Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson H. Hudson, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson
B. Evans, B. Frank, P. Hightower, C. MacDonald, V. Sheets, S. Shure
Ex-Officio: L. Benjamin, J. Maynard
Visitors: F. Bell, C. Hoffman, N. Hopkins
I. Administrative Report
1) most searches have culminated; only three continue with unique circumstances;
2) admissions for fall presently are stable.
1) provided budget information regarding House and Senate activities;
2) highlighted recent campus visitors.
II. Chair Report
1) noted the Retirement Tea planned for April 21;
2) officers attended the ICHE conference for faculty leadership.
III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) Frustration expressed with recent movement to suppress the thought process.
2) Commencement expense to faculty participants noted; preliminary discussion occurring on options for regalia purchase.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes of March 29, 2005, were approved. (Lamb, Evans 8-0-1)
V. Standing Committee Recommendations:
AAC: Faculty Count
Guest invited to the table by acclamation.
Motion to accept. (Hightower, Evans 8-0-1)
It was noted that a trend continues with more non-teaching staff than teaching staff employed. The incorporation of enrollment figures would be beneficial.
Agenda reordered by consensus.
AAC: Satisfaction Survey
Guests invited to the table by acclamation.
Motion to accept. (Hightower, Anderson 8-0-1)
Forty-six percent of tenured/ tenure-track faculty participated in the volunteer survey. The faculty are satisfied with their students, their faculty colleagues, academic freedom here,
appearance of the campus, on-campus personal safety and the level of technical support and library resources available to them. Tenured/ tenure-track faculty are also quite satisfied with
their TIAA-CREF retirement benefits although they believe such benefits should be paid on their summer salaries.
The issues that generated the greatest dissatisfaction among the faculty were concerned with the quality of administrative leadership at the College and University levels, the faculty’s role in planning, compensation, and resource allocation (i.e. pay-for-performance and travel funding).
Great appreciation expressed for work given the survey and the excellent analysis of the data. The survey will be useful in identifying issues for next year. The survey information will be available on the web; by consensus the Executive Committee recommended that the verbatim responses to the open ended questions not be posted on the website but be made available by request. Concerns were expressed about preserving the anonymity of the respondents, whether respondents were informed that individual comments could be made available to the general public, and the appropriate dissemination of internal documents.
VI. Notebook Initiative Committee Report
Motion to accept. (Frank, MacDonald 8-0-1)
Compliments to the Committee for work well done. This initiative will provide a tool for teaching and learning. Currently 94% of ISU students own a computer; extreme consideration should be given the 6% of students that do not own or cannot afford a computer.
The Executive Committee requested Chair Hudson to draft a motion to forward to the Senate supporting the recommendations of the Committee Report.
VII. New Business
Nominations of faculty to serve on two committees: Promising Scholars Initiative and Distinctive Programs Initiative.
VIII. Executive Session
Motion to move into executive session. (Anderson, MacDonald 8-0-1)
Motion to move out of executive session. (Hightower, Sheets 8-0-1)
IX. Standing Committee Reports
The meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.