of Faculty Council Meeting
Friday, January 23, 2009
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Craig Clifford in
There was ITV access at
Council Members in attendance: Sarah Brick Archer (Library), Ron Cambiano
(Education), Denise Deason-Toyne (Business
& Technology), John Diamantopoulos (Science & Health
Professions), Jennifer Edwards (Liberal Arts), Brian Kaney (Science
& Health Professions), Alan McKee (Optometry), Amy Aldridge Sanford
(Liberal Arts), Dan Savage (Liberal Arts), Dan Sisk (Science & Health Professions)
Council Officers in attendance: Craig Clifford (President),
Lallie Scott, (Vice President), Linda West (Secretary/Treasurer).
Guests: Terri Baker (Liberal Arts), Dalton Bigbee (VP
Academic Affairs), Jym Brittain
Venneman (Science &
Health Professions), in BA Kevin David (Education)
Invited Presentations[Council will set aside time at the first of each meeting to visit with President Betz, VP Academic Affairs Bigbee and/or VP Administration Cherry should they be able to attend.] - Minutes are listed in agenda order, topics were covered in a different order in the meeting.
A. Committees and Standing Reports
1. Minutes of 12/5/08 meeting
Deason-Toyne moved that the minutes be
approved. The motion was seconded by Diamantopoulos and the motion passed.
2. Spending Report
Funds for Undergraduate Research
Day have been forwarded to the committee. Other expenditures
included phone and the faculty pens. The phone should be removed
from our budget in the near future. Pens were distributed to
delegates to give to faculty in their colleges.
1. General Education Task Force - Update (Sanford)
The group has smaller
committees looking at relating courses to content areas. They
will meet in February to look at recommendations.
2. Evaluation of Online Courses - (Clifford/Bekkering/Brittain)
took place over a nine day period. There was a 23% return rate
for a total of 476 evaluations. There were some technical
challenges. Brittain compiled statistics on two questions and
found that they were consistent with answers given in face to face
evaluations. He has sent notices to the VP, Deans, Chairs and
faculty with details of how to access results. There was
discussion of replacing paper evaluations with online for all
courses. The cost would be more than the current cost of
paper. NSU was testing this product, but we do have an online
survey instrument that with some development funds could be used for
evaluations. There was no student comment area on the online
3. Selection of Department Chairs - (Clifford/Bigbee)
We will table this for a future meeting.
1. Campus Cell Phone Policy Task Force - Clifford
Discussion centered around ideas from the faculty forum
that NSU needed a campus wide cell phone policy. Brittain pointed
out that using mobile applications is a new way to teach and banning
them from classrooms could limit us in the future. West stated
that she had searched NSU syllabi for examples of policies. It
was suggested that we compile some examples that faculty can use in
2. Study Days vs. dead week Task Force - Clifford
government has passed a new resolution supporting the current use of
two study days. Several problems were noted including a Thursday
class that went a month last semester without meeting and then met for
the final exam. Bentley gathered statistics from her
classes that indicated that grades in general went down, mainly because
of missed classes. The 2006 Student Government resolution had
originally asked for a "dead week" like other universities in Oklahoma
use. The history of our two days out of class was
discussed. It was proposed that we form a working group with
Faculty Council and Student Senate to explore what other universities
do and find a compromise between the student resolution and other
proposals. It was moved by Hall, seconded by Sanford and the
motion passed. Let Clifford know if you would like to volunteer.
3. Enrollment in online classes - Clifford
This was a popular topic at all three forums. There are currently classes with 60-80 students. We will await the outcome of these trial classes. Several topics were discussed including traditional and new models of online courses, strategies for enrolling new students, the shift of students from face to face to online, advertising used by other universities, and the limitations of using grad students. NSU has had an 84% increase in online enrollment and we face competition from all kinds of other schools. This will be tabled for further discussion.
4. Circle of Excellence Committee appointments (Clifford)
committee is now forming. The bricks have been removed and are in
storage until they are reinstalled.
5. University Planning Group (formerly Strategic Planning Committee) - Clifford
group, chaired by Dave Kern is looking at how to implement the
strategic plan not rewriting it. There are some accreditations
coming so they are preparing.
6. Inclement Weather Policy Task Force - Clifford
really falls in Laura Boren's area. There are special
considerations for BA. Currently, these decisions are localized
and VP Bigbee and Huckabee make the calls for the two campuses.
Discussion included earlier notification and different kinds of
notification. The emergency management plan may also be
involved. A group will be formed.
7. Student Disability Services Advisory Board - Clifford
Agee is asking for two volunteers from each college to serve on the
working group. Clifford is looking for volunteers. Baker
volunteered for Liberal Arts.
The Symposium on the American
Indian will be moving the central pow-wow event to the stadium for more
visibility. Non-indians are welcome and also at all sessions.
The 2009 Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference will be April 2-3 on the BA campus. There is funding for NSU registrations.
President's Council wants to host a prominent speaker.
The meeting adjourned at 4:36 p.m.
Next meeting February 6, 2009