The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 2, No. 7, March 2005

    Senate Reapportionment Issue


    Core Update


APCCC Recommends New Policy for Declaration of Majors


At the March meeting, Peter Ahr, Chair of the Compensation and Welfare Committee, reported that a reapportionment of the Senate is necessary.  According to the Senate By-Laws:

Every three years beginning with February 1, 1994, the Senate shall review and as necessary, based on then-current faculty data and on recommendations from its Nominations, Elections and Appointments Committee, reapportion the membership.

Since it has been at least three years since the last reapportionment, the Senate Nominations and Elections Committee has been charged to find out how many Senators are needed, and to then inform the Nominations and Elections Committees of each college so that the appropriate number of representatives can be seated at the May meeting, the first meeting of the new Senate.


Evaluation of On-line Courses on  IT Committee Agenda

The Information Technology Committee, led by Nathaniel Knight, continues to consider the matter of guidelines and assessment for on-line courses.  Dr. Knight met with Dr. Jeffrey Togman, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and learned that the dean's office is "receptive to the idea of coordinating our mutual efforts in assessing on-line courses and is willing to share the results of student focus group meetings currently underway."  The IT Committee also discussed "the question of whether on-line courses require special approval as separate courses by the EPCs of their respective schools."  The committee  report states, "It would appear that the Dean’s Office and the EPC of Arts and Sciences have divergent understandings of this issue, which the committee will try to address in its guidelines."  Finally, the committee discussed possibilities for the support and training of faculty who teach on-line courses, the need for training and support of faculty offering on-line courses "as well as the advisability of “gatekeeping” measures to insure that the courses reach their intended audiences.  After discussing these issues the committee agreed to invite faculty members involved in on-line teaching to an upcoming meeting to continue the discussion in preparation for the drafting of guidelines." 


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In her Executive Committee report to the Senate, Roseanne Mirabella, Faculty Senate Chairperson, provided an update on the work of the Core Curriculum Committee following the passage of the Core principles at the February meeting.

She noted that the committee "has met to develop a schedule of next steps.  Included is coordination with the APCCC for review of corecomponents, implementation of a process to determine the outline for the signature courses, further development of the proficiencies including an action plan for implementation, and development of resource needs to support the implementation of the core curriculum once finalized.  Work will continue on these activities in the coming months."

Work on the Core Curriculum will continue this summer with workshops for those faculty interested in beginning to work on infusing the core proficiencies into their courses, as well as for those interested in helping to develop the signature courses.  Look for  announcements about this faculty development opportunity.





The Academic Policy and Core Curriculum Committee, responding to the problems caused by students who fail to declare a major in a timely fashion, has proposed the following:

Whereas the current university policy that students must declare a major when they have attained 75 credits has created many instances in which students are unable to achieve necessary entry requirement for various programs,

Therefore, be it resolved

That the College of A&S, with the concurrence of the APCCC, recommends to the Senate that the current policy be changed to require matriculated undergraduate students to declare a major no later than the semester in which they have attained 60 credits.
That students transferring to Seton Hall, or returning to Seton Hall after more than two years absence, with more than 30 credits already taken, have a minimum of one year to declare a major, or until they attain 90 credits, whichever comes first.
That chairs of departments offering programs with an entrance requirement may, with the consent of the dean, ask for a one-semester waiver of this requirement, if it is believed that a student will meet major entrance requirements in the following semester.
That the Secretary be directed to communicate this motion to the Registrar, to Deans of undergraduate Schools and Colleges, and to other appropriate parties.

 The motion was remanded to the APCCC, which was instructed to distribute this proposal to the college EPCs and return to the Senate with their responses.


Senate Meeting Schedule

April 8, Beck Rooms, Walsh Library, 1:30 P.M.

May 6, Beck Rooms, Walsh Library, 1:30 P.M.

June 3, Beck Rooms, Walsh Library, 1:30 P.M.


If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the material in this newsletter, please contact Mary Balkun, Faculty Senate Executive Secretary, at


Meeting Minutes  March 2005

Executive Committee Report   April 2005

Senate Committees     2004-2005