1999-2000 COMMITTEE REPORTS


ACADEMIC APPEALS COMMITTEE

 Members:  Gerald Francis, Smith Jackson, Clyde Ellis, John Gardner (SGA).

 This year the Academic Appeals Committee heard three cases from Academic Honor Code violations.  In each case, the Appeals Committee upheld the decision of the Honor Board.  In one of the cases we suggested a revision to the written assignment the Honor Board had given to two students as part of their sanction.
 

ACADEMIC STANDING COMMITTEE

Members:  Mark Albertson, Skip Allis, Patty Cox (secretary), Teresa LePors (chair),
     Smith Jackson, Bill Rich, Rudy Zarzar

During the 1999-2000 academic year, the Academic Standing Committee addressed the following items.

          The committee followed up on an issue raised at the May, 1999 faculty meeting in response to the 1998-1999 Academic Standing Committee report, Grades and Their Meanings at Elon College.  In response to that report, it was suggested that the committee look at the correlation between grades and faculty evaluations.  Rob Springer, Director of Institutional Research, conducted an analysis of student's expected GPA and instructor's overall rating score based on Fall, 1998-99 data.  The analysis showed that there is a very weak relationship between expected GPA and the instructor's overall rating score.  These findings were presented to the Dean's Council in November, to the Student Evaluation Instrument Committee of the Academic Council in December, and to Academic Council in March 2000.  One unanswered question raised by this report is how do students define and interpret terms used in the evaluation instrument, and is their interpretation the same as that of the faculty?
 
          Also in response to the work of last year's committee, Mark Albertson and Bill Rich reported on the number of students in prior years graduating with honors.  Mark's report indicated that graduation with honors has increased over the last ten years from 12.9% to 21.5% for the 1998-1999 graduating class.  Bill's report listed the majors of students graduating summa, magna, and cum laude. The committee concluded from the report that even though some majors are perceived as being harder, the seniors in these departments still graduate with honors at a rate as high as, or even higher than, seniors in other departments did.

          The committee received the spring 1999 and fall 1999 Academic Standing Report from Bill Rich.  In the spring 1999 report, 103 students were suspended and 67 were placed on probation.  In the fall 1999 report, 79 students were suspended and 159 were placed on probation. Historically, suspensions are lower in the fall than in the spring, but probations are higher in the spring.  The number of suspensions has declined over the last 10 years.  The committee will continue to monitor suspensions and retention standards.
 
          The committee will hold its annual meeting with the Admissions Committee in May.
 

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTING COMMITTEE

This year's Academic Technology and Computing Committee consists of:

· Susan Chinworth (faculty, term expires 2000)
· Jeff Clark (chair, faculty, term expires 2000)
· Chris Fulkerson (representing the Head Librarian)
· Ken Hassell (faculty, term expires 2001)
· Michael Hazel (student)
· Ray Johnson (faculty, term expires 2001)
· Jennifer Judd (student)
· Derek Luther (student)
· Paul Miller (faculty, term expires 2000)
· Jim Murphy (Director of Academic Computing)
· Karl Sienerth (faculty, term expires 2001)

Also meeting with us regularly were Bruce Brown (liaison from the Administrative User's Group) and last but not least, Ron Driscoll (Director Information Systems).

Elon College Vision for Technology
The largest topic for the Fall semester was the Elon College Vision for Technology, which engaged the college community. ATACC provided the following feedback to Chris Fulkerson on concerns about the Vision plan:

We also stressed the need for on-going assessment of the Vision plan, so that it can evolve successfully.

Equipment

We discussed and submitted the following recommendations with respect to technology purchase requests:

Repairs

We discussed and submitted the following recommendations with respect to technology purchase requests:


Response from Chris Fulkerson:
The help desk is trying to figure out a way to give an estimate on when a problem will be addressed since it is not first come, first serve. Problems are placed addressed according to a priority list. First priority is someone using a computer to teach a class at the time of the problem. Second priority is lab computers. Third priority is secretaries. Fourth priority is faculty. Fifth priority is administrative staff. Sixth priority is upgrades. Mission critical machines take priority over everything less than classroom support. Mission-critical would be a web server, payroll, the bridge, etc.  A repair database is being kept, but putting it into a usable form is a goal that PC Support has.   Feedback from the customer is something we need to look at.

