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Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda for 8-29-14

August 29th, 2014

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Friday 8/29 2:30 pm

  • Gathering and Moment of Silence, 3 minutes
  • Approval of Minutes from May 6, 2014, 2 minutes
  • Nomination of Tim Lindeman as Faculty Development Associate, 5 minutes
  • Clarification of Faculty Handbook Section 5.240 on timing of study leaves, 10 minutes
    • Is a spring-fall full-year leave allowed? Should it be?
  • Discussion of new QEP efforts and planning (Steve Shapiro), 10 minutes
    • Tentative schedule:
      • Brief review of proposals at faculty meeting on 9/1
      • Open community meeting on 9/10 – presentation of proposals (Necessary?)
      • Faculty Forum on 9/17 – presentation and discussion of proposals
      • Faculty Forum on 11/19 – selection of proposal or proposals to bring to faculty meeting
      • Faculty Meeting on 12/3 – QEP proposal for approval
  • Setting agenda for Faculty Meeting Wednesday, 20 minutes
    • Current requests:
      • Barb Boyette – demo of new Banner-based student feedback form (10 min)
      • Jack Zerbe – demo of new Study Abroad portal website (10 min)
      • Steve Shapiro – discussion of QEP process (15 min)
      • Cathy Witty – announcement of CCE counseling services (silent announcement?)
      • Georgie Bogdan – announcement of changes in LC testing policies (silent announcement)
    • Other possibilities:
      • Discussion of faculty survey results and possible actions (Dave Dobson)
      • Reminder of Moon Room website and forum (Dave Dobson)
      • Report on May Trustees meeting (Elwood Parker, Adrienne Israel, Dave Dobson)
  • Review and discussion of Kyle’s document from preliminary General Education Curriculum summer meetings, 15 minutes
  • Review of Admissions Committee role and staffing, if time allows
  • Review of January Term Assessment Committee role and staffing, if time allows
  • Meeting assessment and Clerk’s business for this year, 5 minutes

 

One attempt at creating a salary policy that supports the whole community

August 26th, 2014

Yesterday’s article in the Chronicle on a proposal at St. Mary’s College to link salaries throughout the college to one another raises many issues that have come before our community in recent years.  The rise of executive pay in higher education has been well-documented and the struggles to address income inequality and its threat to American democracy continue to make headlines.

The proposal at St. Mary’s College attempts to address such problems and to ensure that the college be part of a solution to such rising inequality.  While there are any number of objections to such a policy, and its fate at St. Mary’s is not certain, would such a policy be a positive step toward addressing many concerns among our community on this issue?  While surely a better budget and enrollment picture would certainly help remedy salaries that have languished in recent years, what means can we employ to ensure that any future increases will be realized most justly across our community?

A solution to grade inflation?

August 26th, 2014

A study of an approach at addressing grade inflation has been getting quite a bit of news of late.  Wellesley College seems to have achieved what they set out to do: bring down the college’s overall GPA and better align the use of certain grades between departments on campus.

While grade inflation certainly does not rank among the leading issues confronting Guilford College at the moment, the results have attracted a good bit of conversation and attention.

What are the reactions of other faculty on campus?  Is this too blunt an approach to a problem that surely has multiple complex causes?  In an era of increasing scrutiny on colleges and universities, might such a policy seek to begin to address such criticism?  Or does such a policy really stand-out as a mere shell game in which the labels we use for assessment and learning become ends in themselves and more difficult conversations about promoting and communicating the real value of the liberal arts is ignored?

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