USC UNION FACULTY ORGANZIATION MEETING
Friday, January 28, 2005, 11:00 AM – Commission Conference Room
Present: Buchanan, Charles, Edwards, Fatemi, Gavalas, Hawley, Hudson, Ivey, Kearse, Parker, Stokes, Wright,
Absent: Holcomb, Jett, Simpson, Young
Special Order of Business – Class Scheduling Beginning Fall, 2005
The published agenda was suspended in order to allow Dr. Buchanan opportunity to present the Class Scheduling Proposal before he had to leave for a subsequent meeting on the Columbia Campus. In essence, as requested by the Palmetto College implementing committee, Dr. Buchanan’s proposal recommended that beginning with the Fall, 2005 Semester, the USC Union Class Schedule be brought into conformity with the Palmetto College Class Schedule. A copy of the proposed class schedule is attached (see attachment 1). After much discussion, and upon motion by Dr. Gavalas, seconded by Dr. Wright, the Faculty Organization adopted the scheduling proposal. Dr. Buchanan was thanked for his hard work in bringing order out of the chaos of scheduling change.
Reading/Approval of Minutes of December 3, 2004
Minutes were approved as posted to list serve.
Reports of Standing Committees
Faculty Advisory - Dr. Charles
Academic Affairs - Dr. Buchanan
Student Affairs – Mr. Ivey
Mr. Ivey reported that the Student Affairs Committee had considered and denied a grievance from a student who had been caught cheating and had consequently failed the course in which the cheating took place.
Financial Affairs - Mr. Simpson
Faculty Welfare - Dr. Wright
Regional Campuses Faculty Senate -
Columbia Senate - Dr. Wright.
Reports of Special Committees
Staff Organization – Ms. Jett
Recruitment/Retention – Mr. Young
See Attachment 2
Financial Aid – Mr. Holcombe
See Attachment 3
Laurens Campus – Mrs. Parker
Mrs. Parker reported the Laurens campus offers seven courses with a total enrollment of 94 students
OSP Report – Ms. Stokes
See Attachment 4
Peer Review – Mr. Kearse
Mr. Kearse reported that Peer Reviews are on target.
Institutional Effectiveness – Mr. Simpson
Palmetto College – Dr. Wright
Dr. Wright reported that the Palmetto College has plans already in place to offer courses in English, History, and Psychology, with other courses being developed.
Dean Edwards’ Report
Dean Edwards began his report with a word of caution regarding the outbreak of cheating in the classroom on our campus. He urged all concerned to be vigilant and deal with the problem head on where necessary. Dean Edwards then offered the following:
1. The Smart Classroom is near completion both in Union and Laurens.
2. The Governor’s plan to close the Union and Salkehatchie campus is of some concern but he has been assured it is not likely to happen.
3. Our enrollment increase speaks well for our recruitment efforts.
4. Repairs in the Main Building are complete.
5. Thanks for supporting the Palmetto College effort by going to new schedule
6. Founders Day will be February 7, 2005 in Laurens. Senator David Taylor is to be honored post-humorously.
7. Announced 40th Anniversary of USCU to run from Sept, 2005 to Sept, 2006. The planning Committee for the celebration will be composed of Brenda Childers, Tammy Stokes, Bobby Holcomb, Dean Edwards, and two faculty members.
Mr. Kearse was elected as Campus Representative to the Palmetto College Implementation Committee.
Dr. Gavalas was elected to the Provost Advisory Committee.
The General Faculty Administrative Meeting will take place at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 6, 2005. The date and time for the February, 2005 Faculty Organization meeting will be announced at that time.
Adjournment - Adjourned at 12:40 PM.
Anthony N. Gavalas, D. Min.
Secretary, USCU Faculty Organization
ATTACHMENT 1: CLASS SCHEDULE BEGINNING FALL, 2005 SEMESTER
USC UNION CAMPUS – PRESENTED BY DR. BUCHANAN
Carolyn West requested that a common Palmetto College schedule of time-slots be approved. Jim authorized me to represent us at a meeting during which the time-slots (listed below) for Palmetto College were approved. These are time slots only for Palmetto College courses, but we could adopt this schedule for all of our courses. I am copying this email to Jim since he needs to advise, but I suggest that we will have an excellent opportunity to discuss this issue at the January 28 faculty meeting. So, with this email I request that Allan place this issue in the agenda as new business. Since I have a meeting in Cola at 1:30, I prefer that we suspend the rule so that we can discuss new business at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end of the meeting.
ATTACHMENT 2 – SUBMITTED BY TERRY YOUNG
Preliminary USC Union Spring 2005 Enrollment Report
For the second consecutive semester, USC Union has experienced a significant increase in enrollment. Preliminary reports indicate that student head count has increased from 296 (Spring 2004) students to 370 students. This is a 25% increase. The full time equivalency (F.T.E) increased from 188 (Spring 2004) to 229. This is a 21.98% increase. Our classroom seat utilization is 68.7% for all classes on the USC Union Campus.
The Spring 2005 semester student body includes students from ten counties and 21 different high schools. We have students from Union, Chester, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg, Lexington, York, Cherokee, Anderson, and Greenville counties. The high schools represented include Blacksburg, Broome, Chapman, Chesnee, Chester, Clinton, Gaffney, Irmo, Jonesville, Laurens Academy, Laurens District 55, Lockhart, Newberry, R.B. Stall, Sullivan South, Union Christian Day, Union, Westminster Catawba, Whitmire, York, and Midland Valley.
The student body make-up consists of 35% traditional students, 30% high school concurrent students, and 35% non-traditional students. The racial make-up is 74.6 % white, 22.2 % black/African American, .3% American Indian, .3% Asian, .3% Hispanic, and 2 % unknown. The sex breakdown is 63.5 % female and 36.5 % male.
ATTACHMENT 3 – SUBMITTED BY BOBBY HOLCOMB
The financial aid office is still processing financial aid for new
ATTACHEMENT 4 – SUBMITTED BY TAMMY STOKES
OSP will hold its first workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 9th. It was