Departmental Computing Representatives
Rather than conducting a faculty survey this year, we had a series of lunch meetings with departmental computing representatives to hear what their departments' concerns were. They raised the following issues:

  • Faculty equipment

  • -- Age of current equipment
    -- Uncertainty as to when to expect hardware and software upgrades
     
  •  Classroom equipment

  • -- Time-line for data projector installation
    -- Lack of slide and movie projectors
    -- Emergency repairs dependent on staffing
    -- Lack of confidence in equipment
    -- Lack of consistency in equipment operations
     
  • Lab equipment

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  • Faculty training

  • -- Need for divisional liaison/support staff
    -- Need for handouts for all workshops
    Response from Jim Murphy: We are doing this. We are also making them available on the web. These handouts will be addressed to the classes we teach and will often not make much sense unless the person receiving the handouts was a participant at the workshop.
    -- Extended workshops in summer (better retention)
    Response from Jim Murphy: Workshops planned are scheduled for seven days. Training and labs will be a part of each day.
    -- Web resources posted after workshops
    Response from Jim Murphy: This is being done. All documentation is being rewritten and placed on the web.
     
  • Security

  • -- Back-up strategies
    -- Anti-virus strategies
     
  • Support staff

  • -- Need for qualified personnel, rather than more personnel
    -- Need for long-term planning and professional development
    -- Lack of continuity in repairs
                            *    Repeat repairs
                            *    Lack of communication with respect to repairs
     
  • Need for more equipment (such as laptop computers and digital cameras) for faculty check-out.

  • Response from Jim Murphy: Academic Computing currently has a laptop for faculty to take for a short-duration conference. This would NOT be available to take for periods lasting over one week. Digital cameras are currently checked out in Media Services. The cameras we have in ACS are there for faculty to use when they come to the Academic Technology Lab.


    ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE

    Summary of activity:
    Considerable time during early fall, discussing and drafting policy revisions.  Primary foci this year were:

         1) admission eligibility recommendations,
         2) scholarships, and other financial assistance for minority students,
         3) increased recruitment for minority students.

    The committee also looked at the current policy on tuition discount for children of faculty and considered using a common application which requires a writing sample.

    The following recommendations were sent to Dr. Lambert.

    1) That up to 50 students may be enrolled in the Transitional Program.  These should be students who have one or more strongly desired characteristics but are either academically ineligible for admission or are only marginally eligible.  Typically, these students should have both a low SAT (Verbal or Math less than 400 or total less than 920) and a lower GPA (less than 2.5, D's in academic courses, particularly math and/or English.)

    2) That Elon College commits to increasing the number of minority students recruited and accepted.
       --   That recruitment at predominantly minority high schools be increased by 50%.
       --   That to support additional minority recruiting the current position of Director of Minority Affairs be split into 2 full-time positions, one in Student Life and one as a Director of Minority Recruiting in Admissions.
       --   That our conviction about increasing minority enrollment is evidenced by significant increase in the financial support offered these students.
       --   That financial support awarded to minorities from new endowments should be distributed among all minority populations at Elon College, not to include international students.
       --   That minority students who are transferring in or being readmitted are given the same benefit of these policy provisions.

    3) That transfer applicants should have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average at their previous institution.  In special circumstances, the Dean of Admissions may admit a transfer with at least a 1.8 grade point average and a high school record which exceeded the normal admissions standards for first-year students. Transfer students whose high school record did not meet minimum admissions standards for first-year students should have completed 24 hours of college-level work with an overall grade point average of at least 2.3 at a four-year college or university and 2.5 at a two-year college.  Transfer applicants must be eligible for readmission to the school from which they are transferring, must have graduated from that school or must have been out of that school for at least one semester to qualify for admission to Elon College.  For transfer applicants who have been suspended academically from a previous school, any work taken in the semester following suspension will not transfer as credit to Elon although they may use that work to demonstrate eligibility for admissions.

    4) That applicants for readmission to Elon College will not be automatically accepted.  They must be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Registrar, the Dean of Student Life, the Bursar's office and the Dean of Admissions.

