Meeting Minutes: February 14, 2008

Attendance

Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, John Fennell (for Judy Bolch), Michael Devaney, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Arthur Jago, Ken MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Steve Neal, Tom Phillips, Matthew Gordon (for Anand Prahlad), Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Joanne Banks-Wallace, Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Bryan Garton, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, Alan Luger, Joe Parcell, Michael Taksar, Adam Whaley-Connell, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty and Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Frank Schmidt called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The 1-24-08 Council meeting minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Schmidt reported that a new faculty leave policy was passed at the last Board meeting. The website has undergone some changes to make it more user friendly by the IT department. Council members are asked to visit the site and report back with any problems. Watt gave a brief IFC (Intercampus Faculty Council) report. The provision in SB389 for faculty evaluation will impact all four campuses, with our Council currently working on a response. Among some other items there is a bill in the house that will affect Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and pharmacy. There was no report from the January Board of Curators Meeting.

Discussion Items

Guests: Ann Korschgen,Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & Jeffrey Williams, Assistant to Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. Korschgen and Williams spoke to Council about expected drop in enrollment by 2011 of five percent. Williams is working to help increase enrollment of minorities through funding of scholarships and other financial aid incentives, other pre-college outreach programs, and various other programs/committees which are in place on the campus. Currently our fall enrollment is up 21 percent in applications and amongst these applications many minority groups have shown an increase.

Representation Report. The annual representation report was discussed as distributed in the packet. Based on faculty population numbers, the number of seats on Faculty Council for next academic year is 31. This is one seat over the maximum allowed by our collected rules. This will be an action item at the Council meeting on February 28.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, is continuing to meet with Tim Rooney to understand better the budgeting process.

Diversity Enhancement: Met with Jackie Litt, Chair of Women and Gender Studies and PI of the Advance Grant, NSF funds to promote diversity in the sciences. Jackie has been working closely with the Provost and the Chancellor and their respective committees on several initiative we should be aware of. She would like our input and support in promoting these initiatives.

Gantzer is requesting help in producing several campus wide faculty forums to bring attention to the issue of a proposed amendment to ban affirmative action programs. Watt will introduce this request at the next IFC meeting.

Adjournment

A brief closed session was held for committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder