Faculty to discuss evaluations of supervisors

By Kelly Canright

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Faculty Senate will meet Monday to discuss administrative action on the guidelines for periodic reviews of deans, department heads and directors.

"There will be discussion about these policies. I don't think any action will be taken," said faculty chairman J.D. Garcia.

"The provost (Paul Sypherd) just wants to clean up the language. He sees no basic problem with the process," Garcia said.

Periodic reviews of deans, directors and department heads will take place in order to provide a broad basis for evaluating performance. Performance is evaluated every five years.

"The real issue here is input. The people who are served by a supervisor should have a say in the evalutation of that supervisor," Garcia said.

Deans will initiate a comprehensive review of each department head and director in their colleges and the provost will initiate a review of the dean of each college.

Jim Livengood, the director of intercollegiate athletes, has brought the graduation rates for athletes to the senate's attention.

Livengood will report on the NCAA graduation rate reports and the counseling and tutoring program in the athletics academic program.

A new system to track the academic progress of UA athletes and the department's future goals in relation to graduation rates will also be discussed.

"This is an issue that Jim Livengood is bringing to us. He asked us to consider it," Garcia said.

The senate will also be looking at the report on promotion and tenure statistics from 1993-1994 to be effective in 1994-1995.

"This is a part of our normal process. The process for promoting and tenuring includes the senate's review of overall procedure to make sure nothing is amiss," Garcia said.

The total number of tenure and promotion cases was 112. Twenty were denied. Typically, only 10 percent are denied, but this is only slightly larger than usual, he said.

The provost's recommendation to cut three UA programs is not scheduled for discussion, but may be addressed in the provost's report or in open session.

"We have received nothing. Until that happens, the faculty senate will do nothing," Garcia said. "I don't expect to see anything for a while though."

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