THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO

DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

 SUMMARY MINUTES OF THE

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2004

The first regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate for the academic year 2004–2005 was held September 9, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. in the Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04) with Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia, Chair, presiding.

I. Call to order and taking of attendance

Present: Diane Abdo, Rosalie Ambrosino, Stephen Bach, Guy Bailey, Thad Bartlerr, Robert Bayley, Ron Binks, Fred Bonner, Steven Boyd, Felecia Briscoe, John Byrd, Aaron Cassill, Anthony Chronopoulos, Stacey Davis, Mansour El-Kikhia, Daniel Engster, Damon Garcia, Timothy Goles, Eugene John, Craig Jordan, Richard Lewis, Kenneth Masden, Hayley Mayall, James McDonald, Frank Pino, Alyson Ponomarenko, Dianne Rahm, Robert Renthal, Carlos Salinas, Rudy Sandoval, Rocky Shih, Ted Skekel, Betty Travis, Yiuman Tse, Raydel Tullous, Sandra Welch, Karen Williams, Venetta Williams, Wan Yao

Absent:   Ron Ayers, Ronald Bagley, Jerry Barloco, Manuel Berriozábal (excused), Roger Enriquez, James Gallas, David Hansen, Lars Hansen (excused), David Johnson, Michael F. Kelly, Kerry Kennedy, Patrick McDaniel, Bill Mullen (excused), Joseph Stafford, Jude Valdez

Total members present:   39                    Total members absent:   16

II. Reports

A. Provost – Dr. Guy Bailey

Dr. Bailey said he looks forward to working with the Faculty Senate over the next year. He requested the appointment of a budget advisory committee to provide input during the upcoming legislative session. In the past, the priorities for any new funding allocated by the state have been faculty and staff pay raises, funds for new faculty hiring, and increases to Maintenance and Operations budgets, including travel allocations. As a result, salary increases have averaged three to four percent over the past five years. This year 75 new faculty have been hired and the University anticipates hiring many more next year.  Currently UTSA has 525 tenured/tenure-track faculty with a goal to hire 600 more over the next eight years. In terms of the growth of the institution, this is a realistic goal. In addition, UTSA has plans for construction totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars between now and 2010. Three more academic buildings will be added; new laboratories are under construction; and, expansions are planned for the University Center, Wellness and Recreation Center, and student housing. New parking garages and lots will also be built.

As the university moves to doctoral granting research status, the President has also emphasized the concern with preserving as much access as possible at the undergraduate level, while continuing to focus on undergraduate success and graduation rates.

There have recently been several administrative changes:

* Creation of a Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies – Dr. Joseph Stafford will serve in that position on a temporary basis.

* Appointment of Dr. William Baker as Interim Dean of the College of Sciences

* Appointment of Dr. Lynda de la Viña as Interim Dean of the College of Business.

* Appointment of Dr. Betty Merchant as Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

* Reorganization of the Provost’s Office: Dr. Sandra Welch, Vice Provost for Academic Compliance and Institutional Research, will focus on compliance and accountability issues. Dr. David Johnson, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will oversee faculty hiring and the tenure and promotion process. All of these areas have recently been under constant scrutiny at both the System and State levels.

* Assignment of Dr. Richard Lewis to work with both the President’s and Provost’s offices to interface with faculty committees and the Faculty Senate.

* Changes in titles for Dr. Rosalie Ambrosino (Vice President for Student Affairs and Undergraduate Studies) and Dr. Larry Williams (Associate Vice President for Academic Support and Dean of Undergraduate Studies).

