MINUTES
UAF FACULTY SENATE MEETING #58
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1995
WOOD CENTER BALLROOM
I	The meeting was called to order by President Heyne at 1:35 p.m.

	A.	ROLL CALL 
	
		MEMBERS PRESENT:		MEMBERS ABSENT:
		Alexander, B.			Biswas, N.
		Bandopadhyay, S.		Creed, J.
		Beget, J.			Gerlach, C. 
		Bischak, D. 			Nance, K.
		Braddock, J.			Weingartner, T.
		Carlson, R. (M. Tumeo)
		Craven, J.
		Curda, L.			OTHERS PRESENT:
		Hallsten, D.			Ducharme, J.
		He'bert, M.			Gregory, G.
		Heyne, E.			Layral, S.
		Illingworth, R.			Martin, W.
		Jennings, M.			Wadlow, J.
		Juday, G.	
		Kelley, J. (W. Smoker)
		Layer, P.
		Lynch, D.
		McBeath, G.
		McFadden, T.
		McLean-Nelson, D. (B. Wilson)
		Morgan, J.
		Perkins, M.
		Pippenger, M. (K. Abramowicz)
		Ralonde, R
		Reynolds, J.
		Schatz, M.
		Seifert, R.
		Summerville, S.
		Swazo, N.
		Thomas, D. 
		Wade, C.
		Walworth, J

	NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:	NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:
	Scholle, M. - President, UAFSC	Hayes, J. - President, ASUAF
	Alexander, V. - Dean, SFOS		Graduate student
	Hedahl, G. - Dean, CLA
	Tremarello, A - Director, A&R
			
	B.	The minutes to Meeting #57 (April 24, 1995) were amended 
		under IX, G. - Other New Business to include the following 
		list of schools/departments some of whose faculty Senator 
		Swazo was acting on behalf of:  Philosophy/Humanities, 
		TVC, CRA/IAC, SME, GI, Library Science, English, Music, 
		Physical Education, Justice, Geography, Sociology, and CCC.  
		The minutes were then approved as amended.

	C.	The agenda was approved as distributed via e-mail.

II	Status of Chancellor's Office Actions
		A.	Motions Approved:
		1.	Amend Section 3 (ARTICLE V:  Committees) 
			STANDING and PERMANENT, of the Bylaws 
			pertaining to the Graduate Council.
		2.	Delete Section 3 (ARTICLE V:  Committees) 
			PERMANENT, B & C, of the Bylaws pertaining to 
			Graduate Council.
		3.	Motion to approve the Unit Criteria of the Art 
			Department, Library Science, College of Natural 
			Science, Mathematical Sciences, and School of 
			Engineering.
		B.	Motions Pending:  none

III	Comments from Chancellor Wadlow - 

	Chancellor urged everyone to meet the new faculty on campus.  

	The Chancellor has sent to the Senate leadership a request to 
develop policy which addresses faculty/student consensual amorous 
relations.   This has been assigned to the Faculty Affairs Committee,  
Dorothy Jones is available to supply assistance to the Senate.  The 
Chancellor has not proposed a specific policy but has provided a 
number of illustrations of recently adopted policies from different 
universities, as well as the AAUP policy.  There is a wide range of 
actions and policies.  

	The Grievance Council procedures and the Regents' policy on 
grievance is under review with the intent of revising some of the 
current policies that govern the Grievance Council operations.  
Related to that, UAF finally has a grievance handbook that is 
available for the council members as well as the hearing panels.  
Dorothy Jones will be tracking the review and proposed revision 
being conducted statewide.  The Chancellor wants to be sure that 
UAF faculty and staff that have actively participated in the Council 
and who have been involved in training sessions have an opportunity 
to propose changes in the policy based on their hands-on experience.  
This will be an opportunity to make changes that would provide for 
more equitable, fair procedures, as well as one that is more 
expeditious and allows some informal resolution.  Regent Mike Kelly 
chairs the committee that will deal with this and is eager to have a 
good policy.

	The Board of Regents has decided to conduct a review of all 
academic policies.  It began a couple of months ago in the Academic 
Affairs committee now chaired by Virginia Breeze.  The stage at 
which the review is now at is there is a compilation of all academic 
policies with some proposed changes.  The Faculty Senate needs to 
watch this very carefully.  The Provost is very concerned that we 
watch this and we don't let things move ahead without ample review 
and input on our part.  

	The Chancellor spoke on the new salary policy for non-
bargaining unit faculty.  For years there has been talk about having a 
salary policy that is not based entirely on across-the-board raises.  
There has been talk about having a salary policy that allows 
rewarding really good performance by individuals.  The Board of 
Regents worked with these ideas.  There is a great deal of 
controversy and not everyone is happy with the policy the Board has 
approved.  The university will be implementing it during the course 
of the year.  Both the Provost and the Chancellor are committed to 
having widespread faculty involvement in the development of the 
procedures to be used, the criteria to be employed and the actual 
carrying out of the Board's policy.  The Chancellor believes that the 
policy and the implementation of the policy should be driven by the 
faculty.  This is an opportunity for the faculty to help shape how it 
will be implemented.  After a year's experience then we can look at 
what was done, evaluate it, and propose changes.  There is a 
mechanism in place with the Alliance, the Academic Affairs 
Committee of the Regents, as well as the Systemwide Academic 
Council for ample opportunity to propose revisions based on the 
first-year experience.  There is a lot of material faculty elsewhere 
have gone through which can be drawn upon.  Another part of the 
policy that is often overlooked is that the Chancellor may allocate 
differentially to the colleges/schools the amounts of salary 
increases.  The Chancellor doesn't intend to do this in an arbitrary 
way.  Some criteria need to be developed, understood by everyone, 
and implemented with faculty input.  

	Program Assessment has now become a day-to-day activity.  
UAF is on schedule with the actions that are supposed to be 
implemented this year.  The Chancellor makes a written report to 
the Board every meeting.  The Chancellor wants UAF to be prepared 
to accelerate the program assessment process.  This can occur on 
two fronts--one would be the acceleration of implementating the 
actions already approved by the Board of Regents.  The second type 
would be to accelerate the evaluation beyond the actions which have 
been approved for the next three years by the Board.  If we 
accelerate we will probably do both.  So it will be gradual and 
graduated in each instance.  In order to prepare we held a critique of 
the program assessment last June.  The summary is included in an 
attachment to the agenda.  The Chancellor is implementing one of the 
recommendations:  to set up a small group which will review all of 
the studies made in recent years about reallocation and shifting of 
resources.   That committee will look for ideas from the past which 
we might use today.  Paul Reichardt has agreed to chair the 
committee.  John Craven, Dana Thomas, John Phillips, Peggy 
Shumaker, and Charlie Dexter are members of the committee.  

	The Chancellor next spoke on the financial picture for the 
current year.  There are still some uncertainties.  We are unsure of 
what this fall's tuition revenue will be and won't know the final 
story until next spring.  We can all work hard to improve the number 
of students who stay at UAF.  After four years of significant, 
continual reallocation UAF's budget is in decent shape.  We don't face 
this year with a four million shortfall like we did a couple of those 
years.  If we implement the program assessment as planned, if we 
retain students between first semester and second, if the tuition 
revenue projection is accurate and we keep the students, we will be 
able to get through this year without significant acceleration of the 
program assessment process.  Our current picture is good because as 
we look toward the future and listen to what the projection about 
the state of Alaska fiscal gap and how it is growing, we don't want 
to start next year in a deficit position, and we will not be doing 
that.  

