|The faculty senate met Wednesday, Dec. 1
in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim
Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb Chrisman, Don Chastain,
Randalei Ellis, Steve Babbitt, John Glover, Tom Hills and
Rob Schurrer. Student representative: Scott Biggin.
The meeting was called to order by President
Steckline. The agenda was approved with the addition of
items related to response from board office on
institutional requirements; mathematics requirement; and
sabbatical leaves. The reading of the minutes for Nov. 17th
meeting will be delayed to January meeting. Larry
Tentinger was proxy for Rena Faye Norby.
Kathleen Parrow was present at the meeting to address
issues of the revision of the student opinion survey
document. She serves on the committee for revision along
with Holly Downing, Gary Meek, Sandee Schamber, and
Priscilla Romkema. Kathleen Parrow indicated that the
survey is not done for faculty development purposes, it
is done to evaluate how you do your job. Many of the same
issues discussed with Downing were discussed with Parrow.
The revision process will continue through the spring
semester. Some faculty are concerned with the number of
categories for evaluationwhether it should be 4 or
5 plus no opinion. The order of the categories was also
at issue. We will hear further from the committee as the
Under the issue of the institutional requirements
approved by the faculty senate, it was explained that Tad
Perry and the people at the regents office are not happy
with the proposal. They want wellness reduced to two
hours and they are questioning the need for more social
science and humanities requirements.
|Tim Steckline will go to the
student senate December meeting. Other members of the
faculty senate will be asked to cover the meetings
starting in January.
It was announced that Tim
Martinez has resigned his faculty senate position due to
class schedule conflicts. A replacement will come from
the College of Arts and Sciences.
Discussion was held related to the three-hour college
algebra requirement now in place as a part of the new
general-education requirements. As of July 1999, new
students are no longer required to take the lab for this
course for one-hour credit. Students under old
general-education requirements may continue taking the
one-hour lab as a requirement.
Sabbatical leave requests were received from Susan
Hove-Pabst and Steve Parker. Susan Hove-Pabst proposes
study in Italy for the year and Steve Parker wishes to
study and perform in Germany for one semester. John
Glover moved the approval of the requests. Second by
Steve Babbitt. Vote was positive.
The issue of plagiarism on campus is an academic
concern. Faculty senate will pursue this issue during
spring semester. Information on Web site for checking
content of papers was presented. This site is found at www.TurnItIn.com
Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted. Barb Chrisman, recording
|The faculty senate met Nov.
17 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim
Steckline, Charles Lamb, Rob Schurrer, Rena Faye Norby,
Randalei Ellis, Don Chastain, Tom Hills, Scott Biggin
(student senate representative).
Others present: Lyle Cook, Holly Downing, Allen
Godsell (student senate).
The meeting was called to order by President
Steckline. The agenda was approved with the exception
that discussion of the plagiarism policy was delayed
until the December meeting.
Minutes of the Nov. 3, 1999, meeting were approved,
with the exception of a typographical error, as moved by
Schurrer and seconded by Chastain.
Lyle Cook discussed several issues that might be of
interest to the faculty. The institutional
general-education requirements submitted by BHSU will be
considered by the academic affairs council Nov. 18 and
will be on the BOR agenda for their December meeting
(along with general education proposals from SDSU and
Assessing technology literacy is an important
consideration for all of the regental institutions. BHSU
has embedded the assessment of tech. lit. in specific
courses within each major (as opposed to a universal
tech. lit, course or a standardized test), so faculty
must address that assessment explicitly in the syllabi
for those courses. Norby asked what the goal for
technology literacy is, and what is driving the urgency
of this issue. There is a perception in state government
that South Dakota graduates are technologically
illiterate, thus unsuitable for the workplace. Hills
commented that this emphasis on technology can produce
positive results (Governor's Awards, TTL workshops,
etc.), and faculty should be encouraged to take advantage
of the opportunities available.
Each of the regental institutions need to submit the
number of students in remedial courses to the governor
for possible compensation. An immediate issue is how BHSU
Chastain asked about the proposal for an associate
degree in network administration that was recently
submitted by BHSU. While nothing has been decided by the
BOR, some of their actions suggest BHSU will not be their
choice for a home for this degree. Chastain mentioned
that some of his advisees are looking at other
institutions to attend because of the indecision and
delay in instituting this program.
The current BOR funding formula and its ongoing impact
on BHSU was discussed. BH will lose money on the access
for SD residents' criterion, but that should be offset by
gains we have made as a result of enrollment increases.
Our retention is better than the national average (>53%
of freshmen) for public schools of our size, so we
are doing well there. Several senate members questioned
whether BH was being out-recruited by other South Dakota
institutions. There seems to be a lack of direction or
organization in recruiting for better South Dakota
students. An example of this was the lack of a presence
of the enrollment center at the recent South Dakota
Supreme Court session at BHSU and at the honors band
workshop at BHSU. This is partly due to the lack of money
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* BHSU cannot spend what some of the other
institutions do on mass recruiting programs. It is
encouraging that our entering freshman class is up around
700 students, compared to 900 for USD. Cook opined that
we probably have another three years on the current
formula, so we should identify ways to take advantage of
this rare, favorable model to benefit BHSU.
asked whether registration would be annual or semiannual
in the future. Cook stated that BHSU will be instituting
telephone registration in the spring, and that should
result in year-round registration soon.
Steckline and Chastain asked Cook about the
possibility of a central advising office. Cook was not
opposed to the idea, but suggested it should be a
faculty-generated proposal. Several senators raised
concerns with centralized advising, including: faculty
losing contact or impact on their students, the
difficulty of steering undeclared majors and whether
there was a clear problem with the current system that
would be addressed by this approach. Schurrer mentioned
that advising would be easier if faculty could access
student records through Datatel.Cook mentioned that this
was promised by Datatel but is not yet available on any
campus in the system along with multi-institutional
Cook concluded his discussion with brief comments
regarding summer plans for BHSU. He said TTL workshops
will probably continue for another three years, and that
the majority of summer school courses are being offered
in the second and third sessions because of problems with
students securing financial assistance and difficulties
with processing for the records office during the first
Holly Downing distributed a revised student opinion
survey to be evaluated by the senate and the faculty
prior to instituting it campus-wide. The purpose of the
revision is to standardize the format across colleges and
the proposed changes include a simplification of the
demographics section and the elimination of a
neither agree nor disagree response to the
questions. Schurrer asked why the committee did not adopt
the model from Kansas State University that recommends at
least 5-7 available responses. Discussion
concerned several of the specific questions and how a
standard survey could account for the unique environment
of different courses. Downing responded that the
committee felt this was the most workable
evaluation and would like to adopt it for the spring 2000
semester. Hills recommended that senators should submit
the revised survey to their constituents for comments.
Steckline recommended several candidates for marshal
at the December commencement, Howard Perry and Darlene
Schwartz were unanimously approved. Schurrer moved, Lamb
The meeting was adjourned at 5 p.m. by President
Submitted by Charles Lamb, secretary pro temp
*The Enrollment Center has indicated that an
information table was staffed by them during the Supreme
Court visit. The Enrollment Center also said that they
usually staff an information table during the Honor Band
Program each year.