FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Members: L. Atkinson, G. Boudreaux, B. Butler, K. Cole, L. Cornett, B. Hook, P. Downes,
H. Holt, S. Judson, B. Larson, D. Lisnerski, C. McKenzie, S. Mills, G. Nallan,
M. Ruiz, S. Walters, J. Wood; M. Padilla.
Excused: P. Nickless
Visitors: D. Forbes, L. Friedenberg, A. Gravely, E. Katz, J. Konz, C. McClellan,
D. Sanchez-Ossorio, S. Schaffer, B. Spellman, D. Race, A. Shope, K. Whatley.
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes
Faculty Senate minutes of
III. Administrative Report
Archer Gravely (Director of Institutional Research) and Scot Schaeffer (Director of Admissions and Financial Aid) gave the enrollment report. Dr. Gravely distributed a preliminary Fall Enrollment Report that included a five-year comparison of enrollment by various demographic categories. There has been a decline in headcount, FTE, and diversity. We are below the budgeted enrollment figure by five percent. The good news: international students increased substantially, the mean SAT scores increased 14 points to 1183, and the mean high school class rank is up 5.3 percent to 80. A class rank of 80 means that the average student is in the top fifth quintile in their class – this is a good predictor of success. Out-of-state enrollment was 16.5 percent.
Mr. Schaeffer explained that the figures are a natural consequence of the new enrollment management process begun last year with a fixed enrollment deadline rather than a rolling deadline. When a change is made in the application process, the application pool automatically shrinks. When a change is made to increase quality, typically the freshman class will not equal or grow from the year before. It will take two or three years to rebound to 600 freshmen. A 14 point increase in the mean SAT for one year is remarkable -- and the mean high school rank percentile increased from 76 to 80. Out-of-state students were rejected at a higher rate because we could not exceed the 18% enrollment cap three years in a row.
The Senate briefly discussed enrollment projections and their impact on the budget. Enrollment targets are set two years in advance and budgets are based on expansion. If there is no expansion, there is no increase in funding. Senators agreed there were trade offs -- lower enrollment figures resulted in less money needed for new people coming in.
Mr. Schaeffer reported minority students made up 10% of the incoming class. The greatest increase came from the Asian population. He highlighted efforts to increase diversity:
summer UNCA, ASU, and ECU participated in Europe of North Carolina, a federally
funded program for first generation college students. During the week-long program high school
students lived on campus and worked on SAT prep, essay writing, and career
paths. They worked on team building,
ropes courses, whitewater rafting, and hiked
Diversity Task Force started a Community Connection program that targets new
African American and Latino students.
They were invited to a reception on move-in day and convocation and held
· Plans for this year:
- Advertise in Latino newspapers.
- Diversity phone campaign (starting October 2nd).
- Translate publications into Spanish.
- Continue to target high schools with strong diverse populations.
- Developed a Shadow Day program where high school students shadow a student in the discipline they are interested in (November 9th).
- Hold additional overnight opportunities (attached with the Open Houses) for diversity students.
- Admissions Ambassadors and the Black Student Association are going to contact prospective high school students and visit their high schools during fall break.
- Push to bring in people when Naomi Tutu visits in February.
- The College Access Conference will be in
- Will do some programming with NCUR since it will be on campus this year.
Mr. Schaeffer had less scholarship money to offer this year compared to last year.
Discussion turned to minority application and acceptance
rates. Mr. Schaeffer acknowledged that
we are falling short in the application process. We need to have earlier outreach and we need
the help of everyone on the campus. When
minorities apply, they are accepted at a higher rate than the other
populations. Generally, once they apply,
our acceptance rates, enrollment rates, and retention and graduation rates are
usually equal to or slightly higher than for white students. What we have been doing through education is
working. We have enrolled four students
this year in the AVID program from
Mr. Schaeffer reported on the difficulty in recruiting
Native American students. They visit
Dr. Padilla referred to the memorandum from the Office of State Budget on travel restrictions and urged faculty to contact him to seek permission to travel. Receiving his permission allows faculty to be reimbursed. He did not believe the travel restrictions would be extended beyond September 30th.
Dr. Padilla reminded Senators of the AB Tech UNCA
collaboration around the HUB project, the economic developing planning process
that he reported on last month. He and
others will attend a dinner and meeting at AB Tech tonight –
Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
UNCA has admitted ten students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They are coming here because they have resources, such as family or friends in the area to stay with. These students are being granted free tuition for the fall term.
Dr. Padilla has received a number of requests from faculty asking that privileges be extended for Katrina displaced faculty members. A number of faculty members are sharing offices and the administration has arranged for email addresses. Library requests are being forwarded to the library. He thanked faculty for reaching out to scholars and professors who are displaced.
Faculty Salary Increases (2005-06)
On October 12th Dr. Padilla will address how faculty salaries are adjusted each year. Other relevant topics for discussion might include peer-group comparisons, salary inversion, salary compression, and salary depression, and their relationship to institutional priorities. He would like to have a conversation on how the instructional budget can best serve the University mission.
