Meeting of the Faculty Alliance
Friday, January 17, 2003
11:30am – 1:00pm via audio conference
After about ten minutes UAA members signed off because of technical difficulties in Anchorage but informal discussions continued between Fairbanks and Juneau.
1. Call to order and roll call
Janet Dye, Chair of the Alliance and President, UAS Faculty Senate
Larry Duffy, Past President, UAF Faculty Senate
Godwin Chukwu, President, UAF Faculty Senate
Larry Foster, lst Vice President, UAA Faculty Senate until technical difficulties intervened
Deborah Narang, President, UAA Faculty Senate until technical difficulties intervened
Orson Smith, 1st Vice President, UAA Faculty Senate until technical difficulties intervened
Lynn Shepherd, Member, UAS Faculty Senate
Mike Stekoll, Past Chair, UAS Faculty Senate
Eva Kopacz, Academic Liaison, until technical difficulties intervened
Pat Ivey, Executive Officer, System Governance
Jim Johnsen, Chief of Staff (Vice President for Faculty and Staff Relations after January 20)
Paul Reichhardt, Provost, UAF
Robbie Stell, Provost, UAS
2. Adopt agenda
"The Faculty Alliance moves to adopt the agenda for the January 17, 2003 meeting. This action is effective January 17, 2003."
"The Faculty Alliance moves to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2002 meeting as amended to change page 2 4.1.to "the Alliance may choose to extend the term for a second year. This action is effective January 17, 2003."
4. Chair’s report
Janet Dye waived the chair’s report so that Jim Johnsen could speak.
5. Academic Liaison Report
The Academic Liaison Report could not be given due to technical difficulties. However, Provost Reichardt reported on the SAC meeting.
5.1 SAC meeting January 14, 2003
Provost Reichardt said Joyce Helens talked about portfolio based credit for prior learning; increased interest from industry to provide training and keeping records. Alaska Airlines is one that is most interested. SAC agreed that there needs to be a work group to look at the mechanics of how to do this. UAF already does this. UAA and UAS have done it in the past but not now.
Alaska Airlines have asked the university to give tuition waivers for all Alaska Airlines employees.
Regarding budget reallocation, SAC, the President wants assurance that the provosts have a mechanism for reviewing and analyzing faculty positions as they come open, a clear process, evidence of reallocation etc. President expects some reasonable amount of reallocation of base to meet budget priorities.
Johnsen intends to do a survey of faculty attitudes. His priorities are faculty and administrative professional development especially for academic administrators. Johnsen is using personnel records to keep track of turnover and is stepping up the process on analysis of faculty salaries.
President talked to SAC about meeting with Governor Murkowski’s staffers on their focus on the No Child Left Behind legislation and what leadership can UA provide. President Hamilton also focused on what is a reasonable faculty/staff ratio. AS SAC gets information, the provosts will consult with the Alliance. Also talked about remedial courses and are we using the wrong format.
SAC also passed on four program proposals for Board of Regents action.
Subsequent to SAC meeting the UAF senate passed four or five program deletions that will appear on the Board of Regents agenda.
SAC is reviewing a draft memo to the president regarding the external review of engineering programs.
SAC is also looking at proposals to meet future needs of the state, has questions about professional development and research and is also looking at PhD situation. The infrastructure for PhDs is in Fairbanks but the largest population is in Anchorage.
6. Jim Johnsen, Vice President for Faculty and Staff Development
The chair’s report was waived to allow Jim Johnsen to speak. Johnsen expressed interest in taking up faculty attitude survey and faculty productivity at the next Alliance meeting. Regarding the UA Academy, in the past administrators and leaders of k12 and industry were brought together to assess state needs and what the university needed to do to fulfill those needs. This year, faculty are presenting what the university does to meet those needs. One hundred seven faculty submitted proposals and 32 presentations were selected. Lots of excellent proposals were rejected but will be included in the proceedings of the 2003 UA Academy February 4-6 in Anchorage, along with those presented. Johnsen was interested in suggestions about additional ways the presentations not accepted for Academy presentation to regional meetings or other venues.
Johnsen announced that the Governor had selected five new regents; two of whom had already been selected by former Governor Knowles including the student regent.
7. GPA Calculation – SAC request
GPA calculation – Robbie Stell thought there were more recent attachments than were included in the agenda, i.e., a November 20 communication from Mike Sfraga entitled “Semester Honors for Students Enrolled at More than one MAU.” Pat Ivey had not received this communication previous to the meeting.
This item was rescheduled for the next Alliance meeting and the most recent information will be included as an attachment.
8. Faculty Workload
The provosts have been working on it since mid-December. Reichardt said statewide administration is interested in knowing why student/faculty ratio is lower than at other institutions. Eva Kopacz will keep Alliance up to date.
Stell said president isn’t set on any particular number but wants one that is comfortable.
9. Nominations for Board of Regents
Pete Pinney wanted to know if the Alliance is open to establishing a process for nominating faculty to the Board of Regents.
The item was scheduled for a future Alliance meeting.
10. Senate Reports
10.1 UAA Faculty Senate
The UAA Faculty Senate report could not be given due to technical difficulties.
10.2 UAF Faculty Senate
The UAF Faculty Senate passed a resolution to establish a full-time dean of the graduate school. The next UAF Faculty Senate meeting is February 3.
10.3 UAS Faculty Senate
The UAS Faculty Senate passed the original version of the draft constitution and bylaws and sent it to the UAS chancellor.
11. Agenda items for next meeting Friday, February 21, 2003 rescheduled to February 14.
Agenda items may include but may not be limited to:
· Faculty productivity – Johnsen
· GPA for honors - SAC
· Survey on faculty attitudes – Johnsen
· UA Academy report - all
· Outstanding distance educator award – Kopacz
12. Other items of concern
There were not other items of concern.
There were no additional comments.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:23pm.