STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
DATE: February 26,1999
CALL TO ORDER: Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President, called the meeting
to order at 3:00 P.M. in Room 312, Humanities Building.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Abraham, Ozzie Binion, Susan Boes, David
Boldt, Jim Burton, Ray Crook, Swarma Dutt, Larry Frazier, Lynne
Gaskin, Randy Hendricks, Bob Hilliard, Joan Hubbard, Chris Huff, Farooq
Khan, Cecilia Lee, Magdy Metry, Gwen McAlpine, Mark McManus, Marc Miller,
John Myers, James Taylor, Ara Volkan.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the November 20, 1998 meeting
were corrected (Item A. 3. Change ACCT 4571 to FINC 4571; Item A. 5. Change
ECOM to ECON) and approved (Miller).
Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs, Committee #1 (Chairperson:
Mr. McManus submitted the following for information:
College of Arts and Sciences:
1. Add Writing Across the Curriculum XIDS 4100/5100
Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice:
ANTH 2001 Case Studies in Archaeology
ANTH 2002 Case Studies in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 2100 Archaeology Field School
ANTH 4117 Archaeology of Georgia*
ANTH 4134 Animals and Culture
ANTH 4144 People and Culture of Latin America*
ANTH 4170 Myth, Magic and Religion*
ANTH 4175 Ethnohistory*
SOCI 4204 Women in American Society*.
* Will also go to Committee on Graduate Studies.
ANTH 3102 Archaeological Field Research
ANTH 3155 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
ANTH 3188 Ethnographic Field Notes
ANTH 4120 Indians of SE United States
SOCI 2203 Introduction to Women's Studies.
BIOL 1010L Fundamentals of Biology Lab
BIOL 1107L Principles of Biology I Lab
BIOL 1108L Principles of Biology II Lab
BIOL 2021L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIOL 2022L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIOL 2030L Medical Microbiology Lab
BIOL 2111L Molecular Cell Biology I Lab
BIOL 2112L Molecular Cell Biology II Lab
BIOL 3012L Molecular Cell Biology II Lab
BIOL 2983 Sophomore Biology Research
BIOL 2985 Special Topics in Biology
BIOL 3983 Junior Biology Research
BIOL 4983 Senior Biology Research
BIOL 1010 Fundamentals of Biology
BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2022 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2030 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 2111 Molecular Cell Biology I
BIOL 2112 Molecular Cell Biology II
BIOL 3012 Molecular Cell Biology II
NURS 3132 Adult Health I
NURS 3142 Nursing Practice
(Essentially deleting these two courses and adding NURS 3154 Introduction
to Nursing Practice.)
Addition: PHYS 3424 Advanced Optics
PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II
PHYS 2313 Astronomy
PHYS 2313L Astronomy Laboratory
PHYS 3033 Topics in Astronomy
PHYS 3511 Experimental Physics I
PHYS 3521 Experimental Physics II
CHIN 1001 Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 1002 Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 2001 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 2002 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 4000 Chinese Literature in Translation
JAPN 1001 Elementary Japanese I
JAPN 1002 Elementary Japanese II
JAPN 2001 Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 2002 Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 3400 Japanese for Careers
FREN 4785 Special Topics in French
GRMN 4785 Special Topics in German
LATN 4785 Special Topics in Latin
SPAN 4785 Special Topics in Spanish
Richards College of Business:
ECON 3402 Statistics for Business and Economics
ECON 3406/MGNT 3606 Quantitative Methods and Applications for Business
Modification: CISM 2201 Fundamentals of Computer Applications
College of Education:
Change/modify prerequisites for
There was a great deal of discussion on whether the use of certificates
should come before the Senate for approval. Dr. Sethna said that endorsement
of this certificate should not imply that the Senate should vote on all
certificates. He furthermore stated that approval couldn't be used to create
a program. Dr. Hynes offered to check into the practice of granting certificates
throughout the System.
Mr. McManus presented the following items for action by the Faculty Senate:
Add CS 2000 to Core Area D-2 for Science majors.
Dr. Hynes asked if the addition of this course would have implications
for Bachelor of Science students taking Calculus. Mr. McManus replied that
there would be no net effect. All Department Chairs involved had endorsed
the proposal. The motion passed.
Accounting and Finance: Endorsement of a Certificate of Recognition for
voluntary 5th year, post-baccalaureate work (9 hours) taken
to qualify for CPA examination.
Executive Secretary, Dr. Sharp, pointed out that, according to an email
message from Dr. Volkan, the correct number of hours for the certificate
should be 30 hours. Dr. Volkan said to remove the phrase "(9 hours)."
There was further discussion of the definition of "post-baccalaureate"
and about whether they should be graduate fees. This term does not seem
to be consistent across campus. Dr. Hynes asked whether "post-baccalaureate"
students should be charged graduate fees.
Several Senators wanted to make changes in the wording of the motion,
but Dr. Hynes pointed out that, according to the Bylaws, the Senate could
defeat a motion of a committee, but not amend it. Dr. Sethna recommended
changing the wording concerning amendments of the Bylaws.
Mr. McManus pointed out that the committee did not vote on the particular
language of the motion. The committee endorsed the idea of the certificate,
and he did the wording.
Dr. Burton's motion to call the question passed.
The proposal of the committee to endorse the certificate, with the deletion
of the phrase "(9 hours)" passed. Dr. Sethna said that, in his communications
about the matter, Dr. Volkan should phrase the final statement to reflect
the discussion at the Senate meeting, which was in favor of deleting references
to "5th year" and "post-baccalaureate work." Dr. Volkan so agreed.
Dr. Abraham moved that the Senate accept modifications in the Post-Tenure
Review policy (see attached).
Committee on Faculty and Administrative Staff Personnel, Committee #3
(Chairperson: Sheila Abraham)
The substantial changes are the sentences, "No department chair may
serve on a Pre-Tenure Review Committee." And "In addition, The Department
chair and the Dean of the College (or Library Director) will each provide
a separate written report as to the progress of the faculty member toward
promotion and/or tenure. The faculty member under review shall receive
written copies of the reports prepared by the Pre-Tenure Review Committee,
the Department Chair, and the College Dean (or Library Director)."
Section 102.02 B: Change the name to Pre-Tenure Review. Several senators
questioned use of the word "tenure" and the implications for litigation.
Dr. Hynes said that possible litigation should not be taken into account.
Dr. Frazier pointed out that the handbook is not consistent with what
Advisory Review Committees do, and that the name change further muddles
the handbook in regard to committees in general because similar language
is used for all advisory committees. Dr. Hynes recommended that the FASP
committee look into whether the separate committees for the functions of
promotion, tenure, pre-tenure, and post tenure should all follow the same
The motion passed.
Section 102.02 B: Revise the section 102.02 B.
Discussion centered on the participation of the Department Chairs on
the Pre-Tenure Review Committee. Several senators pointed out that Chairs
have a separate voice.
The motion passed.
Dr. LaFountain presented the Minutes of Committee on Graduate Studies,
September 9, 1998, for information.
OLD BUSINESS: None
Committee on Graduate Studies, Committee #10 (Chairperson: Jack
NEW BUSINESS: Discussion of problems in the Statutes concerning
the assignment of a
Library Senator to the Learning Resources Committee.
Dr. Sharp explained that the Statutes prohibit a faculty member from
serving on more than one Senate Committee. In the Learning Resources Committee
an Arts and Sciences Senator is serving in a position allocated by the
Statutes to a Library Senator. There are not enough Library Senators to
fill the spaces required by the Statutes without one of them serving
on two Senate Committees. Dr. Hynes said that the Statutes will have to
be changed to allow Senators to serve on two committees or the number of
Library Senators will have to be increased. Mr. McManus suggested a rotating
position. Dr. Sethna asked the University Matters Committees look into
this problem. The Senate agreed to allow the Executive Secretary to make
a temporary adjustment.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 4:15 P.M.
Dr. Sethna told the Senate that a Y2K Committee is exploring contingency
plans for the Y2K problem. He does not plan to cancel classes, even if
computers are not working, or the power is off. He asked that course syllabi
be printed and duplicated and that books be ordered before the break in
Dr. Sethna discussed the increased student workload caused by semester
conversion and asked that the faculty design their courses in accordance
with the shorter number of minutes that classes meet under the semester
system. The undergraduate average GPA for fall semester has decreased by
0.174. The GPA of those undergraduates with less than 2.0 increased, those
with GPA of 2-3 decreased, those with a 3.0 or better went from 3.44 to
Diane H. Sharp
Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate