Meeting of January 22, 2001
John W. Schwada Classroom Building, Room 210
3:15 Ė 5:00 p.m.
Present: Adams, Allen, Azuma, Bainbridge, Ball, Bell, Bernstein, Blumenfeld-Jones, Brown, Burg, Burns, Burstein, Clark, Cochran, Craft, Escobar, Ewing, Fafitis, Fink, Fouquette, Garcia, Gooding, Grossman, Guleserian, Hajicek, Hoffmeister, Hurdle, Jackson, Johnson, Kahn, Karady, Komnenich, Kopta, Landers (Dan), Landers (Donna), Larimer, MacEachron, Margolis, Matt, Mayer, Misra, Moore (Carleton), Moorehead, Munk, Nahavandi, Philippakis, Reyes, Rivera, Roosa, Segal, Sharma, Smith (Hal), Smith (Georgia), Solis, St.Louis, Tillery, Trotta, Underwood, Voleck, Wilkinson
Senators Absent: (* indicates absent with prior notice) Anderson, Baker, Baldini, Bird, Britton, Burgess*, Chaudhuri, Cobas*, Cook, DeFato*, Dwyer, Evancho, Facinelle, Falconer, Feller, Fuse, Golshani, Gully, Humble*, Jacob, Lock, Magenta, Marchant*, Mattson*, McCoy*, Mignolet, Moore (Thomas), Moore (Moses), Mulvihil, Okun, Patterson, Panchanathan*, Rice, Romero*, Saenz, Smith (Harvey), Strom, Ward, Wyndelts, Yao*, Zeitlin, Zeng
Substitutes: Lynette Rios for Antonio Garcia; Tom Trotter for Milton Glick
Guest: Laura Burgis, Alumni Parents Association
1. Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order at 3:20 p.m. by Senate President Douglas Johnson.
2. Acceptance of Previous Minutes of November 27, 2000.
The draft minutes of November 27 are posted on the web and they were emailed to everyone prior to the meeting. All editorial corrections of the minutes should be directed to Darby Shaw at the Senate office (965-9245) or emailed to email@example.com.
3. Announcements and Communications.
3.A Senate Presidentís Report (Douglas Johnson).
With the beginning of the semester, we have a variety of announcementsóa lot of good news, a couple things that I want to share with you, and a little bit of actual business that we need to take care of. Mostly, this is an information meeting and we hope you will add and contribute to that process as we go along.
I will start with the good news. The good news is that the Parking Newsletter that came out saying that our parking fees are going to double is probably a bit premature. Mernoy Harrision says that really was not what we intended. The parking rates will probably be going up in the next few years, but certainly not doubling next year. There will be a lot of hearings on campus to allow faculty input before anything like that materializes.
The bad news is the health insurance RFP process. We have talked about that before. The Arizona Department of Administration is in the process of seeking bids on two contracts to become effective next October. I hate to tell you this, but it does mean that we will have higher copays. I hope we get some flexibility to go out of HMO service networks. I hope we get opportunity to get better coverage while we are traveling away from home on sabbatical. It is hard for us to accept the idea that we have not been paying enough for health insurance, but that is a conclusion one could reach after looking at the financial statements of those providers. Stay tuned, you will hear a lot more on that in the next month or so.
We have good news from the legislature. Tom Trotter will speak to you about that later on.
I would first like to remind you that the Academic Assembly Breakfast is next Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 a.m. It is a full breakfast and a good place to start contacts and have discussion with people that you do not get to see every day. I would encourage you to come and hear the President and to be involved with the University community.
The Power of Technology Workshops are starting up again. We are planning a series of events trying to address the difficulties that faculty face when adding technology to their courses. The web page for the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence contains the list of topics and times and dates. There is a way to register for these events on the web page. They will cover intellectual property rights, pedagogy, resource restraints, and a vision of the future session with a number of influential people involved. We ask you to participate in these events as you wish. One of the things that we encourage you as senators to do is to pass along information to the faculty and academic professionals in your unit after each meeting.
3.B University President/Provostís Report (Tom
Trotter for Milton Glick).
Dr. Glick asked me to share with you some preliminary information about the biennial budget (referring to his overhead as he spoke). As many of you already know, there are two budget proposals; one comes from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) of the State Legislature and one from the Governorís office. The two are in disagreement at almost every level. The numbers do differ. Frankly, the Governorís budget is more conservative and the JLBC less to our advantage. We can feel reasonably confident that through a complicated political process, the JLBC recommendations will come closer to what the final decision turns out to be. So, these are the numbers we are sharing with you today. The good news is that the JLBC recommendations are for 5% salary raise pools for each of the two years, beginning on January 1. Why is this good news? Remember that we had this sliding window in terms of the date by which these adjustments are made. There was some very real possibility that by sliding the date back just a little bit more, we could actually lose a whole yearís worth of salary adjustment. So, this will come about seven or eight months after the April 1 adjustment of this year. Given the scenario we are dealing with, I think this is pretty good news and I hope it strikes the faculty this way. Notice that the JLBC recommendation includes a minimum threshold of $1,500 for any ASU employee with a satisfactory performance rating. Beyond that I cannot give you further information because it is not available at this time.
On the operating budget side there are about 30 lines on the chart, and we will address the ones that we hope have the most meaning to you. The good news is that the merit adjustments are going to be annualized into the budget. There is always the inherent danger that when you raise salaries that you might not get the allocation to cover it from the legislature. There is an anticipated figure for enrollment growth. Remember how this works, if the enrollment growth does not materialize then you wind up in a compromising situation. So, we are going on record in this complicated negotiation of expressing intent to seek enough enrollment growth to justify that 4.5 million-dollar figure. There are smaller amounts for eminent scholars. For risk management we will lose a little money out of the general fund and even more under the collections due to the transfer of programs from Main Campus to East Campus; the Exercise and Wellness Program is going out there. We hope the salaries and then later the tuition revenue that is associated with that will be correctly budgeted.
Let me call your attention to the zero (for decision packages) under both general fund and collections. Decision packages are the mechanism through which the University requests new funds for initiatives that we would like to undertake during the current budget cycle. This year we did not put a lot of energy into crafting, justifying, and fighting for decision packages because we knew it was going to be a lost cause from word one. Why? Because of Prop 301. At the moment we are seeing the first new revenue entering the University in many years. The chances of getting an additional 1, 2, or 3 million dollars to address some of the other initiatives we felt were zero and that feeling is justified because that is what we got.
Significantly, the JLBC is recommending 100% funding for our building renewal estimates. If that holds up that would be truly significant. We have had almost no money in this category for a number of years. Taken as a package, the news on salary and the news on the operating budget itself and the news on Prop 301 have got to be the most significant, positive news on the budget during the last fifteen years that I have been at ASU.
Senate President Johnson: It is refreshing to listen to the legislators. They are actually apologetic. They are saying, "What do we need to do to prove ourselves in your eyes again?" I think it means we did have some impact by being more politically active this last year. I donít think it means we ought to be quiet. This is a very opportune time for each of you to communicate with your legislators and to encourage them, thank them for what they are doing, and see if what we are doing will actually count. It is a long time between when we introduce bills and they are finally voted on. Next week is the last time to introduce bills before they actually finish up on the budget. They may discover that they actually do not have as much money as they think they do now. So, I would encourage reinforcing our message between now and then. I would encourage you to use your ZsunDevil.com account to accomplish that.
3.C Special Announcement on Scholarly Awards (Laura
Burgis, Parents Association, and Alex Bainbridge, President, Associated
Alex Bainbridge: First off, you have the announcement about the Centennial Professorship in front of you. This represents two twenty-thousand-dollar awards, for two professors this year on campus. The first ten thousand dollars is to go with what you would wish. The next ten thousand dollars is to either give back to the students (hint: ASASU programs) or to help yourself out in the classroom by finding new and improved ways of teaching your students (technology in the classroom included). Hopefully, a lot of professors will apply for it or be nominated in this year. You will have to give a few speeches about how you are encouraging your students to be better students, and at the same time how you are including your students in your research. Are there any other questions?
Dean Bernstein: I do have a question, but I want to congratulate you on this award. It really shows the appreciation of our students for our faculty.
