The December meeting of the Academic Council was convened on December
11, 1998 at
1:40 P. M. in the History Seminar Room.
Minutes form the November meeting were approved.
I. TASK FORCE ON FACULTY GOVERNANCE
Steve Braye presented a slate of potential members of the new task force. The list was
discussed, Steve Braye will contact those on the final list for confirmation and then
inform council and the college community of the final membership.
A discussion followed regarding
the status of the Provost on this task force. Ultimately
the council decided that Provost Francis should remain on that task force as a full
member in order to facilitate the work of the task force and to establish its own
operation as a model for the very goal of the group--shared governance.
What shall be the "charge"
of this task force? Council discussed this topic and arrived
at major topic/tasks to be addressed by this task force. Steve Braye will draft a final
version of this list for distribution. Council will request that the task force make a
preliminary report by May of 1999, with the understanding that some of the work
of the group may continue into the summer/fall.
II. BUDGET REQUEST
Council discussed the results of the budget survey (distributed to the faculty this fall)
and received reports from Head Librarian, Kate Hickey, and Stephanie Henley,
Assistant Director of Information Services, outlining the staffing and budget needs
in those areas. Major points of discussion included salary compression at the rank
of full professor, the current plan for adding new faculty over the next few years,
the current number of sabbaticals awarded (and the number of sabbaticals needed),
support staff needs (secretarial, computing services, library), library budget, faculty
Dr. Maher and Dr. Francis
then withdrew from the meeting to allow council to
discuss its budget priority requests. Council discussed the various budget items
and formulated a preliminary list of priorities. Steve Braye will draft a new list
which will be distributed to council members for response prior to its final
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
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