By Craig Chamberlain The Urbana-Champaign Senate approved a name change and restructuring for the College of Agriculture in its meeting March 27. The senate registered its disapproval, however, for efforts in Springfield to increase the powers of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The Agriculture proposal, approved with no debate from the senate floor, will bring a new name to the college with the start of the fall semester, provided the measure also is approved by the UI Board of Trustees. The new name - the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences - "is an attempt to define the scope and breadth of our college," according to materials submitted by W.R. Gomes, the college dean and sponsor of the proposal. "Important components of our past and our vision for the future suggest that the name of the college should reflect: our commitment to the food and fiber system from production to consumption; a perception that all we do involves the participation of people; and a commitment to working with both within their broader, lasting environment." The proposal noted that other institutions recently have changed the names of their colleges of agriculture to achieve similar goals. Coming with the change in name will be a restructuring that will reduce the number of administrative units in the college from 15 to seven, with few existing departments retaining their current name and composition. The proposed changes come at the end of a two-year process that included discussions among college faculty and administrators, a public hearing almost a year ago, and votes of approval by the faculty (176-50, with 82 percent voting), the college executive committee (11-2) and the college administrative committee (16-0). According to the proposal, a number of factors played a part in the decision to make these changes, some of them mission- driven and some of them financial. "While college faculty have been engaged in efforts to better define the goals, mission and vision that would allow us to reach our potential," the proposal noted, "fiscal realities made it imperative that such definitions include ways to more efficiently address those goals. "Changes in the factors influencing agriculture and human sciences, questions about the structure of college units [by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the campus Budget Strategies Committee, among others], and reduced flexibility following years of reallocation and deallocation in budgets all served to convince the faculty that a new structure emphasizing multidisciplinary opportunities and reducing numbers of administrative units would be in the best interests of the college." New names for departments, too The restructuring would bring about the following changes: * Dissolving the School of Human Resources and Family Studies, causing its three divisions to merge with other units. * Merging faculty in HRFS' Division of Foods and Nutrition into the department of food science, with a name change to "department of food science and human nutrition." * Merging faculty in HRFS' Division of Consumer Science into the department of agricultural economics, with a name change to "department of agricultural and consumer economics." * Merging faculty in the Office of Agricultural Communications and Education, in Cooperative Extension Service 4-H and youth programs, and in rural sociology - the latter now within the department of agricultural economics - with the faculty in HRFS' Division of Human Development and Family Studies. The name of the new unit will be the "department of human and community development." * Merging faculty in the department of plant pathology into the department of agronomy, with a name change to "department of crop sciences." * Merging faculty in the Office of Agricultural Entomology, the department of agronomy's soils program and the department of forestry into the department of horticulture, with a name change to "department of natural resources and environmental sciences." The proposal does not include more specific changes. Transition teams for each of the new departments are evaluating curricula, courses, student numbers, space and other department responsibilities so they will be prepared to recommend any needed changes after the departments are formed. Opposition to IBHE proposal Though senators registered little criticism about the Agriculture restructuring, they were urged by Senate Council Chair Jane Leuthold to "make some noise now" about legislation pending in Springfield that would increase the power of the IBHE. Proposed by the IBHE, and with initial support from Gov. Jim Edgar, the legislation has come under strong criticism from UI President Stanley O. Ikenberry and was assigned for study to a subcommittee of the Illinois Senate's Higher Education Committee. The legislation, if passed, would give the IBHE the power to eliminate academic programs within individual universities, to set tuition and fees, and to approve all capital projects, including financing. It also would extend IBHE oversight to university foundations, alumni associations and other organizations within the university structure. The resolution passed by the faculty-student senate calls on the governor and state legislators to oppose the measure and urges university faculty, students and administrators to contact the governor and state legislators to voice their opposition. Ken Andersen, chair of the senate's budget committee, said it was important for the faculty's voice to be heard on the issue in support of the university's president. "We need to make it clear that this is a voice of students and faculty and not just the will of an administrator," he said. Conduct guidelines approved In other business, the senate approved a two-page statement providing guidelines for responsible professional conduct in teaching, research and service on the UI campus. The document was developed during the 1993-94 academic year by a Research Policy Committee in an effort to bring together - and emphasize a campus commitment to - professional and ethical standards that are accepted across disciplines. The guidelines "in many cases may seem obvious," according to the statement, "but all of these matters can be - and many have in fact been - the occasion of serious problems. Such problems can best be avoided if all members of our community are made clearly aware and mindful of the standards of conduct expected of them." The statement lays out guidelines in four areas: instructional responsibilities; handling of data; authorship, attribution of credit and other publication practices; and professional conduct. Among the issues addressed are clear explanations of grading criteria, falsification of data, plagiarism and ethical treatment of human and animal subjects. The senate also discussed proposed amendments to a section on academic integrity in the Handbook of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students. After extensive discussion on language applying to actions taken in the wake of student cheating, the document was referred back to the Conference on Conduct Governance for further review.