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March 17, 2011

Academic Council
March 17, 2011
Library Community Room

J. Post (p), S. Wheeler (a)
Conservatory: F. Hsiao (p), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (a), S. Giraldez (p), C. Goff (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (p), J. Lu (p), P. Meyer (p), C. Ostberg (p), L. Rademacher (p), T. Storch (a), C. Vierra (p)
Dental: L. Giusti (a), D. Horlak (p), J. Miles (p)
Education: H. Arnold (p), T. Nelson (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Lee (a)
Law: G. Caplan (a), W. Jones (a), M. Vitiello (a)
Library: S. Sutton (p)
PHS: S. Carr-Lopez (p), W. Chan (a), T. Little (p), L. Norton (a), C. Peterson (p)
SIS: A. Kanna (p)
ASUOP: tbd
Ex-Officio: P. Eibeck (p), M. Pallavicini (p), B. Gundersen (p)
Observer: Pat Cavanaugh

Call to order: 3:04

1. Approval of minutes from the February 10, 2011, C. Peterson moved to approve with the noted corrections in attendance, T. Nelson seconded, approved.

2. Chair’s Report-
Chair Giraldez asked for updates from university committees that report to Council. The information will be gathered to identify which committees can be reestablished as ad hoc, how they communicate to Council, and workloads of the committee. Council will need to establish a vision plan that includes the support and space for workloads and how materials are being archived. Please forward your input to Susan. Updates from the Board of Regents meeting will be provided next month.

3. President’s Report-
President Eibeck provided updates on the master plan and the Dental school facility proposals that will be presented to the Board of Regents next month. The proposal includes allowing for bond funding for student housing improvements on the north side of campus, and to renovate Southwest Hall over phases.  President Eibeck will also request for a fulltime sustainability director and recurring funds for ongoing sustainability efforts. Council may provide input for where the director would report to. The Regents will also discuss what the university’s core identity is, and how much alignment is there to what we perceive ourselves to be to what students , parents, potential students and external community  think of the university. The development of a concrete Academic Strategic Plan will be devolved by Provost Pallavicini.  What we want to do, what are our priorities and how does it align with the University’s strategic plan.

4. Provost Report-
Provost Pallavicini discussed looking at program quality, looking at syllabi, how we provide assessment outcomes and how we align with the mission and goals. For WASC and ourselves we will need to show how we continually look at quality and improvements to programs both academically and administratively. We also need to see how resources are being distributed and if there are betters ways for improvement. Provost Pallavicini is working with Pat Cavanaugh to identify issues that relate between finance and academics, course fees and others items. The Provost will provide more details on the division’s reorganization and will ask for faculty input.
An update on International students, we currently have 65 students abroad in direct exchange programs or affiliation with an institution. There are support networks and plans in place for students in case evacuation from countries.

5. Faculty Workload Survey
Cathy Peterson provided an update on the workload survey that will be sent on Monday. The survey will be sent to voting Stockton faculty only. It will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. There will be 36 activity questions with a drop down menu. The questions will range from what committees were served, how the committee functioned, how much of a workload the committee had and the value of service the committee had. There will also be a question in regards to what roles are faculty members asked to fulfill that may fall under a different office. Council members were asked to encourage colleagues in completing the survey, department chairs will also be emailed for reminders. 

6. University Marshall Election
Chair-elect Chris Goff solicited nominations for University Marshal. The position calls for a tenured faculty member who collaborates in planning, organizing, preparing and directing University Convocations and Commencements. The Faculty member serves for four years, the first two years in a support role as the Associate University Marshal, followed by two years as the University Marshal. Camilla Saviz, Engineering was nominated, C. Ostberg moved to approve, H. Arnold seconded, approved unanimously.

7. What’s on your mind?
There seems to be many survey’s being distributed and not allowing adequate time to complete and not seem to be related to faculty. A survey in December regarding student records and privacy gave a deadline for completion after the semester ended.

In regards to internal faculty funding and awards, is the criteria posted anywhere and does the evaluation committee have a rubric that is follows when decisions are made? Also as a follow up, when decisions are made does a faculty member have access to review the rubric and see where improvements can be made?

8. Nominations of Emeriti Faculty
Provost Pallavicini recommended the retiring faculty be granted Emeritus status: Carol Ann Hackley, Communication, College; Pat Jones, Chemistry, College; Dave Keefe, SIS; Larry Spreer, Chemistry, College. R. di Franco moved to approved, C, Ostberg seconded, approved unanimously.

8. Update on Dugoni Facilities/ Budget Update
Pat Cavanaugh provided a brief updated on the dental school’s facility. The potential building is south of Market Street in San Francisco, built in the mid 70’s. Currently the building is unoccupied and will need renovations and asbestos removal. The agreement will be likely close in the fall. Funding for renovations will be covered the dental school and bond financing.

The Regents Finance committee will preview the preliminary budget that has been recommended by IPC. A 6.4% increase in tuition for the Stockton campus $35, 770 and a 7% increase for School of PHS. The dental school will have a 3% increase to their 3 year dental education program and the law school would have an increase of 4.9%. For faculty and staff there is an increase of an average of 3% in salary.

9. AAUP Letter
Council discussed their response to the American Associate of University Professors letter regarding the dismissal of a faculty member and discussed the violation of the Faculty Handbook
Executive Session.