Excused: Blair, Littrell, Mei, Nazem, Smallwood, Valle
Absent: Akers, Lin, Pedersen, Ritter, Tixier y Vigil,
Becky Brown, from University Relations. He also welcomed Senator Madsen, who is completing Senator Helm's term. Senator Helm is on sabbatical for Fall 2002 and Spring 2003.
The Senate Executive Committee and members of the administration reviewed recent resolutions of the Faculty Senate. All the resolutions concern appointments to various committees, and there was little feedback on these resolutions.
Most of the meeting was taken up with a discussion of an open letter from Senator Sadlek and AAUP President Michael Peterson on the recent lay offs. Sadlek reviewed the reasons for the letter and the letter's objectives. An open discussion of the text followed, and these comments were considered as the letter went through additional revisions. The letter was distributed on 9/23/02.
The Senate leadership also reported that the results of the Senate's study on the success of Metro CC students in UNO's entry-level math and English courses was discussed at the meeting of the Articulation Task Force on 9/16/02. As a result of this discussion, the task force decided to sponsor discussions on transfer students between the faculty in the corresponding UNO and Metro math and English departments.
2. Chancellor's Council: Vice President Bragg's report of the September 19, 2002 meeting:
a. The Chancellor is trying to find some way to obtain faculty and staff input on how we might better proceed with future layoffs, etc. that will avoid repeating the difficulties of the past.
b. The Chancellor asked all to encourage attendance at this years Convocation.
a. Layoffs: The first item of discussion at the meeting (before the request above) dealt with the fallout of the layoffs.
b. Collaborative Report: A collaborative report must be provided to the President on Monday, 23 September. Essentially, this is the report that is to indicate ways by which the university can collaborate between and among campuses to save money.
c. Budget for the next biennium was discussed.
d. There will be no Holiday Gala this year - it has been discontinued (budget cutting)
3. President Smith's meeting with 4 Faculty Senate Presidents: September 19, 2002
Meeting of the Faculty Senates' Presidents with President Smith and Provost Noren
The meeting opened with a discussion of the US Patriot Act. The question posed by President Smith was: How can we comply with this law and still preserve our academic freedoms?
The budget situation was discussed at length. The Governor has said that the most optimistic forecast calls for a 0-% increase in university funding for the biennium. Even with 0% increases in faculty and staff salaries, however, the university system's fixed costs will rise $18 million per year. At this point, then, he is assuming a $20 million cut each year of the biennium.
President Smith said that university restructuring must continue. He wants to completely restructure the business operations on all four campuses, and to continue our attempts to restructure academic departments as well. He has asked the chancellors to look closely at schools of education and business. He has asked Faculty Senates to survey all courses and see which ones have not been offered in some time. These, in theory, should be eliminated.
Lobbying: Central Administration is putting together a package of talking points for everyone. Administration would like more faculty and university employees to get involved in getting our message across to state legislators and to the public. There are currently marketing plans in the works to sell the value of the university to the state.
Finally, it looks like health insurance premiums are going up again. Nationally, health expenditures are rising at 11% or higher per year. We should find out what the increases will be in health insurance in about a month.
4. Senator Sadleck proposed reporting Senate business to UNO faculty by email newsletter. This would be a regular letter from the Faculty Senate President, not a website or hard copy. He envisions including a link to the Faculty Senate website.
A. BE IT RESOLVED that UNO students with established residency in the Iowa counties of Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills should be treated as Nebraska residents for purposes of determination of tuition owed.
President Sadlek charged the Educational Resources and Services committee with investigating this further.
B. Resolution 2646, 10/09/2002, Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)
BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through 05/14/03, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):
The motion passed.
1. Resolution 2647, 10/09/2002, University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward for a three-year term (July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2005) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):
Pam Smith, CPACS
Bruce Chase, A&S
2. Resolution 2648, 10/09/2002, University Committee on Athletics:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Athletics:
Leah Pietron (to replace Michael Stewart)
3. Resolution 2649, 10/09/2002, Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee
BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee are brought forward by the Rules Committee for senate nomination. If approved, a ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty.
One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Bruce Chase:
Elaine Lahue, Assistant Professor, Biology
Lisa Boucher, Assistant Professor, Biology
One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, David Helm:
Tim Yontz, Assistant Professor, Music
Steve Williams, Associate Professor, Theater
One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Michael O'Hara:
Bill Corcoran, Associate Professor, Economics
Richard File, Associate Professor, Accounting
Motion was approved.
The Alumni Association will be surveying the alumni groups of UNO's peer institutions to learn about the range of their activities. Vice Chancellor Buck discussed several issues associated with the latest round of budget reductions. Senator Blair also attended the September 18 Alumni Association Roundtable with Omaha Mayor Fahey The Mayor discussed several issues relating to UNO-City relations, including collaborations, road improvements, and campus access.
Professor Rebecca Morris convened the Sept. 25th meeting of the SPSC and reported on the organization and projected activities of the two Community Forums scheduled to be held at UNO in November 2002. Chancellor Nancy Belck presented a "strategic update" in which she emphasized long-term strategic advances as opposed to short-term tactical retreats by UNO. The next campus-wide "Strategic Advance" is scheduled to take place on November 15, 2002, with a view to following-up on the work of the "Strategic Advance" and the Community Forums held in May 2002. To date, little has been done to modify the hopes and expectations of May 2002 in light of UNO's continuing budgetary crisis and prospects for having to dismantle additional programs and lay-off more personnel. The SPSC meeting concluded as sub-committees (aka "task forces") met to discuss implementation and refinement of the SPSC's broad goals of improving teaching, scholarly & creative achievement, and community service.
A. There was discussion of the Patriot Act and its effect on academic freedom.