The fourth Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate for the academic year 2000-2001 was held in room 4.03.12, John Peace Library Building, on May 4, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Patricia Harris, Chair, presiding, Dr. Raul Aranovich, Secretary.

I. Call to order and taking of attendance

Present: Raul Aranovich, Ron Ayers, Mark Blizard, John Bretting, Russell Briner, Mansour El-Kikhia, Keith Fairchild, Patricia Harris, Wanda Hedrick, Michael Kelly, George Negrete, Thomas Ricento, Deborah Schwartz-Kates, Raydel Tullous, Anthony Van Reusen, Arturo Vega, Diane Walz

Absent: Sos Agaian (excused), Deborah Armstrong, Guy Bailey, Ruben Cordova, Robert Hiromoto (excused), Kellye Jones, James McDonald (excused), Louis Mendoza (excused), Sandy Norman, Jeanne Reesman, Walter B. Richardson, Jr., A. C. Rogers, Kent Rush (excused), C. S. Shih, R. K. Smith

Total members present: 17 Total members absent: 15

II. Reports
1. Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Proposal - Dr. Diane Walz (for Dr. James McDonald

Apparently the initial report was forward to David Johnson on or about April 16th. A preliminary statement on page one of the report respectfully requested that those articulating the Merit Proposal would shorten the document, make it more concise and coherent, and create a set of principles that could be applied rather than identifying specifics that may or may not apply directly across the disciplines. New merit guidelines were distributed on April 20th and addressed five (5) categories rather than the four (4) put forth in the original report. Discussion followed relative to the differences between the original report dated April 16th and the revised Merit Proposal dated April 20th. The question was raised as to how the Senate handles the report of the Committee. The Chair commended the members of the committee for its hard work. After additional discussion, a motion was made and seconded to: accept the ad hoc committee's report at this time and agree that in the fall there are more problems to be worked out. The motion carried.

2. Proposal to Add CS 4933, Internship in Computer Science

The proposal is simply the opportunity for semester-long work experience in a private business or public agency in a computer-science related position. No more than three (3) hours of the internship and no more than a total of six (6) hours of the internship in an independent study course may count toward a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. A motion was made and seconded to approve the internship. After discussion by the members, the motion carried.

3. Academic Policy and Requirements Committee - Proposal for Conditional Admission of International Undergraduate Students

Dr. Anthony Van Reusen reported that the committee was forwarded a proposal by the Office of Admissions and Registrar regarding the conditional admission of international undergraduate students. The review process of this proposal was shared by the ESL Committee. As a result of questions raised by both the Academic Policy and Requirements Committee and the ESL Committee, the proposal was returned to the Office of Admissions and Registrar for revision. Following unanimous support and endorsement from the members of both committees, the proposal put forth by the Office of Admissions and Registrar was presented for the Faculty Senate's consideration. A motion was made and seconded to accept the recommendation of the Academic Policy and Requirements committee. Discussion followed. The motion carried.

4. Academic Policy and Requirements Committee - Faculty Senate Bylaws Revision

Dr. Harris led discussion of proposed revisions to Articles I and II of the Faculty Senate Bylaws. Articles I and II of the Faculty Senate Bylaws as discussed, revised, and approved by a two-thirds vote of the Senators present are attached to and made a part of these minutes.

VI. Meeting adjourned.

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