Senate Steering Committee
July 7, 2005
12:00 -2:20 P.M.
Approval of Minutes
Frank Bova Absent:
Sandra Chance Pradeep Kumar
Robert Cousins Jack Mecholsky
Joe Glover Scott Nygren
Mike Katovich Pierre Ramond
The Meeting was called to order at 12:00 P.M. by Kim Tanzer
Approval of Minutes: Kim Tanzer
The minutes from the May 26, 2005 meeting were unanimously approved.
Chair's Report: Kim Tanzer
Professor Tanzer updated the committee on progress on meetings with college deans regarding
college Senate participation.
She will also meet with faculty and student groups to gather feedback about improving the university.
Professor Tanzer explained the council concerns matrix to be used at the Senate workday.
It includes pairing administrators with each policy council.
Individual listservs are being created for each college's senators.
There is now an e-mail address for the Faculty Senate chair. It is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A block of time will be set aside for open discussion at future Steering Committee meetings.
President's Report: Dr. Machen
Dr. Machen discussed the budget for the upcoming year and said he would meet with the
appropriate council to discuss further. He emphasized the tuition budget shortfall and the high cost
of In. i -. Kim Tanzer volunteered to write a letter concerning campus F, i -- use to Ed Poppell.
Dr. Machen also said the results of the faculty and staff survey will be available later this month.
Finally, Dr. Machen talked about the plan for administrative evaluations. He will work in conjunction
with the appropriate council to develop a procedure for the evaluations.
Shared Governance Kim Tanzer
Professor Tanzer talked about building shared governance through involvement at the unit level. She
explained that the priority should be to look at working principles that can be applied throughout the
university rather than definite structures that may not work for colleges of different sizes.
Sunshine Laws Barbara Wingo
Dr. Wingo spoke about the function of the Steering Committee and how it relates to public records
law. She noted that the most recent version of all by laws and the constitution are on the General
Council's Web-site. She stressed the importance of notice for public meetings and the procedure for
PeopleSoft Update Kim Tanzer
There was no PeopleSoft update.
Budgeting Council Frank Bova
The council has ended its first year of fact finding meetings and will determine which issues
to focus on in the upcoming year. Dr. Bova expressed the council's desire to have more
faculty representation on the RGP Board.
Faculty Welfare Council Mike Katovich
The council discussed obtaining information on the faculty surveys, becoming involved in
the administrative evaluations and the creation of an ad hoc subcommittee on benefits.
Research Council Saeed Khan
Professor Khan brought up concern about the budget and graduate student tuition increases.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 P.M.
Steering Committee members will submit topics for Professor Tanzer's discussion with
faculty and student organizations.
Submit names of administrators to invite to Senate workday as well as issues you would like
Barbara Wingo will create a one page summary about the sections of the Sunshine Laws that
pertain to the various councils and committees and public records.