Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Executive Committee Meeting with Chancellor
and Senate Chairs, January 26, 2007
|CUSF Executive Committee and Senate Chairs Meeting
|January 26, 2007
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); William Stuart
(UMCP; CUSF Executive Committee); John Organ (BSU Senate Chair); William Childs
(for FSU Senate); Darryl Mullins (SU Senate Chair); Alfred Guy (UB Senate
Chair); Julie Zito (UMB Senate Chair); Mervyn Monteiro (UMBI Senate Chair); H.
Rodger Harvey (UMCES Senate Chair); S. 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 called the meeting to order at 10:10am. This was followed by a
round of introductions by all those present. Dr. Chapin informed the group that
the Chancellor was meeting with legislators and would join us as soon as
possible. He also said that Dr. Goldstein had been meeting with MHEC and was
expected to join us within the hour.
Dr. Chapin said that the employment of full-time, non-tenure track faculty
(FT-NTTs) has become an issue of concern on some USM campuses. He distributed
copies of the current USM policies on FT-NTTs. Medical benefits for USM FT-NTTs
are now available on all campuses except FSU and CSU. Dr. Parker said that many
FT-NTTs at SU and TU are not budgeted to have benefits. Legally, many of them
are actually not state employees. A discussion followed.
Dr. Chapin said that there may be as many as nine new Regents appointed this
year, and the Chancellor will need to educate them. Dr. Organ said that most
faculty simply don't care about the FT-NTTs on their campuses. Dr. Siegel
proposed the formation of a non-CUSF ad hoc committee to gather facts and
information. She said that every Senate Chair should have the information for
their own campuses. This committee would need legal advice. A discussion
Dr. Chapin noted that campus enrollment projections affect budget requests,
but actual enrollments are often different from the projections. It is important
for the campuses to avoid competing with each other for the same students. Dr.
Chapin distributed a handout from FSU Senate Chair Robert Kauffman which said
that FSU was not getting the expected number of "trickle down"
students who had not been admitted to other UM campuses. A discussion followed.
There was a discussion of the USM regional teaching Centers and the
difficulties that sometimes arise when the different campuses send their faculty
to teach at the Centers.
Dr. Chapin said that little was known about Governor O’Malley's FY 2008
budget proposal, but noted that Dr. Collins had recently distributed a summary
of this budget that had been posted by the Maryland Democratic Party. Dr. Chapin
handed out printed copies of this budget proposal and a discussion followed.
Dr. Goldstein arrived at 12:15pm, at which time the meeting broke for lunch
and informal discussions. The meeting reconvened at 12:30pm, at which time Dr.
Goldstein began a report on recent USM activities. He said there would probably
be a 6.8% increase in USM’s operating budget for FY 2008. This will cover all
mandatory costs and about half of the projected enrollment costs. This means
that there will be a smaller growth than had been requested. The Regents could
decide to increase tuition, but this would probably not happen. He said that
several new Regents would be appointed soon, and they would presumably be
inclined to support the Governor's predilection for a tuition freeze. Dr.
Goldstein noted that the USM budget increase will be significantly higher than
for other state agencies. He said that there will probably be a 2.5%
"merit" increase for state employees, but a possible COLA will be
Dr. Goldstein said no action was likely this year on USM’s proposed
increases in ORP contributions. He said that the Chancellor plans to talk to the
new Governor at an opportune time about doing something next year.
Dr. Parker reiterated that there will be seven new or renewal appointments on
the Board of Regents. A brief discussion followed.
Dr. Goldstein said that approval the OCR agreement is still pending. A brief
The next item for discussion was the USM Regents Faculty Awards. There was
praise for Dr. Alt (TU), who chaired this year’s applicant review committee.
Speaking on behalf of Dr. Alt (who was unavoidably away), Dr. Siegel asked for
more flexibility in the Regent’s Faculty Awards policies and procedures. Dr.
Goldstein said that future review committees, working with CUSF and AAAC, could
change the procedures as they saw fit. Dr. Siegel said that the Senate Chairs
must take charge of selecting applicants from their own campuses.
Dr. Goldstein informed the group that dual enrollment between USM campuses
and the Community Colleges is a high priority issue now. There is a lot of
activity in this area, and Nancy Shapiro is heavily involved.
The Chancellor joined the meeting at approximately 1:00pm.
Dr. Goldstein concluded his report with an update to the group on the status
of benefits for FT-NTTs. His office is working hard on this. He has asked every
campus whether they comply with Regents' policies. The Chancellor and the
Presidents have agreed to provide FT-NTTs with health benefits. All except CSU
and FSU have already done so, and CSU and FSU will do so by fall, 2007.
Recently, the Chancellor and Presidents agreed to look at the issue of
retirement benefits and report to the Board of Regents on what they have found
and what recommendations, if any, they have. Dr. Goldstein has asked for
specific information on how many FT-NTTs on each campus are getting various
levels of benefits. He noted that "full-time" faculty status is
determined on each campus based on a required teaching load. The requirements
vary on the different campuses and in different programs within a campus.
The Chancellor began his remarks at 1:15pm. He said that he has a very
positive impression of Governor O'Malley's administration. They appear to be
making excellent appointments and are using a very thorough, professional search
process. He is pleased that Joe Bryce and other former USM administrators are
now working for the State. James Lyons, former BSU president and now the new
MHEC Secretary, is an old friend of the Chancellor.
The Chancellor noted that USM has done relatively well this year, with a
proposed 8.3% budget increase versus an average of 2.5% for other state
agencies. The new budget will cover mandatory expenses plus costs for 1,700 new
students. This will be only the second year of funded enrollment growth for USM.
The Chancellor has decided not to push ORP legislation this year even though it’s
a very high priority. His reasoning is that this needs to be an administration
bill, the Governor needs more time to learn about the problem, and money is
tight this year. The limited capital budget is a significant problem for USM.
The new building at CSU (part of the pending OCR agreement) is very expensive -
$120 million. The Governor has promised lots of money for school construction
costs, and there has been a big increase in construction costs.
The Chancellor reiterated that USM has not yet heard from the OCR on the
pending agreement, and he doesn’'t know when they will.
The Chancellor is very troubled by Senate Bill 29, which says that any new
academic program approved after July 1, 2005 (there are about 170 such programs)
may be objected to by any other Maryland Institution. That is, an institution
may sue MHEC if it approves any of these programs.
The Chancellor said that he will support legislation to provide domestic
partners benefits (with priority to same-sex partners). This issue was brought
to him by the USM Student Council. He noted, however, that the General Assembly
has opposed such legislation in the past.
Following the Chancellor's report, there were brief discussions on the
Student Research Day, Annapolis 101, the Carol Twigg initiative, high textbook
prices and flexible tenure.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00pm.