University Senate Minutes 27 Sep 2010


Dean Baker

Recorder Email: 
Meeting Date: 
Monday, September 27, 2010
Date of Next Meeting: 
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 12:00am
Location of Next Meeting: 

A&S Room 272

Minutes Text: 

Present: Susan Allen, Kirk Armstrong, Stephen Auerbach, Dean Baker, Andrei Barkovskii, Beauty Bragg, Ryan Brown, Sara Buck Doude, Bevan Burgamy, Dianne Chamblee, Jan Hoffman Clark, Lee Digiovanni, Jennifer Flory, Sandra Gangstead, Lee Gillis, Tanya Goette,  Jennifer Graham, Dianne Gregg, Liz Havey, Donna Ingram, Sandra Jordan, Evan Karanovich, Karynne Kleine, Dorothy Leland, Sunita Manian, Judith Malachowski, Jen Mazarati,Ken McGill, Shaina McGill,  Fadhili Mshana, Zach Mullins, Lyndall Muschell, Amy Pinney, William Risch, Mike Rose, Chris Skelton,  John Swinton, Craig Turner, Charles Ubah, Deborah Vess, Edward Whatley, Catherine Whelan, Mike Whitfield, Howard Woodard, Christine Zuger

Regrets: Lucy Kachmarik, Macon McGinley, Barbara Roquemore

Absent: Myron Alberto Avila

Guests: Kay Anderson, Kyle Cullars, Dave Groseclose, Paul Jahr, Suzanne Pittman, Matt Rogers, Lori Robinson, Pete Shields, Elaine Whitaker


1.      Ken McGill, Presiding Officer of the 2010-2011 University Senate, called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm.


2.      Approval of the August 11, 2010 minutes.  Senate Action on minutes approval: approved


3.      Approval of the September 27, 2010 agenda. Senate Action on agenda: approved.

President's Report 

  1. President Leland reported she would be meeting with RPIPC to give a full briefing on the budget. The President also shared that the faculty salary equity implementation is still on track. She appeared before the Board of Regent’s task force on graduation improvement. The Board of Regents is pleased with the progress the task force is making.

Committee reports were given in the following order:

    1. Curriculum and Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC)

     Ryan Brown reported for CAPC. CAPC reported a proposal is coming forward from Modern Foreign Languages.   

GCSU Senate Motion 1011.CAPC.002.P

Motion Text: To approve the core curriculum framework outlined in the supporting document, "GCSU Core Curriculum Proposal." 

  • An Amendment to 1011.CAPC.002.P was proposed: The amendment read: Area E- restrict students from taking more than one course from each prefix.   

Senate Action: Amendment not approved. 

  • A second Amendment to 1011.CAPC.002.P was proposed by CAPC: Allow 9 credit hours in Area E. 

Senate Action: Amendment approved.

  • A third Amendment to 1011.CAPC.002.P was proposed to change the wording in SLO-15 from Students will be able to demonstrate vocal delivery which encourages listening to “Students will be able to demonstrate vocal delivery that encourages listening.”

Senate Action: Approved GCSU Senate Motion 1011.CAPC.002.P
Core Curriculum Framework as amended

Questions from the floor:

  1. Do changes to the core curriculum framework require board approval? All changes to the core curriculum need to be vetted with and approved by the BOR General Education Council to oversee transferability issues between USG institutions.
  1. Will there be an easy way to change the writing and speaking overlays down the line? These particular overlays are unique to and “owned by” the institution. If there are substantial changes in the core then they would need to be “vetted” in the major committee. These are overlays that can be met outside the core. They do not go forward in the core review. A process is being devised where faculty “own the core” thus on a regular, reoccurring basis (more than once every 10-15 years) they will be expected to review and revise general education curriculum.


  1.  Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy Committee (RPIPC)

     Catherine Whelan reported RPIPC will be reviewing the motor vehicle use policy and re-examine the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday meeting times.

GCSU Senate Motion 1011.RPIPC.001.P

Motion Text: To approve the proposed GCSU Missing Student Policy as outlined in the supporting documentation.

Senate Action: Approved GCSU Senate Motion 1011.RPIPC.001.P

  1. Student Affairs Policy Committee (SAPC)

      Zach Mullins reported for SAPC. Den renovations are going well and the Bell Tower bricks are on sale. Recycling bins have been placed around campus. The spirit banner has been finalized and ordered. GCSU is one of five universities participating in the gubernatorial debate and there are 50-60 seats available.

GCSU Senate Motion 1011.SAPC.001.P
Sponsorship Policy

Motion Text: To adopt the attached document entitled "Sponsorship Policy supporting document" as University policy.

Senate Action: Approved GCSU Senate Motion 1011.SAPC.001.P
Sponsorship Policy

  1. Executive Committee University Senate (ECUS)

                                                              i.      Karynne Kleine provided the governance retreat report (see attached)

                                                            ii.      Website update-Matthew Rogers reported on the Senate website

                                                          iii.      Ken McGill gave the ECUS report (see attached)


  1. Academic Policy Committee(APC)

     Amy Pinney reported for APC. Steve Auerbach is the Vice Chair and the committee will be looking at the plus/minus grading issue.

  1. Faculty Affairs Policy Committee (FAPC)

     Craig Turner reported for FAPC (see attached).


The meeting was adjourned at  1:38 pm

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