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Minutes of the faculty senate meeting

Minutes of the March 1, 2000, faculty senate meeting at 3:15 p.m. in Jonas 110.

Members present: Tim Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Curtis Card, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, Margaret Lewis, Rena Faye Norby, Rob Schurrer. Student: Scott Biggin

Agenda approved—Rob Schurrer, Don Chastain

Minutes approved as amended—Rob Schurrer, Steve Babbitt

A discussion was held in regard to moving the student opinion survey from fall semester to spring semester in order to ease the impact upon the computer center. There were several options presented. It was felt that faculty members should have a say in regard to when the survey would be given. It was suggested that the time change might involve using either semester for evaluation with the understanding that the processing the surveys might be done in the summer for both. Tim Steckline will pursue some of these possibilities and get back to the Senate.

Curriculum proposals were presented. Proposals were approved with the understanding they should be on the correct forms. Rob Schurrer, Don Chastain

Questions were asked concerning the changes to be made through the curriculum committee in regard to the college

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algebra requirement for general education. The proposal is in and it is hoped that the change will be approved before spring enrollment for the fall semester which begins next month.

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein visited the faculty senate to discuss the grade-change possibility related to having plus or minus grades. Wallerstein proposed this when he was a member of the faculty senate and nothing has been done since that time. After discussion, it was agreed that Tim Steckline will talk with April Meeker about the impact on her office. Also, he will ask Tom Lefler about any impact at Ellsworth.

Scott Biggin reported from the student senate in regard to GAF funds distribution. The student election on increase in student fees was approved. The board of regents will now have to act on this. If approved by the BOR, the allotments will be changed. Scott reported that they have a new system where organizations receiving GAF funds will not have to have all funds placed on the ACE card for that organization. This will give the organizations more choices on how the money is to be used.

Randalei Ellis reported on the work of the assessment committee. The committee had just completed their review of departmental assessment plans. These plans are on hold until a meeting is held with the deans. The committee feels that more direction is needed on how the plans are to be done.

Meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m. Respectfully submitted. Barb Chrisman, recording secretary