IFC 10/17/06 Minutes

Approved 11/21/06

CALLED MEETING

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Faculty Council Minutes (“IFC”): October 17, 2006

University Library Auditorium (UL AUD): 3:30 – 5:30 pm

 

Original agenda follows adjournment as an attachment.

 

 

Agenda Item I: Call to Order: Rosalie Vermette (IUPUI Faculty Vice-President, 4.0064). 

Vermette called the meeting to order at 3:35pm. 

 

 

Agenda Item II: Adoption of the Order of Business for the Day.

The order of business for the day was adopted.

 

 

Agenda Item III: [ACTION ITEM] Resolution on Signature Center Titles: Rosalie Vermette and Bart Ng (IUPUI Faculty President & UFC Co-Secretary, 4.8185, bng@math.iupui.edu).

Vermette said that, in response to the discussion of the Signature Centers featured in Dean Sukhatme’s Academic Plan for IUPUI, the IFC Executive Committee resolved the following [on 10/12/06]:

 

“All Signature Centers that are approved and funded shall be specifically identified [within the Center’s title] as being affiliated with IUPUI or Indianapolis.”

           

Martin Spechler proposed an amendment—seconded by Fisher—to clarify that the resolution intends to affiliate Signature Centers with the “Indianapolis campus” as opposed to Indianapolis, in general.  Vermette called the question on the amendment, which carried unanimously.

 

IFC Members then raised the following questions and expressed the following concerns/comments:

                        Ed Berbari –                 If this resolution passes, will existing centers on campus have to change their names?

            Roger Schmenner –       Centers featured on the IUPUI campus in addition to other IU campuses will face a unique challenge.

                        Mary Fisher –               Centers concerned with name changes need not apply for Signature Center funding and should, instead, seek out other funding sources.

                        Henry Karlson –           The purpose of the Signature Centers, as explained in the Academic Plan, is to enhance IUPUI, so the affiliation with the campus should be clear.

 

The question was called on the revised resolution, which now read as follows:

 

“All Signature Centers that are approved and funded shall be specifically identified [within the Center’s title] as being affiliated with IUPUI or the Indianapolis campus.”

 

The resolution passed with some dissent.           

 

 

Agenda Item IV: [UPDATES] From IFC President Bart Ng:

Ng reported the following:

§         The revised Intellectual Property Policy (“IPP”) was stalled in late Spring 2006 when concerns were raised about the application of the policy to software.  The appropriate UFC committees returned to work on the policy and have completed a new draft of the IPP (http://www.indiana.edu/~ufc/docs/AY07/circulars/U5-2007.doc).  The policy will be up for IFC action in November, per IFC Research Affairs Chair Simon Atkinson.

 

§         Ng has invited IU Trustees Sue Talbot, Tom Riley, and Cohen (IUPUI’s representative to the Board of Trustees) to a special meeting of the IFC, slated for November 21st.  The special meeting will focus, solely, on the search for IU’s next President.  Ng called for volunteers to work with him to vet and pose the questions to the Trustees who attend that day.  Ng will also be approaching the IFC, as a whole, and faculty governance leaders [from each school] for suggestions regarding questions and feedback for the Trustees.  Ng emphasized the need for the IFC to develop and present a cohesive view of the priorities for the Presidential search.  The IFC agreed.

 

§         Ng briefed the IFC on a lengthy discussion he had with a Trustee regarding General Education.  This Trustee’s concerns about General Education at IUPUI seem to center on the inability of the Principles of Undergraduate Learning to address transferability.  The Trustee also expressed concerns that the focus on “IUPUI’s principled approach” is too vague and must be supported by specific courses and assessment of outcomes.

 

IUB Faculty President and Co-Chair Ted Miller plans to work to educate the Trustees about the actual, day-to-day mechanics of General Education already underway at IU.  At meeting time, a grid had been posted online into which all campuses are to “plug in” data about how General Education is currently espoused at their location.  Ng echoed Miller’s concerns that the Trustees have a lack of awareness about General Education and seem to be overlooking the spirit of the Mission Differentiation Project as they lead the university in this discussion.

