DATE: September 13, 2004
PRESIDING: Catherine Rigsby (and
then John Crammer)
ATTENDEES: Jeff Phipps, John Crammer, Rebecca
Powers, Trey Martindale, Jonathan Dembo
EX-OFFICIO:Angela Anderson, Mary Farwell, Nancy House,
VISITORS: Catherine Rigsby
was called to order at 12:00 noon in Rawl 142 by Catherine Rigsby. Catherine Rigsby thanked everyone for serving
on the committee. The committee members
committee elected its officers for the coming year. The chair is John Crammer, the vice chair is
Jeff Phipps, and the secretary is Rebecca Powers. Crammer presided over the remainder of the
committee discussed business carried over from last year.
topic was the scheduling of lecture based 4 semester hour classes. Angela Anderson said that one of the problems
this semester is that Flanagan is off-line.
These classes are mainly in the sciences and mathematics calculus
classes. Some of the classes are
scheduled to meet two days a week for two hours. One of the reasons for four semester hour
classes in the sciences is the general education requirements. Anderson
said these classes lead to some problems with the computer program for
scheduling classes, but it should not be a problem after we convert to SCT BANNER. The committee agreed to work on this issue
during the current year.
topic was communication with Pitt Community College and the Pitt County
School system in
coordinating calendars. Mary Farwell
pointed out that major changes will occur with the county school calendar due
to the change in the start of their school year. One concern is the scheduling of Fall
Break. John Crammer will communicate
with Judith Kasperek who works on the calendar for Pitt Community College.
scheduling of commencement is another topic for consideration during the current
year. Fall commencement is to be held
after exams rather than during exams as had been done in the past. The question about Spring
commencement is whether to have it on Friday or Saturday. Maggie O’Neill, who is the student
representative, said that having commencement on Friday in the spring would be
bad for students. Rebecca Powers asked
how many ceremonies there would be. The
handout prepared last year by Rick Niswander showed that most schools in the
UNC system have commencement on Saturday.
Having December commencement after exams may cause some concerns for
housing. Rigsby said she thinks that the
chancellor will go along with what the faculty/faculty senate recommends. Farwell asked for student input on making the
decision. The questions are whether (1)
December graduation should be held in the middle or at the end of finals; and
(2) in December and the spring, should commencement be on Friday or
Saturday. Rigsby said that December has
about 1,000 graduates and Spring has about 2,800 graduates
(including summer graduates). Anderson said the program
for spring commencement had a list of summer school graduates by name (not by
school). O’Neill said she has data on
student opinion concerning department and university ceremonies. Last December, more than one thousand
students signed petitions to have department graduations, and they prefer
department graduation rather than recognition ceremonies.
the committee discussed the topic of having a policy for making up lost class
days. In the past we have waited to see
what other schools in the system do or for instructions from the General
Administration. Rigsby pointed out that
universities do not have to make up class days.
Rigsby asked what faculty actually do with
make-up days. She agreed to talk with
Chancellor Ballard about what to do about scheduling make-up days. Jeff Phipps said that there is a problem with
having make-up days on Saturdays.
committee then talked about the 2006-2007 calendar
which is the main topic for the coming year.
Student Housing is concerned with the fact that recent calendars have
had no day between summer sessions. Some
students attending only the first summer session have been told to move out of
their residence hall rooms on the final exam day for the first summer
session. The reason for not having a day
between sessions is because recent calendars have not held classes on Memorial
Day. There was some discussion as to
whether future calendars should go back to having classes on Memorial Day. It was noted that staff does not get Memorial
Day as a holiday. In Spring
2007, the university will observe Founders Month in March celebrating the
centennial of ECU rather than Founders Day or Founders Week. O’Neill asked about having Spring Break at
the same time as other UNC campuses. The
response was that this would cause a logistics problem. It was unanimously agreed to keep the three
week break in August between Summer and Fall.
meeting will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 27. This was about the only time (other than
Friday afternoons), that would fit the schedules of the people attending
today’s meeting. The committee will
further discuss the 2006-2007 calendar and topics in the business carried over
from last year.
adjourned at 12:55 pm.