    Admissions Committee, 1999-00:  Joanne Chesley-Morgan, Chair; Mark Albertson, Registrar; Anne Cassebaum, Coordinator of Transitional Program; Wonhi Synn, Michael Ulrich, Chris Fulkerson, Faculty Representatives; Gerry Francis, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs; Nan Perkins, Vice President for Enrollment Management/Dean of Admissions and Financial Planning
     

    REPORT FROM THE ATHLETICS COMMITTEE

    Committee Members: Anne Bolin; Jim Drummond; Vicki Hightower, Chair; Kevin O’Mara; Kyle Torke; Rex Waters

    The Athletics Committee met monthly from August through April - except for winter term (May is left as an emergency meeting).  We dealt with each of the following issues.

         1. Reviewing and discussing schedules of all sports as determined by the Elon College Athletics Department and the Big South Conference.
         2. Giving the exit questionnaire to all parting senior athletes.  This was done in two parts - Fall sports, Spring sports.
         3. Discussing the DI legislation before and after the NCAA convention in January and subsequent court decisions.
         4. Discussing the results of the exit questionnaires and attached comments.
         5. Discussing issues related to Division I NCAA Sports and the BIG South Conference.
                 a - Basketball problems – point shaving, gambling
                 b - NCAA Governance and legislative issues
                 c - Fan behavior at basketball games and other sports
         6. Discussing the proposed change in governance structure and its effects on our committee.
         7. Continuing to look at gender equity issues and persistence rates reports as they relate to Elon Athletics.
         8. Discussing the upcoming SACS review and NCAA Self-Study.  Many members of this committee are on either one or both of those.
     

    CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

     The Cultural and Intellectual Committee's primary goal in the past has been to select a common reading.  With this being delegated to a subcommittee, we were left to reinvent our identity and purpose.  In doing this, we looked at the the year's programs on campus and assembled a database listing presentation, sponsorship (organization or department), sources of funding, and description.  By centralizing this information, the Cultural and Intellectual Committee might aid the campus community in:

         a. coordination of schedule; and
         b. the search for available sources for financial support of a program.

    The committee is pursuing the best way to make this information available for college organizations and departments.  A web page has been suggested and is under investigation.

         The database reveals the following information about the programs at Elon:

         1. George Troxler arranges the Cultural and Intellectual Programs (artistic and musical performances and speakers).
         2. Barb Carlton arranges Student Activities and Union Board events (films, concerts, dances, midnight meals, and movie runs).
         3. Lyceum Committee events (Anne Ellington Powell Series, theatre, music and dance productions) are arranged by David Bragg.
         4. Performing Arts Department events (student plays and musical productions) are arranged by Catherine McNeela.
         5. Music Department events (musical performance)
         6. Liberal Arts Forum events (student-sponsored guest speakers funded by SGA) are arranged by Anne Cassebaum.
         7. Weekly Chapel is arranged by Religious Life and Chaplain Richard McBride.
         8. H. Shelton Smith Lecture Series is arranged by the Chaplain's Office and the Religious Studies Department.
         9. Voices of Discovery Science Series is arranged by the Sciences and Math Department, Program of Excellence in Sciences, Gerry Dillashaw (acting dean), and Pranab Das.
       10. The Humanities Forum (4 events annually) is arranged by the Division of Arts and Humanities, Russell Gill (Dean of Arts and Humanities), and Andrew Angyal.
       11. Political Science Programs are arranged by the Policy Center of the Political Science Department (through a speaker's fund) and Chalmers Brumbaugh.
       12. Legends of Business is arranged by the Love School of Business and John Burbridge (dean)
       13. The Elon College Film Festival (usually in the Fall) is arranged by the JCM Department, Russell Gill (Dean of Arts and Humanities), and John Duvall.
       14. The Poetry Slams (two or three times a semester) are arranged by the English Department, Academic Affairs, Colonades, Blacklight Theatre, and Barbara Gordon with Academic Affairs as a possible funding source.
       15. The School of Education and Joanne Morgan arrange the Teacher Forum.
       16. Pam Kiser arranges the Division of Social Sciences Annual Symposium.
       17. American Indian Music (usually in the Spring) is sponsored by the Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society), and Clyde Ellis.
       18. The Geography Speaker events are arranged by the geography division of the history department under a grant from the Association of American Geographers and Gamma Theta Upsilon, and Heidi Glaesel.
       19. The Gender Issues Forum (Fall and Spring), Film Screenings, Women's Studies/Gender Studies Programs are arranged by Anne Bolin and Seena Granowsky.
       20. The Creative Writers Readings are arranged by Kyle Torke and Kevin Boyle.
       21. Spectrum events are arranged through SGA funding by Dale Becherer and Michael Ulrich.

