Minutes of the Campus Faculty Meeting
November 2, 2006, 3:30 p.m.
Reynolds Center Auditorium

Jeannie Whayne, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved

I. Call to Order:

Jeannie Whayne, Campus Faculty Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m.

II. Approval of the Agenda

Without objection, the agenda was approved.

III. Minutes of the Fall 2005 Meeting

http://www.uark.edu/depts/campfac/Minutes/2006springcampfacminutes.html

Without objection, the minutes of the Spring 2006 meeting were approved.

IV. Reports

    Dr. Linda Beene, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

    Chancellor White introduced Dr. Beene who spoke on the future of higher education in Arkansas. In particular, Dr. Beene shared the following with the Campus Faculty:

    She is pleased that the 2010 reports have been welcomed as a part of our North Central accreditation process and that we are increasing the quality and size of our student body.

    She greatly admires our ongoing work with diversity and that we continue to make good steps forward in this area.

    She is also very pleased with our increase in retention and graduation rates but also realizes that we can do better. She, however, noted that graduation rate counts do not include all students who graduate (some may not be counted because they take longer than 6 years to graduate, for example, or are not full time). This is something which must be addressed.

    Dr. Beene commented on the changing climate of higher education and the increase in accountability for both public and higher education. In addition, to compete in a Global Economy, higher education must focus more on access, accountability, affordability and quality.

    The Bond Proposal included in the November elections was also discussed. Money generated from this proposed bond will go toward classroom and building development.

    A new web-based system goes on line December 1st. The Arkansas Course Transfer System "provides comparable course information to facilitate student transfer within Arkansas public colleges and universities. The ACTS database contains faculty-generated comparable course information for a number of courses offered at public institutions in Arkansas. Comparable courses within ACTS are guaranteed to transfer for full credit to any Arkansas public institution." http://acts.adhe.edu/

    Distance Education is the "best kept secret" in our state. This resource will continue to help us to move degrees to the people rather than trying to move people to the degrees they seek. It is hoped that scholarships to help students participate in distance education will be developed.

V. Old Business

None

VI. New Business

None

VII. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.