Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: HMSU, Dede III
Present: Chairperson F. Bell, Vice Chair P. Hightower, Secretary C. Hoffman
Senators: A. Anderson, R. Baker, A. Blackshire-Belay, E. Bermudez, M. Brennan, D. Burger, J. Cerny,
G. Christianson, B. Clouse, R. Clouse, A. Cockerham, J. Conant, N. Corey, P. Dutta, B. Frank,
R. Goidel, R. Goldbort, R. Guell, M. Harmon, S. Lamb, N. Lawrence, K. Liu, C. MacDonald,
L. Maule, R. McGiverin, J. McNabb, D. Memory, A. Rider, S. Sharp, E. Warner
Absent: D. Gilman, J. Huber, W. Moates, F. Muyumba, D. Prentice, R. Schneirov, W. Warren
Ex-Officio: President Benjamin, Interim Provost Hopkins, Vice President Schafer
Visitors: C. Amlaner, J. Christie, P. Englebach, C. Ingersoll, E. Jared, T. Steiger
I. Memorial Resolutions
The Senate accepted three memorials: William A. Ruffer presented by C. Ingersoll; Lloyd N. Smith presented by E. Jared; and Sr. Mary M. Wilhelm presented by J. Christie.
II. Administrative Report
Interim Provost Hopkins relayed the administrative response to Senate actions at the February 22, 2001 meeting. The administration noted the memorial resolution and the amended Evaluation of Teaching document and approved five curricular proposals, the amended Grievance Policies and Procedures, and the Information Technology Literacy course review process.
Interim Provost Hopkins extended thanks to those participating in the Faculty Senate Dinner last week. He noted that the Dean of Arts and Sciences, J. Weixlmann, had resigned. He reflected on the Dean's contributions to ISU and extended his best wishes for further success. He updated the Senate on the budget, a workload policy development project, and the 2001-02 sabbatical leaves.
Regarding sabbatical leaves, Interim Provost Hopkins noted that he had approved 41 of the 50 requested. His criteria were: 1) growth and contribution to the University, and 2) quality of the proposal and its contribution to individual development and to the department. Additionally, 27 retirement leaves were scheduled.
R. Guell suggested that continued use of the current (coal fired) power plant would be one means of controlling spiraling heating costs.
Vice President Schafer explained that ISU cannot continue using the existing facility because it does not meet current EPA standards. ISU is currently operating under temporary EPA permits which are unlikely to be renewed.
Interim Provost Hopkins explained that a final decision had not been made on internal budget allocations. In response to expressed concern relevant to the University's travel policy, he noted some candidate travel accommodations made by International Travel that had resulted in pluses for the University.
President Benjamin commented on the budget and ISU's efforts to "diversify revenue flow" by investigating alternate funding sources. He noted that the on-going position searches were moving forward.
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III. Chair Report
Chair Bell thanked fellow officers for their involvement in planning the Senate Dinner. He noted his attendance at a seminar sponsored by Women's Studies. The Chair informed the Senate that a Public Access Seminar was planned for April 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in TA 103.
IV. SGA Report
The SGA reported on its recent elections and efforts to get more student involvement. Faculty Senators' attendance at the SGA banquet was noted. An expression of gratitude was conveyed to the Senate for its support this academic year and to those extending efforts to increase the University budget.
V. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
J. Conant made the following statement: A decision has been made within the environment of an essentially flat budget to reallocate enough money to provide tenured and tenure-track faculty a 3% wage increase. Given the cost structure of any university, a reallocation of this size must come mostly from personnel dollars. This will require a major cut in the part-time/temporary instructor budget, which means fewer sections, larger classes and fewer elective course offerings. I am concerned not only with the fact of this significant change in instructional strategy, but also with the speed and method by which the decision was apparently made. It is my understanding that the Deans were told of this decision, not consulted about it. I know that the chairs were not consulted, we all know that neither the Senate nor the faculty as a whole were given the opportunity to speak to the trade-off of a 3% salary increase for a significantly larger grading load and reduced student services.
Interim Provost Hopkins reiterated that contingency plans were being discussed but there had been no final decision.
Chair Bell commented that the three meetings of the Dean's Council he had recently attended indicated contingency plans were in the discussion phase.
