University Faculty Senate
Administrative Affairs Committee
2007- 2008 Minutes
INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Administrative Affairs Committee
January 18, 2008
January 18, 2008, Minutes
Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2007-08
College of Technology, TC 107
B. Evans, T. Harris, R. Ivaturi, M. Lewandowski, R. Lotspeich, G.
Minty, K. Wilkinson
S. Davis, S. Frey, S. Pontius (Executive Committee Liaison)
Ex-officio: E. Kinley
(Academic Affairs) and D. McKee (Office of the President)
G. Minty noted that the Senate Executive Committee expressed
strong interest in altering Exam Week to eliminate Wednesday as day for
For the meeting
of December 14, 2007.
Faculty and administrator count:
G. Minty provided background
for the effort to gather and analyze data on the number of faculty
members in relation to other types of employees at ISU (primary concern
is with EAP employees). As
presenting the requisite data had been difficult in the past, the method
of acquiring and presenting figures on the numbers of employees and
related salary expenditures was changed as of 2006-07 AY.
We now have a second year of data (AY 2007-08) to compare.
Minty and D. McKee noted that owing to the change in methodology,
comparisons with data prior to 2006-07 could be misleading.
large detailed report was received by G. Minty, and he distributed to
the AAC a summary aggregate table indicating filled
He suggested forming a subcommittee to examine the
count in more detail.
R. Lotspeich moved to establish this
subcommittee, seconded by M. Lewandowski.
The subcommittee was approved by
vote (6 – 0 – 0) and the following individuals volunteered to
M. Lewandoski, R. Lotspeich, and G. Minty.
Committee on budgetary matters
The group turned its attention again
to the question of a faculty committee for budgetary matters.
Although the AAC voted in December
to establish such a committee in compliance with charge No. 6 from the
Senate Executive Committee, a full set of members has not yet been
Minty provided some historical context for this effort, which was
followed by considerable animated discussion about the need and role of
T. Harris argued
that faculty voice in budgetary matters is already established by PPARC
and a new committee would make unnecessary replication.
Others noted that the effectiveness
of PPARC in this regard had been diminished under the Benjamin
administration, partly because full information on budgetary matters
were not shared with PPARC.
Harris noted that a new faculty committee
would face the same kind of difficulty with access to information.
R. Lotspeich pointed out that the
new faculty committee would not be subject to the same kind of influence
as PPARC because it answers to a different constituency.
McKee repeated her view expressed in the November meeting, that said her
office provides information in a transparent manner to the Provost and
Deans and that faculty should approach the Deans to become more informed
and involved in budgetary matters.
She is quite willing to work with a
new committee but needs to have direction on the goals of the committee
and for members to understand that the human resources of her office are
Kinley described some of the details of the budget formation process,
with emphasis on the interactions of university administrators.
Lotspeich pointed out that the AAC had already voted to establish the
subcommittee, and that the matter now was to specify exactly who would
be the unit representatives on it.
G. Minty forwarded the name of Greg
Schwab for the College of Technology, and K. Wilkinson said Tarek Zaher
will represent the College of Business.
B. Evans said she had not yet
determined a name, but would provide one in future.
R. Lotspeich had already agreed to
represent the College of Arts and Sciences, and said he would contact S.
Davis and S. Frey to find faculty members to represent the College of
Education and the Library.
recommended that a charge for the subcommittee be formulated to provide
more specific responsibilities and direction for it.
This matter will be revisited at the
next meeting of the AAC.
G. Minty brought attention to
charge No. 8, which directs the AAC to provide oversight of the
development of a new master plan for University facilities.
Toward this end Kevin Runion will be invited to the next meeting
to discuss the new master plan.
Kevin Snyder may also attend.
Schedule of meetings:
A schedule for spring meetings
of the AAC was established as follows:
(all meetings are on Fridays at 3 pm)
8 February, 29
February, 21 March,
and 4 April.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 pm.
Lotspeich, Secretary of the Day
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