May 7, 2014 Meeting Summary
The May Senate meeting began with good news about enrollments from Provost Scott Bass: We have the highest yield ever, at 1900 students, for this fall’s freshman class. And groups such as racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and Pell-eligible students have all increased in number, too. This summer, the deans will meet to discuss ways to address the challenges that an unusually large freshman class will pose. The Senate also approved minor changes to the Senate Bylaws that clarify some election-eligibility and term-length issues, as well as revisions to the Undergraduate Academic Regulations concerning internship policies and hours, and Deans’ List and academic probation and dismissal policies. In addition, the Senate approved the merger of the library faculty manual and the main manual, with an appendix for the section on continuing-appointment lines. A faculty subcommittee presented a revised document outlining procedures for reporting conflict of time commitments; these new procedures draw directly on language from the Faculty Manual, and the Senate approved them. Finally, the Senate’s standing committees reported on their activities from this past academic year.
April 2, 2014 Meeting Summary
At the April meeting, the Faculty Senate heard yearly reports from President Neil Kerwin and from Athletics Director Billy Walker. President Kerwin discussed the recent visit from the Middle States team and characterized their initial response as “positive.” As the next budget cycle begins, AU will begin to set new objectives and budget priorities, keeping in mind the Middle States recommendations. In addition, President Kerwin described the general condition of the university as “sound” and said that we will end the fiscal year in balance. Dr. Walker also had good news in his report: The average GPA for student-athletes is 3.34, and he noted that multiple students were honored as Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their individual sports. Provost Scott Bass then reminded the Senate about his upcoming Provost’s Report and said that he’ll discuss the ways that AU is a “transformed institution” since the last Middle States review. Finally, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Lyn Stallings presented changes to the undergraduate academic regulations; for the most part, these changes involved issues of consistency and clarification, and the Senate approved those changes. Vice Provost Stallings will be leading discussions on internship requirements and will bring revised academic-regulation language for internships back to the Senate in May.