ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate October 12, 2009

Daniel Larner, Faculty Senate President, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:02 pm.  Senators accepted Senate minutes of September 28, 2009 as well as Standing Committee minutes.

·         President Larner reported on Constituent Concerns:  1) Carpooling spots are available; Chief Stegmeier’s safety arguments for the Stop signs on East Campus Way were reasonable; 2) Academic Technology Committee will bring forward information regarding impact of budget reductions on technology services; 3) Administrators continue to express interest in bringing topics for consideration to the Faculty Senate.

·         President Shepard discussed the fiscal situation and reported on new members for the Board of Trustees.  Shepard suggests our challenge is to find out what the public wants through direct discussions, and to strive to form a common front with other baccalaureates to engage legislative interest. Shepard confirmed that the best scenario for the second half of the biennium is to hold budget cuts to 2%.

·         Provost Riordan discussed the Capital Campaign which is in planning stages.  Riordan reported that a System Design Study by the Higher Education Coordinating Board will be completed by October 19.  The HEC Board envisions an increase of 8000 students per year in Higher Education over a ten year period but a closer look shows this is a number the state would like.  Senators asked for information on how many students leave to study out-of-state.

·         Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison, reported that the CFR is beginning its annual meetings and hopes to collaborate with administration, faculty, and students in presenting a united front to the legislature on higher education issues. 

·         Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, AS Vice President-Academics, reported that the AS Board resolved to ask students to study the impact of  Eyman’s I-1033.  “Talks with the AS President” are scheduled for students for the next two weeks.

·         Steve Garfinkle, President, UFWW, reported 1) the ratified faculty agreement was favorably received by the Board; 2) that the UFWS website is redesigned to allow blogging (also accessed from Senate website); 3) the increase in union dues goes to pay for faculty release time, legislative lobbying, and legal services.

·         Constituent Concerns included:  1) Whether HR allows private consultants on retirement funds for faculty; this concern forwarded to the UFWW;  2) University policy on emails about union issues: union practices are consistent with university policies;  3) Scott Pearce and Mary Lynne Derrington asked Senators to have faculty responsible for academic publications in all areas to contact them.

·         Karen Copetas, Director of Admissions, presented data on the present freshman class -- our “bread and butter”; enrollment demographics, the decline in applications from students with a 3.7 or higher GPA, and other trends and challenges in both enrollment management and enrollment planning.

·         Motion from the Executive Council:  Senators passed an Executive Council motion to form a Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards.  The Committee of three to six faculty will work with Human Resources to recommend additions or changes to the current menu of annual awards.  Karen Stout has volunteered to Chair.

·         The Executive Council will consider a recommendation for the creation of a Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee responsible for the development and application of a set of principles governing the expansion of graduate programs.

Senators adjourned at 5:47 pm.

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Chuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

Academic Coordinating Commission:  Andy Bach, Huxley College, replacing David Shull.

VacanciesStudent Publications Council:  2 faculty thru 2010.

Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards: 3 to 6 faculty thru 2010.