Meeting of the General Faculty and the Faculty Council

Friday, April 22nd, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.

The Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library

Chancellor James Moeser and Professor Judith Wegner, Chair of the Faculty, will preside.

Agenda

3:00 Faculty Council Convenes

3:05 Remembrance of Deceased Faculty

3:10 Presentation of the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Award

3:25 Special Resolution of Appreciation

3:30 Comments and Questions from Council Members

  • Chancellor’s Remarks

3:45 Resolution 2005-9 On Creating the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty

3:50 Update and Discussion:  Student Retention Study (Word document)

  • (Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Jerry Lucido and Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment Lynn Williford)
  • Executive Summary (Word document)
  • Powerpoint Slides

4:10 Update and Discussion:  Proposed Health Plan “Pilot” Initiative

  • http://www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/hr/benefits/hcinitiative.htm
  • (Please note:  There will be additional community meetings on Thursday, April 28, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Student Union and on Friday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 133 Rosenau Hall)

4:30 Annual Reports of Standing Committees

  • Faculty Research Committee (Professor Gary Marchionini)
  • Educational Policy Committee (Professor Peter Gordon)
  • Faculty Welfare Committee (Professor Alice Ammerman)

4:50 Comments from Faculty Chair (Professor Wegner)

  • Report from Faculty Secretary on 2005 Faculty Election Results (Professor Ferrell)

5:00 Adjourn

 

Joseph S. Ferrell

Secretary of the Faculty

Minutes

The Faculty Council of theUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hillconvened at3:00 p.m.in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library.

The following 46 members of the Council attended: Alperin, Ammerman, Arnold, Bachenheimer, Bane, Booth, Cantwell, Chapman, Dalton, de Silva, Degener, Eble, Frampton, Gasaway, Gerber, Gitterman, Givre, Gollop, Gulledge, Holmgren, Howell, Lastra, Leigh, Leonard, McIntosh, Mesibov, Morton, Parikh, Pittman, Rock, Rogers, Salmon, Sandelowski, Sawin, Sulik, Sweeney, Taylor, Tiwana, Tobin, Trotman, Vandermeer, Vick, Wallace, Weinberg, Whitsel, Wilson. The following 35 members were granted excused absences: Bennett, Blocher,Cairns, Connolly, Elvers, Foley, Granger, Heenan, Jonas, Kagarise, Keagy, Klebanow, Kramer, MacLean, Martin, Matson, Miguel, Miller, Morris-Natschke, Muller, Pardun,Porto, Reisner, Renner, Rippe, Rustioni, Schoultz, Simpson, slavick, Smith, Strom-Gottfried, Sutherland, Tauchen, Toews, Yankaskas. The following three members were absent without excuse: Anton, Lin, Nicholas.

Remembrance of Deceased Faculty

Prof. Joseph Ferrell, Secretary of the Faculty, read the names of retired and active members of the faculty who died in the past year. Members of the Council stood in silent tribute. See Appendix A.

Thomas Jefferson Award

Chancellor James Moeser presented the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Award toMadeline G. Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. The award is presented annually to that member of the faculty who most closely approximates in his or her teaching and personal life the philosophy and conduct of Thomas Jefferson. The recipient is chosen by the faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Wards. ProfessorJoy Kasson(American Studies), Co-Chair of the committee, read the citation. Professor Levine responded. See Appendix B.

Resolution Honoring University Registrar David Lanier

Prof. Ferrell read and moved adoption of a special resolution honoring University Registrar David Lanier on the occasion of his retirement as of June 30, 2005. See Appendix C.

Chancellor’s Remarks

Chancellor Moeser spoke to the issue of academic freedom.

“At the dawn of theAmericanRepublic, theUniversityofNorth Carolinawas founded on the profound belief that a new and fragile democratic society needed a new way of thinking and new forms of teaching and learning. Overnight,Americahad transformed itself from an authoritarian society to one in which citizens had a voice. This required a new kind of university for a new kind of citizenship. That was the reason for our creation.

Academic freedom, like First Amendment freedom, has strong roots in the 18th century Enlightenment in Europe, which spread to America and spawned our Revolution. In 1810 the University of Berlin established the principles of Lehrfreiheit and Lernfreiheit – the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn – and as German universities became the model for American research universities, this concept came with it.

