November 2013 Minutes

Faculty Senate Meeting

November 21, 2013

Attendance

The Faculty Senate met on Thursday, November 21, at 3:40 pm in Reynolds 205.  Senators in attendance were Shannin Schroeder, Sara Day, Shane Warrick, Stacy Clanton, Pat Clanton, Matt Lammers, Marek Dojs, Tim Daniels, Scott White, David Sanson, Copie Moore, Charles Keller, Karen Ferneding, Abdel Bachri, Jennifer Logan.

The following senators were absent with proxies: Charles Keller served for Svetlana Paulson, Jennifer Logan served for Christie Hough, and Karen Ferneding served for Neelie Dobbins.

Ex-officio 

Dr. D. Rankin, Dr. T. Berry, Mr. Paul McLendon, Mr. Roger Giles, Dr. D. Allen

Visitors included

Mr. Cledis Stuart 

Call to Order

Pres. S. Schroeder called the meeting to order at 3:42 p.m.  Proxies read.

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes by D. Sanson, S. Day seconded.  The motion passed.

Special Orders of the Day

Reports by the Standing Committees of the Senate

  • Budget Committee – S. White reported that the committee has met twice to discuss the recently proposed summer pay policy overloads and implications related to the Affordable Care Act.  A handout was distributed showing the state definitions of SSCHs as defined in the Arkansas State Senate Bill 1082.  An updated version of this handout is included at the end of the minutes.  S. Clanton moved to accept the committee’s report.  A. Bachri seconded.  The motion passed.
  • Handbook Committee – S. Clanton reported that the committee would meet soon to discuss various matters. 
  • Parking Committee – J. Logan reported that the Parking Committee had not met. 

  Reports by Liaisons to University and Academic Committees

  • Institutional Review Board – M. Lammers reported that the committee had recently renewed their NIH registration (3 year period).  Since summer 2013 the IRB has received 7 applications, all 7 of which were approved. 
  • Teaching with Technology – A. Bachri reported the committee has approved/funded the 4 submissions received and funds were still available for those interested in applying. 
  • Research Committee – S. Day reported the committee had received and approved 7 applications for research grants. 
  • University Appeals and Human Rights Committee - S. Clanton reported the transcript from the Faculty Appeals Subcommittee that was promised at last month’s meeting had been received.    
  • Discipline Committee – M. Dojs reported that the committee had met and made adjustments to recommendations received. 
  • Technology Committee – M. Dojs reported committee had met recently to examine the stated mission of the committee and were discussing possible changes needed to update the committee and expand its scope.     

Reports by University Administration

  • President’s Report – Dr. Rankin discussed upcoming challenges for SAU including increased demand for online courses/programs, MOOCs, and state budget concerns.  He also discussed unique characteristics of the university and the surrounding region that students may find attractive including agricultural programs, nursing as a fast-growing industry, NCAA opportunities for student athletes, student organizations, graduate programs, upcoming engineering opportunities, animation/gaming and the game and wildlife management major.  SAU is expanding to reach students in new markets including Texarkana.  He also discussed the university benefits regarding private support from endowments, donations and scholarships.  Dr. Rankin encouraged senators to speak with constituents and suggest other ways to attract students and strengthen our programs on campus, stating, “We need to be creative, innovative and courageous.  We don’t have the luxury of not being efficient.” 
  • Provost’s Report – Dr. Berry discussed the positive enrollment numbers and program promotion that got the fall 2013 semester started and reiterated the need to keep the university moving forward.  He distributed a handout titled “What We Did Right?” for senators to share with constituents to discuss positive measures taken by the university to attract students and improve educational opportunities.  A copy of the handout is provided at the end of the minutes.  He also updated the Faculty Senate on current faculty searches that are underway including positions in Teaching, Teacher Education, Art and Design, Biology, HKR, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Management and Public Administration. 

AQIP Team Visit and Future Actions

Pres. S. Schroeder reported that the list of recommendations provided by the visiting team should be discussed further as we move forward with initiatives for continuous improvement throughout the university.  Drs. D. Moseley and T. Stinson have suggested a Dot Party where posters are used to highlight various strengths and opportunities from the each of the AQIP committees.  Faculty and staff would be invited to help prioritize the opportunities for improvement by voting.  This collaborative effort should help to include stakeholders from across the campus.

