UMES Faculty Assembly
UMES Faculty Assembly
March 30, 2010
I. Call to Order –The meeting was called to order at 11:09 a.m. by Dr. Bill Chapin.
II. Approval of the February 16, 2010 minutes. Minutes were approved as written.
III. Reports from committees and representatives to other bodies
IV. Old Business
a. Motions on General Education: The material that we have been discussing in this area appears below. While some of the matters clearly require much study, I have included, as requested, the following specific motions [usual apologies to the creators of the motions for my attempts to make the wording more consistent/uniform between the motions.
i. To meet the current needs of our least prepared entering students, the UMES Faculty Assembly urges the Vice President for Academic Affairs to carefully consider the establishment of two four-credit courses (with credit like that for MATH 10, counting toward full-time status for the semester, but not toward graduation), MATH 100 and ENGL 100 (course descriptions to be created by the corresponding departments), to assist in the preparation on students who join us not prepared for success of MATH 101 or ENGL 101. The availability of two such courses, in combination with the one-credit Freshman Seminar course, would allow our students with least preparation to spend a semester preparing themselves for regular university work while taking only one three-credit course beyond this preparatory core.
ii. To prepare all UMES graduates for life in an increasingly internationalized world, the UMES Faculty Assembly urges the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the General Education committee and the UMES Senate to consider modifying the UMES General Education requirements to insure that all UMES graduates complete at least six credits of a foreign language or other approved international studies.
iii. To assure that all UMES graduates are well-prepared for the technological world in which they will live, the UMES Faculty Assembly urges the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the General Education committee and the UMES Senate to consider including a one-semester course in Computer Science/ Computer Technology as a UMES General Education requirement, and to prepare a credit-by-examination/exemption test to be taken by those who already have proficiently in this area upon entry to UMES.
jjj. The changes approved below will be submitted to Academic Affairs with the following preface: “The UMES Faculty Assembly recommends the following course adjustments and policies to the Vice President for academic Affairs for implementation when finances allow. We recognize that obtaining and allocating the ???? needed to carry out some item adjustments may require delays in their implementation of semesters or years Adjustments to courses – since there is no money for raises, implementation of new programs.
iv. .” This preface was approved by the Faculty Assembly.
V. New Business
i. We need to decide whom we want and who is willing to run for the Offices of the UMES Faculty Assembly for next year. Given the busy nature of all faculty schedules in May during examination time, our Meeting next month in April may be our last effective one for this year.
ii. The following were approved as officers. Secretary – Anne Driscoll and Parliamentarian – Joseph Bree. Dr Mark Williams is rising chair. Nominations for Chair-elect – Dr. Bill Chapin
VI. Announcements – none
VII. Adjournment. – The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.
Anne Driscoll, Faculty Assembly Secretary