    Other events, organized by the Chaplain's office include:  Hometown Heroes (November); Christian music performances; Religious Diversity Symposium; the Christmas Tree Lighting, Luminaries, and Moravian Love Feast (December); the Zen Master's visit; and Passover Seder (Hillel) and the Stations of the Cross (Good Friday).   We are still investigating other events in the English department, library, and faculty presentations (including brown-bag lunches and workshops).

    Other items under consideration for inclusion are the program initiative funds and student overlap grants (provided by the Provost office) and the opportunities to publicize our events in other avenues besides the college community.

         Other functions for the committee being considered for the coming year includes:
         a. a summative evaluation of the Common Reading and its use at the end of the academic year;
         b. sponsorship of follow-up discussions to speakers and forums with the purpose of engaging the campus community in discussion on issues and topics;
         c. working to establish program organizations with publicity;
         d. surveying  students about the cultural and intellectual climate of Elon and the reactions of students to various programs; and
         e. the need for continuance of this committee.
    These suggestions are still being evaluated with a look to the future.
     
         The chair would like to commend Iris Chapman, Ken Paul and George Troxler for their diligence and support of the activities of the Cultural and Intellectual Committee.
    Submitted by,
    John Duvall
     
     

    FACULTY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

    FUNDS:
    Funding for the 1999-2000 academic year was set at eight sabbaticals (valued at $13,800 each for salary and benefits) and $50,333 for summer fellowships and financial assistance for a total budget of $160,733.  We received seven applications for sabbatical and a total of $43,754 in requests for summer fellowships and financial assistance.  As a result we were in the uncomfortable position of returning funds which had been allocated by the administration to faculty development.  The amount we “under-requested” was just over $20,000 for the one sabbatical and the $6,579 of unspent summer and financial assistance funds.  The FR&D committee was assured that this short-fall of requests from the faculty would not result in a reduction of funds for the coming year.  True to this promise, funding for the coming year has been increased by $20,000, distributed as one sabbatical and $6,200 additional funding for summer fellowship and financial aid.

    Specific actions with respect to funding:

    The following individuals’ requests were recommended for sabbatical FR&D funding in the 2000-2001 academic year:

    Andrew Angyal
    Jeffrey Clark
    Herbert House
    George Padgett
    Michael Sanford
    Lawrence Simon
    John Sullivan

    In addition, Nim Batchelor’s request for a Professionalization Sabbatical was recommended for funding (not from FR&D monies).  The following requests for Summer Fellowships were recommended for funding for the summer of 2000:

    Ann Cahill
    David Crowe
    Paul Fromson
    Ken Hassell
    Mike Kingston
    Byung Lee
    Deborah Thurlow
    Carolyn Stuart

    The following requests and amounts were recommended for Financial Assistance for the 2000-2001 academic year:

     Lisa Carloye   $1,530
     Gregory Haenel   $3,504
     Mike Kingston   $1,375
     George Taylor   $1,945

    Two requests were recommended to not be funded: one was curriculum development and the other was for the summer of 2001.  The latter will be resubmitted at the appropriate time and the former was strongly urged to be funded from other sources.  (I believe that the funding is forthcoming – chair’s note).
    In addition to our funding duties the FR&D committee addressed the notion of sabbaticals as a faculty right, automatically granted at the end of each six years.  We recommend that Council take this question up and investigate the pros and cons of such a proposal.  Specifically, FR&D proposes that sabbaticals should be an expected duty of the faculty.  The committee should offer guidance to faculty to improve their proposals, but should not make acceptance decisions.  Successful sabbatical proposals should be expected of faculty every seven years and should be granted.
    Additionally the committee developed (with strong administrative support) a new recognition for faculty on the Elon campus.  The Distinguished Scholar Award has been established and will be given at the May, 2000 faculty/staff luncheon.  The announcement of the award is attached.
    Jim Barbour, Chair

    “Distinguished Scholar Award” at Elon College

    The Faculty Research and Development Committee offers a "Distinguished Scholar Award" to recognize an outstanding scholar among the Elon faculty.  A committee of teaching faculty will select no more than one recipient per year.  The recipient will be honored at the annual faculty-staff awards luncheon.

