Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
Bennett, L. Brown, R. Coffinberger,
Absent: M. Ferri
Chair Jim Bennett opened the meeting at .
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Jim Bennett commented that it was a sad commentary on contemporary society that the George Mason University Police carry guns on campus.
A. Academic Policies
The only carryover item for the Academic Policies Committee is the approval process for interdisciplinary programs. The Committee will also follow-up with the Task Force on the Teacher/Course Evaluation Pilot Program. The Academic Policies Committee has designated Cliff Sutton as Chair effective January 2005, replacing Esther Elstun for the remainder of the 2004 – 2005 academic year.
B. Budget & Resources
The Budget & Resources Committee has on-going work concerning faculty salary reports, compensation issues, and alternative severance options. The Committee met with Provost Stearns and Assistant Provost Rossell to learn more about the process of solving salary equity problems.
The possible disbursement of new salary funds to correct inequities was discussed from the perspective that the Faculty Senate was not consulted for its recommendations, as has been the custom.
C. Faculty Matters
The only carryover item for the Committee is summer school salaries. The Executive Committee reviewed the different aspects of the data complied by Rick Coffinberger. The overlap of some issues with the Budget & Resources Committee resulted in the request that the Chairs of both Budget & Resources and Faculty Matters have a joint meeting with Provost Peter N. Stearns.
The election of Chairs of the University Committees is ongoing.
E. Organizations & Operations
The new Organizations & Operations Committee will consider the Library Resolution that was created over the summer. Jim Sanford raised the question of a revision of the Faculty Handbook.
1. The Executive Committee
expressed concern to Linda Schwartzstein on how the
restructuring of the
The meeting adjourned at .
Clerk, Faculty Senate