University of Denver
President Leon Giles opened the meeting at 12:15.
Approval of Minutes
Cherrington Global Scholars Program
Report on Division of Athletics, Recreation and Wellness
Motion Concerning Payroll Advice Notification
Minutes approved pending further review and corrections by senators.
Questions for Eric Gould:
Don Stedman requested electronic updates. Leon Giles offered the senates list-serve to facilitate the request. Nancy Sampson expressed concerns regarding the academic integrity of the program. Students are requesting pre-approval for courses but offering little detailed informationsometimes nothing more than course titles. Gould concurred that ensuring program quality is important and a difficult problem to solve. The catalogs of approved programs are available, and faculty can check the website for a list of approved institutions. He suggested that the program might need to establish a formula for developing a list of authorized courses to facilitate advising. Joe Szyliowicz asked if most of the opportunities are in special programs. Gould explained that there are a few special programs but in most cases the course of study is one undertaken by students native to the country. The goal of the program is that US students will not go abroad and hang out with Americans. Joe Szyliowicz asked about the projected number of participating students. Provost Coombe responded that once the program is totally subscribed, the projected number is 60% of juniors. Joe Szyliowisz suggested that the impact of losing 15% of the junior class is significant. Provost Coombe noted that for the program to be successful it must be embedded in majors and minorsarrangements must flow out of the departments. If this happens, there will be a major shift in how departments will manage their teaching loads. Dick Scudder asked what percentage of the programs will be in English as opposed to another language. Gould responded that the committee is working on those statistics; however, the vast majority is in English. Provost Coombe explained that to get to the projected levels of participation, English programs will be the majority for a while. We currently dont have enough students with fluency to take programs in other languages. Gould added that the program is investigating summer immersion experiences, especially for music students and student athletes.
Report on Division of Athletics, Recreation and WellnessDianne Murphy
Questions for Dianne Murphy:
Katherine Reed asked who set ticket prices and suggested that there is not enough of a financial incentive to purchase the four-packet rather than individual tickets for four events. Murphy responded that the entire staff sets the ticket prices and that they will look into the issue of pricing and four-pack incentive. John Kuark asked where the Division stood with regard to revenue. Murphy explained that the Division missed its projected revenue goal by two million the past year. They have reduced revenue expectations for this year. John Kuark asked about sustainability. Murphy responded that the original expectations were too aggressive but the new ones are more attainable. DU needs to do a better job with basketball revenue; however, that is a statewide problem and is not DU-specific. Further goals include increased fund-raising, annual giving, and endowments. The Division is working hard on these issues. DUs athletic program may never be totally self-supporting, and Murphy stated that she is not sure that it should be. Provost Coombe added that the current budget is one that athletics can make because they took some actions to develop a workable budget. However, a subsidy/subvention of a little less than five million will be necessary for a while, which is not unusual. Catherine Potter noted that we talk about budget as if it is only athletic ticket sales but event sales also is important and is an area that could be improved. Murphy agreed and said that the athletic/recreation program revenue has shown tremendous success. Joe Szyliowicz asked if there are plans to move to different league in the future. Murphy explained that a number of factors, including the lack of a football team and competition from professional franchises in Denver limited DUs options. The Sunbelt Conference was the only league we were able to get into. The West Coast Conference was an option but not where we want to be. We fit the Mountain West Conference academically, geographically, and competitively, but we have the two problems: we dont have football, and we do not have the fan support in basketball. You may only join the Mountain West Conference at their invitation, and we have not been invited.
Questions for Provost Coombe:
Joe Szyliowicz asked what kinds of issues were raised during the board meeting with regard to faculty. Provost Coombe listed salary, support for scholarship and research, and the possibility of developing some star faculty. Rick Leaman asked about the restructuring of undergraduate studies. Provost Coombe referred the senators to the electronic memo that went out to deans on November 7, 2002. The details of the restructuring are in the memo, but the goal of the change was to clarify the role of academic programs and to ensure that such programs in undergraduate studies reside in the company of other academic programs. Susan Sadler inquired about Jo Calhouns position and the impact of the change on the provosts office. Provost Coombe explained that Calhoun will be associate provost and will report to him. Margaret Whitt asked to whom Wright would report. Provost Coombe stated that she will report to him as well. Dennis Barrett asked who will chair the undergraduate council. Provost Coombe stated that the deans will rotate chair. If we find that rotating the chair among the deans is not working, we will consider alternative approaches to identifying the chair. He hopes to build the notion of four undergraduate deans working together for a common goal. Gordon Von Stroh asked if the vice-provost model is being eliminated. Provost Coombe said that it is not. Although there has been a reduction of vice provost positions, the model is still workable.
Motion Concerning Payroll Advice NotificationDon Stedman
Motion: The Faculty Senate is not in favor of the blanket elimination of paper notification of monthly payroll status. The Faculty Senate would not oppose a system in which individual faculty are offered an option including retention of the monthly paper notice.
Action: Motion passed
Helga Watt: The Student Relations committee is working on student evaluations, and suggestions are welcome. The committee met with the graduate student organization and asked if their issues are being met sufficiently.
Andy Divine: Academic Planning met to make awards to faculty research funds and forwarded recommendations to James Moran. Recommendations will go out within a week.
President Leon Giles: Senators will receive requests for nominations for the John Evans Professorship soon. Please give some thought to nominating someone, as this is one of our most prestigious honors.
Save the date: January 17, 2003. Joe Docksey and Mark Rogers (DUs architect) will join us for a tour of the new performing arts facility. The tour will begin at 1:30.
There was no new business.
Meeting Adjourned: President Leon Giles adjourned the meeting at 1:37.
Barbara J. Wilcots