The University of Iowa
October 15, 2002
PM – 5:15 PM
Dodge Room, #256 Iowa Memorial Union
Alvarez, Steven Armstrong, Constance Berman, Terry Boles, Phyllis Chang, John
Cowdery, Corey Creekmur, Melissa Deem, Douglas DeJong, Kathleen Diffley, Edwin
Dove, Claibourne Dungy, Lois Dusdieker, Sonya Franklin, Richard Fumerton, Carin
Green, Ronald Herman, Julie Hochstrasser, Erin Irish, William, Johnson, Sheldon
Kurtz, Richard LeBlond, Patrick Lloyd, Usha Mallik, Teresa Mangum, Kim Marra,
Ann Marie McCarthy, Sue Ann Moorhead, Paul Muhly, Barbara Muller, Andrew Nugent,
Thomas O’Dorisio, Lisa Oakes, Harry Paarsch, Bradley Phillips, Judy Polumbaum,
Daniel Quinn, Richard Randell, Mary Reno, Jon Ringen, Peter Rubenstein, Thomas
Schmidt, Leslie Schrier, Linda Snetselaar, Karin Southard, Shelton Stromquist,
Katherine Tachau, Tuong Ton-That, Richard Valentine, Carolyn Wanat, Robert Weir,
Paul Weller, Howard Winfield
Abdel, Janet Altman, Zuhair Ballas, Bernard Fallon, Alfred Hansen, Rebecca
Hegeman, Jean Jew, Mazen Maktabi, Rachel Miller, Alvin Snider, John Westefeld,
Brown, Paul Heidger, Charles Lynch, John Moyers, Jerold Woodhead
Senate Officers in Attendance:
Jeffrey Cox, President; Margaret Raymond, Vice President; Craig Porter,
Secretary; Amitava Bhattacharjee, Past President
Phil Davidson (Daily Iowan), Tom Walsh (Iowa City Gazette), Jessica Otis
(Dance Marathon), Al Hood (Emeritus Faculty Council), Anne Tanner (University
Relations), Heather Woodward (Iowa City Press Citizen), Jon Whitmore (Provost),
Lola Lopes (Office of the Provost), Lee Anna Clark (Office of the Provost),
Kathryn Wynes (Office of the Provost), Willard Boyd (President), Julie Thatcher
(Faculty Senate Office)
Call to Order
The University of Iowa Faculty Senate meeting was called to order by
President Jeffrey Cox at 3:35 PM on October 15, 2002.
meeting agenda was approved by the Faculty Senate membership present.
Minutes – Faculty Senate, September 24, 2002
revisions of a non-substantive and grammatical nature offered by Associate
Provost Lee Anna Clark, the Faculty Senate minutes of the September 24, 2002
meeting were approved.
Approval of Recommended Replacements
The motion of
the Faculty Senate to approve the replacements as recommended by the Committee
on Committees and endorsed by the Faculty Council at its October 1, 2002 meeting
was provided by Prof. Malik, seconded by Prof. Berman and approved unanimously
by the Faculty Senate.
Prior to the
presentation of the scheduled reports, President Cox allowed undergraduate
student Jessica Otis to present information regarding the upcoming dance
marathon to the Faculty Senate. Jessica
identified the University of Iowa Dance Marathon as the largest student run
philanthropy in the Western United States.
Monies raised by the dance marathon support activities in the Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology Division at the Children’s Hospital of Iowa, a part of
University of Iowa Healthcare. Included
in such activities are support for tutoring of pediatric inpatients, monies to
fund child-life activities and the provision of “care packages” to families
of hospitalized children. She then
encouraged the Faculty Senate to support the Spirit Dancer program.
This program provides additional opportunity for members of the larger
community to become involved in the Dance Marathon without committing to its
full, 24-hour duration. Spirit Dancers will participate for three hours on the
Saturday afternoon of the dance marathon. The
dance marathon will occur on February 8, 2003.
Registration for the Spirit Dancer program must occur prior to December
Outreach to the State of Iowa, Interim University of Iowa President
Willard “Sandy” Boyd
As part of
the selection process for his interim presidency, President Boyd was asked by
the Board of Regents State of Iowa to provide them with objectives of his
administration. Two items that were
not on his regential agenda included the athletics program and a discussion of a
research-faculty track. In light of
their importance to the Faculty Senate, he opened his remarks by commenting on
these two items. With respect to
athletic and other auxiliary enterprises, President Boyd identified them as
existing “on their own bottom and subject to decreasing expenditure as
necessary.” President Boyd
actually began the tradition of general funds support to the athletic programs
during his prior tenancy in the position of president and specifically
identified that support as necessary for the development of women’s athletic
programs. At present more than
$2,300,000 in general fund monies has been allocated for the athletic programs. This figure includes reversions back to the general fund that
had been requested administratively. In
thinking about this commitment, President Boyd recognizes that having a winning
group of sports teams is important to the university, but also recognizes that
we have to consider the current financial exigencies of the university.
In an attempt to do so he is actively working with such individuals as
the head of BiCOA, our university athletic directors and our representative to
the NCAA to identify ways to decrease general fund expenditures dedicated to the
Boyd then clarified his desire to defer the discussion of the research track in
the Senate. He did not do so
because of a personal opinion on this subject.
Rather, he did so because he wanted to allow adequate time for collegiate
discussion of this proposal to inform future Senate and Council discussion.
The need for this local discussion is predicated on the reality that
faculty rank is ultimately determined at the collegiate level.
Subsequent to his request for deferral of this discussion, he has charged
the Provost, Vice Presidents Skorton and Kelch and Associate Provost Lee Anna
Clark to add detail that will be helpful to this process.
commented upon discussions that have been occurring about whether or not the
governance structure of the regents institutions should change to become
broader. In his opinion the
governance of our university through the Board of Regents is adequate. Furthermore he believes that there is more than enough
administrative structure in place to govern all institutions of higher learning
throughout the state. The Iowa
Post-Secondary Coordinating Council is a voluntary program that is capable of
addressing issues concerning higher education in the State of Iowa without
necessitating the creation of another administrative body to so do.
President Boyd then explained his commitment to ethics education,
identifying ethics as a part of a public agenda to which the university was
first tied by formal statement in the 1970’s.
That statement of commitment to an ethical public agenda requires
revision and he intends to see that such a revision comes about.
Additionally he intends that ethics offerings be increased in the
undergraduate curriculum, in particular. He
reaffirmed his longstanding support for a diverse community and was laudatory of
the Human Rights Council adaptation of an affirmative policy to inclusiveness
and diversity. He then invited the
Faculty Senate membership to encourage attendance at the fence painting to be
held Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20.
The paintings are intended to illustrate the diverse and inclusive nature
of our community.
of President Boyd’s comments were directed to two primary issues.
The first of these was increased funding while the second was
strengthening statewide connections. In
discussing funding issues, President Boyd reminded the Senators that 18% of the
university-consolidated budget comes directly from state support.
Thus, the largest unrestricted donor to the university is the General
Assembly of the State of Iowa. Of
restricted commitments, the so-called research institute (more commonly referred
to as the research enterprise) of the university has grown from a $20 million
activity in 1966-67 to a $340 million enterprise as of last year. President Boyd then commended the historic leadership of the
university hospital for having never allowed it to become a drain on the
university budget, a position that is virtually unique in university hospitals
across the country. Nonetheless, he
reminded the Senators that there is a $30 million state appropriation directly
to the hospital to support the indigent care program and maintenance of this
commitment is, and will continue to be, critical to the financial solvency of
the university. Other budgetary
“silos” include the athletics program, briefly discussed above, and
auxiliary enterprises that are self-supporting including the dormitories and
parking, among others. Of great
financial concern to the president is the general education fund.
Twenty years ago the state appropriations constituted 70% of the general
education fund with tuition accounting for 18%.
Today there has been a 20% decrease (to 50%) in state appropriations
funding the general education fund with an increase in tuition percent to 38.
The president identified this as a national trend but at the same time
suggested that it was a trend that we needed to “buck” by going to our
constituents in the state and to have them make the case for the regents
institutions. One way to do so is
through a regential program, which enlists alumni, patients and parents of
students to meet with legislators at their home base to discuss these issues
directly and publicly at breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings.
Such discussions should serve to elevate the priority of the regents
institutions in the eyes of our legislators.
recognizing that the principal activities of our faculty are service, education
and research that primarily occur on this campus, the president also identified
individuals in our midst who are “roadrunners” and who are already out
making a case for the university. His
administration hopes to find ways to make these individuals much more effective.
It is his desire to assure that every time our faculty leave this campus
that they be provided opportunities to speak at Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis
meetings and to local press and media outlets. At
the same time that our speakers program budget has been slashed, President Boyd
remains cognizant of the fact that our colleges remain supportive of ways to
make a case for what we do for the rest of the state of Iowa.
A cost-effective way to assure that this continues to happen is to create
affinity groups that can work together to make our case to the citizens and
legislators of Iowa. Such groups
might include the Iowa Non-Profit Research Center, the Institute for Public
Affairs, the Labor Center and the Entrepreneurial Centers.
The President is also hopeful that the health-sciences campus members
will find ways to leverage their individual efforts collectively in promotion of
how important their activities are to the citizens of the entire State of Iowa.
He also hopes to see the arrival of school buses filled with the young
citizenry of the state who are coming to learn in our museums but who also
benefit in their own communities from our contributions to the primary and
secondary education systems in the state. President
Boyd is looking for help from the Provost and Vice President Skorton in
coordinating the activities of academic units to achieve these goals.
conclusion of these remarks President Boyd was asked if the problem with
grass-roots recognition of the importance of the regents institutions reflects
neglect on the part of our faculty members.
In brief, the President answered yes to this question. He opined that the citizens of Iowa are glad and honored to
see members of our faculty in their community and that simple faculty outreach
activities have the added potential to provide a great sense of satisfaction to
the participating faculty. Another
senator queried whether or not these activities would require substantial
step-by-step planning. President
Boyd answered in the affirmative and expressed the desire that the central
administration serve the role of coordinator of these activities.
One way of doing so would be for faculty members to go to the University
of Iowa web site and click on the various counties listed to see what activities
are ongoing and therefore in what ways they might be able to contribute to them.
Prof. Kurtz, a guest of the senate, suggested that to increase faculty
participation effectively in activities around the state there must be clear
collegiate and departmental respect for and endorsement of these substantial
time commitments. President Boyd
responded by reflecting on the need for the promotions process to value outreach
activities to the state as well as campus service.
Health Insurance Costs, Sheldon Kurtz, FRIC
In his capacity as chair
of the FRIC committee, Sheldon Kurtz began his presentation with the
announcement that our benefits packages (cost-sharing agreements) will be
delivered later this week. In
general, the employee consumers of our healthcare plans are generating
increasing health care costs that have, for example, resulted in a loss of
$1,067,342.84 in our CHIP plans between July 2001 and June 2002.
The aggregate premium increase for our health insurance costs will be
approximately 25% and it is likely that the next academic year will see a
similar increase in premium costs. Prof.
Kurtz identified the three required components of our benefits package to which
our flex credits are expected to be applied.
The first of these is our health-care costs, the second is life-
insurance premiums and the third is disability-insurance premiums.
Over the course of time the University of Iowa central administration has
tried to give employees additional money for their flexible credit packages.
Indeed, this year the university increased its contribution by
approximately 10%. Nonetheless,
Prof. Kurtz pointed out that we are now at a point where the university
contribution to our flex credit program no longer can buy even the required
health insurance for any given employee. Because
this basic benefit is provided by most of our peer institutions, including other
regents institutions, Prof. Kurtz, in association with his other FRIC
colleagues, is mounting a campaign to address this budgetary problem.
The reasons that the FRIC committee feels that this campaign is necessary
derives from problems with recruitment and retention as well as a moral
obligation that is not being fulfilled. FRIC
is attempting to find ways for the university to provide more money for health
care costs at the same time that it recognizes that any plan the university
might have to increase the amount of its contributions to the health care costs
of its employees will also have an opportunity cost elsewhere.
The committee is trying to develop neutral principles to move it toward
this goal over a period of approximately three academic years.
The reasons for the
increases in health care costs among university employees are multifactorial.
They include the fact that we have an older work force in addition to a
dramatic (40%) increase in pharmaceutical costs. In addition to increased premiums for the university health
plans, in many circumstances employees will be expected to contribute to their
health care costs in other ways. For
example members in the UI Care plan will pay $75 per day for hospitalization
costs. In the CHIP II plan the
deductible has been increased to $1,200. The
CHIP I plan was completely eliminated this year because its premium would have
exceeded $11,000. In thinking about
these substantial fiscal changes, Prof. Kurtz reflected that the health-care
cost increases for some faculty will be larger than their actual raise.
Prof. Kurtz then opened the floor for discussion.
The first question asked
was why UI Care had a loss of $2,120,016.24 when the number of employees covered
by this plan was 3,205 but that the parallel numbers for the CHIP II plan are
$662,027.72 for 2,281 employees. The
apparent discrepancy in these numbers is reflected in the statistic that while
we insure 8,617 employees, the lives that are covered under these policies are
approximately 22,000. Another
question was asked as to why it is that the premium cost for the employee and
spouse is not simply double that of the employee.
The history-based reason is that there is more health care spending for
couples than individuals for such reasons as differential age distributions
between employees electing single versus couples’ coverage. Another senator brought up the fact that the University of
Northern Iowa faculty employees pay no health care premiums for their individual
coverage. Prof. Kurtz pointed out
that health care coverage is a bargaining issue and that it is through
collective bargaining that such programs are created.
For example he showed the statistics that the General Motors Corporation
requires the profits from the first three months of auto sales every year simply
to pay for their employee’s health care.
However, careful comparison of our health plan with that of Iowa State
identifies that we have more products from which to choose in our cafeteria
plan, that we have much more liberal reproductive assistive technology coverage
and that unlike most health plans our employees have no cap on lifetime claims.
Report of the Faculty Senate President, Jeff Cox
President Cox took the
opportunity provided by this agenda item to describe recent activities of the
Senate leadership. Through the
actions of the senate secretary, Julie Thatcher, and past University of Iowa
Senate president, Carolyn Colvin, the
original artwork that accompanied the Michael Brody Award was selected from
works contributed by three graduate student artists.
Wanda Ewing had a woodcut selected, Jason Urban had an intaglio selected
and Amze Emmons had a lithograph selected for presentation to the Brody awardees
Susan Birell, Jonathon Carlson and Warren Piette.
(President Cox also commented upon the poor attendance at the convocation
ceremony at which the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and Michael Brody
Awards were presented and encouraged the senators to promote attendance at this
important event.) Both senate and
staff leadership recently met with the governor.
The important message he provided to these leaders was a promise that if
and when the economy turned around, higher education will be high on the
governor’s agenda for restoration of funding.
At the same time that he voiced this support, he also maintained that
speaking to Iowans regarding higher education and its support is difficult in
view of the statistic that only 20% of Iowans have degrees from institutions of
higher learning. The Senate
leadership pointed out that this statistic should not be used to soften the
message because most Iowans express keen desire for their children and
grandchildren to attend institutions of higher education.
The Senate leadership hopes to meet with the newly elected governor
quickly and also plans to cosponsor a legislative forum with our local delegates
in the spring.
athletics will be postponed until the senate leadership will have had the
opportunity to attend a CIC meeting on November 22nd and 23rd
in Bloomington, IN. The meeting
will focus sharply on the subjects of athletics and escalation in the athletics
“arms” race. Depending upon the
outcome of this discussion, the topic may be brought forward quickly for
additional discussion. The topic
will also likely resurface at the time of the annual BiCOA report planned for
presentation to the Faculty Council and Senate in the spring of 2003.
A new button has been
added to the Senate web site for updates on the review of central academic
officials. The Office of the
General Counsel and Vice President is currently undergoing its self-study. The review of the Office of the Vice President for Research
has been postponed until the next academic year.
At a recent meeting with the Senate leadership and Provost, Interim
President Sandy Boyd indicated a desire to have the Office of the President
reviewed. This will happen in
advance of the appointment of the next University of Iowa president and will be
facilitated by the self-study that was prepared, completed and submitted to the
Provost by past university President Mary Sue Coleman.
President Cox reminded
the Senators of the meeting of the state chapter of the AAUP on Saturday,
October 19 in the Ohio State Room at the IMU.
Jim Perly will be providing the keynote address at that meeting.
Next Council and Senate meeting.
The next meeting of the
University of Iowa Faculty Council will occur November 12, 2002.
It is anticipated that the meeting agenda will include deliberation on
the merits of the joint budget proposal, revisions of the conflict of interest
and commitment policies and changes in the charter for the Family Issues
Committee. The next University of
Iowa Faculty Senate meeting will occur on December 3, 2002.
V. From the Floor
Immediate Past President Bhattacharjee questioned
whether the concerns over health-care costs could become a regential issue
either through the activities of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate or
through the offices of the President. In
response President Cox reminded the senators that the access the University of
Iowa Faculty Senate has to the Board of Regents is as a courtesy and that
substantive issues should and must be brought up by members of the central
administration. Prof. Kurtz added
that the resolution of these problems is a local issue.
Prof. Berman provided an update on the activities of the Elections
Committee. She informed the
senators that the Elections Committee is making progress on the creation of an
electronic ballot and that she anticipates that the next senate election should
be able to be run without paper. She
then reviewed a widely held concern that certain units have more success than
others by virtue of size in soliciting nominations for election to the Senate
and Council. She encouraged wider participation in the nomination process.
She then reviewed the suggestion that she had received that the solution
to the difficulty in getting nominations for elective positions from certain
departments could be solved by meeting with the dean who might provide the
Election Committee with names. The
senators seemed to agree with Prof. Berman that this solution was an anathema to
faculty representation in the governance of the university.
Her closing comment was a suggestion that we consider a change in
election bylaws to identify alternative representatives.
This would help in circumstances where individuals cannot serve their
President Cox adjourned the meeting at 4:55 PM in
the absence of additional comments from the Senate floor.
Craig C. Porter, MD
Secretary, University of Iowa Faculty Senate