24, No. 7, Oct. 7, 2004
asks senate, SEC to study impact of Chief Illiniwek
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
Interim Chancellor Richard Herman said that he expects academic year
2004-2005 to be a year of progress and achievement for the Urbana campus.
He spoke during the Sept. 27 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate,
the first Senate meeting of the academic year.
Herman said that for the first time the Urbana campus, tuition has outpaced
state-allocated funds as a source of revenue. Since the other two UI
campuses are not similarly dependent on tuition, Herman said, “We
have a special interest in seeing that tuition rates are set at a reasonable
level that allows us to both maintain and enhance the quality of this
institution and preserve access … for all qualified students regardless
of ability to pay.”
With that in mind, Herman said the administration will decide tuition
rates for the next fiscal year earlier than in the past and will present
recommendations to the UI Board of Trustees in November. Crediting the
support of students and strong advocates in the General Assembly with
helping attain “a realistic tuition increase” for AY 04-05,
Herman said he is optimistic the campus will receive similar support
for setting the AY 05-06 rates.
Administrators have been consulting with student advisory groups and
other constituencies on campus, and town hall meetings will be held
as well to discuss the issue, Herman said.
With regard to the recently released report from the North Central Association
after its visit to campus last April, Herman asked the senate and the
Senate Executive Committee to design and conduct a comprehensive study
of the Chief Illiniwek issue and its impact on educational effectiveness
at Urbana. Herman asked the senate to complete its examination as promptly
as the subject matter allows so that the board of trustees can consider
the resulting conclusions in its deliberations.
While freshman enrollment has increased by 440 students this year, to
7,248 students, enrollment of freshmen who are African-American and
Latino declined this year, Herman said. Although these figures coincide
with a national trend, Herman said that the campus must be more aggressive
and effective at recruiting minority students next year.
Abbas Aminmansour, chair of the educational policy committee, reported
that a group was formed to examine the guidelines for establishing the
academic calendar and requested that faculty e-mail their suggestions
and recommendations to the senate committee for consideration.
Michael Grossman, chair of the Senate Executive Committee, reported
that Aminmansour developed a Web site for the Educational Policy Committee,
accessible at www.arch.uiuc.edu/aa/ep, to disseminate information on
matters under the committee’s purview. Other Web sites will be
developed to disseminate reports, Grossman said.
Belden Fields, emeritus professor of political science, and Tom Anderson,
professor of educational psychology, said they were very disturbed by
information about possible changes in course delivery at UIS contained
in Ken Andersen’s report on the May 21 meeting of the Illinois
Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Advisory Council. The report
indicated that a grant proposal had committed the Springfield campus
to offering all degrees online, to requiring every student to take an
online course to graduate and all faculty members to teach at least
one online course. Fields and Anderson expressed concerns that these
commitments were made without conferring with faculty members and without
considering the potential adverse impact they might have on faculty
workloads and educational quality.
Linn Belford, chemistry, said that he recalled seeing a news article
recently that may have said that UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen had
“backed off” and issued an apology to the faculty about
Andersen said that senators concerned about the issue and wanting further
details should contact Anne Draznin, the UIS representative to the FAC.
In other business, the senate:
- Approved revisions
to the undergraduate curricula in theater in the College of Fine and
Applied Arts that included splitting the theater technology and lighting
concentration into three separate concentrations – lighting,
scenic technology and sound – and establishing a “theater
general” curriculum code for all incoming freshmen, who then
would apply and be accepted into one of the degree concentrations
in their first or second year.
- Approved a proposal
that enables departments to assign differing titles to various course
sections in instances where special topics are addressed in specific
sections, where sections are variations on a central theme or where
the listing of specific section titles on student transcripts is required
by reviewing agencies. This change, which is enabled by the Banner
system, will put section titles under departmental control and will
include more descriptive and informative course information on transcripts.
- Approved a proposal
to include concentrations in the degree-awarded section of student
transcripts along with information on the degree conferred and academic
major and minor.
Approved nominations for membership on the Academic Freedom and Tenure
Educational Policy Committee and the Military Education Council.
- Met in executive
session to consider nominations for honorary degrees.
Herman calls for
a ‘new order of excellence’
Saying that public universities are entering “a new financial
environment” and a decade of turbulence that will create “a
new order of excellence for the first time in 50 years,” Interim
Chancellor Richard Herman outlined his vision for ensuring that the
Urbana campus emerges as a pre-eminent institution during the coming