URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE MEETING
March 20, 2000
A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m., in Foellinger Auditorium, with Chancellor Michael Aiken presiding.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
03/20/00-01 The minutes of the regular Senate meeting of February 14, 2000, and
03/20/00-02 the reconvened meeting of February 21 were approved as written.
SENATE COUNCIL REPORT
Senator Robert Rich (LAW), Chair of Senate Council, on behalf of USSP Chair Robert Fossum, moved that consideration of SP.97.06 and SP.00.06 be postponed until the next regularly scheduled Senate meeting on April 24, at which time they will be considered under Old Business. Rich moved that CC.00.08 be taken from the table for the purpose of voting on faculty nominations to the Athletic Board. There was no objection to either of these two motions.
Rich then moved to add the item distributed at the door, RS.00.01, Resolution on Mabel's Owners' Plan to Offer Adult Entertainment, to today's agenda under Proposals for Action. Senator Stephen Kaufman (MED) asked how this issue falls under the purview of the Senate. Rich replied that Senator Richard Ziegler (CBA), Chair of the University Student Life Committee, co-sponsored the resolution because he (and Rich) believe that the presence of adult entertainment in such close proximity to campus adversely affects the campus environment.
By show of hands, the motion to add RS.00.01 to the agenda, which required a 2/3 majority vote as an item of new business, failed (59-35).
Rich gave the following report on Senate Council:
S3 and ERP. The S3 Campus Advisory Committee recommended to the Chancellor that he endorse the "Consensus Document" which was developed by Interim Vice President Gardner with input from the three campuses. Chancellor Aiken sent a recommendation forward which included his strong endorsement for the language developed by the UIUC Committee with respect to Strategy 4. Once the cost estimates are available, the campuses will be asked to prioritize the recommendations in the consensus document, given the funds which will be available for implementation. The Campus Advisory Committee began work on the prioritization process in early March.
Senate Review Commission. The Interim Report of the Senate Review Commission (SRC) is on today's agenda under our Committee of the Whole discussion. After receiving comments today, the SRC will submit its final report at the April 24 Senate meeting.
Faculty Review Implementation. The Faculty Review Implementation Committee is considering a draft of a new Provost's Communication on the subject of Faculty Review, based on the policy passed by the UIUC Senate last May. A draft of this "Communication" was available for Council discussion at our February meeting and it will be brought to the full Senate in April.
Parental Notification Policy. The Student Senate Caucus, the relevant Senate committees, and campus administrators have reached an agreement on a proposed policy. Drafting of changes in the Code by the Conference on Conduct Governance are taking place, to be followed by a discussion in Senate Council and discussion/vote in the Senate before the end of the semester.
Status of Women. GUP and the Equal Opportunity Committee are, at the request of Senate Council, focusing on the report completed by the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW). They will be making recommendations to Senate Council in April.
Elections to Senate Council/Committee on Committees. Preliminary nominations for the above positions were e-mailed to all 2000-2001 senators today. If there are no further nominations, ballots will be mailed next Monday and the results will be announced at next year's Senate Organizational Meeting on April 17.
University Budget. Governor George Ryan recently delivered his state budget message, which includes University appropriations; it now moves to the Illinois House and Senate. Rich urged letters of support be sent to state legislators in support of the University budget package.
Rich announced that the following senators have agreed to serve as tellers: Geneva Belford (ENGR), Jason Luther (ENGR), Cary McDonald (ALS), and Roger Shanks (ACES).
Chancellor Aiken reported on a number of distinguished honors recently bestowed upon UIUC faculty and alumni.
· Professors Robert Fossum, Mathematics, Hugh Robertson, Entomology, and Peter Wolynes, Chemistry, Physics, and Biophysics, have been named as new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
· Professor Tamer Basar and Professor Emeritus Shung-Wu Lee, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor David Daniel, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor Richard DeVor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering.
· Professor Vernon Burton, History and Sociology, has been selected as a Carnegie Scholar in the Pew National Fellowship Program.
· Professors Carl Altstetter, International Programs in Engineering, and Paul Lansing, Business Administration, have received Fulbright scholar grants.
· Dr. Atef Ebeid (UI Ph.D., Business Administration) was recently elected Prime Minister of Egypt; Ms. Hsiu-lien (Annette) Lu (UI, Comparative Law) has been elected Vice-President of Taiwan.
