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May 2008 Minutes

May 8 and 15, 2008

Dean Piepenburg called the meeting to order at 11:50 a.m.

Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.

Minutes of the April 10, 2008 meeting were approved as posted.


(August, December, February, May)


Bill Abt: 

New administrative system will be purchased.

Campbell and Abt:  Endowment

Budget has grown at the same rate as the endowment 1:1.
If we were 2.5% we would have about $3 million more to use each year.

-This is a part of the strategic building of the campus.

Pam Smiley made a “Point of Order” regarding the length of this first presentation due to time constraints and the need to move to another topic as part of the Conversation with President.

The Point was declined by the Dean, and the presentation was allowed to finish.

President Campbell went on to discuss the meeting of the “Group of 8.”

4 FEC: Zorn, Lochtefeld, Matthews, Rener
4 Admin.: Steege, Piepenburg, Abt, Campbell

What happens with the Core?

President Campbell stated that there has been no change as far as College policy.

·        The Curricular Reform voted 2 years ago (Changes to JS and WI) were endorsed by faculty and administration.

o       The part of the reform that President Campbell did not approve is the change of Heritage from 3 to 2 courses and specifically the 2 Western Heritages to 1 Western Heritage.

§         This continues to be the case.

o       Carthage will continue the teaching of Western Civilization.

§         He said he is also committed to Global Heritage, though he said it is not finished yet.

·        The President said that Western Heritage will continue to be a 2-term sequence course.

o       The new 3-course Heritage pilot is 1/3 of all the Heritage classes this year.

o       The new Heritage sequence will make up ½ of all the Heritage courses for 2008-2009.

President Campbell said Western Heritage will have full implementation as soon as possible.

He views this as a continuation of 1989 reforms.

 Questions for the President:

Magurshak:  So this is being imposed on the faculty unilaterally?

President Campbell:  The Constitution gives Office of the President the right.

Magurshak: Challenged this view

President Campbell:  Many constituencies have an interest in the structure of the curriculum.  People do not support a drawback or cutting back Western Civilization.

Magurshak:  Asked what evidence the President had to support his argument. Magurshak specifically asked the President what data he was referencing and whether he would share this data.

Maleske:  I do not question the President’s power.  This is a waste of time to continue this debate.  The President has the power to do this.  Maleske said he also has power – and walked out.

Mitchell:  Asked whether the 3-course Heritage that President Campbell inspired is still a pilot or is this a done deal despite assessment evidence being gathered.  Will it come to a vote by the faculty? 

President Campbell:  Hopefully it will come to a vote and hopefully the faculty will support it.

There is more to do to define Global Heritage and the President looks forward to it.  Our identity is a two course Western Heritage.

On the basis of what we know now, the pilot is a success so yes it will be protected and continued.

Mast, Jerry:  Can you talk about the Governance Review?

President Campbell:  Group of 8 agreed that there will be a Governance Review by looking at the 20 institutions that we compare ourselves to.

We will also have a review of the General Education courses.
Trustees have tried not to be involved, but they do know of these issues.

Mast, Jerry:  Suggested that a greater role by Trustees may be helpful since they are sovereign.

Sleszynski:  These disagreements threaten to split the faculty and administration, and faculty themselves.  This split will go on for quite some time.

President Campbell: Talked about searches or decisions that were made to bring a number of current faculty here.  Regarding recent hires President Campbell argued that they have come through advertised searches, brought for campus visits.  He also stated we will move on with 2 Western Heritage courses and a distinguished faculty.

Meeting suspended at 1:00 p.m. and was continued May 15, 2008.  President Campbell was not in attendance at this meeting.


Executive Committee - Christine Rener

 FEC understood from the Group of 8 meeting that the General Education Curriculum Review was to cover everything, and that everything in the curriculum was to be up for review.

·        In the Conversation with the President last week, it was clear that the new Heritage sequence will continue.

o       On April 28 & 30 the Group of 8 met where it was made clear by the administration that the new Heritage will continue.

FEC feels the way administrative decisions have been made have not been helpful.

FEC seeks faculty endorsement of Governance Review to help rebuild trust.

Rener made a Motion (it was seconded) to suspend the rules to allow the following FEC Motion to come to the floor.

·        Paper Ballot: 83 Yes, 6 No (to suspend rules).  Motion Passed.


 The faculty endorses a governance review and directs the FEC to:

 • establish the terms of the review in collaboration with the administration

 • oversee the review process

The faculty affirms that this review must be led by mutually agreed upon external consultants with expertise in this area and that review outcomes will be subject to external peer review prior to implementation.


A faculty governance review will involve review of the College’s governance structure and holds promise to help resolve or avoid conflict in the future, by clarifying the lines of authority over the curriculum and updating the faculty committee structure. Faculty governance structures have remained essentially the same for the past twenty years, during which time the faculty (and student) body has expanded significantly.

 Discussion ensued about the Motion

Rener:  FEC wants Governance Review first; then curriculum review after this is completed. 

·        The timetable is yet to be determined.

Question: What is the FEC hoping to accomplish with this? 

Rener:  To find ways to update our antiquated governance structure in order to work more efficiently and collaborate effectively with the administration. FEC wants faculty to affirm that this is a valuable process and that it is representative of what the faculty want to do.

Question: Do you know of any pre-existing restraint that will restrict this review?

Rener: No.

Question:  Is the Constitution (and its interpretation) one of the items that will be reviewed?

Rener: Yes.

Questions were asked about the language of the motion:

·        What is the source of mutually agreed upon external consultants?

·        What does external peer review mean?  Whose peers?

Lynch moved to amend the motion.

Motion to amend the motion was not passed.

More questions:

·        Is the Board of Trustees aware?

Rener: Yes.

·        What are we assuming will happen with hiring and curriculum at this point?

Rener:  These are issues to be worked on in the Fall.

**FEC Motion was overwhelmingly passed by voice vote**


CPC Agenda

Geography Proposal motion presented with two friendly amendments.

Discussion Ensued:

Schlack:  Asked a number of questions about the proposal, its courses, GIS certification and whether it would lead to further requests for faculty expansion.

Rivera, Julio:  Responded to these questions.

**Geography Department Proposal Passed**

Course Proposals

Passed as a Bloc.

Topics Courses

Presented for information only.






Blaine:  Importance of giving final exams (ala Dudley Riggle).

Lochtefeld:  Finals should be held during the final exam period.



Ripley:  Introduction of Eduardo Garcia-Novelli  who will be the new conductor of the Carthage Choir.

Kurt Piepenburg: Mayor John Antaramian, Visiting Professor of Government teaching in the Clausen Center, Counselor for Partnerships.  He will be an officer of the College.

Retirements announced by Kurt Piepenburg:

Roger Lindberg (Biology)
John Neuenschwander (History)
Judith Schaumberg (Education)

 Kulke:  Golf Outing Saturday, back up your hard drives.

Piepenburg:  Farewell reception

New Alumni Convocation
Baccalaureate and Commencement line up

Seymoure:  Who is the Commencement speaker?  The Dean responded that there is no Commencement speaker this year.

Byrnes:  Announced the birth of Lucy Anna Garrigan, Dana Garrigan’s baby. 

The meeting adjourned at 12:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeff Roberg
Faculty Secretary

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