    Purpose of the award: The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes and honors excellence in scholarship.  This excellence must be acknowledged by both the Elon community and by the larger community of the candidate’s discipline.  Nominations must originate from individuals holding faculty rank at Elon College, and be supported through letters of recommendation by colleagues qualified to judge the candidate’s work.

    Nature of the Award: The recipient shall receive a plaque and a cash award equal in value to the cash component of the Daniels-Danieley Award.  He or she will also deliver a plenary “Distinguished Scholar Lecture” during the subsequent academic year.

    Guidelines for nomination for the award:

    Process of decision:  

    GENERAL STUDIES COUNCIL: REPORT FOR 1999-2000

    I.   Members
    Faculty: Jim Brown, Tina Das, Gerald Gibson, Rosemary Haskell, Tim Peeples (ex officio), Jean Schwind (chair), Tom Tiemann, Larry Simon, Michael Ulrich
    Students: Brian McDonald, Katie Simons

    II.   Summary of Activities

    A.   Conducted Search for New General Studies Director
    The General Studies Council worked with the Provost to determine the terms of this administrative position, which have never been formally defined. The Provost accepted the Council’s recommendations that the search for a Director to replace Dr. Tiemann be internal, limited to tenured or professional status faculty of associate or full professor rank, and require experience in interdisciplinary teaching. Dr. Francis also agreed to the teaching load (two courses per academic year) and length of appointment (four years) that we recommended.
    The GST Council served as the search committee for the new General Studies Director, advertising the position and sponsoring a “meet the candidate” forum for faculty and staff. A unanimous recommendation that Steve Braye be granted this appointment was forwarded to the Provost in early December. This recommendation was approved on December 17.

    B.   Proposal on Hiring and the General Studies Program
    In 1996, the Ad Hoc Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies at Elon recommended that future faculty hiring decisions in all divisions of the college be guided by the needs of the General Studies Program. The GST Council finally acted upon that recommendation this spring, asking the Provost to approve a proposal that makes willingness and ability to teach in our interdisciplinary General Studies Program a criterion in evaluating prospective faculty. We are awaiting a response from Dr. Francis.

    C.   Independent Major Review
    The Independent Major (IM) was approved by the faculty four years ago. It seemed to be time to review the procedures for designing and declaring this major to determine if they’ve been working fairly and efficiently. We interviewed four students who have gone through the Independent Major process. Our preliminary findings indicate the need for more flexibility in the deadline by which the IM must be declared. The current rule—IM proposals must be filed  “by the time the student has completed 66 semester hours”¾penalizes students who enter Elon with advanced placement and transfer credits. Student feedback also indicates the need to publicize this major option and distribute clear information about it to both students and faculty. Current independent majors noted that they and their faculty advisers lacked essential information about application procedures, IM requirements, and deadlines. The Council is working to address these problems.

    D.   Other Actions Taken or Pending
    1.    Approved 10-12 new advanced interdisciplinary General Studies seminars offered in Winter, Spring, and Fall 2000.
    2.    Approved a proposal from the Interdisciplinary Writing Committee to support writing-intensive instructional excellence in General Studies advanced interdisciplinary seminars.
    3.    Revised guidelines for General Studies advanced interdisciplinary seminar proposals.
    4.    Approved and sent to Curriculum Committee a proposed revision to General Studies requirements. The revision attempts to accommodate students with transfer credits. This problem is highlighted by Elon’s new Dual Degree Engineering Program.

    Students in this program will take 3-s.h. courses at N.C. State to satisfy Elon’s General Studies requirements. The Curriculum Committee rejected our recommended revision of the Liberal Studies requirements and offered a counter-proposal that we’re now considering.
     

    HEARING BOARD

         This year saw the combining of a joint hearing board for adjudicating both social and academic honor code violations.  The newly constructed board is composed of Dr. Mary Wise and Mr. Scott Nelson as non-voting members, two faculty members appointed by Academic Council, two faculty members appointed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, two student life administrators appointed by the Dean of Student Life, three students appointed by the SGA President, and three students elected by the student body.

