Faculty Senate discusses issues with classroom formats – The Daily Eastern News


The faculty’s Senate meeting on Tuesday involved a discussion about keeping the line between in-person and hybrid courses.

Jennifer L. Stringfellow, president of Eastern’s University Professionals of Illinois and professor of special education, opened the discussion with an issue presented to her by a member of the UPI union.

The problem was that an in-person class had enough hours online that it should have been classified as a hybrid class.

This faculty member has classes three times a week, every week, and has classes in person on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Friday being an online test day.

These tests are conducted entirely online on D2L.

If students expect an in-person course, with mostly face-to-face learning, but get a hybrid course instead, the student pays for a course they haven’t enrolled in.

Stringfellow said the only reason she brought it to the Senate is because it’s not just a union issue.

“I was bringing it to the Faculty Senate to say is there something we need to do,” Stringfellow said. “Or is it just that teachers have to work with their chairs?” “

Stringfellow encouraged faculty members to speak to their chairperson about any issues they are having.

“Maybe in the future we can be a little clearer with the teachers [so] regardless, you have to speak from your chair, ”Stringfellow said. “They are there for a reason.”

Stringfellow added that there should be mutual trust between staff and administration.

“So as professors we have to trust our administration and the administration has to trust us to make our best decisions as well,” Stringfellow said.

Jay Gatrell, vice president of academic affairs, made an announcement stating that there will no longer be passwords on student assessments for faculty.

The password requirement was added because there had been an event where there was a change to an assessment before turning it into a chair.

This process was in place before Gatrell took on the title of Provost on July 1, 2017.

Gatrell said the process is a historical practice and professors need to trust each other.

At the last meeting, Josh Norman, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, spoke about enrollment statistics and what the Senate can do to help recruit students.

Information was shared with the Senate on how faculty can help with recruitment, the main points being:

  • Get involved in the visiting days.
  • Make sure your web resources are up to date and easily accessible.
  • Sign up for the monthly registration management newsletter.
  • Refer your star students.
  • Check out the take-out admission bag.
  • Fill out the “Recommend a Panther” form if you know of a student who would be great for EIU.
  • Spread the word about the EIU Advocates program.

Some of the date faculty members are encouraged to research and attend are:

  • Doors open – Friday February 4 for transfer students and Monday March 28 for late students.
  • Admission days – Monday February 21 and Saturday March 5.
  • Future Panther Friday – March 11 and 25 and every Friday in April.

Open houses are for students who are starting their college search, which consists of two student services fairs. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

For the admission day of Saturday March 5, there will be a small group academic session in each department, an individual financial aid counseling session and a lunch.

Future Panther Fridays are opportunities for students to come to Eastern and see what it has to offer. Students will be able to customize their visit and choose which events to attend, such as a campus tour, a financial aid meeting, or a meeting with someone in their specialty.

Rob Le Cates can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]


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