Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Executive Committee Meeting of August 4,
CUSF Executive Committee Minutes
August 4, 2003
Present: M. Siegel, V. Brannigan, E. W. Chapin, J. Collins, R. M. Garner
Since the meeting of the Presidents, scheduled earlier in the day, had
been called off, the Executive Committee meeting began promptly at noon.
In order to avoid future confusion resulting from late changes in the
meetings of other USM bodies, we agreed to make arrangements with the USM staff
so that meeting notifications will be received by at least two members of the
Old Business: 1. In conformance with the motion made at the June
general CUSF meeting concerning the situation at Coppin State College, the
Executive Committee decided that V. Brannigan and R. M. Garner would work
together to draft a policy for an external appeals procedure (for appeals from
campus shared-governance bodies of decisions of campus Presidents).
We anticipate seeing a draft policy by the time of the next Executive
Committee meeting. Dr. Parker will continue to monitor the situation at Coppin.
2. In conformance with the motion made at the June general CUSF meeting
concerning the budget strike force, V. Brannigan reported his plans to establish
campus legislative liaisons so that CUSF can have timely access to budgetary and
other information available only on the campuses and not through the USM
administrative offices. This will
provide us with current accurate information as we need it in our budgetary work
with legislators and the governor. It
will be important that we, the Presidents and the system speak with one voice in
our efforts to assure sufficient funding to maintain excellence for the USM.
3. An ad hoc committee will be established to gather information on the
current evaluation of administrators on the various campuses, to propose best
practices and perhaps establish policy in this area.
4. In matters of faculty and student welfare, particularly in recently
reported moves concerning efficiency and accountability, CUSF will continue
monitoring to determine to what extent we are to be reporting current successful
efficiency and to what extent the USM is looking to the introduction of further
efficiencies in view of the budget situation.
New Business: 1. While recognizing the complications arising from
USM staff reductions, the Executive Committee affirmed the need for consistent,
regular, high-level USM representation at CUSF meetings.
M. Siegel will emphasize this at her August 5 meeting with Chancellor
2. Preliminary discussion of possible organizers for CUSF committees for
the coming year included L. Richardson for Legislative Affairs, P. Alt for
Academic Affairs, F. Alt for Faculty Affairs, M. Garner for Administrative and
Financial Affairs, and K. Olsen for Membership and Rules.
M. Siegel will contact the people to determine their willingness to act
as organizers for the CUSF committees.
3. V. Brannigan reported that he is already working at organizing the
CUSF meeting with the Senate Chairs, scheduled for September 19, including
working to get the names of the current chairs, some of whom may not be elected
until the fall semester begins.
4. The current version of the CUSF web site seems to be meeting our
current needs nicely. J. Collins was thanked for his good work on the web site.
Consideration of additional features, such as a members-only section,
will come later, when and if the need arises.
5. We hope to have the opportunity to talk with Chancellor Kirwan at our
September meeting and with Vice Chancellor Vivona at our October meeting. M.
Siegel will work on these arrangements. Visits to CUSF by a member of the Board
of Regents, or by members of the staff or student councils will be considered
The meeting was adjourned shortly after two o’clock.