URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE MEETING
September 29, 2003
- SC.03.13, Evaluation of Ability to Work, on today's agenda for Information, was approved by the SEC, on behalf of the Senate, on July 7, 2003. In accord with Senate Bylaws, the SEC is reporting its action to the Senate at its first regular meeting following such action.
- The Senate Executive Committee will be meeting with members of the Board of Trustees at the invitational luncheon held in conjunction with the November 13 Board meeting in Urbana.
- The SEC is also exploring a possible meeting with Representative Naomi Jakobsson to exchange perspectives on the effects of budget cuts, as well as other pertinent matters.
- On behalf of the SEC, I would like to thank all those who attended last week's Annual Meeting of the Faculty. It was our best turnout in ten years, and we're hoping to continue that trend next year.
- If you have not already done so, please pick up a copy of an addendum to CC.04.03, which is available at the table in the lobby.
- Please remain in the auditorium for the full meeting, as the Senate will consider nominations for honorary degrees for Commencement 2004 in Executive Session at the end of today's agenda.
09/29/03-03 EP.04.03*, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Urban Planning 4+1 Program in Urban and Regional Planning,
09/29/03-04 EP.04.04*, Master's Degree Program in Bioinformatics. PROPOSALS FOR ACTION 09/29/03-05 Chancellor Cantor presented for action CC.04.03*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate. Senator John Prussing (ENGR), Chair of the Senate Committee on Committees, after removing the names of Thomas Abram (for CCG) and Anna Ackerman (for EP) from the report, moved approval of the slate of nominees on both CC.04.03 and CC.04.03A. There were no floor nominations and nominations were declared closed. 09/29/03-06 By voice vote, the slate was approved. 09/29/03-07 Dr. Cantor presented for action RS.04.01*, Resolution to Endorse the IBHE/FAC's Recommendation to add a 7th Goal to The Illinois Commitment. Senator Ken Andersen (LAS), sponsor of the resolution, summarized the background of this resolution. He then urged the senate to join the sixteen other public, private, and community college faculties/senates across the state that have endorsed the Faculty Advisory Council's (FAC) call for the addition of a 7th goal to The Illinois Commitment, to wit, "The collective efforts of Illinois colleges and universities will enhance and enrich the quality of life for all Illinois citizens." Senator Andersen moved approval of the resolution. 09/29/03-08 By voice vote, RS.04.01 was approved. 09/29/03-09 The Presiding Officer presented for action EP.04.07*, Computation of Grade Point Average. Senators Vernon Burton (LAS) and Abbas Aminmansour (FAA), Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Educational Policy Committee, briefly described the rationale for bringing this proposal forward and moved its approval. Senator H. George Friedman (ENGR) said he has grown weary of hearing that computers cannot handle one-thirds; he said this is an academic issue and that the campus should not have to adjust its grading policy simply because some computer programmers say so. Several other senators expressed similar sentiments. Senator Chris Mullen (ENGR) asked what effect it would have on BANNER if this policy did not pass. Senator Aminmansour replied that there would be no effect, since BANNER can carry to many decimal places, and this proposal limits decimals to two places. Senator Mullen then moved to refer the proposal back to the Educational Policy Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate as soon as feasible. 09/29/03-10 By a show of hands, the motion to refer EP.04.07 back to the Educational Policy Committee was approved. 09/29/03-11 The Chancellor presented for action EP.03.34*, Revision to the Campus Code, Section 86, the Dean's List. Senator Donald Schmidt (GRAD) objected to the term "approximately" in the context of colleges determining the top 20% of their students. Others were less troubled about the possible vagueness surrounding that term. 09/29/03-12 By a show of hands, EP.03.34 was approved. 09/29/03-13 Dr. Cantor presented for action EP.04.06*, Proposal to Discontinue the Undergraduate Economics Major in the College of Business. Senators Burton and Aminmansour, responding to concerns expressed by Senator Hassen Al-Shawaf (LAS), pointed out the declining number of Economics majors in the College of Business with a corresponding increase in Economics majors in LAS. 09/29/03-14 By a show of hands, EP.04.06 was approved. REPORTS FOR INFORMATION OF THE SENATE The Chancellor presented the following reports for information: 09/29/03-15 PS.03.01*, 2002-2003 Annual Report of the Committee on Continuing Education and Public Service,
09/29/03-16 SC.03.13*, Evaluation of Ability to Work,
09/29/03-17 SC.03.11*, Report of the May 15 12 BOT Meeting,
09/29/03-18 SC.03.12*, Report of the June 27 BOT Meeting,
09/29/03-19 SC.03.14*, Report of the July 16-17 BOT Meeting,
09/29/03-20 SC.04.03*, Report of the September 11 BOT Meeting,
09/29/03-21 HE.03.14*, Report of the June 3 BHE Meeting,
09/29/03-22 HE.03.16*, Report of the August 12 BHE Meeting,
09/29/03-23 HE.03.12*, Report of the May 2 FAC/IBHE Meeting,
09/29/03-24 HE.03.13*, Report of the May 30 FAC/IBHE Meeting,
09/29/03-25 HE.03.15*, Report of the June 20 FAC/IBHE Meeting,
09/29/03-26 HE.04.01*, Report of the September 12 FAC/IBHE Meeting,
09/29/03-27 UC.03.07*, Report of the April 23 USC Meeting,
09/29/03-28 UC.03.08*, Report of the May 20 USC Meeting,
09/29/03-29 UC.03.09*, Report of the June 24 USC Meeting,
09/29/03-30 UC.03.10*, Report of the August 11 USC Meeting. EXECUTIVE SESSION The Senate approved a motion to enter Executive Session at 4:15 p.m. for purposes of considering candidates for honorary degrees. The Senate exited this session at 4:35 p.m. The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.