March 27, 1998
Fac: how many people does this change affect and how much money is involved?
VC: there are 187 faculty members and there was to be $100,000 each year for three years
1. Peer Institute Study -- The study is being carried out as instructed by the President and Board of Trustees. The VC explained the process, which included working with a consulting firm to identify key factors: public institution, not land-grant, no medical school, Carnegie class 21. These factors resulted in 232 schools. Additional factors were included: campus size (head count enrollment) percentage of part-time students, percentage of minority students, percentage of graduate degrees awarded. This resulted in a list distributed by the VC. The next step is an accreditation comparison which should reduce the list to 13-14 schools. The final list will be used for multiple types of statistical comparisons, including retention and graduation rates, salary studies, etc.
Fac: Can we just vote ourselves out of existence, establish a temporary Organization for next year, and begin work on a new Constitution?
Schoon: We thought of that, but it seems better to begin working on a new Constitution next year, have something in place, then vote ourselves out of existence and into a new Organization.
In the interim, the Committee proposes the following, which comes moved and seconded as a Committee report.
Proposed Additions to the Bylaws:Vacancies in office of Chairman of the Faculty Organization, or in any committee where the members are elected, shall be filled by a special election conducted by the Elections Committee.Rationale: Currently the Constitution and By-Laws do not specify how vacancies shall be filled.
Since our Constitution lacks a procedure for amending the bylaws we will following Robert's Rules of Order with regard to this issue. Therefore, the proposal will be discussed and voted on at the April meeting.
As a second order of business the Committee is working on an amendment with regard to the Faculty Board of Review, but is not prepared to present anything at this time.
Fac: Are you aware that the Academic Handbook takes precedence over the Constitution?
Schoon: Yes, that is one of the reasons we are working on the Constitution.
VC Moran report on a recent deal between IU and Microsoft, which will provide administration, faculty, staff and students free access to selected software. Cd's containing the software will be available in the future. For further information see the March 27th Home Pages newspaper.