The central premise of this freedom is the self-regulation of the faculty, the self-governance of the academy. This places enormous responsibility in the hands of the faculty, and this is the answer, not the intervention of others outside the academy, to abuses and infringements when they occur.

It requires a certain mindset of scholarly disposition on the part of faculty, which resists the temptation of self-indulgence and the allure of certitude. It will require us to be rigorous in our protection of the right of all points of view to be heard, knowing that sunlight and transparency are the greatest disinfectants of evil and untruth.

I believe it is time for us, asAmerica’s first public university, to renew our understanding of what our core principles and values are with regard to academic freedom—in practice as well as theory. General Counsel Leslie Chambers Strohm has met with several academic departments to discuss these issues and to answer questions from faculty members. This is clearly something that concerns many of you. I applaudJudith Wegner, the faculty chair, for initiating an initial forum on academic freedom earlier this year.”

Resolution 2005-9 On Creating the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty

Prof.Judith Wegner, Chair of the Faculty, called for discussion on Resolution 2005-9, which has been prepared by the Committee on University Government in response to the Council’s discussion and action onJanuary 14, 2005. There was none and the resolution was adopted without dissent. See Appendix D. Prof. Wegner announced the following appointments to the new committee: Prof. Cheryl Howell (Government), Prof. David Gerber (Surgery), Prof. Robert Cantwell (American Studies), Prof. Richard Weinberg (Cell & Developmental Biology), Prof. Barbara Jo Foley (Nursing), and Prof. Suzanne Gulledge (Education).

Student Retention Study

Dr. Jerry Lucido, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, and Dr. Lynn Williford, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment, presented a summary of a recent study of student retention conducted by Dr. Williford and her staff. See Appendix E for the executive summary. The illustrative PowerPoint slides are posted at http://www.unc.edu/faculty/faccoun/reports/R05Retention3.ppt.

Proposed Health Plan “Pilot” Initiative

Ms. Kitty McCollum, UNC Associate Vice President for Human Resources and University Benefits Officer, led a discussion of and responded to questions about the proposed health plan “pilot” initiative currently being developed for employees of the UNC System.

Annual Report of the Faculty Committee on Research

Prof.Gary Marchionini(Information & Library Science), chair of the Faculty Committee on Research said that the committee’s work this year has focused on collaborative interdisciplinary research, and summarized the committee’s written report on that subject.

Annual Report of the Educational Policy Committee

Prof. Peter Gordon (Psychology), chair of the Educational Policy Committee, presented the committee’s annual report. He identified each of the topics that the committee had addressed in 2004-05 and noted what action by the Council or other bodies, if any, is recommended.

Class attendance policy. The committee recommended changes in the regulation on excused absences, growing out of questions that had been raised by student leaders about excused absences for religious holidays. This recommendation was adopted by the Council onFebruary 11, 2005, as Resolution 2005-5.

Absence from class due to regularly organized and authorized University activities. The committee believes it may be necessary in the future to change the current policy on excused absences for extracurricular activities, as well as to formulate a policy for absences that occur because of course requirements for activities outside normal hours; however, the committee is not ready to recommend policy changes in this area at this time.

Allowable number of majors and minors. The committee recommends Council legislation that would enable undergraduates to declare a maximum of three specializations (majors, minors, and certificates) with a limit of two majors (now, only two specializations may be declared).

Tenth semester petitions. The committee recommends Council legislation to disallow petitions for a tenth semester that arise solely from the goal of obtaining a minor or a second major.

Eligibility and retention. The committee has discussed extensively the current rules for student eligibility. The committee intends to continue work in 2005-06 on this topic, which is closely related to issues of student retention.

Grading practices. The committee continues to study grading practices, and has discussed alternative methods of computing Grade Point Averages. The committee recommends that comprehensive analyses of the use of different methods for computing adjusted GPAs should be completed and disseminated to the University community, and that consideration should be given to determining criteria for awarding of distinction and highest distinction within each of the units that award bachelor’s degrees.

It was agreed that Prof. Ferrell will assist the committee in developing appropriate resolutions for action by the Council next year with respect to those recommendations that require faculty legislation.

Annual Report of the Faculty Welfare Committee

The Annual Report of the Faculty Welfare Committee was received by title.