	Related to the financial picture is enrollment.  The number of 
applications were significantly less than in previous years.  With a 
lot of hard work by many individuals the enrollment is down only 
4.5%.  The rural figures are still not in except for Tanana Valley 
Campus.  The Kuskokwim enrollment looks very strong.  The 
freshman enrollment is down.  We will have to begin immediately to 
acknowledge this and devise our enrollment strategy for next year 
accordingly.  One of the key parts of this will be to step up our 
retention efforts.  The second element is to focus on securing 
transfer students.  The Enrollment Strategy Board will begin to 
figure out an aggressive recruiting strategy for transfer students.  

	Related to the whole revenue situation is alternative sources 
of revenue.  One of these is private fund raising.  There have been 
two orientation sessions involving deans and directors to enlist 
their help in securing additional private funds or private in-kind 
support.  Next week we will be fund raising in Seattle.  Scott Smiley 
will be participating in a major effort to secure additional private 
funds for the field of fisheries.  Another major gift will be 
announced during the first week of October.  MAPCO has renewed its 
equipment grant this year.  

	The Chancellor expected informal discussion of themes and 
new programs she learned about while in Washington last week.  One 
theme is that the change underway in Washington is permanent.  
Because of our experience here at UAF we are well positioned to 
cope with the changes.  We are already engaged in the solutions 
being proposed.  Agencies are talking about alternative sources and 
partnerships.   

	Federal agencies are initiating new programs in response to 
critics of higher education which fit in with what we do at UAF.  One 
of the newer ones is overhauling, and revising undergraduate 
education in science and engineering.  This is a new approach by NSF.  
Another program responds to the charge that faculty separate 
research and teaching too much.  The idea of this program aimed at 
young faculty is for them to present proposals that will link their 
research to their classroom teaching.  

	Joli Morgan indicated that Kuskokwim Campus staff and 
faculty have worked very hard on recruitment and this semester they 
have 400 students, 71 full time.  They have also been selected as a 
site for a one-stop shop in which the state of Alaska's job corp 
center is moving to campus.  Employees from many agencies will be 
coming into our facility for both educational opportunities and 
training in one location.  The dorm is also full.  

	Don Lynch asked about UAF's enrollment figures.  There are 
6,606 students and 69,327 SCH.  This is down 5.8% for the student 
credit hours.  Norman Swazo asked about the salary policy.  The 
Chancellor indicated that this was a revision of the salary policy so 
that we can have a policy which rewards performance.  It replaces 
the previous across the board policy.  The policy has been approved 
and the Chancellor and Provost will be working to implement it the 
way it has been approved.  


IV	Governance Reports
	A.	ASUAF - J. Hayes - None

	B.	Staff Council - M. Scholle

	The Staff Council met last week.  Staff Council worked to get 
the word out about UAF by selling mugs at the state fair.  The money 
raised went to purchase cookies for students during the first week 
of registration.  It went off very well.  The students were grateful 
to be fed while they were trying to figure out where they were 
going.  

	Staff Council has been heavily involved in the College Town 
Day activities.  This is an effort to get the college and community 
back together again.  This effort has been going on all summer.  Eric 
Heyne, Joe Hayes and the Chamber of Commerce have all been 
working hard on this endeavor.  

	Staff Council discussed the faculty salary options that were 
passed by the Board of Regents.  They are hoping that next month, 
when Don Lynch comes to speak to the Staff Council, he can 
enlighten them about what the faculty perceive are the problems.  
Marie has had several conversations with Cheryl Mann and she 
understands, through Eric's letter and talking with other people, 
some of the perceived problems.  But Staff Council would like to 
hear from the Senate.  

	Staff Council would like to support the faculty in any way they 
can, in student recruitment or whatever problems come about.  They 
have been very successful in having the staff morale issue taken 
care of.  They feel that the staff morale is high.  They are working 
hard to keep the students active.  They would like to see the faculty 
gain the morale that the staff has.  

	C.	President's Report - E. Heyne 

	Eric indicated that it was good to see the faces of the rural 
faculty.  He encouraged everyone to use good audioconferencing 
citizenship.  Eric's report was attached to the agenda and he asked 
for any questions.  Joli Morgan commented that in 20 years in the 
bargaining unit the union has never stifled his creativity in teaching.  


