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University Assembly and Faculty Senate Minutes December 9, 2008

University Faculty Senate
December 9, 2008

In the absence of Senate Chair, Matthew Keefer, Fred Willman, Senate Secretary called the meeting to order at 3:37 p.m. Dr. Willman announced that Chair Keefer was in Columbia attending an IFC meeting and was expected to return before the end of the Senate meeting to report on the IFC meeting.

The body was asked for permission to re-order the agenda for the meeting in this order:
Approval of the previous meeting's minutes
Report of the C&I Committee -
Report from the Recruitment, Admissions, Retention and Student Financial Aid
Committee - Susann Farberman, Chair
Report of the Chancellor
Other Business
Approval for the re-ordered agenda was unanimous.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

C&I Committee Report

Changes in the following degree programs were approved: (See C&I report distributed during the meeting for changes.)
M.S. in Nursing Degree
PhD in Nursing Degree
The committee also advised the Senate of course changes/additions/deletions listed in the C&I Report.

Report from the Recruitment, Admissions, Retention and Student Financial Aid
Committee - Susann Farberman, Chair

The committee has met with personnel from the Admissions Office and has been filled in on current recruiting/retention plans. The report indicated that admissions data is encouraging for next Fall.

Chancellor's Report

The chancellor discussed the hiring freeze appeals process and contingency planning for budget reductions (see meeting agenda attachments). He also indicated that one possible additional proposal for budget cutting could be furloughing staff employees for two weeks with no pay (using staggered furlough periods to avoid disruption of campus services) and forfeiture of two weeks pay for faculty members. He answered a variety of questions related to the budget cutting process and indicated that the Budget and Planning Committee and the Senate/Assembly would be highly involved in the budget cutting process.

At the close of the Chancellor's Report, Chair, Matthew Keefer, returned from Columbia.

Chair's/IFC Report

Chair Keefer shared the content of the IFC discussion, which primarily echoed the comments the Chancellor had previously made. After responding to some questions posed by the Senate members, Chair Keefer called for adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 4:26 p.m.

A Retirement Reception for Joan M. Arban followed the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Fred Willman