Meeting 9 March 5, 2003
The Faculty Senate met at 3:15 p.m. in Union 237 A with President Shellie Myers presiding.
ROLL CALL: Twenty-two senators and four alternates were present (Stark-Wroblewski for Atkinson, Moege for Check, Ament for Laster and Luerhman for Zupnick). Also present were President Bobby Patton, Provost Kyle Carter and Associate Provost for Academic Programs Elaine Frank-Ragan.
MINUTES: Minutes of the February 5 Faculty Senate meeting were approved.
Provost Carter reported that the search for Arts & Science dean has been extended and he was working with the Search Screening Committee. The search will begin sometime in the summer in hopes that the university can successfully complete the search to fill the position as early as January 1. Carter reported the Department of Music had a successful accreditation visit by the National Association of Schools of Music.
FS President Myers referred to the printed President’s Cabinet, Academic Council and Council of Deans reports. If you have any questions, please contact Myers.
FS Vice President Eason reported that the Academic Affairs General Council meeting had been postponed.
Senator Sarkar reported on the Strategic Planning and Resource Council. Sarkar reported that sub-committees have been formed from members of the SPRC. Sarkar reported that a committee Frank-Ragan is overseeing has been established to set guidelines for fee structure for use of facilities. Sarkar stated he represents the Senate not himself and requested feedback from the senators. Eason asked, what areas are the sub-committees addressing? Sarkar responded Enrollment, Accreditation, and Compensation.
Myers announced that the EC sent thank you letters to Board of Governor’s President, Lenita Johnson and Vice President, Dee Hudson for their interest and attendance at a FS meeting. Myers also shared that BOG President Johnson had expressed that attending the FS meeting gave her a greater understanding of the effort and work required that is not always evident in reports received by BOG. Myers reported that President Johnson expressed her appreciation to the Senate for their efforts.
Myers announced that President Patton accepted FS Motion 11 the revision of the mission statement. Myers thanked FS Vice President Eason and Senators Davis, Young, Callahan, and Neal for their work in the revision of the mission statement.
ItemB. In most years, the FS Constitution and By-laws Committee does
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Item C. The FS General Education Committee, Renee Cole, chair, conducted
Item E. The FS Salary and Fringe Benefits Committee, chaired by Jeff Yelton, has revised its charge in response to the adoption of the new Faculty Compensation Policy. The proposed changes are presented below. The CoC recommends that the Senate approve these changes.
Palmer expressed concern for excluding discussion of fringe benefits from the charge in items B. & C. strikethrough above. After discussion, Eason moved to amend, to re-insert item C as item B, seconded by Sundberg. Passed with 22 yes votes, 1 no vote, and 2 abstentions. The Item I. Function passed unanimously as amended.
Myers introduced Mel Klinkner who reported budget updates. Klinkner reported on the fiscal year 2003 withholding of 1.3 million. Raveill asked if the 10% withholding from each department will be used. Klinkner reported that the student surcharge generated 1 million and the remaining $300,000 will come from internal, centrally located funds. Callahan asked if the 10% is not needed, will it be given back to the departments. Klinkner responded there have been monthly revenue shortfalls at the State therefore we are holding the 10% until we are confident there will not be another withholding for this fiscal year. We already know that there will be a base cut to next year’s fiscal budget of $126,530. Patton stated that the reason why we are holding on to the 10% withholding is if the university is hit with a withholding in May or June, then the 10% will be used to cover it. Last year there were contingency funds which were used to cover some of the withholding are now gone. Klinkner responded to Callahan that the 10.5 million plus from last fiscal year was a one-time withholding in fiscal 2002. Then in fiscal year 2003 our base appropriation of $61.7 million was cut 10%. Withholdings are one-time dollars taken from base appropriation dollars for that particular year. When there is a base cut, then state appropriations are reduced permanently. To re-establish the base is a major difficulty faced by all Missouri institutions. Klinkner encouraged members of the FS to help keep the pressure on legislators to keep higher education as a priority.
Myers referred to the policies for Senate consideration and possible action. Jeffery Robinson, Policy Officer, provided a summary of changes. Robinson reported there was an additional change to the Sick Leave and Personal Leave Policy in III. Procedure C. Summer school sick leave days to be credited August 15…..instead of July. Morgan expressed concern that under Item III. Procedure A. Family and Medical Leave Act qualifying events…that an individual would be forced to take sick leave before using their FMLA. Riley expressed concern that library faculty work 12 months and they accumulate sick leave by the quarter not semester and the policy needs to reflect that there are two different policies depending upon which group you belong. Myers asked Jeffrey Robinson to report the comments/questions at the President’s Cabinet. Morgan asked how faculty can find out the number of accumulated days past 128 days? Myers responded that she would ask the question and get back with Morgan.
Myers opened the discussion on the Degree Revocation Policy. The following are questions/comments from Senators: 1) Sundberg referred to Item III. Guidelines and Responsibility—The provost shall assure that the appropriate levels of procedural due process be extended to the degree recipient. Sundberg stated she would like to see an appeal process laid out. 2) Morgan referred to Item II. Definition—Evidence is presented which verifies that a degree had been erroneously conferred… and asked what if the institution makes a mistake and erroneously grants a person the wrong degree? 3) Sarkar asked if a department finds there is a problem, what is the procedure to address the concern. Following discussion by the senators, Myers asked Robinson to report the comments/questions at the President’s Cabinet.
Myers referred to the Retrenchment Document and expressed the importance of senators’ review of the document. Myers reported the Senate is scheduled to review the document for its approval at the April 2 or April 9 meeting. Myers introduced Leigh Ann Blunt, Chair of the FS FPPC. Blunt reported updates on the Retrenchment Policy and Procedures and that she had taken the questions/comments from senators to the committee that resulted in changes to the language. The committee has made revisions by taking a look at individual programs and not labeling them as disciplines. Blunt asked if the senators have any comments or concerns about the original Retrenchment Document to share them with any member of the committee.
Myers introduced Beth Tankersley to report on the Kansas City Task Force (KCTF). Tankersley reported that in the fall of 2001 the task force convened to go to Kansas City and visit specifically with ethnic minorities to see how CMSU could be an active partner with the Kansas City community. Tankersley referred to the printed Kansas City Task Force Update document. The KCTF visited with 24 different businesses and schools that CMSU had not been working with in the past. There has been an increase in advertisement in the Kansas City Press specifically within the ethnic minority publications. There have been 965,000 radio exposures through the KCTF all of these at zero cost to Central, due to relationships that the KCTF has established. CMSU faculty members are very involved on committees in Kansas City. We have been able to identify practica, internship, field experience and mentoring opportunities for our students. There have been connections between the following: MBA program at Central and the Hispanic MBA society in Kansas City, Aviation Program and the FAA specific Hispanic recruitment program. For information on the KCTF the website address is cmsu.edu/kctf. Myers thanked Tankersley for her report on the KCTF.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.