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March 2008 Minutes

March 6, 2008

Dean Piepenburg called the meeting to order at 11:52 a.m.

Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.

Minutes of the February 7, 2008 meeting were approved as posted.

(August, December, February, May)


Executive Committee - Christine Rener
· Update on faculty action in response to Western Heritage and hiring.
· FEC gave a PowerPoint presentation.

Current Situation - Maria Carrig

  • At division meeting discussions on hiring and core.
    • Plurality asked for further action by FEC to contact Board.
    • Christine Rener, Chair of FEC met with Ed Smeds.

Despite Sense of the Faculty Motion, hiring for Western Heritage continues.

  • FEC views this as a direct challenge to faculty governance.
    • Undermines departmental authority without ability to plan for future.
    • To date there has been no discussion of WHO should teach Heritage and whether we need special faculty hired to teach it.
  • Who governs the curriculum?
    • FEC argues that the constitution’s language and all precedent demonstrates that all curriculum changes start from faculty (of course administration has some input).

General Points:

  • Designation of new Western Heritage as pilot is meaningless.
  • Objective assessment cannot really take place within Carthage given all that has happened.
  • A new division is being contemplated - to be called “Division of All College Programs” so “new Heritage” faculty will be separated out from the faculty as a whole.
  • FEC thinks that these things, at a minimum, need to be discussed.

Chronology (discussion of how we arrived at this point) - Jerry Mast

  • 2005-2006 drafted and approved Curriculum Integration Initiative to change
    • This included the change of Heritage from 3 to 2 courses, the creation of Writing Intensive requirements, and the change from Junior Symposium to Carthage Symposium.
      • Faculty approved by vote of 78 to 17 with 5 abstentions.
  • Fall 2006 - President Campbell (FGC) announced new Western Heritage courses.
    • FEC met with FGC to communicate concerns.
    • FEC tried to correct course creation that was outside normal course creation governance and directed CPC and HOC to bring new courses for faculty approval.
    • Fall 2006-spring 2007 special ad hoc worked on courses.
      • Faculty approved new Heritage courses on provisional basis by vote of 64-50.
  • Spring 2007 faculty approved “Sense of the Faculty Motion” by vote of 79 to 29 with 2 abstentions.
  • Fall 2007 hiring for pilot continues.
  • Fall 2007 FEC met with FGC to convey concerns.
  • Fall 2007 FEC to divisions for what to do - contact Board received plurality.

The Way Forward - Rick Matthews

FEC believes that:

  • Administration should cease hiring for the pilot in accordance with the motion.
  • Affirm Carthage faculty’s power to govern curriculum and insists that the Carthage administration acknowledge the faculty’s centrality in initiating curriculum change and requests for new faculty.
  • FEC requested that the Board help resolve this crisis.
  • FEC is committed to having a third party review the Gen Ed Curriculum and Western Heritage and faculty governance structure.

Possible further options suggested by faculty at Division meetings included:

  • Initiate an official accreditation review.
  • Contacting media units.
  • Revoking authorization of pilot program.
  • Unionizing, job actions.
  • Networking with alumni and students.
  • All faculty members of committees resigning their posts.

Discussion Ensued: (The following is the best attempt of the Faculty Secretary to capture the main points made and not a direct transcript.)