Alex Bainbridge: Tomorrow we go down to the legislature to argue for paying our professors hopefully a little bit more money and also give them a little merit money too. The Arizona Students Association is in favor of increasing building renewal to 100% and also raising our professorsí salaries to market value on our campus. I will be encouraging the students to write their legislators and say, "We support our faculty."
Laura Burgis: We wanted to bring this opportunity to your attention for several reasons. Alex mentioned the ASASU professorships, and there are two of them. In addition, you should also be familiar with the ASASU Parents Association Professorship, which is for $10,000 for the professor and another $10,000 for student wages. The timeline is close for nominations. We are asking that all applications be received within this next month. The deadline for the Parents Association Professorship is February 23. Our professorship is going to be awarded based on a community of people participating in the selection process. It is quite vigorous, and we hope to get many nominations from students, staff, etc. The selection will culminate in an award banquet on April 17 in Old Main. All of the finalists will be recognized, and all former recipients are invited to participate in the award ceremony. Please pay attention to the timeline, and we wish you all a lot of luck. Thanks for getting the word out to your units because it is a real opportunity to showcase the talent we have on this campus.
Senator Misra: Will the awards be available to all categories, assistant, associate, and full professors?
Laura Burgis: Thank you for bringing that up. For the Parents Association Scholarship, while the criteria are somewhat all-encompassing, we are looking for someone who really sends enthusiasm throughout their classroom; anyone who instructs can be nominated. It is very inclusive rather than exclusive. The way to distinguish the awards is that the ASASU Professorship has opportunities for graduate professors as well as law professors, whereas parents of undergraduate students created the Parents Association Professorship, so they are really looking to award undergraduate instructors.
A senator: Does the ASASU award include former alumni or recent graduates?
Laura Burgis: We have not made the award specifically to alumni, but it may be the case that someone who teaches at ASU could be an alumnus as well. Thanks for bringing that up.
3.D ASASU Presidentís Report (Alex Bainbridge).
The Arizona Students Association will be supporting full building renewal funding, at the same time increasing professor salaries up to market value and at the same time asking each of the faculty that in exchange for supporting you in your endeavors, that you support us for a bill for Arizona Financial Aid Trust, the AZ AFAT Bill. We are going to try for two to one funding. This will help many students who because of the tuition raise may not be able to afford to attend ASU. The Arizona Financial Aid Trust may help them continue to go forward with their education at ASU. We have quite a few sponsors for the bill now, but we need your support in the next couple of weeks. Thanks very much.
Senate President Johnson: It is refreshing to see new professorships come available and opportunities to recognize people who do outstanding things. I would encourage you to be involved and get an application in for those opportunities.
3.E. Past Senate Presidentís Report (David Burstein).
Let me say welcome back to all of you. On February 19, the annual Statehood Picnic will be held at Wesley Bolin Plaza. It is on Presidentsí Day and because it is a holiday the cafeteria in the Statehouse is closed. The Alumni Association provides a nice lunch in the park and invites the legislators to come, and then we are given the invitation to come and meet with our legislators. I would like to see a lot of us out there talking with our legislators, one on one, and discussing issues
which are important to us. It will be at 12:00 noon on February 19th. It happens once a year. Youíll be there about two hours including your travel down there. If you intend to come, please email either Doug or me and we will send your name to the Alumni Association. We can also provide directions.
Senator Dan Landers: Will there be tables set up by districts?
Past President Burstein: I think it will be set up by districts, as it was last year. Last year they also had a very nice graphic which they will be updating for this year which gives a breakdown of the number of students, alumni, and faculty and staff that live in each district, showing the impact that we actually have on these legislators in the district that they represent. If you look at the current leadership of the Senate and House committees, of the legislator, District 27 and 28, naturally, Randell Gnant as president of the Senate, and Tom McGowan as majority leader of the House, hold very influential positions on those committees. I hope that those of you who live in those two districts, which I dare say is the majority of us here today, would contact their legislators and thank them for this particular legislative session, in terms of salary raises, in terms of 100% building renewal, and in terms of their general support of the university. It is quite a nice thing to say to you, please send a nice email to your legislators on behalf of what they have done, but it is true and I hope many of you will do just that.
