Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Called to Order –3:33 PM
Adjourned –4:35 PM
Officers Present: Doug Jeppesen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Cliff Luxion, Treasurer
Amy Powers, Secretary
Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604
Senators Present: Tim Moriarty (Business and Career Technologies)
(Health Professions and Public Service)
Heidi Kindelin (Counselors and Librarians)
(Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Tom Pulver (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
(Social Sciences, Education and World Languages) Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Guests: Steven Skaggs
Call to Order
Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:33 PM.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the April 16, 2014 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account has a balance of $20,244.19 and the checking account has a balance of $100.
He reported that the dues for the 2014-2015 year will be $684.93. When divided over 17 pay periods (9/30/14 to 5/31/15), the amount comes out to $40.20 per pay period. He has posted these amounts on our Faculty Council bulletin board.
Our membership is currently at 100 members, which is 88.9% of the total full-time faculty.
President Jeppesen reported that a number of faculty issues arose at the end of orientation, but they have already been addressed. Several faculty have expressed concerns over office hours and the number of days they are required to be present on campus. One faculty member is appealing the administration’s decision. President Jeppesen noted that he is in the process of talking to Dr. Lovingood about this matter. The officers will also discuss this when they meet with administration later in the month.
Local 604 Update:
Senator Kiefer mentioned that he had provided an update at the recent general meeting. The upcoming election continues to be the main issue.
Chair Steven Skaggs is looking for more members and will set up meeting times. He has already created a spreadsheet and database containing information about the courses in the dual credit program. See his report for more information.
A few highlights from his report:
- · Waubonsee’s dual credit program has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years
- · The majority of students enrolled in the program are from West Aurora High School
- · Oswego is very interested in using the West Aurora model
- · Fewer than 5% of WCC faculty teach the classes (including adjuncts)
- · Some departments are doing well with dual credit, including Criminal Justice
- · It is important that our faculty be aware and informed of dual credit
- · We need increased faculty involvement and oversight
The Senate discussed the Fall Orientation session on Dual Credit.
- · Faculty are concerned about courses that have pre-reqs that are taught as Dual Credit
- · Faculty are concerned about teaching of developmental classes as Dual Credit
- · Both the college and the HS get enrollment credit for the students
- · A question was asked about the origins of Dual Credit
- · Faculty are concerned the quality of Dual Credit courses
- · Some departments/programs have experienced decreased enrollment due to competition with Dual Credit courses
- · Departmental faculty need to review the classes
President Jeppesen will put this topic on the agenda for the next officer—administration meeting
- A. Compensation for Officers
Treasurer Luxion noted that the officers’ duties have become more complex over the past few years and that the officers—particularly the President and Vice President—are spending extensive amounts of time on these duties. He asked the officers to submit information on their duties and hours spent each month so that he can determine if and how much compensation is necessary for each position. The compensation would apply only to future officers and would have to be approved by a vote of the membership.
- B. Duties and Responsibilities to Non-Member Faculty
Pres. Jeppesen pointed out that non-members have been contacting the officers with working condition issues. Non-members do receive the benefits from the contract, but he asked the Senate how much time should be spent helping them with extra matters, especially if they are minor in nature.
Steven Skaggs informed the Senate that the Faculty Council is required to aid non-members because they are not allowed to negotiate outside of the collective bargaining agreement and therefore do not have any other recourse. Local 604 requires us to aid non-members, especially in issues where the contract has been violated or if disciplinary action has been taken.
The Senate suggested that the President decide on what assistance to provide non-members on a case-by-case method. If it is a contractual issue, or grievable, the Senate needs to help the non-member.
- C. Upcoming Elections
According to Article X of the Faculty Council Constitution, the nomination process will begin during the first week of November. Elections will follow.
Tom Pulver reminded the Senate that health care costs will increase on January 1st. According to the contract, faculty will need to pay 10% of their premium.
A Senator mentioned that the bookstore makes ISBN numbers available to students 21 days before class begins. It would be more helpful if they posted the number earlier so that students are certain to purchase the correct text.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:35 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History