Minutes of MiSU Faculty Senate

May 6, 2004

 

Members present: Larry Lisa Borden-King, Casey Coleman, Alexandra Deufel, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Leisa Harmon, Joan Houston, Christopher Keller, Paul Markel, Clark Markell, Cheryl Nilsen, Linda Olson, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Beth Pross, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, M. Saeed, Clarine Sandstrom.

Members absent: Atwood, Chris Beachy, Rita Curl, Nancy Hall, Chad Johnson, Robert Kibler, Karland Kilian, David McCormack, Michelle Sauer, H. Erik Shaar, one student not yet selected.

Guests present: Stephen Hayton (curriculum), Bethany Andreasen (proxy for Michelle Sauer).

 

The meeting was called to order by President Paul Markel.
 
Proxy approval: Susan Podrygula moved to approve Bethany Andreasen as proxy for Michelle Sauer. Christian Fantoni seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus.
 
Approval of the minutes: Christian Fantoni moved to approve the minutes of the April 15, 2004 meeting as amended. Patti Fedje seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus.
 
Review the Agenda: Dr. Shaar is not here to give the administrative report, so Joan Houston’s report on Student Association activities will be added as item 5 on the agenda.
 
Announcements - Paul Markel: Dr. Markel had no announcements.
 
Student Association Report – Joan Houston: Dr. Houston reported on several positive activities that have been undertaken this year. She also reported that students do not understand how the faculty evaluation process works and their impact in that process.
 
Ensuing discussion focused on how to encourage student representative selection for faculty senate and getting those representatives to attend senate meetings. Dr. Houston will work on this in the fall. 
 
CCF - Chris Keller: Dr. Keller distributed copies of the textbook selection policy adopted by SBHE at its April 15, 2004 meeting. Text of the policy can be found after the agenda following these minutes. 
 
The pay lag issue is still an issue at UND. They have submitted a resolution to SBHE. Text of the resolution can be found after the agenda following these minutes. 
 
The CCF Compensation Report is the subject of a second UND Senate resolution. Text of that resolution can be found after the agenda following these minutes. Dr. Keller recommends that MSU’s Faculty Senate adopt the resolution or a similar resolution. It was noted that SBHE has stated its belief in the importance of faculty and its commitment to Roundtable Cornerstone 2, but does not fund faculty salaries at a level which will allow NDUS institutions to be competitive with other institutions in the hiring of faculty.
 
Ron Royer moved to convey to the SBHE, through Dr. Keller, a resolution consistent with the UND resolution concerning Faculty Compensation, but with appropriate editorial changes such as name of institution, etc. Lisa Borden-King seconded the motion. The motion carried. Text of the resolution adopted can be found after the agenda following these minutes. 
 
 
Gen. Ed. - Ron Royer: The General Education Committee moved the acceptance of its report as distributed by Dr. Royer. The motion carried by consensus. 
 
The General Education Committee moved the re-certification of MUSC 205: History of the US Through Its Music for the remainder of the present cycle. The motion carried by consensus.
 
Dr. Markel indicated that he had received excellent reports from the Academic Policy Committee, Faculty Rights Committee, and Tenure Committee. Ron Royer moved to accept the reports of the Academic Policy Committee and the Tenure Committee. Joan Houston seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus. Patti Fedje moved to accept the report of the Faculty Rights Committee. Joan Houston seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus. Stephen Hayton stated that the Curriculum Committee’s final report is not yet complete as there are still some issues to address. There is a report written but not yet submitted that contains a summary of the number of meetings held and items addressed to this point.
 
New business:
Charge for the Constitutional Review Committee – By-law changes from 2002-2003, and 2003-2004: A grievance is underway and an ad hoc committee was set up to address the grievance as set forth in the Senate bylaws. However, this was crushed by the Department of Human Resources. The grievance process is not well defined. This process, along with several other items, need to be addressed by the Constitutional Review Committee next year. Parliamentarian Casey Coleman pointed out that there are several discrepancies in the bylaws found in print on campus, those found at the Senate web page, and the bylaw changes that have been voted on in the past two years. Dr. Coleman recommends that the official copy of the bylaws be maintained online, that the Constitutional Review Committee determine what content should actually be in the valid copy of the bylaws, and that all previous copies of the bylaws be recalled to assure faculty are referencing the current version of the bylaws.
 
