University of Pennsylvania
November 9, 2004
Wright Hall Auditorium
Nelson convened the meeting 4:07 PM.
I. REPORT FROM THE
PRESIDENT . . . Dr. Ivory Nelson
Dr. Nelson stated that
Lincoln University Board of Trustees Educational Policy Committee would meet with
the Lincoln University Faculty Educational Policy Committee on November 19, 2004.
He also stated that he would act as a staff person at this meeting in order to
remind the Board of Trustees to make broad policy recommendations.
Nelson then directed the body to consider the handout entitled, "The Road to Excellence"
especially the arrows pointing to top tier university status. He explained that
the goal of attaining top tier university status would have to involve an intrinsic
commitment within the mindsets of individuals. Dr. Nelson emphasized the commitment
it would take to reach this level by noting that it took Hampton University 27
years to get to this level.
Moreover, Dr. Nelson stated that
Lincoln University would have to have a specific focus. Hence, centers of excellence
are needed to make Lincoln University more marketable to the world-to give Lincoln
University a certain cachet. All academic units will be needed to propel these
centers of excellence.
Athletics will have to be an important
part of this drive toward excellence. Smaller HBCUs have brought back football.
Why? For one reason, the sport enhances enrollment especially male enrollment.
We need to attract and keep male students. There is a great interest in providing
Lincoln University football. But all this will take money. For instance, money
is needed for a marching band and money to comply with Title IX. Also, the Board
of Trustees has passed a resolution that all our students have laptop which will
cost money-to buy and service them.
II. Action Item Grant
D. Venerable, II, Ph.D., Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Approval of Minutes from the October 5, 2004
Meeting The minutes
from the October 5, 2004 meeting were approved with the following correction:
the minutes referred to The War Center when it should have read The Ware Center.
B. Recommendations from the Educational and Curriculum Committees
1. Approval of new Studio Arts Courses-ART 102, ART 202, ART
302 Dr. Chapp explained that ART 102 - Introduction to Digital Arts: Tool and
Techniques, ART 202 - Graphic Arts I: Digital Imaging and Typography, and ART
302 - Graphic Arts II: A Survey of Digital Multimedia Forms were being introduced
as part of a concentration in Graphic Arts. The faculty approved the new courses.
2. Approval of new Psychology Curriculum Dr. Favor explained that the new curriculum
was organized around three tracks. Dr. Favor stated that the new curriculum meets
the needs of students with different, often unarticulated interests. He also stated
that the changes reflect changes within the field of psychology. The faculty voted
in favor of the new psychology curriculum.
A. Faculty Travel Dr. DeBoy stated that the new
travel raises some issues. Dr. Venerable: All travel goes on my credit card i.e.
I am responsible for travel. Dr. DeBoy: What about faculty who can get cheaper
flights? Dr. Venerable: International Tours can over the long run minimize what
we pay vs. having our own travel office. Dr. DeBoy: We cannot get the three to
four signatures needed in 48 hours. Dr. Venerable: We have been able to do this
except for one glitch. Dr. Shabazz: This policy is extremely oppressive. For instance,
in a letter to the members of the Science division it was stated-You will not
be reimbursed for travel even if you get a cheaper rate. -You cannot go through
the Internet. I go to many professional meetings and Lincoln University pays for
only part of the cost. Why should I be constrained by International Travel. Dr.
Venerable: This is not an attempt to obviate your professional opportunities.
The travel authorization is to allow faculty members to make other arrangements
for class. Dr. Dade: In addition to wanting to spend our money frugally-9-11 concerns
us as per specific airlines. Dr. Siddique: The administration is saying go with
the higher airfare. Dr. Herring: It seems that faculty want to stretch their travel
money. Dr. Venerable: I had to go from using Word Perfect to using Word. I called
Mr. Carol about getting Word Perfect and Mr. Carol said that it could not be done
because the system is configured around Word. International Travel allows us to
get the cheapest rates on travel and accommodations with guarantees at the lowest
price over the long run. Dr. Dade: There was no vote on the change in the academic
calendar. And we still need to receive a report on Academic Excellence. Dr. Venerable:
The faculty recommends. The administration makes decisions on policy. Dr. Safford:
You should consult with faculty. Dr. Babatunde: Most of the rights of the faculty
are being eroded. Dr. Venerable: When it is not possible to consult with faculty,
the administration must make decisions. Dr. Nelson reminded the body of the new
policy in which students cannot walk but not graduate in May 2005; moreover, he
stated that students may not graduate unless they have paid all fees and other
financial obligations to the university. Dr. DeBoy suggested that in addition
to the letters going out to all graduating seniors word of this policy could go
through all chairs to all the faculty to insure that the students were completely
aware of this policy.
Prigg: This Friday and Saturday is the Langston Hughes Poetry Workshop. We would
like to see a lot of students participate both in the workshop and in the readings.
Space available for the workshop is limited. So, we ask students who want to participate
in the workshop to contact me no later than Wednesday afternoon.
meeting was adjourned at 5: 25 PM.
Donald J. Bradt Faculty Secretary