Faculty Policies Committee Minutes,
Present: Michelle Benedict, Barbara Coleman, Bill Dodd, Gordon Eisenman, Cliff Gardiner, Jim Garvey, Andy Hauger (chair), Jeff Heck (secretary), Donna Hobbs, Bill Reese
Agenda items: Old Business
1. Faculty Manual Correction – Andy Hauger will discuss the proposal with VPAA Sam Sullivan. The proposal has been narrowed to the deletion of one sentence, which mentions a position no longer in existence at ASU
2. Cullum Ad Hoc Committee – Andy Hauger discussed further the ad hoc committee’s recommendations with VPAA Sam Sullivan . Sullivan felt professional development credit is already provided. The committee discussed weighting of credit provided by deans for activity such as Cullum. VPAA Sullivan also sought additional details about release time for the chair of Cullum. Hauger will speak with previous chairs for more information on if and how this committee differs from other committees, and if the difference supports additional release time.
3. Memorials for Campus Faculty – President Bloodworth had questions in his weekly meeting with Andy Hauger about the implementation of this memorial. How would it be handled for faculty who had been here 30 years compared to those who had been here 6 months, etc.? His preference is that memorials be included in the annual faculty/staff recognition process, with students submitting written stories and elegies. Michelle Benedict felt the memorial passages written by students could be published in the Bell Ringer. Student editors have chosen to write about the two recent deaths of current and retired faculty, as Jim Garvey noted. VPAA Sam Sullivan felt the memorials should be handled at the department level. Michelle Benedict will speak with Lisa Webb about handling staff memorials. Faculty who have already retired will not be focused on, as there’s a probability many will undertake other jobs once leaving here, and handling that process would be awkward. Benedict felt instructions on how to handle the process should be written and given to each department.
4. Retention/Graduation Study – Andy Hauger found that some programs we thought might not be counted properly were included in the official four-year figures, but that AA degrees in Nursing were not. Even this small number (58 students) makes a significant difference in graduation rates.
Bill Reese felt that the official Web figures OIIT is using are incorrect for showing the number of students who enter ASU with academic deficiencies. 71.6 percent had no deficiencies of any kind according to the report. Reese provided a URL for review at www.usg.edu/pubs/info_digest/ Bill Dodd wondered if we could pull numbers on freshmen intending to graduate in four years, going full time. Cliff Gardiner noted that we also need to summarize what we do to help student retention and graduation. Dodd wondered if we had numbers on students whose parents didn’t attend college. He noted that because we are not a residential school, there are few difficulties and consequences from dropping or stopping out.