Dr. Royer suggested that an electronic copy is the best form of the official copy of the bylaws. He pointed out that the problems with revision of bylaws stem from the administration’s ceasing of sending out hard copies of updates to be placed in the Faculty Handbook binders. It was suggested that a hard copy be placed on reserve in the library also.
 
Ron Royer moved to charge the CRC with updating the bylaws to reflect changes from 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. M. Saeed seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
Develop a procedure for a vetted source of by-laws: Linda Olson moved that a complete copy of the bylaws, signed by the secretary, be placed in the library each year and to also have the current official version available online by convocation each year except in 2004, when it will be done by the third senate meeting of that year. Patti Fedje seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
Recall from the faculty all existing hardcopies of by-law documents: Several senators indicated that they felt it is not necessary to recall existing hardcopies of the bylaws. No action was taken.
 
Christian Fantoni moved for a continuance of the meeting. Chris Keller seconded the motion. The motion carried.
 
Ron Royer moved to approve Stephen Hayton as proxy for Joan Houston, who had to leave. Chris Keller seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Elections – Faculty Senate Officers for 2004-2005: The nominating committee put forth the names of Robert Kibler and Linda Olson for the office of Vice President. There were no nominations from the floor. Linda Olson was elected by secret ballot.
 
The nominating committee put forth the names of Alexandra Deuffel and Ron Fischer for the office of Secretary. There were no nominations from the floor. Alexandra Deuffel was elected by secret ballot.  
                
Ron Royer stated that the nominating committee should be selected earlier. Bethany Andreasen indicated that one of the charges of the nominating committee is to find nominees for the office of Alternate Representative to CCF.
 
President Markel passed the gavel to Vice President Gary Rabe. President Rabe stated that he has had several conversations with Dr. David Fuller, the newly selected President of MSU. Dr. Rabe will be pushing for faculty sabbaticals during his term of office.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05pm.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Cheryl Nilsen, Secretary
Minot State University
Faculty Senate
Thursday, May 6, 2004
3:30 p.m., Westlie Room
 
Agenda
1.             Proxy approval
2.             Approval of the minutes
3.             Review the Agenda
4.             Announcements - Paul Markel
5.             Administrative report - Erik Shaar
6.             CCF - Chris Keller
7.             Gen. Ed. - Ron Royer
8.             New business
               A. Charge the CRC: By-law changes from 2002-2003, and 2003-2004
               B. Develop a procedure for a vetted source of by-laws
               C. Recall from the faculty all existing hardcopies of by-law documents
               D. Elections: Faculty Senate Officers for 2004-2005
9.             Adjournment: 5:00pm
 

 


NORTH DAKOTA STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

POLICY MANUAL

 

SUBJECT: PERSONNEL                               EFFECTIVE: April 15, 2004

 

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, excluding supporting educational materials for teaching, from a publisher or an agent of the publisher for the purpose of selecting or assigning textbooks or other curricular materials.

 

2.   An instructor or other employee who is paid or receives other remuneration in connection with the sale or assignment of textbooks or other curricular materials may, as provided under institution procedures implementing this policy:

 

a.   Assign all royalty payments or other remuneration resulting from assignment of these materials at the employing institution; or

b.   Retain royalty payments or other remunerations, in which case the final decision to assign the materials shall be made as provided under each institution’s procedures.

 

3.   With the input of faculty, student and administration, each institution shall adopt procedures implementing this policy, including a process for review or appeal.

 
HISTORY: New policy. SBHE Minutes, April 15, 2004
 

 


UND Resolution concerning the pay lag issue.

