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March Faculty Senate Overview

by Janene Zaccone, internal communications manager, Communications and Marketing. Compiled for the Faculty Senate. last modified Mar 04, 2011 05:09 PM

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL's shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers.

The full body met in regular session March 2 at Ekstrom Library. Chair Bob Staat presided. Here is what happened:

Action

The Senate had its first reading of the College of Education and Human Development bylaws. A second reading, discussion and vote will be in April.

Reports to the Senate

President James Ramsey: Ramsey talked briefly, and gave highlights from the legislative session. As of March 2, the session was in its last days, but there still was the potential for a lot of action at the last minute. Ramsey said that a proposal that would mean a $4 million cut in funding to UofL in FY 2011-12 could jeopardize the 3 percent salary increase pool that is in UofL’s draft budget. He also said that he plans to take proposed UofL budget out to the campus community via an open forum because he wants dialogue and input from campus on how to implement the hoped-for salary increase. No date is set for the forum.

President Ramsey also noted that UofL’s Comprehensive Campaign, Charting Our Course, has brought in about $400 million. Twenty-seven months remain, he said, and the goal is $750 million.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz: Search Committees: Candidates for several posts have or will visit campus soon, including those for the dean for education post in March, and those for the executive vice president for research and innovation and the executive vice president for health affairs, late March and April. Willihnganz said she expected a final recommendation for Speed School dean on March 4.

The provost also mentioned UofL’s proposed budget for FY 2011-12: it is being shared with the Faculty and Staff senates, SGA and other constituency groups to get their reaction and input.

As she closed, Willihnganz commented on this year’s tenure and promotion review, noting that that the quality of the work of many of the people going up for tenure and full professor makes her proud to be called their colleague.

VP for Information Technology Priscilla Hancock Update on IT projects: Hancock talked about several projects IT has under way. Several are e-mail related. The student e-mail migration to Microsoft product is happening this semester and students have started to switch to the new system. IT is piloting the e-mail system that employees will use beginning this fall, and unit Tier 1s are learning now about the new archive system that employees will use. (Info on all e-mail projects, including how to find student e-mail addresses during the migration period is at louisville.edu/email)

Hancock reported that technicians have been out beefing up the university’s wireless system. The work has focused on buildings so far, but she said she hopes to include some outdoor green space. Information and a map are at it/services/network/wireless/pervasive

IT is upgrading the university’s central research computer. Use has hit 100 percent, Hancock said, explaining that when one project drops off, another one jumps on immediately. The upgrade will double the space available and should be in place for general use in July. Info at it/support/research

Vice President for Human Resources Sam Connally: Connally talked about proposed changes to the tuition remission policy that will help save money that can be reallocated to help move UofL salaries more in line with market. Part of the 2020 Plan is to have salaries at 100 percent market value by 2020, he said. Faculty salaries are at 90 percent now and staff salaries are at 90.9 percent. Connally’s presentation included a history of tuition remission at UofL, comparisons of UofL’s policy to Kentucky and benchmark institutions and proposals for changing the benefit. The information he presented is at louisville.edu/hr/itemsofinterest

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