Faculty Senate Meeting
Friday, May 7, 2004
Reynolds College of Business 103


Present: S. Anderson, Bacon, Bakr, Barrett, Belcher, Byrne, Cheatham, Coleman, Crawford, Dhonau, Eshleman, Faust, Ford, Grable, Guffey, Kosmatov, Leslie, Lowry, Alan Lytle, Mansell, Nelson, Perkins, Robertson, Ray (for Matson), Runion, Strom, Tschumi, Wayne, Williams.

Absent: Al-Shukri, J. Anderson, Beaird, Bruhn, Buffalo, Burns, Curenton, Epps, Ferguson, Hamm, Hardin, Harm, Lindquist, Prince, Ramsey, Skinner, Smith, Tramel, Warrick, Yoder.

President Pete Tschumi called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m.

  1. Approval of Minutes

    The minutes of the April 16, 2004, meeting of the Faculty Senate were reviewed and accepted as distributed.

  2. Announcements

    President Tschumi distributed the chancellor’s May 5, 2004, memorandum on the D policy.

  3. Old Business
    1. Motion. Executive Committee (Legislation. Requires majority vote at one meeting.) To assist those students whose test scores indicate that their preparation is less than what is needed for success in university course work, the following principles shall apply:
      • Learning needs of each student will be carefully assessed based upon test scores and any available placement-related data
      • Enrollment will remain restricted until such time as the student has successfully completed required developmental courses
      • Total enrollment is limited to 13 credit hours per semester and registration, including adding and dropping courses, is restricted (i.e. requires the advisor to make any changes)
      • Based on the assessment the appropriate advisor shall determine which courses the student needs and, in consultation with the student, shall enroll the student in those courses
      • As a student successfully completes the required developmental courses and transitions into regular university courses, additional coursework may be prescribed to facilitate a successful transition.

      The administration will provide in two years the Faculty Senate with a report on the progress in implementing the principles.

      During discussion, Tschumi pointed out that a key aspect of these principles is to ensure that we capture students who need developmental classes and be sure that they indeed take them before going on with the regular curriculum. The revised resolution had picked out those areas germane to the Senate’s legislative authority.

      Sherrie Ray, an alternate for Matson, brought a suggestion on her behalf, that there be a faculty task force, comprising all interest groups, such as the retention task force, the Senate, faculty throughout the university and academic advising, be set up to monitor the progress of the developmental program over the next two years. By common consent it was agreed to include in these minutes a concern for assuring that appropriate interest groups are involved in the establishment of proposed initiatives to assist students needing developmental courses.

      Motion carried unanimously.
  4. New Business
      A. Motion. Undergraduate Council (Legislation. Requires majority vote at one meeting.) That the following requirements and procedures be approved:

      Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

      To receive a baccalaureate degree, a student must complete the following requirements:

      [NOTE: Academic majors and colleges may specify additional and/or more restrictive requirements.] A minimum of 124 hours of which 30 hours must be in residence and 45 must be upper-level (3000 level or above) These required hours must include:

      • A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point on all work attempted at the University.
      • A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point on all work attempted in the academic major and a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point on all work attempted in the academic minor.
      • A core curriculum which must include a 3 hour course in U. S. history or U. S. government and a 3 hour course in College Algebra, College Math or higher level math course.
      • A major and a minor, a combined major-minor, a double major or a major and an associate degree transferred from another institution in a program not offered at UALR.
      • Completion of the “Rising Junior Exam: between 45 and 59 college-level hours except for those students who qualify for exemptions.
      • Completion of the appropriate second language requirement for students seeking a B.A., B.S.E., or B.S.W. degree.

      Academic Regulations

      These provisions apply to all students seeking a baccalaureate degree.

      [NOTE: Academic majors and colleges may specify more restrictive requirements which supercede these regulations and are detailed in the academic section of this catalog.]

      Hours earned as “Credit by Examination” are counted as hours toward graduation but are not counted as hours in residence.

      Two courses, up to eight hours, may count toward both major and minor requirements.

      A student in the process of completing more than one major or minor may have one calendar year following graduation with one major to complete the additional declared major(s)/minor(s) if:

      • The student has a valid degree plan on file which specifies requirements for more than one major or minor
      • The student completes an application for graduation which indicates that a total of eight or fewer hours remain to complete the additional major(s)/ minor(s)

      A student may elect to graduate under the provisions of the UALR Undergraduate Catalog in effect during any semester in residence at UALR before qualifying for a degree. Students who interrupt their enrollment at UALR for more than five consecutive calendar years must use the catalog current at the time of readmission or later. A student transferring to UALR from regionally accredited four-year institutions, community colleges, or junior colleges with 13 or more hours of accepted credit may graduate under the provisions of a UALR Undergraduate Catalog in effect during any semester of the previous five years in which they were enrolled at the other institution. Note: At no time may a student follow the provisions of a UALR Undergraduate Catalog that is more than five years old at the time of the student’s entry into UALR.

      A student enrolled at UALR who intends to enroll concurrently or as a transient student at another accredited institution should obtain advance approval and then complete a Special Exception Form to assure that courses taken at other institutions will be applied toward UALR graduation requirements.

      A senior may participate in commencement exercises prior to the completion of all degree requirements if the student has:

      • A cumulative 2.0 grade point on all work attempted at UALR
      • A cumulative 2.0 grade point in the academic major and in the academic minor
      • No more than nine hours remaining to complete degree requirements
      • Submitted a graduation application following prescribed procedures

    Commentary: By approving these documents, the Senate confirms the recommendation of the Undergraduate Council that other restrictions on the satisfactory completion of requirements for a baccalaureate degree be eliminated at the University level. (p. 32, Undergraduate Catalog, 2003-2004)

    Discussion: Cheatham reviewed the proposal, pointing out that the proposed change to academic requirements for graduation contains no new provisions, but that it has eliminated some and has rearranged what remains so that it will be clearer and more useful.

    Leslie asked for a clarification of the present policy which says associate degrees earned elsewhere in a field not offered at UALR may be substituted for minors. His concern is the apparently difficulty of justifying this to students who have earned associate degrees in fields offered at UALR. Cheatham noted that those students will receive academic credit for their transfer courses, whereas there’s no way for students to transfer in credit for courses not offered here except through this special provision of substituting for a minor. This proposal originated some years ago from the Biology Department.

    Byrne asked for clarification on the next-to-last bullet of the adademic-regulations portion of the motion, which is a change from existing policy. Cheatham explained the process of arriving at the number of hours for participating in commencement activities, adding that this does not in any way change the requirements for awarding a degree.

    Motion carried with a single dissenting vote.
  5. Other Business

    President Tshumi brought one additional item to the agenda. He recalled the recent University Assembly meeting, at which he recognized the Senate executive committee for having worked as a team over the last two years. Runion missed the April meeting, and was now present to receive a plaque.

    In a final item of business, the provost spoke about the revised draft of a revised web-accessibility policy he has recently circulated. Though the Senate’s approval is not required, the provost expressed his desire to have review from and input by the Senate.

    The policy was revised to reflect the great growth in use of web-based instruction at the university since the policy was first promulgated.

    In discussion, it was noted that the circulated draft contains both policy and implementation approaches, and that the implementation is properly left to administration.

    Byrne moved, Wayne seconded, the following: Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate approves the proposed changes to the university’s web accessibility policy.

    Motion carried with a single dissenting vote.
  6. There being no further business, the President, on motion of Runion, seconded by Coleman, unanimously approved by the Senate, adjourned the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

    Judith Faust, Secretary