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November 2008 Minutes

November 6, 2008

Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 11:47 a.m.

Chris von Dehsen delivered the invocation.

The minutes of October 2, 2008 were approved as posted.


(August, December, February, May)


Executive Committee - Christine Rener

Christine Rener brought up two items.  First, the topic of campus closing due to inclement weather.  The policy was reviewed and the response from the administration was that the current policy is sufficient.  Questions were raised about whether the faculty must declare a sick day if they do not make it to campus (yes they do).  Neil Sleszynski asked for an informal show of hands on whether the faculty believes the policy is working.  Christine suggested that faculty can approach the FEC with concerns about the policy.

Matt Borden:  The policy is in the Faculty Handbook if you have questions.

Second item - Adult Education:  Mike West was invited by the FEC to speak to the faculty about issues concerning Adult Education.  He has been unable to attend.

FEC gave Mike four items/questions to address:

Outline the changes made in the AE program.

What is being done to ensure that the AE programs are on par with regular Carthage offerings?

Does AE reflect the values of a liberal arts institution?

What role does a faculty advisory group have in your current structure?

Mike submitted a paper outlining the changes made in the AE program that Christine reported did not directly answer the four items.  She also said there are two other groups talking to Mike about the changes in AE.

Curriculum Planning Committee - Herschel Kruger

Changes to the math major (creating a 4 credit senior thesis) were passed.

Changes to the Social work major (including 2 new courses) were passed.

Creation of a dance minor was discussed.

Rom Maczka:  Staffing implications with new courses?

Herschel Kruger:  There is a limited term adjunct position approved to run the dance minor, and two of the courses have been taught before.  There is a current group of adjunct professors who teach the dance courses.

Chris Von Dehsen:  Is the staffing information for info only or part of the motion?

The dance minor was passed.

New course proposals were moved as a block.

Maria Carrig:  Can general course come from a division?

Mark Snavely:  Yes, the general designation is not connected to the division it originated from.

The courses were approved.

Topics courses were presented for information only.

Jerry Mast:  Why is there no motion relating to the core curriculum?

Herschel Kruger:  The CPC is not ready yet.  They want to bring a motion to division meetings in November 20.  Followed by a public forum on November 21 on Western and Global Heritage.

Rom Maczka:  Staffing is a current issue.

Herschel Kruger:  That is why it is being expedited, hopefully to a paper ballot.

Stephen Udry:  Why is it being brought to division?

Herschel Kruger:  For informational purposes.

Maria Carrig:  Will there be info available before divisions meet?

Herschel Kruger:  The info will be given to chairs before November 20.

Aaron Trautwein:  Will this address staffing and oversight?

David Steege:  These issues will be in the document.  Scheduling classes is also an issue.

CADRE - Christine Rener, Dan Miller

Christine Rener and Dan Miller spoke about a second student assessment program: student engagement.

NSSE:  National Survey of Student Engagement:  Students are asked about factors related to the success of their college learning.

BCSSE:  Beginning College Survey is already being administered.

FSSE:  Faculty Survey of Student Engagement:  from the faculty perspective.

NSSE questions are correlated with 5 proven effective practices for student learning:  enriching education  experiences, student/faculty interaction, academic challenge, supportive campus environment, active and collaborative learning.

Briefly Dan and Christine showed examples of some of the information that can be gleaned and the nature of the questions in the surveys.   Another example showed the discrepancies between how faculty structure courses versus how students perceive the usefulness of the course.

Jerry Mast:  How much do the surveys reflect student behaviors?

Christine Rener:  They will offer data on those issues.

Dan Miller:  Other surveys we do address behavior issues.  The students will have access to those findings.

Aaron Trautwein:  How does it relate to GPA?

Dan Miller:  The surveys track students over their college career and can be used to compare Carthage to other institutions.  NSSE and CLA will correlate their performance with their perceptions.  Anonymous data can even be used in the classroom.

Aaron Trautwein:  Will there be disclosure of how the info will be used?

Dan Miller:  Vetted by a governing institution, students may decline to do it.


The motion to approve the minutes was taken off the table.

Jeff Roberg:  Moved to amend the minutes by adding a transcript of the meeting.

Jean Quashnock:  Do we have the right to listen to the recordings?

Judith Schaumberg:  Yes.

 Ed Montanaro:  Is there a written transcript?

Jeff Roberg:  Yes.

The transcript was placed online.

The question was called, discussion ended.  The motion was carried to include the transcript.

There was a motion to approve the newly amended minutes.

Rom Maczka:  Is the narrative portion redacted?

Jeff Roberg:  Yes.

Rom Maczka:  We need to approve the unredacted transcript.

Mark Petering:  I move that the Roberg transcript and the actual transcript and the Schaumberg amended transcript be included.


Peter Dennee:  Confused now as to what the redacted version is.

Judith Schaumberg:  Redacted the Roberg transcript because it contained inaccuracies.

Chris Renaud:  Go back to full transcript, assign people to listen to the tapes again to get an accurate version.

Discussion ended.

Mark’s motion to include all three versions passed.

Chris Renaud:  Table the minutes again - motion fails.

Vote to now accept the minutes as recently amended.


Ross Larson: Will we be accepting three different versions of the minutes.

Jeff Roberg:  No, just three different interpretations of the meeting.

Rom Maczka:  The issue is whether the Dean can redact notes of our meetings.

Richard Heitman:  Will full transcript be in the minutes?


Paul Chilsen:  Can we just include the actual version and remove both redactions?

Faculty:  No

Roberg:  Only the meeting with the President and the FEC report were transcribed.

We are voting on the motion to accept the minutes of May 8 and 15 as amended:

The motion carried.


Steve Udry:  Question about J-term seating reserved for freshman:  Can faculty be informed about the number of seats blocked off for freshman in the courses they teach?

David Steege:  Ask Ryan Ringhand.  Also, left over freshman seats will be reopened after registration.

Deanna Byrnes:  What do we tell students who are waiting for the J-term courses to open up?

David Steege:  After registration is over, the system is open for that purpose.

Michele Bonn:  There was an email sent telling students not to use add/drop slips.


Committee meetings must be arranged around Thanksgiving.


Woody Hodges announced “Irish Times” concert in the chapel on Friday night.

Jeff Roberg announced intentions for a Barack Obama inauguration celebration/charity fundraiser on Jan 19.

Leonard Schulze announced ASCAP Plus award given to Mark Petering.

Aaron Trautwein announced that the United Way campaign is $4,000 short and asked for donations.

Paul Ulrich announced the winners of the faculty development grants.


The meeting adjourned at 12:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin McClendon
Faculty Secretary

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