Faculty Policies Committee Notes,
Present: Michelle Benedict, Barbara Coleman, Gordon Eisenman, Jim Garvey, Andy Hauger (chair), Jeff Heck (secretary), Donna Hobbs, Bill Reese, Jana Sandarg, Sabina Widner
Agenda items: Old Business
1. Faculty Manual Correction – The correction in the Faculty Manual (removing the title “Director of Information Services”) is on the agenda of the University Council for this Thursday.
2. Cullum Ad Hoc Committee – President Bloodworth feels there should be no pressure on department chairs to provide credit for working on the Cullum Committee; the faculty member should provide the impetus for recognition of this work. There is a possibility for course release for faculty who teach and are otherwise involved in the Cullum Series; it’s under review. Sections E and F are the appropriate sections for listing of Cullum classes in the core.
Andy Hauger will ask Academic Policies for the exact procedure for launching the new classes associated with Cullum and having the classes incorporated into the core. The 2900 class will be listed separately in the course catalog, but the 4900 classes will continue to be listed under the individual departments that offer them. Further checking may need to be done to ensure that listing the class under core area “F” does not require state approval. The 2900 class, as a new class, will need approval.
3. Retention/Graduation Study – Andy Hauger distributed a sheet from Bill Dodd showing a seven-year graduation rate in relation to SAT and ACT scores. He also distributed a summary of the FPC discussions on this topic during the past few weeks, with information correlated from handouts during that time. He noted factors influencing our retention and graduation rates, such as the number of students who work more than 20 hours per week. The committee discussed other areas of influence in preparation for a report to be presented to Dr. Bloodworth.
4. Sexual Harassment Committee – Sabina Widner reports that a draft document is in preparation.
5. International Affairs Committee – The IAC will be asked to draft a formal copy of their recommendations for the FPC to consider. Wording should reflect that the Campus International Coordinator is a non-voting member (ex-officio). Current wording is confusing.