Cleveland State University

Faculty Senate

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE
MAY 6, 2009

I.      Approval of the Agenda for the May 6, 2009 Meeting
II.     Resolution for President Michael Schwartz (Report No. 28, 2008-2009)
III.
  Report of the Faculty Senate President
IV.
  Elections
V.
   University Curriculum Committee
VI.
  University Admissions and Standards Committee
VII.   University Faculty Affairs Committee
VIII.  Budget and Finance Committee
IX.    Annual Reports
X.     Report of the President of the University
XI.    New Business

PRESENT:   Beasley, Belovich, Berlin Ray, C. C. Bowen, W. Bowen, Cagan, Dixit, Duffy, Goodell, Gordon-Pershey, Govea, Gross, Hansman, Hollinger, M. D. Jones, Kalafatis, S. Kaufman, Larson, Little, Mensforth, Mikelbank, Rashidi, G. Ray, E. E. Rogers, Rom, Sawicki, Shukla, Silberger, M. Smith, Steinberg, Tebeau, Visocky-O’Grady, Vonderwell, Welfel, Weyman, J. Wilson, Xu, Yu.

Boyle, Droney, Hanniford, Heinrich, Markovic, Olson, Sadlek, M. Schwartz, D. Stewart (for L. Patterson), Sutton, Vogelsang-Coombs.

ABSENT:   C. Alexander, Barrow, Dougherty (for H. Robertson), Komar, Meier, K. O’Neill, B. Ray, Sterio, Tukel, Zhou.

Anagnostos, C. Bailey, Benmerzouga, Bonder, Q. Brooks, Drnek, Ghorashi, E. Hill, Legan-Turner, McLoughlin, Mearns, Nuru-Holm,L. E. Reed, M. J. Saunders, Scherer, R. Thompson, Thornton.

ALSO PRESENT:   Engelking, Jeziorowski, Lieske, Matthews, M. Wells.

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki called the meeting to order at 3:10 P.M. He noted that refreshments are available and everyone should simply help themselves during the meeting.

I.  Approval of the Agenda for the May 6, 2009 Meeting

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki stated that the proposed Agenda is recommended by the Academic Steering Committee. He then asked for approval of the Agenda. Acceptance of the Agenda for the May 6, 2009 meeting was moved, seconded and approved.

At this point, Senate President Sawicki recognized Senator David Larson.

II.   Resolution for President Michael Schwartz (Report No. 28, 2008-2009)

Senator David Larson stated that he wished to move a Resolution that the Faculty Senate commend President Michael Schwartz for his many achievements during his presidency of Cleveland State University. He noted that Jerzy Sawicki, President of the Faculty Senate, will read the Resolution.

Senate President Sawicki asked for a second to the motion. The motion was seconded. Senate President Sawicki then read the Resolution for President Michael Schwartz.

RESOLUTION OF THE FACULTY SENATE

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz was appointed the President of Cleveland State University in November 2001, having served as Interim President of the University; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz has announced an intention to retire as President in June 2009; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz arrived at CSU after distinguished service as a faculty member and dean, and as the Provost and President of Kent State University; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz spearheaded an award-winning major construction program, transforming the face of our campus and opening the University to the life of the City; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz substantially enhanced student services, making the benefits of a university education more accessible to our students; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz led CSU to adopt enhanced admissions standards, and improved the ties between our University and other institutions of higher learning in the region; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz led CSU to create an Honors Program and related programs for the highest achieving students; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz, as President, joined the life of CSU to the life of our City, Region and Nation, an accomplishment recognized with a Civil Leadership Award; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz, as President, served as the leader of the University Faculty and has announced his intention to continue to serve on the Faculty; and

WHEREAS, Michael Schwartz inspired what is described as a “renaissance” at CSU, bringing light to our buildings and academic programs while engaging the University with Cleveland, the Region, and the World;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, on this 6th day of May 2009, the Faculty Senate of Cleveland State University expresses its heartfelt gratitude to President Schwartz for his leadership and extends our warmest best wishes on this return to the full-time faculty.

At this point, Senate President Sawicki asked Senate members to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution of the Faculty Senate to recognize President Michael Schwartz for distinguished service to Cleveland State University was unanimously approved.

Everyone enthusiastically applauded President Michael Schwartz.

President Michael Schwartz commented that he has been outlining a book about the presidency, the title of which is, “I’m Sure the President Would Like to Say A Few Words.”

