MINUTES OF USC UNION FACULTY ORGANIZATION MEETING

Friday, April 1, 2005 - Commission Conference Room

ATTENDANCE

Present: Buchanan, Charles, Gavalas, Hawley, Hudson, Ivey, Kearse, Simpson, Stokes, Young

Absent: Edwards, Fatemi, Jett, Parker, Wright, Holcomb

READING AND APPROVAL O MINUTES OF MARCH 4, 2005 MEETING

Minutes were approved as posted to list serve.

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES

  1. Faculty Advisory - Dr. Charles: No report.
  2. Academic Affairs - Dr. Buchanan: No report.
  3. Student Affairs - Mr. Ivey: No report.
  4. Financial Affairs - Mr. Simpson: No report.
  5. Faculty Welfare - Dr. John Wright: See Attachment 1. Dr. Wright reported that in making committee membership assignments, everyone received his/her first/second choice. Committee membership for 2005-2006 was approved as recommended by the Faculty Welfare Committee.
  6. Regional Campuses Faculty Senate - Dr. Charles: Dr. Charles reported that a Faculty Manual was in the works for Palmetto College.
  7. Columbia Senate - Dr. Wright: No report.

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

  1. Staff Organization - Ms. Jett: No report.
  2. Recruitment/Retention - Mr. Young: See attachment 2. In addition, Mr. Young requested the Academic Affairs Committee to review our admissions testing policy due to the new "writing changes and additions to the SAT. Following discussion, the Academic Affairs Committee was given permission to adjust both our admission policy and the Opportunity Scholars admission policy to bring them into line with the new SAT. The reviewed admission policies are to be reported to the Faculty Organization at its next meeting. (See attachment 5 for proposed changes to admissions policy as submitted by Academic Affairs via ListServ.)
  3. Financial Aid - Mr. Holcomb: See attachment 3.
  4. Laurens Campus - Mrs. Parker: No report.
  5. OSP Report - Mrs. Stokes: See attachment 4.
  6. Peer Review Report - Mr. Kearse: All class visited have been completed, leaving only evaluations by the committee to be completed.
  7. Institutional Effectiveness - Mr. Simpson: No report.
  8. Palmetto College - Dr. Wright: No report.

DEAN EDWARDS’ REPORT: No report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Academic Dean/Faculty Search Committee: The following were appointed to a combined search committee and charged with conducting the search for an academic dean and three faculty members to fill the following needs: chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology), English, a foreign language, sociology, psychology, and philosophy: Stephen Buchanan, Chair; Thomas Simpson, Deborah Hudson, Allan Charles, John Wright, Brenda Childers

NEW BUSINESS

  1. All-around Academic Award: (1) Recipient by faculty vote is Angela K. Maness. (2) The Academic Affairs Committee asked to bring a clear statement of criteria for election of all-around academic award to the next faculty organization meeting.
  2. Student Members of Faculty Search Committee: Tanya Brientenbach, John Crocker, and Angela Maness were elected as student members of the Faculty Search Committee.
  3. Election The following were elected by the USCU Faculty Organization for 2005-2006:

1. Regional Campus Senate: Deborah Hudson, 3 year term.

2. Regional Campus Senate Alternate: Randy Ivey, 1 year term

3. Columbia Senate: Bob Kearse, 3 year term

4. System Tenure and Promotion: Alan Charles and Stephen Buchanan.

5. System Grievance Committee: No representative elected.

6. Provost Advisory Committee: Stephen Buchanan, Anthony N. Gavalas

7. Faculty Organization Officers:

A. Chair: Alan Charles

B. Vice-Chair: Stephen Buchanan

C. Secretary: Anthony N. Gavalas

8. Peer Review Committee: Simpson, Chair, Ivey, Hudson, Fatemi

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted

Anthony N. Gavalas, Secretary

USC Union Faculty Organization.

 

Attachment 1: Committee Members 2005-2006

Academic Affairs

Buchanan

Hudson

New Hire

 

Financial Affairs

Simpson, Chair

Kearse

Stokes

 

Student Affairs

Charles

Fatemi

Ivey

 

Faculty Welfare

Wright

Hawley

Gavalas

New Hire

Each Committee is to meet and elect its chairperson and report same at the next F.O. meeting.

Attachment 2: Student Affairs Report

From: Terry Young

To: USC Union Faculty Organization

Date: Wednesday - March 30, 2005 9:05 AM

Subject: Student Affairs April Report

  1. Official Enrollment for Spring 05'Headcount 2004 - (304)2005 - (367) 20.72% increaseF.T.E. 2004 - (190)2005 - (238) 25.29% increase
  2. RecruitingRecruiting visits made to Jonesville and Union High Schools in MarchJunior Scholars event held on March 17 (44 students attended)Recruiting visits scheduled for Laurens and Clinton High Schools on April 4th and 5th5500 recruiting letters/cards will be mailed in AprilFree Friday (recruiting day) will be held on April 22Telephones calls continue to be made to recruits
  3. Student ActivitiesSGA social held on March 23SGA evening pizza social held on March 22SGA officer elections held on March 30SGA Silly Putty social scheduled for April 6Blood drive held on March 22SGA planning retreat scheduled for April 15-17Awards Day scheduled for April 21