* Appointment of Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Lewis said it is an exciting change to get the Senate and the administration on the same page. He thanked the Senate for having him report on the UTSA Compact over the past year and the comments from Senators that they tried to incorporate into the final version. The UT System made very few changes to the document sent forward from UTSA and approved the Compact on July 27. This living document could best be labeled as a short-term strategic plan. Goals set for a year or two out can then be measured to determine the status of the institution. Next steps include determining what units at various levels will be required to prepare compacts that mirror the university’s document. The first year of the process will be the most difficult as benchmarks are established. Once benchmarks are set, even down to the departmental level, they can be evaluated each year. The expectation is that things will not be done differently but will be articulated better to convey what is currently being done and to project where the university is going in terms of moving to Research I status. Dr. Rudy Sandoval said this appeared to be a system that is going to be driven from the top down with the President stating goals and objectives and everyone else falling in line. Dr. Lewis replied the process is seen as more bottom-up than top down. UTSA has a vision statement that captures where UTSA is going. The next six strategic areas in the document are things that have been talked about for years. For example, establish world-class intellectual excellence, enhance participation and success in higher education, and create a quality service-centered environment on campus – all short-term goals that will be worked on over the next few years. Dr. Rocky Shih asked if the use of the term “live document” implies that all the progressive measures modify from year to year. Dr. Lewis said only measures that are determined to be ineffective will be modified. The reality is the various areas of the university, whether academic, support, or student services roles, are going to plug into the different parts of the compact. Dr. Felecia Briscoe expressed concern about having the resources necessary to meet the goals. For instance, UTSA has one of the worst student/faculty ratios in the State of Texas. Dr. Bailey responded that ratio is why UTSA has such an ambitious faculty hiring plan, acknowledging that UTSA has the second largest student/faculty ratio in the State. UTSA has set a realistic goal of a ratio of 20 to 1, which will happen over time. Dr. Lewis said Senators should contact him directly with comments or if he can assist them in any way.

Dr. Bailey said over the course of the year the colleges will also be working on compacts. Experience with the UT System indicates these documents are not punitive but rather an attempt for the institution to be able to say what it wants to be and do and how it wants to be measured.

Dr. Sandy Welch distributed a summary of the results of a recent meeting of the UT System Accountability Committee. The committee consists of representatives from current Tier 1 universities and from emerging research universities. With state government officials definitely driving the numbers, the participants discussed concerns and problems and set targets, some very doable and some more challenging. Effective Fall 2004, the following list of Accountability Targets will be applied to all UT System components:

1. Enrollment: 2% increase in headcount per year.

2. FTE Enrollment: 1.33% increase in FTE students per year.

3. Graduation and Persistence Rate: Move current 6 year percentages to 5 years.

4. Graduates: Number of degrees (all levels) 5% increase per year.

5. Percent lower-division courses taught by full-time, terminally qualified faculty: 1% increase per year.

6. FTE students/FTE faculty: .25% decrease per year.

7. Federal research expenditures/FTE faculty: 3% increase per year.

8. Research expenditures: 5% increase per year.

9. Administrative costs: not resolved (hold steady given increases demanded in enrollment, FTE faculty, research).

10. Space utilization: increase by 2 hours over 4 years.

Dr. Ron Ayers asked if there will be penalties if these goals are not achieved. Dr. Welch replied that penalties would not be funding taken away but money an institution would not receive. Appropriations will be broken into areas such as access, excellence in research, etc. with each school targeting a couple of areas. It has not yet been determined how much money will be put into each area.  Institutions are being told to achieve the goals first and then money will be discussed later.

In response to a question about enrollment being at 40,000 by 2010, Dr. Bailey noted that, at some point, the university will run out of land on the 1604 campus since there are limitations on where buildings can be placed on the property. The Downtown Campus is also becoming crowded. The two percent per year increase in head count is not a problem for UTSA; this year’s increase is six percent. In order to increase graduation rates, areas such as advising and financial aid will need to continue to improve their work with undergraduates. One thing the university is trying to do is have UT System review what is meant by “terminally qualified faculty.” It is anticipated that Senate committees will assist with this process.

Dr. Bailey announced another initiative that will help the university be more competitive with research. This is an accounting item that will not affect faculty negatively. The current policy requires tenured/tenure-track faculty to pay thirty-three percent to buy out a course. In the future, faculty will have a five course teaching load per semester; however, every faculty member will automatically receive two course reductions per semester (one for research, one for service). This means it will only require twenty percent of the faculty member’s salary to buy out a course. This change will ensure both time and effort add up to 100% and will reduce the amount of money needed to buy out a course, which will encourage more faculty to buy courses on their grants. The goal is to have this go into effect in January; however, there are many accounting and payroll issues involved and it may be next year before these are all resolved.

B. Senate Chair – Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia

Dr. El-Kikhia thanked everyone for their time and efforts. It is very important the Faculty Senate, as a governance body, represent the faculty of UTSA. To accomplish this, Senators need to be more serious about their jobs and the Senate needs to be more serious about its efforts. Last year, an ad hoc committee was appointed to review the Faculty Senate and its effectiveness. This committee’s report will be sent to the Senate in the next few days and then discussed at the next meeting. The work of this committee will continue during the current academic year.

