Faculty Senate articles

Faculty Senate discuss e-learning at Oct. 13 meeting

MATTHEW FLECKENSTEIN | STAFF REPORTER E-learning, the courses students can take online over the summer, was the focus of the Oct. 13 Faculty Senate meeting. Original e-learning committee members Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom and Julie Miller gave a presentation on the study of e-learning performed last summer. Provost Kate Morris gave the original goal for the

Faculty Senate discusses new core requirement

Matthew Fleckenstein | Staff Reporter   The Butler University Faculty Senate voted Sept. 15 to create a subcommittee to further research the Social Justice and Diversity proposal for a new requirement in the core curriculum every student is required to take. The SJD committee is comprised of chair Chad Knoderer,   Amy Peak, COPHS, Susan Adams, COE,

Tensions rise in latest Faculty Senate meeting

Ryan Lovelace Managing Editor The Faculty Senate did not display any proposed suggestion for changes made to the tuition remission and exchange programs at Tuesday’s meeting, but that did nothing to silence concerns. Darin Ramsey, Faculty Affairs Committee chair, said his committee hopes to bring forward a proposal later this year to address the Board

Policy to be discussed at Faculty Senate Meeting

COLIN LIKAS | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Butler University’s first Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10. It appears group members already have an impactful topic to discuss. Butler’s Board of Trustees approved changes to the school’s tuition remission and exchange policy for faculty and staff last December. The old remission policy allowed for Butler employees and

Faculty work to bring transportation to campus

Butler University faculty are asking students to help bring public transportation to campus. A public meeting with Indy Connect, central Indiana’s public transportation initiative, was scheduled for last night but was rescheduled due to inclement weather concerns. Butler offered to shuttle 50 students to the meeting so they could offer their own opinions on the

Dollars under review

Butler University is undergoing a revenue and expenses review by an independently-hired consultant. Michael Leardi is working alongside Bruce Arick, vice president of finance and administration, and Provost Kathryn Morris while collecting the university’s financial data to create a cost of education model. The work group conducting the review will also include Doug Spaniol, vice-chair

$1.5 million to be distributed

The Capital Budget Work Group will begin reviewing requests and prioritizing projects that will fit into its $1.5 million budget this year. The committee is comprised of 11 voting individuals and an ex-officio member who does not have a vote toward recommendations but helps mediate meetings if necessary. Each member represents a different division of

Morris prepares for university academic review

Kathryn Morris, provost and vice president for academic affairs, discussed Butler University’s academic mission at yesterday’s Faculty Senate meeting. Morris and Bruce Arick, vice president of finance and administration, have been developing a plan that will provide a total review of the university and its financial state. The report, titled “Cost of Education Model,” will

Legal counsel adds to costs

President Jim Danko expressed a need for legal counsel at Butler University at the Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday. The president said in the past six years  the university has spent about $2.5 million on legal fees for various reasons. His presentation showed that from June 2008 to June 2012, the spending increased by 28 percent.

Core requirement suspended for current upperclassmen

The Faculty Senate approved the suspension of the Speaking Across the Curriculum requirement for all upperclassmen. The senate met last Tuesday, and voted to suspend the courses after nearly an hour of discussion. Diane Timmerman, theatre professor, said the workload professors must take on to teach this course is too much. “Some of my colleagues