Members present: Senators Brown, Wilson, Feakes, Stone, Furney, Hazlewood, Morey, Huling, Melzer, Martin, Conroy
Guests: Sigler, Gross (Star), Rao, Hawthorne
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Internationalization Task Force Report: The Chair of the President’s Task Force on Internationalization, Dr. Sandy Rao, offered the Senate an overview of the findings and suggestions in the Task Force Report, which has recently been discussed at length by the President’s Cabinet and CAD. Dr. Rao explained that the original impetus for the Task Force was student opposition to the closing of the TSIE program early last fall. The President asked the Task Force to explore ways to internationalize the campus, noting that suggestions might be incorporated into the upcoming Strategic Planning cycle. The Task Force first met in April 2010, initiating a study of the current state of internationalization at Texas State, followed by a study of internationalization at peer institutions. Based upon these findings, the Task Force offered in December 2010 a comprehensive plan for internationalization, suggesting both short-term and long-term goals to insure that all students at Texas State are prepared to work and succeed in an increasingly global environment. Among the main goals suggested were
The Chair of the Senate recounted that the Provost stated at CAD that he believes faculty must be invested in these goals for them to succeed. Thus, she urges faculty to examine the Task Force Report and share any insights and concerns with Dr. Rao.
Academic Computing Committee Recommendations: The Senate voted to accept the recommendations of the ACC.
Joint Faculty Senate / CAD meeting: The joint meeting takes place on March 30 in the Reed Parr Room of the JC Kellam Building. Senators will suggest the following agenda items:
Faculty Definitions: The Chair noted that the process of revising the PPS has been extensive, with discussions ongoing. She asked that the Senate reach some conclusions on the less-controversial change: a new definition of “faculty voter.” One difficulty that has arisen in revising this definition is the meaning of “academic appointment.” The Senate discussed possible wording to clarify this confusion; the Chair will create a draft incorporating those suggestions and distribute it to Senators.
Texas Council of Faculty Senates (TCFS) Report: Senators Stone and Melzer, who attended the February TCFS meeting, shared highlights with the Senate:
New Business: Several faculty have expressed frustration with the new Banner registration system for students. One problem noted by a number of faculty is that departments no longer get graduate applicants’ application materials. This is a particular problem now, when decisions are being made about offering graduate teaching assistantships. The Chair noted that soon problems will arise with undergraduate registration as well.
Minutes of 3/9/11 were approved.