C. Secretary of the General Faculty – Dr. James McDonald

Dr. McDonald reported on issues discussed at the UT System Faculty Advisory Committee meeting:

Health Care – increases to health care nationwide are expected to be twelve to sixteen percent. Because the UT System subsidizes premium costs, UTSA employees can expect a four and one-half percent increase. There will also be changes to health care packages in terms of co-payments and other costs. A HMO option will still be available in San Antonio but it will be HMO Blue from Blue Cross/Blue Shield instead of Humana.

Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) – UTSA is among a very few of the UT System components that is actually going to increase the ORP matching contribution from six percent to eight and one-half percent. This will be a major benefit for many faculty and President Romo is the one to thank for allowing this enhancement. Dr. El-Kikhia noted he will ask a representative from Human Resources to give the Senate a presentation on recent changes to the ORP retirement system.

D. Nominating, Elections, and Procedures Committee – Dr. Raydel Tullous

POST ELECTION RESULTS (*indicates new members elected at the September 9, 2004 Faculty Senate meeting)

Officers and Executive Committee

Mansour El-Kikhia                        Chair

*Felecia Briscoe                        Vice Chair

*James McDonald                        Secretary of the General Faculty

*Steven Boyd                                    Secretary

*Rudy Sandoval                        Parliamentarian

*Karen Williams                        College of Business

*Robert Bayley                        College of Education and Human Development

*Rocky Shih                                    College of Engineering

*Bill Mullen                                           College of Liberal and Fine Arts

*Dianne Rahm                        College of Public Policy

*Betty Travis                                    College of Sciences

*Kenneth Masden                        School of Architecture

Ted Skekel                                    Chair, Graduate Council

 

Academic  Freedom and Tenure Committee

  Diane Abdo, CoLFA

*Thad Bartlett, CoLFA

 Karan Bhanot, CoB

*Fred Bonner, CoEHD

 Kolleen Guy, CoLFA

 Ben Olguin, CoLFA

*Alyson Ponomarenko

 Robin Radtke, CoB

*Nestor Sanchez

*Rudy Sandoval

 

Academic Policy and Requirements Committee

*Ron Ayers, CoB

*Philip Chen, CoE

 Hayley Mayall, CoEHD

 Bill Mullen, CoLFA

 Chris Reddick, CoPP

*Robert Renthal, CoS

 Rudy Sandoval, CoB

Budget Committee

*Felecia Briscoe, CoEHD (Faculty Senate Vice Chair)

*Stephan Bach, CoS

*Ron Binks, CoLFA

 Ellen Clark, CoEHD

 Manuel Diaz, CoE

*Marc Giaccardo, SoA

*Dianne Robinson, CoEHD

*Rudy Sandoval, CoB 

 Arturo Vega, CoPP

*Yiuman Tse, CoB

Evaluation, Merit, Rewards, and Workload Committee

*Ronald Bagley, CoE

Janice Bush, CoS 

*Stacey Davis, CoLFA

*Daniel Engster, CoLFA

Roger Enriquez, CoPP

*Lars Hansen, CoE

James McDonald, CoLFA

Mona Narain, CoLFA

*Frank Pino, CoLFA

*Dianne Robinson, CoEHD

Betty Travis, CoS

*Deanna White, FI

Andrew Tsin, CoS

Nominating, Elections, and Procedures Committee

*Robert Bayley, CoEHD

A. T. Chronopoulos, CoS

*Eugene John, CoE

Kim Keller, CoPP

James McDonald, CoLFA

*Shelly Roff, SoA

*Michael Ryan, CoLFA

*Carlos Salinas, CoLFA 

Raydel Tullous, CoB

 

University Curriculum Committee

 Ronald Ayers, CoB

*Manuel Berriozábal, CoS

Mark Blizard, SoA

*Steven Boyd, CoLFA

*Felecia Briscoe, CoEHD

Norma Cantu, CoLFA

Kolleen Guy, CoLFA

Dan Hogenauer, CoE

Martha Lundell, CoS

James McDonald, CoLFA 

Tom Ricento, CoEHD

III. Graduate Council Consent Calendar

 None

IV. Unfinished Business
V. New Business

None

VI. Questions to the Provost

 

VII. Adjournment – Dr. El-Kikhia closed the meeting by asking each Senator to distribute a report of Senate activities to faculty in their department. The Senate must be more active so faculty will know what is being done. Over the next two to three meetings, Senators needs to work on revamping the Senate in many ways.


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Last updated June 2, 2005