|Bulletin 23 |
Pages 776 - 790
31 March 2000
|777||Spring Elections Coming Up|
|Message from the Chair|
|778-779||April 4 College Senate Meeting|
|779-784||Executive Committee (16 March)|
|784-785||Faculty Affairs Committee (14 March)|
There will be a Senate meeting on April 4, to complete the agenda begun at the March 28 meeting.
Correspondence: Becky L. Glass, Department of Sociology, Sturges 122C
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 245-5336
4:00 pm, Newton 204
You will receive your ballots for Spring Senate Elections early next week. See sample ballots on pp. 786-790 of this Bulletin.
Teaching Faculty (which includes Librarians) will receive four ballots: 1) Senate Officers, 2) Professional Leave Review Committee & General Education Committee, 3) Senators at Large, 4) Constitutional Amendment. All should be sealed in the envelope marked BALLOT, then sealed in the SIGNATURE envelope, SIGNED, and returned to department secretaries.
Administrative Faculty will receive two ballots: 1) Senate Officers, 2) Constitutional Amendment. Both should be sealed in the envelope marked BALLOT, then sealed in the SIGNATURE envelope, SIGNED, and returned to the ballot box in Erwin 219.
MESSAGE FROM CHAIR
President Dahl informed the Senate Chair that he approves the recommendations resulting from the College Senate actions on Feburary 22, 2000.
Call to Order
Reports of the Standing Committees
|Undergraduate Curriculum||T. Bazzett|
First Readings , continued
|Childhood Education major (pp. 740-749)|
|B.A. or B.S. in Liberal Arts with Certification in Childhood Education (pp. 750-754)|
|Childhood Education (with Special Education added) major (pp. 755-765)|
|Changes in Concentrations (pp. 766-771)|
|Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review||B. Gohlman|
Motion: To accept the Pre-Major Policies for Admission to the E.C. Shear School of Education, as printed in Bulletin p. 775 (See discussions pp. 624-626 and 772-775)
Motion: A standard of proficiency in foreign language at Geneseo shall be defined minimally as:
Proficiency through fourth semester (202), college level of a single language;
Completion of four units (level IV) of NYS high school foreign language or its
Other appropriate performance- or competence-based equivalency as approved by the Foreign Language Dept. or other appropriate body.
(See proposal p. 566 and discussion p. 588-589)
|Graduate Academic Affairs||Judy Bushnell|
|Faculty Affairs||N. Schiavetti|
|Student Affairs||E. Crosby|
Present: B. Glass, C. Leary, J. Ballard, N. Schiavetti, B. Gohlman, J. Bushnell,
T. Bazzett, E. Crosby, E. Wallace, A. Gridley, B. Dixon, C. Dahl.
Call To Order: Chair B. Glass called the meeting to order at 12:50 pm.
Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was approved as printed.
Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting on February 24, 2000, were approved as printed on pp. 618-624 of College Senate Bulletin #20. The minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting on March 2, 2000, were approved as printed on pp. 654-657 of College Senate Bulletin #21. [Editorial note: See Central Council Report below for a correction to a report in the Feb. 24 minutes.]
