I. The meeting began at 2:35 PM.
II. The December Minutes were approved.
III. Budget Update
Braye reported meeting with Dr. Francis prior to Christmas to share and discuss the
five recommendations from Academic Council to the Budget Committee. Francis
reported that in the current draft of the budget, all five recommendations are being
IV. Six-Year Review and Enhancement
Maher, chair of the committee, reported that the Board is interested in a Post-Tenure
Review process. The proposal presented to Council dovetails with the existing
structures in the faculty handbook and is designed to be both formative and summative.
This process provides an opportunity for senior faculty accomplishments to be recognized
by peers and others on campus. It provides a more global review than the Unit I or the
Unit III. A positive review would result in the awarding of $2000. The Six-Year Review
committee was asked by Council to address a number of issues:
Who will have the final say as to whether the review is positive or negative?
Why is the dean in a position of determining "up" or "down?"
Could this process be developmental?
Is a positive or negative report necessary?
What is the purpose of the penalty? What will be gained by using a penalty?
Could the process be streamlined? Are we not duplicating some effort here?
Should the difference between professional incompetence and living up to
expectations be clarified? (We already have in place a means for removing
people who are incompetent.)
Could the document be made more formative?
Does this document "weaken" tenure?
How might the $2,000 be allocated? Across the board? According to need?
How can the wording of the document be changed so that indicators are
expressed in measureable terms?
How does the document reflect the responsibilities that are specifically relegated
to senior faculty? Mentoring? Visibility? Involvement?
V. Long Range Planning Committee Report
Digre reported that the four subcommittees of the Long Range Planning Committee
have nearly completed their work. The subcommittees are making recommendations
for sophomore housing, parking, academic programs, and computers on campus.
The next items for discussion will be identifying peer institutions, exploring the impact
of distance education, and planning for "downtown" Elon.
VI. Committee Nominations
Bolin presented a slate of nominees for positions on Academic Council: Larry
Basirico (Social Science), Tom Green (Social Science), Brad Hamm
(Arts/Humanities), Laura Helvey (Social Science), Mike Kingston (Math/Science).
All positions are at-large. Blake moved to accept the slate. Nominations for PP&T
will be forthcoming in April and other committee nominations in May.
VI. The meeting was adjourned at 4:35.
Submitted by Deborah Thurlow
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