UNH Faculty Senate
Summary Minutes from 3 May 1999
I. Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent: Bornstein,
de la Torre, Grenier, Gross, Niman, Pugh, Roh, Wang, Williams, Zia and
Zsigray. Absent as work to rule were Brinker, Carr, Coon, Echt, Garland,
Krysiak, McNamara, Reardon and Zunz. Excused were Macieski and Naumes.
II. Communications with President Leitzel - The president discussed the
legislative initiative to meet the Claremont requirements and how those
efforts might affect funding for higher education. If the university
were not to receive the five percent increase in its operating budget
which was requested by the trustees and the governor, the six percent
tuition increase already in the budget would need to be augmented by 8.5
percent, for a total tuition increase of 14.5 percent. Faculty are asked
to communicate with legislators about university funding. Names and
addresses of key legislators will be available through the senate office.
Discussion ensued about system costs and system reserves.
The university may have 200 to 250 more students for this coming year
than during the current year, and the quality of the entering students
seems good as well. Applications have increased more from out-of-state
students than in-state students. Concern was expressed by some faculty
about the quality of freshmen and their motivation.
The president reported on the previously-announced plans to reduce the
UNH administrative budget by 2.3 million dollars. Reductions are
expected in the subsidy to the Alumni Affairs Office, in the
medical-withdrawal rebates, in the funds sent to the system, and in the
growth of the renovation and repair budget. Revenue increases are
planned through Media Services, from endowment funds for financial aid,
through higher DCE enrollment and an expanded English as a Second
Language Program, and from higher tuition and improved freshman
retention. Music scholarships will be replaced with private funds, and
more funds will come from indirect cost recovery. Also, some one-time
monies will come from scholarship and gift accounts. These changes are
expected to equal more than 2.3 million dollars.
The university has been trying to find students who meet scholarship
qualifications and to get agreement from donors to modify the
restrictions on certain scholarships for which candidates are difficult
to find. In addition, external support for research increases each year.
$200,000 will be provided by the Student Affairs Office either through
improved freshman retention or from its own budget. The Writing Center
is instrumental in improving retention, but its budget was recently cut.
The president, in discussing to what extent she is free to talk about
issues being bargained, pointed out that in the past, after the fact
finder gave his report, her administration prepared a letter urging
faculty to accept the contract offer. However, there were immediate
charges of unfair labor practice; and the letter was retracted. The
president also said that it is not in the faculty's interest for her to
lose her influence with the Board of Trustees. She added that the latest
blue sheet from the union contains errors. The administration provides
data to both the trustees and the faculty union during the bargaining
process. The president added that, indexed by rank and time in rank, UNH
full professors are paid 0.9 percent more than those in peer institutions
but associate professors are paid 1.7 percent less and assistant
professors are paid 3 percent less. The president would like the
bargaining process to be reviewed after this contract is signed.
A faculty member said that, at the last Faculty Senate meeting, the
senate passed a motion to create a new University Curriculum and Academic
Policies Committee. This motion referred to the Constitution of the
Faculty Senate which states that "The faculty has primary responsibility
for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of
instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life
which relate to the educational process. On these matters the power of
review or final decision lodged in the governing board or delegated by it
to the president should be exercised adversely only in exceptional
circumstances and for reasons communicated to the faculty." The
president agreed with that and said that curriculum, programs, degrees
and standards are all faculty issues.
III. Communications from the Chair - The Faculty Senate chair said that
a number of reports from Faculty Senate committees and university-wide
committees have been distributed to the senators. If we receive
additional reports, we will distribute those also. The Agenda Committee
met with the Board of Trustee subcommittee which is reviewing the
structure of the system administration. The subcommittee had received
information about cost, program duplication, and other concerns; and a
recommendation for some change is likely. The president has invited the
1998/99 faculty senators for a picnic at her home on May 13 from 12:30 to
2:00, and responses should be returned by May 10.
IV. Minutes - The minutes of the last senate meeting were approved
V. Report from the Agenda Committee on 1998/99 Activities - The chair
said that during this year, with difficulties caused by budget cuts and
the lack of a contract, the Faculty Senate has demonstrated its
influence. We must continue to build the legacy of credibility of the
Faculty Senate. It is very important for us to have a strong faculty
voice. This past summer, the Agenda Committee was involved in the
university's budget discussions. Several concerns were raised on general
education issues at that time. We took a strong stance and had a major
influence. Two Faculty Senate committees have been working hard on the
issue of decentralized budgeting. Special thanks are expressed to those
committees and their chairs. The discussions will continue through the
summer and into the fall, and the 1999/2000 Faculty Senate will have an
opportunity to discuss this matter.
General education is a primary responsibility of the Faculty Senate. The
recent change in the writing requirement was passed by the Faculty
Senate, and this year the senate passed a motion to establish the General
Education Study Committee. In addition, the senate adopted a plan to
create the University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee.
Discussions have also been held about a faculty advisory committee for
enrollment management. Requests have been made for course release for
faculty who are heavily involved in certain committees. The discussions
with the trustee subcommittee which is reviewing the structure of the
system administration may result in changes with momentous potential.
Also helpful were talks with John Crosier, President of the Business and
Industry Association. As a result of faculty suggestions, the senate has
arranged for publication of =B3Faculty in the News=B2, which will be
distributed at college open houses, to faculty, to legislators, and by
the UNH Foundation. The Distinguished Alumni Event has also been
designed and implemented.
VI. Open Mike - Thanks were expressed to the Faculty Senate chair, the
Agenda Committee, the standing committee chairs and committee members,
and the senate assistant. The official opening of the faculty lounge and
the faculty carrels in the Dimond Library was announced for Friday, May
7, from 9:00 to 11:30; and senators were asked to share this information
with their colleagues. The senate's Campus Planning Committee affirmed
that it is determined to get more input from the Faculty Senate regarding
master planning. A faculty member expressed concern about a four-credit
course, HHS 798, which would be taught by staff from Health Services and
other offices and which would not be under the auspices of any academic
department or faculty member. This matter can be put on the agenda of
next year's senate Academic Affairs Committee.
VII. Adjournment - This meeting of the 1998/99 Faculty Senate was