· Business Week has named UIUC as one of the top 20 leading Executive MBA programs in the country. The programs were selected based on a survey of 100 deans of leading business colleges in the U.S.
Senator Stephen Kaufman (MED) asked for a response to the NCA's comments on institutional integrity in their Report of a Special Emphasis Visit. Chancellor Aiken replied that the NCA did not specifically address that issue, but that the Board of Trustees opened a "Dialogue on Chief Illiniwek" in response to NCA concerns. Kaufman thought it was inappropriate for the Board to use a "popularity contest" to determine any University policy. He also believed the BOT may have violated Article XIII, Section 7 of the Statutes (Reservation of Powers), when they took it upon themselves to create this "Dialogue" without requesting advice from the senates. Chancellor Aiken responded that there may be more than one interpretation of the Statutes.
The Chancellor announced that the following items, absent any objections, were automatically approved:
03/20/00-03 EP.00.17*, Revision of the Options in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences,
03/20/00-04 EP.00.20*, Revision of the Fourth Year Curriculum for the Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
03/20/00-05 Chancellor Aiken presented for action CC.00.08*, Nominations for Membership on the Athletic Board. Senator Thomas Conry (ENGR), Chair of the Committee on Committees, moved approval of the slate of two faculty nominees.
Senator Thomas Anderson (EDUC) asked if the faculty nominees were present to answer questions related to the Chief and other operational issues of athletics. Professor Matt Wheeler, one of the faculty nominees, stated that unless each senator was willing to step to the microphone and declare his/her position on the Chief, he was unwilling to do so. Professor Donald Wuebbles, the second faculty nominee, expressed a similar sentiment, characterizing the question as irrelevant to the business of the Athletic Board.
Senator Rich said that the Committee on Committees brings dozens of nominations for approval by the Senate each year for a wide variety of committees. The names of the nominees are relayed to the Senate well in advance of each meeting and any nominee can be contacted to be asked about his/her views on any issue. Rich thought it would establish a dangerous precedent if all nominees were required to be interrogated at the time of their nomination.
Senator Joan Klein (LAS) moved to place the name of Senator Emily Watts (LAS) into nomination for the Athletic Board. On behalf of Senator Watts, Klein provided a written willingness to serve statement. A motion was approved to close debate and nominations.
Tellers distributed ballots and reported the following vote totals:
Emily Watts 79
Matthew Wheeler 46
Donald Wuebbles 44
03/20/00-06 Emily Watts and Matthew Wheeler were declared the faculty nominees.
03/20/00-07 The Chancellor presented for action AC.00.02*, 2002-2003 Academic Calendar. Professor Scott Martin (ACES), Chair of the Calendar Committee, moved its approval.
Senator Richard Schacht (LAS) encouraged faculty to schedule required academic work for the Friday before the fall break week to prevent students from departing town even earlier. Senator Peter Loeb (LAS) reported that has been his strategy, and that it has been effective.
03/20/00-08 By voice vote, AC.00.02 was approved.
03/20/00-09 The Chancellor presented for action AC.00.03*, 2003-2004 Academic Calendar. Professor Martin, Calendar Committee Chair, moved its approval. 03/20/00-10 By voice vote, AC.00.03 was approved.
REPORTS FOR INFORMATION OF THE SENATE
03/20/00-11 Chancellor Aiken presented for information EP.00.05*, Distribution of Seats on the General Education Board. Senator Ray Leuthold (ACES), Chair of Educational Policy, explained that EP.89.09, Proposal for Revision of Undergraduate General Education Requirements, established a set of guidelines for membership of the General Education Board (GEB). The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) thought it was time for a review of the distribution of the seats on the GEB; the EPC subsequently determined no change in distribution was needed at this time. There were no questions or comments.
REPORTS OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF OTHER MEETINGS
The Chancellor presented the following meeting reports:
03/20/00-12 SC.00.12*, BOT, March 1-2, 2000, R. Leuthold
03/20/00-13 HE.00.05*, FAC/IBHE, January 28, 2000, T. Weech
03/20/00-14 UC.00.05*, USC, February 17, 2000, G. Belford
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION
Senator Rich moved that the Senate convene as a Committee of the Whole for purposes of discussing the Interim Report of the Fifth Senate Review Commission (SRC). There was no objection. Rich invited Senator James G. Ward (EDUC), Chair of the SRC, to deliver opening remarks.
