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SSE Executive Committee Meeting

December 6, 2013
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Minutes

Present: Altiero, Chen, Gaver, Graas, Heins, Kalka, Koplitz, Mao, McPherson, Mislove, Overstreet, Parker, Pratt (for Robinson), Ruscher, Tornqvist, Wee

Absent: Sanchez

Opening Comments

Dean Nick Altiero gave a progress report on issues that have been raised at previous Executive Committee meetings. He also reported that the Development Office has assigned a writer to SSE who will attend the next meeting of the group to discuss how best to publicize School activities, achievements, and priorities to potential donors.

The annual evaluation process is now underway and both faculty and staff have been notified of the process and important deadlines. In the case of both faculty and staff, the process will be the same as last year.

Budget Issues

The group was brought up to date on the status of the FY 14 budget. Dean Altiero reported that all revenues and expenditures are tracking well with the exception of faculty start-up expenditures where the expenditure rate is double the budgeted amount. There was a discussion about how best to slow this rate for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The new budget model that will be effective as of FY15 has now been presented to the deans. Dean Altiero went over the main features of this model and made note of how it will most impact SSE operations. He said that he now plans to work with the unit chairs and directors to re-define their budgets for FY 15 and beyond. This process must be completed by the end of January.

Graduate Studies

Associate Dean Janet Ruscher covered a number of items. She noted that the health insurance supplement provided to graduate assistants is now taxable. She went over the School’s graduate tuition waiver policy. She brought the group up to date on English as a second language (ESL) writing courses being offered by the ESL office and noted that ESL speaking courses will be added in Fall 2014. Finally she went over a number of questions that have been raised by the Graduate Council regarding policies pertaining to non-professional masters programs.

Undergraduate Studies

Associate Dean Beth Wee said that the Curriculum Committee will be meeting during the third week of January and asked that all course and curriculum changes be submitted in advance of that meeting. She then reminded the group that courses must have a minimum enrollment of 10 (undergraduate) or 5 (graduate) in order to be offered unless the Department Chair can site a compelling reason to waive the requirement. She distributed a list of Spring 2014 courses that have yet to achieve these levels of enrollment.

Development

Major Gifts Officer Nicole Graas asked that members of the group be watchful for gifts received through 31 December despite the fact that the University is closed on that date as many donors will want to have their gifts recorded before the end of the calendar year. She also brought up the subject of faculty and staff giving during the upcoming Capital Campaign and asked that departments consider targeted funding opportunities that would be appealing to departmental faculty and staff.

Future Meetings

The following meetings are scheduled for the Spring 2014 semester. SSE Executive Committee: January 31, March 28, May 2. SSE Faculty: February 27, May 6.

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