Faculty Senate Minutes
February 19, 2009
Call to Order:
Call to order: 4:15 pm; ADUC.
Senators Absent: Glen Colburn, Latonya Hesterberg, Gary Lafleur, Barbara Lyons, Bruno Morro, David Smith, Yuqui You
Minutes: Senator Neeper moved to approve the minutes of February 5, 2009 as submitted. Senator Chatham seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Academic Policies: No Report
Communications: Ongoing discussion regarding communications with the President and administration
Evaluation: No Report
Fiscal Affairs: Will have a resolution
Governance: Will be working on Standing Committees
Professional Policies: No Report
Regent Morrison thanked the Senators for attending the Board of Regents work session - Mike Walters and Sharon Reynolds reported on the Administrators survey - Regent Morrison identified some of the problems with the survey - Mike Walters will try to incorporate some of the Senate suggestions in the next survey - Regent Booth suggested the University explore how other institutions conduct administrators surveys - 2% budget reduction - Bills in Frankfort that would freeze tuition are dead - Discussion of legislature disbanding the CPE - Tuition increase might be on agenda of March meeting - Beth Patrick provided overview of the progress to date on faculty salaries - New assistant professors (in their 1st or 2nd year make 101% of CUPA - Assistant professors make 97.2% - Associate professors make 95.2% - Professors make 95% - Curriculum audit, a little behind, but better to do it right - Should be released to campus community 1st week of March - Board will discuss the recommendation, not vote on the plan as a whole, but vote on various elements as they are ready for implementation - Curriculum audit report was not available at the work session - Board of Regents will begin process of evaluating the President on February 25th and 26th
Senators received from the FGEAC Assessment Committee a document containing three bulleted items dealing with the fact that there will be assessment in General Education; Executive Council voted to send back the framework for lack of specificity; Executive Council asked for a more specific plan for assessment and course structure.
- The Provost explained what the Stimulus package would mean for this University – 82 % must go to education – University will get about three million dollars one time money to bring budget back to the 07-08 level
- Dollars might be available for projects that are ready to start quickly- Provost asked the deans to begin thinking about proposals
- Cabinet is discussing the information that Beth Patrick is providing regarding salaries
- University has about five million dollars of discretionary funds
- Reported on the closing of the Day Care Center – Day Care Center is not at capacity – Quality of child care is good – Facility is in need of repair - Director is leaving – Workers are temporary – University subsidizes Day Care Center at $82,000 per year – Provost talked to Mike Walters about a partnership with Frontier Housing when we have access to the stimulus money – Senators provided several suggestions for possible solutions to closing the Day Care Center to be taken to Mike Walters
- FGEAC is being asked to submit a proposal to Senate regarding General Education before the end of the semester
- Curriculum Audit is about a week behind - All recommendations and rationale (foundational process) will be finished by Friday February 20 – Quality of the feedback was excellent – Operational process will contain implementation plans – Program and/or departmental eliminations are recommendations, there are processes that will be followed – Distributed to BOR on March 12, 2009 – Release to campus week of March 2nd – No reduction of faculty lines from the audit – General Education will be a driver in teaching assignments – Deans, Chairs and Provost will schedule meetings with faculty who are impacted the most
- College of Education is conducting a pilot project on a business center concept for support staff to increase efficiency
- Some offices that deal with enrollment related services have been asked to remain open during Spring Break in order to facilitate student visits – Deans are on call
- Decision about work studies and GA’s for next year should be made prior to March 1
- SACS requires electronic access to faculty credentials - Faculty 180 will be adopted – Can be updated yearly and used for promotion, tenure and PBSI – Training for faculty by end of March
Communication: Communication committee met with the President and the Provost regarding communications between faculty and administration. A discussion forum is open on Blackboard for faculty input as to what can be done to improve communication.
Fiscal Affairs: Senator Buck presented the following resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that in future health insurance plans offered by the University, preventive care not be made subject to co-pays or deductibles. After discussion, there was a motion and a second to accept the resolution. Resolution passed.
Adjournment: 5:30 pm