FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 25, 2000
MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Avent, P. Bagley, J. Baker, R. Byram, K. Dannehl, G. Goicoechea, G. Heberer, E. Henderson, P. Josey, R. Kampf, J. Karr, J. Kempster, M. Kucherawy, M. McFarlane, C. McMullen, J. McNally, R. McNally, B. Murphy, E. Nickel, L. Owens, M. Ports, C. Pyatt, L. Reber, J. Rice, K. Schwandt, J. Shaw, J. Shrock, G. Smith, P. Smith, G. Tenney, P. Warren, J. Williams
OTHERS PRESENT: Dr. Ronald Remington
- ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair Eric Bateman declared a
- CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:18 p.m.
- WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair Eric Bateman welcomed everyone
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the January 21, 2000, meeting
were unanimously approved.
- SENATE CHAIR REPORT: Chair Eric Bateman reported the following:
- Board of Regents -
- Faculty Office Hours - A proposal was made for the Academic
Research of Student Affairs Committee to look at faculty office
hours with the Board of Regents specifying in the code the number
of hours faculty should be available for students. System administrators
do not want to have to enforce such a policy. After discussion,
the proposal died due to lack of a substantiated problem.
- COMMITTEE REPORTS:
- Academic Standards - Written report;approved. The committee approved
one request for non-traditional credit.
- Budget - No report
- Compensation and Benefits - Oral report. The committee has received
one request for travel funds. Faculty is reminded there is still plenty
of money available. The committee has been asked to collect written
statements regarding problems with the current health care insurance
- Curriculum and Articulation - Oral report. Written report will be
distributed at the next Faculty Senate Meeting for approval.
- Distance Learning - Written; approved. The committee is currently
completing work on the draft copy of the distance education policy
- Facilities Committee - No report. The committee is asked to find
out what is happening with the large pine trees which have recently
been removed from campus.
- Faculty and Administrative Evaluations - No report
- General Education - No report. The committee will continue with the
previous outline. A review of the freshman orientation and wellness
requirements will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. Faculty are reminded
that syllabi should be coming back with corrections and revisions.
The catalog version of the general education outline will be presented
at the next faculty senate meeting.
- Personnel Committee - Verbal; approved. The committee has determined
three qualified applications for the Technologist position. These will
move towards possible interviews. Senate requests a prioritized list
of upcoming positions and if there is faculty input on the prioritization
of these positions. The advertisement process for the positions may
have a strong impact on position hire. The committee is currently working
with an non-prioritized list in an effort to create position descriptions.
- Scholarships and Awards - Oral report; information only. The 2000/2001
award recipients have been chosen. The President's Award Luncheon will
be held April 28. Re-award applications are due March 3.
- Student Relations Committee - No report
- FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORTS:
- Elementary Education - No report
- Bachelor of Arts - Oral report; approved. Proposes title of Bachelor
of Professional Studies, however, final determination is pending. A
report will be presented to the Board of Regents in late April or early
May. If it is approved, the entire program will be presented to the
full board in June when they meet at GBC. The first area of education
is moving towards a Social Science Major because the faculty are already
in place and it meets the needs of students due to its flexibility.
Research has shown that the skills offered through this degree meet
the requirements for today's job market. One suggestion brought forth
was having students develop portfolios which would be used during job
interviews. Certain classes could start as early as fall 2000 semester
with the program officially opening for spring 2001. The program will
be brought before senate for approval.
- Bachelor of Applied Science - Oral report; approved. This degree
is expected to follow the same timeline as that of the Bachelor of
Arts. One section of the degree will be a 2+2 program built off of
the AA Electrical program in Electrical Instrumentation. This program
has been submitted to Curriculum and Articulation and on approval will
be ready for fall 2000 semester. The remainder of the program will
be built by the new hire.
- Nursing - Oral report; approved. The committee is working on their
proposal and will also follow the same timeline as the two previous
- OLD BUSINESS: No old business was brought forward.
- NEW BUSINESS:
- Proposed Community College Faculty Salary Schedule - Dr. Ronald Remington
was invited to address the issue. There is concern regarding compensation
in the higher education field. CCSN has developed a salary schedule
which has been distributed. Dr. Remington proposes that an agreement
be reached which compensates faculty fairly and consistently. The proposed
schedule seems overly complicated indicating 30 steps with the lower
end of the scale primarily unable to attract viable instructors. The
proposed scale also seems to value the acquisition of a degree or doctorate
at the same level as collecting credits where gaining a degree should
be notably rewarded. In areas where degrees are not attainable, gaining
notable certifications in respective areas should be noted. A blue
ribbon committee will continue to work towards a solution. The committee
will be represented by Chair Eric Bateman and Co-Chair John Rice. Dr.
Remington would like to work with these representatives in order to
bring a good proposal forward.
- There are areas of practice in which obtaining a doctorate
may be impossible without leaving employment and relocating.
The future may bring more distance education programs forward.
- The Price-Waterhouse finding criticized the current schedule
proposing a significant raise.
- A motion was made and unanimously passed to formally deny support
for the proposed salary schedule.
- Workload Policy - Senate will be asked to review the current policy
to make necessary recommendations and changes to ensure proper compensation
is given for the late spring semester classes. A previous system compensation
formula seemed to give better compensation than that which is currently
proposed. Similar concern is given over proper compensation for the
bachelor degree courses.
- OUTSTANDING FACULTY, STUDENT AND STAFF AWARDS:
- Dawn Mitton was nominated for the Outstanding Staff Award.
- INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:
- Stephen Liu from CCSN recently won the Regent's Creativity Award.
This is the first time the award has been awarded to a community college
- Nevada Faculty Alliance along with GBC Faculty will be hosting a
retreat April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location will most likely be
at the High Desert Inn. Lunch will be provided. Such items as the workload
policy and subjects impacted by the edition of the four-year programs
at GBC will be discussed. This retreat is not sponsored by NFA, they
will be simply providing lunch for the meeting.
- Jill Stringfield is out of ICU to a regular room. She still requires
a lot of stimulation so her husband welcomes phone calls and visits
- Phil Smith has tickets available for the Soroptomist International
Wine Tasting Event.
- The Foundation still has tickets available for the Ford Expedition.
Tickets are $100 each.
- The WNCC Foundation has raffle tickets for a 1976 Rolls Royce Silver
Shadow which used to be in the Harris collection. Tickets are $10 each.
- ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 2:37 p.m.