Council of University System Faculty

CUSF Meeting of December 19, 2002

DECEMBER 19, 2002

Delegates Present: Drs. F. Alt (UMCP), P. Alt (TU), A. Arthur (CSC), V. Brannigan (UMCP), W.E. Chapin (Past Chair), J. Collins (UMBI), R. Michael Garner (SU – Alternate), J. Gelatt (UMUC), S. Gibson (UB), S. Havas (UMB), S. Jacobs (UMB), R. Jagus (UMBI), B. Laufer (TU), B. Noonan (UMES), D. Parker (Chair), L. Richardson (UB), M. Siegel (TU), J. Tenney (UMBC - Alternate).

Delegates Absent: R. Chenette (UMB), M. Mumper (FSU), K. Olson (UMCP), J. Organ (BSU)

Delegates Excused: P. Alt (SU), Z. Berge (UMBC), C. Burry (UMB), M. Diriker (SU), J. Lombardi (FSU – Alternate ), M. McClive (FSU), A. Norcio (UMBC), W.E. Orser (UMBC), A. Pandey (SU), C. Smith (UMCP), D. Spinner (UMES), W. Stuart (UMCP)

Guests: Dr. Calvin Burnett, President, Coppin State College, Dr. Rolande Murray, Faculty Senate Chair, Coppin State College, Dr. Ruth Robertson, USM, and Dr. Nancy Shapiro, USM.

Dr. Parker called the meeting to order at 10:00 am and welcomed Dr. Alcott Arthur who introduced Dr. Rolande Murray, Faculty President. Dr. Murray introduced the President, Dr. Calvin Burnett. Dr. Burnett welcomed all and wished everyone a happy holiday season, a productive end of the semester and wishes for a good spring semester.

Approval of November 20, 2002 Minutes: Approved with changes.

Chair’s Report:
Evaluation of administrators: CUSF has passed a resolution that indicated the campuses, every one to two years, evaluate the Presidents, Provosts, Dean and Chairs. There was a recommendation that CUSF work this issue through the Chancellor’s Council, as it is in our best interest to have the backing of the Chancellor. Dr. Siegel raised concern about implementation of this endeavor and asked for a model so that it could be sent to the Senate Chairs, instead of how to figure out a system. Dr. Brannigan suggested that the Faculty Affairs Committee work on this issue. Dr. Havas suggested that CUSF not only look at the UMCP structure but the structure at FSU. The process was to be faculty driven and provide an aggregate of data. Dr. Parker will send the resolution to each Senate Chair to move forward.

UMB received message that if campuses move forward with this evaluation, it will be dismissed. Dr. Havas raised concern that the different campuses have probably not implemented a procedure for evaluating administrators.

Invitation to Governor-Elect Robert Ehrlich: The CUSF Chair is waiting to hear if the governor-elect will join us at the February 2003 CUSF meeting at UMBI. Dr. Collins has talked with the UMBI President, who is on the Governor-elect’s transition team, and will join us at the February 2003 meeting. She has spoken with Mr. Ehrlich, and the invitation will be issued December 20, 2002 to him.

PeopleSoft: It is imperative that all faculty check the system and make sure that social security numbers are not being utilized. Suggestion was made to send a memo to Senate Chairs to alert campuses to this problem and to ensure that implementation on each campus is taking place. Dr. Robertson attended the PeopleSoft meeting about CUSF’s concern. The USM is willing to come and talk with CUSF about these concerns.

Budget: Discussion centered around what each campus can do and how to involve faculty in the midst of this crisis. Dr. Havas suggested that the Shared Governance policy calls for faculty to be involved in the budget process, and is an issue for the Chancellor’s Council to examine (and possibly the BOR), because involving faculty in this process is vital. Dr. Richardson prepared a report about suggestions for USM Presidents in Managing a Budget Crisis.

A motion passed concerning the upcoming budgetary cuts.
Motion: In keeping with the Board of Regents Shared Governance Policy of the USM, faculty senates and other shared governance mechanisms on each campus must be consulted about priorities in an effort to make the least destructive types of cuts for the campus community. These bodies must also be used to maintain transparency and a 2-way dialogue. A reasonable number of representatives of these organizations should be participants in key administration budget committees and meetings.

Dr. Parker will ask for feedback from the Chancellor, as well as ensure that each campus will carry this out. After receiving feedback from the Chancellor, the CUSF chair will send a memo to all Senate Chairs.