The Legislature provided a 2% increase for our continuing faculty. All continuing faculty are currently scheduled to receive a fixed salary adjustment of $850. Another pool of funding, albeit modest in size, will be available for merit-based and equity adjustments. The BD 119 process is scheduled to be completed by October 31st. Salary letters are scheduled to be sent out by mid-November, as soon as they can be composed and assembled to be mailed at the same time. Increases will be retroactive to July 2005.
Use of Out-of-State Tuition (in response to Faculty Salary Distribution Report)
One area of inequity in the Faculty Salary Distribution Report was in the “other minority” faculty. About $12,000 of out-of-state funds approved by the Legislature will be used to address these salary deficits.
Dr. Padilla will propose a new Chairs’ recompensation
system at the next Chairs’ meeting. His
proposal would keep the course reduction formula but would provide stipend
support up to $4,000 per year. The
stipends would be encumbered from state funds and would begin the term
Dr. Padilla proposed a non-market beginning salary of $43,500. Out-of-state tuition increases dedicated to faculty salaries will be used to ensure we do not create salary inversion. These funds will also be used for promotion, post-tenure review, and re-appointment, as well as $100,000 for ILS development.
We have new permanent faculty probationary positions in Drama, History, Spanish, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Math, Education, Health & Fitness (2), and Environmental Studies. In response to department requests, long term lecturers have been hired in Mass Communication, Chemistry, Education, and Spanish. Searches are underway for five tenure track positions. Beginning salaries have become a bigger issue – we lost more candidates last year due to salaries than in previous years.
The recent Enrollment Growth & University Size Task Force Report recommended that we cap our annualized FTE at 3,500 students. If the administration releases more tenure track positions they will have to be paid for with growth money. Some people will be retiring or leaving and we can replace some of those but we are at the point now where we are looking at stable faculty size and looking at every single position carefully, making sure there is student interest.
IV. Executive Committee Report
Standing Rules and Rules of Order
The new Constitution calls for Standing Rules and Rules of Order (SRRO) that will be effective for one year. These were distributed at the last meeting. With a few exceptions, the SRRO follows current practice:
· IDC Changes: The Institutional Development Committee will fulfill the functions of the University Planning Council for the 2005-06 academic year. (This will likely change next year as the Faculty Senate addresses how we do planning.)
· Election Changes: Faculty who have accepted the nomination by another faculty member for an elected faculty committee or who have self-nominated will have their interest noted on the ballot.
explained that the Chair of
The Standing Rules and Rules of Order passed unanimously.
V. Student Government Association Report
Vice President Davon Sanchez-Ossorio reported for the Student Government Association.
· Greenfest will be held October 17-21.
· New student forums will be held (dates to be announced).
· Freshman elections will be held later this month.
and Program Directors to request the use of paperback books when they are available. They do not want faculty to change the textbooks they are using – but if there is a paperback version of it, they would like to use it to save students money. When students order paperback versions on line they arrive late, putting students at a disadvantage.
VI. Academic Policies Committee
response to faculty feedback,
· A consideration of our policies concerning Academic Dishonesty and the Honor Code;
· The large number of hours UNCA requires for Transfers to graduate with Latin Honors; and,
· The clarity of the Catalog copy concerning the new ILS general education program.
VII. Institutional Development Committee Report
As Chair of IDC, Dr. Larson is a
member of the SACS Committee that is looking at how we are going to develop a
plan towards our next SACS visitation.
On May 12th Dr. Padilla established the committee and appointed
Report on Organizational Meeting
IDC met on September 6 and spent time getting to know each other and going over the IDC Handbook. The Handbook helps to orient their work, and it is useful to see not only what IDC does but – in this year when IDC is functioning as the University Planning Council – to see what that might relate to as well.
There will be a special meeting on September 22nd from to discuss Masters’ programs at UNCA. This is a very important issue for the University that we are likely to hear a lot about.
role in the
Dr. Lisnerski asked if the
University had officially taken over the direction of the
Dr. Padilla replied that IDC can have any relationship it
wants with the
Dr. Larson added that since the
VIII. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
Don Lisnerski reported for the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee.
FWDC 1: Change in Membership on ILSOC (revision of SD0703F, Handbook 10.3.8)
Dr. Lisnerski moved to waive the Comer Rule to consider FWDC 1 today. Dr. Judson seconded the motion which passed unanimously. The proposal was considered for Second Reading.
FWDC 1 provides the Committee flexibility in determining who will serve as Chair and can provide for continuity in subcommittee leadership. FWDC 1 passed unanimously and became Senate document 0105F.
Appoint ILSOC member
The Senate appointed Alan Hantz to complete Linda Nelms’ term on ILSOC.
Guide to FWDC and faculty development opportunities at UNCA
This year FWDC would like to develop a guide or brochure on all of the faculty development opportunities that exist on campus. They will do this in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning. This will be especially helpful for new faculty and for recruitment purposes.
IX. Old Business
There was no Old Business.
X. New Business
There was no New Business.
Dr. Nallan adjourned the meeting at and reconvened at for the Committee Assignment report.
Report on new Committee Assignment process
The meeting was adjourned at .
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely