May 18, 2001

MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Avent, P. Bagley, P. Fox, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, P. Josey, M. Kuhl, J. Larsen, K. Martin, M. McFarlane, C. McMullen, S. Nielsen, P. O'Hanahan, S. Owen, L. Owens, M. Puccinelli, B. Robertson, K. Schwandt, J. Shaw, J.Shrock, R. Siler, G. Smith, J. Smith, T. Staley, G. Tenney, J. Williams

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 8:07 a.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate.
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the April 27, 2001, meeting were unanimously approved with the following amendment: Joan Williams was present.
    1. GBC will be fully funded since the school met its FTE expectations. Funding will be acquired at 80.75% with the faculty COLA being fully funded by the state.
    2. The BA in Integrative and Professional Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, and BA in Elementary Education programs for GBC were funded from the Nevada Estate Tax. The BoR is lobbying for future funding to be the responsibility of the state.
    3. Dr. Remington has been awarded the position of President for CCSN.
    1. Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - Drafted core curriculum (general and upper division) with social science emphasis requirements were distributed with the intention of presenting the program to Northwest Accreditation possibly by July. Syllabi for classes is requested for approval by Curriculum and Articulation by the end of June with approval by the Senate pending. The faculty was once again that this program outline is a working draft and the committee is seeking approval from faculty in order to work forward. Various degrees programs will be articulated as a cooperative between UNR and GBC. Following questions and clarifications, the program was unanimously approved.
    2. Bachelor of Applied Science - Group advising sessions were held. Fifteen student applications were accepted with an additional five applications being reviewed for acceptance.
    1. Curriculum and Articulation - Written report; approved. Committee minutes reflected numerous course changes and additions for approval. The committee will meet on June 27 to review syllabi which have not been articulated for the BA IPS degree. Syllabi must be to Dr. Eric Henderson, BA IPS lead faculty, by June 15 so that committee recommendation can be presented to Curriculum and Articulation.
    2. Compensation and Benefits - No Report. A motion was made and unanimously accepted to declare nominations for committee chair closed. Bob Byram, Frank Daniels and Tammy Staley were declared nominees. Ballot elections were held electing Bob Byram as committee chair.
  8. OLD BUSINESS: No old business was brought forward.
    1. Final's Week Proposal - Courses with a lot of semester material require a 2 hour final. The BoR Handbook requires all schools in the system to maintain a 15 week semester with a 16th week final's week. This system was overhauled approximately two years ago to find a better working model to meet student's schedules with the caveat that the model would be reviewed and amended as necessary. The decision was made at that time that no formal final's week schedule would be in operation and final exams would be given during regular teaching hours. Currently, there are classes which hold their final during the 15th week of the semester and dismiss during the 16th week. The recommendation for re-institution of a formal 16th final's week was forwarded to Academic Standards Committee for review.
    1. 2001-2002 Faculty Senate Committee Assignments were distributed. The FS Executive Committee made the determination of committee assignments to better allocate work. The General Education committee was omitted, but will be re-enforced working directly with Curriculum and Articulation. The Gen Ed committee is ad hoc but necessary for the next 2-3 years. Salli Macaskill is resigning and will be removed from the Facilities Committee. The Personnel Committee is smaller than in the past in order to add people from the hiring discipline. Pauline Fisher should be added to the Distance Learning Committee. Julie Byrnes will be added as an Ex-Officio member of the Bachelor of Applied Science Committee. Any further recommendations should be brought to Chair Rice.
    2. Thalia Dondero will be the speaker at the GBC commencement exercises.
  11. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:09 a.m..