Academic Staff Council Minutes




Members present: Alicia Acken, Sarah Egerstrom, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Steve Luebke, Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Sue Walton


Members absent: Amber Tubre,  Carmen Croonquist


Call to order at 2:08 p.m.


Update to minutes from 9/20/04:  Change the number of new freshmen to 1215 and the number of transfer students to 445.  Motion made by K. Gould-Speckman, Seconded by G. Link.  Unanimously approved.


Chair’s Report (S. Walton)

S. Walton will meet with Kathy Schultz in November to review the Academic Staff handbook.  They are interested in reviewing and updating the document.


S. Walton met with Virgil Nylander.  He was pleased with the attendance and outcome of the facilitation workshop that we sponsored.  Follow up to this training is planned.


The deconstruction of Ames has begun and the campus is looking at bids for the new student center.



Representative’s Report (K. Gould-Speckman)

Kimberly did not attend the September meeting in Madison, but participated in the conference call on October 21.


There is a proposal for a catch-up pay plan.  This would include salary increases of 3% for the coming year and 3% the following year.  Some academic staff were concerned that they might be excluded from this plan – in 1985 a similar plan included only faculty.  To prevent this from happening again, a statement will be submitted that encourages academic staff to receive equal consideration in the plan.


Domestic partner issues were discussed.  There is a systemwide report that compares partner benefits and identifies the domestic partner needs that should be addressed.


The Board of Regents is concerned with salary and the System’s ability to attract and retain new staff.


The budget for 2005-07 will be submitted in November.


Ballots for the new seat for Academic Staff Council are due on October 29, 2004.


Legislative Report (M. Kinders)

The Board of Regents submitted a budget proposal to the Governor that included a 7.4% increase in funding over last year.  The proposal also included a 4% tuition increase. No more than a 7% tuition increase should be expected.  The state projects a $1.5 billion deficit.


Elections are the main focus right now.  The New Voters Project on campus registered 837 first-time voters.  Due to high student participation, there have been a lot of legislative visits to campus this fall.


Concerns about the methodology of the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) report were expressed.  The information was gathered unlike any other higher education system so it is difficult to compare data.  Sheila Harsdorf and Kitty Rhoades seem to understand that the data is flawed and are advised not to use it to make decisions about staffing.  We won’t know more about the effects of this report until January.


Continuing Business

 An Academic Staff Council leadership conference planning meeting will be held on November 1 from 2-3 p.m.  Leslie Bleskachek is chairing this committee.  The group will be broken into subcommittees as work begins.


New Business

We are not members of ASPRO (Academic Staff Public Representation Organization).  They usually attend the state leadership conference and sponsor dinner and/or a special event.  Are they still willing to help even if we are not members?  Should we join this group?  We may bring them to campus to learn more about the group before making a decision to join.


Other Items

Council Member Updates


M. Kinders said the Chancellor Search and Screen committee has not seen the applicant pool.  The search firm is currently screening the applicants and is excited about the possibilities.  The committee will bring 8-10 candidates to Minneapolis December 10-12 for interviews.  Four to seven of those individuals will come to campus for 2-day interviews this spring.  The Board of Regents would like to name a chancellor at their meeting in March.


K. Gould-Speckman said the Advancement Office has kicked off its fall campain and currently has 30 student employees making calls.  The Dahlka garden was dedicated.  More than 180 people attended the scholarship donor/recipient dinner this fall.


S. Walton said the Assistant Registrar search and screen committee has conducted phone interviews.  They will interview in person at the end of November.  They are optimistic of the outcome.  There are good candidates.


A. Acken is busy with program and has several workshops coming to campus.  She is also serving on the Search and Screen Committee for the Outreach Dean.


G. Link said more than 80 employers and 1400 students attended the Career Fair.  The PPDC is also sponsoring the “Tip and Treat” on October 29 where they pass out treats and career tips to students.  The etiquette dinner is scheduled for November 1 and the Walk Through Workshop will be held November 3.


Adjourned at 3:20 p.m.  Motion made by K. Gould-Speckman.  Seconded by Gretchen Link.