Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
January 19, 2005, 3:30 p.m.
ENGR 209

Tom Jensen, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved


Officers: Jensen, Riggs, Jones, Rogers, Thomas

Senators (elected): Allison, Cantrell, Comfort, Deaton, Dennis, Denny, Elliott, Evans, Farley, Freund, Gay, Gordon, Hall, Hanlin, Haydar, James, Killenbeck, King, Kopp, Kral, Lawson, Martin, Murphy, Popp, Riha, Rom, Rupe, Ryan, Waller, Watkins, Wilson

Senators (admin): Atkinson, Geren, Greenwood, Smith, Williams


Officers: Brady

Senators (elected): Cornell, Curington, Di Brezzo, Hughes, Matlock, McGee, Miller, Rosenkrans, Salisbury, Sears, Wailes, Webb, Zajicek

Senators (admin): Allen, Bobbitt, Dutton, Saxena, Shannon, Weidmann, White

I. Call to Order: Tom Jensen, Chair

Tom Jensen called the meeting to order at 3:35.

II. Approval of agenda

A request was made by the Chair of the Faculty Senate, Tom Jensen, to yield his report time to Deborah Thomas, Chair of the Campus Faculty. With this change, the agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.

III. Approval of minutes:


The minutes of November 17, 2004 were approved.

IV. Reports

A. Provost's Report - Provost Smith reported on the following issues:

a. Diversity - Out institution must continue to increase our minority enrollment and minority faculty and staff. The Provost introduced Carmen Coustaut who was recently hired to serve as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Diversity & Education. The Provost also highly recommended active participation in the National Coalition for Community and Justice (NCCJ) workshops. These workshops provide diversity education and training. See the Diversity Report powerpoint presentation for more information.

b. D rule report – Under the new rule, 65 requested transfers of 90 D’s. The FCATC committee approved 20 of the 90 requests, or 22%. The 3rd level administrative review committee approved 71 of these 90 requests, or 79%. The 3rd level group approved all 17 request for transfers of D’s as requested by student athletes.

B. Faculty Senate Chair's Report

Deborah Thomas, Chair of the Campus Faculty, reported on her recent trip to the meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. The following website contains information discussed at the meeting in Nashville: http://www.math.umd.edu/~jmc/COIA/COIA-Home.html

C. Academic Standard Committee Report (Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences Grade Proposal)– Dr. John Delery

Dr. Delery reported on the approval of a +/- system in the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture

D. A New COEHP Department

Dean Reed Greenwood reported on the development of a new department in the College of Education and Health Professionals, the Department of Education Reform.

V. Old Business


VI. New Business

A. Consent Agenda

Matters from the University Course and Programs Committee and the Graduate Council.

1. Course Change Proposals

a. Undergraduate Courses (Table A) – Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 11/19/04 and 12/17/04.

Table A - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/tablea11905.pdf

b. Graduate Courses (Table B) – Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 10/22/04 and 12/17/04, and the Graduate Council on 11/18/04 and 12/16/04

Table B - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/tableb11905.pdf

c. Dual Courses (Table C) – Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 11/19/04 and the Graduate Council on 12/16/04.

Table C - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/tablec11905.pdf

2. Program change proposals

Summary Table for Attachments D, E and F -

a. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate programs: Table D (Attachment D1-D12). Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 11/19/04 or 12/17/04.

Attachments D 1-12

D1-http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/attachd111905.pdf D2-http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/attachd211905.pdf

b. Walton College of Business, undergraduate programs: Table E (Attachments E1-E7). Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 12/17/04.

Attachments E 1-7


c. Graduate programs: Table F (Attachments F1-F7) Approved by the Graduate Council on 11/18/04 and 12/16/04.

Attachments F 1-7


3. Proposed policy change: Proposal from the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences to change the grading system from a traditional 5-scale system (A,B,C,D,F) to a 12-scale “plus-minus” system (A,A-,B+,B,B-,….F) for all undergraduate and graduate courses in that College (Attachment G). Proposal for graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on 12/16/04.

Attachment G - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/attachg11905.pdf

Item 3 of the consent agenda was removed for further discussion. A motion to approve was made and item 3 passed. Items 1 and 2 passed by unanimous consent.

B. Resolution/memorial – Dean Ralph Barnhart

A summary of a resolution in honor of Dean Barnhart was read. The Board of Trustees has previously adopted a resolution.

VII. Announcements

A. Existing policy affirmation: The Graduate Council discussed options which will allow students to maintain access to University resources when the students are not enrolled. Attachment H captures the thinking of the Council and is essentially a reaffirmation of existing policy. This resolution is forwarded to the Faculty Senate for information only.

Attachment H - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2004to2005/attachh11905.pdf

B. Tom Jensen welcomed Carmen Coustaut, our new Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Diversity & Education

C. Elections will soon be before us. Tom Jensen encouraged colleagues to run for positions in faculty governance.

VIII. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 5:04 p.m.