Members present: Marc Miller, Janice Williams Whiting, Bruce Saul, Donna Wear, Wayne Mixon, Peggy Ruth Geren, Barry Thompson, Katherine Sweeney
Marc Miller welcomed everyone back to campus. He then reviewed two items as carry over from last year's committee:
Course evaluations- Donna Wear and Pam Hayward will serve as FPC members of this subcommittee. They will solicit membership from interested faculty. Donna will also gather input from the department chairs. The desired outcome will be a document outlining appropriate use, and guidelines for interpretation and analysis of the various statistical measures.
Teaching Abroad and Compensation-Janice, Jana Sandarg and Wendy Turner will serve as the FPC member of this subcommittee. Wayne will serve as an information source. Janice indicated that the study abroad coordinators have a meeting scheduled with the VPAA. The desired outcome will be a document outlining the policies and procedures for teaching abroad.
Janice raised one other carry over item from last year concerning faculty input concerning physical design in areas where they have expertise. Marc will discuss with Drs. Bloodworth and Sullivan in his next meeting with them.
Marc then led a discussion of possible new agenda items for the committee. These include:
Faculty checkout of library books-A faculty member has expressed concern about the 50 book limit for checkout. Marc spoke with Camilla Reid who did a brief survey of other institutions. Our policy is in line with others. She is more than willing to modify ASU policy if necessary. Marc asked the committee to review the documents he has placed on the FPC Intranet and be prepared to discuss at the next meeting.
Cheating and ethical behavior among students- Peggy Ruth agreed to serve as the FPC member of this workgroup. She will solicit membership from interested faculty. The workgroup will determine if the issue is one for consideration by the entire committee.
Grade inflation-Katherine will provide a trend analysis of grade distribution over the past four fall semesters. The committee will then discuss if the issue is one for further discussion.
Other items-Marc is currently discussing possible other items with Drs. Bloodworth and Sullivan. These may include a review of the Faculty Manual for clarity and consistency.
Marc reminded the group that the New Faculty Luncheon is scheduled for September 17 at the Pinnacle Club. A formal invitation will be forthcoming. Marc distributed copies of the “Faculty Welcome” CD. It has been very well received. Dr. Bloodworth will cover the cost of providing one to all faculty. Marc asked that the group review the CD and let him know of needed changes for the future.
Marc then demonstrated the FPC Intranet he has created. This site is only for use by the current Faculty Policies Committee to reduce paper copies and facilitate effective communication among the members. Everyone complimented Marc on his excellent work. The url is http://mis.aug.edu/fpc .
In order to accommodate the teaching schedules of some of the FPC members the meeting time will move to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays in the COBA Conference room on the first floor of Allgood Hall.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 pm