Diversity Initiatives

Mr. Cledis Stuart updated the Senate on current plans of action regarding diversity on campus.  He also discussed the creation of a Diversity Task Force that has met monthly to discuss ideas as well as to develop goals and initiatives to add to the Strategic Plan.  Additionally, the creation of the Diversity Excellence Awards (to be given in Spring 2014).  Lastly, Mr. Stuart solicited help and/or influence from the faculty senators as the campus community continues to improve diversity awareness and outreach.

Nov. 5, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting

Pres. S. Schroeder discussed the opportunity for the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate Presidents to attend the board meeting and provide reports.  Pres. Schroeder explained what a great opportunity this provides for improving communication across campus.  She also reported that the Board of Trustees voted to uphold the Tenure and Promotion Committee’s decision related to a faculty member.

Aramark and Allusers

Pres. S. Schroeder explained that many faculty and staff had complained to her regarding numerous emails sent out by Chick-Fil-A.  She was happy to report that Dr. Allen was very quick in responding to the issue and the emails should be greatly reduced as a result.

Faculty Presence on SAU Website

Pres. S. Schroeder reported that she had recently spoken with Mr. Jenkins regarding a redesign of the homepage to better represent campus stakeholders.

Old Business

Flu vaccinations update

Pres. S. Schroeder explained that the previous order of vaccines lasted less than 2 days.  After a change in suppliers, vaccines are expected to be here by the end of the week.  An email will be sent out once they have arrived.

Ad hoc committee to review lost and found policies and concerns

A. Bachri moved that an ad hoc committee be created to review lost and found policies and concerns.  S. Day seconded.  The motion passed.

Senate Bill 1082 (Arkansas State Senate 2005) regarding the funding formula for AR universities

A copy of the Senate Bill was distributed at the meeting.  A copy of this document is attached at the end of the minutes.

New Business

Concurrent Enrollment in Science

T. Daniels reported that there had been a great deal of success observed from the concurrent enrollment relationship with the Harmony Grove school district.  He acknowledged that not all schools can offer these courses due to lack of experience, instruction and/or equipment.  He recommended that schools be able to demonstrate their ability to offer courses with adequate materials.  Pres. S. Schroeder suggested working with the College of Education due to their extensive experience with instruction as well off-campus visits to various schools sights.  Discussion ensued.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Reynolds 205.

 Adjournment

The motion to adjourn was made by S. White and seconded by T. Daniels.

Submitted by Jennifer Logan, Faculty Senate Secretary, December 11, 2013.

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A.C.A. § 6-61-228

 Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition

© 1987-2013 by the State of Arkansas
All rights reserved.

*** Legislation is current through the 2013 Regular Session and updates ***
*** received from the Arkansas Code Revision Commission through ***
*** October 9, 2013. ***

Title 6  Education
Subtitle 5.  Postsecondary And Higher Education Generally
Chapter 61  Postsecondary Institutions Generally
Subchapter 2  — Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board

A.C.A. § 6-61-228  (2013)

6-61-228.  Creation of funding formula model for universities.

(a)  (1) The funding formula model for universities shall serve as a framework for implementing the broad goals of the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) The model shall ensure adequate, equitable, and stable funding and be based on reliable and uniform data.

(3) The model shall be simple to understand, sensitive to universities’ differing missions, and responsive to changes within the universities and shall make provisions for special-purpose units.

(4) The model shall hold universities accountable for increasing the educational attainment levels of Arkansas citizens by:

(A) Addressing the state’s economic development and work force needs;

(B) Promoting increased degree production while maintaining a high level of rigor; and

(C) Acknowledging the unique mission of each university and allowing for collaboration and minimal redundancy in degree offerings and competitive research.

(5) The model shall promote a seamless and integrated system of postsecondary education designed to meet the needs of all students.

(6) The model shall address institutional accountability for the quality of instruction and student learning, including remedial instruction.

(b)  (1) The model shall determine the funding needs of universities using six (6) student-semester-credit-hour-based expenditure functions, one (1) square-footage-based function for facilities, and two (2) or more special-mission functions.

