May 1, 2012

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Approved 9-4-12

May 1, 2012
Board Room, Administration Building

Present: President Simon, E. Bank, W. Davidson, S. Carter, L. Dillon, S. Fletcher, J. Godeeris, H. Hughes, M. Kaplowitz, T. Levine, Eric Brundt (for Steve Marino), J. Powell, J. Wright, J. Youatt; Others: T. Curry, S. Lott, State News

Absent: Provost Wilcox, W. Anderson, M. Halloran, L. Jordan, D. Moriarty, Z. Taylor

Professor Powell called the meeting to order at 3:17 p.m. with a quorum being present.

The Agenda was approved as distributed.

The Minutes for April 3, 2012 will be reviewed the first meeting Fall Semester.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon thanked the Steering Committee for their work in governance this year. The material approved at the last University Council meeting and the URO will go forward to the BOT meeting in June for approval. Paul Hunt will continue to work with the URO implementation group on the next phase.

The President reported on the budget indicating that the Higher Education budget will be part of an Omnibus Bill that includes K-12 education, which puts the discussion in the hands of the two Appropriation Chairpersons in terms of conference. There is three percent money and that would be the most the University could receive. Whatever the amount, the University is within the budget parameters that had been planned.

There was a House recommendation of $18 million dollars more than the President’s recommendation of $40 million dollars for FRIB. A major review of FRIB was completed last week and based on the outcome of the review was determined ready for CD23A. There were no further recommendations to be able to move forward.

Senior Associate Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox was not able to attend the meeting. Professor Youatt noted that a number of Policies acted on this semester have been updated and are in place. A memorandum has been sent to Deans, Directors and Chairpersons describing the changes to the University Policy, Integrity of Scholarship and Grades. The same memorandum will be sent to faculty next week.

President Simon reported on the progress for the search for the Vice-President for Research. The search committee has met and decided to interview sixteen candidates May 14 and 15. Thirteen candidates have accepted the invitation to interview. The goal is to take their recommendation to the BOT meeting in June.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell thanked the members for their work this year and asked that they thank their members on the respective Standing Committees.

Request for Exploration Re: SIRS e-forms - UCUS Response:
Professor Dillon, Chairperson of UCUS, reported the UCUS was asked to clarify several questions regarding 1) SIRS for co-taught/multi-instructor courses and 2) how faculty teaching cross-listed courses can access their SIRS on-line. Please refer to the attached memorandum for the responses to each question. Secretary Wright will send the memorandum from Professor Dillon to the faculty requesting the information.

2012-13 Planning Discussion:
Professor Powell noted a meeting would be held, sometime in June or July, for the Steering Committee with outgoing and new members to begin reviewing issues and planning for next year. Professor Powell asked each Standing Committee Chairperson to identify issues their respective Committees would be addressing next year.

  • UCUS - Student Bereavement Policy and Issues of Internship credits i.e., number of credits and charge
  • UCFT – Should there be a University level Promotions and Tenure Committee and continue discussion on Post Tenure Review
  • UCGS – Review of College credits for graduation and Policies for tuition credits for graduate assistants
  • UCAG – Continued review of amended Bylaws and address new issues that surface
  • COGS - Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants salary and Graduate Assistant leadership across the CIC
  • UCSA - will send issues after meeting

Professor Powell requested that a Faculty Senate planning session be held August 28, the Tuesday before classes begin, to involve and engage members on coming governance issues as well as identifying other issues and begin prioritizing issues for the year. The At-Large members will continue the communication with the CAC’s next year. Other ideas included adding a “tracking governance issues” on the Governance web site and involving faculty on the issues of technology with David Gift.

President Simon noted that a decisions need to be made on a new email system and new course ware. She also reported that the new Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Sharon Butler, assumed her position on this day and recommended that the faculty plan a meeting with her.

New Business:
UCFA Task Force on Health Care Report:
Professor Davidson gave a brief report and distributed a memorandum to members on the discussions regarding Future Faculty Health Care Benefits. (See attached memorandum).

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
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