UNIVERSITY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
February 6, 2001
Members present: President Carl Patton, Provost Ron Henry, Paul Alberto, John DeCastro, Anne Emanuel, Hugh Hudson, Fred Jacobs and John Newman.
President Patton reported that the House took $5M out of the hold-harmless area and switched it to other system needs. Several legislators have been asked to put those funds back in the budget. Also removed was $500,000 for the brick repair project. That will also be discussed and we hope it will be returned. The housing is continue to progress, with bonds floating next month. There will be approximately 400 beds and 265 parking spaces. Some are concerned about the higher rents (appx. $750/bedroom), but it is next to campus and rents elsewhere are higher. The Recreation Center is behind schedule, but work is now continuing six days a week. The issue of having one squash court was raised by Bill Edmundson and a few others. After looking at the situation, it was decided to continue with original plans for one court since students listed squash last on their list of 19 sports. It was concluded that a convertible court would not be satisfactory. The Aderhold building is generally on schedule. It may have a 24 hour restaurant and bakery.
The minutes of the meeting on November 28th were approved as amended. Ron Henry reported that credit hours for spring semester are now at 240,000, which is up approximately 9,000 over last year. The average is 10.3. There are currently 23,336 students. The College of Education search continues, with three candidates considered and invited to campus. There are 29 other universities currently conducting searches for Deans of Education.
The first item of business was the Faculty Awards Committee Nominations. The following group was unanimously approved: Ralph LaRossa, Irene Duhaime, Roy Kern, Robbie Friedmann, E.R. Lanier and Lloyd Nigro. The data report concerning use of NTT Faculty was the next topic. Both the Deans Group and the Faculty Affairs Committee are discussing this. There will be a statement from the Faculty Affairs Committee before the next Senate meeting. The hiring of NTT has slowed significantly. Those ranks include Academic Professional, Lecturer and Instructor. In Health Sciences all NTT are clinical appointments. The larger number in the RCB are probably the results of gearing up for the AACSB accreditation. In answer to the question of why some NTT's aren't qualified for tenure track, it was said that some say they don't want to do research. Dr. Henry stated that he expects a resolution from the Deans Group at their next meeting. Then a policy has to be addressed and then we go forward.
The Draft Proposal for Standing Subcommittee on the Student Technology Fee of the Senate Committee on Information Systems and Technology was discussed. It would not be appropriate for a student to chair this committee, yet it could be possible with the current draft composition listing. One question also is that of having graduate student representation. This proposal will come back to the Executive Committee again. It is proper for the Executive Committee to suggest amendments. Hugh Hudson stated that he will create the Committee on Nominations electronically. The list of Presidential appointees usually includes six administrators and five faculty. Appointments will be made when the election results are available.
Frances B. Stone