Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Dr. Nelson convened the meeting at 4:10 PM.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION . . . Nosakhere Griffin-El
just want to say that it was an honor to serve and address my elders the first
Tuesday of each month. I learned a lot this semester from working with Dr. Millette,
Dr. Poe, Dr. Nwachuku, Dr. Nelson, and Dr. Chikwem. I would also like to congratulate
the officers just elected to the Student Government Association for the 2004-2005
academic year: Abraham Hoff, president; Zchagiel Monroe, Vice-President of Internal
Affairs; Brian Dowling, Vice-President of External Affairs; Clifton Thomas, Treasurer;
and Shari Hathaway, Secretary.
II REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT . . . .
. . . .Dr. Ivory Nelson
We are clearing off a space to build a new dorm.
We are going to fund the new dorm by selling bonds; this is the first time that
Lincoln University has sold bonds. We plan to sell them as investment grade bonds.
Thus, we are presenting our bond sale to such institutions as Standard and Poors
and Moody's. In addition, we are starting to wind down on the infrastructure project.
We are trying to get the subcontractors to do all things that they promised to
Moreover on April 14th, I along with the three other presidents of
the state-related higher education institutions in the Commonwealth, are going
to Harrisburg in order to try to get our funding restored.
. . . how many fulltime faculty do we have at the meeting? Dr. Venerable: We have
53 present. Dr. Nelson: We now have a quorum.
III. ACTION ITEMS . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Venerable, Presiding
Dr. Venerable: Are
there any additions to the agenda?
Dr. Prigg: Yes, I would like to add
three items: One, concerning the Lindback prize not being awarded; the rotation
of chairs; and any faculty member who wants to chit-chat about our "situation."
The items were added as discussion items.
A. Approval of Minutes
from the March 2, 2004 meeting.
The minutes were approved subject to
corrections and additions. In the first paragraph of "II. Report from the President,"
the minutes originally read: "Lincoln's program, when measured in this way, has
shown a great deal of improvement" should be "when measured in this way it has
reflected its true measure, its true merit, and its true light." "III. Action
Items" should be "-one over the quorum number" instead of "-one short of a quorum."
Also, "III Action Items" should have included the following addition, "Dr. Millette
made a motion to table consideration of the minutes. The chair ruled the motion
out of order. The chair appealed to the Parliamentarian who concurred with the
chair. A motion to recess was substituted and was turned down."
from the Curriculum Committee………..Dr. B. M. Henderson
1. BIO 100-Introduction
Dr. Royer spoke for Dr. Henderson. Dr. Royer placed BIO
100 for the faculty's consideration. Dr. Royer stated that BIO 100 Introduction
to Biology was designed to better prepare students for BIO 103, that BIO 100 was
only for biology majors that placed into EDU 100, and that, in addition to preparing
students for BIO 103, BIO 100 was designed to get students excited about biology.
Dr. Prigg: Is this course designed to substitute for another biology course
in the biology curriculum?
Dr. Royer: No, this will not be an additional
biology requirement nor will it substitute for a current biology requirement.
Dr. Shabazz: Dr. Royer you said that you do not consider this a remedial
course, but this is a remedial course. I've been on record against remedial courses.
Many of the things that are in the course description could be taken care of out
of class, or in class. This is a How to Study Science course.
I don't consider this as remediation. We are not retaining most of the students
in biology after the first year. The students need more preparation.
Chapp: What will the students come away with or what should they come away with.
For example, can you say that the students will come away with A, B, and C?
Millette: I'm just wondering why this course, why now? Does it say something about
the university? Does it say something about recruitment or about the caliber of
our students. Hampton brings students in during the summer to get them prepared
for the academic year.
Dr. Royer: We are trying to get a grant to do this
in the summer.
Dr. Louden: When I ask students, "what science is?" They
don't know. Only ten percent of the students know what a hypothesis is? Only a
few students know what a cell is?
Dr. Sekoni: What I'm opposed to is students
getting college credit for how to read a textbook.
Dr. Treisner: This course
is good for students just interested in biology.
Dr. George: I just wanted
a clarification-educational skills, what does that mean?
Dr. Favor: Why
are we voting for a course-I was looking at the Journal of Black Education, according
to which Lincoln University only graduates 39 percent of its students while Spelman
graduates 70 to 76 percent. We are going backwards. Students have to take too
many credits as it is. Many students take five years to graduate.
We have talked about "experimental" courses becoming permanent. When students
realize that this does not count toward graduation they will be unhappy.
Venerable moved that BIO 100 Introduction to Biology be referred to the Educational
Policy Committee. The motion was seconded and was passed.
2. EDU 311-Methods
of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School and EDU 314-Methods of Teaching
Science in Elementary School:
Dr. Oliver: Good Evening. This may or
may not be a marriage in heaven-my colleagues will decide this matter. The Pennsylvania
Department of Education has mandated that EDU 311-Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Elementary School and EDU 314-Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary School
be part of the curriculum for teachers. We have to implement this 2004 or 2005.
It is a burden for our students since they have to buy two textbooks. Nevertheless,
we have to teach these subjects in order that our students be able to compete
internationally. We removed speech for education majors; if we lean toward the
sciences, we could conscript someone from the sciences.
Dr. Prigg: Has
the state mandated these courses or the subject matter? Won't students have to
buy two textbooks.
Dr. Oliver: We admit that students need some remedial
help-so they compete favorably.
Professor Davis: the state has mandated
that these two courses be on their transcript.
Dr. Millette: Why wasn't
this brought before the Educational Policy Committee?
Dr. Thomas: We need
this change in curriculum to meet the state's mandate.
Dr. Treisner: I
move that the faculty accept these courses and extend to the Educational Policy
Committee and the Curriculum Committee the implementation and logistics. The motion
was seconded and was passed.
IV. DISCUSSION ITEMS
commented that he was taken aback at the failure to choose anyone for the Lindback
Teaching Award. Dr. Button remarked that she did not see the connection between
the number of applications and a person's history of teaching excellence.
meeting was adjourned at 6:05 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Donald J. Bradt