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Sep 20, 2006 Minutes

Minutes for 09/20/06
 
Members present:

Chair Stone, Senators Brennan, Conroy, Davidson, Feakes, Hazlewood, Hindson, Homeyer, McGee, McKinney, Montondon, Sorensen, Warms, Winek, Wiley

 
Guests: Senate Liaisons
 

Meeting called to order at 4:00.

Senate Liaisons Meeting: The Liaisons and new Senators were introduced. A list of Senators and Liaisons is included at the end of these minutes. Suggested topics for the meeting were discussed:

·         Retired Faculty Benefits: The debated removal of benefits to retired faculty in the recent revision to UPPS04.04.53 was discussed. Retired faculty will still get a university identification card and a library card. Free parking permits and admission to athletic events are still under question. Admission to Fine Arts events is still a perk, but an office on campus is essentially gone due to the lack of space campus wide. E-mail will continue to be available to retired faculty, but there is still a question of whether space for a web page will be allowed. The University Bookstore will continue to provide discounts to retired faculty. While the President and Provost had indicated that the issues of parking permits, access to athletic events and full e-mail privileges were still open to negotiation, someone indicated that newly retired faculty members had been unable to get free tickets to football games although faculty who had been retired for more than a year were still given free tickets, so even though there is no official policy, some benefits have been removed for retired faculty. Maybe some of this can be clarified when Dr. Gowins meets with the Senate next week.

·         Faculty Handbook: Liaisons were brought up to date on the status of the Faculty Handbook. The Senate forwarded a draft to the Provost last October, and an administratively edited version is now posted on the Provost’s web page. A subcommittee of the Senate is looking at the revised version and will report to the Senate regarding the administration’s alterations.

·         Uniform Class Schedule: The uniform class schedule that is set to be initiated in fall 2007 was discussed. Liaisons indicated that some departments are not completely satisfied with the new schedule format. Particular concern was expressed about class starting times of 8am and 5pm. Also, it was mentioned that having only two classes per week for learning a modern language was problematic. Some liaisons indicated that they had not been made aware of the idea at the department level even though the Council of Chairs had endorsed the new schedule in the spring semester. Somewhere along the line, the information should have trickled down to the faculty, but as always seems to be the case; a chair being aware of an issue does not mean his/her faculty are informed of the issue. A question was raised about how the uniform schedule format would affect summer scheduling. The Senate will seek clarification.

·         Course Fees/Flat Tuition: The issue of removing course fees and having a flat tuition to compensate for the lost revenue was discussed. This idea is coming from the Board of Regents’, Texas State University System, and the Provost’s office is to make a recommendation on implementation to the Board in February. Some concern was expressed that since 25% of tuition income goes to scholarships by legislative stipulation, tuition would have to be increased by 125% in order for departments to recoup 100% of their course fee monies. There was some skepticism about whether the monies from a flat tuition would actually come back to the departments. Senators Stone and Feakes will have an opportunity to talk with the Texas State University System Chancellor, Charles R. Matthews, about the issue next month.

·         Adequacy of Department M&O: The question was posed to liaisons regarding the adequacy of departmental M&O: does anyone have severe shortages? While it appears that universally, M&O monies are tight (it is reported that M&O hasn’t increased since 1998), none of the liaisons pointed to any severe shortages.

·         Campus Wide Parking Plan: The real test to the parking plan will come in January when the faculty has its first real experience with the shuttle-bus system as parking garage construction gets started.

·         Departmental Concerns: 

o        Course Fees: Almost all liaisons expressed concern about the loss of course fee dollars. Since course fee money supplements departmental M&O, there is a real fear the loss of course fees will have a major impact on departments. Also, a question was raised whether the library fee and the computer fee were part of the course fee issue. Again, the Senate will seek clarification.

o        Parking: Faculty who teach evening classes are concerned with red parking lots being opened to students at 5pm. They have a difficult time finding parking spaces after 5.

o        Recruiting Money: Several liaisons mentioned that money for recruitment was inadequate. They were directed to go to the Provost for money if it was really a problem. The Provost has indicated to the Senate that he wants to increase funds to what are needed to recruit effectively. Of course, money for recruitment must come from somewhere, so faculty should realize that more money for recruitment may cause some other area to have lesser funding.

o        TRS costs: A concern was expressed that departments must pay a several thousand-dollar reemployment fee for a faculty member on modified retirement who is enrolled in TRS. The Provost has indicated that departments with problems in that area should seek his support on a case-by-case basis.

