FACULTY SENATE MEETING

December 6, 2000

I. Call to Order.

CHAIR CAROLINE STROBEL - I would like to call the meeting to order.

II. Correction and Approval of Minutes.

CHAIR STROBEL - You have received a copy of the minutes. Are there any additions or corrections? If not, the minutes stand approved as printed.

III. Reports of Officers.

CHAIR STROBEL - The President and Provost Odom are in a meeting today in New York City so we will not have a report of officers.

IV. Reports of Committees.

CHAIR STROBEL - We now have reports of committees.

A. Faculty Senate Steering Committee, Sarah Wise, Chair
No report.

B. Curricula and Courses Committee, Professor David Berube:

PROFESSOR DAVID BERUBE - At the last Curricula and Courses Committee meeting, we made decisions that all May semester and X courses will come before the Faculty Senate for their approval and not for just for information only. The second thing we decided is that we no longer would be accepting topics courses as May semester courses. They have to have new numbers. And, the third thing we decided was that all the May semester course numbers will be retired at the end of this year. There is also a study underway upon May semester. I will give you some preliminary information. For the year 2000, I mean for the last May semester, there were 78 courses that were listed and 15 did not make. There was a disproportionate number of courses that were on the graduate level (pretty much a 3 to 1 margin over the undergraduate courses). 1 out of every 3 courses was not an M course at all. They had not been approved as May semester courses. The highest enrollment was 69. The next highest enrollment was 28 and nearly 50% had 10 or less. We will be putting this together in some more useable information. The next request I have for the registrar is for grade distributions for the May semester.

Roman I., Darla Moore School of Business, change in number and prerequisites moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Are there any questions? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman II, College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, a new course EMCH 529. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman III., I want to do this in two bits. The first bit will be the change in courses and the second bit will be the change in curriculum. Letís go to the top first. There are a few editorial changes. It came to my attention that in May 1989 this body decided that for all internship and all independent studies a certain phrase had to appear in the description. As such HRTM 495, after the word "level"and before you get to "Minimum of 400 hours.", we need to put the sentence "A contract approved by the instructor, advisor, and department head is required for undergraduate students." And, in the change in the description for HRTM 290 that same sentence appears at the end of the description. If you notice the sentence was the last sentence in the original HRTM, but they changed the HRTM 290. So now HRTM 495 has that sentence between the word "level" and "MinimumÖÖ.". HRTM 290 has it at the end of the course. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Any discussion?

PROFESSOR CARL BOGER - (HRTM) - I am the chair of that department and I just want to make a comment about that. I have only been here since July so anything I might say is hearsay. My understanding was that about 8 or 9 years ago, the registrar asked us not to submit the form to them, and I understand that this was for any independent study. This is a course supervised by a faculty member so it is a quasi independent study course. We have not submitted this form for the last 8 or 9 years since we have already developed an internal system.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Yes, the new registrar brought it to my attention. You can do it internally. There is nothing that says it has to be externally. You should do it internally. It was brought up in May of 1989 for undergraduates who end up taking any independent study or any internship program. It is just a way for departments to protect themselves and have a contract on file.

PROFESSOR BOGER - So we can do it internally and not have to do it externally.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Yes, there is nothing in the discussion that occurred in May of 1989 that it had to be external.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any further discussion on this? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Next we are on page 14 and 15 and the top of 16, looking at the change in curricula with the University Bulletin for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion?

PROFESSOR CAROLINE EASTMAN - (CSCE) - I would like to move to amend this proposal to change the term "mathematics" under General Education Requirements and at the bottom of the page 15 to "numerical and analytical reasoning." This is the name that was chosen for this particular collection of courses some years ago and it appears under General Education Requirements. We would prefer not to have our courses grouped under mathematics because they are not mathematics courses. In addition, the word "computer science" should be changed to "computer science above 101" because 101 substantially duplicates AIME 264 which is required in the program. It doesnít make sense to have both courses in the program. I sent an e-mail to David Berube about this but apparently not quite soon enough.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - I was out of my office all day.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - I think we should table this and bring it back to the committee. We are meeting in January and we can verify all this and get this corrected.

CHAIR STROBEL - We will be tabling this item.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman IV., we are on page 16. We have two new courses in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and the other in Southern Studies. We have some editing on the Southern Studies course. In the description, strike the word "the" and lower case the "r" in regional. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman V. is on pages 17, 18, and the top of 19. It is the minor in environmental science. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman VI, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy there is a deletion. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman numeral VII. for the new course UNIV 290. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor say aye. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Roman numeral VIII., May semester courses, under the College of Liberal Arts, Department of History and Government and International Relations.

HIST 492M should be changed to HIST 470M. So it is HIST 470M. HIST 493M should now read HIST 293M. So moved.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it.

PROFESSOR BERUBE - Page 20, Roman numeral IX., an experimental course in Government and International Studies. It is GINT 252X.

