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Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:00 pm

Ferst Center for the Arts




1.      Call to Order and Introduction of the President (Ron Bohlander)

2.      Approval of minutes of previous meeting – April 22, 2008

3.   Proposed changes in the Faculty Handbook regarding Hiring and Promotion Guidelines for Professional Research Personnel (Tim Strike – Statutes Committee)

4.      Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the General Faculty

a.       Faculty Benefits (Bettina Cothran)
Minutes:4/1/08, 4/22/08. No action items.

b.      Faculty Honors (Bill Hunt)

c.       Faculty Status & Grievance (Carol Colatrella)

d.      Statutes (Tim Strike)

e.       Academic Services (Margaret Loper)
Minutes: 2/26/08, 3/25/08, 4/22/08, 8/26/08, 9/16/08. No action items.

f.        Welfare & Security (Jilda Garton)
Minutes: 4/14/08. No action items.

5.      Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the Academic Senate

a.       Undergraduate Curriculum (Chuck Parsons and John Tone)
Minutes: 5/7/08, 5/12/08, 6/11/08, 7/16/08, 8/6/08, 8/18/08, 8/27/08, 9/10/08, 10/8/08. 
Action items. From 5/7: Math – 1 new course, 2 cross-listings with CS; ME – change in degree reqs. related to economics and technical electives.  From 7/16: Mod Langs – 2 new courses; Arch. – 3 new courses; CoC and LCC – change in grade requirements for BS in Computational Media, its International Plan Option, and its Research Option; Psych. – 1 new course and an additional elective option for Social Science.  From 8/18: Procedure for handling petitions for additional credits in the final term.  From 9/10: BME – revision to minor in BME; EAS – 2 new courses and a modification to the degree program concerning expanding a requirement for C or better in certain courses; HST – changes in the minors in History and in Sociology.  From 10/8: Pub.Pol. – minors in Political Science, Public Policy, Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Law, Science, and Technology will require 15 instead of 18 hours; Provost’s Office – new special topics course re the “In/Venture Prize@Georgia Tech”.

b.      Graduate Curriculum (Gary Parker)
Minutes: 5/12/08, 6/12/08, 9/4/08
Action Items. From 5/12: new Guidelines for Petitions, Admission to Graduate Status without an Undergraduate Degree.  Also, Psych. - new PhD specializations in Cognitive Aging and in Cognition and Brain Science, plus 14 new courses; Building Construction Program - change MS in Building Construction and Integrated Facility Management from a 12-month program to a 9-month program.  From 6/12: Mgt – 3 new courses; ME – cross-listing 3 courses with CS, AE, ECE.

c.       Student Regulations (Paul Benkeser for Jeff Streator, Chair)
Minutes: 4/15/08, 8/25/08, 9/22/08. 
Action items.  From 8/25: Policy change on student academic grievance procedures providing additional avenues for students to file the grievance.  From 9/22: Policy on course credit for completion of International Baccalaureate courses in high school, providing guidance for the amount of credit.

d.      Student Academic & Financial Affairs (Susan Burns for the chair Augustine Esogbue)
Minutes: 1/31/08, 3/27/08, 4/24/08.  No action items.

e.       Student Activities (Mary-Frances Panettiere for the chair Brent Carter)
Minutes: 9/28/07, 11/2/07, 11/30/07, 2/22/08, 3/7/08, 4/25/08
Action items: Approval of all student activity charters and constitution revisions recommended by the committee as documented in their minutes and the annual report.

f.        Student Grievance & Appeal (Facundo Fernandez) – this report postponed to November 18, 2008

g.       Student Honor (Carol Senf)

h.       Student Computer Ownership (Jonathan Giffin)
Minutes: 9/17/07, 2/14/08.  Action items: Approval of recommended changes to laptop requirements and software recommendations

i.         Academic Integrity (Robert Kirkman)
Minutes: 11/2/07, 11/30/07, 2/8/08, 4/18/08. No action items.

6.      Any Other Business.

7.      State of the Institute Address (President Gary Schuster).




Ronald A Bohlander

Secretary of the Faculty

October 21, 2008