PERSON PRESIDING:†††††† John Crammer
ATTENDEES:††††† ††††††††††††††† Jonathan Dembo, Johna Faulconer, John Crammer, Stephen Dock, Shanan Gibson, Donna Kain
EX-OFFICIO:†††††† ††††††††††††††† Austin Bunch
VISITORS:†††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Michael Poteat, Chuck Rich
The meeting was called to order at in Rawl 142 by John Crammer. ††Johna Faulconer moved (Shanan Gibson seconded) approval of the minutes for the October 26 meeting as submitted.† Motion passed.
Michael Poteat and Chuck Rich attended the
meeting to discuss placing the dates for administering the Student Opinion of
Instruction Survey [SOIS] in the academic calendar.† The survey is done during the last full week
of classes for face-to-face classes and during the last two weeks for DE
classes.† The recommendation that the
dates be included in the calendar is based on a request from a faculty
member.† Gibson said this might add more
clutter to the calendar.† Crammer said
that some faculty members do the surveys earlier than the given date.† Poteat replied that some faculty members are
not around during the last week of classes.†
He added that the SOIS will move to the web if the Chancellor approves
the change.† The last full week date formula
for the SOIS is Faculty Senate policy and used to be in the faculty
handbook.† Faulconer said that as a new
faculty member she did not know when the SOIS was supposed to be administered.† Stephen Dock said that in Foreign Languages
an administrative assistant says when to do the survey.† Donna Kain said that the SOIS is not done in
the summer unless requested by the faculty member.† Poteat said it was not done last summer.† Poteat said that the SOIS is never official
in the summer (this is a Faculty Senate decision:† Academic Standards does not consider it
official).† For the past twenty years the
faculty has never been told to do the SOIS in the summer; summer is different
and not all faculty teach in the summer.†
Gibson said that faculty members are not sure that summer is
comparable.† Poteat said that SOIS is
supposed to be only one measure of instruction; units can develop additional
measures subject to approval by the Vice Chancellor.† Kain said that her unit has programs taught
only on-line.† Poteat said that the SOIS
gets less emphasis than in the past and rightfully so.† Gibson said that it is important in teaching
awards.† Poteat said that he would not be
upset if the dates were not added to the calendar.† Faulconer said she had her students evaluate
the DE survey.† Poteat said the DE survey
has an interesting history; it was developed by the
Austin Bunch reported on issues relating to a Memorial Day holiday and ECUís plans to honor veterans.† He said that the Executive Council met yesterday but took no action.† The council wanted to wait until they hear from faculty and staff.† He asked whether the committee had done faculty and student surveys concerning the proposed Memorial Day holiday.† The earliest date when Memorial Day might become a holiday is 2008-2009.† He said that the council is considering how to honor veterans in the meantime.† Gibson asked whether the council preferred either Memorial Day or Veterans Day.† Bunch replied that they are considering only Memorial Day.† State holidays have rules.† The plan is to go to the Staff Senate and ask their thoughts.† This year the staff will be expected to work on Friday, December 29 unless they take the day as a vacation.† Gibson said we can launch a survey of faculty and students in the spring.† Kain said we can use a survey tool.† Gibson said she could create the survey herself, dump the responses in an access database, and pull the results out.† Bunch said there are childcare and transportation issues.† He said that Marilyn Sheerer attended the Executive Council meeting and is aware of the issues concerning orientation and housing for the summer sessions.† He will ask her about the situation; she will know the impact on orientation and housing.
The committee next discussed the dates for removal of incomplete grades.† Crammer said the deadline in the calendar is for students only; the deadline for faculty is one week later.† The reason the issue arose is that a faculty member was upset.† Gibson and Crammer both pointed out that the Registrars Office has been flexible with deadlines in the past.† Crammer said the calendar is more for informing students.† Kain suggested that we may need a separate calendar for faculty.† She asked whether we could create an unofficial calendar for faculty.† Jonathan Dembo pointed out that if we donít do anything, we still have a disgruntled faculty member.† Crammer asked whether he should e-mail the person with our explanation and ask whether they want to talk with the committee.
The discussion turned to the calendars the committee is working on.† Bunch said that the task force anticipates commencement will still be held on Saturdays. †Crammer distributed a handout with commencement information for other universities in the UNC system.† Bunch emphasized that it is important for students to know that they graduate from the university and not from a particular college, school, or department.† The spring ceremony will be outside.
It was decided that meetings in the spring will be at on the fourth Friday of every month.
Kain said that she had contacted Delilah
Jackson in the
The next meeting of the committee will be on Friday, January 26 at .† The committee will work on the 2008-2009 calendar.
Meeting adjourned at .