CHAIR STROBEL - Is there any discussion? All in favor. Aye. Opposed. The ayes have it. Thank you, David.

C. Faculty Advisory Committee, Professor Robert Wilcox, Chair:

PROFESSOR WILCOX - We have nothing to report for action. This past month we had a discussion with the Provost to talk about some changes in the Faculty Manual but he was unable to meet. So we have delayed that. We did have a chance to meet with Lyles Glenn, Chip McKinney, and Dennis Pruitt to talk with them about what we would call strategic marketing plans for the university. We felt that the faculty has an interest in working with the administration on how the university is being marketed to various constituencies. What is the message the university is trying to send to the different constituencies and how they are trying to send it? I had a kind of wide ranging conversation and Henry Price is following up talking to Chip McKinney about the actual document called The Strategic Marketing Plan of the University. It is about a 10-year old plan that has been periodically updated and we thought perhaps it might need more substantial revisions. One of the things that we offer is the fact that there are people in this university who have well recognized marketing skills and the university might be able to use some internal expertise if we canít afford to spend large sums of money on external expertise. It is an interesting topic quite frankly. I am not sure that it leads to any action on the part of the faculty. But we talked in terms of some of the difficulties in this state of marketing South Carolina, Clemson, and the Medical University as primary research institutions and how that is perceived by the public which ultimately drives the public funding of institutions. How do you differentiate in your marketing, in the publicís mind, between the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina. And, how do you it in a way that people come away thinking, "Wow, we really ought to put all our money in the University of South Carolina." So I would say from my personal level that a good bit of thought has been given to tactical marketing decisions. By that I mean planning of announcements regarding research grants, planning of things to give a good public perception of the university. What I was not as comfortable with necessarily was the strategic plan. Really with a well-defined message of exactly how we would be perceived by the public to the extent that we could continue conversations, I think it would be helpful to do that. But I think it is largely going to be conversational giving the administrative side and some of the faculty viewpoints and in turn getting some of their viewpoints. I donít necessarily see it being a thing that is going to go beyond that. If people have ideas about how we might pursue this I will certainly be happy entertain them.

CHAIR STROBEL - Thank you.

D. FACULTY WELFARE COMMITTEE, Professor Jerald Wallulis, Chair:

PROFESSOR WALLULIS - I have several items to report on. First of all you can expect sometime in the future another e-mail message. We have been working on flu shots and now we are trying to support certain wellness programs through the Wellness Works. These programs will be supported by coupons - ten dollar coupons for reduction of services. It is not to pay totally for the service. We will try to inform you what those services are and this should allow you to use them if you want to avail yourself of opportunities.

We are also pursuing the possibility of getting similar reductions for artistic performances at the Koger Center. This is another program that is available for staff members but we havenít yet acted or gotten information about it yet.

Next we have also tried to work hard to get information about the TERI Program., the retirement program. I just got a message here from John Olsgaard from the Provostís Office informing us that there is a new web page which is devoted to the teacher and employee incentive program or TERI and it also includes an extensive frequently asked question section which we would also advise you to consult. I donít like giving web addresses but in this case this it is necessary: HR.SC.EDU./HR/benefits/TERI.htm We might repeat that again in our e-mail message.

We also had a meeting with the Provost. The goal of this meeting was to have the frequently asked questions about the retirement program asked less frequently. I will try to relay the content of that meeting and rely on the confirmation of John Olsgaard to its content. Two hypothetical cases: a person retires after 28 years and then continues with the TERI retirement program for 5 more years compare that with someone who works 33 years and retires at the end of that time. I will not be at all exhaustive, but just point out a couple of differences and then a couple of similarities. First of all, if you retire at 28 years, your retirement will be determined by your 3 highest years of earnings before the 28 period is up. If you work for 5 more years before retiring, higher earnings there will carry over to a higher retirement settlement. However, if you start drawing on your retirement immediately at the end of that 28 period, then you will be no longer be paying into the retirement system what you are now paying into the retirement system which we think is a very important benefit. The main purpose of our discussion, though, was to establish that this is a choice that is totally yours to make and does not depend on the approval of your unit.. This is also then a choice where you keep the same rights including tenure during this 5 year period as someone who has not retired and also have the same responsibilities, of annual review and excepting your final two years, post-tenure review and you have possibility of receiving a sabbatical except for the very last year. Finally, if you do opt for TERI and at the end of 5 years you then decide you still want to work, then that possibility remains totally at the discretion of the employer. If you also want to change your job description at the end of 28 years, then once again the details of the change would depend on the determination of your unit. That is our understanding of the conversation with the provost I hope these clarifications are helpful and reduce the need for frequently asked questions.

And then, very briefly, we have gotten a preliminary results from the faculty survey and we are looking forward to try to working on a report which will be made a a preliminary fashion in February and a thorough report in March. Any questions?

