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University of Missouri-St. Louis 2004 Fall Faculty Meeting October 29, 2004

University of Missouri-St. Louis

2004 Fall Faculty Meeting

October 29, 2004

 

Introduction

 

New Faculty

 

Student Enrollments

 

Graduate School 

 

Year

RAs

TAs

Grad Instr

Total

Tuition Awards

1998-99

61

104

0

165

207

1999-00

82

127

1

210

240

2000-01

105

134

1

240

309

2001-02

134

134

1

269

347

2002-03

155

138

0

293

348

2003-04

145

141

2

288

344

2004-05

168

136

1

305

pending

 

 

Accreditation and Assessment

 

Faculty Opportunities for Leadership Development

 

Research Activities

 

Funding

 

 

Technology Transfer

 

 

Building Research Capacity

 

 

Collaborative Activities

 

 

Academic Grievances

(http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/departments/gc/rules/grievance/370/010.shtml) states

 (l) In October of each year, the Academic Grievance Officer (or designee) shall report to the faculty governance body of the campus the status of all grievances filed during the preceding year and any grievances from prior years where the process has not been completed. This report shall not include names of the parties or the nature of the grievance but shall include the date the grievance was filed and its current status. The status report will indicate the current stage of the grievance: informal resolution stage, before hearing committee, hearing committee report filed with Chancellor, determination made by Chancellor, appeal to President, determination made by President. The report may include an explanation of an unusual delay that has occurred or any other matter that the Academic Grievance Officer (or designee) believes would be helpful.

 

Academic Integrity

 

 

 

o Of the 6 cases, 5 cases were undergraduates and 1 case was graduate.

o In 4 of the 6 cases, the students were found guilty of cheating and received a failing grade for the work in question.

o Of these 4 cases, 3 students were sanctioned with writing research papers that looked at academic dishonesty and professional ethics in their future professions or receive a “hold” on their Winter 2005 registration for courses if not completed within the time allotted.

o In the remaining case, the student was sanctioned with a warning of the seriousness of the violation. 

o Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating two incidents of academic dishonesty involving cheating.

 

 

o Of the 27 cases, 19 were undergraduates.

o 1 of the 19 undergraduate cases was dismissed due to lack of sufficient evidence to warrant an academic dishonesty charge. 

o Of the remaining 18 cases, students were found guilty of plagiarism and received a failing grade for the work in question by the professor and/or TA that initiated the charge.

§ In addition to receiving a failed grade on the work in question, 4 students also failed the course.

o 6 students also received warnings on the seriousness of academic dishonesty and their violation.

o 11 students were also sanctioned to provide evidence that they discussed the plagiarism charge and strategies for avoiding plagiarism with the Center for Academic Development (Writing Lab) before being allowed to register for Winter 2005 courses.

o One student was found guilty of 2 counts of plagiarism in two separate classes and sanctioned to attend the Center for Academic Development (Writing Lab) to discuss strategies to avoid plagiarism as well as to rewrite one of the plagiarized works and write a reflective essay on what the student has learned.  This sanction has to be completed before the student is allowed to register for Winter 2005 classes.

o Interesting to note, the remaining student did not respond to his academic dishonesty charge and received a “hold” on registration until such time that the student complies with the Office of Academic Affairs.

o The remaining 8 cases involved graduate students.

o In all 8 cases involving graduate students, the students were found guilty of plagiarism and received a failing grade on the work in question by the professor.

§ Of the 8 cases, 3 students failed the courses as well.

o Of the 8 case, 3 students received warnings on the seriousness of the violation

o 2 students were sanctioned to provide evidence that they discussed the plagiarism charge and strategies to avoid plagiarism with the Center for Academic Development (Writing Lab).

o 2 students were suspended for one academic semester.

o In the remaining case, the student was found guilty of two counts of plagiarism in two separate classes and was dismissed from the program.

o Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating one incident of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism in which the student also admitted to plagiarizing an additional paper.

 

 

 

Program Proposals

 

Type

Program

Sponsor

Status

New

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance

CoFAC

At System for review

New

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

CAS

Approved by CBHE 10/04

New

Master’s Adult & Higher Education

CoE

Approved by Curators 9/04

New

Ed.S. Educational Leadership

CoE

Approved by Curators 9/04

New

Ed.S. School Psychology

CoE

Approved by Curators 9/04

New

PhD Metropolitan & Regional Studies

CAS

Not approved by VPAA

 

Charter Schools

 

Enrollment Management, Recruitment, and Retention

§ Creating the position and hiring John Kundel as Associate Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

§ Improving student services, especially including Financial Aid.

§ Holding a series of Key Communicators workshops to determine actions that can be taken immediately and throughout this year to improve communication with students and student experiences.

§ Student Affairs staff have been working very closely with the Faculty Senate Committee on Recruitment, Admissions, Retention, and Student Financial Aid to develop retention strategies and improve student services as quickly as possible.

§ Engaging Charles Schroeder as a retention consultant to work with UMSL over the next 18 months to improve student retention. He will come for his first consultation in November. With his help, we will be able to develop a retention plan much more quickly than otherwise, and to begin implementation of the plan this year, with an expectation of results in increased retention between May 2005 and Fall 2005. A retention team is now being appointed with representation from Student Affairs and each College to work with Charles Schroeder in this process.

§ More steps will be taken to improve services to students. Retention activities are very action oriented; there will be reports, but positive action, not reports, is the purpose of our retention activities.

 

Strategic Initiatives

 

Summer Operations

 

Evening College