GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FALL MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
GENERAL FACULTY ASSEMBLY
MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE
Amphitheater 236 Global
1. Larry Kahn, Chair of the Executive Board opened the meeting at . He introduced President Clough to deliver the “2003 State of the Institute Address” entitled “Intersections of Innovation.” (Presentation text, slides, and brochure distributed at the meeting can be found at the web site referenced below – Attachment #1).
The President began by outlining the theme of his presentation: to “consider the achievements of the past while we glimpse the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.” He stated that today’s circumstances are quite different than those which prevailed in 1999 when we finished drafting our strategic plan; yet, despite the stock markets declines, terrorists attacks, war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and declines in our State appropriations and endowment income, “we have remained focused, and worked to optimize the resources under our control, and strategically used those available.” He summarized some of the accomplishments to date, which demonstrate the validity of our approach:
Faculty applauded in appreciation of the President’s
remarks. A question was asked regarding
fees for faculty use of the
There were no other questions for the President. Larry Kahn thanked the President for his presentation, and “returned the gavel” to him to chair the remainder of the meeting following a short intermission.
2. The President re-convened the meeting at . He called for approval of the minutes of the meeting of April 22, 2003 [Called meeting of the General Faculty combined with meeting of the Academic Senate and annual meeting of the Academic Faculty]. He indicated that the minutes were published and posted on the faculty governance web site and that there were no additions or corrections. (See Attachment #2 below for web site reference). The minutes were approved without dissent.
3. The President called for approval of the minutes of Standing Committees of the General Faculty which do not contain any action items, all of which have been posted on the web (see Attachment #3 below for web site listing of minutes of all Standing Committees)
Welfare and Security:
The minutes were approved without dissent.
4. The President called on Joe Hughes, 2002-03 Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, to introduce minutes from that committee and action items therein. Hughes indicated that there are eleven committee meeting minutes and three Study Abroad Subcommittee meeting minutes to be approved; these have been posted on the web (see Attachment #3 below). He enumerated the action items contained in the minutes which require faculty approval:
of new courses in HTS, PSYC/LING, and CS 1371 (Computing for Engineers; satisfies the General Education
requirement) [meeting of
b. Revised guidelines for undergraduate minors and certificates; new modified certificates in Linguistics, Applied Physiology, Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, and Nuclear & radiological Engineering; New minors in Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Aerospace Engineering; new courses and change in degree requirements for BS in EAS; substitution of CS 1371 for CS 1321 for Engineering majors; standardized undergraduate research courses [2698/4698 Undergraduate Research Assistantship (for pay) and 2699/4699 Undergraduate Research (for credit)] in AE, APPH, BIOL, BMED, CEE, CHE, CHEM, CHIN, CS, EAS, ECE (2698 and 4698 only), ECON, FREN, GRMN, HTS, INTA, ISYE, LCC, LING, MATH, ME, MGT, MSE, NRE, PHYS, PST, PSYC, PUBP, RUSS, SPAN, TFE [meeting of 09/03/03].
undergraduate research courses [2698/4698 and 2699/4699] in ARCH, BC & ID,
MUSI, COA approved on [
d. New courses in ME; renumbering of PSYC 1000 to GT 1000; change in degree requirements for BS in AE, BME, ChE, CE, MSE, ME, NRE, PFE to require CS 1371 - Computing for Engineers [meeting of 09/24/03].
A question was asked as to why Japanese was not listed among the units for which the standardized undergraduate research courses are being approved. Jo McIver (Registrar) indicated that it may not have been listed on the original signature sheet; her office will track this question and take the necessary action to bring it for faculty approval at a future meeting. A motion to approve the recommended action items passed without dissent.
Hughes listed the IUCC meeting minutes submitted for approval [12/2&4/02 (as corrected by the IUCC on 08/18/03), 04/23&28/03, 05/12/03, 06/11/03, 07/09/03, 07/23/03, 07/30/03, 08/18/03, 09/03/03, 09/15/03, and 09/24/03, along with Study Abroad Subcommittee meetings of 10/10/02, 10/17/02, and 11/21/02]. A motion to approve the IUCC meeting minutes passed without dissent.
President called on Bill Green, Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee to
introduce minutes from that committee and action items therein. Green indicated
that there are four committee meeting minutes to be approved [
a. Approval of new GTL courses to reflect a student’s enrollment at partner institutions (GTL 6110; 6100; 6019; 6009; 6018; and 6008)
b. Approval of new course in the
c. Approval of new MS degree in Medical Physics, including the creation of a new course designator (MP - Medical Physics) and new courses (MP 6101; 6201; 6405; 6407; 8101; 8102; 8103; 7000; 8801-2-3-4-5-6; and 8901-2-3-4-5-6).
A motion to approve the GCC meeting minutes and all the action items therein passed without dissent.
President called on Richard Barke (acting in behalf of the 2002-03 Committee
Chair Paul Benkeser) to introduce minutes for the Student regulations Committee.
Barke indicated that there is one set of meeting minutes (
A motion was made to approve the Student Regulations Committee meeting minutes and the action item contained therein (as amended). A question was asked as to how the proposed policy (as amended) would address cases involving students enrolled in the distance-learning program, who may never be in residence on campus. A suggestion was made to strike the words “in residence on campus.” Barke indicated the Regulations Committee may be reluctant to do so since students may have a legitimate reason to be away from campus during the following semester (e.g. enrolled in study-abroad program). He indicated that the committee did not discuss the impact of the policy on distance-learning students, and suggested that the motion be tabled until the committee re-examines the policy. The motion was tabled.
7. The President called for approval of the minutes of other Standing Committees of the Academic Senate which do not contain any action items, all of which have been posted on the web (see Attachment #3 below for web site listing of minutes of all Standing Committees)
Student Academic and Financial
The minutes were approved without dissent.
8. The President called on Chairs of Standing Committees of the General Faculty to present their committees’ annual reports for 2002-2003 (see Attachment #5 below for web site listing of annual reports of all Standing Committees).
a. Dale Atkins (in behalf of Michael Elliott) reported on the activities of the Faculty Benefits Committee. The major issues addressed during the year included the following three items: (1) A review of benefits provided by Georgia Tech compared to other universities; a total of 392 public and private institutions participated in the review. The study suggests that while health benefits are a growing concern, Georgia Tech provides benefits at or above the level of most colleges. Sabbatical leaves and domestic partners’ benefits are the two areas of most concern. (2) Georgia Tech’s OHR has extended benefits to domestic partners; the full costs of these benefits are paid by the employee with post-tax deductions. (3) The voluntary life insurance plan has been shifted to MetLife and restructured; it provides voluntary life insurance coverage for employees and spouses at rates comparable to the BOR plan, and is portable for employees who leave Georgia Tech. Other issues addressed by the committee include: (1) cost of medical health plans -- on average, corporations pay 77% of the insurance costs for single employees and only 67-69% of the costs for families; the Regents pay 75% of the costs for all employees. (2) Compensation for classified employees; Georgia Tech now stands between 3 and 9% below national or local markets depending on job classification.
A question was asked regarding the domestic partner benefits. Atkins indicated that the benefits are extended to domestic partners as long as the employee pays the full cost. A follow-up question was asked as to whether that applies to all benefits. Atkins replied by indicating that not all benefits are extended (a list of benefits extended to domestic partners can be found in the committee’s annual report).
b. Paul Steffes reported on the activities of the Faculty Honors Committee. The activities included revising the Call for Nominations, creating a webpage so that the call for nominations would be available on line, and soliciting nominations through e-mail announcements, and publication in the Whistle. Steffes indicated that the deadline for nominations was nearly two weeks earlier than previous year’s. He listed the awardees for last year, and indicated that all nominees were informed of the outcome. The committee also recommended to the President two finalists for the Distinguished Professor Award; all Awards were presented at the Faculty Honors Luncheon in April. The committee recommended that its size be increased in order to broaden the range of expertise to evaluate the nominees; the recommendation was adopted by the faculty and went into effect this year. Professor Linda Thomas-Mobley (Architecture) was elected chair for 2003-04.
c. Charles Ume (in behalf of Mark Richards) reported on the activities of the Faculty Status and Grievance Committee. The committee considered seven cases last year; three of which have been concluded. Two other cases will be soon concluded; the outgoing chair, Mark Richards, will continue to serve for a short time in order to complete the investigation and report on one of these cases. The Committee will meet with Dr. Edward Thomas (GT Ombudsman) to become more familiar with the alternative dispute resolution process and its interaction with the grievance process. Charles Ume (ME) was elected chair for 2003-04 and Jack Feldman (PSYCH) was re-elected as Secretary.
