STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
(Approved May 29, 1998)
DATE: April 24, 1998
CALL TO ORDER: Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President, called the meeting
to order at 3:00 P.M. in the Humanities Building, Room 312.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Abraham, Ozzie Binion, Jim Burton, Jack
Charlesworth, Alisa Coleman, Larry Frazier, Bob Hilliard, Cecilia Lee,
Will Lloyd, Marc Miller, Faramarz Parsa, Winston Pickett, Dawn Putney,
Robert Sanders, Carole Scott, Salil Talpade, James Taylor,Carol Vanzile-Tamsen
for Susan Boes, Ronnie Akers for Lynn Gaskin, Lisa Mills for Kathern Grams,
and Michael Crafton for Randy Hendricks.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the February 27, 1998 meeting
Dr. Michael Crafton represented Dr. Jack Jenkins and presented the
minutes of the November 12, 1997 meeting of the Graduate Committee for
OLD BUSINESS: None
Committee on Student Activities, Committee # 6 (Chairperson: Steve Taylor)
Dr. Steve Taylor requested that the Faculty Senate affirm and support
the attached statement on academic honor. Student Government Representatives
and members of the Senate served on the committee that drafted the statement.
Support from the Faculty Senate was unanimous.
Committee on Graduate Studies, Committee #10 (Chairperson: Jack Jenkins)
Dr. Thomas Hynes and Dr. Will Lloyd, Chairperson of the Committee,
discussed the Preliminary
Report of the Technology Planning Committee (Attached). Representatives
from the Committee have been available to meet with academic departments,
other units of the University, Student Government and the Honors Council
to consider proposals for modifying the report. The work of the committee
is based on the premise that information technology is as inevitable part
of the future and it is the responsibility of the University to accommodate
this environment. In addition, accreditation requires documentation of
student computer competency. Computers are now a continuing investment
where they once were a fixed cost and each decision has budgetary ramifications.
Concerns of students and faculty were discussed. There will be no requirement
to use computers in all classes. Departments will make the decision about
how to assure computer competency in their students. There needs to be
a focus on faculty development in the use of information technology. Leasing
equipment rather than purchasing was discussed. Concern was expressed about
faculty=s many responsibilities.
It was suggested that technology initially costs time but eventually in
the long run saves time. The use of support services can ease the preparation
for use of information technology. The Committee welcomes comments. In
the future the Senate will have the opportunity to discuss its committee
structure and will need to decide which committee has the responsibility
to oversee technology development. Christy Varnadore, Student Government
representative, expressed the students=
appreciation of this effort. She stated that she had recently attended
a meeting of the Georgia Honors Council at Clayton State University and
all the desks had lap top plug-ins and most presentations were made with
power-point. Dr. Cecilia Lee stated that the foreign language lab was closed
and that the current lab situation does not meet the needs of the foreign
language students. Dr. Winston Pickett stated that we need a plan where
technology serves us rather than us serving it. Secretary Marie Guynn suggested
that a way needs to be found to place Faculty Senate business on the web.
Dr. Robert Sanders agreed to follow-up on posting Senate business on the
Dr. Hynes distributed a Board of Regents=
document entitled Principles for the Preparation of Educators for the
Schools and suggested the Senate members read the report (Attached).
Dr. John vonEschenbach, interim chair, explained the rationale for the
name change of the Department of Childhood Education and Reading in the
College of Education to the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary,
and Reading Education.
Dr. Marc Miller announced that the Department of Accounting and Finance
in the College of Business received separate accreditation from AACSB.
This includes the Department in the top 7% of accounting departments in
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:45 P.M.
Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate