UMES Senate Meeting
Minutes for October 9, 2012
11am Frederick Douglass Library
- The Meeting was called to order at 11:00.
- Correction from Dr. Karen Verbeke by email to change the Engineering accreditation body from “ABEC” to “ABET.”
Correction from …”The May 8, 2012 minutes were moved by Dr. XX…” to read…moved by “Dr. Molavi.”
The motion to approve the minutes was made by Dr. Ted Mollett and seconded by Dr. Boger. The vote was approved and motion was carried to approve the September 11, 2012 minutes with the noted corrections.
- Old Business
- Senate Constitution Review
- Mr. Joseph Bree volunteered to serve on the committee which previously included Dr. Lakeisha Harris, Dr. Mark Williams, and Ms. Michelle Demanche.
- Joseph Bree made a motion to amend the Constitution and was seconded by Mark Williams.
- Dr. Bennett planned on contacting Ms. Michelle Demanche on serving on the committee
- The vote was approved and the motion carried
- New Business
- Ms. Robin Burton from the Center of Access and Academic Success (CAAS) presented about the opportunities available for students in the form of workshops to be presented by faculty and staff on “Seeds 2 Roots 2 Growth.” These workshops will run through December 4, 2012 and address essential skills of adjusting to college life.
- The statistics for fall 2012 included a new cohort of 882 students with 515 students returning from last year that began with a cohort of 748 students. The retention from fall to fall was 68%.
- Advisors were requested to encourage students on probation to speak with their academic coaches who are responsible for ascertaining status of probation. Members of the CAAS staff are working in residence halls to show credibility and care for the students in need.
- “Connections” a university-wide mentoring training program has been initiated. More information will be provided.
- The First Year Experience classes have a HAWK mentor that will assist instructors and students on class progress.
- The Peer tutoring program schedule is on the CAAS website. Math faculty has created a schedule to be in CAAS to tutor students. As of September 28th 218 students have attended tutoring sessions.
- Hawk mentors are paid positions and all majors are covered.
- Faculty was encouraged to contact CAAS on questions about all programs and services provided.
Final Exam conflict: Dr. Stufft from the Department of Education
- The final exams are scheduled during the last week of classes as well as in the same rooms in which classes are scheduled
- Dr. Walker informed faculty she would make a note of this conflict and discuss it with Dr. Sims-Tucker and Ms. Corbett. She also requested department chairs to note the conflicts in their respective departments.
Dr. Bennett acknowledged Dr. Bell’s presence who stated she was in the meeting to support, listen, and thank faculty for attending.
Appointment of Committees
- Academic affairs committee initially comprised of Joseph Bree, Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Lakeisha Harris, and Ms. Michelle Demanche.
- Joseph Bree agreed to continue serving as chair of the committee.
- The motion was moved by Joseph Bree and seconded by Dr. Mark Williams.
- Dr. Bill Chapin informed the body that the committees are open to all.
- The motion carried.
- The Council of University Faculty of the USM has passed an Academic Freedom Document with the recommendation that it be sent to the University Senate or Faculty Assembly of each USM institution for consideration; Preamble (Passed CUSF September 21, 2012). The academic freedom resolution was passed by CUSF May 18, 2012. “CUSF felt it was critical to faculty governance and reasonable assumptions of academic freedom, to assert that “speech related to scholarship and teaching” include faculty speech on such matters as faculty appointments and promotions, course staffing, and administrative policies and competence.”
- The matter will be put on the agenda for the November meeting
- A motion was made that the document be shared by the faculty assembly
- The motion was seconded by Dr. Mark Williams and approved
- Voice of the UMES Community: Issues and Concerns
- Dr. Aarabi presented findings from his American History Civilization class about dissatisfaction with faculty, administration, facilities, and academics at the university. The class survey was undertaken with 33 students who are mostly sophomores and some juniors. Dr. Aarabi expressed his concern at the need of all faculty members to do their best.
- Dr. David Alston stated on using caution relative to results, as they cannot be generalized.
Dr. Ron Mclean: University Counseling Center
- The LGBT task force requires participation from the body to serve on the committee.
- There is a plan to create a forum for discussion on social justice, in particular sexual orientation which affects retention.
- Faculty, staff and students were invited to the October 25th program on “Celebrate bisexuality” at 7pm in the Office of Residence Life.
- The center plans to have a multicultural conference in spring 2013. The body was requested to assist in putting on the conference in areas of progress and multiculturalism in general.
Dr. Robert Johnson: Apologies
VI. Questions and Answer segment
- Dr. E. Onyeozili commented on notations made to the exam schedule.
- Dr. Aarabi supported the suggestion
- The proposal was to have this discussion at the Faculty Assembly
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Dr. Baughman. Dr. Green seconded the motion and the motion was passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:45am