Minutes
September
16, 2003

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.  Members present were Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Dr. Howell Sheffield, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. William Green-Burns, Dr. Lauren Wells, Mr. James Todd, Dr. Tina Jones, Mr. Carey Moore (for Dr. Richard Collison), Mrs. Patricia Taylor (for Ms. Ann Ketchum), Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec,  Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Lesa Shaul,  Dr. Don Salter, Dr. Janis Beaird, and Mr. Jim Shelton.

II.  Approval of July 15, 2003 Minutes

Mr. James Todd moved that the minutes be approved as presented.  Dr. Griffith seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved.

III. Old Business

  1. Status of the Boardís Lawsuit

  1. Alabama Teachersí Retirement System Visit

Dr. Schellhammer announced that a representative from the Alabama Teacherís Retirement System will visit campus on November 18th.  A series of twenty minute meetings from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm are scheduled.  Dr. Schellhammer will e-mail members with a telephone number at which the representative may be contacted in order to schedule a meeting.

  1. Campus Child Development Center

Dr. Schellhammer introduced Ms. Dionne Edison, Director of the Child Development Center.   Ms. Edison reported that the Child Development Center is now operational and there are four children already enrolled in the center.  Two staff members have been hired and one UWA student is working part-time.  Ms. Edison noted that Child Care Management Services is closing down due to budget cuts so students who have not already applied for subsidized care will have problems getting on the waiting list.  Ms. Edison talked about some specific examples of how the center has already benefited UWA students.  Dr. DeVaney stated that the center is operating on grant money in addition to bond money.  The grant will continue but grant money alone is not enough to operate the center.  The center needs students in order to keep operating.

IV. New Business

  1. Visit from AAUP State Representative

Dr. Schellhammer introduced Dr. Bill Trimble of Auburn University, the president of the Alabama Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).  Dr. Trimble noted that AAUP is the only national professional organization that professors have and that AAUPís fundamental interest is in academic freedom.   Dr. Trimble cited several instances where AAUP helped in disputes over academic freedom, denial of due process, and governance issues.  He mentioned that AAUP can play a critical role in defining the responsibilities of the various constituencies within a school such as trustees, administration, and faculty.  Dr. Trimble urged individuals to join AAUP for these reasons and to start a chapter if possible.  Dr. Trimble discussed requirements and procedures for starting an AAUP chapter and gave several ideas and suggestions regarding the creation and promotion of an AAUP chapter.

  1. President Hollandís Report

Dr. Schellhammer introduced Dr. Holland.  Dr. Holland began by speaking about enrollment figures.  Total enrollment was reported as 2388 students.  Dr. Holland discussed the percent increases in various enrollment categories.  He reported  a 4% increase in undergraduate students,  a 24% increase in on-campus graduate students, and a 205% increase in online graduate students.  There was also a significant increase in the size of the entering freshman class, up 47 students over last year.

Dr. Holland next spoke about the budget.  Dr. Holland distributed a handout outlining Governor Rileyís proposed budget for the Education Trust Fund.  Dr. Holland noted $100,000 for job training has been zeroed out.  Due to the cuts in the state budget, some new costs would have to be accounted for in the universityís budget.  The university has 103 retired faculty members using PEEHIP for health insurance.  Up to now the state has matched funds paid by UWA to PEEHIP for retired faculty members but that will no longer be the case.  Now the university will have to pay an additional $243,000.  Again, due to the cuts in the state budget, the university will now have to pay for its own telephone costs amounting to between $200,000 and $300,000.  Dr. Holland said he was exploring ways to minimize the costs associated with telephone usage.  Other costs to the university that must be accounted for are increased utility costs amounting to $80,000, $55,000 in staff equity, and other costs associated with faculty and staff health insurance and longevity.  Dr. Holland noted that previous university administrations have been committed to funding staff equity annually as well as completely funding insurance premiums for faculty and staff.  Dr. Holland expressed his intention  of maintaining this commitment.  Dr. Holland noted that a 15% increase in tuition might be required to cover these costs and that next year the funding situation would be worse.

Dr. Holland discussed the upcoming visit from SACS.  The SACS visiting team has two purposes for their visit. The first purpose is to determine by fact that there is a distinction between policy making and the actions of the president.  The second purpose is to examine the historic actions of the board.  The SACS visiting team has asked to interview fourteen people in person or by telephone but anybody who has had dealings with the board may be interviewed.  Dr. Holland was asked if UWA could possibly lose accreditation based on the problems with the Board of Trustees?  Dr. Holland replied that it was not likely that UWA would lose its accreditation.  He pointed to the fact that Dr. Jack Allen of SACS mentioned that the visiting team has spoken about the many strengths of the University and that the only problem was with the Board of Trustees.  When asked about the status of the lawsuit concerning the board, Dr. Holland responded that the legal situation is still somewhat unclear at this point and that a ruling was not likely until February.

Dr. Holland was asked if the Board of Trustees does not approve a 15% tuition increase, what is the likelihood of faculty and staff being terminated?  Dr. Holland replied that at the current time, the University has a lot of momentum and that he would be opposed to cutting faculty and staff positions.

  1. Valic Representativeís Visit

Dr. Schellhammer informed the members that a representative from Valic will be on campus Friday, September 19th from 9 am until 1 pm.

  1. Faculty Senate Presidentís Report

Dr. Schellhammer spoke about the new process for reporting excused absences.  Instructors will receive an e-mail from the Office of the Provost listing students with excused absences.

  1. Faculty Senate Committee Assignments

Dr. Beaird stated that the copyright laws concerning educators had been discussed at the Deansí Council and it had been turned over to the Library Committee that will be working to clarify what needs to be included in all course syllabi.

Dr. Schellhammer stated that committee assignments for the upcoming year along with the charges to the committees would be sent to members via e-mail.

  1. Other

Dr. R.T. Floyd inquired about the status of the university master calendar.  Dr. Schellhammer stated that he was uncertain as to the current status of the calendar.

V. Adjournment

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Shelton and seconded by Dr. Beaird.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:54 pm.


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