years for the purpose of funding a program of teaching circles, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNO faculty senate urges the administration to continue to look for ways to expand financial support of continued improvement of teaching at UNO.

Resolution 2286 - 02/11/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate approves the revised bylaws of the College of Business Administration.

Resolution 2288 - 03/11/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, computerized information technology has become an integral part of the academic enterprise, and

WHEREAS, students who do not become familiar with this technology will be greatly disadvantaged as citizens and in the employment market, and

WHEREAS, universities, in general, and UNOmaha in particular, have not been able to provide even minimal student access to this technology without sacrificing other significant priorities, and

WHEREAS, these resources require continuing budgetary support; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate, reluctantly, endorses the proposal to assess all students a $5.00 per credit hour technology fee to be used to provide students access to computers and other information technology support as outlined in the report of the Fee Review Committee.

Resolution 2301 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS, the movement called "K-16 reform" was discussed at the October 17, 1997, meeting of the board of regents, and the faculty senate was asked to respond to the issue, and

WHEREAS, a well articulated transition between high school graduation and college entrance is a commendable goal, and

WHEREAS, bringing together K-12 and University of Nebraska representatives to explore alternatives to supporting high student achievement and a maximally effective transition from secondary to post-secondary levels is a logical and positive step in achieving this goal; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO faculty senate endorses the K-16 reform initiative, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that since much of the K-16 reform literature speaks to the issue of admission standards, the faculty senate recommends that if the university's view of K-16 reform becomes focused on admission standards, the matter should be identified clearly as an admission issue and input from faculty, students, and residents of Nebraska should be sought.

Resolution 2303 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate supports the establishment of a Center for Innovation in Discipline-Based Arts Education in the College of Fine Arts.

Resolution 2304 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate recommends approval of the request for a name change from the Department of Professional Accounting back to the Department of Accounting.

7. Early and Partial Retirement Policies

Resolution 2254 - 09/10/97: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, in principle, we support the concept of a university wide early retirement policy, and

WHEREAS, we have concerns that the proposed early retirement policy has significantly smaller financial incentives than previous early retirement policies offered by the university, and

WHEREAS, we have concerns relating to and oppose the discriminatory appearance of the different percentages based on age within the tenure buy out plan, and

WHEREAS, we have concerns about excluding individuals who decline participation from participation in any subsequent early retirement plans, and

WHEREAS, we have concerns about the lack of specific details relating to benefits, especially insurance coverage for spouses and dependents, in the proposed early retirement policy, and

WHEREAS, phased retirement is currently available for faculty on an individual negotiated basis "in exceptional circumstances" but no formal University policy governs such action and no definition is provided of what constitutes "exceptional circumstances;" therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, we recommend an early retirement plan with more of a financial incentive (e.g. one year's salary paid over three years) that does not discriminate based on age and that has a specified (e.g. five-year) exclusion, as opposed to a permanent exclusion, from future early retirement plans; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that details relating to benefits including insurance coverage, in particular for spouses and dependents, for those selecting the early retirement option be provided; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a formally defined phased retirement plan be integrated with the early retirement plan.

8. Intramural Funding for Faculty and Student Research

Resolution 2270 - 11/12/97: Committee on Professional Development and the Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the budget of the University Committee on Research has been drastically cut since 1995, and

WHEREAS, one of the primary missions of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is scholarship, and

WHEREAS, UCR monies have been critical in supplying the tools for the faculty to pursue this mission, and

WHEREAS, the junior faculty require these monies in order to pursue programs of scholarship, and were recruited with the expectation that they would receive such support, and

WHEREAS, the forward funding of research programs requires a predictable budget rather than ad hoc funding; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate urges the administration to return funding to the University Committee on Research to at least the level of the 1995 budget.

9. Evaluation of Administrators

Resolution 2259 - 10/08/97: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the timely evaluation of vice chancellors as established in resolution 1538, is consistent with the good practice of shared governance, and

WHEREAS, the current provision of resolution 1538 that allows only one vice chancellor to be evaluated in a given year has proven disruptive to the orderly scheduling of such evaluations; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that resolution 1538 be amended as below to allow for the evaluation of more than one vice chancellor in a given year.

Resolution 1538, May 11, 1983 - EVALUATION OF ADMINISTRATORS

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends to the Chancellor that the following plan for evaluation of administrators be adopted:

1. The evaluation of UNO administration which incorporates faculty participation shall include at least deans of the colleges, the vice chancellors and the chancellor, and that different means of evaluation be employed for each position.

VICE CHANCELLORS

6. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate name a review panel of seven tenured faculty members to assist the chancellor in obtaining faculty views concerning the effectiveness of the vice chancellor.

7. This panel shall develop a list of faculty members who have worked with each vice chancellor, together with faculty members who have special expertise in the vice chancellor's area of responsibility. Senate experience, service on university committees or ad hoc committees within a reasonably recent period of time should provide the basis for such a list. This list shall be presented to the chancellor for review and his suggestions for additional names will be solicited.

8. The review panel shall prepare and administer a questionnaire to be completed by faculty members for purposes of evaluating the vice chancellors, or members of the panel shall conduct interviews with faculty members for the same purpose, or the review panel shall conduct interviews with faculty members for the same purpose, or the review panel shall do both. Evaluation results shall be summarized by the review panel and presented to the chancellor who will review and incorporate them into his/her evaluation of the vice chancellor.

9. Each vice chancellor shall be evaluated every three years beginning with the 1983-1984 academic year. No vice chancellor shall be evaluated before his/her third year in office nor shall he/she be evaluated within the same academic year that another vice chancellor is being evaluated.

10. Academic Calendar

Resolution 2280 - 01/14/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, Martin Luther King, Jr., by words and deeds, personified ideals held in great esteem by our nation in general and by the academic community in particular, and WHEREAS, by act of Congress the third Monday of January has been designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and

WHEREAS, appropriate commemorations of such events include the setting aside of usual business; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha encourages that the academic calendar of the University of Nebraska be modified such that classes not be scheduled on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Resolution 2281 - 01/14/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, by virtue of its attempts to effectively serve its diverse metropolitan student clients, UNOmaha schedules many classes to meet only once per week, and

WHEREAS, any alteration in the academic calendar which leads to an imbalance in days of the week in an academic term will disadvantage many students; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly encourages that any changes in the academic calendar should, through some means, result in an appropriate allocation of class time to all course sections regardless of the days of the week on which they are scheduled, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that among the possible solutions to the problem of unbalanced class schedules might be the scheduling of some classes during the week currently scheduled for final exams, allowing faculty to develop alternative educational experiences or dividing the current spring break such that the Monday is used for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Tuesday immediately following also being a holiday and spring break being limited to Wednesday through Friday.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the faculty is opposed to scheduling a Saturday class in lieu of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Resolution 2282 - 01/14/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the current spring break falls very close to the end of the semester; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports moving the current spring break to the mid-point of the semester.

11. Post-Tenure Review

Resolution 2287 - 02/11/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate endorses the concepts for a post-tenure review policy outlined in the draft document presented to the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha on January 13, 1998.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the implementation of the policy involve both consultation with the faculty senate and negotiation with the UNO AAUP.

12. Campus Computing and Information Technology

Resolution 2290 - 03/11/98: Rules Committee

WHEREAS, in recent years computing has increased in importance to all academic endeavors, increasing the significance of faculty consultation to the development of policies and procedures relative to computing; therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate strongly suggests that the current five faculty senate appointed representatives on the University Committee on Computer Usage be increased from five to six.

13. Honorary Degrees

Resolution 2294 - 03/11/98: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, a system-wide Policy for Honorary Degrees has come to light but this policy allows for wide discretion, and

WHEREAS, this policy indicates that each campus shall establish procedures for obtaining faculty approval and intimates that such procedures shall involve seeking the approval of the faculty senate, and,

WHEREAS, evaluation by stated criteria and with faculty evaluation of nominees is the standard practice at other academic institutions; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following criteria be used in evaluating nominees and awarding degrees:

(a) The nominee should have contributed beneficially and substantially to society at large through outstanding intellectual, creative, or humanitarian accomplishments, and/or

(b) The nominee, as a representative of Nebraska, should have made beneficial and substantial creative, intellectual or humanitarian contributions to society at large.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all nominations for honorary degrees to be recommended by UNO be evaluated by the University Committee on Honors and Awards, that the committee actively solicit input from faculty with relevant expertise, and that the names of nominees be submitted for approval to the faculty senate which will consider this matter in executive session and return confidential recommendations to the University Committee on Honors and Awards, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the honorary degrees awarded by UNO be presented only at scheduled commencements.

14. Student Evaluation and Grading

Resolution 2299 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate recommends that any faculty member assigning a grade of incomplete must complete the UNO form that specifies the conditions for the grade, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the current form be reviewed by college faculties to ensure that it is up-to-date and includes all necessary information.

Resolution 2300 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS, the grade of "I" changes automatically to "W," rather than changing to "F" as it did under former policy; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the assistant vice chancellor of Student Enrollment Services and director of Admissions, Records, and Registration notify faculty three weeks in advance of the automatic change date so that faculty may be reminded to exercise their prerogative to change the grade if appropriate.

15. Part-Time Faculty

Resolution 2292 - 03/11/98: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the faculty senate has reviewed the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Part-Time Faculty -- University of Nebraska at Omaha, and

WHEREAS, the faculty senate is impressed by the breadth and quality of the report and its recommendations; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate commends the panel members for their diligent effort, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the faculty senate recommends the administration take immediate action to implement the recommendations and address the areas for additional study contained in the report.

16. Professional Conduct

Resolution 2291 - 03/11/98: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare moves the approval of the amended Professional Conduct Committee Rules of Procedure as previously submitted at the November 12, 1997, senate meeting.

17. Faculty/Staff Dining Room in MBSC

Resolution 2302 - 04/08/98: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS, student government has proposed that the current faculty/staff dining room in the Milo Bail Student center be converted into a computer user room, and

WHEREAS, because of its inconvenient location, the current faculty staff/dining room appears to be underutilized by faculty and staff, and

WHEREAS, faculty support increased access by students to computers for educational purposes; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate recommends that the current faculty/staff dining room be converted into a computer user room, contingent upon the stipulation that the conversion of the current faculty/staff dining room not take place until the faculty senate has been presented with, and agreed upon, an acceptable site on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center for a new faculty/staff dining room.