FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
October 15, 2002
Chairperson Dr. George Cronk called the meeting to order at 3:50 p.m.
I. REVIEW OF MINUTES: The Senate approved the May 21, 2002, Faculty Senate minutes by voice vote.
II. CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT:
A. Executive meeting of the Senate Officers, President Winn, VP Laughlin, and VP Levinson.
1. Faculty Development is now directed by the Academic Vice President. The program is in transition from what it was and to what it will be. VP Levinson is seeking input from faculty on the restructuring of the Faculty Development Program.
2. Student Evaluation for Online Courses. This semester there is an experiment whereby students will evaluate online courses online.
3. General Handling of Student Evaluations of Faculty. Dr. Cronk commented that he hopes that the evaluations will come back to faculty and (where appropriate) to deans and department heads sealed and in an orderly way, which was not the case with the evaluations done during the 2001-2002 academic year.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
A. Academic Standing A Senator commented that the student handbook now says that students "may" talk with faculty first about a complaint they have with the faculty member rather than students "should." The BCC catalog says "should." Another Senator wondered whether the word should be changed to "must."
B. Ad Hoc Committee on Revision of the Faculty Constitution. Chairperson Laurie Hodge reported that the committee hopes to present the revision to the Senate in early Spring 2003.
C. General Education Committee: Dr. Cronk reported that three TIL (technological and information literacy) courses are running this semester-two in association with English Comp classes and one standalone version of IST-101 Introduction to Technological and Information Literacy.
IV. OLD BUSINESS:
SR#88-01/02 Curriculum Modification Deletion of Remedial Algebra Requirement from the Travel and Tourism, A.A.S
Question was then raised as to when this (and other such cases) become effective (as of this date or when). Dr. Cronk stated that similar resolutions passed at the Senate meeting of May 21, 2002, became effective as of July 1, 2002, and that this resolution would become effective as of July 1, 2003. He also stated that, if necessary, the Executive Committee will take this matter up with President Winn and Vice President Levinson.
V. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Program Review Process-Dr. David Levinson
Dr. Levinson presented a document entitled "Proposed Revisions to Program Review Guidelines." He explained that this process is simplified; it affirms that the process be meaningful; the scope of time is clear (three semesters); and that there are planned seminars and discussions of the process. Suggestions given by Senators were: (1) state that it will be done every seven years rather than five, and (2) make greater use of feedback from BCC graduates.
B. Parking. Senators and students stated that the parking situation is still a problem. There are no spaces in the Faculty lot around 1 p.m.; too many students are parking there.
A motion was made that the Senate urge the President stop busing staff on Friday, which would save the College money.
A motion was made by student senator, Bonita Brayboy, to increase general coverage of parking areas by Public Safety, especially during the hours of 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Senator Richard Comerford requested that the subject of PARKING will be on the November Senate Agenda.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Professor Marjorie Webster, Secretary