Thank you very much.

E. COMMITTEE ON ADMISSION, PROFESSOR MANTON MATTHEWS, CHAIR:

PROFESSOR MATTHEWS - The annual statistical report from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is out for your information. This is the document as a whole. I have given you a table of contents of the document so you can see what type of information is there and you can get access to any of this information checking with Terry Davis in the Office of Admissions. I thought when I did this it would be interesting to go through and look at prior years and so I pulled out the reports back until 1982 skipping a couple of years. The important statistics we had for the fall semester: 9,818 applications and accepted 6800 of those and 2500 showed up and enrolled. Various breakouts of the baccalaureate or the 4 year programs here, for the Honors Program, for total freshman demographics it would remain fairly constant over the years. Of noteworthy is the fact that the if you look at all freshmen SAT scores for the last 4 years they have gone up about 47 points. The 2005 goals included 1175 as the average SAT for all freshmen. If we continue at this pace we will certainly come very close to that. The scholarships lines out at the bottom include the scholarships offered and then the numbers enrolled. The changes in SAT are somewhat attributable to the changes in the minimal predicted GPA that was needed for admission. At the bottom I have delineated changes over the years. In 1969 you needed a predicted GPA of 1.75 to get into the university, in 1980 it went up to 2.0 and in 1993 it was a 2.15 and a 2.5 in 1995 and a 3.5 in 1998. Is there any question on this that I could address?

CHAIR STROBEL - Thank you very much. I think this is useful information and I am glad that we were able to make it available to all of you and I am sure you will want to go back and look at it at your leisure and share it with your fellow faculty members. We certainly have made great strides in increasing the quality of the freshmen class in the last several years and hopefully that will show up as the students work their way through the higher education system here.

G. Other Committees.

No reports.

IV. Report of the Secretary.

No report.

V. Unfinished Business.

None.

VI. New Business.

CHAIR STROBEL - Any new business?

PROFESSOR DANIEL FELDMAN - (BADM) - I just have one question.. I noticed on the memo for the Senate that you have the Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd at 3 oíclock. I was wondering whether, with 6 months notice, if we could get a time that might be more convenient for other people.

CHAIRMAN STROBEL - We have had a lot of concern about that particular meeting date and he is referring to the summer session which historically has very low attendance and the 3rd of July of course for people who are going out of town at 3 oíclock in the afternoon is not a good time. We realize that. Thank you for bringing that up. Is it any more likely that a 3 oíclock meeting on the 2nd of July would be better? That will be the second session of summer school and we never do that because many people are gone at that point. So it might be that we try to move it forward to the end of June. Now we have never done that but we could. The only thing is there would be a bigger crunch with Curricula and Courses because I think that is the final meeting for getting things in?

PROFESSOR ROB WILCOX - I said letís refer it to the Steering Committee and let them come up with a new date.

CHAIR STROBEL - I think we will do something since you are registering a complaint. I gather that is probably a general feeling of all people that they donít like the 3rd. Weíll see also have space considerations to worry about so we will have to look into it. Is there any other new business?

VIII. Good of the Order.

PROFESSOR THORNE COMPTON - (THSP) - I would like to take a couple of minutes and talk about the opening of the University Bicentennial which is coming up on January 10th. I think most of you have gotten invitations over the last few weeks to attend the opening event of the Bicentennial. Our Bicentennial celebration is actually going on for a full year. It will open on January 10th which is actually the anniversary of the opening of the University for the first students who came to the University of 1805. We will celebrate that day opening this University up to our community and the state and the nation. We will have a major ceremony on the Horseshoe with, I guess with, presidents from all over the United States--presidents of universities from all over the state and maybe presidents of other things as well. We seem to have a lot of presidents to spare these days so maybe we can get some of those to work for us that day. The legislature will be there and we are going to ask the faculty to come in regalia if youíve got them and process with the legislature and with the other universities presidents. It is a very special day in our history. After the ceremony, there will be free food. We have barbecue for everybody that will be served over on the area right by the Horseshoe, that new green area where you used to be able to park to come to my shows at Longstreet. Thank God we can no longer park there. Now we are going to be able to have barbecues and we look forward to having everybody there on that day.

Over the rest of the year there are about 100 events that are going to be on this campus. Most of these events involve faculty, students and the public. What has happened with this Bicentennial rather than having some huge glorious cocktail party we instead have allocated almost all of our resources to departments and programs throughout our system. There will be about 100 events throughout the year. There will be special symposiums, national meetings. There will be events in the arts, special exhibitions, performances, concerts -- that kind of thing. On September 11th there will be an event we are calling "University Day." It is going to be a celebration of public higher education in South Carolina. Our anniversary is actually the beginning of public higher education in South Carolina and all of our sister institutions will be celebrating with us. on September 11th. We will have the presidents of all the colleges and universities in the state here as well as some major figures in education throughout the country. It is on September 11th because that is really the anniversary of the day that we actually became a public institution in 1963 when we desegregated. We think that is an important day to celebrate University Day.