         Because of the delay in student body elections (hurricane, Pendulum problems) the board did not hear any cases in the fall.  It did, however, undergo a training session.  We heard cases in Winter Term and Spring Semester.  The group will continue to meet during spring as cases arise.  We will hold a meeting at the end of the year to review our policies and procedures.

         In each of the cases heard this year, a student was put in charge of chairing the hearing, under the direction of Dr. Wise and Dean Nelson.  Using a student as leader sets a good example for the accused students, letting them know their violations were against fellow students, not just the administration.  All students serving on honor board cases this year reported feeling deeply moved by the experience, and expressed a desire to share the process and the responsibility given to them with the wider student body.

         If the committee experiences similar delays in 2000-01 getting students elected, we may recommend an alternative method for finding students for the hearing board.  Usually it's best not to postpone the accused student's chance for a swift hearing.

    Report completed by Mary Wise 2/29/00
     

    COMMITTEE ON HUMAN PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH

         Since the committee was formed three years ago, members have reviewed over 50 applications for research from both students and faculty.  The committee would like to recommend for next year a change in the original scheme.  Instead of the three days originally stated as a "time-cycle" for the Exempted and Expedited proposal, the committee would like to act with a fixed monthly deadline.  It is administratively impossible for five faculty members to review a proposal in the time frame suggested in the old plan.  The present committee recommends that, like other committees that review applications, the faculty submit proposal during fixed periods of time and the committee meet at specfic times (once a month) to evaluate the proposals.  Both faculty submitting proposals and the committee would then have ample time to plan submissions and evaluate projects.

         The task of this committee  is significant for the college community.  With the legal and medical issues involved in these projects, the by-law change should be made to avoid difficulty in the future and to encourage more faculty to serve on this committee.

    Dr. Yoram Lubling, Chair
     

    INTERDISCIPLINARY WRITING COMMITTEE

    The Interdisciplinary Writing Committee has achieved a great deal during the 1999-2000 academic year. The following headings categorize the bulk of the committee's work.

    Professional Writing Studies Minor Assessment and Revision
         The committee focused its work in the fall on assessing and revising the essentially defunct Professional Writing Minor. It is the committee's position that a strong writing across the curriculum program should not only include required general writing instruction, which Elon's curriculum offers in College Writing and General Studies courses, but it should also include optional advanced disciplinary and/or professional writing instruction for students who wish to pursue writing as an advanced practical art. With this objective in mind, the committee developed a revised Professional Writing Studies Minor that was passed by the faculty in April, 2000.

    General Studies Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar Faculty Development Plan
         During the 1998-99 academic year, the committee developed a  recommendation for a process to establish and assess writing intensive instruction and excellence across the curriculum. The recommendation was brought back to the committee for further review. After further review, the committee drew up a faculty development summer workshop proposal for professors teaching General Studies Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminars, the largest single population on campus employing writing intensive instructional pedagogies. The proposal was approved by the GS Council in February, and the GS Program and Writing Program are currently awaiting budgetary approval for a summer 2000 workshop.

    Writing Curricular Cohesion
         All of the committee's work focuses on creating writing curricular cohesion, but the committee has begun to pay particular attention to first-year writing instruction and writing in the majors. The bulk of the committee's 2000-01 work will concentrate on advising the WAC Director on a five year plan to enhance writing curricular cohesion across the campus.
          This year the committee revised three important elements of the international studies major's program of study.  The recommendation that students study abroad was changed to a requirement.  The foreign language requirement was increased from eight semester hours to eight semester hours plus the completion of a course at the 310 level.  The program's capstone component was changed to require students to take the senior seminar in international studies, INT 461.
           The revisions should strengthen the major and improve its integration.  They reflect the goals of our mission statement, ongoing assessment of the major's development, comparison with similar programs at other institutions and consultations with our students.  They were approved by the faculty at the April faculty meeting.