Ward acknowledged the contributions of the other members of the SRC: Professors R. Warwick Armstrong, Robert Fossum, Ed Herricks, and Linda C. Smith; student member Lawrence E. Tabone; Professor John Braden, Administrative Liaison; and Senate Clerk Robert Damrau.
Ward described the charge to the SRC: to develop a set of recommendations designed to increase both participation in the Senate and the credibility of the Senate. The SRC surveyed all Senators for their views and suggestions and talked to a wide variety of individuals ranging from fellow faculty members and students to Chancellor Michael Aiken.
Ward briefly highlighted the key recommendations of the SRC:
· The Faculty as a body should have direct responsibility for electing members of the Senate Executive Committee and the Committee on Committees, as well as other responsibilities.
· Limit membership in the Senate to those individuals who are active on campus and not to those who are retired.
· Enlarge the Senate Executive Committee, which would include at-large members elected directly by the Faculty.
· Establish an enhanced role for academic Deans in the Senate because Deans should be strong and visible educational leaders.
· Re-structure the system of Senate Standing Committees, with fewer committees and more members on many committees; the message should be that every committee is a "major committee."
Senator Al Kagan (LIBR) applauded the efforts of the SRC, believing that making the Senate more democratic improves its credibility. After suggesting the substitution of "academic units" in lieu of "colleges" in the penultimate paragraph under Section 5.2, he urged the SRC to reinstate the Library Committee as a full standing committee. Kagan cited the important functions of the Committee, especially during recent library budget crises, as justification for its status.
Senator Richard Schacht (LAS) disagreed with the statement beginning Section 1, "The purpose and function of the Faculty and the Senate shall be to represent and administer the views of the faculty and students on all matters of policy affecting the University." He believed it was the role of the administration to "administer" such policy matters, and that the Senate does not necessarily represent the views of faculty and students. Senator Gordon Baker (VMED) reported regularly to his faculty colleagues about the goings-on in the Senate, as he considered it part of his Senate duty. Senator Kagan performed the same function for faculty in the library.
Schacht expressed concerns about the multiple responsibilities bestowed upon the Faculty, e.g., to elect a majority of the Senate Executive Committee and the Committee on Committees. He thought most "regular" faculty would not have sufficient expertise to judge the candidates for such positions.
Senator Heidi Von Gunden (FAA) also congratulated the SRC on its thoughtful work in a brief period of time; however, she objected to the Committee on Equal Opportunity (EQ) subsumed under the Committee on General University Policy. As the current EQ Chair, Von Gunden said her committee looks at issues no other senate committee addresses, such as diversity, and thus should remain a full standing committee.
Senator Lawrence Tabone (LAS), student member of the SRC, said the distinction of committees v. subcommittees was more a manifestation of the committee's level of direct interaction with the Senate Executive Committee than an indication of the perceived importance of the committee's charge. Senator Stephen Kaufman (MED) wondered what problems exist that led to the SRC's "solutions"? Ward reiterated the credibility and attendance issues.
Senator Mark Roszkowski (CBA) agreed with the recommendation that academic Deans be brought back into the Senate as voting members, but he rejected the idea that the full faculty be responsible for electing members of the Senate Executive Committee and the Committee on Committees. Roszkowski thought the sentiment that there is a groundswell of faculty yearning to get into the Senate is misplaced.
Senator Harry Hilton (ENGR), speaking as a Senator and as an emeriti professor, found the disenfranchising of emeriti faculty as troubling and unfair. Senator Wes Seitz (ACES) was concerned about the "role" of the full faculty and thought it would be a challenge to create responsibilities for the Faculty that did not conflict and/or overlap with the duties of the Senate.
Referring to the perceived addition of "economic development" to the established university missions of "teaching, research, and public service", Senator Bruce Reznick (LAS) asked rhetorically what campus and university policies would be different if the Senate did not exist.
Professor H. George Friedman (ENGR) asked Senator Ward how to address further comments to the SRC. Ward replied that anyone could contact him and he would forward comments received to the full Senate Review Commission. He thanked the Senate for their time and thoughtful remarks.
The Senate approved a motion to rise and report for purposes of exiting the Committee of the Whole.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.