Chair of the Faculty’s Remarks

Prof. Wegner touched briefly on the major accomplishments of faculty governance in 2004-05, especially highlighting the Convocation on Scholarly Communication and the Convocation on Academic Freedom. She said that she anticipates follow-up work on those two topics in 2005-06.

Faculty Elections Results

Prof. Ferrell reported that 683 ballots were cast in this year’s faculty elections, out of 2,997 ballots distributed. This is a 22.8% participation rate. He said that he does not think this is markedly different from voter participation rates in local and state elections, where turnout in a non-presidential election year is in the 30%-40% range or lower. He noted that state and local turnout percentages are given in terms of registered voters, not in terms of all those who would be qualified to vote if registered. The report of those elected will be found in Appendix F.

Adjournment

Having completed action on its Agenda, the Council adjourned at4:55 p.m.

 

Joseph S. Ferrell Secretary of the Faculty

Appendix A

In Memoriam 2005

Anna Brooke Allan

Southern Historical Collection Curator of Manuscripts Emerita. A.B., 1937 (SmithCollege). Appointed 1943, diedSeptember 18, 2004.

Margaret Ann Blanchard

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Emerita. Ph.D., 1981 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); M.A., 1970 (UniversityofFlorida); B.S., 1965 (UniversityofFlorida). AppointedAugust 1, 1974, diedMay 25, 2004.

John Bissell Carroll

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology Emeritus. Ph.D., 1941 (UniversityofMinnesota); A.B., 1937 (Wesleyan). Appointed 1974, diedJuly 1, 2003.

Elizabeth Jackson Coulter

Professor of Biostatistics Emerita. Ph.D., 1948 (RadcliffeCollege); M.A., 1946 (RadcliffeCollege); A.B., 1941 (SwarthmoreCollege). Appointed 1965, diedSeptember 25, 2004.

Miles Aubrey Crenshaw

Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Marine Sciences, and Applied Sciences Emeritus. Ph.D., 1964 (DukeUniversity); M.A., 1962 (DukeUniversity); B.S., 1959 (UniversityofVirginia). AppointedAugust 1, 1967, diedAugust 2, 2004.

John Wesley Dixon, Jr.

Professor of Religious Studies and Art Emeritus. Ph.D., 1953 (UniversityofChicago); A.B., 1941 (Emory andHenryCollege). Appointed 1963, diedOctober 17, 2004.

Mildred H. Downing

Assistant Professor of Library Science Emerita. Ph.D., 1974 (UniversityofPennsylvania); M.S.L.S., 1958 (DrexelUniversity); B.A., 1952 (UniversityofPennsylvania). Appointed 1978, diedApril 24, 2004.

Patrick Francis Earey

Professor of Physical Education Emeritus. Ph.D., 1962 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); M.A., 1952 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); A.B., 1952 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill). Appointed 1957, died 2004.

Elizabeth Merrill Edmands

Associate Professor of Public Health Nursing and Maternal and Child Health Emerita. M.A., 1955 (ColumbiaUniversity); B.S.P.H.N., 1943 (UniversityofMichigan); R.N., 1936 (Rhode IslandHospital). Appointed 1967, died 2004.

Betty N. Gordon

Assistant Professor of Psychology Emerita, Ph.D., 1978 (Universityof Washington); B.A., 1960 (Universityof Rochester). Appointed 1980, died September 17, 2004.

James F. Govan

University Librarian and Professor of Library Science Emeritus. Ph.D., 1960 (TheJohnsHopkinsUniversity); M.S.L.S., 1955 (EmoryUniversity); B.A., 1948 (University of the South). Appointed 1973, diedOctober 2, 2004.

John Borden Graham

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Pathology Emeritus. M.D., 1942 (CornellUniversity); B.S., 1938 (DavidsonCollege). Appointed 1946, diedSeptember 25, 2004.

Jacob Sylvanus Hanker

Professor of Oral Surgery/Oral Biology Emeritus. Ph.D., 1969 (UniversityofMaryland); B.S., 1948 (St. Joseph’s College,Pennsylvania). Appointed 1969, diedMay 16, 2004.

