Chair Stone, Senators Feakes, Hazlewood, Hindson, Homeyer, McGee, Montondon, Sorenson, Warms, Weill, Wiley, Winek
Guests: Assoc Provost Bourgeois, Asst VP, VPFSS Planning Nusbaum, Scott Thomas, University Star
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Academic Department M&O Allocation Proposal: Assoc Provost Bourgeois discussed the M&O Allocation Proposal with the Senate. Based on an analysis of current academic department M&O budgets and recent expense histories, the proposal addresses the impact of mandated changes to course fees and corresponding changes to tuition revenues by the creation of an allocation formula, which will be used to allocate all academic department M&O funds. The basic facts and premises underpinning the new allocation plan are:
1. No academic department should receive fewer M&O funds in FY 2008 [first year] than in FY 2007;
2. All salaries and wages, including those paid with former course fees funds, have been excluded from departmental expenses histories
3. As a result of #2, all the salaries and wages formerly paid from course fees funds are to be newly budgeted in the appropriate commitment items
4. Fixed telecom costs have been extracted from M&O budgets and are to be funded separately
5. Lab fees are included in this allocation
6. No department shall lose or gain more than 5% in M&O funds each year after FY 2008
7. The five-year weighted expenditures is designed to be updated annually, creating a rolling weighted five-year average of the five most recent fiscal years
8. All other data, e.g., faculty headcount, fte, sch, etc., are to be updated annually
9. A reserve fund will be created to address extraordinary funding needs not met by the allocation formula, e.g., dramatic increase in faculty headcount, fte, sch, etc.
10. Expenditures captured include outlays for equipment replacements or purchases of new equipment/software, existing maintenance contracts, etc., but does not include expenditures funded by grants.
For the allocation model, weights were assigned to certain factors based on the size of correlations between these factors and actual maintenance & operations expenditures. Additional travel dollars were allocated to the department based on roughly $600 per FY 2007 tenured and tenure-track faculty member in each department. The allocation will include $414,000 new dollars. It was also noted that the proposal got unanimous support from the Council of Chairs. After some discussion of indicating general consensus for the proposal, the Senate also endorsed the proposal.
Planning and Construction Update: Asst VP, VPFSS Planning Nusbaum discussed current construction projects. Beginning in April were:
Beginning in May:
Scheduled for July:
Projects such as the Undergraduate Classroom Building, the new School of Nursing are dependent on Legislative funding, but prospects for funding are favorable.
Survey Report: The final version of the Annual Faculty Perception of Administrators Survey was discussed. The report was approved and will be presented the President and Provost at next week’s PAAG meeting and posted to the faculty soon thereafter.
Development Leave Rankings: The ranking from development leave applicants was approved 10-0-1 and will be forwarded to the Provost.
Honor Council Chair: The Senate recommended Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau, English, as the new chair of the Honor Council.
Senate Elections: Runoff balloting has begun in the Colleges of Business, Education, Fine Arts & Communication and Health Professions. Results should be available next week.
PAAG Agenda: Topics for next week’s PAAG meeting were discussed. Items for the agenda are:
Core Curriculum: The Provost has sent letters to the academic departments to make adjustments in their programs to meet the 120-hour mandate or to file for exceptions.
Minutes: Minutes for 04/11/07 were approved.