Wright State University Staff Council Minutes
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.
Present: Council Members: Barbara Bullock, George Collins, Mary Healea, Joanie Hendricks, Patrick Kachurek, Fran Keeley, Greg Kojola, Tami Smith, and John Sheidler; Convener, Bill Rickert; and Guests: Steven Angle, Allan Boggs, and Robert Sweeney
Bill Rickert asked all the 2007-08 WSU Staff Council members to introduce themselves, since some are new to the Council this year.
1. Classified Civil Service Reform (House Bill 187)
Allan Boggs, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, distributed the final version of the Implementation Guidelines and Standards for Sub. H.B. 187 (attached). This bill, passed in December 2006, will allow state universities in Ohio to make certain changes to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) regarding their classified civil service employees.
Bill Rickert brought up two classified staff issues that might be considered for changes—the candidate selection process requiring 10 applicants to be interviewed before hiring; and the bumping process.
The WSU Board of Trustees will first have to pass a resolution allowing the university to consider making changes. Any changes considered after that will have to be reviewed by the Cabinet, the Council of Deans, and the Classified and Unclassified Staff Advisory Councils before going to the Board of Trustees for approval. Kent State, Ohio University and Miami University Boards of Trustees have passed their resolutions allowing them to consider changes. Cleveland State University has decided to make no changes.
In addition to allowing universities to make changes to civil service rules, HB 187 sets forth some changes that apply to all universities. Allan Boggs handed out a summary of these HB187 Amendments which became effective on July 1, 2007 (attached).
Allan said the university will want to get all this information out among staff for discussion. Dr. Rickert voiced concern that these issues can be very confusing. At least three meetings are to be scheduled to help people understand the process. A communication will be going out soon. A joint letter will be needed from Human Resources and the WSU Staff Council. The university wants to make this an open and transparent process; and Human Resources will set no plans on how to proceed until it has consulted staff councils and given individual staff members a chance to give input.
There will also be a new section on the Human Resources website about the status of any HB 187 implementation progress here and at other state universities.
2. Regional Summit
Robert Sweeney, Executive Vice President for Planning and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, attended the meeting to talk about the Appleseed Study and the Regional Summit that was held at WSU.
To further strategic planning efforts, the Appleseed Study investigated WSU’s impact on the region. For example, WSU is the number one producer of physicians in the area.
The Regional Summit, held on August 29, 2007, included many representatives from various businesses in the Dayton region. Topics included 1) business development and retention, 2) access to health care, 3) education K-12, 4) culture and arts, 5) government services, and 6) talent relocating out of the region or the state.
The break out discussions consisted of seven reps at each table, a WSU facilitator leading the discussion, and a WSU scribe taking notes on their ideas. Their ideas were summarized and will be studied to give WSU a sense of what priorities should be taken to supply these businesses with the employees and services that will meet their growing needs. The results also can be used to further the role of education in enhancing the economic and cultural development of the region.
3. Faculty and Staff Summits
Dr. Sweeney is planning for summits for WSU faculty, WSU staff, and WSU students similar to the Regional Summit. The Staff Council agreed to cosponsor the staff summits including providing facilitators and scribes for the sessions. Robert Sweeney also asked for ideas on what group can facilitate a summit, what questions to propose, and how to involve faculty and staff in strategic planning efforts.
The Faculty and Staff Summits will be held on three different days each. Each session will last 90 minutes beginning with President Hopkins and Provost Angle talking about the Appleseed Study Report; the University System of Ohio, followed by a question and answer period. Then participants will break out into round table discussions for 45 minutes. Invitations will be sent out soon. For the Staff Summit, it was suggested that representatives from the Center for Performance Excellence and Albert Bondurant be facilitators; and also that CSAC and USAC members can attend one summit session and be a facilitator at another. Facilitators are to bring their scribes and a laptop if possible. A memo from the Provost will encourage participation in the summits.
4. Introduction of New Provost
Dr. Rickert introduced the new provost, Dr. Steven R. Angle, to the Council. Dr. Angle stated he was very interested in the staff’s concerns and looked forward to working with the Council. One item mentioned was the emergency notification of incidents to everyone on campus.
5. Agenda Items for November 14, 2007 Meeting:
1) Update on Classified Civil Service Reform; 2) Review of Faculty and Staff Summits; and 3) Time off for committees and Staff Development Day. Bill suggested that the discussion regarding time off for meetings might have four components:
Dr. Rickert agreed to find out the status of sustainability at the university.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 pm. The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be on November 14, 2007.