Senate Minutes 12/99

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Faculty Senate
Minutes of the Meeting of 10 December 1999



The UAB Faculty Senate met on 10 December 1999 in the Great Hall of the Hill University Center. The agenda for the meeting adopted by the Executive Committee was distributed (Document 1).

Those present were: Officers: Jannett (Chair), Wyss (Chair-Elect), Bronstein (Past-Chair). Senators: Ball, Burns, Capper, Elias, Filler, Fleming, Fullard, Greenup, Haeberle, Harris, Hutchison, Kawai, Knowles, Paul, Rigney, Sapp, Smith, Snyder. Alternates: Beard, Hardin, Hogan, Lacefield, Lemons, Peel. Ex-Officio Membrs: O'Neil (Provost), Wittig (Parliamentarian).

The chair called the meeting to order at 8:09 a.m. He asked whether there were corrections to the minutes of the meeting of 12 November. The secretary announced that Senators Greenup and Burns had submitted corrections which would appear in a revised version of the minutes at the next meeting. There being no other corrections, the chair ordered the minutes otherwise approved as distributed.

The chair made his report, which is attached to the original of these minutes as Document 2. He distributed an announcement on the funding of higher education in Alabama, the original of which is attached as Document 3.

The chair summarized faculty responses to the question "What are the most pressing issues facing UAB?"

Senator Snyder was recognized to give the report of the Curriculum and Research Committee. He moved the following resolution:

Whereas the administration of the University of Alabama at Birmingham has established the retention of students as an important institutional priority as part of enrollment management; and

Whereas decisions regarding policies, programs, and procedures relating to student retention should be informed by ongoing and systematic collection and reporting of information about factors including student performance, student and faculty experiences, student interests and needs, and the financial status of the university; and

Whereas the University of Alabama at Birmingham presently does not have a mechanism established to conduct, coordinate, and oversee such on-going and systematic collection and reporting of information;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate recommends that the administration of the University of Alabama at Birmingham establish a mechanism for coordinating, conducting and providing administrative oversight of ongoing and systematic collecting and reporting of information needed to support data-based decision-making relating to student retention.

There being no debate, the chair put the question and the motion carried.

Senator Synder yielded the floor to Associate Provost Michael Neilson to give a report on the plan of the retention task force on student satisfaction data. Professor Neilson announced that a survey instrument would be administered to 2,500 undergraduate students and select faculty in two class periods on 10 and 11 January to measure student satisfaction.

The chair recognized Senator Greenup to give the report of the Faculty Affairs Committee. She distributed to all senators present copies of a questionnaire relative to the administrator evaluation process, attached to the original of these minutes as Document 4. She asked senators to complete and return the evaluation before leaving.

The chair recognized Senator Greenup to present a resolution adopted by Alabama College and University Faculty Presidents on 12 November 1999. This resolution is attached to the original of these minutes as Document 5. Senator Greenup moved that the Senate endorse the distributed resolution. Several senators asked questions.

Senator Bronstein moved to postpone discussion of the motion until the January meeting. The chair called for a division and the motion to postpone carried, ayes 20, noes one.

Senator Greenup said that the Faculty Affairs Committee would report on the progress of administrative evaluation instruments by the January meeting.

Senator Burns was recognized to give the report of the Finance Committee. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes as Document 6.

The chair recognized Senator Bronstein to give the report of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee.

Senator Bronstein moved that the Senate approve the "Indirect Cost Reimbursement Policy" as recommended by the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee, attached to the original of these minutes as Document 7. She reminded the Senate that this was the second and final reading of the policy. The chair pointed out that the policy could be debated but not amended. There being no debate, the chair put the question and the motion carried.

Senator Bronstein moved that the Senate approve the "Personal Services Approval and Payment Policy - UAB Employee" as recommended by the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes as Document 8. She pointed out that this policy was having its first reading and could be amended. Following questions and a short general discussion the chair put the question and asked for a division. The policy was approved on the first reading, ayes 19, noes none.

The chair introduced Representative Howard Hawk, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee for Education of the Alabama House of Representatives. Representative Hawk addressed the Senate on "Funding for Higher Education in Alabama." At the end of his remarks Representative Hawk answered a number of questions from senators.

The chair thanked Representative Hawk for his remarks and the senate applauded. The chair announced that Representative Hawk had graciously agreed to meet with the Executive Committee following the meeting of the senate.

The chair announced that there would be no open forum because the hour of adjournment was approaching. The chair also announced the distribution to senators of a chart, "UAB Organizational Structure" and a table. "Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Simulated Budget Recommendation, Alabama Public Institutions of Higher Education, 2000-2001." Copies of these documents are attached to the original of these minutes as Documents 9 and 10.

There being no further business, the chair adjourned the meeting at 10:02 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,

John M. Schnorrenberg
Secretary of the Faculty



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