Faculty Senate Meeting
December 3, 1996
Present: M. Abbott, J. Brunski, C. Canier, B. Carlson, A.
Desrochers, R. Franklin, J. Haddock, M. Hanna, T. Harrison, G. Judd, J. Newell,
Guests: B. Adams, S. Molloy, M. Galbraith
Announcements and Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the October 29, 1996 General Faculty Meeting were unanimously approved.
Update from the Faculty Senate Planning & Resources Committee – Prof. Edwin Rogers
(Continuation of a discussion of RSVP financing from the previous meeting.)
Concerns of the Faculty Senate Planning and Resources Committee concerning RSVP:
Approve the RSVP financing program, subject to the following conditions:
A number of issues regarding RSVP were discussed, including ownership of the materials, the potential monies involved with RSVP, and how apportionment of RSVP $$ would fit into the new budgeting format. B. Carlson expressed concern that the implementation plan presented at the last meeting was optimal. Specifically, he wondered whether the current break of course size (14 students) was appropriate. He suggested changing the enrollment boundaries to eliminate the possibility of creating artificial incentives/disincentives for course sized of 14-15. He moved that we add this recommendation to the list of things to vote on at the meeting. G. Judd pointed out that this is theoretically a problem, but probably not in practice. The proposed changes, if approved, are slated to go into effect sometime during the Spring 1997 semester.
VOTE: 13 for, non against, no abstentions.
The MOTION carried.
Prestige versus Value Pricing
The discussion returned to the issue of tuition and the
debate between prestige versus value pricing.
The discussion centered primarily on information gathering. Senators asked if we know why the students are leaving (e.g., are they flunking out? Are they carrying too heavy course loads? Are they not getting what they feel they need educationally?) Some wondered how much attrition costs the Institute. Various senators suggested a number of different avenues to pursue to get a handle on this problem, including looking to the Dean of Students exit interviews and D. Haviland. It was suggested that D. Haviland be asked to discuss his perspective on this issue at a future Faculty Senate Meeting.