January 19, 2011
Plenary Meeting of the Faculty
Founder's Room, Lovett Hall
January 19, 2011
I. Presentation of Undergraduate Degrees
Carl Caldwell, Chair of the University Committee for Examinations and Standing (EX&S), presented the list of 60 recommended undergraduate degrees, of which there were no exceptions. He said that the list comes moved and seconded by EX&S, and the committee recommends the list for approval. David Tenney, Registrar, stated that the benefit of offering minors is now being realized; the list of 60 degrees represents 58 students; 49 of which were single-major students, while the remaining nine were double-major students. Provost George McLendon asked how many of these mid-year degree candidates were graduating early, in 3.5 years or less. Tenney replied that among the 45 first-time students (which excludes transfer students), 21 were graduating early, while 24 were graduating after more than four years. The faculty present voted unanimously to approve the degree candidates.
II. Presentation of Graduate Degrees
Moshe Vardi, Chair of the Graduate Council, presented the list of 192 recommended advanced degrees, of which there were no exceptions. He stated that the list comes moved and seconded from the Graduate Council. Paula Sanders, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, stated that the list does not represent 192 individuals; some students are receiving their master's and Ph.D. degrees at the same time. The faculty present voted unanimously to approve the degree candidates.
Before adjourning to the Senate meeting, Speaker Susan McIntosh asked the assembled faculty members if they approved of the combined plenary and Senate meeting format for the presentation of the mid-year degrees. There were no objections. McIntosh invited faculty to remain for the Senate meeting.
III. Adjourn to Senate Meeting