FACULTY MEETING MINUTES
December 1, 2000
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the November 3 faculty meeting were approved as submitted.
With regard to strategic planning activities, President Studley thanked the many faculty members who participated in roundtable discussions. She said that strategic planning is importantly linked to the conversation about the core curriculum. Whatever the faculty decides about the curriculum, the results of the process should be implemented in the best interest of Skidmore and its students.
Professor Fehling, a faculty representative on IPC, encouraged the faculty to fill out the survey on the web even if they participated in roundtable discussions. She asked them to encourage their students and staff to fill out the web form as well.
DEAN OF THE FACULTY’S REPORT
In his tribute to Professor Eric Weller, Dean Berman stated that Eric had an incredible 38-year career at Skidmore. In addition to teaching, he also served as Dean of the Faculty for thirteen years, as well as Dean of Studies and Department Chair.
Susan Kress, Chair of CAPT, read the following resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED: The faculty of Skidmore College expresses its profound appreciation and admiration for Eric Weller, member of the Skidmore faulty, who has this year expressed his determination to retire. The faculty further resolves that the following biographical highlights be included in the minutes of the faculty meeting of December 1, 2000 as recognition and celebration of distinguished service and achievement. (See Attachment A.)
The motion was approved by acclamation.
Eric Weller thanked the faculty for recognizing him and for their warm wishes.
Speaking for CEPP, Professor John Brueggemann, informed the faculty that a few changes had been made to the core curriculum proposal that was presented at the November 17 meeting: Under Item 5, the term "intercultural education" was changed to "culture-centered inquiry." Another change made to the proposal was that all students would be required to take one foreign language course. (The changed motion is presented in Attachment B.)
President Studley, the Chair, accepted the above changes as a substitute motion.
Because of the gridlock students are experiencing during registration, reducing the core requirements is a very important goal for CEPP. Professor Brueggemann suggested that a general discussion about the proposal be held first, and then the faculty should discuss the proposed amendments.
A general discussion was held about the proposed core curriculum and the following comments were made:
Regina Janes made the following motion to amend the proposal:
MOVED: Relative to the CEPP proposal, that under Item 4, the breadth component, we delete the social sciences and humanities requirements.
Motion was seconded, and there was a discussion. The comments included:
Professor John Thomas made a motion to call the question. The motion was seconded and it carried with all voting in favor.
The result of the paper ballot of the Janes amendment was as follows:
71 Voted "no"
53 Voted "yes"
The motion (proposed by Regina Janes) to delete social sciences and humanities from CEPP’s proposal failed.
Paty Rubio and Rob Linrothe made the following motion:
MOTION: We propose that under "Cultural-Centered Inquiry," the non-western and the inter-cultural study requirements each be stand-alone requirements. The non-western requirement would remain as it is now, and that we phase in the inter-cultural part by academic year 2003-2004. Should the faculty approve the amendment, CEPP will immediately convene an ad-hoc committee to work on guidelines for courses, look at existing offerings in this area, and invite proposals for the creation of new courses.
There was a discussion about the Rubio/Linrothe motion, and the following comments were made:
Professor Goodwin made a motion to call the question. The motion was seconded, and it carried with all voting in favor.
The Rubio/Linrothe motion was defeated by a show of hands.
The CEPP motion was called (as presented at the start of the meeting and presented as Attachment B), and the motion carried.
The results of the paper ballot on the new core curriculum were as follows:
89 Voted "yes "
33 Voted "no
The motion to accept CEPP’s proposal to amend the core curriculum was approved.
President Studley thanked the faculty for an extraordinary and constructive discussion and thanked CEPP for its hard work.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
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