Academic Council Minutes
Friday, November 20, 1998

Present: Anderson, Beedle, Blake, Braye (Chair), Digre, McGregor, Thurlow, Francis, Maher.
Not Present: Nawrocki, Rubeck.

First Item of Business Was the English Job Splitting.
     The discussion centered around Academic Council minutes from April 22, 1994, a memo
     dated October 5, 1995 from Academic Council to the English Department, and a memo
     dated June 9, 1998 from Helen Mackay, Chair of the English Department, to Dr. Maher.
     After a brief review of  the materials, Dr. Maher explained why the full-time/part-time slots
     were not granted and gave a rationale. She stated that full time slots were really needed,
     particularly to fill the English 110 classes and that the Deans' projections in December were
     way below that needed for part-time staff positions. In addition, full-time, part-time
     positions are only granted for one semester at a time and deans have the prerogative to
     decide how to use money for part-time positions. Dr. Francis added that full-time positions
     are really needed, that these positions are only given for one-semester, and that hours on
     sabbatical(s) and on the study abroad programs should be factored in to determine
     departmental staffing needs. Dr. Maher stated that retention was better last spring. Dr.
     Francis added that with increased retention and enrollment a decision is made after fall
     registration what to do about the additional classes needed.

     Braye mentioned that the Academic Council in the April 22, 1994 minutes adopted a
     revised policy which stated, "to avoid whenever possible the division of courses among
     part-time faculty by assigning such courses in units of three--". Dr. Francis stated that the
     statement was good and that it should be considered in part-time staffing decisions. Braye
     will send a letter to the English Department concerning this discussion.

Second Item Was a Brief Report on the Health Care Subcommittee Given by Bolin.
     The health insurance policy expires December 31, 1998. Gerald Whittington, the Office
     of Human Resources, and a consultant have been studying plans. The two plans being
     considered are CIGNA and the Piedmont Health Coalition. An announcement concerning
     the plan we will use will be made soon. It was also noted that the mail order prescription
     plan will be changed. There will be sessions to explain the changes in health care and the
     mail order prescription plans.

The Third Item Discussed Was the Results of the Budget Survey.
     McGregor acknowledged the work that Linda Martindale did in complying the survey,
     the results, and the report. Sixty-two surveys were returned. The main issues were class
     size, number of full-time faculty, faculty workload, faculty development, and additional
     secretaries. McGregor went on to say that faculty salaries also ranked high. Some on
     Council added that salary compression was occurring at the professor level, and we
     discussed the best way to deal with it.

Braye discussed briefly the letter from selected teaching faculty who requested a teaching
faculty task force on governance. Braye mentioned how the members of the task force
might be selected. McGregor wanted to make sure that our reasons for governance
were for the students and for the College, and that if faculty were given more governance,
they needed the time and motivation to carry out those responsibilities. Beedle added
that some faculty wanted increased department autonomy and the necessary resources
to be more independent.

Dr. Maher solicited the Academic Council's help in promoting and supporting the Higher Education Research Institute Survey. The survey considers all aspects of the professional
life of the faculty member.   She asked Braye to make an announcement at the next faculty
meeting concerning faculty participation.

Minutes submitted by Barry Beedle.
 



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