 

Ng reminded the IFC that the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee continues its work—with the assistance of Trudy Banta and IFC Academic Affairs Chair Betty Jones—on identifying courses at IUPUI that reconcile with the matrix created by the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Committee (“STAC”). 

 

Academic Affairs Chair Betty Jones then briefed the IFC on the progress being made in identifying courses that are required “across the board” to submit to STAC. A list of courses being considered by STAC has been appended to these minutes. 

 

SEE ‘APPENDIX A’ AT THE END OF THESE MINUTES. 

NOTE:  this list is not final or formal, nor have the courses on it been accepted by institutions statewide; this document is FYI only.

 

Jones also reported the following:

“Each of the IU campuses is working on a draft response to the August 2006 mandate on general education from the Trustees.  All of those will be submitted to University Faculty Council, with UFC responsible for coming up with one all-campus response to the Trustees for their February 2007 meeting.  UFC co-chairs Bart Ng and Ted Miller want to give the Trustees a preliminary status report in November on where each campus is with the process.”

 

 

           

Agenda Item V: [ACTION ITEM] Resolution on Participation by Non-IFC Members in Today’s Meeting: Rosalie Vermette and Bart Ng.

In preparation for a special discussion of the Division of Labor Studies (“DLS”), the question was called on the following resolution:

 

“All DLS faculty, staff, and students, including those who are not currently members of the IFC, should be allowed full participation in today’s IFC discussion of Agenda Item VI.”

 

The resolution passed unanimously.

 

 

Agenda Item VI: [DISCUSSION ITEM] Division of Labor Studies.

The IFC welcomed Ruth Needleman (IUN), Chair of the Division of Labor Studies (“DLS”) faculty organization and her colleagues Bill Mello (IUK) and Lynn Duggan (IUB) as well as Mark Sothmann, Interim Chair of DLS for a special conversation about the possible reorganization of the division.

 

Ng began the discussion by welcoming the DLS faculty and thanking them for the tireless efforts in the face of difficult circumstances.  He then welcomed and thanked Dean Sothmann.  Ng urged the IFC to read both proposals carefully and critically, noting that discussions about DLS from this point on should focus on forward momentum, as opposed to debating history.  Ng then offered background for the issues surrounding and leading up to the possible reorganization of the Division of Labor Studies.  When the state budget was revealed to be missing a $350K line that had funded the DLS, a financial crisis resulted.  IUPUI asked its Budgetary Affairs Committee to review the situation and issue a report.  Their report cited a financial crisis which precipitated discussion of decentralization or reorganization.  A DLS Budgetary Affairs Committee was then convened by then-Dean of Faculties William Plater.  The DLS committee worked hard to “stem the tide” by reducing some lecturers and making other strides which resulted in a budget surplus.  With a financial crisis averted, talk turned to structural problems within the division; these problems had come to light during the review of financial issues.

 

Discussion of a possible reorganization introduced the idea of potential mergers between the division and existing programs.  At meeting time no willing or suitable merger partner had been identified.  There has also been concern, Ng noted, about the number of compressed and online courses offered by the DLS and whether or not the administration of such an unusual program with cross-campus ties was a feasible responsibility for other departments or units to assume.

 

In closing, Ng expressed his hope that the IFC would deal with the issue of the DLS’s academic place at the university and how and where a such a program—if deemed viable—could be administered, supported, and allowed to thrive as opposed to discussing any questions of financial sustainability.  He then temporarily stepped down from his post as IFC President, ceding the floor to Vice President Vermette.  

 

Vermette then announced that today’s discussion marked the IFC Executive Committee beginning its role in the “IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring.”  The following notes on the timeline for the IFC’s involvement in the proposed review and reorganization were distributed:

 

IUPUI Faculty Council (“IFC”) Meeting with

Division of Labor Studies (“DLS”) Faculty & Interim Director

October 17, 2006

 

NEXT STEPS

 

NOTE:  The dates noted below are tentative.

 

Today’s discussion is in preparation for the IFC’s formal review of proposed changes to the DLS.  This process begins with a formal review of the issue by the IFC Executive Committee, during which they will prepare their own report as well as solicit responses, recommendations, and feedback from the parties involved.  Following their review, the Committee will present the recommendations (from the program’s faculty and Interim Director) to the IFC, likely in November 2006.  These steps are being taken in accordance with the IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring Steps 8-13].