V	Public Comments/Questions - none


VI	Old Business

	A.	Assessment Report - D. Thomas & M. He'bert   

	Eric indicated that the assessment report was not authored by 
Thomas and He'bert but they were on the committee that produced 
the report.  They can answer any questions about the report.  The 
report has been supplied for your information.  

	Jerry McBeath asked the Chancellor about the two-pronged 
approach on the evaluation of the C and B list.  The Chancellor saw 
this as a new component of review of the B and C list.  She is 
waiting to see if there is any new ideas looking over the old reports.  
Jerry also asked about the need for closure on program assessment.  
Eric indicated that his impression was that the Board anticipates 
that program assessment is a never-ending process.  They want this 
to be ongoing self-evaluation, self-criticism, self-assessment tied 
to finances.  The Chancellor agreed that it was a very accurate 
statement.  

	Dana Thomas indicated that as faculty have questions they 
should feel free to visit with him anytime and he would be happy to 
share his experiences.  

	Rich Seifert asked Dana if he felt that the process was never-
ending.  Dana indicated that his perception of program assessment 
was dynamic in the sense that when he started he felt it was a one-
time thing to bring our budget in line and have a review of our 
programs.  Certainly by the time that he was finished with the 
initial work he saw that it was probably going to be a continuing 
process.  Rich saw this as a central morale problem and felt that 
someone should mention this to the Regents.  Eric noted that the 
October Board of Regents meeting will be held in Fairbanks and that 
everyone has three minutes to speak before the Board.


VII	New Business

	A.	Confirmation of Faculty Appeals & Oversight Committee 
membership, submitted by Administrative Committee 

	Eric indicated that there has been a problem getting all the 
spots filled and asked the Senate to approved the members that we 
have nominated and get this committee working.  We will confirm 
the members that we do have and confirm the remainder at the next 
meeting.  There was no objection to the motion.  


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
==============

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to confirm the membership of the 
Faculty Appeals and Oversight Committee membership as follows:

	Diane Bischak, Associate Professor, SOM
	Dennis Crawford, Associate Professor, ACE (96)
	Marvin Falk, Associate Professor, CLA
	Greg Goering, Associate Professor, SOM
	DeAnne Hallsten, Professor, CRA
	Alan Jubenville, Professor, SALRM
	Vidyadhar. Kamath, Professor, SME
	Meriam Karlsson, Associate Professor, SALRM
	Walt Peterson, Instructor, CRA
	Nag Rao, Professor, CLA
	Wayne Vandre, Professor, ACE
	Daniel Walsh, Associate Professor, SME


	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

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	B.	Resolution on Regents' policy on non-bargaining unit 
faculty compensation, submitted by Administrative Committee 

	Don Lynch passed out his comments on the proposed policy.  
Speaking on the resolution, he indicated that Regents policy has 
nothing in common with what was passed last year.  He attended two 
Regents meeting and a subcommittee meeting which considered this 
matter.  The opinions of the three faculty Senates and the Faculty 
Alliance were completely, totally, and absolutely ignored.  There is 
no opportunity for the viewpoint of this body or the Alliance to be 
heard at the Regents except during the public comment period.  

	The second point is that no more than 80% of the faculty would 
get raises every year.  The raises would range between 2 and 10%.  
That means that 1/5th of our faculty every year can anticipate never 
getting a raise.  Looking at the budget for UAF, one-third of the state 
money goes to support instruction.  That is the area the Regents are 
most concerned about.  Research faculty bring in $90 million.  Half 
the faculty are research faculty and can we deny them a paltry 2% 
raise when they bring in $90 million a year?  

	The policy does leave the raises up to the discretion of the 
Chancellor.  She has told us here and the Provost indicated to us that 
they want to include the faculty in the evaluation process.  We are 
going to spend a lot of time evaluating each other.  The amounts 
involved in raises might just about pay for the time we are involved 
in evaluating each other.  

	Don commented that the new policy was insulting, divisive, 
and not responsive to the work of the campuses.  The last section is 
almost word for word like the UAA Faculty Senate resolution.  This 
resolution will be sent to UAS and he felt they would agreed with it.  
He then recommended that the Senate pass the resolution.  

	Jerry McBeath asked what we can do with this resolution.  Don 
indicated that he was hopeful that the Regents would listen when 
they see this coming from all three Faculty Senates.  

	Eric commented on the approval process of the Board of 
Regents.  The Board approves the policies.  The regulations are 
formulated by Statewide Administration.  Statewide shows the BOR 
the regulations but they don't vote on the regulations.  Statewide is 
whom the Alliance negotiated with.  The Alliance only spoke to the 
Regents at their meeting on this issue.  The Alliance spoke with 
Statewide for months and appeared to be approaching a compromise, 
and then Statewide gave the Regents three options.  The Regents 
indicated their preference which was the 80% option.  Don indicated 
that at the August Regents meeting they were given a copy of the 
regulations.  They understood them and asserted they have the right 
to approve anything connected with salary increases.  Don also 
clarified that at the July meeting of the Board of Regents Human 
Resources Committee the compensation policy suggested by the 
Faculty Alliance and voted on and approved by all three Faculty 
Senates was totally ignored.  The question was called.  There was no 
objection to the resolution and it passed unanimously. 


RESOLUTION PASSED (unanimous)
==================

WHEREAS, the recently adopted Regents' policy on non-bargaining 
	unit faculty compensation has nothing in common with the UAF 
	Faculty Senate and statewide Faculty Alliance 
	recommendations for faculty compensation developed over 
	the last year in consultation with the Systemwide Academic 
	Council; and

WHEREAS, Regents' policy assumes that at least one-fifth of 
	University of Alaska faculty are not satisfactorily performing 
	their jobs and therefore do not deserve annual raises, and 
	furthermore asks faculty to identify those undeserving 
	professors; and

WHEREAS, Regents' policy allows for a maximum of fourth-fifths of 
	the faculty to receive annual raises in a given year, but does 
	not offer any minimum, so that ³annual² raises are actually 
	entirely discretionary; and

WHEREAS, Regents' policy also includes an explicitly ³discretionary² 
	fund for administrators to grant raises to whomever they 
	please, including raises for promotion of anywhere between 
	zero and ten percent; and 

WHEREAS, Regents' policy is insulting, divisive, and not responsive 
	to the collaborative work of faculty on all three campuses; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate joins the 
	UAA Faculty Senate in urging the Board of Regents immediately 
	to suspend the new policy and hold adequate public hearings to 
	consider adoption of the UA Faculty Alliance recommended 
	compensation policy. 


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VIII	Committee Reports 

	A.	Curricular Affairs - Dana Thomas 

The following Curricular Affairs Report was submitted as a handout 
at the Faculty Senate meeting by Dana Thomas.  Dana indicated that 
items 2 a & b were motions that the committee hopes to bring 
before the Faculty Senate at the next meeting.  The next meeting is 
September 28th at 11:30 a.m.  If you have any concerns Dana 
suggested that you attend.  Two other comments:  1) For the first 
time Curricular Affairs is going to be taking a planning approach to 
its business.  They will establish a rotational review of academic 
policies.  2) UAF will be visited by the Northwest Association of 
Schools and Colleges for an accreditation review on October 24-25, 
1995.  Dana was involved in drafting the accreditation report and 
one thing that he learned was that UAF added quite a few more 
certificate, degree programs and minors than we deleted.  Dana 
strongly encouraged the school/college curriculum review 
committees to look seriously at any new proposals from a budget 
sense.  

	Eric indicated that the Curricular Affairs committee would be 
taking the lead in the review of academic policies that the Regents 
is undertaking.  

			CURRICULAR AFFAIRS REPORT

Curricular Affairs met on August 31 and September 12.  There was 
not a quorum at the August 31 meeting so only informal discussion 
occurred; no action was taken.  At the September 12 meeting the 
committee met and discussed the following items:

1)  A rotational review of academic policies.  A subcommittee of 
Ann Tremarello, John Craven, Gail Gregory, and Maynard Perkins will 
compile a draft list of policies and recommend an order of review of 
such policies.

2)  Course Compression - the committee formulated and internally 
approved two motions which are to be submitted for the Senate's 
consideration at the next meeting of the Senate.  These are:
	a)  Any course compressed to less than six weeks must be 
approved by the college or school's curriculum council.  Furthermore, 
any core course compressed to less than 6 weeks must be approved 
by the Core Review Committee.  Passed 6 yeas and 3 nays.

	b)  Any new course proposal shall have a section indicating 
those course compression formats in which the course will be 
taught.  Only those formats approved will be allowed for scheduling.  
Passed 6 yeas, 1 abstained.

The curricular affairs committee will meet at 11:30am Thursday 
September 28, 1995 to continue its work on the topics listed below.  
Any individual interested in any of these topics or other issues 
within the purview of curricular affairs is welcome to attend.

 - Cleaning up the deadlines for last day to add, drop, withdraw, 
change from credit to audit, etc.

 - Guidelines for interdisciplinary baccalaureate degrees.

 - Deletion of courses listed in the catalog which have not been 
offered within a reasonable length of time.

 - Cleaning up the new grade appeals policy; in particular, what if 
the department head is the instructor, what if the student completes 
all course requirements and the instructor issues an NB or I.

 - Review of 500 level course policies; in particular, not subject to 
course compression policies and petitionable for credit issues.

 - Review credit by exam policy

 - Formulation of a motion regarding a comprehensive review of the 
Core Curriculum.


	B.	Committee to Nominate Commencement Speakers & 
Honorary Degree Recipients - David Hales 

A CHCSHDR report was attached to the agenda.


IX	Discussion Items

	Joli Morgan spoke on the difficulties Kuskokwim campus 
encountered in ordering books for classes because of the centralized 
ordering.  Glenn Juday asked how the Senate can play a constructive 
role in initiating a serious proposal to the Board of Regents to 
eliminate one layer of administration at the university.  Dana 
Thomas indicated that the Regents have looked at this issue and it 
always comes into play with the unity issue.  They are considering 
the possibility of a single accreditation systemwide rather than 
three separate accreditations.  The implications are significant for 
all of us.  It may impact promotion and tenure as well.  The biggest 
single thing affecting our budget in the state is that the Regents and 
possibly the Legislature don't have a realistic view of the 
distinctions between the three campuses and what they should be 
doing.  Glenn asked the Senators to take this issue back to their 
constituents.


X	Members' Comments/Questions

	Madeline Schatz commented on the Music Department's Arctic 
Chamber Orchestra's tour around the state.  There are eight faculty 
members who travel with the Orchestra, as well as twelve 
community members and eight students.  The tour goes into the 
schools all through the state.  Most of the people involved donate 
their time to do this and we act as good will ambassadors to the 
state from the university.  

	Michael Jennings announced that the Legislative and Fiscal 
Affairs committee will meet on September 22.  Senator Reynolds 
will take the lead on budget matters and Michael will take the lead 
on legislative matters.  

	Linda Curda asked that there be some consideration on Senate 
meeting dates to coincide with Board of Regents meetings in the 
future.  

	A reminder that the October Senate meeting will be held in the 
Butrovich Building in the Regents Conference Room.


XI	Adjournment

	The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

	Tapes of this Faculty Senate meeting are in the Governance Office, 
	312 Signers' Hall if anyone wishes to listen to the complete tapes. 

	Submitted by Sheri Layral, Faculty Senate Secretary.