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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
October 24, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2006-07



Time:            3:15 p.m.  

Place:          Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:       Chairperson S. Lamb, Vice Chair B. Evans, Secretary C. Hoffman

                     S. Davis, B. Frank, A. Halpern, J. Hughes, M. Miller, T. Mulkey                   

Ex-Officio:     Provost J. Maynard


I.  Administrative Report


    1)  The Board of Trustees will meet  Wed. 11-1-06 at 10 a.m. 

         Agenda information will be distributed electronically in advance.


    2)  A Chair's Retreat ("Leadership Development") will take place this week.


    3)  Administrative searches - updates:


           -- VP Enrollment Services: President Benjamin has been provided information, including names   

               of nominees for the search committee.  He should be responding within 5-7 days.


           -- Dean, College of Arts and Sciences:  The internal search for permanent dean should take 2-3  

               months to complete.


           -- Dean, College of Business: Provost met with faculty on Friday 10-20.  A search committee is

              being formed.  The intention is to move forward for continuity of leadership.


           -- Director, Diversity and Affirmative Action: No new information available.


    4)  Nursing / HHP:  The Task Force, chaired by V. Sheets, has been meeting regularly, has 

         received input from the affected colleges and from outside consultants, and will submit its

         recommendation(s) to the Provost by mid November.  Expected options: (1) Maintain two   

         separate colleges and search (soon) for two deans, or (2) Create a "comprehensive" single 

         college and search (later) for one dean.  The decision should be made within the next two

         months. S. Lamb stressed the need to follow processes specified in the University Handbook.

         The Provost concurred.



II. Chair Report


     "Vice-Chair Blanche Evans and I met with Trustee President Mike Alley, Trustee Vice-President

      Ron Carpenter, President Benjamin, and Provost Maynard on Thursday, October 19th, at Condit House 

      to discuss the present climate on campus.  The conversation was extremely frank.  Trustee Alley stated

      that the 360 would take place this year.  He did not state when.  Trustee Alley conducted a fair and

      open meeting."


     Chair Lamb thanked B. Evans for her contributions to the discussion.  





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III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion


 1)  ISU is at a crossroads.  Issues noted:


    a) Enrollments are down.  Even the "leveling" this year is not grounds for relief. 

        Numbers must  increase significantly.


    b)  Funding is down, and increased state funding unlikely.  Administration is taking 

         steps to lower instructional costs.  The gap between ISU and Ball State is ~$1600     

         per in-state FTE.  Program Prioritization may result in cancellation of many degree  

         programs and the combining of departments. Two colleges may be merged. 

         The proposed reorganization of  Arts and Sciences is forging ahead.  All of these 

         "initiatives" are proceeding without a definitive cost-benefit analysis.


    c)  How will ISU be different after the above-noted "initiatives"?  Is the goal maximum

         budgetary efficiency?  Will ISU have any remaining "distinctive identity"?  Have 

         "Experiential Learning" and "Community Engagement" enhanced or diluted our image?


    d)  What effects will current processes and procedures have on the number and nature of  

         faculty hired within the next few years?  A large number of faculty are slated to retire 

         soon, which will permit recouping of significant funds. How and where will those funds 

         be applied?  Will the full-time, tenure-track faculty be replaced with non-tenure-track

         appointments (both full- and part-time)?  What will be the effect on the level of scholarly

         activity and on the character of the faculty itself?  What will be the effects on our new  

         "identity" and on the nature of the student body which ISU will be able to attract?  

         Has any evaluation and discussion of these considerations occurred?


    e)   In Arts and Sciences a majority of current chairs are interim, and because all but three 

         deans also are now interim, dean-level involvement in strategic planning is attenuated.  

         Although the provost and his staff are to be commended for their efforts to establish and 

         maintain stability, the institution suffers from a lack of vision and leadership at the 

         highest level.


    f)   The search of a new Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing, and 

         Communications is a positive step, but the appointee can be successful only if a 

         "distinctive identity" is clearly established and we can attract a student population which 

         matches the image which best represents us in the marketplace.  As one administrator

         is reported to have said: “There nothing distinguishing about Indiana State."


    g)  The faculty, Faculty Senate leadership, and administration must have serious, 

         collaborative conversations about our identity and, thus, which path we want to follow  

         into the future.  Critical decisions about academic structure and faculty hiring must occur

         within an agreed-upon, updated model (or vision) for this institution.













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 2) Question re: total cost of the new "Welcome Center"

        The Provost said he believes it to be approx. $100K - considerably less than has been rumored.  

        He will inquire and report back.



IV. MINUTES of 10/17/06 -- APPROVED (Miller, Halpern 9-0-0)


VI. Old Business -- none


VII. New Business – none


VIII. Standing Committee Liaison Reports


       SAC – Met Oct. 13 and heard from R. Guell about the TAFFY report and proposals to: 

                   -- create a "University College," and 

                   -- change the policy regarding academic dismissal of first-semester students earning        

                        GPAs of 1.00 or lower. 

                   Both items will be considered later. 

               The SAC approved a proposal to eliminate the printed schedule of classes.


       FEBC – Has been meeting every two weeks. 

                    Concerns being addressed:


                  -- Problems with timely refill of prescriptions: errors are (slowly) being corrected.

                  -- Retiree benefits: no guarantees exist; current faculty need better information to  

                         make informed retirement decisions.

                  -- Health Benefit Premium adjustments: current rates will continue for at least six   

                         months – a review will occur in July 2007.

                  -- Coverage for chemotherapy – disparities appear to exist between published and

                         FEBC-discussed coverage. 

                     [Later clarification:  Aricept is covered and chemo is covered at 80% level.]



The Committee went into Executive Session (Hughes, Halpern 9-0-0).


The Committee came out of Executive Session and adjourned at 4:32 p.m. (Davis, Miller 9-0-0).



Respectfully submitted,

C. Hoffman, Secretary