 
Break:
 

Follow-up on Liaison Session: The following issues raised by the liaisons are issues the Senate is not already considering:

·         Summer Schedule and how it is impacted by the uniform start times

·         Mini-Session times

·       Graduate Related Issues

 

Enrollment Data: While the PhD enrollment is up, graduate enrollment at the Master’s level is down 2%. Master’s admission is down 8.8%, with applications, generally, down 9.5%. The University’s 12th day enrollment is up 1.4% even though the number of new freshmen is down and the number of transfers is down. The difference is credited to retention. There was a question about the number of transfer students we get from Austin and San Antonio. The number of transfers from Austin is far greater than the number of transfers from San Antonio.

 

Honor Council: Walter Dorman, Mathematics and Eric Schmidt, EAPS, are recommended for vacancies on the Honor Council.

 
New Business:

·         Graduate Admissions: Someone has asked the Senate to look at graduate policies in the future.

·         M&O: The Senate will continue to investigate issues related to departmental M&O.

·         Workload Audit: There still seems to be some inconsistencies with respect to how chairs report faculty workload to their faculties and personnel committees. It may be time for the Senate to do another audit.

·         Summer Schedule: The Senate will consider the impact of the uniform class schedule on summer school.

·        Capital Campaign: The University is kicking off its new capital campaign

 
 
FACULTY SENATE LIAISON LIST
2006-2007
 
* Active Senator
 

Academic Dept

FS Liaison Name

Phone
E-mail
 
Accounting
* Lu Montondon
5-3540
Agriculture
Greg Pollard
5-3330
GP11@txstate.edu
Anthropology

* Rich Warms

5-2504
Art and Design
* Michel Conroy
5-3776
Biology
Gary Aron
5-3371
GA06@txstate.edu
Chemistry & Biochemistry
*Debra Feakes
5-7609
Clinical Laboratory Science
Phil Kostroun
5-2719
PK01@txstate.edu
Communication Disorders
Open
 
 
Communication Studies
Mary Hoffman
5-2222

Computer Info. (Systems & Quantitative Methods)

Vivek Shah
5-2049
Computer Science
Moonis Ali
5-3409
Criminal Justice

* William Stone (Chair)

5-3343
Curriculum & Instruction
Open
5-2041
Educational Admin. & Psych. Services
*Linda Homeyer
5-3757
English

Rebecca Bell-Metereau

5-3725
Family & Consumer Sciences
Judy Allen
5-2409
JA01@txstate.edu
Finance & Economics
*John McGee
5-3228
JM28@txstate.edu
Geography
Mark Fonstad
5-7809
MF16@txstate.edu
Health Information Management Program

Jackie Moczygemba

5-3503
JM38@txstate.edu
Health, Physical Education & Recreation

*David C Wiley

5-2946
History
* Mary Brennan
5-2110
Management
Jana Minifie
5-3187
JM13@txstate.edu
Marketing
Ruth Taylor
5-3226
Mass Communication

Sue Weill

5-3486
 
Mathematics

*Donald Hazlewood

5-3444
DH08@txstate.edu
Modern Languages

Lucy Harney

5-2490
Music
*Ian Davidson
5-3290
Philosophy
* Audrey McKinney
5-2047
Physical Therapy
Barbara Melzer
5-3519
Physics
David Donnelly
5-3644
Political Science
*Theodore Hindson
5-3282
Psychology
John Davis
5-2526
Radiation Therapy
Open
 
 
Respiratory Care
Bill Wharton
5-8243
Health Professions
*Wayne Sorensen
5-3556
Sociology
Patty Giuffre
5-8983
Technology
*Gary Winek
5-2137
Theatre & Dance
Michelle Nance
5-2175
Library
Jan Tidwell
5-2351