Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Meeting of December 16, 2005
December 16, 2005
Present: Martha Siegel (Chair, TU); Lee Richardson (Past Chair, UB); Joan
Langdon (BSU); Alcott Arthur (CSU); Rahim Ashkeboussi (FSU); R. Michael Garner
(SU); Paul Flexner (SU); David Parker (SU); Harry Womack (SU, alternate);
Patricia Alt (TU); Joyce Currie Little (TU); Douglas Pryor (TU); Stephanie
Gibson (UB); Stephen Jacobs (UMB); Zane Berge (UMBC) Elizabeth Mulroy (UMB);
Joyce Tenney (UMBC); Dennis Coates (UMBC); Patricia Young (UMBC, alternate);
John Collins (Secretary, UMBI); Rosemary Jagus (UMBI); J. Court Stevenson (UMCES);
Frank Alt (UMCP); Vincent Brannigan (At-Large, UMCP); Denny Gulick (UMCP);
William Stuart (UMCP); E. William Chapin (Vice Chair, UMES); John Gustafson (UMUC);
Joyce Shirazi (UMUC); A. Deloris James (UMUC).
Not Present: Marymal Holmes (BSU); John McMullen (At-Large, FSU); Kim
Rotruck (FSU); Robert Scott (FSU, alternate); Memo Diriker (SU, on leave); Jay
Zimmerman (TU, alternate); Paul Thut (UMB); Frank Robb (UMBI, alternate); H.
Rodger Harvey (UMCES); Raymond Morgan (UMCES, alternate); Emmanuel Onyeozili (UMES);
Adelaide Lagnese (UMUC).
Honored Guests: William Destler (Provost, UMCP); Irwin Goldstein (VCAA,
USM); Lee Preston (Ombuds Officer, UMCP).
Dr. F. Alt made brief introductory remarks, thanking UMCP President Mote's
assistant for the local arrangements. All present agreed they were good. He
introduced UMCP Provost William Destler, who welcomed the group and told us that
faculty governance is very strong at UMCP. Drs. Destler and Siegel talked about
the shortage of nominees for the Regent's Faculty Awards.
Dr. Siegel called the meeting to order at 10:10. The minutes of the December
16, 2005 CUSF meeting were approved unanimously, without changes.
System report: Dr. Goldstein said that the USM Office is anxiously
awaiting the Governor's budget announcement. He said that the budget needs to be
released within the next few days so that it can be approved by the BOR and then
submitted to the General Assembly. Campus mission statements for UB, TU and UMUC
have changed to reflect new programs, while other campus mission statements are
not much changed. He gave an update on the OCR agreement, expressing hope that
it will end. Hearings will be held the following Monday and Tuesday. Dr.
Goldstein talked about the recent BOR retreat. The Regents discussed long-term
budget plans, E&E, dual admissions of System campuses and community
colleges, academic initiatives from the campuses, electronic billing, on-line
courses, and other matters.
Chair's report: Dr. Siegel reminded everyone about joining committees,
asking them to check the CUSF web site for the list of committees. She said that
Senator Mikulski was a speaker at the last BOR meeting. The expansion of
Aberdeen and Fort Meade will bring 10,000 new people to Maryland. This will lead
to increased enrollment, etc. A "dashboard indicators" document
Dr. Siegel called on Lee Preston, Ombuds Officer for UMCP. He is also a
professor emeritus at the business school. He asked for CUSF help in writing an
article about conflict resolution on campuses. He asked for the names of contact
persons on each campus. National training programs exist for ombuds officers.
At 11:12am, Dr. Chapin reported that the previously planned CUSF meeting with
both Senate Chairs and Department Chairs cannot be held due to space
limitations. The Senate Chairs and the Chancellor will meet with CUSF on April
18 at UMUC. The January 20 CUSF meeting will coincide with the Department Chairs
Workshop at USM. Dr. Siegel said there had been a big response to this
Department Chairs Workshop.
At 11:18, Dr. Stuart reported briefly on the K-16 committee. He circulated a
Dr. Gulick talked about math and science education. A discussion followed.
Ms. Tenney reported that plans for the February 15-16, 11am-4pm Student
Research Days in Annapolis are on track. CUSF needs to reevaluate this program,
especially if it has no effect on the legislature. Should we continue to have
Dr. P. Alt reported that there were too few nominations for Regents Faculty
Awards this year. Many nominations came from administrators, not faculty
Dr. F. Alt reported that the December MHEC-FAC December meeting was canceled.
The same old issues are still pending there.
Dr. Brannigan passed out copies of his proposal for clarification of Emeritus
faculty status. The matter was set aside pending review by Dr. Goldstein.
Dr. F. Alt led a discussion of benefits inequities between the ORP and state
retirement plans. State contributions to ORP are very low (7.25%) compared to
other institutions. A proposed plan is to require higher contributions (8.25%,
then 9% a year later) from System, plus a required 1% (2% a year later)
contribution from the employee. The funding for this will have to come from the
System budget, not the state. A discussion followed.
The meeting broke for lunch and committee meetings at 12:05pm, and reconvened
Dr. Brannigan's emeritus proposal was discussed. A motion was made to forward
the proposal to the Attorney General for review. By state law, only campus
presidents can make a faculty appointment, including emeritus appointments.
After a discussion and minor modification, the motion was unanimously approved.
At 1:05pm, Dr. Parker reported on the status of full-time, no-benefits
faculty (FTNBFs) and other matters being considered by the Faculty Affairs
Committee. A printed report was distributed. There was a lengthy discussion of
the status of FTNBFs.
At 1:40pm, Dr. Siegel once again urged everybody to make regents faculty
award nominations a faculty responsibility (e.g., campus Senates should get
involved). A discussion followed.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 2:00pm.