Norman Lloyd Johnson

Professor of Statistics Emeritus. D.Sci., 1963 (UniversityofLondon); Ph.D., 1948 (UniversityofLondon); M.S., 1938 (UniversityofLondon); B.S. in Statistics, 1937 (UniversityofLondon); B.S. in Mathematics, 1936 (UniversityofLondon). Appointed 1962, diedNovember 18, 2004.

Annie Lee Jones

Professor of Education Emerita. Ed.D., 1958 (BostonUniversity); M.A., 1951 (EastCarolinaUniversity); A.B., 1939 (EastCarolinaUniversity). Appointed 1958, diedNovember 3, 2004.

Henry Wilkins Lewis

Kenan Professor of Public Law and Government Emeritus. J.D., 1940 (HarvardUniversity); A.B., 1937 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill). Appointed 1946, diedDecember 19, 2004.

Frances M. Lynn

Clinical Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. D.P.H., 1983 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); M.A., 1969 (ColumbiaUniversity); B.A., 1966 (GoucherCollege). AppointedNovember 1, 1985, diedJanuary 18, 2005.

Mary Wilhelmina Oliver

Professor of Law and Library Science and Law Librarian Emerita. J.D., 1951 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); B.S.L.S., 1943 (Drexel Institute of Technology); A.B., 1940 (WesternMarylandCollege). Appointed 1952, died March 2004.

Ramiah Sangaiah

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Ph.D., 1980 (Indian Institute ofScience,India); M.S., 1976 (Madurai University,India); B.S., 1974 (Madurai University,India). AppointedApril 1, 1983, diedFebruary 18, 2005.

Andrew MacKay Scott

Professor of Political Science Emeritus. Ph.D., 1950 (HarvardUniversity); M.P.A., 1959 (HarvardUniversity); M.A., 1949 (HarvardUniversity); B.A., 1946 (DartmouthCollege). Appointed 1958, died April 19, 2005.

E. Barbara Stocking

Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Public Health Nursing Emerita. M.P.H., 1957 (HarvardUniversity); B.S., 1952 (WayneStateUniversity); Dipl. in Nursing, 1937 (Capital City School of Nursing). Appointed 1963, diedAugust 7, 2004.

Judson John Van Wyk

Kenan Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus. M.D., 1948 (TheJohnsHopkinsUniversity); A.B., 1943 (HopeCollege). Appointed 1955, diedJune 22, 2004.

Wesley Herndon Wallace

Professor of Communications Studies Emeritus. Ph.D., 1962 (DukeUniversity); M.A., 1954 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); M.A., 1954 (TheUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill); B.S., 1932 (North CarolinaStateUniversity). Appointed 1952, diedSeptember 14, 2004.

Robert G. Wetzel

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Ph.D. (Hon.), 1984,University of Uppsala,Sweden; Ph.D., 1962 (UniversityofCalifornia—Davis); M.S., 1959 (UniversityofMichigan); B.S., 1958 (UniversityofMichigan). AppointedNovember 1, 2001, diedApril 18, 2005.

Richard H. Zaffron

Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus. Ph.D., 1968 (IndianaUniversity); B.A., 1958 (HarvardUniversity). Appointed September 1, 1966, died December 19, 2004.

Appendix B

Thomas Jefferson Award

Citation for Madeline Levine

April 22, 2005

The Thomas Jefferson Award honors the UNC faculty member who, “through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson.” Jeffersonwas a complex man, a man of his time who nonetheless transcended it.  Although he helped to define the new American nation, he saw himself as a part of a global network; he built institutions but believed that governments should serve the cause of liberty and justice rather than the other way around.  The person we honor today exemplifies a commitment to justice, to international understanding, and to service, here at UNC, in the broader community, and around the world.

Madeline Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures, has made her career here at UNC since 1974.  Her training in Politics at Brandeis University, and in Soviet Regional Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard, and her postdoctoral research in Cracow, Poland, prepared her to bring strong leadership to the Department of Slavic Languages, which she chaired for the first time while still an Associate Professor; she would eventually spend 15 years, nearly half her time at Carolina, in that position.   Beginning when the Cold War was still raging, and continuing through the emergence of the Solidarity movement inPolandand Perestroika in theSoviet Union, she helped our students stretch their imaginations toEastern Europeand beyond.  A mentor to graduate students and professionals in East European Studies, she has influenced careers and programs across the nation and around the world.   In ways Thomas Jefferson would surely have admired, Professor Levine has continually explored how works of literature reflect and influence historical and political currents.  Her scholarship and teaching focus on the literary representation of the Holocaust and on Polish-Jewish relations in its wake.  She has also assisted the circulation of global ideas through her translations of holocaust survivors’ narratives and fiction, and of the works of Nobel-Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz.  In the words of his Nobel Prize citation in 1980, Milosz’s poetry offers proof “that borders may be crossed, understanding and sympathy fostered, and animating, living contacts or correspondences created.”  In her work with Milosz, as in her life and career atCarolina, all who know her can attest, Madeline Levine exemplifies the same values.

Renowned as a teacher, mentor, and leader, she has been praised by one of her colleagues for “her personal warmth coupled with her commitment to rigorous, engaged” teaching.   Rigor, warmth, and engagement characterize her service to the university on a number of other fronts as well.  She has served on a remarkable array of university committees, including the Chancellor’s Advisory committee, on which she is completing her second three-year term twenty years after her first; the Faculty Council (two terms), the Administrative Board of the Library, the Educational Policy Committee, and the Faculty Hearings Committee, which she chaired with distinction from 1994-95.  She has served generously on search committees for the Dean of theCollegeofArtsand Sciences (twice), the Provost, the University Affirmative Action Officer.  One of the founding planners for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, she served on its advisory committee as well as the advisory Board for the Program in the Humanities and Human Values.  She worked to implement theInternationalCenter, to review the International Studies Program, and to establish the Jewish Studies Program.  Perhaps her most absorbing and important service to the University of North Carolina system has been her work on the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina Press, where she has been a member since 1988 and Chair since 1999.

In all these endeavors, Madeline Levine’s leadership has exemplified the qualities this award was designed to recognize: she has been instrumental in maintaining and enhancing the academic excellence of our Press, defending the integrity of the campus personnel process, planning for and protecting important institutions of our university life.  She is a leading figure in her own academic field and in the international literary world through her work as a translator; her advice is sought on matters of importance on our campus and beyond, and she gives her time generously for these worthy causes.  In 2004 she was presented with the University’s highest award for outstanding accomplishment by a woman.  She honors us with her colleagueship even as we honor her with this award.

Response of Professor Levine

Thank you, Chancellor Moeser, thank you Joy, members of the selection committee, and Faculty Council colleagues, for this extraordinary honor.

It has been a week now since the Chancellor phoned to tell me that I would be receiving the Thomas Jefferson Award—a week of feeling overwhelmed by this honor and truly humbled to be the recipient of an award which bears the name of a man who was an icon of American liberty and enlightenment, and who modeled the idea of global citizenship in his day.  I think I should confess, though, that as a child and young teen I knew very little about Thomas Jefferson.  Abraham Lincoln was my hero; I memorized his powerful speeches and treasured a bust of him that my parents gave me as a birthday present—a bust that still watches over me from a shelf in my study at home. Lincolnembodied for me the devotion to freedom and social justice that my immigrant East European Jewish parents instilled in my sister and me and that underlay every passionate political debate I heard as a child whenever our extended family got together.

Yet, in a roundabout way, Jefferson, too, figures in my personal and intellectual biography, although it took receiving this award for me to see the connections. After all, those radical ideas that spoke so powerfully to my parents’ generation were elaborations of the principles of freedom and equality enunciated by Jeffersonin The Declaration of Independence. I can see a connection, too, to my work as a student of Polish literature and history. The Enlightenment ideals of reason, independence, and liberty that nourishedJefferson and that he himself nurtured in turn, bound him to like-minded figures of his time. Among them was the great Polish patriot Tadeusz Kościuszko, who fought in the American Revolution, championed Polish independence and the abolition of serfdom in Russia, and remained until his death a devoted, but not uncritical, friend of Jefferson. In his will, Kościuszko pointedly authorized his executor, Thomas Jefferson, to use the proceeds from his American estate to purchase the freedom ofJefferson’s own slaves and those of other slave owners. And he called for the education of these freemen-to-be, specifically linking education with the obligations of citizenship.

Libertyand social justice, and a belief in the transformative power of education—touchstones of a faith that my parents passed on to me—are revolutionary ideals that derive, ultimately, fromeighteenth-century patriots like Jefferson and Kościuszko. They stand in opposition to the horrors of twentieth-century history that I study, and give us hope. I have tried to embody these ideals in my teaching and service, and, outside the classroom, in such acts of citizenship as participation in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, and most recently in opposition to what might be called, with a nod to the eighteenth century, King George’s War inIraq.

We are fortunate that at this University where the faculty have chosen annually to celebrate the ideals proclaimed byJefferson, we are free to be at once teachers, scholars, and citizens. The University can and must be a place for contemplation, discovery, introspection, scrutiny, and creativity.  It can and must be as well an arena in which, bringing to bear our training in critical inquiry we engage with all kinds of moral, political, and social, as well as intellectual, issues, because they confront us here, and not just in the world beyond our campus.

The Russian and Polish authors whose works I teach engage such questions and force us to think, debate, and stake out positions by bringing to bear our reason, our values, our intellects, and our passions. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore this literature with generations ofCarolinastudents. I am doubly fortunate in having come to this great University at a time when I was still young, and the University, though venerable in years, was young in spirit, and open to change and growth. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from having contributed in some small way to this ongoing and necessary process of change.  I thank all of my colleagues and friends who have made this possible, and most especially my students over the last thirty years who have always been the most important reason for my work here.

I cannot thank you all enough for this recognition of what I have strived to be.

Appendix C

David Charles Lanier

David Lanier has announced his intention to retire from his position as University Registrar at the close of the 2004-05 academic year. He has held that position for 20 years and has served in the Registrar’s office here and atNorth CarolinaStateUniversitysince 1977. In 1985 Lanier took command of a Registrar’s Office that was entirely paper based. Long-time faculty members recall the long, hot days of organized chaos when student registration took place in a sweltering Woollen Gym under the hum of electric fans; paper class rolls; a course numbering system that defied logic; the difficulty of retrieving transcripts from dusty file cabinets; and the confusing, uncoordinated, and decentralized methods of gathering and storing information about students. David Lanier changed all that and brought the Registrar’s Office into the age of information technology. His major accomplishments were:

  • Reorganizing the Registrar’s Office for better customer service
  • Leading the Student Information System Project which planned and implemented a integrated student information system
  • Implementing telephonic registration;
  • Creating the UNC1 Card Office and the campus card system
  • Installing web servers and implementing the first University Registrar web site
  • Implementing web applications for the on-line directory of classes, StudentCentral, and FacultyStaff Central
  • Implementing web-based registration
  • Implementing the Automated Degree Audit System
  • Chairing the Course Renumbering Committee

While the faculty have experienced and applauded David Lanier’s career accomplishments as University Registrar, many are unaware of other facets of this multi-dimensional yet quiet and unassuming man.

  • He was a member of the 1967 4-A state championship football team at Ralph L. Fike Senior High inWilson,North Carolina.
  • As an Air Force ROTC student atCarolina, he was a founding member of the UNC Sport Parachute Club (1969).
  • As an aviator with the United States Air Force (1972-76), he participated in Operation Babylift after the fall ofSaigonin 1975, flying Vietnamese refugees out of thePhilippinesto camps inCalifornia,Arkansas, andFlorida.
  • He earned his M.S. in Education while serving in the Air Force.
  • He was a founding member of the University Managers Association.
  • As a member of the UMA Board, he was instrumental in initiating the Employee Appreciation Fair in 1991.

David Lanier’s life work has contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment ofCarolina’s educational mission. He has been a true and loyal friend to the faculty, our students, his staff colleagues, and generations ofCarolinaalumni.

Now, therefore, in consideration of all that David Charles Lanier has meant to The University of North Carolina atChapel Hill, the Faculty Council extends to him its grateful thanks for his outstanding service as University Registrar and its best wishes upon his retirement.

Appendix D

Resolution 2005-9. On Establishing the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty

The Faculty Council resolves:

Section 1. Pursuant to Section 2-8(b)(1) of the Faculty Code of University Government, the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty is created. The Committee has six members, appointed by the Chair of the Faculty from among sitting members of the Faculty Council at the September meeting of the Council each year. Four of the members are fixed-term faculty members, and two are tenure-track faculty members. The Chair of the Faculty designates the chair of the committee. Members are eligible for reappointment.

