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President Persans brought the meeting to order at , requesting review and approval of the minutes of the October 9 meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes with a couple minor corrections; motion passed. Persans asked for reports from the standing committees.
Roger Wright, chair of the Planning & Resource Committee, stated a number of committee members attended the recent Performance Planning Retreat, but they have not met yet to discuss reactions to that conference. Several members also participated in the interview process for the Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning and Services. Vice President for Finance, Virginia Gregg, has tentatively been scheduled to present at the next meeting of the P&RC. Essentially, the same report that was presented to the Trustees Finance Committee will be discussed. Consideration will be given as to when a similar presentation will be made to the Faculty Senate, possibly at the November 20 meeting.
The Promotion and Tenure Committee met during the past week and started reviewing cases. Things are on track and on schedule according to Provost Peterson.
Gary Gabriele updated the progress of the Curriculum Committee, which continued to review the proposed new master's program in Human/Computer Interaction. The committee also met with Tom Torello, marketing director, and members of his staff regarding the catalog production process. There was concern over the number of errors encountered last year with the new process, so a review was recommended.
Cheryl Geisler, chair of the election committee reported she is working on the plate of candidates for the upcoming emergency election, and updating the roll of eligible voters. To identify any voting problems, a test ballot will be sent to all faculty members via WebCT in the very near future. Qualifications for voting, as well as questions regarding what should be considered an "active address" for retired faculty members was discussed. With the prolific use of email, from the time when the Constitution was written, the term "address" may need clarification. Geisler will sort out these issues before the next meeting.
Jim Stodder, from the Hartford Department of the
Susan Sanderson (of Lally-Troy) mentioned that Business Week recently addressed certain MBA programs, and she reiterated that value and pricing issues are critical. She stated that there should be some provision for offering partial tuition support for the MBA and MSB to address competitive conditions and that partial tuition support or "discounted tuition" is standard business practice in competing institutions.
Dean of Graduate Education, Tom Apple, explained that
nothing has been decided about tuition prices for next year in regard to the
President Persans asked the Senate to turn their attention to the draft recommendations concerning the Graduate Policy. A motion was made, and seconded to accept the five recommendations stated in the policy. A lengthy discussion followed, where it was decided further revisions to the language of the recommendations was in order. President Persans will email the five recommendations to the senators for further editing and the final format will be distributed at the next meeting for approval. The motion was tabled until the next meeting.
Cheryl Geisler proposed a revision to the Constitution (Section IIA Personnel) regarding particular faculty positions and their eligibility to hold office and/or vote. After discussion, and a straw vote, it was decided the proposed change needed reworking. Geisler will present another revision at a later date.
President Persans asked for new business, and Provost
Peterson cited the Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance. The
Center, a research entity based at the
President Persans mentioned to Robert Block that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSXC) met and discussed the issue of retiree status on the Faculty Senate. The FSXC asked Block to write a specific proposal to bring before the senate as an agenda item.
Gary Gabriele pointed out the Conference and Career Fair,
which will be held
President Persans adjourned the meeting at .