Faculty Senate Meeting
January 30, 2004
UC Tejas 106C
Present: Bala, Brendel, Canales, Cook, Crowley, de Magalhaes, Friday, Garcia, Harper, Ivy, Kownslar, Melrose, Meyer, Morvant, Sanders, Shepperd, Sutton, Winston, Wooster, Zebda
Guests: Mary Jane Hamilton, Pam Stetina, Denise Landry-Hyde
Brendel called the meeting to order at 2 p.m.
I. Approval of Agenda: Brendel made one correction to the agenda: The discussion item for Academic Affairs (V.A.2) has been tabled for the Senate meeting in February. The agenda was approved unanimously with that change.
II. Approval of minutes for November 21, 2003, meeting: Approved unanimously without corrections.
III. Announcements: None.
IV. Speaker's Report
1. Brendel said that in December, there was a set of meetings for the President's Cabinet, and one of the items was a change in evaluating administrators. Brendel and Ivy met with President Furgason to discuss this issue. One central question was: Is evaluating administrators every year overkill? Brendel said that the President proposed a 3-2-1- model for administrators' evaluations: The chair would be evaluated every year; the deans would be evaluated every two years; and the Provost would be evaluated every three years. Several Senators expressed concerns that feedback should be provided on a more regular basis. Harper said that the evaluations would be based on policy, although the wording of the evaluation policy wasn't set, yet. Harper also explained the background of a request to evaluate a campus dean out of cycle.
2. New College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Mary Jane Hamilton explained the background of the decision to form an autonomous college of Nursing and Health Sciences. She said that the initiative began in Fall 2003, and she had just gotten word that the Coordinating Board had approved the University's request for the college. Nursing and Health Sciences will become a college on September 1, 2004.
Hamilton stated that there were several reasons why the University proposed the college: (1) There have been a phenomenal growth in the number of majors in the past two years, and 60 percent of the majors are transfer students. She also said that Spohn Hospital is moving toward magnet status, which requires that 59 percent of the nursing staff have BSN degrees; currently, only 19-20 percent of the staff has BSNs. She also said that the eLine program would continue to grow.
The Provost added background information about the college's creation. She said that the President had asked all Vice Presidents to come up with an organizational structure for 2010. She decided to propose the change because of potential problems with the changes in the Coordinating Board's administration in the near future, so she thought she should make this change sooner than later. She consulted with the Dean of Science and Technology, as well as Hamilton, and she also opened a 30-day comment period.
Hamilton said that the nursing department was still working on a lot of issues. She said that the Senate should treat Nursing as a fifth college during the upcoming Senate elections this spring. Morvant had several questions about how Nursing should be represented on University committee, and Hamilton said that she would get back in touch with him. Also, concerning University committees, Harper suggested that the Senate should ask the colleges to list the committees on which they would like to be represented.
3. Proposed Parking Projects: Brendel said that the Strategic Planning and Budget Council met in early January to discuss a proposal for campus parking, which he included in the packet for the meeting. Harper said that the parking fees will double for the next academic year, but she added that issues for parking are probably still open for discussion after the 2005-2006 academic year. She said the discussion issues included the amount of parking that should be available on campus, as well as the parking rates.
Several concerns were raised from Senators: (1) The fee increases could hurt the students who could least afford it; (2) The University should consider park-and-ride options; (3) Could the University seek donors to assist with additional parking; (4) The University should look at the current parking and make it more efficient before they add more lots; and (5) Adding more parking lots would affect the University’s environment. The Senate agreed to send their concerns to Philip Rhoades' committee on parking. Zebda suggested that a Senate response be sent to the committee, and Brendel said that he would work on a draft.
4. Proposed Tuition Adjustment: Brendel also discussed the proposed increase in student tuition ($16 increase per credit hour). Harper said $1 million would be designated for scholarships for students targeted in "Closing the Gaps". Several Senators expressed concerns about the lack of publicity and advertising for the tuition hearing on campus. Ivy also asked Harper if the University had a communications plan for this increase. Harper replied that she did not think so, and Ivy suggested that Harper send a memo to all faculty members to explain the benefits of the tuition increase.
*** At 4 p.m., Brendel called for a motion to increase the meeting for 15 minutes. Senate unanimously approved. ***
5. System Faculty Council: Ivy represented TAMU-CC at a meeting of A&M System faculty senates in College Station on January 16. The group met with the System Chancellor and discussed two issues: (1) The health fees of $1.50 and (2) The absence of a system policy for a faculty member to appeal a negative annual evaluation. Ivy also said that campus in College Station is working on cooperative programs with its sister campuses in the system.
V. Standing Committees (And Associated Motions)
*** At 4:15 p.m., Brendel called for a motion to extend the meeting for 15 minutes. The Senate unanimously approved. ***
*** At 4:30 p.m., Brendel called for a motion to extend the meeting for 15 minutes. The Senate unanimously approved. ***
*** At 4:45 p.m., Brendel called for a motion to extend the meeting for 15 minutes. The motion was unanimously approved by the Senate. ***
VI. Provost Report: Harper reported several items to the Senate:
Meyer told Harper that there had been traffic problems at the intersection of Ocean Dr. and Ennis Joslin, and she asked Harper if she knew when they would finish the construction. Harper said that she did not know, but she would check.
*** At 5 p.m., Brendel called for a motion to extend the meeting for 15 minutes. The motion was approved unanimously by Senate. ***
A. Resolution on System Faculty Council Representation: Approved unanimously by Senate.
Faculty Senate Secretary/Treasurer