Present: Bob Anderson, Barry Beedle, Bob Blake, Steve Braye (chair), Brian Digre, Buck McGregor, David Nawrocki, Fred Rubeck, Debbie Thurlow, Gerry Francis.
I. Report by Brian Digre on Academic Freedom
Brian Digre presented a revised draft of the Academic Freedom Statement (presented to
Academic Council Friday, September 18, 1998). The revised draft included a preamble
written by Richard McBride as well as additions by Rosemary Haskell. Academic Council
discussed the statement. Various concerns were voiced, discussed and further revisions
suggested. Academic Council agreed that the issue of monetary gain should not be placed in
the Academic Freedom Statement but should be placed elsewhere in the Faculty Handbook.
The revised Academic Freedom Statement will be presented to faculty for discussion at the
November meeting and voted on in the December Faculty meeting.
II. Discussion of Item VII
Discussion of Item VII of the Agenda was presented as the second issue of discussion. Buck
McGregor and David Nawrocki reported on Budget Priorities. Gerry Francis answered the
question as to why there was no faculty representation on the Budget Committee. Gerry
Francis explained that the President didn't want special interest groups such as the physical
plant, support and services, and the faculty on the Budget Committee. The question was
asked whether the faculty should be considered a special interest group? Gerry didn't see
anything wrong with asking the question and felt that now was a good time to pose it as the
college was in transition. He felt that including faculty representation might be beneficial.
Discussion of budget priorities
followed. It was suggested that in budget priorities we shouldn't
have to argue for support staff and faculty positions, that these should be standard. Discussion
moved to budget priorities. Gerry stated that certain items are budgeted. However, faculty
need to make their concerns heard and include programmatic interests beyond the usual top
three items of salary, positions and R and D to include specific programmatic issues. In this
regard concern over the library budget, which hasn't increased, was mentioned as well as the
issue of compression for full professor salaries. Buck McGregor and David Nawrocki
presented a draft of the Budget priorities survey and will be placing it on email for faculty
III. Update of Web Policy Discussion -- Report by Steve
Gerry Francis asked Julianne Maher and Gerald Whittington to develop an intra-web
committee. Jeff Clark and Barb Taylor will be faculty representatives.
IV. Report from Five Year Review Committee -- Report by
Bob Blake of the Six Year Review
Process. Julianne Maher chairs this committee. A draft of materials from the Five Year
Review Committee were circulated including "Responsibilities of Senior Faculty," "Six Year
Review of Senior Faculty: Guiding Principles" and a statement of the process of review.
Academic Council members were asked to provide feedback to this report by November 5th.
Discussion of various aspects of the report followed. Frustration was expressed concerning
item 2c. under "Negative Review" dealing with the issue of dismissal.
V. Long Range Planning Committee -- Report by Brian
Brief description of the committee's four areas of focus: parking, computers, housing and
academic programs. The question of how can the Academic Programs subcommittee best
communicate with the faculty was posed.
VI. Discussion on Faculty Governance -- Report by Steve
This item was briefly discussed. It was decided to explore models of faculty governance. It
was also argued that Curriculum Committee needs more of a voice.
Minutes submitted by Anne Bolin
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