NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
of Faculty Council Meeting
Friday, May 6, 2011
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Denise Deason-Toyne at 3:01 p.m. in Tahlequah (SCI 129). There was ITV access at Muskogee (SYN141), Broken Arrow (BABT225) and Tahlequah (SCI 129).
Council Members in attendance: Ron Cambiano (COE); Kristopher Copeland (COLA); Jennifer Edwards (COLA);Brandon Oberg (Library); Susan Woitte (Library); John Diamantopoulos; Isaac DiIanni (BT); Ryan Fenska (OPT); Julia Kwok (BT); Denise Deason-Toyne (President); Dan Savage (Vice President)
Council Members in attendance in Broken Arrow: Anita Ede (Education); Pamela Louderback (Library), John Newhouse (B T)
Council Members in attendance in Muskogee: Joyce Van Nostrand (SHP)
Council Officers in attendance: Denise Deason-Toyne (President), Dan Savage (Vice President), Pamela Louderback (Secretary/Treasurer).
Guests: Tahlequah: Martin Tadlock, Mark Giese, Dave Kerby, Cheryl Van Den Handel, Glenda Seiter
Guests: Broken Arrow: Tom Rink (Library)
will set aside time at the first of each meeting to visit with Dr. Martin Tadlock and Dr. Mark Giese General Education update.]
Dr. Giese addressed the council on the General Education update. He updated the Council on the activities of the GenEd committee as noted in the document emailed to Council members. Dr. Giese noted that the committee remains an active standing committee. Any requests for GenEd will funnel through this committee. The GenEd committee has also been charged with coming up with general helpful guidelines
Results from the GenEd committee activities include:
- Explicit GenEd stated learning outcomes should be made available to be placed in your syllabus. A learning outcomes folder is located at the Academic Affairs website.
When asked whether the template trumps the departmental templates, Dr. Giese replied, Yes.
- Syllabi should cover at least one bullet point found on the template. At the respective course level, student learning outcomes should be addressed. Teachers would agree on common course student learning outcomes objectives where several sections are being taught. There is room for flexibility in your specific course but there also needs to be a common standardization of some objectives across the sections.
- These changes need to be up and going by Spring 2012
President Deason-Toyne welcomed all faculty to the final Faculty Council meeting of the semester. She thanked everyone for their service.
A. Committees and Standing Reports
1. Review/Approval of Minutes of the 04/01/11
April minutes was reviewed. There were two changes/modifications concerning grammatical errors. A motion was entertained by Edwards to approve the minutes, it was seconded by Kwok. The motion carried; the minutes were approved.
Report/Budget for 2011-.
No budget items were reported; the budget remained unchanged. The Council will be buying bricks for the Circle of Excellence winners. Mr. Foutch has landscaping plans and President Betz has ideas for a final location.
No committee reports
B. OLD BUSINESS/PENDING ISSUES:
1. Faculty Council to Faculty Senate table until the Fall semester
2. Definition of Student Centered
There will be continued discussion on what the term Student centered means.
C. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Student writing skills mandatory demonstration of competency in zero level writing courses
Student writing skills require students enrolled in zero level courses be able to demonstrate a certain level before moving on. Students need to take advantage of services such as the Writing Center. President Deason-Toyne is building a folder of compiled extremely poor writing samples and requested faculty send samples to her. It was noted that students need to be held accountable for their own learning as well as the faculty.
Dr. Geise noted that historically there existed a Zero level committee chaired by Janet Bahr. The original thought behind the committee was to provide CPT testing to students. After two semesters, the classes kept getting larger. As well, the number of students attending Comp I and Algebra classes kept getting smaller. The concept of taking CPT has virtually gone away from the original concept of requiring it as mandatory policy/practice. It was noted that some classes have the WritePlacer software tool integrated into their course.
The Chair of Language and Literature (Dr. Les Hannah) is coming up with some policy to address this concern. Dr. Giese suggested inviting Dr. Bahr to Faculty Council to discuss the topic further. This would be helpful in determining where we go from here.
Dr. Van Nostrand noted the Nursing department offers an APA workshop on how to write, format, etc. It was suggested that maybe we should consider whether to make this a mandatory practice university-wide. It was further noted that some transfer students have already completed Comp I & II, yet competency is not necessarily reflected in their subsequent work at NSU.
President Deason-Toyne suggested we may want to consider meeting in small groups during the summer to keep the conversation going and come up with ideas. Dr. Giese would be willing to show everyone how WritePlacer works. Something can be set up this summer as Dr. Giese is on campus all summer.
2. Set dates for 2011/2012 Meetings Sept ember 9th will be our first meeting for the Fall semester.
However, we might have a short meeting in August to get back together, set an agenda for the year, etc
3. Appreciation to Faculty Council Delegates
President Deason-Toyne thanked all delegates for their service.
4. Appreciation to Dr. Dan Savage Service as Vice President, 2009-2011
President Deason-Toyne gave a special thanks to Dr. Savage for his exemplary service to the Council during his two year tenure as Vice-President.
The meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m.
The next schedule meeting is September 9th, 2011.
Submitted by Pamela Louderback,
05/13/11, approved with correction 9/9/11