Deans Council Meeting
March 13, 2013
Guests: Joel Fowler, Faculty Observer; Steve Hamrick; Becky Rutherfoord; David Stone
Item 1. Updates
Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Item 2. Approval of Minutes
The February 20, 2013 Deans Council minutes were approved.
Item 3. Tech Fee Proposal Prioritization Discussion
David Stone visited the meeting today to talk about tech fee proposals and the need for coordinating efforts between end of year money, capital equipment funds, and tech fee submissions to be sure each dean’s highest priorities are met and that there are no duplications. Stone will be coordinating with the deans about this. Additionally, several tech fee proposals were rejected because they could be part of a bigger picture plan and the infrastructure must be in place to handle implementation of these requests. Szafran will talk to Sam Conn about tech fee issues.
Stone also stated that there have been significant changes in the State Authority Plan and that he is working with our new legal counsel to address the states that we don’t have agreements with.
Item 4. Part-time Faculty Pay Proposals
Szafran distributed a Chronicle of Higher Education article on part-time faculty pay and noted that our rates were consistent with most of the surveyed salary ranges except in some of the Arts and Sciences areas.
Steve Hamrick was asked to join today’s meeting to discuss a “workload document” he is putting together to help capture how we are calculating workloads for full- and part-time faculty since there seems to be some confusion and recent errors calculating pay. It was suggested to add Architecture studios to be the same as labs, recitations count as one hour, and that the dean can bring a request to pay extra for unusually large numbers of students in a course. It was decided that all irregularities to the standard needs to be documented. Han stated he has an issue with the last paragraph regarding multiple modalities. A sentence about the workload for lecturers needs to be added. Other additions/deletions or concerns should be addressed to Steve.
The Council briefly discussed the pay policies submitted from each school and the consensus was to adjust the base salary based on criteria which included items such as teaching experience, degree earned, professional licensure, etc. It was also suggested that implementing changes that would increase pay for part-time faculty might be seen as giving raises in a time where full-time faculty have not received raises in five years. Szafran will review each school’s pay policy and come up with a consolidated document to use as a starting point. Szafran also stated that our legal counsel has suggested that we need to have summer contracts because lack of contracts could potentially lead to lawsuits. Szafran also clarified the difference between extra compensation and contract adjustments. Generally, extra comp is to be used for staff only whereas contract adjustments apply to faculty only.
Hamrick talked about new Federal financial aid policies that prohibit financial aid paying for repeated courses that have been successfully passed. Different courses have different rules for what is considered passing. Some of our courses require a “C” or better where as some only require a “D” to pass. This topic needs to be on a future agenda as soon as possible and invite Gary Mann from Financial Aid to clarify the new financial aid regulations.
Steve was asked to look at the time between Phases 2 and 3 of registration because students will not be allowed to register for one month. Steve will see if something can be changed to allow students access to registration longer between phase 2 and 3 of registration.
Item 4. New Business
Future Agenda Item(s):
Meeting adjourned at 3.32 P.M.