Faculty Senate Meeting

October 7, 1997

 

Present: M. Abbott, B. Carlson, C. Canier, A. Desrochers, D. Ellison, R. Franklin, M. Goldberg, G. Handelman, K. Laughlin-Fortun, R. Leifer, R. Messler, S. Salon, R. Smith, W. Wallace

 

Absent: A. Basile, J. Durgee, T. Harrison, R. Norsworthy

 

Guests: M. Halloran, K. Connor, C. Pfau, J. Wilson, T. Yurkewecz, S. Kunkel, B. Adams, W. Foley

 

AGENDA

Quality of Educational Services Task Force A. Wallace

Institute Priorities Jack Wilson, Acting Dean of the Faculty

Continued Presentation on the Banner Project Sharon Kunkel, Registrar

Campus Projects Tom Yurkewecz, Vice President for Administration

 

Meeting called to order at 2:20 p.m.

 

Quality of Educational Service Task Force A. Wallace

A. Wallace announced the formation of a task force on the Quality of Education Services to be formed under the chair of R. Messler. Additional members are J. Hudson (MSE), L. Kagan (Associate Dean for Undergraduates, H&SS), J. Evans (Director of Academic Support & Media Services), and R. Hepburn (Graduate Student in MSE, 97). The charge to the committee is as follows: To assess the state of services essential to the delivery of quality education at Rensselaer, identify any weaknesses, and make recommendations to improve any deficiencies.

 

The Task Force will report to the Faculty Senate at the last meeting in December, with a further goal to have recommendations before the Trustees in the Spring.

 

Institute Priorities Jack Wilson, Acting Dean of the Faculty

Jack Wilson reported on the recent development of Institute Priorities for strategic investment and discussed the call for proposals from the campus which would be announced through several venues. (Review of October 3 and October 10.) The three priorities which form the critical focus for expenditure of over half of the $5M allocated by the Trustees are Interactive Learning, Global University, and Information Technology.

 

Continued Presentation on the Banner Project Sharon Kunkel, Registrar

Sharon Kunkel returned to continue her presentation on the initiation of the new registration and student records system knows as the Banner Project. The Banner system will be used for registration during the Spring 1998 semester for Su98/F98 classes. An Implementation Team is in place to continue sorting out details and to organize extensive training and information sessions. A. Wallace emphasized that the Banner program must be installed this spring because the current MTS system is being discarded. S. Kunkel also described some of the circumstances surrounding scheduling difficulties which had occurred this semester, as a result of the transition to 4x4 and other factors. A motion to move ROTC activities from Tuesday to Friday, freeing time for campus-wide events was tabled, pending further discussion.

 

Campus Projects Tom Yurkewecz, Vice President for Administration

Tom Yurkewecz, Vice President for Administration, made a presentation on campus projects and maintenance activity. The focus was on the activities of the Campus Planning Committee, the organization, budgeting and status of several large construction projects, and the examination of a consistent streetscape theme for the campus.

 

Prepared by: Richard N. Smith

Secretary of the Senate