The following Program Review recommendations for the 2002-2003 group were
approved by the Senate at its June 4th meeting:
2002-2003 Program Review
|No recommendations |
|The increasing enrollments in this program would seem to
warrant the addition of a new faculty member, as would the current
faculty-student ratio (about 15-1) for advisement and supervision of clinical
work. As the subcommittee report states: “This is an unacceptable
circumstance, particularly when faculty spend valuable time working with
University athletic teams.”
|Since this program is part of a larger department
(Speech Pathology and Audiology), it is the strong recommendation of this
committee that these programs be reviewed together in the future, and that the
department be evaluated as a whole.|
|The need for a Director of Clinical Education is clear.
|This has become a viable and nationally recognized
program in a short time and with limited resources. It has not received
adequate financial support, a point also made by the external consultant. We
thereby recommend that this program be given an additional $2500 in its
operating budget for 2004-2005 to be used for the following:|
- Guest speakers.
- Journals to support research in the discipline.
It is up to the department to decide how to divide up
the additional funds. However, the money is not to be used for faculty travel
or advertising since these
monies come from other budget lines.
|We also strongly recommend that the university do
whatever it must to find suitable facilities for the Art and Music
Department. The lack of adequate facilities for Museum Studies is emblematic
of a department-wide problem.|
|Asian studies instructors must receive credit for
courses they are teaching in other departments and this should be reflected in
evaluations of the department’s productivity.|
|Nationally, there has been an increased demand for
courses in both Asian and Arab languages. The department needs a new faculty
line in either Southeast Asia or Arabic to meet this demand. The area of
specialization should be completely at the discretion of the department, which
should choose the area which best fits with its current offerings and
|Professors Korn and Hughes are distinguished, active
scholars who have proved themselves as long-term adjuncts in the department.
They should be given either renewable term contracts or Faculty Associate
positions. This will add to the stability of the department as well as
satisfying the actual need for a full-time tenure track line. Increasing
enrollments point to a productive and highly efficient department, and this
should be recognized and rewarded. |
|The ratio of students to instructors (approximately 25-1
per class section) needs to be changed for the University Life
course to be more effective. Smaller classes are strongly
recommended. Freshman Studies, and University Life more
specifically, is the main support for our freshmen. Retention
is of vital importance in the first year, and this can not be
accomplished with the current class size.|
African American Studies:
|The report as submitted was incomplete and not acceptable.
Several essential elements were missing, including data to support
the self study claims, and both the external consultant’s and
internal reviewer’s reports. The committee believes that the state
of the report reflects some of the most pressing problems in the
We have two
suggestions for enhancing the quality of this program:
1. Reconstitute the program as an “area of study" (such as Catholic Studies
or Women's Studies)
with a Program Director; this would require reconfiguration of the department.
Existing faculty and courses would be merged into appropriate departments (many
current offerings are currently cross-listed courses). All faculty lines would
be protected in their current form.
Retain the program in its current form and commit the resources necessary
to bring additional scholars into the program, possibly including an outside
chairperson. However, the current self study does not reflect any strategies
for increasing enrollments or developing the program. Any commitment of
resources needs to be tied to a very specific strategic plan for increasing
student enrollments, for program leadership and partnering with other
departments, and for curricular development.
In addition, this program must
undertake Program Review again in two years (as part of the 2005-2006 group).
|We recommend that faculty members contributing to the
disruption in the department be required to participate in formal mediation.
The tensions between faculty members have clearly not impacted the students in
the program. They expressed generally high satisfaction with their
instructors and the program overall, and the number of majors continues to
increase. However, it is only a matter of time before the personnel problems
in the department begin to impact the academic mission. |
|This program is required to submit a status report in
one year, by May 1 2005. The report is to be sent to the Program Review
Steering Committee. |
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
· As is true across the university, teaching assistants in this
department need to be better compensated; the current stipend makes it very
difficult to attract high quality students to and keep them in the program.
Without adequate compensation, teaching assistants cannot truly support the
faculty. The number of teaching assistants should also be increased in order to
reduce faculty teaching loads and enhance faculty scholarship activities.
Social Work :
|We recommend that the department explore the possibility
of merging with other university entities.|
|The department is also desperately in need of faculty
and we strongly urge that a new faculty line be created to fill this need.
This will serve three purposes: it will lessen the reliance on adjunct
faculty; it will make a merger with Social Work more attractive to the other
party concerned; and it will make it more possible to implement the
recommendation of the external reviewer for the creation of a Masters in
Social Work (MSW). |
The next step in the process is for representatives from the
various constituencies to meet with the provost to discuss implementing
Academic Policy and Core Curriculum Committee voted to approve the
restructuring of the Communications Department's program offerings.
According to the committee report, the restructuring" appears to be
well-thought-out, ... it will require only modest new resources, and ...
the university has committed to make these resources available."
A full Senate vote on this matter was tabled until the September
The committee also reviewed the motion
on parallel and cross-listed courses, which was submitted to the Senate
At that time, it was remitted to the committee to clarify the language
of certain sections. The revised motion was approved by the Senate
at the June meeting. It
can be found in the Senate minutes for
June 4th, which are posted on the Senate Home page.
Executive Committee Report
The following statement in an article in
the May Newsletter about Faculty Guide decisions read "A
substitute motion to add permanent representatives from the College of
Education and Human Services and the Whitehead School of Diplomacy for a
total of 10 members was defeated." The underlined section should
have referred to the Stillman School of Business.
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