Senate President Johnson: The picnic is a nice way to get to know them. It is an easy thing to do, to go down and spend an hour in a nice relaxed environment, and talk about things that you were interested in. One of the things that I thought we did much better this last year was to provide good information to our legislators. If you have information about how ASU programs impact Arizona (e.g. things we do would influence the economy) this would be a good time to remind legislators that ASU does enrich Arizona. I encourage you to get involved.
Dean Bernstein: Some good news to share with our legislators would be that 60% of our graduate students stay in the state upon graduation from ASU, so an investment in our ASU graduate programs is an investment in the State of Arizona.
3.F President-elect (Mort Munk).
Thank you. I am pleased to be here and fully participating with you now. I spent the coldest months at the University of Michigan. You and I both were extremely glad that David Burstein filled in for me in my absence this fall. Thank you Dave, I am grateful for that. As you may know, I will be serving on more committees, ex-officio, than I can name right now. I have also been asked to serve as a member of the committee that is revisiting the Campus Master Plan. The Provost also asked me to chair a search committee for a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I do not have much else to tell you at the present time, but I want to encourage all of you to email me with nominations for the positions of President-elect and Secretary of the Academic Senate.
3.G ASU West Senate Report (Afsaneh Nahavandi).
We are working on our lower division courses. We have, I understand, about 80 admissions and our goal is about 200. So we should be ok.
We will have learning communities, and we are currently discussing their organizational grouping and what opportunities will be made available to them.
We are planning for a new building on our campus with the money from Prop 301. It will have a huge classroom, which will assist with our night student population.
The last item to mention is our MLK Week events on campus. They were very well attended. We even had a town hall going on throughout the entire week.
Senate President Johnson: Quite a bit of excitement creating new classes. We need to retain our freshman better, making sure that they stick around to become sophomores and to graduate. We will be watching your learning community experience very carefully.
3.H ASU East Senate Report (Andy Jackson).
We have a couple of things going on at East that you need to be aware of. First of all, we have energized our Master Plan process. The core of the bulk of our Master Plan was completed last Friday. This information has gone forward, and a workgroup should be in place by the first of February. I have been asked by the Provost to chair the committee on the Master Plan proccess.
We are very excited about Prop 301. There is some infusion of capital improvements, one new building as well as some significant modifications to several existing buildings. We hope to see radical change at the East Campus in the next three years.
Our next Assembly meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 12:00 Noon, February 15th. I hope that all of you who are interested will attend.
Also, CAPC (the campus academic policy committee) has a full agenda going; several curriculum actions for spring so far, and some for the next fall are being planned.
4. Open Forum. There were no items to consider under open forum.
5. Unfinished Business (Motions for second reading). There were no items of unfinished business.
6. New Business (New Motions and Committee
6.A Committee on Committees (Brent Brown).
I hate to be like a broken record and stand before you every meeting saying send in your surveys. However, lots of committees can only be filled by members of the Senate, so I encourage you to send in your application. A hard copy was sent to everyone, and you can also download it from the Senate web page on your computer (http://www.asu.edu/provost/asenate).
Senate President Johnson: It is the responsibility of each senator to serve on at least one Senate committee. If you are not so engaged as yet, see Brent so you do not get appointed to something that you are not really interested in. Get in quick.
Senator Carleton Moore: When I was on the Committee on Committees, nominations could be made on the Preference Survey for President-elect and Secretary. Now Professor Munk is suggesting that we send those names to him. Has there been a change in this procedure?
Senate President Johnson: The Committee on Committees will consider all nominations. Mort is just helping them by soliciting nominations.
6.B Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (Michael
6.B.1 Information Items:
Senator Mayer read the information items approved by CAPC on December 6, 2000:
Curricular Proposal from the College of Education, Division of Curriculum & Instruction
To disestablish a concentration: MA, M.Ed., Ed.D Curriculum & Instruction Multicultural
Curricular Proposal from the College of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre
To disestablish a concentration: BFA Theatre:Theatre Education
Curricular Proposals from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Family
Resources & Human Development
To change the name of a minor: Family Resources & Human Development to
Family and Human Development
To change the name of a concentration (academic specialization)
BAE Secondary Education to Family & Human Development
6.B.2 Action Items.
