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Faculty Senate Retreat 08/18/2014

Bill Canak (Faculty Senate President) Introduction

Issues for the coming year On-campus

Quest for Student Success Course redesign Faculty expectations

Role of faculty in community relations Promotion & tenure policies review FTT

New doctoral programs Off-campus

Budget issues

Competition from other schools Demographics

Demographics related to funding Faculty & the legislative process Communication

Senate D2L page has articles of interest

Faculty Senate input to News & Public Affairs re MTSU homepage By-law review

The senate will make recommendations to the administration on changes to the standing committee structure.

Chris Brewer (Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Planning & Research) Responsibilities

National Survey of Student Engagement Various federal reports

College program reviews Local research projects

Retention issues related to decreasing high school enrollments Upcoming projects

High school feedback report (back to feeder high schools) Monthly newsletter

Cost of education: Currently 70% from student / 30% from state Dashboards (data available for access by faculty)


Student success Enrollment/degree Major reason for non-return

Life events Medical

Family change

Drop in number of students is major driver of funding cuts MTSU in better shape in retention than most other TBR schools


Jackie Eller (Interim Dean of the Graduate School/Interim Vice Provost for Research) Grad applications are up

Grad admissions (acceptances) are up Grad enrollment down slightly

Increased contact with MTSU seniors Sept. 30 – grad fair

Increased recruiting with local companies Seven accelerated bachelor-to-master programs Stipends: Affordable Care Act & TBR restrictions Trying to build more assistanceships into grants Proposal to exempt students from ACA restrictions

SACS: No one without grad status will be able to work in grad program No such thing as “probationary grad status”

Adrienne Friedli (MTSU Office of Research Services) Decrease in external grants due to economic downturn 195 grant proposals developed

Many schools MTSU size send out 400+

Partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

No audit findings with grants & contract management (see handout page 2) Undergraduate student funding

Brad Bartel (Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs) Faculty development


85-92% of faculty up come up for P&T are successful Monthly VPAA 2-hour seminar with new faculty Course redesign project

Emphasis on DFW rate

Some departments are showing a 10-12% reductions in DFW 50% turnover in department chairs over last 2 years

Mentoring for chairs

Importance of interdepartmental research Student success initiatives


Hired 50 new undergraduate academic advisors & created new office space New advising software

We lose 30% of freshmen & 20% of sophomores 3% down from last fall

Every 1% drop is a $1.5 million budget drop

VPAA has already found all but approx. $1-million New faculty rank/status: lecturer

Teach only. No research. No service. 3-year rolling contract

Promotable without tenure Lecturer

Senior lecturer Master lecturer Evaluated on teaching only

Question to be addressed: relation between FTT & lecturer status Sydney McPhee (President)

Tradition of faculty governance

Strong relationship between faculty & administration Same goals: enhance learning in a caring environment Senators have a role & a responsibility

Inform colleagues of information about discussions

Not a mouthpiece for the administration, but actively engaged as a conduit for information Constructive engagement between administration & faculty senate

New challenges

Must consider external groups For-profits

Extra scrutiny from externals

Reiterate commitment to work together to address challenges/opportunities Without compromising principles


Student success.

Academics and student success are number 1 priority

State funding formula (based solely on student success) is dysfunctional Move graduation rate from 52% to 65%

Continue to struggle with freshman & grad student retention Reduced number of non-returnees from 1,500 to 400

May have to cut academic budget because previous cuts exempted academics Impact of ACA on students


Congress is considering exempting students from ACA requirements

Need clarification regarding membership in professional organizations that contact legislators Need further clarification on “employment” of students

30-hour rule

Scholarship students are not “employees” Grad students are employees

Feds count MTSU at 6,000 employees, and penalty accrues after 1 violation EAB advising software (EAB.COM)

Link EAB to Pipeline class lists? Need to link financial aid with retention

MTSU is number 2 in terms of success with funding formula SACS: Year of record is next year (2016)

Enrollment is going in the right direction

Currently have 900 grad students. Goal is 1,500 grad students Deb Sells (Vice President, Student Affairs)

Cell phone contact with students at “One Stop” Role as “student” is a full-time job

15 credit hours per semester

Students taking less than 12 will have trouble with retention Live on campus on at home leads to better retention

Limit part-time job to 15 hours or less per week

Allow 45 hours per week for all class activities (class, homework, etc.) Faculty role with distressed/disturbed student

Where is the line between distress/disturbance/danger? Seems to be a little less parental involvement

Most freshmen are traditional

Transfers are more likely to be non-traditional

Academic misconduct goes through Academic Affairs, not Judicial Affairs

Faculty are considered “reporting officials,” so have to report violence or suspected violence Faculty Senate Business Meeting


General Operating - $3,300 (does not include costs of retreat) Travel - $699.06

Foundation - $425.16 Dianna Rust

Discussion of SAC Reaffirmation

Off-Site Peer Review – Nov. 3-6, 2015 On-Site Peer review – March 29-31, 2016 Jim Beebe (Chair, History Department)

Discussion of PhD Programs

Financial advantages to grad programs Academic advantages to grad programs

PhD departments bring approximately $10-million to campus

Need to build a new strategic plan for graduate education, particularly PhD programs Alfred Lutz (TBR Faculty Sub-Council)

TBR faculty research initiative dealing with faculty and student success Discussion of Dual-Enrollment Admissions policy/guidelines

Discussion of TBR updates related to so-called “reverse transfers” Information items:

No progress in study of adjunct faculty pay

Gov. Haslam is on record as being opposed to expanding “partnership benefits” TBR Library Consortium to study library software and system-wide collections TBR Accessibility conference to examine ADA access to instructional materials


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