February 26, 1998

CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Thursday, February 26, 1998 @ 12:30 PM Cameron Applied Research Center, Room 101

CEFO President Yogendra Kakad opened the meeting at 12:37. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet: 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: R. Snyder, S. Middleton, P. Tolley. 
COMPUTER SCIENCE: M. Allen, R. Lejk, J. Quinn, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, K. Subramanian, W. Tolone, J. Zytkow. 
CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, R. Janardhanam, M. Kane, E. King, K. Linden, A. Stadler, D. Young. 
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: R. Coleman, K. Daneshvar, M. Hasan, Y. Kakad, M. Miri, H. Phillips, F. Tranjan. 
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: J. Bowen, E. Braun, J. Carter, D. Liou, C. Liu, C. Mobley, J. Patten, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, B. Sherlock, P. Wang, S. Wang. 
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: H. Cherukuri, P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, Y. Hari, J. Hill, R. Hocken, R. Johnson, R. Kim, E. Munday, Scott Smith, R. Wilhelm. 
GUESTS: None. Total documented attendance: 52 (43 voting members.) Quorum=40.

I. Previous Meeting Minutes, Jack Carter. The minutes of the November 13, 1997 meeting were approved as submitted. Note that, in addition to distribution, the minutes are maintained on the world wide web at http://www.coe.uncc.edu/~jcarter/cefo. Corrections may be submitted through that media.

I. Committee Reports.

Faculty Executive Committee, Rick Lejk. The model of the Tenured Faculty Performance Review that came to the FEC seemed too involved and detailed. The process was eight to nine pages, where that used by NC State is only about one and one-half. The document contains a lot of "drudge" requirements. There is a need to simplify it. The committee is continuing to work on this simplification process. For information, see Rick Lejk.
CEAPCC, Hassan Razavi. The committee has acted on a request to offer a concentration in Motorsports Engineering through the Mechanical Engineering program. Specialty courses would be offered that take the place of most of the major electives. The documentation is available for faculty review and comment. Short discussion followed.
FAPSC, Edwin Braun. A considerable amount of work has gone in to a proposal to significantly simplify the progression requirements within the University. This affects policies concerning exclusions, withdrawls, repeats, etc. The old course replacement policy was considered too lenient, so an exclusion policy was introduced to replace it. The intent was that this would provide an interim period after which this policy would be revised or repealed. This policy expires in August of 1999 and will be replaced with a policy where all courses taken at the University will count towards a student's grade point average. Since the ability to exclude grades will dissapear in August of next year, we should be advising students to take advantage of that policy prior to its expiration.

II. Announcements, Silvia Middleton.

We recall that Dr. Burt Wayne passed away last Summer and a memorial fund was established in his honor. Sufficient donations have been received to enable the College to place a memorial bench outside the building.
College of Engineering sportshirts are available at the central office. They are a grey herringbone weave with the College of Engineering logo. The cost of each shirt is $30.00.

III. SPART, Bill Shelnutt. It has been two years since an update to the Strategic Plan, so the cycle will be repeated. A "score card" and identification of key measures has been discussed and the development of these is progressing. Also the committee is looking into the integration of the plan structure with the SACS accreditation report. SACS requires process measures, while we are currently using outcome measures. We will be looking for process measures to improve the effectiveness of the program. A planning cycle schedule was passed out, and a copy is attached to the official hardcopy of the minutes. SPART surveys will be sent to faculty in the coming week. Please take the time to respond to this survey. We are in the process of hiring an assistant to Pat Tolley to develop a database system for maintaining Strategic Plan data. Also, a student has been hired to help establish a Strategic Plan web site. SUCCEED money has been provided to assist with the assessment work and the gathering of data.

IV. Dean's Report, Dean Snyder.

The School of Information Technology has been established, though it has not yet received formal approval. Discussion is underway to develop a stragetic plan for the school.
Candidates are being interviewed for the Provost position. Go meet with the candidates when opportunity arises.
The time for commencement has been changed. Due to the large number of expected attendees, the commencement has been divided into two sessions. The first session will be at 10:00 AM and will be held for the College of Arts and Sciences. The second session will be held at 3:00 PM for the remaining professional colleges. The University Baccalaureate will be moved from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to accomodate this change. The Baccalaureate will be held in the McKnight lecture hall.
The Electrical Engineering department is now the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

V. Annual Evaluation of Administrators, Yogi Kakad. A copy of a draft policy document for the annual evaluation of department chairs and deans was distributed. Considerable discussion followed. A motion to form a committee to complete the draft of the chair's review policy document was made. The motion was seconded, and passed. This committee will bring a report to the faculty at the next meeting. A motion was made to charge this committee to also complete the policy document concerning the annual evaluation of the dean. Motion seconded, passed. Secretary's addition: The executive committee appointed the following individuals to the committee: P. DeHoff (ME, Chair), J. Carter (ET), Dr. J. (CE), J. Evett (CE), M. Miri (EE) and B. Wilkinson (CS).

VI. President's report, Yogi Kakad.

Elections for CEFO offices and committee assignments for the coming year will be coming in April.
A seminar on the subject of Supersonic Transport will he held at 4:00PM today.
An open meeting concerning the provost search will held at 2:00PM today.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:56 P.M.

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