There are a couple of other projects that involve faculty particularly. There will be a faculty recognition project that some of you heard about. Instead of giving you raises this year we are going name trees after dead professors. Actually what we have decided to do is to name trees on the Horseshoe area after great teachers from the past in the university. It is a way of acknowledging the living presence that teachers have in the life of the university. We have had a committee together for the last 6 months which has been going through the names of faculty. The only requirement is that they not be living. So if you would like to meet the deadlineÖ

Our ceremony ends on December 19th and thatís actually the anniversary of the chartering of the university. We will have a major ceremony on our campus with our legislature, the governor and lots of other people. Maybe some of those extra presidents will come back on that day too.

The focus of the Bicentennial celebration is to reconnect the university to the people of South Carolina who happen to own it. Weíre all some of those people. We see this as an opportunity for us to show this state how important we are to all citizens of South Carolina and throughout the nation. That is why we are focusing on what it is that faculty and students do with our programs throughout the year. I hope you will be a participant in a lot of these programs throughout the year. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope to see you all there on January 10th. Thanks so much.

PROFESSOR HARRY HANSEN - (ART)- Are there any foul weather plans for January 10th.

PROFESSOR COMPTON - Yes. Any other questions? Harry, if it is raining the ceremony will take place in the Coliseum and we will have the somewhat scaled down picnic in the Coliseum. If it is just cold -- it is just going to be cold.

PROFESSOR BOB LYON - (ART) -You mentioned all of these events that are going to be happening on campus but there are so many of us who have proposals in for the events and we still havenít heard about them. Do you have any idea when we might be able to

startÖ

PROFESSOR COMPTON - Yes, I have an answer to that. Bob, I am delighted that you have brought it up and I didnít have to prompt you. A number of these proposals have been approved (and yours falls into that category) and they have been held up because we were unable to transfer money. Some of you may be aware that money hasnít been transferred very much over the last couple of months on campus. We are now able to make those transfers and you will be getting a letter in the last day or so about your project. Any other questions? Thank you very much.

CHAIR STROBEL - I really encourage all of you to participate not only in the opening event of the Bicentennial year but in many of the other 100 events that will be occurring throughout the year. There is a Bicentennial Calendar. It is up on the Web. There is a web site. Thorne, do you know the website address off hand?

PROFESSOR COMPTON - I do know it yes. The University website there is a logo; Bicentennial logo. If you click on that you will get to our website in our calendar. There is also a calendar that is available for sale in the Russell House. It is really a beautiful calendar with a lot of pictures in the universityís past. There are three books of virtual tours of the Horseshoe. Lots of other projects. But she said I only have a couple of minutes.

CHAIR STROBEL - I do encourage you to go over to the Bookstore and look at these calendars. I have seen them . the are lovely calendars and some of the other items are over there in connection with the Bicentennial. They have been doing many creative things in connection with the Bicentennial. I have seen only a few but they really are quite impressive. So do take advantage of the special events. Do take advantage of the items - the memorabilia that are available at the Bookstore in connection with the Bicentennial. Are there any other announcements?

IX. Announcements.

CHAIR STROBEL - Are there any announcements?

PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT - (MUSC) - My distinguished colleague here (Steve Morse--HRTA) suggested that I push our holiday Christmas Music Festival which is Friday evening, December 8th at 8:00 p.m. in the Coliseum. It is free to the public and includes the Concert Choir, Band, Coquettes, Carolina Alive and virtually the entire department. It is open seating, so get there early if you want to get down near the floor.

CHAIR STROBEL - Very good.

PROFESSOR CONANT - The President sponsors that.

PROFESSOR DAVID BERUBE - (THSP) - In addition to being chairman of UCCC, I am the debate coach. I just want to let everyone know that for the 10th consecutive year our national debate rankings came out for the National Debate Tournament Committee and Carolina Debate remains in the top 25 in the United States. (Applause)

CHAIR STROBEL - That is an achievement that we can all be proud of. The Provost was sorry he could not get back in time. He said if he had said anything he would have announced something that you probably have already seen and that is that we do have a Marshall Scholarship recipient this year making the top tier scholarships. We had had someone win all three of one of those scholarships. This is the final one we had not had a finalist in and we had three finalists, is that right, John? Three finalists and that was the most of any school. We tied with one other school for three finalists. So I think we have certainly done very, very well. Again the quality for students continues to go up and the effort we are making to get them to win some of these top scholarships has been excellent. The people who have been working on this are sitting right out there in the Senate meeting. I think that is a very good thing. Is there any other business? If not the meeting is adjourned. (3:40 p.m.)


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