Minutes of the Campus Faculty Meeting
April 3, 2003, 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Education Auditorium, GRAD-166

Curt Rom, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved

I. Call to Order:

Curt Rom, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:32.

II. Approval of the Agenda

Without objection, the agenda was approved.

III. Minutes of the Fall 2002 Meeting

Without objection, the minutes of fall 2002 meeting were approved.

IV. Reports

A. Report on Grade Distribution

Allan Cochran gave a report on grade distribution at the U of A. In particular he examined what students mark as their expected grade on the Purdue evaluation forms. More than 85% typically mark that they will receive an A or a B. Dr. Cochran examined the data for all undergraduate courses except for labs. He found that the most often given grade at the U of A is an A.

Dr. Cochran reminded us of the U of A policy concerning a Grade of A - it is meant for outstanding achievement to a small number of excellent scholars. B's are awarded for good achievement.

B. Changes in parking at the U of A.

Gary Smith and David Martinson discussed the status of parking at the U of A. In their presentation, they addressed the need to build parking garages on campus to accommodate the Master Plan for parking as developed in 1998. Currently, one garage is under construction behind Kimpel Hall and the BA building. Other garages are also planned for other areas and they are continuing to explore different options. All of this information is based on the assumption that the U of A will have 22,500 students in place by 2010.

Currently, all parking permits are going up in price at the rate of 5% per year. To address the campus parking situation, including rising costs and location of lots, they are also looking for reasonable solutions and dialogue about different approaches or ideas.

A full review of their presentation to the Campus Faculty is available at: http://www.uark.edu/depts/parking/movie/movie.htm

V. Old Business

None

VI. New Business

None

VII. Announcements

A committe called the Faculty Coalition for Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics is being formed: http://www.uark.edu/depts/campfac/Minutes/2003FACCOALCHARTD.pdf. This committee is looking for input from faculty. The upcoming meeting for SEC schools will take place May 2nd and 3rd.

The next Teaching Academy Teaching Workshop will take place on Thursday, August 21st. More details will be provided soon.

VIII. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:39 p.m.