  • McAlhany: Will FEC share with faculty Smeds’ response?
  • Lynch: When will faculty hear FGC’s response to FEC (the letter received from FGC to FEC’s letter - will the letter be released?
  • Trautwein: How has Heritage been referred to for incoming freshmen?
    • Steege: reported that he discusses Heritage I & II, and pilot and he briefly explains the differences.
  • Quashnock: Was the letter sent to the Board before latest Board meeting?
    • Rener: The letter was addressed to the Chairman and was not intended to be shared with the Board.
  • Blaine: Are we doing anything regarding specific assessment of pilot?
  • Burling: We have an instrument, but data was erased on Blackboard.
    • Survey was sent to all faculty teaching Heritage.
  • D. Miller: Student Learning Level/Critical Thinking Assessment to be evaluated this summer.
    • Student evaluations at end of semester.
    • Pilot sections rated several books as more challenging than non-pilot.
    • Both pilot and non-pilot rated the experiences equal and fairly ambiguous about what their learning experience was.
    • Students were asked if they could make changes to the pilot or non-pilot what would they be:
    & Students basically said leave it alone or no-opinion.
  • Rener: Outside review is a longer review for whole Gen Ed.
  • Carrig: The reason that the new pilot has been created was ostensibly because old Heritage wasn’t meeting demands.
  • Shapovalov: Is it the intent of the FEC to expand the dialogue with the Board?
    • Matthews: depends on Smeds’ response; FEC has not yet discussed this.
    • Shapovalov: If you never get a response, what will FEC do?
  • Schlack: Is the concern that if hiring continues that these hires for Heritage will be entrenched positions (tenured or tenure-track positions)?
  • Udry: What is the impact of hiring concretely on departments? Can this be assessed? If all these hires will be tenure-track, that does not go with proportion of hiring.
  • Temple: Commended the dedication of all the people teaching Heritage last fall and this spring, in spite of the differences that we may have.
  • Jerry Mast: We don’t want to place the burden of proof on departments that are affected and that the department must prove that they have been affected.
  • Udry: There are a number of departments that will not be affected by the hiring and it would be helpful for other departments to see that.
  • Trautwein: These hires affect the number of hires possible elsewhere on campus.
  • Smiley: Humanities Division went on record as not participating in this hiring process and passed a statement that departments who might have to house a hire as a secondary appointment would not meet with these hires, because faculty passed motion to stop hiring.
  • Ulrich: Revisit question of hiring not initiated by departments. How many hires fall into this category? Also, why haven’t FGC and FEC exchanges been shared with faculty?
  • Smiley: What is FEC asking of the faculty now? Are you asking where it is we want to go?
  • Kuhn: FEC made presentation today because it wanted to be as transparent as possible and to show what FEC has said on faculty behalf. FEC trying to move forward and resolve the controversy. External peer review of core and governing structure and reasonably optimistic that this may be pursued.
  • Carrig: An outcome is that the Board says there is room for negotiation; or Board could say no room for negotiation. If the second, what might faculty do…? FEC wants faculty to consider next step if second outcome happens.
  • Wallace: We have taken a micro look at assessment and not a macro look. We have had a number of things come about not from assessment and consensus. Are we now saying that some faculty have to change programs through assessment and others don’t? Let’s do it one way or the other, not both.
  • Haines: When must a decision be made?
  • Kuhn: We are trying to give Smeds as much room for maneuver as possible before FEC does something specific like going to North Central
  • Tiegel: Is mediation a possibility rather than an external review?
  • Heitman: it seems like FEC is asking: Is this the right way to go?
    • Moved to suspend the rules to entertain a motion.
      • Unclear from voice vote, moved to paper ballot.
        • Did not obtain 2/3 vote - rules were not suspended.

Curriculum Planning Committee - Richard Sperber

CPC Agenda

  • Changes to the Business Administration Minor
    • Approved
  • Advanced Digital Video Production
    • Approved








Stephanie Mitchell was granted tenure.

8 sabbaticals approved out of 12 proposals

  • One semester: Doug Arion, Richard Heitman, Stephanie Mitchell, Dennis Munk, Chris Renaud, Jeff Roberg, Penny Seymoure
  • One year: Pam Smiley

Quality of Life Committee - Amy Haines

  • Faculty Research Grant Applications - due date April 16
  • Student Activity Travel Grant Applications - due March 12

Deadline reminders by Michelle Bonn

  • Mid-term grades due March 28.
  • Advising starts March 31.
  • Please resend summer pre-session or regular summer session courses

The Dean reminded the faculty of the change in meeting schedule for remainder of semester

The meeting adjourned at 1:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeff Roberg
Faculty Secretary


bullet Unclear from voice vote, moved to paper ballot.
bullet Did not obtain 2/3 vote - rules were not suspended.

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