Faculty Senate approves Speech Pathology M.A. program, discusses budget transparency
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
President Patrick Harker praised the university’s successes over the past year during a Faculty Senate meeting yesterday by highlighting this year’s third largest applicant pool in history, a record number of honors applicants and an enhanced financial aid package for in state students.
The university continues to face challenges in designing a classical core curriculum, he said at the meeting in Gore Hall.
“A curriculum that is well-designed is easier to deliver, better for students and can also reduce overall cost so creating more intellectual flexibility in general curriculum is where the secret sauce of a college education is,” Harker said.
Harker also addressed the Sept. 9 “I’m Shmacked” incident by posing a question and a “plea for help.”
“Since a group of primarily first-year students did this on a Monday night, we must ask what they were doing on that Tuesday morning and challenge our students enough that they would not do that on a Monday night,” Harker said.
Following an update on the budget model and STAR Campus, Harker turned the podium over to Senate President Deni Galileo to begin the Faculty Senate meeting and introduce two speakers.
The featured speakers this month were Director of Admissions José Aviles, as well as Jim Morrison and Prasad Dhurjati, members of the Ad Hoc Responsibility Based Budget committee.
Aviles said the university continues to face challenges in admissions due to the decline of high school graduates after 2011. He showed College Board and ACT statistics, which demonstrated the decrease of student scores on these standardized tests nationwide.
“The College Board report on SAT scores gives us a sense of the thinness of population that we’re working with,” Aviles said.
John Morgan, a Physics professor, said he questioned the measurement of true student potential based off of SAT scores and stressed the importance of a focus on attitude instead of aptitude.