At its ninth meeting of the year, the Faculty Council heard a report from Dean Michael Shinagel (Continuing Education and English) on current issues in the Division of Continuing Education, including its evolving distance education program, the residency requirement for its degree programs, and summer study abroad programs. Deans Peter Buck (History of Science) and Henry Leitner (DEAS) of the division were present for this discussion. The Council also heard a report from the Faculty’s Associate Dean for Finance, Dean Cheryl Hoffman-Bray, on the current and projected future financial circumstances of the Faculty. Additionally, the Council reviewed the agenda items for the February Faculty Meeting: Dean Kirby’s Annual Letter; the potential effect of the USA PATRIOT Act and related legislation; and early course selection. The Faculty Council next meets on Feb. 19.