Faculty Senate Minutes - December 3, 2001
Western State College Faculty Senate
December 3, 2001
Present: Joe Devlin, Roger Drake, Wendy Highby, Roger Hudson, Terri Lennon, Don Maguire, Terry Mullen (clerk), Mark Riney, Anne Ryter, Dan Schuster (chair), Terry Schliesman, and Jim Westerman.
1. The seventh Western State College Faculty Senate meeting of the 2001-2002 academic year was convened on December 3rd at 4:19 PM in the Aspinall-Wilson Center by Dan Schuster.
- The agenda was approved. The motion to accept was made by Joe Devlin and seconded by Terry Schliesman. The motion passed unanimously.
- The minutes from the last meeting were amended and approved. The motion to accept was made by Terry Mullen and seconded by Anne Ryter. The motion passed unanimously.
- Chairs Report: Dan Schuster reported that the faculty members (Monica Newman, Bill Niemi, and Dan Schuster) on the Campus Budget Committee are taking an active role in the current discussions. He indicated that Senate and faculty members are encouraged to make suggestions to the faculty members on the committee.
- VPAA Report: Jay Helman reported that the Colorado legislature was expected to approve a 4.9-5.9% increase in tuition for all State of Colorado institutions of higher learning. Western State College was going to ask for an additional 2.5% increase in out-of-state tuition. This increase has been approved by the Board of Trustees but must be approved by the legislature. These tuition increases would supply Western with about $180,000 in extra funds for the next academic year. Jay also reported that the Board of Trustees was meeting at Western on the 6th and 7th of December. A new funding formula for the state colleges was supposed to be decided on at this meeting. If the model and funding formula put forward by the consultant is adopted, it would provide Western with about $550,000 in addition funding for the upcoming academic year. Dr. Helman indicated that President Peterson has put a tremendous effort into trying to have the present funding formula changed. Jay also shared the fall of 2001 QIS data with the Senate. Overall, WSC is doing better than in prior years but the budgetary impact is unknown.
- Reevaluation of Emeritus Status: The Senate examined the qualifications for emeritus standing, the rules surrounding the selection of Emeritus Faculty and the benefits of emeritus faculty. Addition benefits were suggested including the retention of their Email address at Western, tuition waivers and free subscription to campus publications. Dan Schuster will contact Linda Crouse in Human Resources to see whether tuition-free classes for Emeritus Faculty would be possible. There was some debate over the 15-year requirement at Western for emeritus status. The Senate will revisit the issue of emeritus status next semester.
- Rewriting the Constitution and Bylaws: Dan Schuster will edit some errors that have been discovered in the By-Laws of the Faculty Constitution and will identify the changes he has made. The Senate will return to this item in the coming semester.
- New Business: Next semester, the Senate will discuss the validity of the large number of major tracts or emphases that are currently offered at WSC. We will also discuss any changes that might facilitate the Senate proceedings.
The next senate meeting is scheduled for the 28th of January in the spring semester.
A motion to adjourn was put forward by Dan Schuster and seconded by Roger Drake.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:50.
Terry L. Mullen
Faculty Senate Clerk