B. Glass called for discussion of a concern raised by the Math Department regarding the possible move of Fraser Library holdings to Milne. The Library Committee of the Math Department was given the task of evaluating the proposal. Because it is useful to have relevant materials located near the departments, Math and the School of Business are reportedly opposed to the move, and the Computer Science Department has not decided. The problems raised by the Math Department are that (1) the library administration appears to be directing the changes rather than consulting with departments, and (2) there is a need for more opportunities to discuss the pros and cons of moving the materials. B. Dixon offered a different perspective, noting that no proposal has been made yet while consultations continue. She stated that the library director has consulted with Computer Sciences and Business, and she understand that reactions to proposed changes were not all negative. The library staff has conducted head counts and surveyed students to determine usage and students preferences. E. Wallace noted that one meeting held with members of the Math Department conveyed the sense that the deal is done. He also reported that Business faculty seem "resigned" to the prospect of moving the library materials, rather than happy about it. B. Dixon reiterated that no proposal had been offered, but that initial suggestions were based on student surveys and head counts indicating that most students use Fraser as a quiet study space. E. Wallace suggested that the question of moving the library materials may be an FAC matter. B. Dixon asked whether space allocation was considered an FAC matter. B. Glass suggested that the Math Department speak with the library director. E. Wallace reported that the department feels they already have, and that he was charged by the department to convey the dissatisfaction of the department faculty. J. Bushnell recounted some of the history of the library locations. Fraser used to be Milne. When the present Milne opened, all holdings were moved to Milne except library science and the children's books. When the Library School was closed in the early 1980s, business, economics, computer science, and math materials were moved to the Fraser branch for space reasons. Proximity of materials to specific departments was not a consideration. In recent times, Fraser has been underused. It is often staffed by students. The long-term plan is to consolidate the library into one facility, which would be more useful for students than having resources spread out. Currently, students may have to travel back and forth for one project. Usage and cost efficiency are the library staff’s concerns. B. Glass noted that Executive Committee is not the best arena to discuss the issues regarding library space, use, etc. She suggested that faculty who were unhappy with a meeting in the department should speak directly with the library director. B. Gohlman added that the eventual consolidation of the library will probably not be a Senate question. J. Bushnell agreed, suggesting that the appropriate "chain of command" would involve seeing the library director and the Provost and President if necessary, rather than bringing the issue to Senate. A. Gridley noted that Executive Committee had previously discussed space allocation for the Blake lounge, and she wondered why this issue was different. E. Wallace noted that the Math Department is concerned about this issue and will pursue other venues for discussion. B. Dixon noted that consultation may not lead to agreement, but emphasized that no plan has been offered yet.
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (T. Bazzett): T. Bazzett reported that proposals for changes in the School of Education are on their way to Senate. He thanked the Provost for her help in attending the last two marathon meetings. All course proposals have passed UCC. In addition, the four proposals for single certification programs have passed. Of the two dual-certification programs, one passed and one did not. The dual-cert. program in Childhood Education and Special Education, which will satisfy most students seeking dual-certification, passed. The Early Childhood and Childhood Education program, for which there is less clarity about the number of interested students, did not pass. Assoc. Dean S. Bailey has noted that most incoming students are likely to be satisfied with these program options, assuming they pass the Senate. T. Bazzett noted that the first dual-certification program passed by a slim margin. There is no word from SOE about their reaction to the failure of the other program to pass. A. Gridley noted that a wild rumor is circulating among students that there will be no School of Education next year, and she asked for help in dispelling this rumor. T. Bazzett noted that the dual certification programs are similar to prior programs, but have been changed to meet the new State Regulations. T. Bazzett will talk with D. Showers next week about the SOE reaction. He hopes that SOE will modify both the dual-certification programs to satisfy all the concerns. E. Wallace noted that there seemed to be little difference in the dual-cert. program that passed and the one that didn’t. T. Bazzett noted that there are similar concerns about both programs, each of which involved very tight restrictions and requirements for students. One program is a little worse, and UCC concerns center on the possible overlap and duplication across courses. Some believe that requirements could be combined to allow more electives. In the Childhood Education & Special Education program (which passed), there is less opportunity for combining course requirements. C. Dahl noted that this problem presents a difficult situation for us in Senate, where the proposals must be approved, as well as in the College and SOE, where faculty must abide by relatively hasty decisions to meet deadlines. He noted that many people have worked very hard, and he suggested that this situation raises issues about how we have to deal with state mandates on professional programs. He noted further that UCC this year has been a difficult committee to serve on and to chair. B. Glass echoed these thanks to T. Bazzett.
Policy Committee (B. Gohlman): B. Gohlman reported that two proposals will be brought to Senate from the Policy Committee.
More New Business:
Vice-Chair's Report (C. Leary): No report.
Treasurer's Report (M. Mohan): No report.
Central Council Report (A. Gridley):
Student Affairs Committee (E. Crosby): The committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. on April 4th to discuss the possibility of a pedestrian escort service on campus.
Chair’s Report (B. Glass): B. Glass called for discussion on two items.
1. Should cake and coffee/tea be provided at the final Senate meeting of the year (at a cost of about $120)? Executive Committee members agreed to do so.
2. Who votes for what during Spring elections? Students have questioned the wording in Article 13 of the Constitution, which states that "faculty" vote on amendments to the constitution. B. Glass reported that she has examined the issue and found that the statement is not a typographical error. Because the Constitution is that of the Faculty Senate, only Faculty Senators can vote on changes to it. A. Gridley asked how students could participate in changes in they cannot offer or vote on amendments. B. Glass suggested that students could request a discussion of the question in SAC.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:55 pm.
Joan C. Ballard
Secretary of the College Senate