Deans Council Meeting
February 16, 2011
Note: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be
excluded from these minutes.
Members: Bill Barnes, Dave Caudill, Tom
Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Jeff Orr,
Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran
Members Absent: David Stone
Item 1. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- Budget – There is a bill is
pending to allow the Legislators to set tuition for the USG and some are
arguing for zero increase for next year.
A recent conference call to all the USG’s asked what the impact
would be on the students and the institutions if there was a 9% budget
cut, no formula funding, and no tuition increase. The following were among the
- It would be necessary to
- Reduced enrollment
- No impact
- 8-10% increase would
allow them to break even
- Szafran stated that we’ve lost
thousands of dollars per student from State funding and
it is imperative we get money to keep and attract faculty and support our
students. He further stated that
we should be prepared for a challenging year next year but that our
budget is in good shape this year.
- BoR Audit – the System Office
is auditing institutions to see if students are paying tuition by the
required deadlines. Per Steve
Hamrick, SPSU has not been contacted yet but this is in progress.
- M.S. ARCH – should be on
the March BoR agenda but we are still receiving
some questions from the System Office about the proposal.
- Education Programs – four
proposals have been edited and will go to the President for review soon.
Engineering/Engineering Technology Students – for the first time ever,
SPSU has the top Engineering and Engineering Technology students.
- VISTA – per David Stone
the USG has selected 5 finalists to replace VISTA and is getting bids.
- UITAC – is taking on a
broader charge to look at long-term consequences of funding
- DegreeWorks – training will be in
April with roll out in June.
- SPSU 1001 – the new
academic advisors will be teaching sections of SPSU 1001 this semester.
- Tech Fee – proposals are
- Library – Joyce reported
that the print problems have finally been fixed in the Library.
- GIL – Szafran
reported that he was able to access GIL and the American Chemical Society journals
from off campus.
- Professional Advisors –
Jeff met with the advisors this morning and was asked if they may attend
meetings on campus (faculty senate, general faculty, etc.). The Council responded that these meetings are
open to anyone who wants to attend.
Szafran asked the Council if faculty
advisors’ names were being replaced with the professional advisors’ names
in Banner. Faculty should continue
to advise and that both faculty and professional
advisors’ names should be listed as advisors for the first two years that
students attend here. Juniors and
seniors should have their faculty advisor’s name listed. There have been some issues raised from
the professional advisors including that one has over 1,000 advisees where
another has only 150.
- Banner 8 – upgrade will
- Summer Financial Aid –
beginning this summer, under Obama’s proposed budget, Federal financial
aid would no longer be available for summer semesters.
Item 2. Evaluation of Part-time Faculty
was brought to Dr. Szafran’s attention that the
Policy and Procedure on the evaluation of part-time and temporary faculty was
approved but the links to the forms are not correct. This will be deferred to the next ALC
meeting. Jeff Ray brought up similar
issues with the policy for full-time faculty stating that there is no link to
the new workload policy. Szafran suggested this be added to the new faculty
orientation guide as well as the P&P.
Item 3. Capital Items
is time to prepare departmental requests for end-of-year expenditures
(approximately $500,000 may be available) and asked the Council deans to notify
their chairs. In summary, the process to
follow this year will be:
- Prepare departmental requests
- Send to UITAC for review
- Deans Council will review
and make final decisions as in the past
Item 4. Space Allocations
organizations and others have requested space in Building G prompting a need to
discuss space allocation needs for all of Academic Affairs. He further stated that the proposed mega
building idea has been well received at the System Office and if approved will
free up space in the future. The mega
building is proposed to house CET, CE, and the sciences. The Council discussed individual needs for
space and the approximate cost to renovate the buildings.
Item 5. Green Center Redraft
Barnes sent out a new draft for the Green Center to address concerns expressed
at the last meeting and briefly discussed the new draft. Tom Currin stated that #8 conflicts with
existing research and activities on campus and suggested that the language
needs to be changed to clarify that centers do not have first priority. It was agreed to delete this entry. Szafran stated that
he wants all centers to work together and to know what each center’s interests
are and to be coordinating efforts with the Development Office.
adjourned at 4:15.