Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Executive Committee Meeting with Chancellor
and Senate Chairs, November 10, 2006
|CUSF Executive Committee and Senate Chairs Meeting
|November 10, 2006
Present: E.W. Chapin (UMES Senate and Faculty Assembly Chair, CUSF Vice
Chair and Chair of this meeting); David Parker (SU; CUSF Chair); Martha Siegel (TU;
CUSF Immediate Past Chair); John Collins (UMBI; CUSF Secretary); Patricia Alt (TU;
CUSF Executive Committee); William Stuart (UMCP; CUSF Executive Committee); John
Organ (BSU Senate Chair); Alcott Arthur (for CSU Senate); Robert Kauffman (FSU
Senate Chair); Darryl Mullins (SU Senate Chair); Timothy Sullivan (TU Senate
Chair); Alfred Guy (UB Senate Chair); Steven Jacobs (for UMB Senate); Philip
Rous (UMBC Senate Chair); Hali Hartmann (UMBI Senate Vice Chair); H. Rodger
Harvey (UMCES Senate Chair); James Gates (UMCP Senate Chair); Adelaide Lagnese (UMUC
Senate Vice Chair).
Guests: William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, USM; Irwin L. Goldstein, Senior
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, USM.
Dr. Chapin opened the meeting at approximately 10:00am. Following a round of
introductions by all present, Dr. Chapin was pleased to note that all USM campus
Senates were represented at the meeting.
Dr. Chapin called on Dr. Organ to summarize the history and present state of
shared governance at BSU. Dr. Organ gave a very positive report. He said that
BSU now has a new President, Mickey Burnim, who is very good. Faculty and
students were involved in the presidential search. Dr. Organ's comments were
followed by a general discussion of procedures which have been used to select
USM campus presidents.
Other issues discussed were (1) student advising: how it is assigned and how
faculty get credit for it; (2) inequities in the distribution of merit pay; (3)
UMCP’s billion dollar fund raising campaign; the use of +/- grades; admissions
standards, including how to count SAT scores.
Each of the Senate Chairs and representatives gave a brief report on the
state of shared governance and current issues of importance at their campuses.
At UB, the biggest challenge now is the startup of four year programs. At UMB,
the School of Public Health is breaking off from the School of Medicine next
summer. This was faculty driven. The discussion of issues on various campuses
continued until 11:50am, when Chancellor Kirwan and Vice Chancellor Goldstein
joined the meeting.
The meeting broke so that attendees could pick up their box lunches and
reconvened at approximately 12:10pm. Dr. Chapin invited the Chancellor to open
the afternoon session with a few remarks. Dr. Kirwan said that, at the national
level, the recent election results would be good for USM, since Maryland would
now have two influential Senators (Mikulski and Cardin) and possibly also the
House majority leader (Hoyer). He said that it is to our advantage to have
Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress and Maryland General Assembly since
they tend to be supportive of things like Pell Grant increases. He also noted
that USM has been well-supported by Governor-Elect O'Malley. Governor-Elect O'Malley's
proposal to cap tuition rates is of some concern, but he recently told the
Chancellor that tuition cannot be capped unless there is adequate General Fund
support for the USM.
The Chancellor told the group that there are currently one vacancy on the
Board of Regents, three interim appointments that the new Governor could either
submit to the Senate or put forward new names and there are with three more
Regents whose terms come to an end in June. He also said that the final report
of the Spellings Commission is not a bad document.
The Chancellor said that more than half of the USM faculty are on the
TIAA-CREF optional retirement plan (ORP). USM is not competitive in this area.
Currently, USM offers 7.25%, with no possibility for employees to contribute
(although they can contribute to a supplemental 403(b) account). USM will
support phasing in an increase in the State contribution to 9.25%, with a
required 3% contribution by employees. TIAA-CREF is very pleased with this plan,
and the Board of Regents is also behind it.
There was a discussion of benefits for full-time non-tenure-track faculty
(FT-NTTs). Dr. Parker noted that FT-NTTs lose their health care insurance when
they terminate employment. It was noted that increased salary funding would be
needed to cover this inequity. Dr. Parker wants to work with USM to fix this
The Chancellor made brief remarks on the impact of Base Relocations and
Closings (BRAC) in increasing USM enrollment.
Dr. Goldstein talked briefly about the Carol Twigg initiative and left the
meeting at approximately 1:00pm
The System-wide STEM initiative was briefly discussed. The Chancellor said
that Maryland has not nearly enough math and science teachers.
The status of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) agreement was briefly
mentioned. The OCR has not yet acted on USM's application to be released from
Other matters briefly discussed were procedures for discipline of
tenure-track faculty, textbook policies, the status of Regents Faculty Awards,
and concerns about program duplication.
In response to a question from Dr. Hartmann (UMBI), the Chancellor said that
the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) is scheduled to move administratively from
UMBI to UMB on July 1, 2007, with net zero financial impact on everybody. In the
meantime, IHV reports directly to USM.