DATE: November 20, 2009

Officers in attendance: T. Policano, J. Naud, J. Aumer, C. Monikowski
Call to order by President Policano
Minutes of 10/23/09 reviewed and approved

Our AAUP is working on 3 grievances
This is a function of our chapter, when fac are “in trouble”, we function as advocates. One important thing – we need make sure fac are aware of this:

  • Process = come to AAUP first, not national, not an attorney; plus the state AAUP has a committee to help (local chapter, then state, then national, then an attorney – unless recommended earlier). President Policano will add this to our FAQs and create a link from our homepage.

University Policy Review and Development (UPRD) activities
Seems to be more “revision” than “review” so we need to make sure we have time to review this when it comes up later in the year.

Adjunct Survey – still under development

Classroom Space for Liberal Arts

  • Never seems to be enough classroom space – has this been addressed? Is this one of the charges for AS this year?
  • The RIT Registrar does “classroom utilization study” but we don’t have that info. President Policano will start a new “charges” document; the Provost has a Task Force on space and President Policano will find out who is involved so that our concerns can be passed along ASAP.

“timing” for info from Academic Senate
It seems that often, AS wants input on very short notice (e.g. one day); concerns should be sent directly to the AS Executive Committee, AS_EXEC_comm@rit.edu

AS met yesterday.
Ex Comm rejected President Policano’s suggestion to survey the entire faculty, but he continues to discuss this important opportunity with Provost Haefner. AS will follow this protocol (see italics in Motion 1, Process):

Academic Senate Protocol for Consideration of the Calendar
Motion 1, Process: The Academic Senate recommends that the following process be followed at its January 14, 2010, meeting on the academic calendar: a) that President Destler address the Senate regarding the RIT community’s consideration of the academic calendar; b) that the Academic Calendar Committee present each calendar option under consideration; c) that each governance group—including representatives from each College, Staff Council, and Student Government—report on any calendar discussions, polls, or votes to date; and d) that the Academic  Senate then formally consider whether to recommend change to a semester system  or to retain the quarter system.
Motion 2, Semester Options: If the Institute elects to change to a semester system, the Academic Senate agrees to recommend either the 4-for-4 or the 5-for-3 credit conversion model as preferable. It further recommends a minimum 3-year implementation process, as outlined in the RIT Semester Conversion Report, prepared by the President’s ad hoc Committee on Semester Planning.
Motion 3, Quarter Options: If the Institute elects to retain the quarter system, the Academic Senate agrees to recommend either quarter option 1 (the current calendar format), or quarter option 2 (a late start quarter), or quarter option 3 (a split winter quarter into two 5-week blocks).  The Academic Senate recommends an informal, non-binding vote on each option in turn for the purpose of ranking the options in order of preference. After this first round of voting, the option receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from consideration. A second round of voting will then occur on the remaining two options to determine which option to recommend.
Motion 4, Final Recommendation: The Academic Senate agrees to consider the preferred semester option and the preferred quarter option together and votes to recommend one of these as the preferred option for RIT’s future calendar.
(Excerpt from the RIT Semester Conversion Report, p. 7)

RIT has approx 850 tenured/tenure-track faculty + 700 non (lecture/adj)

Motion 2, Semester Option (above): the ad hoc curriculum committees need to be created early in the process to help develop unique degrees! 

  • We already have PhDs that are unique – a great opportunity for dialogue.
  • How will all of this curriculum change be funded? Perhaps a “capital campaign”?
  • Suspend the emphasis on “research and scholarship” while we focus on this change so we can do it right.
  • So many things to consider: writing across the curriculum, General Ed requirements, semesters abroad, etc.

Adjunct survey
Is not quite finished, there are a few additional questions. We had hoped to complete it in the fall, but that did not happen; which is better – winter or spring?

  • Provost has backed off on establishing another Task Force for this survey but has allowed us to go forward (not that he can prevent it)…spirit of sharing…get his input before it’s final. President Policano will do that.

SUNY New Paltz
Adjuncts now have a separate Union and have info on “changes in salary 1970-2008 in 2008 dollars” among adjuncts, other faculty, and administrators (all numbers approximate); New Paltz Vice President for Academics Peter D.G. Brown recently updated a survey of the salaries paid to individuals in a range of different job descriptions:   http://thenewfacultymajority.blogspot.com/2009/10/uup-chapter-at-suny-new-paltz-marks.html  (retrieved 11/30/09)

Adjuncts dropped 50% in terms of today’s dollars
Starting Assistant professors – dropped 15%
Starting Associate professor – dropped 10%
Starting Professors – dropped 18%
Associate Deans – dropped 5%
Assistant to Presidents – increased 50%
VPs in Administration – increased 18%
VPs in Academic Affairs – increased 30%
Presidents – increased 35%

President Policano adjourned meeting @ 1PM.

respectfully submitted C Monikowski,11/30/09, revised ______