Senate Steering Committee
July 9, 2009
Mary Ann Ferguson
The meeting was called to order at 3:15 PM
The minutes of the June 4, 2009 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Jack Mecholsky, Chair
Jack Mecholsky reported that the Senate will review the budget model through the budget council as
the shadow system is utilized. The Senate will work to create a definition of units in response to the
regulation created to identify units. The Senate should have a voice in determining how units are
identified and need to consider the issue before the regulation is finalized. Faculty also need input,
preferably within the unit, into determining who defines programs.
Mecholsky reported that Andy McCollough is developing online course content and structure in
order to create a uniform delivery system across campus. The structure should include quality,
exams and criteria for success. The concern with online courses is infrastructure and support, what
is technology, how to use it and whether it is available?
The committee discussed the identification of sustainability courses on campus. The Senate will
request a report from the task force to identify courses.
The compensation committee report will be sent to the Welfare Council for review.
The Welfare council will also investigate the university wide pay plan and percent return from
Barbara Wingo is researching the double voting on tenure and promotion committees issue.
Frank Bova reported that he spoke with Matt Fajack regarding the budget models and he suggested
that two reports be made to the senate. The first is a yearlong schedule for implementation to be
reported in September or October. The second is a report on the budget model as a status update.
Academic Policy Council Tracy Rambo,
Budget Council David Quillen, Chair
The Senate should consider a resolution regarding the importance of the Department of Continuing
Education when competing to host conferences. The budget council has been working to draft a
Infrastructure Council Jane Brockmann, Chair
The Infrastructure council will continue to review course management systems, the master plan and
the effect of RCM on infrastructure and classroom technology.
Research and Scholarship Council Henrietta Logan,
The Research council has created two resolutions: one on the budget resolution and the other on the
RCM model. The council thought that inadequate consideration on the effects of research went into
deliberations about the model.
Welfare Council Susan Percival, Chair
Jack Mecholsky discussed nonmonetary benefits for faculty. These are based on concerns he has
heard from faculty including access to basketball and racquet ball courts, locker room facility access,
pool hours and living well hours and access.
The Senate could review benefits that can help to boost morale and consider what it would cost to
expand hours and the possibility that these benefits could come out of HR instead of HHP.
Mecholsky also reported that Bernard Mair is heading a task force on the Academic calendar.
The committee discussed the campus fee structure and who has the authority to establish fees.
Barbara Wingo stated that any fees charged to students must be approved by the BOT, BOG and
Fees charged to outside users go through the regulation process.
Internal fees are approved depending on who has the delegated authority from the President or
BOG to charge fees.
Ellis Greiner was particularly concerned with new fees for select agents and the new VoIP initiative.
The meeting adjourned at 4:58 PM.