February 8, 1999
Present: Marty Jenkins, Jack Butler, Verne Smith, Kitty Friedman, Sheila Hollenbaugh,
Mary Kenton, Ellen Demerath, Terri Limbert, L. Tony Ortiz, Jane Baker, Judy Rose.
This presentation was again postponed.
"Issues '99" Survey
USAC thanks the 315 classified and unclassifed staff who responded
to the Issues '99 survey. The numerical results for all respondents,
along with comments from unclassified staff (edited for anonymity)
may be seen at the USAC homepage. USAC will be using
this information to help us set our agenda for the coming months.
Student Retention Forum
An open forum on the role of staff in student retention
originally planned for March is being postponed until early April.
A date should be announced by the March USAC meeting.
University Committee Reports
- Budget Review - VP Janet Achterman reported that there is insufficient information
about subsidy from the state and enrollment numbers to determine what the budget will
look like for next year. The recent upgrade to the OBR's data collection system has
increased the amount of potential data available but has complicated the process of
evaluating our current budget position.
She also reported that the university's costs from United Health
Care will increase about 10% in July. The
university will be faced with about a $750,000 rise in premiums for the same coverage.
Dr Bill Rickert reported that the goal of the AAUP is to complete
contract negotiations over the summer and have a signed agreement in
September. Provost Perry Moore stated that he saw no reason that would
keep them from addressing salary increases for non-union faculty and staff
while continuing the current contract talks
with AAUP. He also stated that he was not in favor of an across-the-board salary
increase for staff and non-union faculty unless the percentage of increase
available is too small to make a merit based increase
- Parking Services - The committee is discussing possible solutions to the big
parking crunch that occurs during the first 5 weeks of Fall Quarter. One proposal
is to require resident students who have cars to park in the "K" lot.
- Technology - UTC is planning to put several student services on the Web by
Fall 1999, including course offerings and availability, grades, address change,
and class schedule. Other services will be added by Fall 2000. Also being
undertaken is a redesign of the university web site, with the aim of including
more consistency across the site.
- Calendar and Elections - The committee will forward a calendar
very similar to those of the past. There was discussion on whether to float
Veterans' Day to the Friday after Thanksgiving rather than Columbus Day.
Mark your calendars for the next meeting on Monday, March 8, 1999 at 3:10
p.m. in Room E157B Student Union. Hope to see you there!