President Schwartz said that he is very grateful for the Resolution which probably means more to him than almost anything and is very important to him. He will find a nice spot to place the Resolution on his wall or desk. He said that he is especially grateful for two things: one is the enormous good will that has lead the administration and its ideas, some good and some not so good, but the good will has always been there from the faculty and from the student body and no president could ever ask for more than that. The other thing for which he is extremely grateful is his best friend and partner, Joanne Schwartz, who, when she got into this thing, she thought with her eyes wide open, and about a year later was stunned by the demands that she faced, and she has carried those out on behalf of this university with style and grace and intelligence and from time to time sympathy. No one with those things behind the faculty and the student body as wonderful as ours and with a partner as wonderful as his could possibly... He said that he is enormously grateful to Faculty Senate, not so much for the Resolution, but for eight of the best years of his professional life and he will never, ever, forget everyone and those eight years. He thanked everyone very much. Everyone again enthusiastically applauded President Michael Schwartz.

III.   Report of the Faculty Senate President

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki noted that he had several items to report. The first item pertained to the University President. As everyone knows, the University Trustees have met and with the consent of the Presidential Search Committee and Senators representing each college, Dr. Ronald Berkman has been selected as the next President of the University starting July 1, 2009. Senate President Sawicki stated that it is hoped that Dr. Ronald Berkman will fulfill our expectations.

Senate President Sawicki stated that the second item is a report on the last meeting of the Ohio Faculty Council in April 2009. There was election of officers. Professor Rudy Fenwick from the University of Akron has been elected chair of the Ohio Faculty Council. This was the meeting during which they met with Chancellor Eric Fingerhut and the Chancellor raised two issues which he summarized. First, the Chancellor discussed the topic of a proposal to the former construction bidding rules for universities in order that construction projects could move more quickly and efficiently. The central issue is whether universities will contract with one, a one-time contractor for the whole project, or must they contract with multiple contractors, multiple times as is the current process. The Chancellor pointed out two ways that contract bidding could be more efficient. One way is to follow a common practice in the private sector which is to design and build. Under this practice universities will keep the entire architecture and construction team before beginning. Second, is to hire a contractor who would guarantee the construction price and work with sub-contractors to meet the price. New bidding rules would apply to all State construction projects. The Chancellor estimated approximately $3 billion is used in all State construction. It was estimated that new rules might result in 15% to 20% or more in savings. The prevailing wage rules would still apply as would minority and female participation rules. There was a major push to get the new rules approved in the current State budget. A resolution was introduced and passed by the Ohio Faculty Council endorsing the proposed changes in the construction rules and urged university faculty to contact their legislators to support the proposed changes.

Senate President Sawicki stated that the second topic the Chancellor discussed at the Ohio Faculty Council meeting were proposed changes in the State for providing student financial aid. The Ohio College Opportunity Grant Program (OCOG) is now three years old and had been implemented one class at a time. The current aid formula gives students at for-profit institutions, one and one half times, and students at private universities, two times the aid given to students at public universities. Also, since the program has been created, Pell Grants have increased as part of the federal stimulus bill and tuition has been frozen. It was being proposed that private schools and for-profits be removed from the program although block grants would be available to private schools to the degree that they recruit and graduate Pell eligible students. It was also proposed that the Choice Program that gives $500 to students going to privates be eliminated. The Chancellor emphasized that the proposal was not cutting aid to community college students. It would bring additional dollars to State universities along with increases in Pell and SSI, State Share of Instruction.

Senate President Sawicki reported that the Ohio Faculty Council also discussed the draft of the new SSI formula and state support for universities from total enrollment to student outcomes, such as course completion and graduation rates. Concern was expressed that the shift to student outcomes, especially the course completion rates, would put pressure on faculty to inflate grades so that more students would pass courses. The pressure would likely be strongest on non-tenure track faculty with yearly contracts and on graduate assistants. The Ohio Faculty Council would work on drafting a resolution regarding faculty maintaining high standards.

Finally, Senate President Sawicki noted that the last item, which actually was the first item of that meeting of the Ohio Faculty Council in April, was a presentation given by Dr. Jerry Wicks from Bowling Green State University about the Ohio Higher Education Rail Network (OHERN). The proposal would link all Ohio public and private colleges and universities by rail service. The initiation came from the Chancellor. Dr. Wicks discussed the proposed resolution. It is expected that revenues would cover forty percent of the cost of construction. Many numbers were provided. The estimated yearly operational cost of the system is expected to be about $104 million. The need for that assessment was discussed. He noted that the Akron Amtrak Station is right on the campus of Akron State University and they were very happy about the project.