 

Following today’s discussion and the IFC Executive Committee’s review, the IFC looks towards opening its December 2006 meeting to the entire campus community allowing anyone with concerns about the proposed changes to the Division of Labor Studies to be heard.  Again, this campus-wide meeting will be called in accordance with the IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring [Step 14].

 

At its February 2007 meeting, the IFC will discuss proposed plans for DLS and vote on recommendations to be made to the Chancellor (IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring Step 15).

 

After the IFC has submitted its recommendations (and per the final step in of the IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring) the Chancellor shall make the final recommendations on the proposal and forward it to the Director of the affected program for implementation.

 

 

 

For Your Information:

Steps of the IUPUI Policy on School or Program Restructuring

Step 1- The Director of the affected program must provide notice to the faculty, staff, and students of the affected program when the change is first contemplated. This should be done as a formal meeting between the Director and the faculty, staff, and students. This meeting shall include discussion of which school and faculty governance bodies are to review the financial viability of the school and its affected programs, and what review processes are to be used and shall include the issuance of a precise statement about the financial and other difficulties associated with the affected programs and the possible impact on the school for not taking action. Sufficient documentation shall be provided to the faculty and to any others who request it to support and explain any proposed plan.

 

Step 2- The school’s or unit’s faculty governance body may proceed like the Director as in #1 above to address financial difficulties they believe are present in either specific programs or within a specific school or unit as a whole. In these situations, the designated leader of a unit’s faculty governance body should be the one to initiate the meeting following the guidelines in #1 above

 

Step 3- The program faculty shall have an opportunity to discuss the plan proposed by the Director and vote by secret ballot.

 

Step 4- The Director of the affected program shall provide an opportunity for input by faculty, staff and students of the affected program prior to any formal action.

 

Step 5- The faculty of the division shall forward its response to and results of their voting on the proposed changes to the Director with a copy to the Chancellor. In preparing the response, the faculty shall address the factors under IV 6 a-j in the policy

 

Step 6- Any proposal to transfer, merge, reorganize, reduce, or eliminate a program must be evaluated according to the following considerations- note a-j in policy

 

Step 7- Having considered the input from faculty, staff, and students, the Director shall forward a proposal for the transfer, merger, reorganization, reduction, or elimination of the affected program to the Chancellor with a rationale for why these organizational changes are necessary, how they will enhance the educational process, and what their impact will be on faculty, staff and students. In preparing the proposal, the Director shall address the factors under IV. 6 a-j and include an environmental impact statement that shows how the changes will impact other programs and affect the campus as a whole

 

Step 8- If the Director’s proposal and the faculty responses are in agreement on the rationale for and implementation of the changes and if the changes do not involve the elimination of degree-granting program, the Chancellor shall forward them to the IUPUI Faculty Council Executive Committee. If the Committee believes that further review is required, a majority vote may result is a request that the Committee review the proposal and its effects on faculty, staff and students. The Committee may choose to appoint an ad hoc committee to review the proposal or assign the proposal to one of the already constituted committees of the IUPUI Faculty Council for further review

 

Step 9- The Executive Committee review process must include at least one meeting with members of the faculty from the schools or departments affected by the proposed changes

 

Step 10- Persons affected by, or concerned about, the proposed changes shall be permitted to provide written comments, which will be considered as part of the Executive Committee review process

 

Step 11- The Executive Committee or its designee shall prepare a report and recommendations and forward a copy to the Chancellor and the Director of the affected program.

 

Step 12- The Director shall provide a response to the Executive Committee which will submit the proposal, the recommendations of the Committee or its delegate, and the response from the Director to the IUPUI Faculty Council

 

Step 13- When the Chancellor of IUPUI declares that there may be a need to transfer, merge, reorganize, reduce or eliminate a program on campus and that these structural changes may have an impact beyond the affected program and result in the reassignment of faculty or the elimination of degree-granting programs, or when there is disagreement between the Director of the affected programs and the faculty, the proposal will be submitted to the IUPUI Faculty Council Executive Committee for further review.

