Minutes of

MiSU Faculty Senate Executive Committee

March 13, 2003


Members present: Andreasen, Barkosky, Burke, Hall, Keller, Markel, McCormack.

Members absent: Seymour.

Guests present: Wes Matthews


President Keller called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m.


Minutes of the February 13 regular and the February 27 special exec board meetings were accepted.


President Keller reviewed the agenda (attached).


President Keller made the following announcements:


There is concern that market rate adjustments may result in raises in some departments at the expense of faculty members in other departments. Wes Matthews discussed the many factors which are involved in determination of salaries. Market indicators such as CUPA and AAUP are only one factor in the process. One difficulty is pay compression (only a small gap between assistant and associate professor salaries) due to lack of dollars. Dr. Nancy Hall shared that state guidelines sometimes control raises, such as the $35/person raise dictated by a past legislature. Other factors considered in pay raises include equity, merit, and rank changes. Terminal contracts cannot receive any raise. Each dean gets a unit amount and in three weeks must assign the salary of each person. Wes Matthews will report to the full Senate on this process.


Dr. Hall gave her administrative report:


Some faculty would like an option to spread nine month pay over twelve months. Bruce Haskins receives about six inquiries annually. One difficulty is the June 30 end of fiscal year. Bruce encourages teachers to use automatic savings in the credit union to effectively meet the same goal. He will speak to the next Senate meeting.


With the current change to the Connect North Dakota computing system, the option of assigning intermediate grades (C+, B-) was discussed. Connect ND doesnít currently support this option. President Keller will get input from Lisa Johnson about the implications. He will also ask the Senate whether they want the question placed on a future agenda.


Bethany Andreasen reported she met with Robert Kibler about the vacancies announcement prior to elections. She asked whether this announcement could be made by email. The voting would still be done by paper.


The meeting adjourned at 4:48 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




David R. McCormack





Minot State University Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Executive Board Meeting March13, 2003

3:30 p.m. Westlie Room


Executive Board Members

Christopher Keller (Faculty Senate President)

Paul Markel (Faculty Senate Vice President)

David McCormack (Faculty Senate Secretary)

Bethany Andreasen (Faculty Senate Parliamentarian)

Richard Barkosky (Immediate Past Faculty Senate President)

Nancy Hall (Vice President of Academic Affairs)

Tom Seymour

Don Burke



1. Approval of the minutes

2. Announcements

3. Review the Agenda

4. Administrative report

5. Old Business

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6. New Business

††††††††††† a. CUPA data and between discipline pay increases - Wes Matthews

††††††††††† b. Spreading 9 month pay over 12 months.

††††††††††† c. How about adopting intermediate grades (i.e. C+, B-)?

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