Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Called to Order –3:33 PM
Adjourned –4:50 PM
Doug Jeppesen, President
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
Cliff Luxion (Business and Career Technologies)
--------- (Health Professions and Public Service)
David Barreto (Counselors and Librarians)
Dan Portincaso (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Ellen Field (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
--------- (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)
Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Paula Hladik, Cathy Collins, Steven Skaggs
Call to Order
President Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:33.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the November 4, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $30,161.75. The yearly audit was performed by Steve Zusman and Amy Chaaban. The Senate thanks both of them for their hard work.
President: President Jeppesen welcomed everyone back from Thanksgiving break.
He first discussed the most recent Faculty Council/Administration meeting, which was positive and opened up constructive dialogue on a number of issues:
- · Orientation: The Faculty Council leadership has been working hard to further plans for a “Faculty Friday” during Orientation. On a number of occasions, President Jeppesen and John Reese, the CTLT faculty liaison, have meet with Renee Tonioni to develop plans. Currently, the Fridays of Orientation are being used for outcomes and assessment development, but the hope is that the faculty will continue to use the time on Friday mornings for curriculum development, discussions of pedagogy, sharing of research, etc. once the outcomes process is established. It is important to have a day devoted to faculty needs and interests.
- · Graduation: This year’s graduation ceremony will return to campus and be held in the new Field House. To accommodate the increasing number of graduates who would like to participate, the college is going to hold two ceremonies. President Jeppesen reviewed the language in the contract and noted that the word “ceremonies” is plural (for reference see Article VII, section I, point 2). Spring Graduation is set for Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
- · Budget: Dr. Sobek told the officers that she would be sending a memo about the budget given the financial problems in Springfield. She wanted to make everyone aware of how the state crisis was affecting the college, specifically the adult education programs.
President Jeppesen discussed upcoming negotiations:
- · According to the contract, he needs to send a letter to the board sometime between Jan 15 and Feb 15 to request negotiations. He has already drafted the letter and will send it on the 15th.
- · The four individuals who participated in negotiations training but were not selected as negotiators will serve as an advisory team.
The President also mentioned the ongoing process of outcomes and stressed its importance. We do not want to experience the same problems that have troubled other colleges, such as Oakton Community College. Faculty leadership is important to the process and we want to be sure that outcomes plans are created by and for faculty. A few Deans and Assistant Deans have been crafting language for outcomes and President Jeppesen would like the senators to ask their constituents if they have experienced any such problems. Please also let Amy Powers (the outcomes liaison) know if you have any questions or concerns in this area.
- · Adam Wasilewski, Assistant Professor of Interpreter Training, had a baby boy.
- · A number of Waubonsee faculty were honored at the recent ICCFA Conference: Allison Beltramini received a workshop grant and Tom Pulver received the retiring instructor award.
- · The Biology faculty have created a scholarship program in conjunction with the NSF.
Local 604 Update: Senator Randall will attend the next 604 meeting on December 15th where she will be presenting information from the conference that Amy Frankel attended. She will give a report at the next Senate meeting.
Scholarship: Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report. He is planning to take a check for $6,000 to the foundation office for our scholarships. Once this contribution is made, the anticipated available cash as of December 15, 2015 will be $1,946.49.
He is happy to report that by spring, the Faculty Council’s endowment will be over $110,000.
The committee will meet again during Orientation to decide on the scholarship amounts for the 2016-17 school year.
Health Insurance Committee: Steven Skaggs told the Senate that the committee met in November for the last time. The policy changes will take effect on January 1, 2017 and will provide four options for employees:
- · current PPO (would retain full doctor and hospital choice)
- · a PPO with a higher deductible
- · an HMO (reduced doctor and hospital choice)
- · a high-deductible plan with a Health Savings Account
The Senate raised questions and concerns about the amount of the employee contribution and the percentage of coverage under these plans.
Doug thanked the committee them for their hard work and diligence.
- A. Negotiations Team—Selection of Members
- A. Committee Membership
- B. Outcomes and Assessment (Amy Powers)
Amy attended a recent orientation-planning meeting with Dr. Lovingood, Sue Murray, Christine Corrigan, Stacey Randall, and Shannon Flavin Cox. Friday’s Orientation session will be devoted to outcomes, specifically the creation of assessment tools. The session will begin with faculty presenters from Developmental Education and CADD who will share their experiences with crafting outcomes plans. After these presentations, the faculty can break-out into departments to discuss the next steps in their individual assessment plans. The hope is that departments will select assessment tools to measure the outcomes they created in the fall.
- C. Negotiations Items (Cathy Collins)
Cathy Collins brought in a list of items for negotiations and distributed them to the senators.
She suggested that the Council adopt a survey to ask faculty about what issues are most important to them. Negotiators could then use this information to prioritize items. A survey would also improve faculty engagement and buy-in to the contract. She will need a small amount of money to pay fees to survey monkey.
Cliff made a motion to create a budget of $100 for this fiscal year for the long-range planning committee to perform its duties. Ellen seconded.
Discussion: Will the list provided by the LRPC be used as a supporting document to help negotiators? Which of the items will appear on the survey? Cathy responded that the survey will not be able to cover every single item, but it will be a tool to assist the negotiators by highlighting issues that receive strong support. A survey will also promote buy-in to the contract because faculty will have been informed and have had a say in what is negotiated.
The motion passed unanimously.
Tim Moriarty made a motion to accept the LRPC items for negotiations. Cliff seconded. No discussion. The motion passed.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:50 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Associate Professor of History