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki turned to the next agenda item, elections, which were conducted by the Senate Vice President Jim Wilson with the help of Violet and others.

IV.   Elections

Following formal procedures for nominating candidates for election to the various committees of the Faculty Senate and other posts, members of Senate elected the following faculty.

University Faculty Affairs Committee
Two-year terms:
    Professor William Beasley
    Professor Grace Huang
    Professor Jeff Karem

Minority Affairs Committee
Two-year terms:
    Professor Ronnie Dunn
    Professor José Sola

Budget and Finance Committee
Two-year terms:
    Professor Joanne Belovich
    Professor José Sola
    Professor Barbara Modney

Board of Trustees
One-year terms:
    Professor Crystal Weyman

Board Committee on Honorary Degrees, Citations and Recognitions
Three-year term:
    Professor Justin Vaughn

Ohio Faculty Council
Two-year term:
    Professor Brian Ray

Copyright Review Committee
Three-year term:
    Professor Angelin Chang

Patent Review Committee
Three-year term:
    Professor Edward Keshock

Equal Opportunity Hearing Panel
Three-year Terms:
    Professor Eileen Berlin Ray
    Professor Chieh Chen Bowen
    Professor Elise Rogers
    Professor Jennifer Visocky-O’Grady

V.   University Curriculum Committee

Professor John Jeziorowski, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, reported that the UCC is pleased to introduce eleven proposals for Senate’s consideration today. He added that there are content representative experts for each of the proposals to respond to questions.

A. Proposed Black Studies Major (Report No. 29, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski stated that the University Curriculum Committee’s first item is a Proposed Black Studies Major. He asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion of the proposal, Senate President Sawicki noted that the UCC has proposed a Black Studies Major and asked Senators to vote. The proposed Black Studies Major was approved unanimously by voice vote.

B. Proposed Non-Thesis Track for Masters In Environmental Science (Report No. 30, 2008-2009)

Professor Jeziorowski next presented the UCC’s Proposed Non-Thesis Track for a Masters in Environmental Science. He asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion of the proposal, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has proposed a Non-Thesis Track for a Masters in Environmental Science and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Non-Thesis Track for a Masters in Environmental Science was approved unanimously by voice vote.

C. Proposed Name Change for Department of Sociology (Report No. 31, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski stated that the next item is a Proposed Name Change of the Department of Sociology to the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He then asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has proposed a Name Change of the Department of Sociology to the Department of Sociology and Criminology and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Name Change of the Department of Sociology to the Department of Sociology and Criminology was approved unanimously by voice vote.

D. Proposal to Redesign the First-Year Writing Sequence (Report No. 32, 2008-2009)

Professor Jeziorowski stated that the next item is the UCC’s Proposal to Re-design the First-Year Writing Sequence. He noted that Senator David Larson is in attendance to respond to questions.

There being no questions or discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has proposed to Re-design the First-Year Writing Sequence and asked Senators to vote. The Proposal to Re-design the First-Year Writing Sequence was approved unanimously by voice vote.

E. Proposed Requirement of All Communication Majors to Earn Grades of C or Better in COM 101 and COM 303 to Count towards the Major (Report No. 33, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski noted that the next item of the UCC is a proposed Requirement of All Communication Majors to Earn Grades of C or Better in COM 101 and COM 303 to Count towards the Major. He asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki noted that the UCC has proposed a Requirement of All Communication Majors to Earn Grades of C or Better in COM 101 and COM 303 to Count towards the Major and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Requirement of All Communication Majors to Earn Grades of C or Better in COM 101 and COM 303 to Count towards the Major was approved unanimously by voice vote.

F. Proposed Increase in General Communication Major Credit Requirement from 36 to 40 (Report No. 34, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski presented the next item of the UCC which was a Proposed Increase in the General Communication Major Credit Requirement from 36 to 40 credit hours. He then asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion on the proposal, Senate President Sawicki asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Increase in the General Communication Major Credit Requirement from 36 to 40 credit hours was approved unanimously by voice vote.

G. Proposed Changes to Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum (Report No. 35, 2008-2009)

Professor Jeziorowski next presented the UCC’s Proposed Changes to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum. He noted that Senator Steve Duffy is present to respond to any questions.

There being no discussion on the proposal, Senate President Sawicki asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Changes to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum was approved unanimously by voice vote.

H. Proposed Changes to Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum (Report No. 36, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski next presented the UCC’s Proposed Changes to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum. He then asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion on the proposal, Senate President Sawicki asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Changes to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum was approved unanimously by voice vote.

I. Proposed 4+1 Program for BSCIS/MCIS (Report No. 37, 2008-2009)

Dr. Jeziorowski next presented the UCC’s Proposed 4+1 Program for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information and Science and a Masters in Computer and Information Science. He asked if there was any discussion.

Dr. Peter Meiksins asked if twelve hours will be an allowable number of credits that overlap between the BA and the Masters. An unidentified person responded that Professor Meiksins was correct.

There being no further discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has Proposed a 4+1 Program for BSCIS/MCIS and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed 4+1 Program for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information and Science and a Masters in Computer and Information Science was approved unanimously by voice vote.

J. Proposed 4+1 Program in Physics (Report No. 38, 2008-2009)

Professor Jeziorowski then presented the UCC’s Proposed 4+1 Program in Physics. He then asked if there was any discussion on the proposal.

There being no discussion on the proposal, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has proposed a 4+1 Program in Physics and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed 4+1 Program in Physics was unanimously approved by voice vote.

K. Proposed Collaborative Master of Science Degree Program between CSU Chemistry Department and Four Universities in China (Report No. 39, 2008-2009)

Finally, Professor Jeziorowski presented the UCC’s Proposed Collaborative Master of Science Degree Program between the CSU Chemistry Department and Four Universities in China. The four universities are: Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Guangxi Teacher Education University (GTEU), Shenyang Pharmaceutical University (SYPHU)) and Chongqing Three Gorges University (CTGU). Dr. Jeziorowski asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion on the proposal, Senate President Sawicki stated that the UCC has proposed a Collaborative Master of Science Degree Program between the CSU Chemistry Department and Four Universities in China and asked Senators to vote. The proposed Collaborative Master of Science Degree Program between the CSU Chemistry Department and Four Universities in China was unanimously approved by voice vote.

Senator William Bowen asked what happened to the proposed PDP for a Doctorate in Medical Physics which was an item on the original Senate Agenda. Dr. Jeziorowski responded that this proposal has not been reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee. Professor Miron Kaufman inquired if the proposal has gone to the Provost. Dr. Jeziorowski replied that the Provost hasn’t received the proposal yet. The proposal will be reviewed by UCC on May 15, 2009. Dr. Jeziorowski went on to say that the order of sequence according to UCC guidelines is for UCC approval and then to the Provost.

Senator Elice Rogers asked what happened to the Proposal on the Black Studies Major. Senate President Sawicki responded that the Senate has approved the Black Studies Major proposal.

VI.  University Admissions and Standards Committee

A. Proposed Revision to Change of Grade and Grade Dispute Policy (Report No. 40, 2008-2009)

Senator Michael Wells, chair of the University Admissions and Standards Committee, stated that the first item from the Committee is the Proposed Revision to the Change of Grade and Grade Dispute Policy. He asked if there was any discussion on the proposal.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki noted that the Admissions and Standards Committee has proposed a Revision to the Change of Grade and Grade Dispute Policy and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Revision to the Change of Grade and Grade Dispute Policy was approved unanimously by voice vote.

B. Proposed Revision to Graduate Admission Categories (Report No. 41, 2008-2009)

Senator Wells presented the Admissions and Standards Committee’s Proposed Revision to Graduate Admission Categories. He then asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the Admissions and Standards Committee has proposed a Revision to Graduate Admission Categories and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed revision to Graduate Admissions Categories was approved unanimously by voice vote.

C. Proposed Revision to the Honors GPA/Probation Rules (Report No. 42, 2008-2009)

Senator Wells then presented the Admissions and Standards Committee’s Proposed Revision to the Honors GPA/Probation Rules and asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki noted that the Admissions and Standards Committee has proposed a Revision to the Honors GPA/Probation Rules and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Revision to the Honors GPA/Probation Rules was approved unanimously by voice vote.

D. Proposal to Clarify which credits earned through Study Abroad may Count as “In Residence” for CSU Students (Report No. 43, 2008-2009)

Finally, Senator Wells presented the Admissions and Standards Committee’s Proposal to Clarify which credits earned through Study Abroad may Count as “In Residence” for Cleveland State University Students. He asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the Admissions and Standards Committee has presented a Proposal to Clarify which credits earned through Study Abroad may Count as “In Residence” for CSU Students and asked Senators to vote. The A&S Committee’s Proposal to Clarify which Credits earned through Study Abroad may Count as “In Residence for Cleveland State University Students was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Senate President Sawicki informed Senate that Professor Gary Dyer, chair of the University Faculty Affairs Committee, was to present the Committee’s proposed revision to the Bylaws but he is unable to be at Senate today. He noted that Senator Connie Hollinger, who is a member of UFAC, will present the proposal.

VII.  University Faculty Affairs Committee

Proposed Revision to the Bylaws 8.2.1 Articled I College Faculties
A) Membership and Bylaws (Second Reading) (Report No. 24, 2008-2009)

Senator Connie Hollinger presented the University Faculty Affairs Committees Proposed Revision to the Bylaws 8.2.1 Article I, College Faculties, A) Membership and Bylaws. She went on to say that the proposal basically is designed to bring the Greenbook into congruence with the AAUP Contract. The Greenbook language is very old at a time when the definition of Clinical Faculty basically was Adjunct Faculty. The proposed revision adds Clinical Associate Professors and Clinical Assistant Professors to the list of “College Faculty” provided in the Bylaws. She noted that this is the second reading because revisions to the Bylaws require two readings. Senator Hollinger then asked if there was any discussion.

There being no discussion, Senate President Sawicki stated that the University Faculty Affairs Committee has proposed a Revision to the Bylaws 8.2.1 Article I College Faculties, A) Membership and Bylaws, and asked Senators to vote. The Proposed Revision to the Bylaws 8.2.1 Article I College Faculties A) Membership and Bylaws was approved unanimously by voice vote.

VIII.  Budget and Finance Committee

Update on the Budget and Annual Report (Report No. 44, 2008-2009)

Senator Joanne Belovich, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, reported that the committee has met monthly with Vice President Jack Boyle and Provost Mary Jane Saunders and other senior members of the administrative staff. She noted that the Annual Report and Summary of the Budget and Finance Committee is currently being distributed by Violet.

Senator Belovich noted that of course everyone is interested in what is going on with the Fiscal 2010 CSU budget. She commented that in the Committee Report she has listed the budget cuts given by Vice President Boyle’s office for next year’s budget which begins July 1, 2009. She reported that our expenditures are projected to be $5.7 million greater than what they were for 2009. The main increases are due to: $2 million in utilities, $1 million in debt service for the fume hood project, $1 million in fringe benefits, $800,000 expected increase in salaries and $700,000 in other debt service. In addition, revenue for that year is expected to be $2.7 million less than fiscal 09 mainly because of a $4 million decline in budgeted investment income. So altogether that means that we were required to cut about $8.7 million from the CSU budget for fiscal 10. She added that her summary gives a breakdown of the budget cuts for all of the units. Senator Belovich pointed out that on the second page of the handout, there is a breakdown of the Colleges and academic units which were required to cut 3.5% of their budget for a total of $3.3 million and this includes all of the academic colleges. She reported that the Vice President of Business took the second biggest cut which was 18.6% of the total cuts which was 5.2% of his budget for $1.6 million. In Non-College Provost, the cut was 19% of the budget which was 7% of the total cuts in the amount of $2.5 million. From what she understands, vacancy savings was dropped from the individual colleges and that went into the Provost’s budget. She added that it is not as if they were cutting 19% from the Vice Provost’s budget because it includes a lot of vacancy savings from the Colleges. The total budget cut for next year is $8.7 million which is 4.6% of the budget.

Senator Belovich reported that the University did look at outsourcing things like custodial services but decided that no money would be saved on that without severely impacting the custodians’ wages and benefits. In addition, the Board of Trustees did pass a resolution and the administration is trying to do these cuts without layoffs. She stated that she didn’t know if there would be any layoffs but the administration is really trying to avoid layoffs.

Senator Belovich reported that the budget for fiscal 2011 is still very fluid right now. In addition, for this year, we have no increase for undergraduate tuition.

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki stated that there are eight Annual Reports from the various Senate standing committees in addition to the Budget and Finance Committee Annual Report that was just distributed. The chairs of the committees are present to respond to any questions. He added that if there are no questions, Senate will simply receive the reports. He then asked Senate members if there was any discussion of any of the reports.