Reapportionment of CUSF: Dr. Laufer raised concern about which data sets to use. Currently, there are 2-3 data sets about reapportionment available. Dr. Robertson was unable to get Human Resources to reconcile how to define full-time faculty, e.g., deans (administrators), who are paid out of different budgets not allocated for faculty. A motion passed to utilize the numbers reported to the Federal government.
Motion: CUSF membership reapportionment will utilize FTF data as of October 31st which is reported annually to the Federal government.

Vision and Values Statement: The Vision and Values Statement is an attempt to revise the mission statement of the System. Questions and concern arose about the timetable and how CUSF can make recommendations for change, as well as the quality and language of this plan. It was suggested that the Ed. Policy committee of CUSF examine this issue. A motion passed to recommend to the Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic planning revisions to the USM Strategic Goals.
Motion: USM’s Strategic Goals:
1. USM academic programs will respond to meet the changing educational needs of a growing and increasingly diverse undergraduate and graduate student population and will enhance the quality of life for all Maryland citizens.
2. USM research and scholarship will position Maryland as a national leader in science and technology, the humanities, the professions, arts, social sciences and other key areas. The knowledge and infrastructure is necessary to ensure the State’s continued economic growth, sustainable development, and international competitiveness.
3. The USM will achieve national eminence as mandated by the State legislature and it will vigorously pursue its fundamental mission to serve the public good.
4. The USM will partner with key constituencies to advance K-16 education in the State.

VPAA Search: Dr. Siegel reported that the meeting of 12/18/02 was informative. The advertisement for the position appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Concern about the qualifications of candidates from an advertisement was raised, and it was suggested that recommendations of names of individuals qualified for the position be forwarded to the Search Committee. It is imperative that an individual who can advocate for Academic Affairs be hired.

Vice Chair’s Report:
Report on AAAC meeting of December 10, 2002, submitted by John Collins.

The venue of the December 10 AAAC meeting was changed from UMBI to UMUC, so that AAAC members (and a CUSF representative) would have an opportunity to attend the K-16 Leadership Council meeting,

The K-16 Leadership Council meeting, which included a panel presentation by a group from the state of Texas ran from approximately 8:30 am to 11:30 am, was attended and reported on by Jim Gelatt.

Following a lunch break, the AAAC meeting ran from approximately 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. a proposal from UMCP to add the title "Senior Lecturer" to the USM Policy on the Appointment, Rank, and Tenure of Faculty was discussed and approved. Acting Vice Chancellor Don Boesch, who chaired the meeting, said (with a little prompting from me) that this and other policies of interest to the faculty would go to CUSF for review before going to the Chancellor's Council.

UB Provost Ron Legon, who is heading a study group on the status of PT/FT-NTT Faculty Data Group (Carl Smith is on this committee) said that a new questionnaire is being developed and that the group would return to the issue in January.

Anthony Foster, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance, led a discussion on the ongoing revision of the USM Strategic Plan. It was noted that the Chancellor takes a keen interest in this plan, especially in the area of "core values", and will have significant input. It is hoped that a complete update will be ready in February for review by the President's Council. The document will also be discussed at the December 20 President's Retreat.

An impressive group of provosts from the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) joined the AAAC at 1:00 p.m. for a discussion of issues of common interest and concern. These included: (1) a coordinated response to the teacher shortage; (2) program capacity in high-demand areas (e.g., teaching, nursing, health professions); (3) invitation to participate in a data study of community college transfers; (4) overview of the USM "Maintain the Momentum" campaign; (5) the "United Voice" for higher education in the upcoming legislative session.

Rank for Adjuncts: A motion passed concerning the designation of Senior Lecturer to the ART policy.
Motion: The title (designation) of Senior Lecturer be added to the ART policy.
K-16: Dr. Gelatt attended the K-16 meeting of the Maryland Partnership for Teaching and Learning K-16 Leadership Council 12/10/02 (see appendix). The K-16 Council is trying to make relevant how educational policy is conducted in Maryland. Three important issues are being examined: (1) What happens in K-12; (2) How “No Child Left Behind” will be implemented and (3) The reauthorization of Higher Education.  The relationship between higher education and K-12 continuously needs to be taken into account.

Lunch was served and discussion continued about the presentation of faculty salaries

Faculty Salaries: Dr. Frank Alt presented data given to CUSF by the Chancellor at the November 2002 meeting. Questions were raised about the possibility of getting a breakdown of each of the colleges on each campus. Dr. Havas questioned that CUSF’s request for the data was made 2 years ago for the 13 institutions, as well as comparisons to peer institutions. The data presented was for 9 institutions (UMBI, UMB, UMCES and UMUC were missing), and was not analyzed by USM, but by Dr. Frank Alt.

The meeting adjourned at 1:35 pm.