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April 15th, 2005

Time 1:00 – 2:15PM
Location HH107

  I.  Call to Order

            The meeting was called to order at 1:08 pm.

  II.  Minutes for the 25 March 2005 meeting were approved

 III. President’s Announcements

            a.)  Bodmer asked the faculty to send in their committee preferences soon.

            b.)  He announced that Outcomes 1 and 6 have been distributed, that the UFC meeting passed review procedures for the Chancellor’s leave policies and thanked  Professor Dorin for his contributions to “Mission Differentiation.”

 IV.  Chancellor’s Report

            A.)  Chancellor Bergland announced that he is hopeful faculty salaries will  improve, and that although the annual budget has not yet been approved, he still         believes that IUN will be eligible for extra funds to invest.

            B.)  Professor Gallmeier asked when the IUN faculty will be informed about its role in making policy.

            C.)  The Chancellor responded that he will bring the matter to President Herbert.

V.  Resolution “It is moved that the following “Mission Statement” be approved and forwarded to the President of Indiana University.

  • The mission of Indiana University Northwest, a regional campus of Indiana University, is to provide a high-quality and relevant education to the citizens of Northwest Indiana, the most diverse and industrialized area of the state.  The institution strives to create a community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual development, leading to undergraduate and selected graduate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines.  The campus is strongly dedicated to the value of education, lifelong learning, diversity, celebration of cultures and opportunity for all, as well as to participating in the sustainable economic development of the region and of the state.  Indiana University Northwest is committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. 

            A.)  Coffin distributed a “Draft of a new ‘Mission statement’” and proposed that we change in line 4 the word “baccalaureate” to read ”undergraduate.”

            B.)  Chancellor Bergland argued that such a change would then say that we will  be offering two-year degrees while our mission is not to make such offerings.

            C.)  Needleman responded that to eliminate two-year degree programs would be a denial of our mission and lack of service to the community.

                        Call for the vote:  To substitute language for the original

                        Motion passed unanimously

            D.)  A lengthy and detailed discussion followed, with faculty members recommending other changes to the language of the “Mission Statement”       (attached), and that this document be sent to the Chancellor with a recommendation that it be sent to President Herbert.

                        Call for the vote:  To accept all changes and additions to the language of the “Mission Statement.”

                        Motion passed with 2 nays.

Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm.

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