Sec. 2. The committee addresses working conditions and the status of full-time and part-time fixed-term faculty members. In this regard it monitors implementation of policies and recommendations concerning fixed-term faculty; reviews school, college, and departmental policies governing such faculty members; and formulates and proposes new policies and procedures for consideration by the Faculty Council. The committee reports to the Council as appropriate to its agenda, but at least annually.

Sec. 3. This resolution is effective upon adoption.

Appendix E

Executive Summary of Promoting Success for Carolina’s Undergraduates: Factors Related to Retention and Graduation

A report presented to: The Enrollment Policy Advisory Committee by The Retention Study Group

2004

Carolina’s vision of becoming the leading public institution is grounded in its commitment to providing the strongest possible undergraduate educational experience.    As indicated in the Academic Plan (2003) and the Measures of Excellence (2003), retention and graduation rates are important indicators of our success in that area.    The study reported here was initiated by the Enrollment Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) as part of its ongoing efforts to assess the outcomes of our institutional efforts to improve the undergraduate experience.   The Retention Study Group, a subcommittee of EPAC, conducted a comprehensive study during the 2003-04 academic year in response to the following questions:

  • What factors impact retention and graduation for students at Carolina?
  • How do institutional policies and services impact persistence and graduation?
  • What do these results suggest in terms of steps that might be taken to better support students in persisting and graduating from Carolina?

The study design involved analysis of a variety of qualitative and quantitative data.   A longitudinal analysis of the enrollment patterns of the combined freshman cohorts of the entering class of 1997 and 1998 provided information on the factors impacting retention and graduation.   Feedback from students who had left the University to attend another institution or had simply not graduated within five years was compiled through surveys.   Content analyses of transcripts and letters from students appealing academic ineligibility dismissals were conducted in an attempt to understand student perspectives on issues related to their struggles to complete their degrees.   In addition, comparisons were made between the academic policies of Carolina and our public peer institutions.

Major Findings

  • In the most recently published comparisons, Carolina’s 83% six-year graduation rate was slightly below those of UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, and Virginia, which range from 85% to 92%.
  • Using the students included in the combined 1997 and 1998 cohort study reported here, 83.9% of students graduated from Carolina within five years, 5.7% transferred to another four-year institution, and 10.4% neither graduated nor transferred.
  • The majority of students who left Carolina and were academically eligible at the time of departure went on to enroll at another four-year institution.   About half of these students transferred between the freshman year and sophomore year.
  • Half of all students who dropped out in year two or later were academically ineligible at the end of their last term of enrollment.

Factors that Predict Transferring to Another Four-Year Institution

  • After controlling for all other variables in the analysis, factors that increased the probability of leaving Carolina to attend another four-year institution included being White or Asian, being a non-North Carolina resident, having a somewhat weaker high school curriculum, a low level of participation in social events on campus, and a low first year grade point average.
  • Results of a survey of students who transferred to another institution indicated that the majority reported having problems adjusting to the size of Carolina and developing a personal connection to the students and faculty.

Factors that Predict Not Transferring or Graduating Within Five Years

  • After controlling for all other variables in the analysis, factors that increased the probability of not transferring or graduating with five years included being a first generation college student, low family income, low first year grades, becoming academically ineligible, and a pattern of stopping out and attending part-time.
  • The reasons most frequently cited by students for not having graduated within five years involved academic difficulties, financial struggles (including perceived need to work), and family problems and obligations.

Comparisons of Academic Policies and Procedures

  • The minimum term and cumulative grade point average requirements for maintaining academic eligibility at Carolina are considerably lower than those required by any of its public peer institutions.
  • The structure of Carolina’s eligibility requirements, which change incrementally from a 1.500 GPA to enroll in year two to a 2.000 GPA to graduate, possibly contributes to some students’ inability to graduate or continue after several years of minimally acceptable performance.
  • Nearly all of the peer institutions offer a probationary period for students in academic difficulty, allowing them to remain enrolled while removing their deficiencies.

