Summary of Minutes – Faculty Senate Meeting December 14, 2004


Chair Report: Chair Ted Benditt presented an update on the status of the IDEA Administrator evaluation reports for President Garrison and Acting Provost Capilouto. The tables and comments summaries were given to the President and Provost on December 8, 2004. The overall response rates were 43% for the President and 41% for the Provost. These rates are the highest observed for Senate administered evaluations and the number of comments received were in the hundreds compared to less than 100 for 93 administrators evaluated in 2000. The tables will be distributed to the faculty in January; the Provost’s report will be given to the President and the President’s report will be forwarded to the Chancellor. Updates were given on QEP report, SACS visit in March 22-24, 2005, Effort Reporting requirements of faculty, and Senate representative to the UAB Status of Women commission will be Dr. Seine Chiang.

President’s Update: President Carol Garrison reported updates on SACS and identified the three areas of continuing work [outcomes assessment, faculty credentials, and QEP]; search committees for VP- IT [internal search with Chair Richard Margison]; VP-Research [internal search with Chair Dean Rich]; Dean of Graduate School [national search with Chair Dean Thomas]; Provost [national search with Co Chairs Dr. Kahn and Dr. Soni, Senate representative is Senator Adam Gordon]; VP-Human Resource Management – position has been filled by Cheryl Luck; Chief Operating Officer for University Hospital will be Dr. Michael Waldrum. President Garrison announced that in the spring term she will initiate these activities- (1) visits with the faculty in each of the academic units; (2) A President’s Column in the Reporter; (3) Lunch Series with members of UAB community. President Garrison expressed appreciation to faculty for the accomplishments during fall term and recognized Dr. Koopman, Dr. Lalor and Dr. Wendell for outstanding contributions.

Presentation – Vice President Richard Margison – Mr. Margison reviewed the trends in health benefits costs for UAB employees in comparison with national average costs and the projected increasing costs for 2005 at 11.2%. The UAB Fringe Benefits Committee membership and the process or timeline for the committee’s work during the 2004 period were reviewed. Major changes in health benefits for UAB employees were reviewed for the Viva UAB, Viva Access and Blue Cross/Blue Shield programs. The Fringe Benefits committee will be working on these topics during the coming year: (1) Health Savings Accounts; (2) reevaluation of the use of debit cards for Flexible Spending Accounts; (3) monitoring timely access to providers; and (4) committee procedures with recommendations to President Garrison for expansion of the membership and to increase the number of meetings during the year. Mr. Margison’s slide presentation will be posted on the Senate page at at presentation drop down.

Section 2.0 – Faculty Handbook Revisions Process – Chair Benditt reviewed the process occurrences since the November Senate meeting [communications with Provost and Executive Committee review of the Provost’s concerns identified at the November Senate meeting]. The Executive Committee accepted a proposal from Acting Provost Capilouto addressing Section 2.7.3 and the inclusion of a default policy/procedure so that all academic units will have guidance if needed for circumstances defined in Section 2.7.3.  Chair Benditt presented the proposal and after explanation, the revised Section 2.7.3 was approved by the Senate. Senator Engler presented a motion [seconded by Senator Ogard] to forward the Senate approved version of Section 2.0 with the revised Section 2.7.3 and Appendices A, B and C to the Acting Provost.

Standing Committee Reports – Curriculum & Research Senator and Chair Jeff Engler presented a resolution of Faculty Senate support for the QEP proposal related to the SACS review process. The amended resolution of support was approved by the Senate and will be forwarded to the Acting Provost and President. Finance Committee Senator and Chair Warren Martin reported on the article in an October issue of the UAB Reporter describing the advantages of UAB health benefits options and flexible savings accounts and reported that the committee continues to interact with Dr. John Lyons for ongoing committee activities.

Open Forum -The following topics were presented with the requests that the Senate address these topics during the spring term: (1) the academic calendar; (2) metrics and scorecards applications in academic units.

Announcements:  Secretary Pat Greenup reviewed the Senate Elections Process for 2005 materials distributed to Senators and encouraged all Senators to communicate with their colleagues in academic units to solicit nominations for Chair-elect [Academic Affairs rotation], Secretary, Senators and Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee elections with nominations due for Chair-elect and Secretary on January 31, 2005 and for Senators and FPPC representatives on February 23, 2005. Visit the Senate web site for an electronic version of the Acceptance of Nomination Form and elections information.  The next Senate meeting will be January 11, 2005 in the HUC A&B.

Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of minutes and a more complete record will appear on the Senate web page after approval at the January Senate meeting.