d. Ron Bohlander (in behalf of Marc Smith) reported on the activities of the Statutes Committee. Six changes to the Statutes and Bylaws were enacted last year; there are no pending changes under consideration. Enacted changes include: adding the Registrar as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Student Regulation Committee, changing the charter of the Faculty Status and Grievance committee, increasing the size of the Student Honor Committee and formation of hearing panels, establishing a new standing Committee on Academic Integrity, and increasing the size of the Faculty Honor Committee. Additionally, in response to a request by the Executive Board, the Committee clarified the role of part-time faculty in faculty governance; only full-time employees are eligible to serve on committees and vote in the elections of committee members. Discussions have been initiated by the Committee on how to improve the organization and formatting of the Statutes and Bylaws as they appear in the Faculty Handbook.
e. Lynn Fountain
reported on the activities of the Academic Services Committee. The Committee met seven times during the
academic year to discuss issues related to the infrastructure supporting
teaching and research; the committee received presentations on several topics, including
the new bookstore, the
Moore reported on the activities of the Welfare and Security Committee. The Committee was very active; it met nine
times during the academic year, and held numerous other subcommittee
meetings. Members of the committee also
served on the Campus Parking and Transportation Advisory Task Force, and secured
a position on the Campus (Master) Planning Committee for 2003-04. In response to faculty requests, the
committee addressed several issues, including safety of motorized carts around
campus, and security measures at the new
A question was raised regarding the apparent inability
of faculty and staff to park on campus during athletic events, even if they are
required to be on campus to do their job.
In the past, aside from designated lots, faculty and staff were allowed
to park on campus, whereas now it appears that the Athletic Association “owns”
every parking lot on campus on game day.
The President responded by indicating that part of the problem may have
been caused by the recent stadium expansion, and the large vehicles brought to
campus by the
A question was asked regarding parking in front of fraternity
houses; in the past, visitors without parking permits were allowed to park in
those locations after . Now, parking restrictions are enforced by
Georgia Tech 24 hours a day and people (alumni advisors) are ticketed even
though those houses pay a great deal of property taxes to the City of
9. The President called on Chairs of Standing Committees of the Academic Senate to present their committees’ annual reports for 2002-2003 (see Attachment #5 below for web site listing of annual reports of all Standing Committees).
a. Joe Hughes reported on the activities of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The Committee held 24 meetings during 2002-03; the Study Abroad Subcommittee met three times and approved 19 proposals for study abroad programs. Most of the curriculum requests were for approval of new courses or modifications of existing courses and degree requirements; no new undergraduate degree programs were requested during 2002-03. The major curricular changes enacted last year were then enumerated. The Committee received 903 student petitions, including 249 requests for re-admission (versus 969 & 282 for 2001-02 and 885 & 266 for 2000-01). The majority of the petitions were handled by the Registrar or by a petitions subcommittee; however, the IUCC heard 17 personal appeals from students whose petitions had previously been denied (versus 16 for 2001-02 and 12 for 2000-01). The Committee’s workload remains to be a major concern despite the recent increase in the number of faculty members on the committee to 17. The continued increase in the requests for personal appeals, together with the issues of general education and program review, are expected to require significant increases in committee attention during 2003-04. Hughes indicated that he has relinquished the Chairmanship of the committee after three years of service and that Scott Wills (ECE) has been elected Chair for 2003-04. Members applauded in appreciation of Dr. Hughes’ contributions to the Institute.
b. Bill Green reported on the activities of the Graduate Curriculum Committee. The committee met 12 times during 2002-03; the petitions subcommittee met seven times. Nine new graduate degree programs were approved during the year (3 PhD, 2 MS, one joint MS/JD, and three BS/MS degree programs). Additionally, the committee approved creation of three non-thesis option MS degrees, deletion of two designated MS degrees, and curricular revisions in two MS degree programs. Sixty seven new graduate courses were approved, and five were deleted; some of the new courses are to be offered in half-semester format. The Committee received 132 petitions, including two appeals; 33 petitions were denied, and 99 were approved. The Committee conducted program reviews and assessment for three degree programs, and participated in the integration of the Institute for Paper Science within Georgia Tech.
c. Richard Barke (in behalf of Paul Benkeser) reported on the activities of the Student Regulations Committee. The Committee met three times during the year. The Committee’s agenda included the following topics: modifications to the student conduct code, consideration of a new religious observance policy, review of class absence policy and procedures, rules change regarding re-examinations, revisions to the rules and regulations pertaining to disciplinary suspensions and concurrent registration, rules/policy concerning excused absences, and establishment of a time limit for initiating grade appeals; the last issue will be acted upon during 2003-04.
d. Miroslav Begovic reported on the activities of the Student Academic and Financial Affairs Committee. The Committee met six times during the year; there were also several informal communications among members between meetings. Most of the meetings were devoted to work on the report on grade inflation requested by the Executive Board; the committee was assisted in this effort by Ms. Sandy Bramblett (IRP) and her group. The report was presented to the Executive Board in March and to the entire faculty in April. The remainder of the committee’s time was devoted to reviewing various functions such as advising, admissions, and financial aid. Kim Kurtis will serve as liaison between the Committee and the newly-formed ad hoc committee on quality undergraduate education. Begovic indicated that his two-term service on the committee has concluded and that Professor William Johnson has been elected chair for 2003-04. Members applauded in appreciation of Dr. Begovic’s contributions to the Institute.
e. Tom Morley reported on the activities of the Student Activities Committee. The committee met six times during 2002-03. The committee approved 31 new student organization charters, and constitutional amendments to six student organizations. Additionally, a subcommittee consisting of an equal number of faculty and students met and approved the student activity budget for the student government organizations. Morley urged members to view the websites of student organizations, some of which are very active.
f. David Shook (in behalf of Ken Cunefare) reported on the activities of the Student Grievance and Appeal Committee. Nine cases were brought before the committee in 2002-03, which equals the case load for the previous year. One of the cases involved non-academic misconduct; the appeal was found to be with merit and the committee recommended that it be granted. Six of the cases involved academic misconduct; the appeals were found to be without merit and the committee recommended their denial. The last two cases involved an appeal of a final course grade and an appeal of the academic misconduct sanction applied by the Honors Council.
A question was asked as to whether there has been a trend in the type of cases brought to the committee. Shook indicated that he has served on the committee for four years and that that there has been no apparent change in trend; most of the cases brought to the committee involve academic misconduct.
g. Cheryl Contant reported on the activities of the Student Honor Committee. The committee held 37 hearings involving 56 students between the Summer of 2002 and Spring of 2003. Approval was granted to the committee to recruit alternates to handle the caseload; six student alternates and 14 faculty member alternates were appointed. Of all the cases adjudicated by the committee last year, only nine were appealed to the Student Grievance and Appeal committee and Vice-President Wilcox; none of these cases was overturned. Last year, the faculty approved a change in the Statutes and Bylaws, which, beginning this fall, increased the size of the committee to 12 faculty members and nine students (6 undergraduates and 3 graduate students), while the quorum requirements for hearings remained unchanged. Contant referred members to the caseload statistics included in the annual report published on the web. She indicated that she was re-elected as Chair for 2003-04.
h. Jim McClellan reported on the activities of the Student Computer Ownership Committee. The committee overseas the requirement that all Georgia Tech students own their own computer system and prepare the software/hardware specifications for the incoming freshman class. The committee met three times during 2002-03. Status of the hardware/software recommendations made last year was discussed in the fall. A note was then circulated to the entire academic faculty to solicit input on how the software/hardware recommendations are to be revised. Ex-officio members from OIT advised the committee on trends in student computer use and potential costs of software suggestions. The goal is for undergraduate students to be able to use their computers for the entire four years. Based on these inputs, the committee decides on the changes to be made in the hardware/software recommendations, and then works with the admissions office to prepare a brochure to be distributed to all incoming students. In light of trends in costs, the committee has been exploring the possibility of requiring a laptop. McClellan referred members to the committee’s website (http://www.sco.gatech.edu) which reflects important changes and recommendations.
A question was asked as to what percentage of students actually manage to use their computer for the entire four years. McClellan indicated that he does not have that statistic; however, he believes that it is becoming increasingly possible. In the past, computers were becoming rapidly obsolete; however, the machines are becoming more powerful and should be adequate for four years.
10. The President called for any other business; hearing none, the meeting was adjourned at .
Secretary of the Faculty
Attachments to be included with archival copy of the minutes:
a. 08/02-07/03: http://www.facultysenate.gatech.edu/CommittMin002-003.htm
b. 08/03-07/04: http://www.facultysenate.gatech.edu/CommittMin003-004.htm