Arts and Sciences Senate
April 20, 2009
I. Approval of Agenda: approved.
II. Approval of minutes from March 23, 2009: approved.
III. CAS Dean’s Report (J. Staros)
- Presented slide show used at last Chair and Director’s meeting.
- CAS 9/10 budget. 66.9 M. budget allocation from Provost’s Office. Includes cumulative (2 years) 4.82 M. (7.2%) cut.
- 822 K 08/09 cut deferred to 09/10.
- CAS cost vs. 66.9 Mil. allocation: 1) contractual salary obligations; 2) Correcting for all known salary savings; 3) total salary obligation = 68 M (1.1 M. Shortfall)
- Other needs:
1) SIB (adjunct budget) (08-09) – 2.5 M.
2) OTPS – 1 M.
3) Promotions and retentions – 0.5 M.
4) CAS funded gifts – 0.4 M.
Salary shortfall: 4.4 M. (plus the 1.1 M. shortfall) we are about 5.5 M. short of what we need to operate at this years level.
- Departments given targets. Each Department must respond with a plan to close whatever gap exists between allocation and need by lowering costs and raising revenues.
- Reducing SIB expenditures: 2.7 M. requested by the Department and 2 Mil. cap negotiated with the Provost.
- SIB must be handled within departmental targets.
- Enhanced summer/winter session incentive would be a revenue sharing plan.
IV. Report of the Academic Judiciary Committee (AJC) – (G. Fouron and Wanda Moore)
- If a student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, they have to take a Q course (10 week) on Academic Integrity.
- There were 77 students reported this semester.
- Highest reported students were transfer students. Freshmen were the lowest reported.
- Safe Assignment, a plagiarism detection program, is being offered on Blackboard.
- Discussion ensued on what the relationship is between AJC and the Academic Integrity Officer.
- Motion was made to accept the AJC Report: all in favor, one abstention.
V. Humanities Institute Report (A. Kaplan, J. Lutterbie)
- The Institute’s mission is to stimulate new modes of interdisciplinary research
- Conferences (one of the major programs) are usually 2-3 day events.
- Symposia, which are 1 day events, are often held at the Manhattan campus.
- There is a Distinguished Lecture Series.
- Seminars are developed from interdisciplinary faculty research.
- Awards – given to undergraduates as well as groups
- Community Outreach
VI. A&S Senate President’s Report (R. Ben-Zvi)
- Southampton report deferred until the new Dean, Mary Pearl, has time.
- Dean Pearl has requested that Southampton be affiliated with the A&S Senate. This has been approved by the A&S Executive Committee.
Motion was made by the A&S Senate to approve the affiliation: all were in favor.
- Please nominate in the upcoming elections.
VII. Old Business: H. Silverman noted a change in the minutes from March 23rd: IV. Report of FRRRP: first bullet, switch #2 with #3.
VIII. New Business: no new business.
Meeting adjourned 5.02 p.m.