May 17, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT: P. Anderson, G. Avent, P. Bagley, E. Bateman, D. Borino, R. Byram, J. Cox, M. Cox, K. Dannehl, P. Fisher, A. Fisk, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, H. Estes, L. Hyslop, C. Hyslop, P. Josey, J. Karr, B. Kern, J. King, M. Kuhl, J. Larsen, M. LaSalle, K. Martin, M. McFarlane, S. Neilsen, P. O'Hanahan, S. Owen, L. Owens, M. Puccinelli, C. Pyatt, N. Remington, B. Robertson, S. Rombough, J. Rosenthal, L. Sanchez-Saenz, J. Shrock, J. Shaw, P. Smith, T. Staley, S. Sweetwater, G. Tenney, L. Uhlenkott

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate.
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the March 15 and the April 26/May 3, 2002, meetings were brought forward for approval. The minutes of the March 15 meeting were unanimously approved. The minutes of the April 26/May 3 meeting were unanimously approved with the following clarifications:
    1. In the May 3 meeting, under the General Education Committee report, it was agreed that the committee's standing as an ad hoc committee would be re-evaluated, not dissipated as noted.
    2. In the May 3 meeting, under the Scholarships and Awards Committee report, the scholarship application and review process was outlined for modification, not implementation as noted.
    1. Board of Regents -
      1. New Electrical Technology Building - The building housed on the Elko campus has made number five on the list of capital improvements. The proposal will go before the legislature. The building will be built on the area occupied by the Animal Disease Control Lab. The lab has plans to relocate outside of Elko.
      2. Regent Tom Wiesner, who resigned earlier this year due to serious illness, was nominated for the Distinguished Nevadan Award.
    2. Passing of the Gavel - Chair John Rice thanked everyone in Senate for their cooperation and assistance during his term as Faculty Senate Chair. Chair Rice then passed the gavel over to Chair Elect Peter Bagley. Bagley presided over the rest of the meeting. Chair Bagley thanked John Rice for the introduction and for his work during the past two years.
    1. Bachelor of Applied Science - No Report.
    2. Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - No Report. Faculty are invited to attend the Baccalaureate reception Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m.
    3. Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - No report. The program is progressing relatively well. There will be small adjustments to the resource management concentration area which should be ready for fall enrollment.
    4. Bachelor of Science in Nursing - No report.
    1. Academic Standards - Oral Report; information only. Items of additional information and clarification from the previous meeting were brought forward from committee:
      1. Acceptance of Advanced Placement Test Scores will be deferred until next semester. The avenue by which they will be considered is to be decided at the departmental level. There is concern that Elko County School District instructors will be attending necessary training for AP endorsement which will lead to obvious competition with the current college-level courses offered to high school seniors through GBC. The FTE from attending seniors is substantial. However, not accepting the scores may also be detrimental to FTE. Strategies may have to be developed promoting real in-state credit in recruiting with area high schools. Statistically, 80% of seniors who take the AP classes do not take the national exam. Most AP scores are accepted as advanced placement, not given actual college credit (the student progresses to the next level but must still complete the required number of program credits).
      2. Program Review Guide -
        1. The definition of a program is any degree or certificate offered by GBC. Developmental Education, Community Service and General Education are considered programs and are subject to review.
        2. The program review calendar will be set by the Vice President for Academic Affairs with the Accreditation Review sufficient for the program review at the coordinating time.
    2. Budget - Oral report; information only. The committee is scheduled to meet regarding requests for the slated equipment monies. If the money is allocated for the request, departments are advised that these monies must be spent and not held in their accounts. The funds will be available over summer.
    3. Compensation and Benefits - Oral report; information only. Two requests for travel are pending approval. The committee emphasized the procedure for acquiring travel funds. Requests should be submitted via the Travel Request Form. Any funds left in the account will be carried over.
    4. Curriculum and Articulation - Written report; approved.
      1. The April 4 committee minutes were amended to include the acceptance of CIT 215 as a common course numbering change.
      2. The May 9 minutes were submitted for approval which included many common course numbering changes and the reconsideration of some committee tabled requests. Two notations to the minutes were brought forward:
        1. The English department suggested a standardized handbook for students pertaining to Writing Across the Curriculum.
        2. The Vice President for Academic Affairs asked Senate to consider usage of a course map within the schedule and catalog which would simplify student understanding of degree requirements. The map would contain a suggested sequencing of classes which would alert the student to classes which may only be offered for one semester in an academic year. The problem of part-time students and mid-year student entry should be addressed. The Senate agreed to the simplified chart on the condition that Administration would not cancel courses, especially General Education courses, because of low enrollment and with the promise that required courses would accommodate student's schedules. The faculty voted unanimously to hold this issue for the spring 2003 semester course roster, to be addressed by departments in the fall, to insure accurate and useful mapping. Counselor Phil Smith requests copies of mapping as soon as available.
      3. May 16 minutes recommended approval of information specialist emphasis, web specialist emphasis, for the COT department. The graphics communications emphasis was tabled at instructor request. Similar emphasis adjustments were made for Early Childhood Education. The Criminal Justice program was tabled because of the removal of all the humanities and science options except the one in general education.
    5. Distance Education - No report.
    6. Facilities - No report. The committee has been busy working on the accreditation standards.
    7. Faculty and Administrative Evaluations - Oral report; passed. Clarification was given on placement under tenure track stipulation five of Administration written follow up within the Faculty Evaluation procedure in the event Administration rejected the Tenure Committee's recommendation. Tenure track five will also include, in areas of re-evaluation, it will be stipulated as mid-year and one year following the improvement recommendation. A motion was made and unanimously passed to recommend the proposed evaluation procedure to Administration for implementation.
    8. General Education - Oral report; approved. The final approval was given with one opposed to implement the General Education Committee as a regular Faculty Senate standing committee.
    9. Library - Oral report; information only. The committee approved the Standard 5 for accreditation. The use of databases was discussed by the committee but further research is needed regarding departmental needs.
    10. Personnel - No report.
    11. Scholarships and Awards - No report.
    12. Student Relations - No report.
    1. Vice Chair Nominations - The nominations for Vice Chair were closed with one nominee brought forward. Dr. Joel Shrock was unanimously approved for the Vice Chair position. The Chair position is a two-year term with the Vice Chair stepping forward if the Chair is unable to fulfill the term.
    1. Associate's of General Education - This program needs a lead faculty person to oversee development. The VPAA requests that the individual come through Senate.
    2. Non-Teaching Faculty Evaluation Process - There is currently only a vague process in place for the periodic review of non-teaching faculty contract positions. These personnel are represented by Faculty Senate and request that a procedure, based on that of teaching faculty, be authored and in place by the fall 2002 academic year. These positions are categorized as non-tenure administrative faculty.
    3. Graduation Ceremonies - Faculty are reminded to be ready to line up for commencement at about 3:45 p.m. Faculty are needed to assist students on and off the stage. Interested individuals are asked to contact Professor Rice. Faculty will not be seated on stage but rather in the first two rows in front of the stage.
  10. REGENT'S AWARD NOMINATIONS: No nominations were brought forward.
    1. The Nurse's Pinning Ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 17. All faculty are invited.
    2. The Curriculum and Articulation Committee were recognized for their efforts in meeting the demands of the common course numbering project.
  12. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m. Senate will meet again in August at the start of the fall 2002 academic year.