18, 2003

Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Bill Lenning (for Jim Shelton) Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Dwayne Massey,  Dr. Richard Buckner, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Dianne Richardson (for Dr. Louis Smith) , Dr. Bill Ward and Mr. Jim Todd.

II.  Approval of February 18, 2003 Minutes

A motion was made to approve the February 18, 2003 minutes by Dr. Mark Griffith. The motion was seconded by Dr. Betty Cowan.  The minutes passed unanimously.

III. Old Business

  1. Higher Education Day/ACUFP Meeting  – Dr. R.T. Floyd

Dr. Floyd distributed an update from ACUFP and the State Plan for Alabama Higher Education 2003-08.  Dr. Floyd was invited to attend the Presidents’ Council meeting the day before Higher Education Day in Montgomery on March 13.  The plan distributed to the Senate is a draft plan.  Dr. Floyd is interested in receiving feedback by March 31, so that he can get his comments to ACHE by April 1.  He encouraged the representatives to share the plan with their faculty members.  As a group, ACUFP approved a tax reform resolution, similar to the one passed by the Senate on Feb. 18, 2003.

Dr. Floyd noted that the biggest concern that ACUFP has is getting the citizens to approve tax reform. He also distributed a handout listing the leadership in the Alabama Senate and House and committee members of the State Finance and Taxation Education Committee and House Education Finance and Appropriations Committee.  In addition, he distributed tips on making legislative contact.

The ACUFP feels it is important to get all the university to create a petition to encourage supporting Alabama Tax Reform.  He said what he would like to get the petitions circulated, signed, and back to the legislature by April 10.  When the petitions are completed they can be sent to Dr. Floyd.  He encouraged the faculty to take the petitions to their classes and have Alabama students to sign.

Dr. Floyd said a big message of Higher Education Day was that Higher Education drives economic development.

IV. New Business

  1. State of the University – Dr. Richard Holland

Dr. Holland began by addressing enrollment. Currently, we have sixty-five more applications for Fall than last year at this time.  Dr. Holland said his goal is to have at least 100 more freshmen for next year.  He also added that the CSU program is continuing to grow.

Dr. Holland reminded the Senate that this year UWA received a line item in its budget that could only be used for economic development.  UWA has now created a center for community and economic development in the West Alabama region.  A director for this center is currently being sought.  Applications are being reviewed at this time.  At the moment, ten applications are being reviewed.  Dr. Holland distributed a press release on the center and a job description for the director’s position.  According to Dr. Holland, the center will be a help to UWA’s outreach.

Dr. Holland also addressed remedial courses. He noted that of the students taking remedial courses seventy percent took one course.  These students brought in a half million dollars in tuition.  There is a current proposal before the Governor that all remedial courses be removed to community colleges.  Dr. Holland noted that the two research universities in our state are pushing this proposal.  These same universities  claim not to have remedial courses; however the courses are simply not named remedial.  Dr. Johnson of the community college system has been invited to our campus.

The research institutions have also proposed that the 50-mile out-of-state tuition waiver be removed.  That means that the seven counties in Mississippi who currently pay in-state tuition would have to pay out-of-state tuition.  Dr. Holland said the regional state institutions are meeting the first week in April to discuss this issue.  The research institutions claim such a move would save the state money.  However, it would hurt regional institutions. Currently this would affect 163 students on our campus.

The Governor has proposed budget cuts of $374,705 for UWA.  The average cut from the education budget was 6%.  UWA’s amount represents a 3.8% cut. To do this we would have to cut DOE, five faculty positions currently being advertised would not be filled, seven staff members in housekeeping would be released, the snack bar would be closed, and one secretarial position would not be filled.

To maintain what we have without removing these positions,  UWA would have to raise tuition 10 –15% and faculty would have to begin to pay part of their insurance.

Dr. Holland distributed handouts to the Senate explaining what the proposed budge cuts would mean in specific areas such as technology, maintenance, salaries, health insurance etc.

Dr. Holland entertained questions from the Senate. Dr. Holland said that we are dealing with a paradox in the legislature.  On the one hand the Governor’s office questioned the efforts being taken to recruit  international students, specifically South American students, while the same offices appear to not see the value of out-of-state students.  Dr. Holland reminded everyone that UWA gets a lot of support from the Meridian area.

Dr. Schellhammer asked what effects the proposed budget cuts would have on athletics.  According to Dr. Holland, the effects on both athletics and academics would be equal.

Dr. Holland spoke of the regional institutes that he wishes to start.  He cited Alabama Southern and their Writers’ Symposium as an example.  Alabama Southern has already inquired about acquiring the Ruby Pickens Tartt, Julia Tutwiler, and Geneva Mercer papers.   According to Dr. Holland, UWA has to find resources to mine the resources it has or others will take it from UWA.  He added there are people interested in locating a national forest in this area.  The forest will deal with the prairies and forests of this area.  Another area for a possible regional institute would be the development of a Technology Center.

Following this information, Dr. Holland distributed material given to the Governor’s Office, the legislative financial office and Campaign for Alabama (a branch of the Alabama Business Council) to show how UWA fits in the state and the role UWA plays in the state.  These groups wanted to know about the history of the institution and the mission statement.  They also wanted to know types of accreditation, and peaks of excellence (programs that have a regional or nationally ranking), our promotion of economic growth, promotion of technology in the region, and educational outreach.

Finally,  Dr. Holland said that UWA has to bring in more money from outside sources.  He would like to bring in a grants writer to help faculty and staff.  Other regional institutions use only about 30% of state monies.  UWA uses 50% of the monies.

  1. NCAA Requirements – Mr. Micky Smith

Micky Smith, chairperson of the Athletic Committee, distributed a handout outlining some of the issues in the GSC. This is Smith’s third year as faculty representative for athletics.  He commented that UWA is fortunate to have Clarence Egbert and Dee Outlaw.  He noted that he has seen a great push in the academic arena.  Incoming freshmen must have completed 13 core courses in high school and a minimum SAT score of 868.  Very few of Division II students go on to a professional career; therefore it is important to develop the person as well as the athlete.   All coaches must pass the GSC test and before they can go off campus and recruit they have to pass the NCAA exam yearly.   One of Smith’s duties is to administer that exam.  The exam is graded in Birmingham.

According to Smith, the GSC is one of the premier conferences in Division II.  It is a very competitive conference.  UWA’s student athlete population is around 15%.    UWA has 8 sports on campus. The Athletic Committee is currently looking at two other sports. They are looking into men’s and women’s soccer or men’s and women’s tennis or men’s and women’s golf.  The NCAA is recommending that one have 10 sports to be considered a Division II school.  Smith noted that Division III already requires 10 sports.  Each week the coaches have to turn in a schedule of activities to Smith weekly.  The students cannot practice or participate in sports more than 20 hours per week.  This is a NCAA requirement.

He pointed out that the NCAA puts a cap on the number of scholarships distributed. In football for example, UWA can only have 36 scholarships.  We currently have 30.3 scholarships.  In most of these categories UWA falls in the lower third of these.  He also directed the Senate’s attention to the last page of the handout which listed the teams’ GPA, and student athletes with 4.0 averages and 3.5 GPA’s or higher.

V. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 4: 50 p.m. with a motion by Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec and seconded by Dr. Mark Griffith.

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