ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
DATE:††††††††††† October 5, 2006
PRESENT:†††† Agnes Samples††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mark Hardt
††††††††††††††††††††††† Sandie Rietz†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Audrey ConnerRosberg
††††††††††††††††††††††† Johanna Mitchell††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Keith Edgerton
††††††††††††††††††††††† Noreen Lee†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Matt Redinger
††††††††††††††††††††††† Janii Pedersen (student)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alicia Esteves (student)
††††††††††††††††††††††† Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio)
ABSENT:†††††† Gershon Bulgatz Ė excused††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rakesh Sah Ė excused
††††††††††††††††††††††† Bruce Brumley Ė excused††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lorrie Steerey Ė excused
††††††††††††††††††††††† Craig McKenzie Ė excused
††††††††††††††††††††††† David Garloff (ex-officio)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary McNally (ex-officio)
††††††††††††††††††††††† John Cech (ex-officio)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Stacy Klippenstein (ex-officio)
††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Susan Fishbaugh (ex-officio)†††††††††††††† Bob Carr (ex-officio)
††††††††††††††††††††††† George White (ex-officio)††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Terrie Iverson (ex-officio)
GUEST:††††††††† Ron Sexton
PRESIDING: Audrey ConnerRosberg, Chair
Audrey ConnerRosberg called the meeting to order at 3:44 p.m.
The minutes of September 21 were accepted as presented.†
I.††††††††† ITEM FOR INFORMATION
Item 89† BSED Broadfield Major in Elementary Education.† Modification of an existing program.
ř Motion by Keith Edgerton, seconded by Matt Redinger to accept Item 89 for information.
ř Motion carried.
II.†††††††† Discussion with Chancellor Sexton
A.† Funding Model
Dr. Sexton noted that the CUPA comparisons that the Board of
Regents is using are in two categories:†
Governor Schweitzerís model would give the MUS an additional $50 million over the next biennium, but he has made it clear he canít make a commitment beyond two years.† We are moving away from an FTE-driven model, but will we go back to it after those two years are up?
MSU-Billingsí student-faculty ratio is currently the highest
in the MUS at 20.4 or so.†
Dr. Sexton noted that the BOR is moving toward more and more
There is going to be a different business model for public
universities.† Also, in the next three
years we are going to have to ask the City of
B.† Faculty Salary Inequities
Dr. Sexton observed that the pools of available faculty are
smaller and the salaries are higher than what we budget for.† In the
Dr. Sexton noted that the BOR has agreed to give up all the campus initiatives in order to get the Governorís budget.† This may lead the legislature to try to lock the MUS into the state pay plan, which will further hinder our ability to offer competitive faculty salaries.† As part of the agreement with the Governor, the BOR has also agreed not to raise tuition.† If the legislature decides to give us only $25 million instead of $50 million over the next biennium, we will have no way to make up the difference except tuition.† A tuition increase at that point will look very bad politically for the MUS.
C.† Shared Identity
Dr. Sexton noted that
D.† Compensation for Grants
Dr. Sexton cited that our grant compensation rules were made by a faculty and professional group.† The 20% rule is based on very vague language in the BOR Policy & Procedures Manual (not necessarily state law).† Through an agreement with the BOR and the legislature, the benchmark is that 20% of your time on campus you can use how you want, such as consulting.† However, when this rule gets translated into a grant situation, it is interpreted as 20% of your salary.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.