 

Attachment 3: Financial Aid Report

From: Financial Aid Office

To: Faculty Meeting April 1, 2005

  1. The USCU Awards Ceremony will be held on April 21st, 7 p.m. in the Main Building Auditorium. All 2005-2006 Scholarship Recipients and 2005 Academic Award Recipients will be honored at this event. A number of our donors will be in attendance. Please mark you calendars!
  1. USCU Junior Scholars of Excellence Program was on held March 17th. Our count was 115 Junior Scholars which represents 7 counties and 20 high schools. We had 44 junior scholars attend the program. Along with their guest and our faculty/staff we had a house full. Miss South Carolina was our speaker and spoke on Character Development. If you attended, thank you for your support!
  2. Summer Financial Aid Applications are due April 15th.
  3. ADVISORS PLEASE NOTE: IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANY STUDENT WISHING TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID FOR SUMMER SCHOOL 2005 BE ADVISED AND REGISTERED NO LATER THAN APRIL 15TH. THIS INCLUDES HAVING THEIR SCHEDULE ENTERED IN THE SYSTEM. DUE TO PROCESSING, ANY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER APRIL 15TH WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FINANCIAL AID.
  4. Palmetto College Courses for fall 2005 are: ENGL P437, ENGL P406, HIST P442, PSYC P501 and SOCY P340. Students should be aware that these classes are based on Columbia tuition and not Union’’s tuition. Therefore, instead of 158.00 per credit hour, the cost will be 248.00 per credit hour. (USCU 474.00 verses Palmetto 744.00). Students enrolling in Regional Campuses courses and Palmetto College courses will pay their campus tuition plus Palmetto College part time rate. Students should be encouraged to enroll in 12credit hours on the Regional campus, and then add Palmetto courses. This will eliminate possible concerns for insurance, FTE counts, clearinghouse reporting, etc. THE VALUE OF LIFE SCHOLARSHIP, LOTTERY TUITION ASSISTANCE AND ANY OTHER FEDERAL OR STATE AID WILL NOT INCREASE TO COVER THE INCREASE IN PALMETTO COLLEGE TUITION.

 

Attachment 4: OSP Report

From: Tammy Stokes

To: USCU Faculty Organization

Date: March 31, 2005 2:51 PM

Subject: OSP Report

We were refunded for another 4 years!! That's the best news coming out of OSP these days! Events that took place in the past month......a visit to USC Upstate...OSP teamed up with MSU and took a group of students to see a movie in Greenville and to visit the Greenville Museum...held a career workshop at which former OSP counselor, Brad Morris and local attorney, Sammy Diamodorous came to speak to students about careers in politics and law.

...we are currently preparing for early registration. the PMT's have called OSP advisees and reminded them to come in for early registration. We're hoping to get as many of them registered as possible!!On Monday, April 11 we will have a Faculty Roundtable with Dr. Wright...this will be our final workshop of the semester.Mike and Brian will be taking a group of students on a road trip to USC Beaufort on April 8th and 9th. While there they are also planning a visit to the Paris Island Museum.We may be planning a trip to the Festival of Flowers on June 17th or 18th.We will be revamping the PMT program over the summer...if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve or reach out to more students, etc. please let us know your thoughts.

Attachment 5: Revised Admissions Policy

From: Stephen Buchanan, Chair, Academic Affairs Committee

To: USCU Faculty Organization

Date: Monday - April 11, 2005 11:34 AM

Subject: Admissions Policy

As you recall, at our last faculty organization meeting, Debbie Hudson and I were authorized to meet with Terry to revise our admissions policies to make them consistent with the new SAT. We decided that the best way to accomplish this task is simply to add the same percentage score for the new writing portion of the test to the existing score that allows Terry to administratively admit a student. The policy for Opportunity Admissions will now read: "applicants who earned a score of at least 700 on the SAT (1050 on the new SAT with a writing assessment) or an equivalent ACT score generally are admitted to our Opportunity Scholars program." We also agreed to change the wording of the policy for admitting concurrent students to read: "As a general guidelines, seniors should have at least 900 on the SAT (1450 on the new SAT with a writing assessment) or an equivalent ACT score, or be in the top 30% of their class, or have at least a B average in their college preparatory courses. Juniors should meet at least two of these criteria."Unless I receive objections from members of our faculty organization I will assume that this motion from the Academic Affairs Committee is acceptable to the members and is therefore approved. If this is the case, Terry will begin to make his admissions decisions based upon thesereworded policies.I ask the Secretary of the Faculty Organization (Tony Gavalas) to enter this correspondence into the Faculty Organization minutes.SteveDr. Stephen R. BuchananProf. of Psychology/Academic CoordinatorUniversity of South Carolina at UnionUnion, South Carolina 29379-1902(864)429-USCU FAX (864)427-7252e-mail <buchanan@gwm.sc.edu>