May 2014

FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY MEETING
May 9, 2014


Attendance: Mary Coussons-Read, David Moon, Mandi Elder, Michele Companion, Andrea Hutchins, Vicki Brownrigg, Morgan Shepherd, Barbara Frye, Monica Yoo, Pam Carter, Rebecca Webb, Valerie Brodar, Suzanne Cook, Cerian Gibbes, Sonja Tanner, Norah Mazel, Anna Kosloski, Stephany Spaulding

Call to Order / Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes from April 11, 2014 meeting by Norah Mazel
Seconded by Pam Carter
Motion passed with 14 in favor, 0 opposed and 2 abstentions


Reports of Visitors:

Mary Coussons-Read, Provost:
Summer enrollment is soft right now (4%) although we are up higher in Engineering (4%). We should hit our target for Fall (5%). Faculty lines have been released for investment dollars and non-tenure track will also be released sometime this summer. The good news is that we have money to invest. There is money going into graduate stipends with base dollars to support graduate students. We had another successful RPT season. On May 20 there will be a RPT forum for upcoming cases for next year and we'll probably have another in the summer. The multi-year (3 years) contract policy for non-tenure track faculty is almost done and will be put into permanent policy after additional review from Faculty Assembly along with letters of intent (4 years) to renew. The Promotion & Tenure Reception will be held at the Provost's house next Friday for the cases that were reviewed and promoted this season. The online system level group is still working on online recommendations. The 4th campus idea is not good for online, but having a common portal for online programs at CU to do concurrent enrollment better across campuses is a good idea. In order to develop and generate new online programs, we need seed grants for funding. The funding piece needs work and it needs to go through faculty input. We are also working on a Fall Faculty Retreat.


Officer Reports:

President's Report
Lots of questions regarding student employee workload policy due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Vice-President's Report

Past President's Report:
No report; but please talk to faculty about helping out on committees so their voices are heard

Reports from Standing Committees:

EPUS
System level is reviewing policies regularly

Personnel & Benefits

Budget Advisory Committee
Ferandino bill passed

Faculty Minority Affairs Committee
Suggestion accepted of creating an advisory committee

Women's Committee

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Academic Computing:
Not present - no report

Library:
Not present - no report

Intercollegiate Athletics:
Not present - no report

Sustainability

PRIDE:
Not present - no report

Misconduct in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities:
Not present - no report


OLD BUSINESS
 

Motion 1:
The Faculty Assembly Executive Committee moves that the following proposed campus standard for Latin Honors be approved:

Proposed campus standard:
To qualify for Latin Honors, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at the University of Colorado. Cum laude will be achieved by obtaining a University of Colorado (CU) grade point average (GPA) of 3.50-3.69. Magna cum laude will be achieved by obtaining a CU GPA of 3.70-3.89. Summa cum laude will be achieved by obtaining a CU GPA of 3.90 or higher.
(SPA is concerned about the number of credit hours needed (60), especially for military students. Why 60? A student has to have 30 credit hours from UCCS to graduate. Due to the extent of discussion, the motion was withdrawn and postponed till the September FRA meeting so that the colleges can try to determine the impact of this motion).

 

NEW BUSINESS
 

Motion 2:
The Educational Policy and University Standards Committee of the Faculty Representative Assembly requests that Faculty Representative Assembly approve the Military Transfer Credit Proposal [attachment 1].
(Motion passed with 15 in favor, 0 opposed and 1 abstention)

Motion 3:
The Faculty Minority Affairs Committee (FMAC) moves to amend the Faculty Assembly bylaws to create a new Regular Standing Advisory Committee. The new advisory committee would be named the Minority Affairs Advisory Committee (MAAC) and it would be charged with advancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the university through programming, policy recommendations, curriculum, scholarly and creative work, and support efforts for racial/ethnic minority faculty. Additionally, the MAAC would operate in coordination with and in an advisory capacity to the FMAC. The MAAC as an Advisory Committee would be open to all UCCS faculty and staff members concerned with racial/ethnic diversity and inclusiveness.
(Motion passed unanimously with 16 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstentions)

Motion 4:
The Faculty Minority Affairs Committee moves that their By-laws be approved [attachment 2].
(Motion passed unanimously with 16 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstentions)

Motion 5:
The Faculty Executive Committee moves that the Faculty Assembly Bylaws revisions be approved [attachment 3].
(Motion passed unanimously with 16 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstentions)
 

Adjournment:

Motion to adjourn the Faculty Assembly Meeting by Pam Carter
Seconded by Michele Companion
Motion passed unanimously
Meeting adjourned at 1:43 p.m.