    Submitted by Brian Digre, Chair/Program Coordinator
     

    LIBRARY COMMITTEE

    Interestingly with our new library coming on line, the Library Committee was not overwhelmed with tasks. Much credit is to be given to Kate Hickey and her staff for making the transition so smooth. These dedicated people are often overlooked!
    Accomplishments include:

        1.    Allocated departmental budget funds (per faculty bylaws) based strictly upon library formula.
        2.    Allocated an additional $135,000 amount per library formula.
        3.    Expressed concern over shelving videos by call number with books.  Library staff agreed to establish a closed stack system for those videos in high demand by faculty (systems appears to be working well to date).
        4.    Assisted with various library staff search committees.
        5.    Reviewed monthly departmental expenditure balances.
        6.    Requested library staff review of library hours of operation.
        7.    Discussed increased problems with technology; it was agreed to wait for new facility and organization to deal with this issue.
        8.    Solicited (with success) student membership and input in the committee's work.
    Jim Drummond, Chairperson
     

    LYCEUM COMMITTEE

     The Lyceum Committee met four times and advised Dr. Troxler on Cultural Programs for next year.
    David Bragg, Chair
     

    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, the Alamance Area Education Consortium scholarships, marketing, and program evaluation.  In 1999/2000 the M.Ed. Advisory Committee was also involved in preparing for the implementation of new state directives concerning North Carolina's advanced masters degree.

    Summary of Activities:  1999/2000
    Facilitated changes to the program necessitated by the new advanced competencies master's
    degree license.  Advised on matters including:


     
     

    N. C. TEACHING FELLOWS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    The Teaching Fellows Advisory Committee monitored and refined the attendance policy for Fellows which was passed last year, recommended field trip modifications for Fellows to be less disruptive to classes, and followed the progress of minority recruitment and other recruitment strategies used this year.  In addition, the committee reviewed the student seminar evaluations from fall semester and continued to work with the Director of the Honors Program for a successful liaison of the Honors and Teaching Fellows Programs.
    Janet Warman, Chair
     

    PROMOTIONS, TENURE & PROFESSIONAL STATUS COMMITTEE

    The Promotion, Tenure, and Professional Status met a total of six times during the year.  The initial meeting, during Faculty Planning Week, was with the Provost and the academic deans so that all parties concerned could review the criteria for promotion, tenure, and professionalization.  It was very important that everyone evaluating the files do so with the same criteria in mind.

    All files were submitted by October 15.  The eight members of the committee read all of the files and met on three successive occasions during November and December to evaluate them.  Our recommendations were submitted to the Provost shortly before the end of Fall semester.

    In February, we met again with the Provost and the academic deans to discuss the recommendations as they had been made to the Provost so that he might weigh them and make his recommendations to the President.

    Our final meeting, again with the Provost and the deans, occurred on March 13, when the Provost informed us of the President's recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

    While it would be inappropriate to indicate the nature of the deliberations, the committee felt that the process was an effective one in which all parties concerned received a fair hearing.
     

    RELIGIOUS LIFE COMMITTEE

    The committee reviewed and made recommendations for Chaplain McBride’s five-year plan for Religious Life programming at Elon.  Plans include:

    Reinventing the function of the student Religious Life Council – investing it with greater responsibility, electing student leaders and providing them with budget to sponsor Religious Life programs.

    Increasing the number and frequency of ecumenical “Weaving Our Stories” spiritual  journey retreats.

    Increasing opportunities for Interfaith Dialogue recognizing that Elon’s students are beginning to represent more diverse traditions.

    Promoting dialogue about Elon’s historic church relationship and its impact on our core community values.
     

    STUDENT LIFE COMMITTEE

    The Student Life Committee granted recognition to the following new student organizations:  French Club, Blueprint (art club), Twisted Measure (co-ed a cappella club), Volleyball Sports Club, Gamma Sigma Alpha (academic honorary for Greeks), and Phi Beta Sigma (historically black fraternity).  Additionally, the committee streamlined the approval process of student organization by-laws, clarified the relationship of honor organizations to the committee, discussed the College Technology Plan, and reviewed the success of the piloted move of women's sorority rush to the week between the winter and spring terms (a move recommended by this committee).  The committee's faculty chair, Dr. Maurice Levesque, served on the committee that selected the historically white fraternity, Ph Kappa Phi, from a national pool of applicants.  The chair also served on the Smoking Policy Committee, which issued a report in March.
     

    TEACHER EDUCATION
     

    In process of program review in preparation for NCATE reaccredidation visit in spring 2002.
     

    NO REPORTS PROVIDED FROM THE FOLLOWING STANDING COMMITTEES

    Curriculum Committee
    Graduate Committee
     

    Return to Academic Council's 2000 Spring Report.