Approved Faculty Senate Minutes 09/07/05
Members present: Chair Stone, Senators Brennan, Davidson, Hindson, Hohmeyer McCall, McKinney, Montondon, Rao, Shah, Sorensen, Warms, Winek
Visitors: Various members of the press
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Updates and Announcements
Enrollment for Fall, 05
Undergraduate: up 2.9%
Undergraduate: down 6.9%
Graduate: down 6.1%
Graduate: down 27.2%
Overall: up 1.5%
Undergraduate enrollment: 23,257
Undergraduate enrollment: 577
Total enrollment: 27,220
Total enrollment: 1317
There is a 10% increase in new freshman enrollment
Registrar Search Committee: Mary Brennan was selected to serve
Liaisons Elections: Chair Stone announced the need to get Senate Liaisons elected from Theatre/Dance, Communication Studies, and Health Professions. The first meeting with the liaisons will be September 28.
Alliance Group Letter: Senators who chose to were invited to sign a letter endorsing a member of Texas State Alliance Group to be a member of the Equity and Access Committee.
Discussion of PAAG Agenda Items
Chair Stone encouraged Senators to suggest items for the upcoming PAAG Agenda. Items to be brought forward include:
1. Enrollment concerns:
a. What has happened to the RRHEC enrollment?
b. Are other universities experiencing declining graduate enrollment?
2. Construction plans
a. What is the building maintenance plan?
b. What is the status of construction of the Performing Arts Center?
c. What are the plans for other new construction? (i.e. undergraduate classroom building)
3. Carnegie classification update
During the discussion of PAAG agenda items, "'to do" items arose. These include:
1. Report on Equity/Market adjustments to salaries
2. Tenure/Promotion statistics for 2004-5
Senate Priorities and Action Items for 2005
Senators suggested the following agenda items to be included for Fall, 2005:
Acquiring workload audits from each Department Chair
By 2008, degree audits must be 120 hours. Senator Winek asked that Dr. Ron Brown be invited to the Senate to discuss Coordinating Board determinations of the rules regarding this mandate. It was suggested that perhaps professional programs would be exempt from the new 120 limit due to accreditation requirements.
Clarification regarding student records retention
Constitutional Amendment Balloting
The final vote count was 316 for the amendment and 22 against it. It passed.
Dean and Chair Evaluations
Numerical rankings of Deans and Chairs will be posted to the Senate website 9/21.Executive Session
The Senate entered into executive session to discuss whether or not the written comments regarding Deans and Chairs should be posted.
Senator Hindson made a motion that the comments not be published this year.
Senator Rao seconded the motion.
The motion failed with 3 votes cast for not publishing comments to 9 votes for publishing comments.
Further discussion ensued regarding certain comments included that could be hurtful to a non-administrator University employee's family.
Senator Hohmeyer moved to remove a small section of the comments which included potentially hurtful information in order to protect the personal privacy of a non-administrator. An amendment was suggested by Senator Warms that this revised version of the document be released to all of the campus community. A notation will be made in the revised comments as to why part of a comment was removed
This information will be released by 9/21/05.
Executive Session ended
Senator Hohmeyer moved that a letter of commendation be sent to retired College of Education Dean John Beck regarding his achievement of being ranked #1 Dean for 3 years. Senator Shah 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous to send the letter.
Senator Shah requested that a representative from Parking Services be asked to address the Senate regarding their long range plans for the cost of parking permits. Chair Stone said that he would invite Vice-President JoAnne Smith to speak to the group in two weeks.
Senator Shah asked if salary data for Fall, 05 was available. Chair Stone reported that it should be ready soon at which time he would bring the data to the Senate.
Senator Shah requested a discussion in a future meeting regarding the policy that a Senator desiring to apply for Developmental Leave be required to resign from Senate prior to being able to apply for the Leave.
The Senate agreed to postpone voting on the August 31 minutes until all could review them.
The Senate was adjourned at 5:30 PM.