 

Step14 - The Executive Committee review process must include at least one open, campus-wide meeting at which anyone with concerns about the proposed changes may be heard

 

Step 15- The IUPUI Faculty Council shall be given a reasonable time to deliberate and make its own recommendations to the Chancellor

 

Step 16- The Chancellor shall make final recommendations on the proposal and forward it to the Director of the affected program for implementation

 

 

Vermette then called on the DLS faculty and Dean Sothmann to make their respective presentations.

 

After thanking the IFC for their time, the DLS faculty briefed the IFC on their proposal, which can be found at http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/DLS/dlsfacprop.htm and which will be appended to the formal record.  Needleman asked that the IFC consider the DLS’s central role in ensuring “a mature, educated, and thriving workforce in Indiana” through its “unique and respected program.”  She closed by citing some of her primary objections to the administrative proposal: reductions in faculty and a dilution of the mission of the division.

 

Interim Director Mark Sothmann also thanked the IFC for its time, then, briefed the IFC on the administrative proposal, which can be found at http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/DLS/campusinteg_2.htm and which will be appended to the formal record.  He closed by citing three concerns in response to the DLS faculty’s proposal: no campus or school currently wants to assume the responsibility for online offerings delivered from multiple campuses (some feel the division would be “too complex to undertake” or would take the unit with which it merged “off-mission”); all tenure-track faculty in the DLS are currently IUPUI faculty (existing units may not wish or be able to tenure 4-5 faculty following a merger); and, even though the budgetary crisis no longer exists, financial and structural problems exist within the division. 

 

The floor was then opened for comments and questions:

  • Addressing concerns expressed by the DLS faculty that online courses—an important medium for reaching their central clientele—Sothmann noted that online or compressed courses need not be done away with, but that their structure must be reviewed and that the courses, if temporarily stalled for review, be cultivated later after structural concerns have been addressed.
  • When asked by Martin Spechler if DLS was inherently partisan, the faculty pointed out that programs and departments like Women’s Studies or African American Studies also focus on particular segments of the population and social issues but are not labeled as partisan.
  • The DLS faculty responded to questions about the academic nature of the division by discussing a myriad of research and publication credits each could claim.
  • Bill Schneider noted that he was optimistic about the tone “and momentum” of the discussion and that he could support a “2-site model,” citing the strength of the DLS faculty as his only concern.
  • Betty Jones asked the division if they had approached other institutions in their search for a home.  Needleman indicated that serving IU and the state of Indiana remains the DLS’s priority, noting, also, that “money is tight everywhere.”
  • Enid Zwirn asked how the division has functioned as academics without a school or unit.  The DLS faculty cited cross-listing and cross-teaching as great resource.
  • Cliff Goodwin noted that not being an academic unit has led to the problems DLS currently faces and, therefore, a unit must be found to house it now.  What, Goodwin asked, would it take for the DLS to realize it had no place to go?  Needleman noted that they would be “very sad,” but would be prepared for such an outcome.
  • Betty Jones noted that the program’s academic merit was evident.  She then posed a rhetorical question about the possible role of Responsibility Center Management in DLS’s current situation.

 

Vermette thanked Sothmann, Needleman, Duggan, and Mello for their participation.

 

 

Agenda Item VII: Question / Answer Period.

No discussion.

 

 

Agenda Item VIII: Unfinished Business?

No discussion.

 

 

Agenda Item IX: New Business?

No discussion.

 

 

Agenda Item X:  Adjournment.

A motion to adjourn was made and seconded.  The motion carried.  Vice President Vermette adjourned the meeting at 5:33pm.

 

 

Minutes prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator, Molly Martin

UN 403 / 274-2215 / Fax: 274-2970 / fcouncil@iupui.edu / http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil


 

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Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Faculty Council (IFC) Meeting

University Library Auditorium / Tuesday October 17, 2006 - 3:30-5:30 pm

A G E N D A (IFC: October 17, 2006)

 

 

 

               I.      Welcome and Call to Order: Rosalie Vermette (IUPUI Faculty Vice-President, 4.0064, rvermett@iupui.edu). 

 

             II.      Adoption of Agenda as the Order of Business for the Day.

 

           III.      (5-10 minutes) [ACTION ITEM] Resolution on Signature Center Titles: Rosalie Vermette and Bart Ng (IUPUI Faculty President & UFC Co-Secretary, 4.8185, bng@math.iupui.edu).

On 10/12/06 the IFC Executive Committee resolved the following: “All Signature Centers that are approved and funded

shall be specifically identified [within the Center’s title] as being affiliated with IUPUI or Indianapolis.”

 

           IV.      (30 minutes) [UPDATES] From IFC President Bart Ng:

A.       General Education at IUPUI: with Betty Jones (Chair – Academic Affairs Committee, 4.2248, betjones@iupui.edu).

B.       Intellectual Property Policy.

C.      Invitation to Trustees Talbot, Riley, and Cohen to attend a special November 21st IFC meeting to discuss IU Presidential search.

 

             V.      [ACTION ITEM] Resolution on Participation by Non-IFC Members in Today’s Meeting: Rosalie Vermette and Bart Ng.

 “All DLS faculty, including those who are not currently members of the IFC, should be allowed full participation

in today’s IFC discussion of Agenda Item VI.”

 

           VI.      [DISCUSSION ITEM] Division of Labor Studies.

A.      (15 minutes) Introductory remarks: Bart Ng.

B.       (60 minutes) General Discussion:

1)       DLS Faculty: Steven Ashby, Lynn Duggan, Bill Mello, and Ruth Needleman.

2)       Interim DLS Director: Mark Sothmann.

 

         VII.      Question / Answer Period.

 

       VIII.      Unfinished Business?

 

          IX.      New Business?

 

            X.      Adjournment.

 

 

 

Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Tuesday November 7, 2006, 3:30-5:30pm, Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall (IH 100)

 

Please visit the Faculty Council website at http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil for agenda, updates & more.

Agenda prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator Molly Martin: UN 403 / 274-2215 / Fax: 274-2970 / fcouncil@iupui.edu / http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil

 

 


MINUTES APPENDIX A

 

Courses Being Considered

by the

Statewide Transfer and Articulation Committee (STAC)

 

Not all of the public institutions have agreed to accept the transferability of the courses that were 'cleared' on 6/27/06.  The request for approval for the courses cleared on 8/23 will be sent out soon.

 

I will provide you with updates when the information is available.

  

#

Line

CTL Course

Cleared?

Approved?

#

Line

CTL Course

Cleared?

Approved?

1

1

Introduction to Accounting  BUS-A201

6/27/2006

 

45

793

Human Nutrition HPER N-220

6/27/2006

 

2

19

Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology (sequence)

Next mtg.

 

46

811

Literature of the Old Testament

Removed

 

3

37

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

On Hold

 

47

829

Math Applications  COURSE NOT TAUGHT

6/27/2006

 

4

55

Art Appreciation   HER H-100

6/27/2006

 

48

847

Calculus - Long 1

Next mtg.

 

5

73

Art History 1      HER H-101

6/27/2006

 

49

865

Calculus - Long 2

Next mtg.

 

6

91

Art History 2      HER H-102

6/27/2006

 

50

883

Calculus - Short 1

Next mtg.

 

7

109

Introduction to Astronomy   AST-A100

8/23/2006

 

51

901

Calculus - Short 2

Next mtg.

 

8

127

College Biology

Next mtg.

 

52

919

College Algebra

Next mtg.

 

9

145

Human Biology

Next mtg.

 

53

937

Finite Math

Next mtg.

 

10

163

Introduction to Biology

Next mtg.

 

54

955

Statistics

Next mtg.

 

11

181

Microbiology

Next mtg.

 

55

973

Trigonometric Functions

Next mtg.

 

12

199

Foundations of Business Communication BUS X204

6/27/2006

 

56

991

Medical Terminology AHLT W-105

8/23/2006

 

13

217

Introduction to Business  BUS X100

8/23/2006

 

57

1009

Music Appreciation MUS  M-174

6/27/2006

 

14

235

Chemistry 1

Next mtg.

