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FacEx-Faculty Senate Executive Committee

February 16, 2016 - 3:00pm
33 Strong Hall

(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)

  I.        Announcements

 II.       Approval of February 2 minutes

III.       Report of Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker

IV.       Report of University Senate President Mike Williams

V.       Guests: Stuart Day, Acting Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Roberta Pokphanh, Academic director of the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program.

     Topic: KUAAP

 VI.      Faculty nomination to Memorial Corporation Board (closed session)

 VII.     Administration response to re-sent April 16, 2016 Faculty Code

VIII.    Old Business         

 IX.      New Business





February 16, 2016 – University Governance Conference Room, 33 Strong Hall – 3:00

Approved March 1, 2016

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tom Beisecker, Mike Williams, Pam Keller, Joe Harrington, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Amalia Monroe-Gulick


ALSO PRESENT: Maureen Altman, Kathy Reed, University Governance; Stuart Day, Acting Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Roberta Pokphanh, Academic Director of the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program (KUAAP)

FacEx Chair Tom Beisecker called the meeting to order and asked for announcements.  He asked if he could flip the agenda to accommodate the guests; FacEx agreed.

MINUTES for February 2, 2016 were approved with the following corrections.  Tom Beisecker pointed out two changes to the Faculty Senate President Report: in the second line of the second bullet point “a cross section of institutions” should read “the Board of Regents”; in the ninth line of the third bullet point “Regent: should read “COFSP”   


Beisecker reported that Governance received a response yesterday to the April 16, 2015 Faculty Code which Maureen Altman had sent to the Provost last Friday, February 12.  He distributed the draft to address later in the meeting.   

Beisecker will attend the KBOR meeting tomorrow with Pam Keller and Mike Williams.  COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) will continue discussing the weapons survey, and system-wide transfer of courses.  They will also meet with a representative from COGRO (the Council of Government Relations Officers) to discuss faculty having constructive input in the legislative process. 

Beisecker has a meeting with Paul Atchley, Associate Dean of Online and Professional Education for CLAS, on Friday to report on FacEx’s response to student success practices in the online programs.


Williams reported that the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee is progressing.  Exploring all avenues of conversation, they are trying to get their feet beneath them to see what they will become; a new Provost may have some bearing on their future role.  He reported that the Kansas Senate is not extending the July 2017 weapons extension although there is still a similar bill pending in the House.  The Chancellor’s weapons committee will meet next Monday when they will probably receive their charges.  That committee will make the policy which another committee will implement.  In response to a question, Williams expressed doubt that Governance would have much input in the Chancellor’s committee but added that Governance’s greatest input might be in the committee Interim Provost Sara Rosen will be forming, which is looking into every exemption possibility.  Amalia Monroe-Gulick asked if the University and Governance could have a voice in the hearing in of the Kansas House bill.  Beisecker noted that the administration’s policy is that concealed carry is the law and must be followed, although speaking up as a private citizen is everyone’s right. 

Stuart Day, Acting Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Roberta Pokphanh, Academic director of the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program (KUAAP) to discuss KUAAP

Stuart Day reported that KUAAP is now working on a 2 plus 2 program in which undergraduate international students could complete two years in their home country and finish with two year at KU, similar to programs KU has with several community colleges.  Charlie Bankhart is in charge of the program which will begin with Dubai followed by Columbia.  Some international credit is transferred automatically and 80 to 90 percent of KU departments have approved courses.  Responding to questions about gender and economic diversity, Day said, and Roberta Pokphanh agreed, that KUAAP is aware of the issue and is making efforts to achieve diversity.  He added that KU can also try for more diversity through regular recruitment, noting that since KUAAP needs students who can pay it can be difficult to attain economic diversity.  However Day and Pokphanh observed that not all students in the program are wealthy; some students are paid for by their entire family, especially in cases of the first generation in college.

Day took the opportunity to dispel the rumor that in the future all graduate students would come through KUAAP.

Pokphanh reviewed the procedure of the KUAAP undergraduate program.   Students enter a three-term, twelve-month program of English and academic instruction, beginning their Sophomore year with 30 credit hours.  Most students enter at what AEC (Applied English Center) calls Level 4 English proficiency (approximately equivalent to two semesters of course work).  Since students with greater English proficiency are in this same three-term program, KUAAP is starting a level 5 option as well, in which students have a two, rather than three semester option; without the summer term they finish with 24 to 30 credit hours.  Occasionally some students test out of AEC and are eligible for direct entry to KU; they can still avail themselves of a two-semester option to help them transition to KU.   

Pokphanh explained that the new KUAAP masters accelerated program will offer a terminal degree, since KUAAP students are more interested in a graduate program in which they can earn a professional degree and return home to work, rather than pursue a PhD.  The program uses more than TOEFL scores for admission and, like undergraduates, masters students will be tested upon arrival in reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  After the first year in KUAAP, graduate students will enter KU graduate programs with six to nine graduate credits.  Each department sets the threshold for admission to their graduate program; most require at least a 3.0. GPA, some require at least a 3.5.  KUAAP also wants to develop the option of a generic graduate certificate through Graduate Studies if a student’s GPA is not high enough or if he/she wants to leave a major.  Pokphanh named Museum Studies, some Global Studies areas, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Engineering Management as examples of some of the participating degree programs.  She said that she doesn’t expect many students in the program this fall and added that the program hasn’t gone to market yet, explaining that the reality is that international students apply in summer for August. 

In conclusion Stuart Day asked that if anyone has questions to please contact him at any time; he is always happy to help.   

DISCUSSION OF Administration response to re-sent April 16, 2016 Faculty Code

Beisecker reminded FacEx that faculty has a current faculty code, (with language in it regarding being bound by university policy) which will be reverted to if FacEx/Faculty Senate doesn’t do something different.  Regarding the drafted code he said he is confident that most, if not all, the items discussed with the administration will be accepted, which is why he wanted to go through the September 1 version of the code at the last faculty senate meeting.  Amalia Monroe-Gulick felt that while some of the concessions were acceptable, Administrative Leave Without Pay is still a sticking point and added that in studying the policy of other Regent universities she found they addressed the issue by referring to the KBOR Leave Without Pay policy.  Keller questioned what the administration would do about an instructor who abandoned his/her class if there is no Leave Without Pay option.  Beisecker suggested FacEx draft language that would be an appropriate solution; the committee agreed that everyone should come to the next meeting with ideas.  Joe Harrington offered to email FacEx the KBOR manual of dismissals, sanction, etc., for reference.  FacEx decided to go over the Code at the next meeting on March 1 to narrow down problems prior to the Faculty Senate meeting on March 3.    




Old Business-None

New Business-None

Closed Session to nominate a faculty member for the memorial corporation Board

No further business.

Meeting adjourned at. 4:31

Respectfully submitted

Maureen Altman


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