INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Administrative Affairs Committee (AAC) met nine times during the academic year. It approved the academic calendar for 2007-08 after the perennial discussion of the placement of Spring Break, and compiled the Faculty Administration Count as usual. To no one’s surprise the Count showed a continuation of an increase in administrators and a decrease in faculty. AAC chose to charge next year’s committee with reviewing the organizational effectiveness of the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement rather than doing so this year.
AAC spent by far the largest amount of its time revising, administering, and analyzing the Faculty Satisfaction Survey. Given the deep levels of dissatisfaction by the faculty on the Survey with certain aspects of the administration at ISU, the current and incoming officers of the Faculty Senate can expect continuing and growing pressure from AAC to act on the Recommendations it submitted with its analysis of the Survey.
Finally, it is noteworthy that AAC was not asked to consider organizational adjustments for any administrative unit. Nor was AAC asked to recommend faculty to serve on search committees for any of the university level positions currently filled on an interim basis.
In conclusion, the chair of AAC wishes to thank all of those who served with her this year on the committee, including the ex officio members. With only the occasional promise of home baked cookies as an inducement to attend a meeting at 3:00 on a Friday, we never lacked a quorum nor a willingness to spend the time necessary for dealing with the difficult issues before the committee. Special thanks go to the vice-chair Frank Bell and secretary Charles Hoffman for their hard work and advice to the chair.