A. Rider said her department had voted to forgo a raise, including a cost of living increase, rather than decrease funding to the adjunct salary pool in an attempt to retain program integrity.
R. Guell commented on carry-forward dollars relevant to current activity.
Interim Provost Hopkins said there had been no change in the policy governing carry-forward funds.
D. Burger noted his department's intent for use of accumulated carry-forward funds--equipment replacement.
Interim Provost Hopkins said this was not the preferred method for equipment replacement.
VI. Approval of the February 22, 2001 Minutes
The minutes were approved: R. Clouse, D. Burger 32-0-1.
VII. AAC/CAAC Recommendation: Locus of Control (General Education)
The Chair thanked all who had worked on the document.
P. Englebach was invited to the table by consensus.
Motion to approve: R. Clouse, A. Anderson.
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During discussion, the document was corrected by friendly amendment. Clarification was given to the term "fiscal" and concern was expressed as to the election process for the General Education Council Chairperson.
The question was called. The motion as amended passed, 31-1-1.
VIII. CAAC Recommendations
General Industrial Technology Major
Motion to approve: D. Burger, K. Liu.
After brief discussion, the motion passed: 29-0-4.
Information Technology Literacy
Information Technology Literacy needs further development and should not be required until Fall 2002. Although many areas have developed courses and others have developed substitutions, there is no method for student evaluation or assessment at this time and little probability that they will be completed by August 2001. The Information Technology Literacy requirement for GE 2000 is to occur in Summer/Fall 2002 rather than in Fall 2001.
Background information on the recommendation was related.
Motion to approve: R. Guell, J. McNabb.
Motion passed: 33-0-0.
IX. FEBC Recommendations
After discussion of each recommendation, the Senate acted as follows:
Until internal compression and market competitiveness inequities are resolved, at least half of all annual monies available for salary adjustments, including all monies recouped from faculty retirements and terminations after faculty replacement costs, will be set aside to improve salary fairness and market competitiveness. The remaining funds for salary adjustments will be allocated to a salary adjustment process that clearly identifies expected outcomes and a method for evaluating and improving the system.
Motion to remove from the table and substitute the above recommendation: J. Cerny, A. Anderson 33-0-0.
Motion to approve: J. Cerny, A. Anderson 23-6-3.
That a systematic outcomes assessment plan be established and implemented no later than Fall 2001 to provide an objective evaluation of the salary adjustment system in place.
Motion to approve: J. Cerny, R. Clouse 29-1-1.
Inclusion of the following outcomes in the systematic outcomes assessment plan:
a. Salary fairness (gender, age, race)
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c. Organizational cohesiveness
d. Accountability (of salary allocations, distributions and expenditures)
e. Salary competitiveness ("peer" and "geographic")
Motion to approve: J. Cerny, R. Clouse 30-1-0.
Health Benefits Plan
Unmarried dependent children are covered until the end of the calendar year in which they reach age 19 (age 23 if full-time or part-time students at any institution).
Motion to approve: J. Cerny. R. Clouse 26-3-1.
Faculty/Staff Fee Waivers
Dependent children of full-time faculty and staff members are eligible for a fee waiver in the amount of $1,200 per academic year ($600 per semester) for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. This waiver will be extended to full-time undergraduate students and pro rated per semester hour for part-time (maximum of 24 credit hours per calendar year) undergraduate students and limited to dependent children who are not participating in a contingent fee waiver program. (excluding summer school)
Motion to table for further information: P. Hightower, A. Rider 28-0-0.
Establish a plan with a target date to achieve parity between administration and faculty salaries.
Motion to approve: A. Anderson, M. Harmon.
After brief discussion, motion approved: 24-1-2.
X. AAC Recommendations:
Academic Calendar 2003-04
Motion to approve: K.Liu, N. Lawrence.
During discussion, it was requested that further consideration be given for ISU's Spring Break to correspond with the Vigo County Schools' spring break.
Motion to table and send back to the AAC failed: Rider, Maule 7-15-5.
There was further discussion and the consensus was that the AAC consider possible modification of restrictions in future calendar planning.
The motion to approve passed: 19-4-4.
A quorum was lost at 5:53 p.m.