January 25, 2006 – 3:00 P.M.
Senate Representatives: Lottie Bain, Richard Grotegut, Kay Harrison, Alan Kirshner, Bunny Klopping, Victoria Loukianoff, Susan Myers, Nancy Pauliukonis, Janel Tomblin-Brown, Marge Segraves, Heidi Story, Carolyn Strickler, Teresa Sutowski, and Barbara Tull.
Mike Bowman asked for our consideration how spring finals would be scheduled in the future. The Senate was asked to take commencement into consideration. The fall schedule is already built, but we need to think about our preference for commencement in spring, 2007. A Saturday commencement might be an option. Also, if there are any unanswered questions about the condensed calendar, we should contact Mike. A question was raised about the length of classes. Any class 85 minutes or longer in length will have a ten-minute break built in. Our division secretaries all have information relating to the length of classes that outlines how many minutes in each class session should be instructional time vs. break time. Currently we have 15-minute pass times for fall. We should also consider whether we want to keep these times or have 10-minute pass times in the spring.
Ron asked Senate to consider that we utilize waitlists through refund date if not all the way through the census date. This would be a different way to manage enrollment than what we are used to doing. Doing this would essentially eliminate the use of add-cards on campus. This would also allow faculty to have more accurate rosters. A problem with waitlists, however, is that sometimes students on the waitlist don’t show up, whereas students with add cards are coming to the class. To deal with this problem, Ron can allow faculty to withdraw no-show students from the waitlist via the grading roster. Another suggestion was to close the roster and allow faculty to determine who is added from the waitlist once classes begin. We will need to make it very clear to students if there will be changes to how they can register. There was a question about no-shows. Ed Code says that we are required to report anybody who doesn’t show up by the census date. We indicate this by a “W” on our grading roster. If a student is dropped prior to census, they are considered a no-show. If they are dropped after census, it is considered a withdrawal. The student will get a “W” on the transcript and we get apportionment. If a student shows up to class the first day but not after that, it is up to the faculty whether to drop the student or not. Ron will also run a report listing census dates and refund dates for late-start classes.
The Senate should start thinking about what issues to address in the coming semester. There will be major impacts due to the construction, such as parking and noise disturbance. Another topic for consideration is the Board of Trustees. Several Board members are up for reelection in the fall. Board members do get health insurance while serving and a small stipend per meeting. Another item might be shared governance, specifically to define the roles of Senate and College Council. To do this, we will need to set up a joint meeting of the two bodies. We might also consider how members are assigned to committees and Task Forces. We could discuss the hiring of new faculty and the prioritization of new faculty positions. We also need to recruit Senate officers. Currently, the offices of Vice-President and President-elect are vacant. Senate might also want to handle the issue of faculty office space. Up until now, the Vice President of Instruction and the Faculty Senate President have handled this. However, when office space is vacant in the fall, these tend to be handled by the deans. There are policies that address what we do with office space once it is vacant. We could also think about how we want to update the Senate website. Another important issue is pay for lecture vs. lab time. This is a UFO issue, but we could discuss it and approach UFO if we want to make changes. There is a movement statewide to change Ed Code to make an hour of lab equivalent to an hour of lecture.
Senators for 2005 - 2006
Building 1 & 5 Bunny Klopping
Building 2 & Hyman Hall Kay Harrison - Committees Chair
Building 4 & Smith Center Teresa Sutowski
Building 6 & 7 Marge Segraves
Building 8 Carolyn Strickler Rep to CCLC
Building 9 & NOC vacant
Counseling and LR&IT Susan Myers Secretary
Deaf Studies & Special Services Nancy Pauliukonis
Exercise Science & Wellness Lottie Bain Treasurer
Fine Arts, Business, & Broadcasting Janel Tomblin-Brown/Tim Roberts
Health Sciences Heidi Story
Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (English & ESL) Barbara Tull President
Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (other depts.) Alan Kirshner
Math, Sci., & Tech. (ASTR, BIOL, BIOT,
CAOT, CHEM, CS, & PHYS) Richard Grotegut
Math, Sci., & Tech. (other depts.) Victoria Loukianoff