EPAG Minutes
April 17, 2007
9:45-11:15, Campus Center 214

Kendrick Brown, Beth Cleary, Cheryl Contant, Ellen Guyer,  Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Joan Ostrove, Wang Ping, Michael Schneider, David Seitz,  Peter Weisensel (co-chair),  Karl Wirth (co-chair)

  1. The minutes from the last two meetings were approved.
  2. Alison Tray was introduced as the 2007-08 Academic Affairs chair, replacing Caroline Ettinger.   Part of her responsibility is to provide EPAG with student representatives. 
  3. Diane distributed the report of the International Center external reviewers.
  4. The approval process for General Education requirement courses is underway. Karl reminded committee chairs to notify Jayne and him about which courses have been approved.  He also reminded us of the assessment and professional development components of the General Education requirements.   Joan reported that the writing group approved courses in other languages to meet the requirement, since there was no prohibition against it. 
  5. Terri Fishel brought two items for our consideration.
    1. Over time departments and programs have been newly created, shifted and changed.  Now the library is trying to align its budget appropriately.  The sentiment is that this is a matter for department chairs, and will be on the agenda of the May 2nd chairs meeting.
    2. The second item was the creation of a Library Advisory Board, and EPAG representation in one of the faculty slots.  One faculty member spoke against an EPAG representative, citing too much of an EPAG reach into all aspects of campus life, that there already exist library liaisons, and that should the Library Director become an ex officio member of EPAG, she could be our representative.  It was pointed out that the Library Director would represent EPAG as a staff member, not faculty.  The time commitment would probably be a monthly meeting, or perhaps less.  The library desires more EPAG involvement with the library as programs are created and changed, as they develop support for new faculty, and for more strategic planning & on-going development.   Another faculty member wondered how the potential restructuring of EPAG would play into this, and if there is another faculty committee, such as RPC, that might be interested in these same issues, especially since resources are part of the intended discussion.  In the interim, would a smaller unofficial subgroup work, or a one year advisory group?   We concluded that the first order of business would be to define the Library Director’s relationship to EPAG.   Then the newly elected EPAG members should identify a member who is interested in library issues for a one-year appointment as a representative while the advisory board structure is evolving.  We began a discussion of adding the Library Director as an ex officio member of EPAG.   Some felt that it would be fine as long as the Library Director found it worthwhile.  Others felt that there are many areas on campus that impact academic life and the curriculum in similar ways (e.g.,  ITS, the CST, the IC) and if they sought representation, would we be willing to include them?  The Provost feels that the position has a more direct relationship to academics than the others.  Could there be a representative that reflects the interests of all these different groups?  This discussion will continue next week.
  6. The allocation discussion began. (David and Joan left the room for this discussion.)  We reviewed the applications for new positions one last time, and discussed the process of notifying the faculty.  Ellen will provide Karl with last year’s internal memo so that he can craft something similar for this year to document the Committee’s recommendations.

Adjourned 11:15  a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar