University of Minnesota, Morris
Campus Assembly Minutes
February 19, 2002
The Campus Assembly met on Tuesday, February 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. There was some variation in the order of agenda items.
Chancellor Schuman reported the month of March will be full and busy as we wait for two important reports. The first is from our most recent audit; the second from Dr. Betsy Alden, our athletics consultant. The fate of the Social Science renovation project will also be determined in March. The Chancellor thanked everyone for their energetic efforts in contacting people at the Capitol. Many key legislators personally told Schuman how many phone calls and e-mails they received.
Barry McQuarrie replaces Solomon Gashaw on Scholastic Committee
Motion 1. Adoption of Health Services Subcommittee recommendation. The SSC approved the adoption of the recommendation to institute a student medical insurance hard waiver, to be instituted in Fall 2002.
Heather Pennie, chair of Student Services Committee, reported that currently 15% of UMM students are without health insurance. If instituted, UMM students will be required to show proof of health insurance or they will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance plan made available to UMM students. The reason for this recommendation is two-fold. First and foremost, to protect students who, if uninsured or have insufficient coverage, might otherwise need to leave the university for full-time work to pay medical bills. Secondly, such a hard waiver will protect Stevens County from incurring debt by students unable to pay medical expenses. Other campuses of the University of Minnesota system currently have this policy in place. Student health insurance is verified during student registration through a web registration screen. Proof of insurance may be provided up to two weeks into the semester before the student would be charged for the student health insurance. The hard waiver policy is recommended as a standard by the American College Health Association. Reid LeBeau asked if financial aid will be increased to cover the higher cost. Lori Koshork reported that students will be able to apply for financial aid.
Motion to approve the recommendation was approved.
Motion 2. AFRC advisors. Any student organization that receives an annual budget allocation through the Activity Fee Review Committee (AFRC) must have a UMM employee as an advisor. If this poses a hardship, the student organization may appeal to the SSC. This would be instituted for Fall 2002. Organizations that are not currently in compliance will be encouraged to comply this year.
Reid LeBeau encouraged everyone to vote no on this issue stating the recommendation is unclear what role the advisor plays. One of the strengths of student groups on this campus is that they are student run. Kevin Ely stated the soccer club does not have an advisor and the students organize themselves. Paula O'Loughlin stated she understands the concerns but also encouraged a no vote and expressed two concerns about the proposal stating it could inhibit student organization leadership development as well as decision-making skills. She is also concerned that the usual group of faculty would end up serving as advisors. Steve Shogren stated as chair of AFRC he sees no difference between organizations that have an advisor and those who do not. Roland Guyotte called the question and Schuman asked for show of hands.
Motion to approve the recommendation was opposed.
Political Science - 3 new courses:
Pol 4901 Senior Research Seminar in American Government
Pol 4902 Senior Research Seminar in International Relations & Comparative Results
Pol 4903 Senior Research Seminar in Political Theory
Psy 3321f Behavior Biology of Women
Psychology - 6 course revisions:
Psy 4610 Empirical Investigations in Cognitive Psychology I
Psy 4620 Empirical Investigations in Biological Psychology I
Psy 4630 Empirical Investigations in Personality, Psychotherapy, and Psychological
Psy 4640 Empirical Investigations in Developmental Psychology I
Psy 4650 Empirical Investigations in Social Psychology I
Psychology - 5 new courses:
Psy 4710 Empirical Investigations in Cognitive Psychology II
Psy 4720 Empirical Investigations in Biological Psychology II
Psy 4730 Empirical Investigations in Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychological
Psy 4740 Empirical Investigations in Developmental Psychology II
Psy 4750 Empirical Investigations in Social Psychology II
Leslie Meek reported the Scholastic Committee proposes a change in the academic progress requirements to become effective Fall 2002. The committee proposes a revision of the current system based on the use of two measures. The cumulative GPA of 2.0 will continue to be the long-range measure of success; the term GPA of 2.0 will replace the annual completion ratio as the short-term measure. The cumulative GPA measures performance over time. The term GPA measures performance within the term. To be in good standing, students must meet both. The use of the two criteria should prevent the suspension of a student who gets off to a bad start but recovers; it will also alert the student who does well in the beginning but whose GPA starts to drop in subsequent terms. Those students in academic difficulty will receive fair warning. Their advisers will be informed. Exemptions will continue to be made for seniors within a few credits of graduation. Appeal to the Scholastic Committee is still possible.
Rich Heyman believes the proposal would be more beneficial to the student and added this should not be looked at as a punitive measure.
Motion to approve the new Academic Progress Requirements was approved.
Jim Cotter reported the proposal came out of discussions from NCA and that our review of criteria has been the same since 1974. There was a feeling that advising was strong early on but faded as time went on. With the new proposal, students will be asked to evaluate their assigned advisers in their majors as part of the application for graduation. The results of the evaluation will provide individual advisers with qualitative and quantitative feedback. Summary norms will provide UMM with an assessment of the nature of advising at the upper division level. Student confidentiality is protected, and the questionnaire responses remain the sole property of the adviser being evaluated. Harold Hinds thinks the committee is off to a good start however doesn't think this reflects how advising works. His experience is that some of his advisees contact other professors in their discipline. Bert Ahern expressed concern about advising during the first year. Data from FYS indicate that a survey at the end of the semester might not be better. Greg Thorson is extremely supportive of this assessment but expressed concern about measures used. Cotter invited assembly members to send their comments or concerns to Karla Klinger.
Margaret Kuchenreuther reported that CRPC has spent much of the fall semester working on UMM's Strategic 3-year plan for 2002-2005. The plan includes three goals and a few broad objectives for each. These were developed through a consultative process, beginning with a retreat in August, where members of CRPC met with members of the Consultative Committee and the UMM Administration. Their aim has been to make these goals and objectives few enough to be tractable and doable and came up with three major goals: 1) Enhance regional and national recognition and visibility of UMM; 2) Strengthen, increase, and diversify the resource base for UMM; and 3) Strengthen the UMM Community. CRPC has also been working on implementation suggestions that are meant to serve as a means for dialogue between the administration and CRPC about how to best achieve the goals and objectives. Kuchenreuther then asked for comments about the draft. Gwen Rudney, Chair of the Consultative Committee, said they appreciate the hard work CRPC has done and wondered if some of their questions would be answered when the benchmarks were available. At this point, the Consultative Committee has two concerns: 1) is there a role for international focus in the plan and 2) they note the absence of faculty and student research. Greg Thorson said he would like this process to be more pervasive across all campus units. Roland Guyotte suggested adding international in the preamble and also questioned asked for a definition of what "region" means. Reid LeBeau added he would like to see a point stating we are an institution dedicated to making top quality education more affordable to students. Rich Heyman suggested adding a point about recruiting a diverse faculty and student body. Rickey Hall questioned the wording in the preamble regarding diversity because UMM does not reflect the diversity of the nation. Tim O'Keefe asked if the implementation strategies will be available to the campus. Kuchenreuther stated the committee has not resolved that issue yet and they offer these goals as suggestions. Harold Hinds believes the plan is overly general. Thorson again added he believes the process is wrong-headed and that the implementation strategies should be brought before Assembly. Kuchenreuther welcomes input from the campus and reported the committee will take comments seriously.
Reid LeBeau reported MCSA passed two resolutions indicating the 13 Credit Minimum Policy and University Withdraw Policy be developed and implemented within the administrative structure of UMM.
Adjourned at 5:55 p.m.