Minutes of the Campus Faculty Meeting
December 12, 2013
3:30 p.m. - Giffels Auditorium

John Rupe, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Tentative

Call to Oder – John Rupe, Campus Faculty Chair
John Rupe called the meeting to order at 3:35

Approval of the Agenda
Without objection, the agenda was approved.

Minutes of the Meeting
Minutes were approved

Old business


New business



Chancellor Gearhart, Provost Gaber, Kathy Van Laningham and Jim Rankin presented on Becoming a Top 50 University.

Provost Gaber's Powerpoint

Points made:

We are striving to become a Top 50 school; not chasing rankings but working to do the right thing, make our institution that much better.

We have made progress; we are at number 63 and people are hearing about us.

Being a Top 50 school IS good for our state; increasing our in-state graduates will benefit the state and also play a part in our graduation rate. Currently we are at 60% and need to raise this to 66%. We must build on our strengths and seek additional funding, both private and public, to reinforce the good things happening on this campus and support the up and coming programs as well.

Van Laningham: Institutional Research website provides information on student retention and graduation: http://oir.uark.edu/students/retention.html

Rankin: We need 40 million in federal research expenditures to help move us up. We are currently at $32.7 million.

Top five needs we must meet:

1) Increase graduation rate and retention

2) Increase research funding and scholarship

3) Increase top-ranked graduate programs

4) Increase reputation

5) Increase the number of classes under 20 students; have done this in English and Communication.

Other needs as well:


The meeting adjourned at 4:37 pm