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Faculty Senate Talking Points from Meeting No. 4

September 13, 2019

The Faculty Senate Talking Points from Meeting No. 4, Tuesday, Sept. 10, are now available.

Talking Points: Meeting No. 4, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, 3:30 p.m. Paul Joyce Faculty-Staff Lounge and via Zoom.

  • The Sustainable Financial Working Group membership was announced last week by the President’s Office. They are expecting to begin their work in October. Other future working groups include Sustainable Athletics Model, Enrollment Management, Student Experience, ICCU Arena, CAFÉ and Online Education.
  • The recommendation by the Benefit Advisory Group (BAG) to eliminate coverage for “Other Eligible Adults” (OEA) is in conflict with FSH 3705. Adopting the current plan as recommended by BAG will require repealing FSH 3705. Retaining coverage for OEA will result in significant additional costs for everyone. The open enrollment period is between Oct. 21 and Nov. 1. The Senate is engaging in discussions with Vice President Brian Foisy, who will provide detailed information. Based on those discussions, the Senate will decide how to proceed and potentially go to a vote within the next two weeks.
  • Vice Provost Hendricks gave a summary of the SBOE request for choosing peer (benchmark) institutions for the purpose of tracking graduation and retention rates. SBOE sent a list of institutions and their methodology and asked the Senate for feedback to be provided by Oct. 23. The task is to identify 10 peer (benchmark) institutions and three “aspirational” institutions.

Important Dates:

  • First Fall University Faculty Meeting: 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center.
  • “Take Back the Night,” hosted by the Women Center, Thursday, Sept. 19. The rally begins at 7:30 p.m., Ag Sci Auditorium.

All Faculty Senate agendas (including attachments and supporting documents) and meeting minutes will be available on the new Senate webpage:

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