COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
 

ACADEMIC STANDING COMMITTEE

The Academic Standing Committee met seven times during 2001-2002 with excellent attendance of all members.  Items discussed are as follows:


Actions recommended by the committee are as follows:
 


Submitted by Joyce A. Davis
 


ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTING COMMITTEE

Rotating Faculty Members: Skip Allis (Math, ’01-02), Jeff Clark (Math, ’01-02), Stephen Folger (Chair, Phy. Ther., ’01-02), Gene Gooch (Chemistry, ’02-03), Michele Kleckner (Computer Science, ’02-03), LM Wood (Fine Arts, ’02-03)

Student Members: Mark Gustafson (Sophomore Class President), Trevor Kincaid (Freshman Class President), Michelle Parson, Erin Reynolds (Academic Council)

Permanent Voting Members: Chris Fulkerson (Dir. Instr. & Campus Technology), Kate Hickey (Library Dir.)

Personnel who meet regularly with ATACC: Ron Driscoll (Dir. Inf. Sys. and Tech.), Jim Murphy (Dir. Acad. Computing), Joe Davis (Coord. Media Services), Jessica Fowler (ELITE Program and student), Karen Pore (Asst. Reg. for Comp. Services, liaison with Datatel Users Group, fall), Derek Luther (Asst. to the Senior Assoc. Dir. of Adm., liaison with Datatel Users Group, spring)

The Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC) set 6 priorities, or goals, at the beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year.  Since August, the full committee has had 8 regular monthly meetings and one additional meeting with Barth Strempek to discuss the IT/IS School Task Force report.  Significant progress was made during this time, or the goal was met, for all but one of the priority items.  The following bulleted points summarize the activity related to each priority.
 

In addition to these priorities, ATACC addressed several other issues raised during the year. One in particular deserves further comment. Ron Driscoll gave a report in December concerning the Security Committee and the results of a security audit performed by Arthur Anderson.  During the discussion there was a general consensus that ATACC should receive regular reports from the Security Committee. Ron Driscoll was asked to report on the activity of the Security Committee during the spring semester.  ATACC may consider creating a permanent liaison to the Security Committee in the future.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to all ATACC members and the representatives from Instructional & Campus Technologies for the time and effort put into the committee activities described above.  Overall, it was a very busy and productive year.

Submitted by Stephen Folger
 


ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE

The Admissions Committee held five meetings during the 2001-2002 academic year. The actions taken included:

Recommending a Policy of Admission to President Lambert

The committee presented substantially the same policy for admissions that had been followed the previous year. The target freshman class size was set for 1150. The section of the policy regarding the Transitional Program was under review by a special committee throughout the fall, and when approved, was accepted by the Admissions Committee and recommended to Dr. Lambert. The President reviewed the committee recommendations and approved the Policy for Admission governing admissions for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The committee discussed several topics:
 


Submitted by Susan Klopman
 


ATHLETICS COMMITTEE

The Faculty Athletics Committee has met regularly with excellent attendance of all members except one student member.  The committee members are to be commended.  Accomplishments may be summarized as follows:
 

1. Administered Exit Questionnaire for Senior Athletes to graduating seniors and/or athletes exhausting eligibility, reviewed results for trends/concerns and continued to revise questionnaire.

2. Prepared for NCAA-SACS self-study procedures and assisted with campus visits.

3. Discussed athlete/fan behavior and Elon, conference and NCAA policies concerning this matter.

4. Discussed, reviewed and researched Academic Council athletic concerns (Council minutes of September 21, 2001).  Faculty Athletic Representative, Vicki Hightower addressed all stated concerns before Academic Council and reported to Committee (Ms. Hightower and Mr. Hassard were complemented by Council for this work!)

5. Ms. Hightower advised the committee of relevant NCAA pending legislation and subsequent legislative process.

6. Committee urged campus to “be patient” with schedule transition to NCAA.

7. Reviewed a proposed survey form with respect to possible additions to Elon women’s athletics.

8. Toured Rhodes Stadium prior to opening date and complimented Athletic Department for its good work with the stadium project and home event administration.

9. Currently reviewing committee purpose statement in view of preliminary NCAA-SACS report.

Submitted by Jim Drummond
 


FACULTY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Faculty Research and Development Committee has had a productive academic year.  In the fall semester, we reviewed total of 43 applications for funding. The total amount of requested funds was $286,834.  After reviewing the applications, the Committee awarded a total of 11 sabbaticals, 6 summer fellowships, one released time fellowship, and a variety of research/development/advanced study grants.  The total amount of funding granted was $215,170.

In addition to reviewing applications for funding, the Committee also worked to raise the level of awareness of scholarship on campus.  To this end, the Committee scheduled a number of brown bag lunches each semester that served as opportunities for previous recipients of FR&D funding to share their research with their peers.  The Committee also regularly updated the bulletin board in Alamance to showcase new scholarship by faculty.  Finally, the Committee planned the Distinguished Scholar lecture, held on April 2, 2002, by last year’s winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award, Anne Bolin.

The Committee still has two tasks to complete before the end of the semester:  a recommendation to Council regarding changes in the Faculty Handbook language concerning sabbatical eligibility, and the awarding of the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2002.  The Committee is hard at work at both tasks, and will complete them by the end of April.

As chair of the Faculty Research and Development Committee, I have been impressed by the commitment shown to scholarship at Elon by the committee’s members. It has been a privilege to work with them.

Submitted by Ann Cahill
 


GENERAL STUDIES COUNCIL

During the Academic Year of 2001-2002 the General Studies Council discussed the following items of importance to the University:
 

Submitted by Carol A. Smith
 


GRADUATE COUNCIL

The Graduate Council met 5 times during the 2001-2002 academic year. Each of Elon University’s 3 Graduate Programs (MBA, M.Ed., MPT)  as well as administration (Nancy Midgette) are represented on the council along with several at-large members. Ex-Officio members include the Registrar (Mark Albertson) & Director of Graduate Admissions (Art Fadde). Detailed meeting minutes were recorded for all 5 meetings. The following issues were addressed by council:
 

 1) Election of Chair (George Sleek) & Program updates.

 2) Discussion of role & responsibilities of Graduate Council

 a. Discussed changing student representative number on council from 2 to  3 (1 from each graduate program)
 3) Graduate student records & DataTel system update.

4) Briefly examined demand & demographic information pertaining to clinical    doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm D). Tabled additional examination secondary to    recent decline in Pharm D applications nationwide.

5) Reviewed & voted to recommend DPT admissions requirements to      administration for adoption.

6) Discussed graduate admissions & methods to increase graduate program     applications. Applications for all 3 programs are increased over 2000-2001. 7)   Approved concept of offering a Numen Lumen on “Graduate Programs at Elon    University” in April 2002. Each program will present a 5-10 minute overview talk.  Graduate Admissions will provide admissions data. Remainder of the time will be devoted to a question and answer session.

7.) Presented April 5,2002 Numen Lumen entitled “Graduate Education at Elon     University” to faculty/staff.

8) Met with accreditation site visitors 4/15/02 from the National Council for     Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) & the NC Department of Public     Instruction (NCDPI) as per their request to discuss the role of graduate council.

Submitted by George Sleek
 


UNIVERSITY HEARING BOARD

The University Hearing Board is composed of the Provost, Vice President for Student Life, President of the Student Government Association and a faculty member.  The Board hears academic honor code appeals from the University Hearing Board or the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Board also hears social honor code appeals from the University Hearing Board or the Assistant Dean of Students.

The Board met eight times during the year and upheld the decisions of the original hearing board or officer.  The suspension of twelve students was involved in these cases.  The Board did revise some sanctions, generally adding requirements for suspended students to undergo substance abuse assessments and treatment as conditions of re-entry into Elon and modifying the length of suspension in three cases.

The type offenses reviewed were:


Submitted by Smith Jackson
 


HONORARY DEGREE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Honorary Degree Advisory Committee met twice this academic year on August 3 and December 13, 2001.

An honorary Doctorate of Science was approved for Jane Goodall.  The honor will be conferred at a future Elon event in spring 2002.

Submitted by Gerald Francis
 
 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN PARTICIPANTS IN RESEARCH (CHPR)

The activities of the Elon College Committee on Human Participants in Research (CHRP) for the 2001-2002 academic year have been the following:

1. Enhancing the awareness of CHPR workings among potential research applicants: A session was held during Planning week to continue to educate and update the campus community on the workings of the CHPR. Also, the facstaff email system has been used to educate the community. The Chair of the CHPR has been corresponding with individual faculty members during the year as well. Also a new website for the CHPR, whose address is http://www.elon.edu/chpr/, was created to spread information.
2.  Proposals: The CHPR has received and reviewed 29 new proposals. Proposals were from both faculty and students as primary investigators.
3.  Electronic proposal submission through email attachments was implemented to process applications quickly.
4.  Annual Report for proposals approved during the 2000-2001 academic year:  The committee sent a status form and an annual report form to primary faculty investigators and students' advisors so that they could send back the forms as soon as the approved study is completed or by the expiration date, whichever comes first. Also they were reminded of their need to comply in email.