 

58

1027

Ethics PHIL P-120

6/27/2006

 

15

253

Chemistry 2

Next mtg.

 

59

1045

Introduction to Philosophy  PHIL P-110

6/27/2006

 

16

271

General Chemistry 1

Next mtg.

 

60

1063

Philosophy, Logic

On Hold

 

17

289

General Chemistry 2

Next mtg.

 

61

1081

Philosophy of Religion - PHIL P-281

8/23/2006

 

18

307

Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry

Next mtg.

 

62

1099

Physical Education, Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

On Hold

 

19

325

Introduction to Microcomputers   CSCI-N100

8/23/2006

 

63

1117

Physical Science

Next mtg.

 

20

343

Introduction to Computer Programming

On Hold

 

64

1135

General Physics 1

Next mtg.

 

21

361

Introduction to Criminal Justice SPEA J101

8/23/2006

 

65

1153

General Physics 2

Next mtg.

 

22

379

Introduction to Earth Science  

On Hold

 

66

1171

Technical Physics

Next mtg.

 

23

397

Introduction to Economics  ECON E-101

6/27/2006

 

67

1189

American Government POLS Y-103

6/27/2006

 

24

415

Macroeconomics   ECON  E-202

6/27/2006

 

68

1207

Introduction to World Politics POLS Y-219

6/27/2006

 

25

433

Microeconomics    ECON E-201

6/27/2006

 

69

1225

Political Science, Introduction to POLS Y-101

8/23/2006

 

26

451

English Composition 1  ENG W 131

8/23/2006

 

70

1243

State & Local Government

On Hold

 

27

469

English Composition 2   ENG W 132

8/23/2006

 

71

1261

Social Psychology  PSY  B-104

8/23/2006

 

28

487

American Literature 1   not taught at IUPUI

8/23/2006

 

72

1279

Abnormal Psychology PSY  B-280

8/23/2006

 

29

505

American Literature 2   not taught at IUPUI

8/23/2006

 

73

1297

Developmental Psychology PSY  B-210

6/27/2006

 

30

523

Children's Literature    not taught at level

6/27/2006

 

74

1315

Human Sexuality COURSE NOT TAUGHT

8/23/2006

 

31

541

Introduction to English Literature   ENG L 105

On Hold

 

75

1333

Introduction to Psychology PSY  B-105

6/27/2006

 

32

559

World Literature 1     ENG L 213

6/27/2006

 

76

1351

U.S. Cultural Diversity

On Hold

 

33

577

World Literature 2     ENG L214

6/27/2006

 

77

1369

Introduction to Sociology SOC  R-100

8/23/2006

 

34

595

Introduction to Creative Writing  ENG W206

6/27/2006

 

78

1387

Multicultural Studies

On Hold

 

35

613

Technical Writing     ENG W231

8/23/2006

 

79

1405

Relationships & Families

On Hold

 

36

631

French Level 1        FREN F131

6/27/2006

 

80

1423

Social Problems SOC  R-121

8/23/2006

 

37

649

French Level 2        FREN F132

6/27/2006

 

81

1441

Spanish Level 1 SPAN S-131

6/27/2006

 

38

667

French Level 3        FREN F203

6/27/2006

 

82

1459

Spanish Level 2 SPAN S-132

6/27/2006

 

39

685

French Level 4       FREN F204

6/27/2006

 

83

1477

Spanish Level 3 SPAN S-201

6/27/2006

 

40

703

Global Physical Geography  GEOG G-130

8/23/2006

 

84

1495

Spanish Level 4 SPAN S-202

6/27/2006

 

41

721

American History 1  HIST H-105

6/27/2006

 

85

1513

Fundamentals of Public Speaking COMM R-110

8/23/2006

 

42

739

American History 2  HIST H-106

6/27/2006

 

86

1531

Interpersonal Communication COMM C-180

8/23/2006

 

43

757

World Civilization 1  HIST H-113

8/23/2006

 

87

1549

Theatre Appreciation COMM T-130

6/27/2006

 

44

775

World Civilization 2  HIST H-114

8/23/2006

 

88

1567

Introduction to Acting COMM T133

6/27/2006

 

 

Becky