|Present: David Parker (Chair, SU), Martha
Siegel (Past Chair, TU), E. William Chapin (Vice Chair, UMES), John
Collins (Secretary, UMBI), Bill Stuart (At-Large, UMCP), Patricia Alt
(At-Large, TU), Marymal Holmes (BSU), Alcott Arthur (CSU), Kim Rotruck (FSU),
Rahim Ashkeboussi (FSU), R. Michael Garner (SU), Paul Flexner (SU), Bobbi
Adams (SU), Lee Richardson (UB), Stephen Jacobs (UMB), Elizabeth
Mulroy (UMB), Mary Johantgen (UMB), Joyce Tenney (UMBC), Dennis
Coates (UMBC), Zane Berge (UMBC), J. Court Stevenson (UMCES), Vincent
Brannigan (UMCP), Patricia Cossard (UMCP), Denny Gulick (UMCP), Emmanuel
Onyeozili (UMES), Joyce Shirazi (UMUC), John Gustafson (UMUC), A. Delores
Guests: Irwin Goldstein, Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (USM),
Joseph Vivona, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance (USM), Teri
Hollander, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (USM), James
Sansbury, Associate Vice Chancellor, Financial Affairs (USM), Elena
Langill, Office of the Attorney General, Julie Zito, UMB Senate Chair.
Dr. Parker called the meeting to order at approximately 10:10am. He
asked Mr. Sansbury to present USM's new proposal for the definition of a
dependent with regard to tuition remission. Dr. Brannigan objected to
certain provisions of this proposal. Dr. Parker both moderated and took
part in a lively discussion which continued until 10:50am. Mr. Sansbury,
Mr. Vivona and Ms. Langill left the meeting at this point.
Dr. Mulroy introduced Dr. Zito, UMB Senate Chair, who welcomed the
Dr. Goldstein presented the System report. He said that the current
legislative session was a very difficult one, and it’s impossible to
know how things will work out for USM. The USM tuition freeze issue has
become very public. The Governor and the General Assembly disagree on some
issues. The capital budget is under great pressure, largely due to
increasing construction costs. The bill on duplication of academic
programs is causing great anxiety. Senator Hogan has started a commission
to investigate how to achieve stable funding for higher education in
Maryland. Dr. Goldstein concluded his report at 11:20am, then answered a
few questions on various topics before leaving the meeting.
The minutes of the January 16 CUSF meeting were approved.
Dr. Parker presented a tentative list of dates for the 2007-2008 CUSF
meetings. He asked whether we should have another joint meeting with CUSS,
hosted by UMCP. Dr. James said that UMUC would be happy to host such a
meeting. Dr. Collins suggested that we also have a joint meeting with the
USM Student Council. This suggestion was well received.
Ms. Tenney reported enthusiastically on the success of the January 25
Student Research Day. She said that she was glad to have taken charge of
this event for the past three years, but someone else would have to do it
in the future. She had some suggestions for changes. She was applauded by
the group for her excellent work.
At noon, Dr. Collins spoke about the upcoming elections for the next
CUSF Executive Committee. He said that he and Dr. Chapin must recuse
themselves from the election process, since they (along with Dr. Parker)
are candidates for Chair. Dr. Chapin disagreed, saying that we could
proceed largely as we did last year. They and several other delegates
engaged in a lively debate.
The group broke for lunch at 12:10pm and returned at 12:50pm to
conclude the discussion of election procedures. It was unanimously agreed
that the elections will be conducted by an impartial committee of CUSF
delegates who are not candidates for office. The members of this committee
will be Alcott Arthur (chair), Zane Berge, Vince Brannigan, Patti Cossard
and Joyce Tenney. A motion by Dr. Jacobs that the elections for Chair,
Vice Chair, Secretary and At-Large positions all take place at the April
17 CUSF meeting (at UB) was unanimously approved. Drs. Parker, Chapin and
Collins were recognized as candidates to be the next Chair. Candidates for
the other offices were not identified.
Dr. Siegel led a discussion of USM's annual new Chair's workshop,
which was not held this year because there were too few registrants. Dr.
Brannigan led a further discussion on tuition remission. Dr. Parker spoke
passionately about benefits for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty. Dr.
Siegel said that an AAAC subcommittee had prepared a draft policy on
flexible tenure, which she would shortly forward to CUSF.
The meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.