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Urbana-Champaign Senate Meeting
December 5, 2005

A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium with Interim Provost Jesse Delia presiding in the absence of Chancellor Richard Herman.

Approval of Minutes

12/05/05-01 The minutes of the October 24, 2005, Senate meeting were approved as written.

Senate Executive Committee Report

Senator Vernon Burton (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), provided the following report.

Since the last Senate meeting, the SEC has continued to discuss the Presidentís and Chancellorís strategic plans, and the SEC will be meeting with the Chancellor next week to discuss this matter exclusively.

The SEC is sponsoring a seminar on shared governance on January 23, from 1:00 Ė 4:00 p.m., on the 3rd floor of the Levis Faculty Center. This event will be widely promoted; please plan to attend and invite your colleagues

Presenters for the seminar include Professors Emeritus Ken Andersen and Michael Grossman, and Dr. Michele Thompson, Secretary to the University Board of Trustees. We expect to include speakers from the UIUC chapter of the AAUP and the Union of Professional Employees (UPE).
The Chancellor and the SEC have received a methodology for conducting a systematic study to examine the educational effect of the chief on this campus from the Committee charged with this task. The Committee was charged jointly by the Chancellor and SEC officers with designing this study.

Please pick up a copy of an addendum to CC.06.05, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate, which was distributed at the door today.
Tellers for todayís meeting are Senators Joseph Finnerty (BUS), John Prussing (ENGR), Mariangela Segre (LAS) and Thomas Berfield (GRAD).

Chancellorís Remarks

The Presiding Officer gave brief updates about the culmination of the provost search, the campus strategic planning process, and developments in the benefits arena.


There were no questions.

Consent Agenda

The Provost announced that, absent objections of any senator, the following proposals were approved by unanimous consent:

12/05/05-02 EP.06.05*, Revision and Increase in Hours of the B.S. Degree in Materials Science and Engineering,

12/05/05-03 EP.06.06*, Revision to the Undergraduate Curriculum in Sculpture, School of Art and Design, FAA,

12/05/05-04 EP.06.10*, Addition of a Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering within the B.S. in Chemical Engineering,

12/05/05-05 EP.06.11*, Addition of an Honors Option to the Integrative Biology Major, College of LAS,

12/05/05-06 EP.06.14*, Revised Curriculum for the B.S. Degree in Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

12/05/05-07 EP.06.15*, Revised Curriculum for the B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Proposals for Action

12/05/05-08 Provost Delia presented CC.06.05*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate. Senator Kim Graber (ALS), Chair of the Committee on Committees, moved approval of the slate on CC.06.05 and its addendum, CC.06.05A. There were no floor nominations and nominations were declared closed.

12/05/05-09 By voice vote, the slate of candidates was approved.

12/05/05-10 Dr. Delia presented for action EP.05.29*, Proposed Revisions to the Synopsis of Policies Governing the Academic Calendar. Professor Abbas Aminmansour (FAA), Chair of Educational Policy, explained the rationale for the proposal and moved its approval.

Senator Al Kagan (LIBR) objected to the early start of the fall semester. Dr. Aminmansour responded that the only alternative to the perceived early start is fewer instructional days. Others professed support for the measure.

12/05/05-11 By voice vote, EP.05.29 was approved.

By voice vote, the Senate approved a motion to vote on the following items as a block - subsequently, each was approved by voice vote:

12/05/05-12 EP.06.17*, 2008-2009 Academic Calendar.

12/05/05-13 EP.06.18*, 2009-2010 Academic Calendar.

12/05/05-14 EP.06.19*, 2010-2011 Academic Calendar.

Reports for Information of the Senate

12/05/05-15 SC.06.06*, November 10 BOT,

12/05/05-16 HE.06.02*, October 18 BHE,

12/05/05-17 HE.06.03*, October 18 FAC/IBHE,

12/05/05-18 SUR.06.01*, October 18 SURSMAC,

12/05/05-19 UC.06.03*, November 17 USC.

Executive Session

The Senate approved a motion to enter Executive Session at 3:40 p.m. for the purpose of considering candidates for honorary degrees.

The Senate exited this session at 4:10 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.