ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
DATE: September 21, 2006
PRESENT: Agnes Samples Rakesh Sah
Sandie Rietz Bruce Brumley
Audrey ConnerRosberg Johanna Mitchell
Keith Edgerton Gershon Bulgatz
Craig McKenzie Matt Redinger
Janii Pedersen (student)
ABSENT: Noreen Lee – excused Mark Hardt – excused
Lorrie Steerey – excused
David Garloff (ex-officio) Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio)
Mary McNally (ex-officio) John Cech (ex-officio)
Mary Susan Fishbaugh (ex-officio) Bob Carr (ex-officio)
George White (ex-officio) Terrie Iverson (ex-officio)
Stacy Klippenstein (ex-officio)
GUESTS: Geoff Gamble Rolf Groseth
PRESIDING: Audrey ConnerRosberg, Chair
Audrey ConnerRosberg called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m.
The minutes of September 14 were accepted as presented.
I. Discussion with President Geoff Gamble
Dr. Gamble introduced himself and noted that this is his sixth year as president.
Funding Model Inequities
Do you see a solution to the funding model inequities?
What are you going to
do about inequities between
Dr. Gamble noted that slow change is beginning in the system
perspective on the funding model. The
entire Montana University System is under funded—we are at about 2/3 of our
comparable state systems in neighboring states.
The MUS has hired a consultant, Dennis Jones, to review how our funding model
works. The data revealed that, compared
to like institutions in the region, the worst funded unit was
The Regents have tried to shift some funding to the COTs, but the data indicates the COTs are only mildly under funded comparatively. The solution for some problems is private funding for faculty lines. These partnerships with private business and industry have to be worded carefully and are not appropriate for all academic programs. However, having private funding for one program can shift state funding to another program. The Regents and the Commissioner’s Office are developing a new funding model with some elements of the old model.
Dr. Gamble noted that in regard to faculty salaries, they
compare positions at Universities in surrounding states using the CUPA (College
and University Personnel Association) categories of positions, not a comparison
In light of the new
What is your five-year strategic plan for our relationship?
Dr. Gamble stated that each campus should have its own
identity that is built of that unit’s history and surroundings. Under the surface of that image, the MSU
units need to work as efficiently and effectively together as possible. If this economizing frees up money, that
money stays at your campus. In other
words, the “front office” should have the feel of
Dr. Gamble noted that he has formed a shared governance
group that makes all the decisions on the
It was noted that at MSU-Billings, the budget committee and other groups like search committees may suffer from a lack of communication about the committee’s goals. The committee may think they are in a position of authority, but in fact they are not. If the goals were communicated to the committee, there would be less confusion and anger when a different result is reached than the committee intended.
Compensation for grants
Dr. Gamble cited that the 20% rule is not “unwritten.” It is law that state employees cannot have other jobs except through grants and consulting. In those areas, state employees are only allowed to go 20% of their salary over and above their current salary. It is important that everyone know that rule, even if it isn’t fair to some faculty.
Dr. ConnerRosberg thanked Dr. Gamble for visiting with the Senate.
The meeting adjourned at 5:38 p.m.