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Faculty Senate Meeting Overview October 2012

by Janene Zaccone, UofL internal communications manager, for the Faculty Senate last modified Oct 04, 2012 02:58 PM

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers. The full body met in regular session Oct. 3 at the School of Dentistry. Chair Joe Steffen opened the meeting.

This is what happened:


  • Approval of College of Business documents (bylaws, personnel documents and organization chart).

Reports to the Senate

James Ramsey, president: Talked about the shared performance goals of his leadership team. Besides Ramsey, team members are Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost; David Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs; and Bill Pierce, executive vice president for research and innovation. The goals come from UofL’s 2020 Plan, which sets measureable goals that will help UofL reach its state mandate to be a nationally recognized research university.

Goals in the 2020 Plan are aspirational goals set by looking at top national research universities and at the Lombardi ranking of universities.

The goals are “shared among the four of us, but they cascade down to the entire university,” he said. “These are the goals of everybody.”

The shared goals through June 30, 2013 are categorized according to sections and goals of the 2020 Plan. Plan goals are below. The numbers in parentheses are the 2013 goals.

Educational Excellence

  • Increase the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded annually (2,712)
  • Increase the baccalaureate graduation rate (51.7%)
  • Increase doctorate degrees awarded annually (175)
  • Enhance national recognition (make progress)

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

  • Increase total grant and contract expenditures ($157.6 Million)
  • National Cancer Center (NCI) Cancer Center designation (make progress)
  • Increase national faculty recognition/awards (make progress)

Community Engagement

  • Increase collaborative partnerships with the community (make progress)
  • Increase economic development/entrepreneurial activities (make progress)

Diversity, Opportunity and Social Justice

  • Achieve Kentucky Plan goals (8 of 8)
  • Achieve annual goals specified in the University Diversity Plan (93%)

Creative and Responsible Stewardship

  • Annual philanthropy (development dollars) received ($150 million)
  • Percentage of alumni giving to annual fund (15%)
  • Increase institutional survey average score on The Chronicle’s annual “Great Colleges for Work For” survey (No 2013 goal. Will re-survey in 2014)

Ramsey noted that each member of the leadership team also has individual goals. His pertain to development of Shelby Campus, the proposed Belknap Research Park, the Health Sciences Center TIF and athletic conference affiliation.

Shirley Willihnganz, provost: Talked about the shared goals with Ramsey. She also talked about a couple of her personal goals. One is boosting the number of college graduates in Louisville by developing a degree program for people who quit school with 90 or more hours of college credit toward a degree. She is working on a proposal that would combine online and in-class courses, but wants to ensure that the resulting degree has both quality and integrity. John McCloud, A&S senator, noted that the A&S faculty had conducted a study on that type of program and had reservations. Willihnganz asked to see the proposal and said she’d like to discuss the idea with the faculty.

Another goal the provost mentioned is her review of the 2020 Plan in light of issues that are facing universities of the 21st century – including reduced funding. She said that earlier in the day she had decided on what process to use and would be communicating to faculty and staff soon.

Willihnganz also mentioned the Belknap Campus town hall meeting and reminded everyone of the one scheduled for the Health Sciences Center Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Kornhauser auditorium. She said the leadership team will be looking at the issues that come out in the meetings. “I am very grateful for the comments,” she said. “We all are trying to a better job and we want to hear what you have to say.”

The Senate will meet again Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus.

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