5.  The CHPR met on the third Thursday of the month. As many of the meeting agenda items were informational and not related to full review proposals, the CHPR implemented Œcyber meetings¹ this year so information could be communicated via email and attachments.

6.  The committee requested that Academic Council consider having the faculty bylaws on CHPR membership changed so that the committee will include at least one member with scientist and non-scientist status.

7.  Registration of Elon's CHPR with the federal government is under way.

Submitted by Byung Lee
 
 

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

We met almost monthly (not over winter term) as a committee to discuss library issues and library budget. Below is a summary of Library Committee activities this past year.

Reviewed Library Policies and Issues:
 

Review and approval of Library Budget Issues
Submitted by Gregory Haenel
 


LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Having just completed NC@Elon and with faculty/staff writing the Focus Reports for SACS, the Long Range Committee did not convene during the academic year 2001-2002.

Submitted by Gerald Francis
 


M.ED. ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This committee functions in an advisory capacity for the Master of Education Program.  It hears reports and advises on matters concerning enrollment, special programs, and current activities/issues.

Summary of Activities:  2001-02:

Met once per semester and advised on matters including:
N. C. TEACHING FELLOWS COMMITTEE

A major part of the committee’s work during fall semester was preparation for and participation in the Teaching Fellows Program review, which took place in October.

During fall and spring semesters, the committee dealt with the following issues:  changes in field trips and seminars due to evaluations from last year’s events, improving the image of Teaching Fellows among non-Fellows, revision of policies regarding eligibility for the London semester due to changes in the Teacher Education application timeline and process, discussion of the continued viability of clustered housing for Teaching Fellows, and new procedures to ensure more accurate RSVP counts for events with significant costs.

The committee has received regular updates on all program initiatives (e.g., hosting Alamance/Burlington Teacher Cadets and ProTeam students, a gathering for Teaching Fellows alumni, tutoring for 21st Century Wheel, and a fundraising event for New York City schools affected by September 11).  In addition, the committee has heard concerns from each of the class chairs and responded accordingly.

Submitted by Janet Warman
 
 

THE RELIGIOUS LIFE COMMITTEE

In the fall of 2001, the Religious Life Committee became the core membership for the search committee for the Assistant Chaplain.  As a search committee, we established criteria for selection, conducted phone interviews for 20 candidates and hosted five finalists for interviews and chapel presentations on campus.

Our search process was productive, but yielded no Assistant Chaplain at this time.  Our offer for the position was extended, but not accepted by our candidate.  This spring, our job search process has actively resumed.   In addition, we have continued to work on our guidelines for campus religious life groups and their advisors.   A statement of principles under which all groups would operate remains under discussion.

Our goals for the remainder of Spring, 2002 are:

1.   To secure a candidate for the Assistant Chaplain position.
2.   To formulate values and goals which the campus religious life may pursue as a  guiding beacon for all its religious life groups as a whole.


Submitted by Jane Wellford
 
 

STUDENT LIFE COMMITTEE

This past academic year has been a very busy one for the Student Life Committee.  We met with several developing organizations to assist the student leaders in developing by-laws to guide their organization.  From these groups we approved the by-laws and recommended six new organizations for provisional status to the Dean of Students.  These organizations are Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Elon Students for Liberty, Financial Management Association, Male Singing Group, and Ultimate Frisbee Club.  These organizations are given a 3-6 month period to function as a student organization then they will be asked meet with the committee to be recommended for active status.  The Equestrian Club, FCA, Lacrosse Club (Women's), Soccer Club (Women's), Iron Tree Blooming, and Sweet Signatures all had their 6-month update over the course of this past year and were recommended for full active status.  Each group came in with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  All the groups are growing and thriving as student organizations.  They also discussed some of the groups’ challenges and had plans to overcome these challenges.

The Student Life Committee also examined a number of campus issues brought to our attention by both students and faulty.
 

Submitted by Sue Stevens
 
 

TEACHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Teacher Education Committee reviewed applications for admission to Teacher Education and admitted 72 students to teacher education in Fall 2001.  Another group will be interviewed in May 2002.

The major work of the Teacher Education Committee for 2001-201 was to prepare for the continuing accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the NC State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI).  The site visit is scheduled for 14-17 April 2002.  To prepare for this visit, the Teacher Education Committee

Although those two statements above seem relatively simple, this process has involved a considerable amount of time and work by the teacher education faculty.  For greater detail on the work of the committee, the NCATE and SDPI reports are available for review in Office of the Dean, School of Education, Mooney 102.

Submitted by Gerald Dillashaw
 
 

WOMEN’S STUDIES AND GENDER STUDIES COMMITTEE

Submitted by Mary Jo Festle
 

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