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October  2002


Executive Committee Minutes


October 4, 2002


Attendance:  Vinodogopal (President), Sandoval (Vice-President), Gochee (Secretary), Tolhuizen (Ex-Officio), Delunas, Hass, Hoftiezer, Lindmark, McDonald, Nelson, O'Dell, Poulard, Rusinek, Schultz, and Chancellor Bergland.


1.         Call to Order

President Vinodgopal called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m.


2.            Minutes   Chancellor' Business

The president asked for a motion to approve the April 12 and September 6, 2002 Executive Committee minutes.  The motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and passed unanimously.


3.            Announcements

The Goldenrod document is to be used as the only guidelines for P&T.    The Faculty Affairs Committee will add the Lecturer to Senior Lecturer resolution to this document prior to its review at the October 18, 2002 Faculty Organization meeting.



4.         Report from the Academic Priorities Committee

A copy of the prioritized list was distributed to the members present.  Vinod reported that Vice-Chancellor Vasquez will hopefully have an estimate of the number of positions that will be filled by the October 18, 2002 Faculty Organization meeting. 


Rusinek expressed concern that the Director of Library position was excluded from the Academic Priorities list.  Tolhuizen explained that committee members felt the Director of the Library position was a high priority and they believed it is similar to a Dean of College and therefore should be treated as an administrative position.


5.         Ron Cohen's Resolution

The Executive Committee has decided that Cohen's resolution must be looked at by University Counsel to determine any IRS ramifications to 18-20 exist.  The Faculty Affairs will work with Human Resources to have the necessary legal review of this resolution.


6.            Chancellor's Business

The Chancellor has no formal report and will take any questions that members have. 


  1. Strategic Planning Committee - Chancellor explained that he wants members of SPC to have university wide perspective rather than represent the opinions of a particular group.  The members of SPC should exercise their best judgment for the university as a whole and not present a party-line view since the SPC will determine the long-term and short-term strategic directions of IUN, resources allocations, new programs and directions needed to get the Vision achieved by 2010.  AQUIP team has determined three initiatives and the future implications of these will come out of SPC. 


Executive Committee members expressed their concerns that SPC will be making decisions outside of the traditional path of faculty governance.  SPC has only four faculty members, three of which were picked by Chancellor and not Faculty Organization.  Chancellor expressed that he is willing to think about adding more faculty to SPC.


  1. Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Resolution - Vinod asked the Chancellor to comment on the Faculty Organization resolution regarding the search for a VCAA.  The Chancellor stated that he had not yet seen the resolution.  The Chancellor is still awaiting response from VP Palmer regarding the conflict of interest issue.  The Chancellor noted that he is not inclined to change his mind on this issue.


  1. Guidelines changes to Service and Research - Chancellor stated that he wants regional service and research to be considered in the hiring and P&T of all new faculty.  There should be a clear understanding that new faculty must be involved in Northwest Indiana in a meaningful way.


Executive Committee members questioned whether this policy change would violate academic freedom.  These policy changes would require changes to the Goldenrod guidelines for P&T.  The Chancellor expressed that IUN needs to contribute more to the region and he would prepare a resolution for the October Faculty Organization meeting.


7.             Agenda Items for September Faculty Organization Meeting



8.            Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Angel V. Gochee




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