Wright State University
Unclassified Staff Advisory Council
November 21, 2003
The meeting was held in Room 158 University Hall. USAC Chair, Donna Totten called the meeting to order at 2:30.
APPROVAL of MINUTES
The minutes of the USAC meeting of October 16, 2003 were approved as posted on the website.
STRATEGIC PLAN - David Hopkins and Robert Sweeney
Robert Sweeney reviewed the development and implementation of the plan to date. He noted that unclassified staff were represented on the committee by Carol Vuckovich (who will be replaced by Donna Totten this year) as well as by their unit dean or director. After initial development the plan went back to the units to develop university-wide objectives, strategies and goals. The plan is based on the principle of evolution, not revolution. We want to build on the strengths of the university. The plan also requires "line of sight" understanding by all staff. Everyone needs to be able to see how their job fits in with what WSU is trying to accomplish. The plan is now available on the university website: http://www.wright.edu/strategicplan/
David Hopkins reconvened the planning committee to work on implementation. He expects to align each unit plan as part of the whole. The committee is discussing the designation of key action items for this year and measurements to let us know when we have succeeded. One thing they have already discovered is that there is a great deal of commonality across the units. They plan to share implementation results across unit lines and to talk about both successes and failures so they can learn from each other. He stressed the importance of each employee in the implementation of the plan. He said it is very important that everyone see the link between the plan and what they do each day. Staff input is very important. For that reason, links to each unit plan have been provided from the webpage as well email contact links for each college and division as well as for Dr. Hopkins.
A question was raised about whether annual staff evaluations will be tied to the strategic plan. Dr. Hopkins said that we need to make sure that what we measure and reward supports and aligns with the plan and can be translated into improvement.
A question was raised about the academic calendar and first weekend. Move-in day will fall on Labor Day weekend for the next three years. How can we maintain good customer service in the face of this difficulty? Dr. Hopkins did not exclude the possibility that the calendar might be reevaluated.
1. The Provost, Dr. David Hopkins attended the meeting. Dr. Hopkins
was a student athlete at Wooster and wants to continue to look at ways
to enhance the success of student-athletes here. He discussed how WSU’s
strategic plan will prepare students and student athletes for the
Parking Services - D.R.
Recreation and Wellness -
Policy for Employees Taking Classes
A concern was raised that care should be taken to avoid the impression that taking classes on work time is an entitlement. Allan agreed that we need to balance expectations but said that he would be concerned about a supervisor who allowed no flexibility at all. He said no department should have employees who are precluded from development at some level. Allan plans to encourage development opportunities and will work to improve the value of development in the culture of the university.
The issue of fee remissions for part time staff taking classes or development workshops remains open.
Donations are down this year. Donna reported that WSU has collected $89,747.20 (14% participation). The goal was $105,000. Donna asked for ideas about why donations had declined. The economy and the earlier starting/closing dates were cited. Donna also reported that donors names were removed from the campaign email list once their pledge had been received.
Staff expressed strong interest in tuition reciprocity on the USAC survey. Donna's initial research into the issue revealed that this is an extremely complex issue which may not be possible in the long run, but she will continue to work on it.
Off Campus Representation
A concern was presented to the council about the lack of off-campus (Lake, Kettering Center, Research Park, SOM) representation on USAC. The committee to review the composition of USAC will look at this issue as well. Human Resources does not offer a list of staff by office location, but it may be possible to provide it. We will also revisit the possibility of teleconferencing at a future meeting.
University Staff Council
This issue was deferred the January meeting due to lack of time.
First Opportunities for Unclassified Staff
A suggestion was brought to the council to investigate the feasibility of a "first opportunities" job posting for unclassified staff, similar to what is available for classified staff. Donna and Allan will discuss whether this is a viable option. It seems it may be possible.
Holiday Hospitality Program
It was suggested that USAC sponsor a Holiday Hospitality program. Such programs link willing hosts with faculty, staff or students to share a holiday meal. A concern was expressed that it is too late in the season to pull a program together properly for this year. If it was not well-done it might affect the future of the program. It was agreed to discuss this in January as a possibility for next year.
Minutes submitted by Susan Wehmeyer, USAC Secretary,
11/21/03, Dining Minutes added 12/1/03.
Return to the Wright State University home page
Return to the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council home page
Revised: 1 December 2003