Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Meeting of November 19, 2003
Council of University System Faculty Meeting
2003 at UMBC
Francis Alt (UMCP), Alcott Arthur (CSC), Zane Berge (UMBC), Vince Brannigan (UMCP),
Bill Chapin (UMES), John Collins (UMBI),
Mike Garner (SU), James Gelatt (UMBC), Stephanie Gibson (UB), Denny Gulick (UMCP),
Frank Hanson (UMBC), Steve Jacobs (UMB), Rosemary Jagus (UMBI), Anthony Norcio (UMBC),
John Organ (BSU), Anjali Pandey (SU), Dave Parker (SU), Doug Pryor (TU), Martha
Siegel (TU), Court Stevenson (UMCES), William Stuart (UMCP), Joyce Tenney (UMBC),
Robert Walthur (UMES), Jay Zimmerman (TU)
The meeting was called to order at ten o’clock. Joyce Tenney, Chair of
the UMBC Faculty Assembly and UMBC President Hrabowski brought greetings from
the campus. They contrasted the growth of facilities, faculty quality, student
services and shared governance at UMBC despite the tight budgetary situation
with the public perception that the USM campuses are still over supported. They
expressed particular concern lest tuition increases be used as a weapon to drive
wedges between the various campus constituencies.
The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as modified.
The CUSF Chair, Martha Siegel, urged all the CUSF committees to be active
this year and directed every CUSF member to be active sin some committee, since
it is through the efforts of the committees that most of the work of CUSF gets
done. In addition, she reminded all members of the three meetings
of the Higher Education Special Committee on Affordability and Accessibility
(November 20 at UMCP, December 1 at SU, and December 15th at UMBC) since we need
to have speakers representing our position at each of these meetings. She also
announced that, because of a conflict with the Board of Regents’ schedule, we
will hold the April 16th CUSF meeting at UMUC and the June 15th meeting at UMES.
The Chair reported that the recent AAAC meeting had an extremely full
agenda, with particular concern over workload issues: possible support by some
Regents for an increase in the course load at a time when our workload is in
general poorly understood and when the course loads for the various campus are
within the current guidelines but near the lower end. There is similar concern
for the preservation of tenure and academic freedom, also topics not well
understood by the public (and perhaps some Regents). There also seem to be
contradictions in goals of limiting the number of courses that students can take
in one semester without increased payments and of keeping student time to degree
The Chair urged all council members to go over the Strategic Plan
proposed by USM and to e-mail comments and suggestions as soon as possible.
Vice Chair Brannigan reported on his testimony concerning the report of
the Mandel Commission. This
testimony has already been distributed to the members of CUSF.
He emphasized the need for fast response on our part to attacks of this
kind, the danger that the faculty or the administration would be blamed for the
tuition increases, and the importance of our responding in ways that are
meaningful to the political leaders involved.
Under Old Business, Vice Chair Brannigan discussed the process of
coordinating our work informing and persuading legislators or our point of view,
noting that the legislators seem to be less responsive to details but more to
situations directly affecting their constituents.
Chair Siegel continues to work toward our meeting in Annapolis on
February 16, hoping that we can coordinate our efforts with the work of the
Provosts, and emphasized the particular effectiveness of strong student
presentations. In areas of Faculty Workload and of Effectiveness and Efficiency,
we must take control of the public discussion: particular evidences of current
efficiency and of the negative results of false efficiency should be sent to
The process of clarifying the ART Policy is proving to be a little
difficult. We hope to have a
thoroughly modified and clarified policy available sortly. Dave Parker and his
committee will continue to work on this problem.
The corresponding question of a policy appeals to the Chancellor and the
BOR will also require further consideration.
There will be a New Department Chair’s workshop on February 16. Vice
Chancellor Goldstein with speak at this meeting.
Martha Siegel will also be speaking to the chairs.
Since we will be meeting in the same building on the same day, we may
well have a joint lunch with the chairs.
Under New Business, the Report of the Tuition Task Force presented a
cause for concern, since we need a continued and reliable source of funding,
find ourselves in the position that changes in policies such as tuition levels
for out-of-state students have unanticipated domino effects on many
institutions, and do not want to find ourselves in the position of being blamed
for the tuition increases necessitated by legislative budgetary cuts.
The ART policy for Librarians is also confused in areas of retrenchments
and notice on non-renewal. We will
work on this.
There has been a suggestion that we coordinate the awarding of the
faculty and staff BOR awards. Given
the complexities of the schedules already established for this year, we voted to
support a joint awards ceremony, beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year.
This will leave us with a year to coordinate with CUSS.
Joe Vivona, USM Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, arrived
shortly before lunch to give us a presentation on the budgetary process and how
it might play out during the next legislative session, particularly in view of
the recent appointment of six new Regents and the consequent reorganization of
the BOR committees. Copies of his
slides have been distributed to all CUSF members. Considerable discussion
followed concerning how we should deal with unfounded mandates and other
anticipated budgetary complications.
John Organ reported on the November 5th vote by the Bowie State
University faculty of no confidence in the President of BSU.
As a result, CUSF passed the following unanimous resolution: “CUSF
strongly supports the right of the Bowie State University faculty to demand a
thorough investigation, at the highest level, of the grounds for the recent
November 5th BSU faculty vote of no confidence in the President of Bowie State
investigation should include adequate protection against retaliation for faculty
members at Bowie State University, as any such retaliation would be an affront
to both academic freedom and shared governance.
Such a thorough investigation is critical to the integrity of the
University System of Maryland as an institution.”
During lunch and shortly thereafter, the CUSF committees met:
Academic Affairs (Parker, Berge, Zimmerman, Pryor, F. Alt).
A fully fixed version of the ART document will be available for the
December CUSF meeting, but the following motion passed: “CUSF supports in
principal the changes in the current draft of the ART document and authorizes
the Academic Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee to adjust the wording
and forward it on the AAAC”.
Administration and Finance (Brannigan, Garner). This committee will
prepare a policy on Appeals to the Chancellor and the Board of Regents, to be
presented to CUSF and eventually, through the BOR Education Policy Committee, to
Legislative Affairs (Gulick, Richardson, Walther, Organ Stewart). This
committee is collecting and devising questions for a FAC for use in
communications with legislators. They
are searching for volunteers for writing various topic areas.
Membership and Rules (Stevenson, Chapin, Collins).
This committee will consider nominations for new officers during the
spring semester. Now it is
considering the rules for reallocation of CUSF representatives.
meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.