IX.  Annual Reports

A. University Curriculum Committee (Report No. 45, 2008-2009)

B. Admissions and Standards Committee (Report No. 46, 2008-2009)

C. Committee on Athletics (Report No. 47, 2008-2009)

D. Minority Affairs Committee (Report No. 48, 2008-2009)

E. Library Committee (Report No. 49, 2008-2009)

F. Environmental Safety and Health Advisory Committee (Report No. 50, 2008-2009)

G. University Petitions Committee (Report No. 51, 2008-2009)

H. Instructional Media Services Committee (Report No. 52, 2008-2009)

There being no questions or discussion pertaining to the Annual Reports, Senate President Sawicki asked for a motion to receive them. It was moved, seconded and all nine Annual Reports were received.

X.  Report of the President of the University

President Michael Schwartz stated that he had a couple of matters to discuss. The first one is the budget for the next biennium. If any members saw the newspaper today, the revenue is drastically off in the State and the Chancellor is finishing this year State-wide in the red. The Governor is going to try to use the Rainy Day Fund to plug the hole. The problem is that the House used the Rainy Day Fund in their budget for the next biennium to balance it so the Senate will have its hands full and then some are trying to put a budget together for the next biennium and that’s even if the Governor can use the Rainy Day Fund to finish this year. So the notion of draconian cuts to stay is clearly on the table and we haven’t got a clue about what that even might mean for us except that hard times are here. The other thing that we don’t know is whether or not the General Assembly and the Governor would relent on a tuition increase to give us a hand. President Schwartz is betting against it because he doesn’t think the politicians really want to break faith with the promise they made to the people. He noted that everybody will have to pull together and get in the game now as we try to figure out what our budget’s going to look like as we learn more. He said that he wished the news were better but it really isn’t. It is a hell of a thing to see on your way out and he wished it were very different.

President Schwartz noted that the other matter he wanted to mention is that he has now had some time to spend with President Designate Berkman. He added that he likes him and thinks his academic values are very, very good and, better than that, they are clear. He has a very fine understanding of not only the university in economic development but he also understands that there’s much more to that than the STEM disciplines and he is a clear supporter of the arts and humanities as well as everything else that we would hold dear here. He added that he is very, very impressed by him (Berkman) and he knows that everyone will get behind him and give him every shot. The honeymoon’s got to last at least thirty days. President Schwartz again said that Berkman is a fine guy and he is certain that everyone will like him and appreciate his work.

President Schwartz commented that he is going to disappear for one year and get out of President Designate Berkman’s way and everyone else’s way and come back and happily join everyone as a member of the faculty and try to be elected to this body (Faculty Senate) and everyone shouldn’t be too surprised. Other than that, he wished everyone a very fine end to the academic year. He added that he hoped to see many faculty at commencement exercises. President Schwartz thanked everyone and said that they have been very, very kind. Everyone applauded President Michael Schwartz.

XI.  New Business

Senator Andrew Gross asked for sixty seconds of the Senate’s time. He asked if we could start budget cuts by distributing all of these reports and requests in email or one copy per department or per college even because he bets dollars to donuts that most people haven’t read this volume of materials for today’s meeting.

Senate President Sawicki responded that Senator Gross touched a point and stated that the Steering Committee decided and will announce at the first Senate meeting in the fall that all reports coming to the Academic Steering Committee must be in electronic format. There will be no exceptions – everything must be in electronic format. In addition, there will be hard deadlines and Professor John Jeziorowski, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, is preparing hard deadlines which will be announced at the first Senate meeting. He added that he was told by Violet that Senate spent about $3,000 for copying for this meeting. This is not acceptable and for bookkeeping purposes, and for savings, and for convenience, we will go electronic.

Senator Mittie Davis Jones asked about the budget. She wondered if we have a balanced budget and are we required to have a balanced budget. President Schwartz replied that we are required to have a balanced budget.

Vice President Jack Boyle stated that we are required to have a balanced budget. We can use the reserves to get to a balanced budget but our intent is to have a balanced budget from a cash standpoint meaning that we won’t make up the paper losses to our investment portfolio but we will be balanced from a cash standpoint.

An unidentified Senator asked about our cash reserves. Vice President Boyle replied that at the moment we are at around sixty percent.

Senator Mittie Davis Jones inquired when our new President will take office. President Schwartz replied that our new President will take office on July 1, 2009. President Schwartz stated that there might be a one week gap. President Schwartz added that the new President and his wife have not yet decided where they will live – they are looking everywhere.

There being no further business, Senate President Jerzy Sawicki asked for a motion to adjourn. It was moved, seconded and the meeting adjourned at 4:20 P.M.

Heidi H. Meier
Faculty Senate Secretary

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