(2) The model shall also provide for economy or diseconomy of scale for universities with fewer than three thousand five hundred (3,500) full-time-equivalent student enrollment.

(c)  (1) The six (6) student-semester-credit-hour-based expenditure functions shall be:

(A) Teaching salaries;

(B) Other instructional costs;

(C) Library costs;

(D) General institutional support;

(E) Research; and

(F) Public service.

(2) The square-footage-based expenditure function shall be for facilities maintenance and operations.

(3) The special missions to receive consideration in the funding formula model shall be universities with a traditional minority mission or a land grant mission, or both.

(d)  (1) Teaching Salaries. To determine the teaching salary needs of the universities, the student-semester-credit-hour component of each university shall be summarized into four (4) discipline cost categories:

(A) Cost Category I shall include the following instructional discipline classifications:

(i) English;

(ii) General studies;

(iii) Mathematics;

(iv) Interdisciplinary studies;

(v) Health-related knowledge;

(vi) Interpersonal skills;

(vii) Leisure and recreational activities;

(viii) Personal awareness;

(ix) Philosophy;

(x) Psychology;

(xi) Public administration; and

(xii) Social sciences;

(B) Cost Category II shall include:

(i) Ethnic and cultural studies;

(ii) Marketing;

(iii) Communications;

(iv) Education;

(v) Languages;

(vi) Home economics;

(vii) Law;

(viii) Biological sciences;

(ix) Parks and recreation;

(x) Basic skills;

(xi) Construction trades;

(xii) Mechanics;

(xiii) Precisions;

(xiv) Production;

(xv) Transportation; and

(xvi) Business management;

(C) Cost Category III shall include:

(i) Agriculture;

(ii) Conservation;

(iii) Architecture;

(iv) Communication technologies;

(v) Computer and information sciences;

(vi) Library science;

(vii) Physical sciences;

(viii) Science technology;

(ix) Visual and performing arts; and

(x) Health professions; and

(D) Cost Category IV shall include:

(i) Engineering; and

(ii) Engineering-related technology.

(2) A university’s annualized student semester credit hours component in each cost category shall be summarized into three (3) instructional levels: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral to produce a four-by-three (4×3) matrix or table containing the university’s student semester credit hours in each cost category and level.
(3)  (A) Teaching salary computations shall be determined by dividing each of the twelve (12) cells of the table by the number of student semester credit hours that have been determined by research to be needed to produce a full-time-equivalent faculty member.

(B) Those student semester credit hour standards shall be:

. Cost Category        Undergraduate                   Graduate                 Doctoral

I                            645                                  170                        130

II                           480                                  250                        145

III                          365                                  160                        120

IV                          230                                  102                          70

(4)  (A) A university’s student semester credit hours in each cost category shall be divided by the applicable standards in subdivision (d)(3)(B) of this section to determine the number of full-time-equivalent faculty needed at each of the three (3) instructional levels.

(B)  (i) The number of faculty at each instructional level shall be multiplied by an average Southern Regional Education Board faculty salary for a university at that level to ensure that every university receives the same funds for the same discipline and level of student semester credit hours.

(ii) The sum of the teaching salaries at the three (3) instructional levels shall constitute the teaching salaries need of the university.

(e) Other Instructional Costs. Other instructional costs of the university shall be calculated as an amount equal to forty-five percent (45%) of teaching salaries of the university.

(f) Library Costs. Library costs shall be calculated as an amount equal to eleven percent (11%) of the sum of the teaching salaries and other instructional costs of the university.

(g) General Institutional Support. General institutional support of the university shall be calculated as an amount equal to fifty-four percent (54%) of the sum of teaching salaries and other instructional costs of the university.

(h) Research. Research funding of the university shall be calculated as an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the undergraduate teaching salaries need plus twenty-five percent (25%) of graduate teaching salaries plus fifty percent (50%) of doctoral teaching salaries.

(i) Public Service. Public service funding of the university shall be an amount equal to three percent (3%) of teaching salaries of the university.

(j)  (1) Facilities Maintenance and Operations. Facilities maintenance and operations funding of the university shall be based upon the university’s needed square footage as determined by the Five-Factor Academic Space Prediction Model that considers the discipline and level of the student semester credit hours of each university.

(2) For each year of a biennium, the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff shall determine a funding rate per square foot based upon the most recent cost experiences of the universities.

(3) The rate calculated in subdivision (j)(2) of this section shall be multiplied by the university’s actual square footage that the space prediction model has determined the university needs.

(4) Excess square footage above the space prediction model’s established need shall be funded at a rate determined by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff.

(5) Universities with less square footage than the space prediction model-determined need shall be funded at a rate determined by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff.

(k)  (1) Special Missions. A federally designated land grant university shall receive special mission funding in the amount of ten percent (10%) of teaching salaries of the university in recognition of its federally mandated research and public service mission.

(2) The universities with a traditional minority mission shall receive an additional amount equal to fifteen percent (15%) of all student semester credit hours or full-time-equivalent-based portions of the funding formula.

(l)  (1) Economy/Diseconomy of Scale. The funding formula shall include an economy/diseconomy of scale provision for universities with fewer than three thousand five hundred (3,500) full-time-equivalent student enrollment.

(2) The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff in consultation with the presidents and chancellors of the universities shall determine the method of calculation.

(3) [Repealed.]

(m)  (1) Funding Formula Model. The total expenditure needs of each university shall be determined by adding all of the funding needs determined under subsections (d)-(l) of this section.

(2)  (A) Appropriation needs for a university shall be determined by subtracting from the total expenditure needs the tuition and fee revenues.

(B) The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall establish biennially a tuition rate per credit hour for universities to be used for funding formula purposes.

(3)  (A) This funding formula model is designed to produce educational and general operating funds for universities of higher education that generate student semester credit hours.

(B) This model does not determine the funding needs of special units, such as the medical school, division of agriculture, and system offices.

(4) This model does not provide for capital or personal services recommendations.

(5) This model does not provide funds for institutional scholarships, debt service, or fund transfers.

(6)  (A) The revenue domain for the funding formula model shall include only state appropriations and student tuition and fee income and does not include private contributions and other discretionary funds.

(B) The revenue domain shall exclude funding at the universities from all sources other than from state appropriations and student tuition, including, but not limited to, the federal government, private sources, and self-supporting activities.

(C) Since the general definition specifies operating funds, the funding formula model also does not consider the appropriation and allocation of capital funds.

(n)  (1) The funding formula model shall be utilized only to allocate funds to the universities.

(2) This funding formula model shall not be used to prescribe the allocation of those funds within the universities.

(o)  (1) By December 31, 2011, the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall develop an outcome-centered funding formula model that implements the broad goals for the state in subsection (a) of this section and seeks to promote and increase the satisfactory progression, matriculation, and graduation of all students enrolled in state-supported institutions of higher education.

(2) The outcome-centered funding formula model shall take into consideration, at a minimum:

(A) Course completion;

(B) Degree completion;

(C) Critical needs shortage areas;

(D) Minority students;

(E) Economically disadvantaged students; and

(F) Nontraditional students.

(p)  (1) Each university’s total state funding received shall be calculated at:

(A) Ninety-five percent (95%) under the funding formula model under subsections (b)-(m) of this section and five percent (5%) on the outcome-centered funding formula model for the 2013-2014 school year;

(B) Ninety percent (90%) under the funding formula model under subsections (b)-(m) of this section and ten percent (10%) on the outcome-centered funding formula model for the 2014-2015 school year;

(C) Eighty-five percent (85%) under the funding formula model under subsections (b)-(m) of this section and fifteen percent (15%) on the outcome-centered funding formula model for the 2015-2016 school year; and

(D) Eighty percent (80%) under the funding formula model under subsections (b)-(m) of this section and twenty percent (20%) on the outcome-centered funding formula model for the 2016-2017 school year.

(2) Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, university funding shall be based seventy-five percent (75%) under the funding formula model under subsections (b)-(m) of this section and twenty-five percent (25%) on the outcome-centered funding formula model.

HISTORY

Acts 2005, No. 1429, § 1; 2009, No. 797, §§ 1-4; 2011, No. 1203, §§ 3, 4.

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