Recommendations of the Retention Study Group

  • Expand the current Summer Bridge Program for first year students and offer other academic enrichment programs and services to support academic success.
  • Establish a more effective early warning system for first year students experiencing academic difficulty to allow more time for them to seek assistance.
  • Increase opportunities for small classes and supplemental instructional services.
  • Expand cultural and co-curricula programs that promote smaller communities, cultural identity, and a sense of belonging at Carolina.
  • Develop an early intervention process for students who become ineligible which would allow them to stay enrolled for a probationary period while working intensively with academic advisors and other support personnel to address the issues that led to their academic difficulties.
  • Study the current academic eligibility regulations and recommend changes that will facilitate student success in completing their degrees.
  • Maintain an on-going program of research and evaluation concerning student retention and graduation at Carolina.

Appendix F

2005 Faculty Elections Results

2,997 members of the Voting Faculty received ballots. 683 ballots were cast.

Winners and alternates are listed in the order of number of votes received.

Position

Elected

Alternates

Advisory Committee Carol W. RunyanRonald P. StraussTimothy N. Taft Rudolph L. JulianoMichael K. SalemiRichard L. Edwards
APT: Arts & Sciences Thomas B. Clegg Michael VottaClayton T. Koelb
APT:MedicalSchool Margaret W. LeighJanne G. Cannon Peter RockCulley Carson III
APT: Other Prof. Schools Barbara A. Mark Frayda BluesteinRichard J. Beckman
Athletics Lissa L. BroomeBarbara M. WildemuthDesmond K. Runyan Thomas A. TweedJames L. Murphy
Educational Policy Beverly B. FosterPeter C. GordonMarco R. Steenbergen Mark H. SchoenfischLouis R. Bartek
Faculty Assembly Steven L. Bachenheimer James L. MurphyLouis R. Bartek
Faculty Executive Committee Alice S. AmmermanLloyd S. KramerEllen R. PeirceJoseph L. Templeton Helen V. TauchenKimberly Strom-GottrfiedVincas P. SteponaitisSteven L. Bachenheimer
Faculty Grievance: Professors Diane Holditch-Davis David S. Rubin
Faculty Grievance: Assoc. Prof. Dulcie Straughan Edward J. Collins
Faculty Grievance: Asst. Prof. William C. Rivenbark Scott L. Kirsch
Faculty Hearings A. Wayne Pittman Joseph J. Kalo
Fin. Exigency: Academic Affairs Laura N. GasawayGary J. Pielak James C. Drennan
Fin. Exigency: Health Affairs Laurel A. FilesDiane K. Kjervik Ross J. Simpson Jr.
Honorary Degrees Susan T. LordEugene P. Orringer John V. OrthDavid W. CarrJames W. Jorgenson

 

Position

Elected

Alternates

Admin. Bd. of the Library: Humanities Frank Dominguez[1] F. Tyler Curtain
Admin. Bd. of the Library: Natural Sciences Larry K. Benninger
Admin. Bd. of the Library: Social Sciences Charles Kurzman Aaron Moody
Admin. Bd. of the Library: Professional Schools Paul M. Jones Brian W. Sturm
Council: Fine Arts Brent S. Wissick David A. Hammond
Council: Nat. Sciences, Tenured John M. Papanikolas J. Christopher Clemens
Council: Nat. Sci., Non-Tenured Jean S. DeSaixGregory Copenhaver Montek Singh
Faculty Council: Libraries Eileen L. McGrathZahra B. Kamarei Winifred F. MetzSteven J. Melamut
Council: SILS Deborak K. Barreau Jeffrey Pomerantz
Council: Medicine, Tenured Margaret W. Leigh[2]Peter H. GilliganDavid A. GerberPeter Rock

Matthew G. Ewend

Frank C. Wilson, Jr.

Aysenil BelgerRichard A. Rippe
Council: Medicine, Non-Tenured Amy B. WeilPamela G. Vick Deborah S. ThreadgillSamuel S. WeirArrel D. ToewsShao-yu Chen
Council: Pharmacy, Tenured Michael D. Murray Timothy J. Ives
Council, Pharm., Non-Tenured Robert E. Dupuis Michael B. JarstferJo Ellen Rodgers
Council: Public Health, Non-Tenured Stephen W. MarshallDavid J. Couper James V. Porto, Jr.Ivan Rusyn

[1]Both candidates received an equal number of votes. The Secretary of the Faculty decided the winner by lot as provided in the Faculty Code.

 

[2]Margaret Leigh declines election to the Faculty Council having been elected to the Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure. Frank Wilson, the first alternate, is declared elected in her place.

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