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Urbana-Champaign Senate Meeting
November 5, 2007

A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:15 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center with Chancellor Richard Herman presiding.

Approval of Minutes

11/05/07-01          The minutes of October 1 were approved.

Senate Executive Committee Report

Senator Nicholas Burbules (EDUC), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), provided the following report.

At the door today, please pick up an errata sheet for EP.08.20, Proposed Academic Calendar for Global Campus programs – Spring 2008 to Fall 2009 terms, and CC.08.04A, addendum to CC.08.04, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate.  They are printed front and back on the same sheet – one side is pink and the other is green.

Floor privileges have been requested to speak to matters pertaining to ACLGF, for Professor Tom Ulen, Swanlund Chair, member of the Campus Honors Faculty, and Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund (ACLGF).

Floor privileges have also been requested for Professor Barbara Wilson, Head, Dept. of Speech Communication, to speak to EP.08.09, Proposal to Rename the Dept. of Speech Communication to the Dept. of Communication; and for Charles Evans, Dean, Global Campus (GC), and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, to speak to GC matters. 

I move that such privileges be granted (there was no objection).

Senator Burbules called upon Christa Petrillo, Administrative Secretary in the Senate and Faculty Advisory Committee Office, to present her with a certificate to commemorate 25 years of service to the University.  The Senate responded with an enthusiastic round of applause.

Tellers for today’s meeting are Senators Terry Weech (LISC), Harry Hilton (ENGR), and Jaclyn O’Day (LAS).

Chancellor’s Remarks

The Chancellor deferred his remarks until the discussion on RS.08.01, Prefiled Resolution on Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund.


There were none.

Old Business

11/05/07-02          Senator Belden Fields (LAS) moved to substitute RS.08.01, Prefiled Resolution on Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund (ACLGF), for his motion that was tabled at the October 1 Senate meeting.  The motion to substitute was approved by voice vote.

Senator Fields reiterated that the resolution inter alia calls upon the President, the Chancellor, and the ACLGF advisory committee to conduct a thorough review of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Fund, the Foundation, and the University.

The conclusions of the advisory committee report were discussed at length, including its recommendation that the Memorandum of Agreement establishing the ACLGF needs to be revised. The Chancellor accepted that conclusion and announced his intention to commission the Advisory Committee to return to the MOA and draft alternative language, which he would then take back to the donors as a basis for a possible future agreement.
11/05/07-03          By voice vote, RS.08.01 was approved.

Consent Agenda

Various senators requested that EP.08.08, EP.08.09, EP.08.12, and EP.08.14 be moved to Proposals for Action.  The Presiding Officer then announced that the following proposals were approved by unanimous consent:

11/05/07-04            EP.06.32*, Proposed Guidelines for Multi-Institutional Graduate Degrees,
11/05/07-05            EP.08.10*, Graduate Concentration in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
11/05/07-06            EP.08.11*, Graduate Concentration in Writing Studies,
11/05/07-07            EP.08.13*, Creation of an Undergraduate Minor in Biomolecular Engineering, School of Chemical Sciences, LAS,
11/05/07-08            EP.08.15*, Revision of the Scandinavian Studies Concentration of the German Major, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, LAS,
11/05/07-09            EP.08.16*, Revision of the Integrative Biology Concentration of the Major in the Sciences and Letters Curriculum in Integrative Biology, LAS,
11/05/07-10            EP.08.19*, Annotate Urbana Degree Programs earned via Global Campus on student’s academic transcript,
11/05/07-11            EP.08.20*, Proposed Academic Calendar for UIUC Programs Offered through University of Illinois Global Campus for the Period Spring 2008 to Fall 2009 Terms.

Proposals for Action

11/05/07-12          Chancellor Herman presented for action EP.08.08*, Renaming of the Library Research Center.  Senator Mary Mallory (LIBR) expressed concern with the absence of the word “Library” in the new title for this unit, and also with “humanities” not included with “science” in reference to the focus of research areas in this center’s new name.  Senator Abbas Aminmansour (FAA), Chair of the Educational Policy Committee, stated that sponsors of a proposal are primarily responsible for developing a new name for a unit.

11/05/07-13          By voice vote, EP.08.08 was referred back to Educational Policy.

11/05/07-14          The Presiding Officer presented for action EP.08.09*, Rename the Department of Speech Communication to the Department of Communication.  Senator Steven P. Hill (LAS) asked for the new name of the College of Communications, since this change was mentioned in the proposal.  Senator Aminmansour replied that, at the moment, the new name will be the College of Media Arts and Sciences.

11/05/07-15          By voice vote, EP.08.09 was approved.

11/05/07-16          The Chancellor presented for action EP.08.12*, Formal Establishment of three Concentrations within the Department of Human Resource Education.  Senator Michael Weissman (ENGR) asked for clarification about the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Development.  Senator Burbules responded that the Ph.D. is an existing program and is only included in this proposal for reference.

11/05/07-17          By voice vote, EP.08.12 was approved.

11/05/07-18          Chancellor Herman presented for action EP.08.14*, Minor in American Indian Studies.  Senator Mallory questioned the proposal’s implication that it would have no impact on library resources.  Senator Aminmansour replied that colleges need to be advised by its relevant libraries if a proposal would have a substantive impact on library resources.  Senator Weissman asked about the proposal’s reference to alternative research methods.  Senator Aminmansour responded that it has not been within the purview of the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) to question the research methods described in a proposal.

11/05/07-19          By show of hands (50-31), EP.08.14 was referred back to the Educational Policy Committee for further clarification.

11/05/07-20          Presented for action was CC.08.04*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate.  Senator Kim Graber (AHS), Committee on Committees Chair, moved approval of the slates on CC.08.04 and its addendum, CC.08.04A.  Senator James Barrett (LAS) nominated Senator Mallory for the faculty vacancy on the Library Committee; Senator Mallory indicated her willingness to serve.  There were no additional floor nominations and nominations were declared closed.

A count of the tellers indicated the following vote totals: Senator Mallory - 51 and Professor Lisa Hinchliffe - 19; Senator Mallory was declared elected.

11/05/07-21          The nomination slates were approved, as amended.

Proposed Revisions to the Senate Bylaws

11/05/07-22          The Chancellor presented for action SP.07.07*, Revision to the Bylaws, Part D.9 – Committee on Equal Opportunity.  Senator Peter Loeb (LAS), member of the Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures (USSP), in the absence of USSP Chair William Maher, moved approval of the measure.

11/05/07-23          By voice vote, SP.07.07 was approved.

Reports for Information of the Senate

11/05/07-24          HE.08.01*, September 21 FAC/IBHE,
11/05/07-25          HE.08.03*, October 19 FAC/IBHE,
11/05/07-26          HE.08.02*, October 2 IBHE,
11/05/07-27          SUR.08.01*, October 16 SURSMAC.

New Business

Senator Dan Nugent (GRAD) moved to add to today’s agenda an item that needed to be discussed in Executive Session; the Senate voted to add this item to the agenda and to enter Executive Session.

The Senate exited Executive Session at 5:25 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

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