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11/8/17 UIUC Policy Committee Summary

    Present:  Bettina Francis, Harry Hilton, Richard Laugesen, Walter McMahon, David O’Brien, Daniel Steward, Leslie Struble, H. F. Williamson

    The meeting began at about 12:11 p.m. with Harry Hilton presiding.  

    1. Introductions.
    2. Review of the Minutes October 11, 2017 Meeting of Policy Committee. The minutes were approved.
    3. President’s ReportHilton reviewed the key topics in his report, some of which are covered further elsewhere in the minutes.
      1. He continues to follow up on the status of the revisions in the Statutes regarding hiring policies that have been approved by the three senates and the Senate Council. They were transmitted to the president on December 5, 2016.
      2. He continues to try to arrange a meeting with Chancellor Jones particularly now that the spring
      3. As soon as the new Provost is in office, Hilton will work with her/him and Associate Provost Bernhard to set up a date for the Tenure and Promotion Workshop in the spring.  If no appointment has been made by November 15, Hilton will invite the interim provost and proceed accordingly.
      4. Parker continues to track actions which are being taken at the state level regarding tenure and course content.  It was hoped that more information on this issue could be presented at the next meeting.  O’Brien noted that this would be a possible topic for the Annual Meeting program.
      5. The shared governance questionnaire was resent by the Provost’s office with a deadline of last week.  The results will be reviewed by our ad hoc committee.  A similar questionnaire will be sent to tenure track and tenured faculty through the Provost’s office.
      6. After consulting with the Policy Committee, he sent an email to the Chancellor regarding concerns that the participation by the Honor the Chief organization in the Homecoming Parade violated previous decisions made regarding this issue.
    4. Follow-up on President’s Report
      1. Guidelines for Faculty PolicyHilton indicated that he had forwarded to the Policy Committee the document prepared by the GUP Committee and circulated to the Senate.
      2. Request for Help.  Hilton and O’Brien discussed an email request for help received from a faculty member at Barnard College concerning her termination.  O’Brien agreed to follow up concerning what the Chapter might do in response.  The email will also be forwarded to the NTFC Local #6546 Chapter Leadership since their help might be apropos as well.
      3. Governance Issues:  Francis reported on a presentation at the Big 10 Academic Alliance meeting by a Purdue representative expressing concerns that the University’s purchase of Kaplan University had occurred without faculty input.  It was not clear what the role of the Policy Committee might be on this issue.  Francis agreed to forward more information on the situation at Purdue.
    5. Remaining fall meeting:  it will be at noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in 217 Illini Union
    6. Final Approval of spring schedule of regular Policy Committee meetings. The schedule previously presented was approved.  It will be:
      • January 17 (third Wednesday; instruction begins Jan. 16; King Holiday is Jan.15)
      • February 14 (second Wednesday)
      • March 14 (second Wednesday) (spring vacation starts March 17)
      • April 11 (second Wednesday)
      • May 2 (first Wednesday, last day of instruction)
    7. Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting would be May 8 if held on the Tuesday of final examination week as occurred in the last few years.  Hilton stressed the importance of reviewing this decision and also considering the program for the meeting as early as possible.
    8. Reports
      1. Report from our Liaison to the NTFC Local #6546 Chapter.  Steward indicated that there was nothing to report.
      2. Web Site.  Struble reported that it was up to date.

    There were no additional reports so the meeting adjourned at about 1:00 p.m.

    As noted above, the meeting next month will be December 13, 2017 in 217 Illini Union.

    Prepared by H. F. Williamson, Secretary