ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate February 25, 2008

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-08 Senate President called the Senate to order at 4:04 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of February 11, 2008 and Standing Committee minutes. 

§    Newcomer reported that a legislative resolution on the Higher Education Master Plan, and bills on Performance Agreements, and the Transfer Bill of Rights with common course numbering as well as the Child Care and Campus Safety bills are now receiving a second review in the alternate chamber.  Jeff added that the House only funded a study of the proposed UW-Everett site. 

§    Newcomer will report on any significant language changes to policies that underwent review last year prior to the formation of the Executive Policy Group.

§    President Morse reported on several items:  1) a bill allowing Western to grant honorary doctorates did not get out of Rules; 2) a Forum will take place on March 11 in CF110 at 4 pm to gather input on potential models for Waterfront development;  3) the budget allocates money to each baccalaureate for a mental health counselor; 4)  a negative revenue forecast affects the availability of funding in the operating budget; the capital budget is not expected to yield much as it would bring spending too close to limit allowed;  PPRC’s March 5th meeting will hear  presentations on the capital budget as well as Student Affairs and Academic Support Services; 5) the enrollment target of 12,500 will be closely examined.  It would be advantageous to obtain funds through decision packages that did not require enrollment increases; also needed  is continued evaluation of who and where we recruit; 6) Western is the  fiscal agent for the Campus Compact grant and those funds are not considered as part of the budget the state awards the university.

§    Provost Murphy is conducting further analysis of our security needs, and preparing further details of our financial base.

§    Bill Lyne, UFWW President, reported details on the recently settled Eastern contract which includes (retroactive to 1/1/08)  tenured and tenure track increases of 4.2%, special faculty 4.5%, plus $500 compression adjustment to all associates and full professors.  Effective on the date of ratification all tenured, tenure track and special faculty receive 1% of their 9/1/07 base salary (prorated for those working less than fulltime).  Effective 9/1/08, tenured, tenure track and special faculty receive 4.2% and quarterly faculty receive increases from $530 to $575 per credit.

§    UFWW and the Administration will continue Western’s negotiations with a mediator on Wednesday and Thursday.

§    Senators unanimously approved a revised charge presented by the Academic Technology Committee.

§    Constituents are encouraged to send comments to Gayle Shipley, Director of Environmental Health and Safety regarding the continuation of the bike lane. 

§    Senators recessed at 4:45 and agreed to email other concerns to the Senate President, then adjourned at 5:53 pm following a faculty caucus.

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

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