I. CALLED TO ORDER by James Tidwell at 2:04 p.m.
Present: J. Best, G. Foster, F. Fraker, B. Kirk, P. Lenihan, G. Lockart, H. Nordin, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, D. Wolf. Excused: G. Richard, A. Zahlan, N. Furmo. Guests: K. Alford, B. Anderson, G. Aylesworth, C. Evans, C. Gallagher,L. Gosselin, D. Jorns, G. Lenihan, J. McGrath, J. Nilsen, R. Saltmarsh.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 3/25/97
A motion (Foster/Wolf) to approve the minutes of 3/25/97. Yes-Best, Foster,Fraker, Kirk, Lenihan, Lockart, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Wolf. Abstain-Nordin, Walker
A. Minutes - Student Senate - 3/12/97
B. Minutes - President's Council - 3/26/97
C. Letter from Faculty Senate re: IBHE position on MAP funds
D. E-mail from Chris Merrifield re: IBHE position statement
E. Materials - CUPB Meeting - 3/28/97
IV. OLD BUSINESS
A. Report from the Taskforce on the Counseling Center--Motion (Fraker/Lockart) to remove the report from the table
Fraker - It is important to address the issue of the Counseling Center changing from a counseling center to one of career guidance and counseling. Changes in the mission of the Center seemed to be made without consultation from the staff. The change was made from the top down.
Alford - The career counseling is not that of developing resumes but rather personal issues involved with a career choice.
Kirk - There is some concern about out sourcing services.
Fraker - There is concern with changing faculty positions to ASP positions. The taskforce contacted schools other schools and concluded that none of those contacted had tenure track faculty status like those at EIU.
P. Lenihan - The change in the mission of the Center without staff consultation seems to be the only issue the Faculty Senate is qualified to address. Members of the Faculty Senate felt there were other issues that needed to be addressed such as faculty status vs ASP - Do we need faculty for the delivery of services? What kinds of services should the Center provide to students?
C. Evans - The intent of the university is to provide good psychological services to students with the resources available. Evans felt the main issue is that procedures that should have been followed were not followed but that the taskforce was able to discuss the issues in a constructive manner. Evans did not feel that the Faculty Senate should be discussing staffing patterns.
Nordin - If the emphasis comes from within the unit then that is a different situation. When it comes from the outside, then it is an issue with which Faculty Senate should get involved. The issue of whether the Center should be under student affairs or academic affairs was also raised.
Lockart - The issue that the Faculty Senate should be addressing is whether we support the taskforce's report.
MOTION (Walker/Lockart) to table further discussion of the report and put the recommendations of the taskforce in the minutes for feedback from faculty.
Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Kirk, Lenihan, Lockart, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf.
RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ATTACHED TO THE MINUTES. Respond to any member of the Faculty Senate.
B. Committee Reports
l. Elections - Gary Foster reported that there was a problem with "cross over" votes. This did not affect the at large positions but involved areas where faculty voted by college. In some instances, voters voted for individuals outside their college. The committee affected seemed to be the Academic Program Elimination Review Committee.
MOTION (Nordin/Walker) to accept the results as they are and correct the problems next year. Yes - Fraker, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Walker. No - Best, Lockart Abstain - Foster, Simpson, Tidwell, Wolf. Motion passed 6-2-4.
There was discussion about procedures with no decision made.
MOTION (Kirk/Walker) to accept the results of the election for all positions. Yes-Best, Fraker, Kirk, Lenihan, Lockart, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf. Abstain-Foster
2. Nominations - There were 2 nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Award. The committee will meet on 4/8/97. Written statements for appointment to other boards and committees are due APRIL 24, l997, by noon to A. Zahlan
3. Parking Committee- Hal Nordin reported that the Parking Committee has made a change in their recommendation for a change in fee structures for next year. The recommendation that was sent to the President's Council is for the fee to be as follows: Fall-$25.00 Spring - $25.00 Summer - $20.00. Faculty/Staff could purchase a pass for Fall, Spring and Summer for $50.00. The reason for the change was that the original proposal seemed to affect those who work l2 months and have lower salaries. The increase in the fee for parking will be used as follows: $5.00 - Increase in the cost to maintain current lots $l0.00- Build new lots or increase the spaces in existing lots The recommendation is to increase up to 250 additional spaces. 25 - 50 of the spaces will be for faculty/staff and 200 - 225 for students.
4. CUPB - A ballot for prioritization of projects was handed out to all Faculty Senate members. These items will be discussed at the 4/8/97 Faculty Senate meeting. Each Faculty Senator will have the opportunity to vote. G. Richard will tally the results and submit as the Faculty Senate vote. L. Walker indicated that there were two ballots. Items should be prioritized in each area and also prioritized overall.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Agenda Items
1. Input for CUPB - Prioritization of Planning Initiatives
2.Taskforce on the Counseling Center
VI. ADJOURN 3:50 p.m. (Walker)
Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder