Minutes of Faculty Senate Executive Board Meeting

3:30 Thursday, February 12, 2004

Souris Room

 

The meeting was called to order by President Paul Markel.

 

In attendance: Ji-Hee Kim, Paul Markel, Cheryl Nilsen, Christopher Keller, Gary Rabe, Michelle Sauer.

Absent: Nancy Hall, Casey Coleman.

Others in attendance: Dr. H. Eric Shaar.

 
Gary Rabe moved to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2004 meeting as amended. Chris Keller seconded the motion. The motion carried by concensus.
 
Announcements  - Dr. Paul Markel: Dr. Markel welcomed President Shaar who is filling in for Dr. Hall, as she is away from campus. Dr. Markel reported on the status of a grievance filed last semester. He stated that the two parties met with a mediator to try to resolve the grievance issue, but the mediation was unsuccessful. A Grievance Committee has been selected and will be meeting with the two parties soon. They will be giving their decision by February 19.
 
The next faculty senate meeting will be moved from February 19 to February 26 for several reasons including the presence of SBHE on campus that day, the first of the forums on tenure and promotion guidelines, and the senate secretary’s absence as she attends a conference out of state.
 
Review the Agenda: The agenda was amended to include a second new business item to be brought forward by Pres. Markel. 
 
Administrative Comments  - President Shaar: President Shaar reported on the ConnectND initiative. Wes Matthews is conducting seminars this week that give an overview of the project and its implementation. Among the topics addressed is the payroll lag issue. The purpose of the project is to enhance service to students and communication among NDUS campuses in their delivery of those services. The next seminar will be held next week Tuesday in the ballroom.
 
MSU is preparing to file a major Title III grant with a focus on recruitment and retention of students. This is partially in response to the research findings showing the relatively low graduation rate of our students.
 
Officers of the Faculty Senate Executive Board and the Staff Senate Executive Board have been invited to have breakfast with the SBHE when they are on campus Thursday, February 19. Governor Hoeven will also be on campus later that morning. He will be talking about campuses becoming Centers of Excellence. 
 
There has been some dissention among institutions concerning tuition assessment, with some campuses charging tuition on a per credit basis as opposed to the 12-credit full-time student paying full tuition, with no charge for additional credits in the term. MSU has not entertained the idea of changing the method by which tuition is assessed.
 
The academic reputation of the campus will be addressed as the Academic Affairs Committee looks at changing admission standards for the university in the future.
 
CCF Report - Dr. Chris Keller: CCF met this week with most of the meeting time spent on the proposed new SBHE textbook selection policy. At that meeting, two new versions were examined and discussed. One was presented by UND, and the other was presented by Mike Hillman. Text for both of the two new versions is found following the agenda in these minutes. 
 
CCF adopted the following resolution to be presented to SBHE: An instructor may not receive financial compensation or any other form of remuneration, excluding examination copies for professional use, from a publisher or an agent of the publisher for the purpose of adopting textbooks or other curricular materials, excluding those of his/her own authorship. 
 
CCF adopted a second resolution to be presented to SBHE, which reads as follows: In light of the State Board’s recent efforts of turning to our peer institutions for guidance in policy matters, The Council of College Faculty requests that the State Board of Higher Education postpone for 45 days establishing the policy covering issues other than those covered in Point 1 (of the Textbook policy) including such questions as self-authored textbooks and alleged conflicts of interest thereby allowing us to investigate what peer institutions outside of the state do in this regard.
 
Lee Kruger, president of CCF has tendered his resignation from that office effective at the end of this school term. He is finishing the first year of a two-year term, but has found the position to be too stressful. There was no time for discussion concerning finding a new president.
 
Presidential Search Committee Update - Dr. Gary Rabe: Video conferences were held with each of the ten semifinalists for the MSU presidency, with specific questions asked by each member of the search committee. Questions addressed such issues as management style and how they might handle particular situations. When the conferences were completed, the committee met to discuss what they had learned. The committee used a series of three ballots to narrow the field to five finalists. Dr. Rabe stated that all ten semifinalists interviewed well and are well qualified. Final interviews and campus visits for the five finalists will occur during the week of March 22-30. Dr. Rabe stressed that it is extremely important that many faculty take part in the interview process that week. He plans to collect data through surveys that faculty fill out as they interview each finalist. That data will be compiled by Dr. Rabe and presented to the search committee as MSU faculty input in the decision-making process.
 
New Business:
Update on Forums: Jane LaPlante has agreed to facilitate the forums. Dr. Markel has put together the documents to be used for the forums and has been working on a format for them. The proposed guidelines are being printed excluding the collegiality section expunged at the last faculty senate meeting. The first forum will be held Thursday, February 19 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the lower level of the library. The second (final) forum will be scheduled later.
 
Handling of Sensitive Information: Dr. Markel stated that he had received information from an anonymous source concerning one of the finalists for an NDUS leadership position. He would like some input on how to handle such instances. It was suggested that in this instance Dr. Markel give the information to Dr. Rabe, who is on the MSU president search committee, who will then forward the information to the search committee chair.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Nilsen,
Faculty Senate Secretary
Minot State University
Faculty Senate 2003-2004
Executive Board Meeting 
Thursday, February 12, 2004
3:30 p.m. Souris Room
 
Executive Board Members
Paul Markel (Faculty Senate President)
Gary Rabe (Faculty Senate Vice President) 
Cheryl Nilsen (Faculty Senate Secretary)
Casey Coleman (Faculty Senate Parliamentarian) 
Christopher Keller (Immediate Past Faculty Senate President)
Nancy Hall (Vice President of Academic Affairs)
Michelle Sauer (Member-at-Large)
Ji-Hee Kim (Member-at-Large)
 
Agenda
1. Approval of the Minutes
2. Announcements  - Dr. Paul Markel
3. Review the Agenda
4. Administrative Comments – President Shaar
5. CCF Report - Dr. Chris Keller
6. Presidential Search Committee Update - Dr. Gary Rabe
7. New Busines
               a. Update on Forums
               b. 
8. Adjourn: 5:00pm

 


Textbook Selection Policy Language Proposed by UND

 

NORTH DAKOTA STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

POLICY MANUAL

SUBJECT: PERSONNEL EFFECTIVE:

Section: 611.9 Selection of Textbooks and Other Curricular Materials

POLICY

 

The following rules govern selection of textbooks and other curricular materials:

 

1.   An instructor may not receive financial compensation or any other form of remuneration from a publisher or an agent of the publisher for the purpose of adopting textbooks or other curricular materials.

 

2.   If an instructor adopts a textbook or other curricular materials that he/she authored, and continues to receive financial compensation for the sale of the material; that instructor must disclose that situation to his/her supervisor.

 

3.   Each institution’s governing body shall appoint a committee consisting of faculty, students and administration to develop a policy to govern the potential conflict of interest in #2.

 

HISTORY: New policy.

 

Textbook Selection Policy Language Proposed by Mike Hillman

 

Section: 611.9 Selection of Textbooks and Other Curricular Materials

POLICY

 

The following rules govern selection of textbooks and other curricular materials:

 

1.   An instructor may not receive financial compensation or any other form of remuneration from a publisher or an agent of the publisher for the purpose of adopting textbooks or other curricular materials.

 

2.   An instructor or other employee who writes textbooks or other curricular materials may choose to:

a.   Relinquish royalty payments or other remuneration earned through the use of these materials at his/her institution. Each institution shall adopt procedures for determining the allocation of those resources.

b.   Retain royalty payments or other remunerations earned at his/her institution. He/she must receive approval, in a format designated by the institution, to assign or select such materials.

 

3.   Each institution shall adopt procedures for implementing the conflict of interest policies involved in this textbook selection issue.