 

(1)     Whereas the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) has decided to defer the payment of wages to many University of North Dakota employees from July 1-15, 2004 and other time periods during the new fiscal year; and

 

(2)     Whereas this plan is being implemented for the convenience of a computer software package and to facilitate the changeover to a new payroll system (“PeopleSoft”); and

 

(3)     Whereas a member of the SBHE has gone on record as insisting this will be “a positive change” for the University of North Dakota, as reported in the Jan. 30, 2004 issue of The Dakota Student; and

 

(4)     Whereas a member of the SBHE has gone on record as expressing a concern about the expense of adjusting the software to accommodate the current UND payroll schedule, rather than recognize the hardship of those employees deprived of 15 days of their wages at the time they are earned; and

 

(5)     Whereas as reported in January 30, 2004 issue of The Dakota Student, a member of the SBHE has gone on record stating that the software can be configured to accommodate the University’s current payroll schedule, however it is an “off-the-shelf model” and any customizing “would add great cost” to its implementation; and

 

(6)     Whereas a 15-day “pay lag” is recognized by all those affected who will not receive their pay until they retire or otherwise leave their current job, as equivalent to not receiving wages or salary for 15 days of work, that is, a “pay reduction”; and

 

(7)     Whereas an option to be allowed to borrow salaries as a no-interest loan, which then must be paid back in full over the course of the following 9 or 11 months is in no way equivalent to actually being paid salary or wages when they are earned;

 

(8)     Be it therefore resolved that the UND University Senate does not concur with the SBHE in its judgment that the payroll software system should be implemented at the expense of, and delayed payment of wages to, those affected University of North Dakota employees at the time these wages are earned; and

 

(9)     Be it further resolved that the SBHE plan to deprive UND employees of the timely payment of 15 days salary or wages is entirely unacceptable as a fair business practice; and

 

(10)    Be it further resolved that UND’s University Senate, on behalf of all employees at this institution, urges in the very strongest way that the SBHE work to replace this unacceptable financial burden on UND employees, with a more acceptable plan that does not impose so difficult a hardship on workers here and elsewhere in the state, many of whom will not easily, or perhaps not at all, be able to manage their financial commitments if the University does not pay them for the work they do on its regular schedule.


Final draft of UND resolution to be considered May 6

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University Senate Resolution on Council of College Faculties Compensation Report

Whereas the Council of College Faculties released its report on employee compensation to the State Board of Higher Education on April 15th   which called upon the State Board of Higher Education to support the following recommendations:

        The State continue to fund 100 percent of employee health insurance premiums with no changes in deductibles or co-payments.

        At a minimum, provide a salary adjustment based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index that allows faculty and staff to maintain purchasing power and an additional market maintenance adjustment that prevents NDUS salaries from falling further behind the market, and that the a total combined increase of at least 4.2 percent for each year of the 2005-07 biennium be recommended. 

        That the College Council of Faculties convene a task force, with the help and membership of appropriate partners, to determine by December 2004 the feasibility, cost, and possible mechanisms of bringing salaries to 85% of regional averages within the next six years, and within 95% of regional averages by 2017, as is consistent with the NDUS strategic plan, and

Whereas the CCF Compensation Report cited a number of causes for concern including: 

        In 2002, 67 percent of staff and 55 percent of faculty leaving the NDUS have had less than five years of experience. In 2002, over 50 percent of departing employees reported that low salary greatly influenced or somewhat influenced their decision to leave the NDUS.

        In 2002-03, nearly one-half of all faculty and over one-third of staff were age 50 or over. Twelve percent and 5 percent, respectively, were over the age of 60. The NDUS will have a significant number of faculty and staff positions to fill over the next ten years. 

        ND Standard of Living Index continues to rank below the regional average. The real purchasing power of NDUS wages remains below the average real purchasing power for the region. 

        To increase faculty salaries to regional average, one-time increases of between 22.3 percent and 29.2 percent would be needed. To increase staff salaries to market averages, one-time average increases of between 4.1 percent and 23.2 percent would be needed. ND’s average faculty and staff salaries have not kept pace with and continue to be well below their respective market averages.

        ND ranks 8th in the 12-state region in the value of total benefits provided. The value of our benefit package is slightly below the average for our region and while it is an important recruitment and retention tool, it does not offset the salary differential, and

 

Whereas, the State Board of Higher Education, following the recommendations of its Budget and Finance Committee, but against the strong objections of the non-voting faculty member from the Council of College Faculties, proposed a 3% increase in the needs-based budget, instead of the 4.2% increase contained in the Compensation Report, that it must submit to the Office of Management and Budget, and

 

Whereas, the Economic Development Roundtable emphasized the central importance of  Educational Excellence and the State Board of Higher Education has  repeatedly emphasized that faculty are central to the mission of positioning the North Dakota University System as a vital link to the state's future, and
 
Whereas, the University Senate is disappointed that the State Board of Higher Education did not endorse the 4.2% salary increase recommendation in the Council of College Faculties Compensation Report
 
Be it therefore resolved:

        That the University Senate of the University of North Dakota affirms the recommendations contained in the Council of College Faculties Compensation Report,

        That it strongly urges the State Board of Higher Education to reconsider its recommendation, and

        That it requests the State Board of Higher Education to join with  the Council of College Faculties and university and faculty senates across the state in both raising awareness of the gap between state and regional faculty salaries and in actively pursuing reasonable remedies for the worsening problem.

 

 

Minot State University Faculty Senate Resolution on Council of College Faculties Compensation Report

Whereas the Council of College Faculties released its report on employee compensation to the State Board of Higher Education on April 15th   which called upon the State Board of Higher Education to support the following recommendations:

        The State continue to fund 100 percent of employee health insurance premiums with no changes in deductibles or co-payments.

        At a minimum, provide a salary adjustment based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index that allows faculty and staff to maintain purchasing power and an additional market maintenance adjustment that prevents NDUS salaries from falling further behind the market, and that the a total combined increase of at least 4.2 percent for each year of the 2005-07 biennium be recommended. 

        That the College Council of Faculties convene a task force, with the help and membership of appropriate partners, to determine by December 2004 the feasibility, cost, and possible mechanisms of bringing salaries to 85% of regional averages within the next six years, and within 95% of regional averages by 2017, as is consistent with the NDUS strategic plan, and

Whereas the CCF Compensation Report cited a number of causes for concern including: 

        In 2002, 67 percent of staff and 55 percent of faculty leaving the NDUS have had less than five years of experience. In 2002, over 50 percent of departing employees reported that low salary greatly influenced or somewhat influenced their decision to leave the NDUS.

        In 2002-03, nearly one-half of all faculty and over one-third of staff were age 50 or over. Twelve percent and 5 percent, respectively, were over the age of 60. The NDUS will have a significant number of faculty and staff positions to fill over the next ten years. 

        ND Standard of Living Index continues to rank below the regional average. The real purchasing power of NDUS wages remains below the average real purchasing power for the region. 

        To increase faculty salaries to regional average, one-time increases of between 22.3 percent and 29.2 percent would be needed. To increase staff salaries to market averages, one-time average increases of between 4.1 percent and 23.2 percent would be needed. ND’s average faculty and staff salaries have not kept pace with and continue to be well below their respective market averages.

        ND ranks 8th in the 12-state region in the value of total benefits provided. The value of our benefit package is slightly below the average for our region and while it is an important recruitment and retention tool, it does not offset the salary differential, and

Whereas, the State Board of Higher Education, following the recommendations of its Budget and Finance Committee, but against the strong objections of the non-voting faculty member from the Council of College Faculties, proposed a 3% increase in the needs-based budget, instead of the 4.2% increase contained in the Compensation Report, that it must submit to the Office of Management and Budget, and

Whereas, the Economic Development Roundtable emphasized the central importance of  Educational Excellence and the State Board of Higher Education has  repeatedly emphasized that faculty are central to the mission of positioning the North Dakota University System as a vital link to the state's future, and
 
Whereas, the Faculty Senate is disappointed that the State Board of Higher Education did not endorse the 4.2% salary increase recommendation in the Council of College Faculties Compensation Report
 
Be it therefore resolved:

        That the Minot State University Faculty Senate affirms the recommendations contained in the Council of College Faculties Compensation Report,

        That it strongly urges the State Board of Higher Education to reconsider its recommendation, and

        That it requests the State Board of Higher Education to join with the Council of College Faculties and university and faculty senates across the state in both raising awareness of the gap between state and regional faculty salaries and in actively pursuing reasonable remedies for the worsening problem.