CALL TO ORDER: Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President, called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. in the Lecture Hall, Richards College of Business.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Abraham, Ozzie Binion, Susan Boes, Jim Burton, Jack Charlesworth, Swarma Dutt, Lynne Gaskin, Kathryn Grams, Bob Hilliard, Chris Huff, Farooq Khan, Cecilia Lee, Will Lloyd, Magdy Metry, Gwen McAlpine, Mark McManus, Marc Miller, Elena Mustakova-Possardt, John Myers, David Osborn, James Taylor, Gary Wenzel, Ara Volkan, John Fuller for Ray Crook.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the May 29, 1998 meeting were approved (Volkan).
I. Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs, Committee #1
(Chairperson: Mark McManus)
Mr. McManus submitted the following for information only:
The motion passed unanimously.
The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion centered on the possibility of department chairs serving on Post-Tenure Review Advisory committees. Dr. Hynes said that the passage of this policy contradicts at least one college personnel policy. Ann Richards pointed out that Post-Tenure Review is supposed to be faculty-driven. Department chairs already have input during annual evaluations. The FASP Committee felt that the language of the original policy is unclear as to whether a chair can serve on a Post-Tenure Review committee or not.
David Osborn asked if university or college documents take precedence. Dr. Sethna said that if the university document specifically prohibits an action, then a college cannot allow that action, but if a university document permits an action, then the college document can be more demanding.
Dr. Hynes mentioned the problem of local autonomy, which the FASP Committee is attempting to address with this proposal. Dr. Taylor pointed out that many small departments need for the chair to serve. He said that he believes that department chairs are better members of Post-Tenure Review Advisory committees than persons outside the department. Dr. Richards said that the proposed policy would serve as an audit of the department chair’s evaluations.
Cecilia Lee asked if chairs could appoint the committee. Dr. Sethna responded that he has seen nothing that permits a department chair to simply handpick a committee. Mark McManus pointed out that each department chooses how it will select its committee, and Dr. Sethna reiterated the faculty’s strong role in Post-Tenure Review. Magdy Metry expressed a need for a general policy for every department. Dr. Abraham explained that surveys have shown that each department wants to make its own policies. Ara Volkan said that the College of Business does not have departmental committees. Instead, there is one college committee with departmental representatives.
Dr. Sethna summarized the discussion. The current policy allows department chairs to serve on Post-Tenure Review Advisory committees, if they are elected or selected by their departments. The proposal, if passed, will disallow that practice.
Drs. Hynes and Richards reminded the Senate of the contradictory phrases in the current document. In the past, interpretations have favored local autonomy. Dr. Sethna added that FASP could change the language of the document.
Will Lloyd questioned changing the policy while dossiers are currently being prepared. Dr. Hynes responded that, because of legal ramifications, changes in policy would not go into effect until next year.
The question was called and the motion passed (15 yes, 7 no, 1 abstain).
The motion passed (22 yes, 1 no).
Jim Burton asked if a Ph.D. had been considered instead of an Ed.D. Dr. Sethna responded that only Ph.D. programs in research universities are being accepted.
Dr. Lloyd asked if the degree is unique and said that the title "School Reform and Excellence" is pretentious and meaningless. Dr. Jenkins responded that the program is unique and will train experts to help schools undergoing change.
Dr. Metry asked if the proposed degree is academic. Dr. Jenkins said that it is a solid Ed.D. degree that focuses on school reform and excellence. Dean Angela Lumpkin added that the degree is innovative and interdisciplinary.
Dr. Lloyd again questioned the name of the degree, and Dean Lumpkin responded that the name had been chosen after input from professionals across Georgia. It is a technology-based degree created to prepare leaders for today. In addition, the faculty is conversant in the literature in the field. The national norm for the name for similar programs is "Curriculum and Instruction." Seeing the need for an innovative program, the College of Education selected the name, "School Reform and Excellence." Dr. Lloyd stressed the importance of content.
Dr. Taylor suggested dropping "and Excellence." Dean Lumpkin said that "Reform" is the key word. Dr. Sethna said that he understood the name as "School (Reform and Excellence)." Dr. Lee suggested substituting "Improvement" for "Excellence." Dean Jenkins defended the use of the word "Excellence" as a proper designation of schools. Chris Huff asked what "Excellence" means to a student who presents it to someone else. Dr. Richards and Dr. Wenzel explained that "Excellence" has a specific meaning in schools of education.
Dr. Lloyd stated that the adoption of the first doctoral degree shows a shift in the nature of the State University of West Georgia from an emphasis on four-year programs. Dean Jenkins pointed out that the Graduate School is the fourth largest in the University System and has the seventh largest number of graduate students receiving degrees in education in the country.
Dr. Kahn asked if graduates in this program would be able to make reforms in chemistry and other subject areas. Dean Lumpkin responded that the program was developed not to prepare better chemistry teachers, but to prepare experts to get the chemistry teachers together and to lead them to reform. Dr. Sethna pointed out that, although teaching content is important, the program focuses on leadership. He read from page 2 of the proposal: "The focus of this unique doctoral program will be to prepare individuals who through an understanding of the sociological, cultural, technological, legal, political, and economic issues impacting schools will provide leadership in restructuring curriculum and school and district policy to guarantee every child equitable access to learning opportunities."
Dr. Taylor asked if jobs are available for graduates in this program. Dr. Lumpkin said that most students would already be employed.
Dr. Sethna warned the Senate that there might be difficulty in passing the proposal because, up to this point, only two regional universities have been allowed to offer doctorates. For approval, West Georgia will have to show a great need (in addition to demand).
Elena Mustakova-Possardt asked how the program differed from others. Dean Lumpkin explained that the program focuses on curriculum rather than leadership. There is a similar degree in New Jersey. The program proposed at West Georgia is unique because it is interdisciplinary, emphasizes technology, and includes interface of schools.
Marc Miller asked how the GRE score requirement (minimum of 450 on the verbal and 450 on either the quantitative or analytical, for a total of at least 1000) compared with other schools. Dean Lumpkin stated that the requirement at the University of Georgia is also 1000. Raising the score to 1200 would limit the number of students. It is expected that standards will rise as the program grows.
The question was called and the motion passed (19 yes, 1 no, 3 abstain).
NEW BUSINESS: None
I. Change of June 11, 1999 Faculty Senate Meeting to June 18, 1999.
II. Dr. Lee announced that the Office of Sponsored Operations would
sponsor a survey on job satisfaction and attitude. Dr. Hynes explained
that the survey is part of a large national study being conducted at UCLA.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 4:10 P.M.
Diane H. Sharp
Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate