Faculty Council Minutes -- January 2010

January 15, 2010
Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty present:
Laurie Apple – HESC (Chair)
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair-elect)
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Kristofor Brye – CSES
Latha Devareddy – FDSC
Don Edgar - AEED
Ken Korth – PLPA
Sreekala Bajwa – BAEG
Cindy Moore - HESC
Daniel Rainey – AEAB

Others Present
Nann Miller – University Faculty Senate
Larry Purcell – Graduate Council
Alice Griffin – Coordinator of Advising and Retention
Dave Kreider – Chair, Agriculture Curriculum Committee

Administrators present:

Mark Cochran, Associate Vice President for Agriculture - Research
Lalit Verma, Interim Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Academic Programs

Call to Order – Laurie Apple, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda with the two following corrections. The first correction is that Dr. Donna Graham is not available for today's meeting; therefore Dr. Graham will not have an administrative report. The second correction to the agenda is that the Agriculture Curriculum Committee and the HESC Curriculum Committee will have reports. Motion adopted by voice approval.

Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve November 20, 2009 meeting minutes with the following correction. Yi Liang attended the November 20, 2009 meeting as a substitute for Sreekala Bajwa. Motion adopted by voice approval.

Administration Reports

Bumpers College - Interim Dean Lalit Verma

There is a perception that the lottery money will be available for higher education. In reality those monies only go to scholarships. An indirect benefit to the University is if enrollment increases because that will provide a net increase in revenue. There will most likely be tuition increases this fall. There is support as well as opposition by the state legislature as well as some members of the Board of Trustees.

The chancellor is considering different options to meet the $2.6 million budget cut. Most likely will be a budget reallocation to return a certain percentage, which makes it difficult for Bumpers College as most of our budget is in salaries. Bumpers College may have to return 2.5 percent with a portion of it being reoccurring monies. The chancellor is considering 1) reallocation, 2) hiring freeze,
3) furlough.

Each dean has been asked how they would meet budget cuts of 1 percent, 1.5 percent and 2 percent which would be on a reoccurring basis. Dr. Verma asked the Faculty Council to provide input after reviewing the budget cuts with their respective faculty and report back to Dr. Verma within the next 10 days.

Program Viability and Productivity Committee would like more time. The Distance Ed Committee would like to be considered a standing committee. The Time Tabulator Committee recommended that the time tabulator be used as a tool within the departments. The charge to the Time Tabulator Committee has been met.

Bumpers College – Associate Dean Donna Graham, No report

Division of Agriculture – Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President - Research Mark Cochran

Tony Windham has been named Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Extension. Michael T. Kidd has been named Director, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and Professor and Head, Department of Poultry Sciences with a start date of January 25, 2010. Dr. Cochran's office is working on scheduling campus interviews during the next month for three candidates for the Food Science (FDSC) Department Head position.

There is some concern regarding the changes in USDA of streamlining and trying to narrow the research focus in an attempt to clarify the role of USDA's research agency There are five areas the Division of Agriculture has been asked to provide reports: 1) global food security and hunger, 2) climate change, 3) sustainable energy, 4) childhood obesity, 5) food safety. This will most likely affect formula funds. USDA is now requiring the universities to report activities from formula funds against these priorities.

Governor Beebe presented his proposal to the state legislature for a balanced budget on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. This is the third cut in reoccurring funds with two this year. Unit heads were asked at the beginning of the fiscal year to prepare contingency plans to cut up to10 percent from their budgets. The first state cut this year was handled entirely through the Experiment Station but it will not be able to do so for the second cut. Units will be asked to share in the second state cut.

The mid-year cuts incurred this year will carry over to next fiscal year. Hence, there will be another deeper cut of approximately 3 to 5 percent for the units for next year's budget.

University Faculty Senate – Nann Miller

Hand out was provided. With respect to any furloughs for the University, the Faculty Senate recommended a 2 day furlough between now and the fiscal year end for only those earning over $50,000. Many of the facilities' improvements are contractual agreements so the budget cannot be altered. The Board of Trustees has approved a phased student fee for campus upgrades. The fee will cover the cost of these improvements during the next few years. There is a goal to increase classroom use efficiency (more hours of use) across campus. That means teaching more early morning classes and more evening classes.

Ag Curriculum Committee – Dave Kreider

Hand out was provided. The Ag Curriculum Committee has not met yet this semester. HESC did require a program change to conform to ACT 182. AGED 5363 new core proposal has been approved at first reading and AGED 5483 will most likely be approved with one change requested by the instructor for the writing class. Motion was made and seconded for the Faculty Council chair, Laurie Apple, to approve the curriculum changes as discussed by Dr. Krider with the understanding that any disagreement of AGED 5483 among the Ag Curriculum Committee will keep it from being approved.

HESC Curriculum Committee – Laurie Apple

With regard to English 1013/1023 discussion at the December, 2009 AFLS meeting, it had been approved on April 24 by the HESC faculty to accept students that are exempt from English composition 1013 and/or 1023 have met their requirement for composition in our core. These exempt hours may be met with general electives. Motion was made and seconded to approve the HESC faculty curriculum change.

Graduate Council Report – Larry Purcell, No report

Old Business – Laurie Apple
English Exemption
Faculty Council must confirm that the English 1013/1023 statement by HESC is correct and will be included in the catalog. The new English 3003 can be added to the check sheets by each department and can retain English 1013/1023 on the check sheets. Laurie Apple will send an email of clarification this week to college faculty.

Unit Heads Evaluation
Confirmation requested that unit heads have provided to their faculty information so that the faculty may evaluate them effectively. Drs. Cochran and Verma confirmed that each unit head has been requested to provide, in the unit heads evaluation criteria, what they have given their faculty for evaluation purposes.
New Business – Laurie Apple
Nominations Committee
Three people from the Faculty Council Committee must be added to the Nominations Committee. Please respond to Laurie Apple, as this committee must be complete by February.

By-laws Statement
The chair has been asked to review the By-laws as they refer to faculty membership. After discussion by the Faculty Council, the By-laws will continue as stated. The chair will send the current list of faculty to Faculty Council for updating.
The chair will send to the Faculty Council a list of all those are the Faculty Council Committee with term dates for confirmation.
MANRRS will host a MLK seminar on January 20 at 11:30 am in PLPA 009
Next Faculty Council meeting – February 19, 2010

Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m.

Submitted by
Carmen Alessi