11 May 2004
Present: Staples, Fahey, Landry, Thurston, Hage, Mathis, Driscoll, Tinnell, Moore, Sparks.
The minutes from the April 27th meeting were approved as amended.
Richard Sparks gave a report from the FRBC. In efforts to meet their goal of meeting with all academic departments, the committee has so far met with the chairs of four departments; HPER, Business, Library, and Criminal Justice. A fifth is scheduled for Thursday. Discussions involve the department’s hopes, dreams, initiatives, budget, and how the department supports its initiatives (grants, curriculum, etc). The process will continue in the fall. Roger Tinnell hopes for an open forum next year to share the information collected in these meetings with the rest of the faculty. On a related note, Dan Moore hopes that future dept meetings with Ann Thurston will help to repair lack of connection between department activities and their budgets.
Nick wants to see more discussion of what our core values really are. Department chairs are given little guidance in looking to the future. Values have been discussed but only in general terms as evidenced by the mission statement.
Dick Hage noted that there is a perceived need at the top to control the “bottom line”. Conversation is needed with chairs to discuss a framework for what they need. Ideas and creativity should flow up (and down). We need a process for new ideas to be communicated at the very beginning when they are just a seed.
Nick suggested adding a statement to the mission that departments should be encouraged to pursue ideas that take advantage of PSU’s unique natural setting.
Richard noted that next year’s academic theme is the environment. The “greening of campus” is a good topic for this group because conservation is an investment in savings. We cannot conserve without investing. Roger suggested putting this topic at the top of the agenda for next fall, at the start of the environmentally themed year.
Richard wants to see the environmental focus at PSU extend over the next five years. Dick suggested asking Ellen Shippee to identify the projects that related to greening, identify the savings, and prioritize them. Accountability is needed to make sure we are investing wisely for the future.
Also suggested for next year’s agenda was examining the status of projects/suggestions previously approved by this committee. Assessment should be a priority topic.
The possible CLL/PSU merger was very briefly discussed. Where is the faculty input? Depending on the outcome of the current investigation, the merger could be a major topic for the fall.