Senator Mayer read the action items which were approved by CAPC on December 6, 2000:
Senate Motion #7 (2000-01): "The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends Academic Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to change the name of a department from Department of Family Resources and Human Development to the Department of Family and Human Development. Rationale: This request is due to the recent changes in the department, effective July 1, 2000. The Nutrition program in the department transferred to ASU East and became an independent department. As a result of this transfer, the department is requesting a name change for the constituted department on the main campus. The name change to the Department of Family and Human Development more accurately and clearly reflects the work of the faculty, students, and programs that will remain in the department. Because the faculty and programs that will remain in the department focus on the study of families and individuals across the life span, the name Family and Human Development is appropriate and accurate. Thus, it is requested that the name of the department be changed to Department of Family and Human Development. This change involves dropping the word ĎResourcesí from the current title (this term was used to include nutrition)."
Senate Motion #8 (2000-01): "Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to Change the Name of Degree Program. Rationale: As a result of the name change of this department, the Department Of Family and Human Development is requesting that all degree titles that include the name "Department Of Family and Human Development" be changed to "Department of Family and Human Development." This includes: (1) the BS degree, (2) the minor, (3) the B.A.E. Secondary Education degree, and (4) the MS degree.
Senate Motions #7 and #8 must be approved by the Academic Senate as a whole.
6.C Personnel Committee (Jose Cobas).
Senate President Johnson: Jose Cobas, the chair of the Personnel Committee was called away by a family emergency, but I will report for him that the University Committee on Insurance and Retirement is being reactivated and Jose will represent the Senate on that group. I hope that they will be able to give close scrutiny to the many developments that are occurring in the benefits area, which do affect our faculty significantly. There are a variety of bills in the legislature this year that will make a big difference to many of us. We hope to monitor these as well as the health insurance and dental insurance coverage that will all have changes in the coming year. Jose has a significant job coming up.
Senator Carleton Moore: Could you expand on your allusion to those with gray hair?
Senate President Johnson: The variety of bills in the legislature again propose Arizona State Retirement System multipliers of 2.5, or graduations that would reach that level. We hope these will receive favorable treatment in the legislature.
Senator Carleton Moore: But then, last year they put an 80% cap in place.
Senate President Johnson: That cap is also the current bill.
Senator Carleton Moore: And some of us would not like that at all.
Senate President Johnson: For some of us it is not a problem, but I understand your issue.
Senator Carleton Moore: Can that be grandfathered, say for people like Jack Fuchs who has been here about 48 years?
Senate President Johnson: The legislature could receive a comment on the constraint of 80%. Perhaps a recommendation that the cap be relaxed would be an appropriate thing to do. By the way, the legislature has a new web page that makes tracking bills much easier. I would encourage you to take a look at the state web page and take a look at the kind of things that are getting into the legislative process this year. We have been to the committee hearings and have looked at the type of support that is drawn. It is refreshing to see the kind of bills that are not there also. To start the legislative season without seeing the budget proposal get knocked down 20% is good. We have a lot to be thankful for in that respect.
6.D Student-Faculty Policy Committee (Craig Allen).
Student-Faculty Policy Committee will meet tomorrow, and we will look at the mentoring system for graduate students, and we will be talking about plans for ASASUís Course Evaluation Program.
6.E University Affairs Committee (Renu Sharma).
We have not met yet but are planning a meeting very soon. We will appoint a member to serve on the ASU Beautiful Board.
Senate President Johnson: One of the things that this committee will also be doing is monitoring the Master Plan for parking.
We will have a Board of Regents meeting on our campus this Thursday and Friday. They will cover issues that affect us directly. Learner Centered Education continues to be a hot topic. The Arizona Regents University will be a topic for a special workgroup. Proposition 301 and the allocation of those grants will tell us a lot about what is going to happen in the near future. The Whistleblower Bill that we will be working on this legislative session will come on board. I will try to keep you informed about new developments. A newsletter should come to you in the next couple of weeks to keep you updated on these issues. If you have items that you would like to get into the newsletter, if you have an issue that you would like to go to the legislature with, send me an email or call me.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Recorded and edited by:
Darby Shaw, Administrative Associate
Final Editing by:
Anne Kopta, Secretary of the Senate
The Next Senate Meeting is Monday, February 26, 2001. See you there.