Minutes of the Faculty Senate

December 4, 2008

Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

3:30 p.m. – 325 Graff Main Hall


I. Roll Call.

Present: M. Abler, R. Ahmed, J. Anderson, S. Brokaw, D. Buffton, G. Cravins, S. Crutchfield, T. Gendreau, J. Heim, J. Holman, D. Hoskins, R. LeDocq, A. Loh, C. Miller, P. Miller, J. Miskowski, A. Olson, B. Riley, S. Shillinger, D. Sullivan, B. Udermann, B. Van Voorhis

Excused: V. Crank, L. Dickmeyer


II. Minutes from the Senate’s Nov. 20, 2008 meeting were approved.   


III. Reports.

            A. Chair’s Report

         The budget cuts were discussed, particularly with regard to how GQA goals may be affected. 

         The first Spring Senate meeting is Feb. 5.

         All were encouraged to attend the reception for the Regents in Valhalla at 5 p.m. 


         B. Faculty Representative’s Report

         No Report.


         C. Student Representative’s Report

         No Report.


IV. Approval of the List of Fall 2008 Graduates.

         This came as a motion.



V.  Assessment Coordinator Position.

         On the table was a recommendation from the Provost to support a full-time Assessment Coordinator (AC) position.  This is one piece of a larger proposal from the Provost to consolidate and expand the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL). The floor was opened to questions for the Provost.  Discussion ensued, touching on the following issues:

         A.  AC duties:  The AC will consult with the Ad Hoc General Education Assessment Committee over the next year and then the necessity of continuing the ac hoc committee would be reviewed.  The AC would have a flexible assignment regarding percentage of time spent on University-wide vs. individual program assessment activities.  It is possible that individual program assessment activities could comprise over 50% of duties.

         B. The Instructional Designer (ID) position in the larger CATL proposal:  This would be funded by online fees.  The ID would help faculty design primarily online but also face-to-face and hybrid courses.

         C.  Budgeting:  The AC position is a high priority even in this budget climate.        The new costs for the entire CATL proposal are small. The Director of Online Education and ID positions are funded through online course fees.  The Writing Programs Coordinator and Inclusive Excellence Coordinator positions will be filled by current faculty, with release time funded by the Provost’s office. Consultations show that the Director of General Education position is not necessary, so the funds dedicated to that position will be available to apply to the AC position.  Finance and Administration monies will go towards the other positions.


Motion: to support the full-time Assessment Coordinator Position as proposed.

         M/S/P with one abstention.


VI. Old Business.


VII. New Business.

         A. TAUWP Update on Pay Plan (Kevin Kniffen, State TAUWP Rep. from AFT)

         Kniffen reviewed the Dec. 4, 2008 testimony by TAUWP President Mark Everson before the BOR, in which Everson stressed the need for collective bargaining rights for faculty and academic staff and for a pay plan that would raise faculty and academic staff salaries above the lowest 20% of their peers.


         B.  Budget Update (Bob Hetzel)

         Hetzel provided an update on budget discussions at JPB and the Budget Council.  These bodies have located $2 million in various GPR reductions, GPR offsets, and revenue enhancements to help meet the projected budget shortfall.  These plans will protect GQA funds.

         Discussion ensued on how we can preserve 102 funds and make cuts elsewhere.


VIII. Adjournment at  4.55 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,


Susan Crutchfield