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Faculty Senate Meeting Overview December 2012

by UofL Today last modified Dec 06, 2012 05:54 PM

The Faculty Senate met in regular session Dec. 5 at in Chao Auditorium. Chair Joe Steffen opened the meeting.

Report Highlights

David Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs, reported on the University Medical Center-KentuckyOne Health partnership. Dunn described the process starting with the request for proposal. He said that two organizations submitted proposals. KentuckyOne, he said, has a mission that aligns closely with that of UMC’s. He also made these points:

  • An outside analysis of UMC showed that it would fail within five to seven years without additional funding.
  • The partnership benefits UMC through funding, by allowing UofL to recruit and keep more high-caliber faculty, by enhancing educational opportunities for health care students and by expanding research opportunities to build on current areas of excellence.
  • The partnership is a joint operating agreement under which KentuckyOne manages all of UMC except the Center for Women and Infants.
  • UofL has three seats on the KentuckyOne board.
  • The UMC board remains in place.
  • Medical staff of University of Louisville Hospital will have a UofL faculty appointment.
  • UofL and University of Louisville Physicians have first right of refusal on physician hires that will practice 5/8 or more of their time at UMC.
  • Hospital-based services will be provided exclusively by UofL and University of Louisville Physicians.
  • UofL departmental chairs will continue to be hospital chiefs.

Read more about the partnership.

Carrie Mattingly, SGA academic vice president, gave a presentation on SGA’s A+ proposal.  She plans to take it to all units and to ask for approval. Her presentation (PowerPoint) is online. Here are highlights:

  • Students are concerned that their academic achievement isn’t accurately represented since there is no point differentiation between an A+ and an A.
  • SGA is asking that an A+ grade receives 4.3 quality points.
  • Some faculty are concerned that doing so would inflate grades.
  • Mattingly researched benchmarks and worked with UofL’s Office of Institutional Research.
  • She found two universities that give 4.3 quality points (Iowa and New Mexico).
  • Institutional Research analyzed grades going back to 2006 and found that the SGA proposal would result in the least amount of grade inflation of the options available (eliminating the current plus/minus system, keeping the current system or moving to the proposed system).

President James Ramsey spoke briefly and thanked faculty for everything they do to keep UofL moving forward. He took questions from senators. One person asked if moving to the ACC athletic conference is more financially rewarding than staying in the Big East. Ramsey said that it is much more rewarding in terms of television payout. Another senator asked about UofL’s bid for Phi Beta Kappa status. Ramsey said that, although the committee gave a favorable review of the university in many ways, that it did not grant PBK status. UofL will wait three years before reapplying, but PBK still is a goal.


Provost Shirley Willihnganz also thanked faculty for everything they do. She said that the 21st Century University initiative is under way with a university-wide SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. Several groups already have weighed in and there have been two open forums, she said. She plans to post the SWOT survey online so anyone can respond. The SWOT process will be over in mid-January. She said she will update the faculty throughout the process.

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers. The senate will meet again Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus.

Prepared by Janene Zaccone, UofL internal communications manager, for the Faculty Senate

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