Members Present: Trustees Jim Cobbe, Jessie Furlow, Harold Knowles, Christopher Evans, Jim Smith, John Thrasher, Richard McFarlain, Manny Garcia, Ann McGee, and Leslie Pantín participated in the conference call.
Members Absent: Trustees Derrick Brooks and David Ford had excused absences.
- Call to Order and Welcome
Chairman Smith called the conference call meeting to order and welcomed new board member Christopher Evans.
- Action Items:
Request for Board of Trustee Consideration Rental Rates for Student Housing, 2006-2007
Dr. Mary Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs, explained the annual request to address rental rates for student housing on campus. She said the proposal is to provide for a minimum of 2-6% depending on what type of accommodations the students are requesting. This increase will cover what is expected to be a 10-20% percent increase in the electricity rate, as well as providing for some modest raises. Trustee Cobbe made a motion to approve the 2006-2007 rental rates for student housing. Trustee Duda seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Report on Tenure
Dr. Anne Rowe, Dean of the Faculties, presented the report on tenure. She said that 46-faculty members were granted tenure effective Fall semester 2006. In addition tenure was granted to 15 faculty members effective on the dates for their initial appointments and one faculty member to be effective once permanent residence status in the U.S. is obtained.
Approval of the Academic Calendar for 2006-2007
Dr. Lawrence G. Abele, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost presented the 2006-2007 Academic Calendar for approval. Trustee Cobbe made a motion to approve the 2006-2007 Academic Calendar. Trustee Pantín seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Student Registration Cancellation Regulation Change – 6C2R-2.0248
Dr. Abele presented the Registration cancellation agenda item. Currently all students are required to show up the first day of class. This provides that if a student shows up but does not pay their fees it cancels their registration for that class and allows another student into the class. Trustee McGee made a motion to approve the Student Registration rule change. Trustee Pantín seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Approval of Common Course Numbering Changes Affecting Materials and Supply Fees
Dr. Abele explained the approval of common course numbering changes effecting materials and supply fees. The Statewide common course numbering committee changed some numbers of courses and in order to be consistent with the state as required by statute under common course numbering approval is necessary for any course whose numbering changed that also has a fee associated with it. Trustee Cobbe made a motion to approve the 2006-2007 Academic Calendar. Trustee Pantín seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
NCAA Recertification Update
Dr. Abele provided an NCAA re-certification update. He thanked Dianne Harrison for serving as the faculty athletic representative and doing the bulk of the work on the re-certification. Dr. Abele said the university is required to undergo reaccreditations by the NCAA. A broad based committee from across campus and the community is working on this and will submit the self-study at the end of April. The University is operating in full conformity with all NCAA operating principles. The 2005-2010 Gender Equity plan was submitted and includes full funding for all NCAA allowable scholarships in exploration of adding an additional women’s sport. As part of the minority improvement plan the University will continue to collect and review data concerning both diversity of staff and diversity of participation. The University will continue to follow the same admission standards for athletes and non-athletes. There is a strong program of institutional control and monitoring systems. Dr. Abele said that he believes that the NCAA will approve all of the programs on their fall visit.
Revision of the Capital Improvement Plan
Mr. John Carnaghi, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, explained the revision of the Capital Improvement Plan. He said that the University is asking for authorization of addition of any newly found dollars which will be requested during the current legislative session. This may be about $23 million for fiscal year 2006-07. The top priority is to address the impact of construction inflation costs on three projects, which are in some phase of completion, including: $9.92 million for the Life Sciences teaching and research center, $7.99 million for the academic center at the Panama City campus and $1.4 million for the administrative services center at the Panama City campus. The remaining funds would be used for land acquisition, the joint Engineering school, and a nursing health facility.
Trustee Pantín made a motion to approve the revision of the Capital Improvement Plan. Trustee McGee seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
- Legislative Update
Ms. Kathleen Daly, Assistant Vice President for Governmental Relations, provided a Legislative update.
- Collective Bargaining Update
Ms. Joyce Ingram, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, presented an update on collective bargaining issues. She said there are different bargaining units that either completed the negotiations process or were getting ready to do re-openers. There is tentative agreement on the PBA contract wage package. Negotiations with AFCME and FNA are beginning on their re-openers. The UFF faculty negotiations have two different processes underway. One deals with impasse that was declared in December and there is also the re-opener negotiations for 2006-07. A detailed evidentiary impasse hearing was held on February 22, 2006 with Special Magistrate Abe Levine, who was appointed by PERC. Once the Special Magistrate makes a decision, if either party rejects it then there is a period of time where the administration’s attorneys cannot converse with the Board of Trustees but it will move to the level of the Board of Trustees and it will be my recommendation that the committee be the group to hear the issues presented by both sides. Ms. Ingram said that they were waiting to see how things work out. There were some questions by Trustees Knowles and Cobbe and further discussion on the process. Ms. Ingram agreed to send the trustees a one-page description of the collective bargaining process.
- President's Report
President Wetherell provided a brief report. First, he provided an update on the lawsuit with the MDS foundation. Second, he thanked Trustees Smith and Thrasher for their help with Kathleen Daly on the Legislative budget. All efforts are going to focus on getting funding for Pathways to Excellence. He said that the Legislature has been rather generous in a number of ways, but the issue of faculty salaries needs to be funded. Finally, Dr. Wetherell said that there was an administrative issue to take care of quickly for the record. The University received a $1.9 M grant from NIH to renovate the Molecular Biophysics Building a few years ago. He requested specific Board approval execution of and of the filing of a “Notice of Federal Interest” in the building so that the document can be recorded with the Property Appraisers office and a copy may be provided to the NIH site visit team.
Trustee Cobbe made a motion to specifically approve the authorization of the President or his designee filing the “Notice of Federal Interest.” Trustee McGee seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 9:48 AM.
The Florida State University Board of Trustees approved
the minutes on
June 9, 2006.