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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate

November 9, Minutes
Approved November 30
EC#9

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate

Executive Committee 2004-05


 

Time:            3:15 p.m.  

Place:          Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:       Chairperson H. Hudson, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson

                    P. Burkett, B. Evans, B. Frank, C. MacDonald, V. Sheets, J. Tenerelli

Ex-Officio:     Provost Maynard

Visitors:        C. Barton, S. Ghosh, D. Hews

 

 

I.  Administrative Report

Provost Maynard:

1) reported there was a presentation on proposed (positive) modifications of travel procedures given at last Monday’s PPARC meeting.

 

II. Chair Report

            Chair Hudson:

1) reported she had attended PPARC on Monday—highlighted presentations on benefits and State funding for research.

 

III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion

1) Complimentary remarks on Homecoming activities of last weekend.

 

IV. Approval of the Minutes

            Minutes of November 2, 2004, were approved. (Evans, Anderson 8-0-1)

           

V. CAAC/Graduate Council: Life Sciences Dept Reorganization

            Guests were invited to the table. (Evans, Tenerelli 8-0-1)

            Discussion: curricular issues were expounded; assured students would continuously be served by the division; result of two-year process; team of consultants from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science previewed and submitted a report recommending the division, May 2003; suggested date for implementation, January 1, 2005; in three years the Memo of Understanding would become totally in effect; Department of Life Science faculty have been split almost evenly—not totally discipline based, both segments support; hopeful for greater grant productivity; plans for future assessment.

            Tenure review should be done by one department review committee.  Preference would be for new chair to be selected from internal pool.  Although seemingly counter to current University direction, best solution for extraordinary circumstances.

 

            Moved into executive session. (Frank, Anderson 8-0-1)

            Moved out of executive session. (Frank, Tenerelli 8-0-1)

Approved.  (Evans, Tenerelli 8-0-1)

 

VI. FAC Resolution: Faculty Enrollment in Classes

“Inasmuch as the University Handbook (III-14) states in a stand-alone

paragraph that "A faculty member may not enroll in a course in his or

her own department,"

 

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and

 

Inasmuch as a faculty member who is also an administrator in the Nursing

School is enrolled in a course in that College (which is also a

department),

 

and Inasmuch as it is our understanding that this enrollment has occurred

for a second semester even after a protest by the Executive Committee officers at the time of the first incident,

 

The Faculty Affairs Committee encourages the Executive Committee and the

Faculty Senate to continue its dialogue with the Provost in furtherance

of enforcement of the faculty's primary authority in this matter.”

 

Accepted as information item.  (Evans, Frank 8-0-1)

 

VII. New Business

            C. Barton invited to the table by consensus.

 

FEBC: Health Coverage Open Enrollment

Fact sheet distributed.

Employee demographics: There are 1,803 current benefits-eligible employees.  Currently there are 311 employees with no coverage for a variety of reasons.  Others may opt to have the ISU plan along with or in lieu of their spouse’s current coverage due to changes in coverage or cost.

            Enrollment period would be January 1, 2005—period for future years would be November enrollment and effective date, January 1.

            Approved.  (Lamb, Tenerelli 8-0-1)

 

FEBC: Post Retirement Coverage

Fact sheet distributed.

Proposal: Cease post retirement health coverage for employees hired or coming onto the health coverage plan after a specific date; January 1, 2005, to prevent future liability.  Post retirement life insurance coverage will not be offered.  Life conversion will be offered.  Will not affect current employees on the IS health coverage plan.  The University will work toward a gap plan for individuals who leave IS without post retirement health coverage.  Laws have changed governing these accounts.

Approved.  (Anderson, MacDonald 8-0-1)

 

VIII. Moved into executive session. (Anderson, MacDonald 8-0-1)

        Moved out of executive session. (Tenerelli, MacDonald 8-0-1)

 

IX. Standing Committee Reports

            Liaisons provided updates on standing committee activity.

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:2 0 p.m.