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Minutes January 11, 2006

Agenda items for the March 8, 2006 meeting need to be submitted to Theresa DeRose
by February 27, 2006.

The meeting convened at 2:30 p.m. by Paul Pusecker, President, PAC.

PAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Paul Pusecker 1 Burt Wilson 9
Trudy Riley 2 Sue Groff 10
Gerald Hendricks 5 Doris Miklitz 11
Chris Murphy 6 Mary Jo Mankin 12
Daniel Bailey 7 Melissa Scott 14
Theresa DeRose 8

Absent: Pat Grim #3 and Kristine Ritz-Coll #4.
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland and Lynn Brock.


Minutes

The November minutes were approved with the following correction. Cindy Panchisin was not absent because District #13 is currently vacant. Richie Holland noted that Mike Middaugh’s presentation on the Employee Satisfaction Survey will be rescheduled for a later date.

Constituent Concerns

Doris Miklitz reported findings relating to Paul Pusecker’s constituent concern from the November 2, 2005 PAC meeting being that a gated lot was not open for Newark Community Days. Doris contacted Jim Grimes who thought that perhaps one of the gated lots was either forgotten or that perhaps it was one of the exceptions e.g. the lot along side Aetna fire hall or at Hullihen Hall.

Committee Reports

Faculty Senate minutes from 11/9/05 and 12/5/05 were presented by Gerald Hendricks.

Faculty Senate Meeting November 9, 2005
The Senate passed a resolution commending President Roselle for his accomplishments over the past 15 years. Noted was the improvement of University’s infrastructure and financial resources, the support of excellence in scholarship and research, higher faculty salaries and an unprecedented increase in endowed professorships. An amendment was added recognizing the president’s contribution toward strengthening teaching and professional service as well as promoting campus diversity.
A panel report was presented on institutionalizing diversity at the University. Provost Rich introduced the panel noting that UD is more diverse in every aspect than ever before, and that it is not an accident; it is the intention and commitment of the institution.
Assistant Provost Terry Whittaker reported that retention and graduation are benchmarks of our success. Black undergraduates at UD have a 65 percent graduation rate, exceeding the 55 percent national standard. Enrollment applications are increasing by African American, Asian American and Hispanic American students. Areas that still need improvement are in the colleges of engineering and business, which have mostly male students, and the University’s graduate enrollment is mostly white and foreign and more students of color are needed.
Whittaker also pointed out special academic programs that now exist within the colleges: the Nucleus Program, Bridges to Baccalaureate Program and the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which encourage careers in sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences; the Excel Program within the Lerner College of Business; RISE and FAME programs within the College of Engineering that assist students from middle school to graduate school; and Aspire, a program that aids teacher education in the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy.
James Jones, the head of the Black American Studies Program, added that the multidisciplinary program offers cross-listed courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, urban affairs and public policy that focus upon the African Diaspora experience. A minor requiring 18 credits is in place, and he expects to have a BAMS major by 2007.
Wunyari Maloba, Chair of the President’s Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity, said the commission is concerned with every aspect of diversity on campus, monitoring how students are treated and the level of tolerance on campus. He noted the opportunity to increase diversity in the faculty since 36 percent of full professors, 28 percent of associate professors, and 25 percent of assistant professors will be retiring within the next dozen years.

Faculty Senate Meeting December 5, 2005
Karen Stein, director of the new Office of Educational Assessment, reported that the office was created to provide how-to workshops and individual assistance to help academic departments, schools and programs construct and implement strategies to assess student learning.
The goal is to determine if UD graduates are leaving the University with the anticipated knowledge and skills. Faculty first will decide what they want their students to learn and then document whether or not they are doing so.
UD is following other universities undertaking program assessments including American, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Syracuse Maryland and Penn. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, will review UD for reaccredidation in 2011, and has specified that engagement in assessing student learning outcomes is an expected activity of a high-quality education institution. Pilot assessment projects already are under way within the departments of English, psychology, communication and biology and the associate in arts degree program. Steins, take-home messages are:
• Not everything that is important to you can be assessed
• Good assessments are cost effective; not dissertation-quality research
• Departments and Programs own their assessment plans, but plans and results are shared with the university community • Assessment expertise is available to help-not to evaluate your program
• Examples abound – use the work at other institutions to adopt or modify as appropriate
• You don’t have to do everything at once – start with 3-5 learning goals

Report on The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity’s and Commission on the Status of Women Annual Joint Meeting held on December 8, 2005 submitted by Trudy Riley

The purpose of the annual joint meeting of the Diversity Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women is to address the Commissions’ common interests, issues and concerns.
Dr. Maloba introduced Dr. Pamela Cook, chair, Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Cook briefly discussed the CSW annual report’s statistics regarding women faculty at the University of Delaware. She noted the obvious disparity between the percentage of women students and the percentage of tenured women faculty, especially in the sciences. In response to the disparity, a new committee, the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) committee was formed. The committee’s charge is to increase the number of women faculty in Engineering and Science areas. Dr. Maloba presented statistics regarding named professors. Those data indicate that women and people of color are represented in very low percentages.
Dr. Maloba discussed recent campus incidents and the University of Delaware’s response to those incidents. President Roselle called two meetings regarding the incidents. Dr. Maloba believes that the meetings were very interesting and informative. Progress is being made toward addressing the issues of sexual assault and racial and religious discrimination as well as issues concerning sexual orientation.
Dr. Maloba reported that a University of Delaware website for students to report incidents is currently being developed and should be ready by Spring 2006. University of Delaware police and administration will investigate reported incidents. The website includes a definition of sexual assault and “harassment” and the consequences of “harassment”. Following the two meetings, students requested some additional assistance including late evening express buses, increased lighting in specific campus locations, and increased University of Delaware escorts. A suggestion was made for new faculty to receive information regarding the “harassment” reporting procedure.
Dr. Maloba noted that Dr. Roselle’s Zero Tolerance letter to the University community means that all forms of harassment will be not be tolerated. It is hoped that the new measures will eradicate much of the intolerance. James Flatley, Director, Public Safety, presented information regarding hate crimes on/off the University of Delaware campus. As of the fall reporting date, there were three incidents of racial harassment slurs/hate crime incidents at the George Read residence hall. Representatives of the Judicial Affairs office met with students regarding all incidents. Residence Life also participated in handling the incidents. Residence Life established some years ago a response team – SAFE - in which students and staff respond to incidents of discrimination. Moreover, each fall, university students sign a contract agreeing not to participate in hate crimes or harassment incidents.
In response to the issues discussed at this meeting, the two commissions formed three committees to review and to address a joint commission response to the various problems and concerns. The following are the Committees:
Sexual Assault/Hate Crimes Committee
Mentoring & Advancement to Leadership Committee
Workshops/Brochure for Chairs & Search Committee
Each of the committees will prepare an initial report by March, 2006. Some of the issues of concern are: tenured/tenure-track women faculty; mentoring of assistant and associate faculty; better mentoring at all faculty levels; and annual goals.

Announcements

Discussion ensued regarding the review of the classification system for salaried and professional staff positions.

Paul Pusecker inquired as to the final tally for those who elected the new Long Term Disability for state pension plan employees. Tom LaPenta stated that only 134 employees did not enroll in the new plan.

Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Lynn Brock

Reviewed by Theresa DeRose, Secretary, PAC

 

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