June 11, 2009
Regents approve salary policy, honorary degrees, pilot teacher license program
by Anne Krapfl
As decided at the state Board of Regents' March meeting, there will
be no salary increases for faculty and P&S staff in the year that begins
July 1. The board gave final approval to Iowa State's salary policy at
its June 11 meeting in Ames.
Exceptions to this policy would be allowed if an individual salary
adjustment "is of great importance" to the university. Those would need
president Gregory Geoffroy's approval. Other general exceptions include
increases tied to faculty promotions and P&S reclassifications, or
increases awarded during the current fiscal year to retain key faculty
or P&S staff.
Merit employees covered by the state's contract with AFSCME will not
receive cost-of-living salary increases on July 1. Merit employees not
at the maximum of their pay grades will receive up to a 4.5 percent
"step" increase on their anniversary dates in FY10. The estimated cost
of these step increases next year is $450,000. This also is the policy
for supervisory and confidential staff.
Pilot teacher license program
The board approved a proposal for a three-year pilot state teacher
intern license program to prepare college graduates to teach in grades
7-12. It will be jointly administered by the three regent universities,
with coordination from the University of Northern Iowa, and will consist
of 18 credit hours of largely online pedagogy courses, 60 hours of field
experience in a school and 6 credits during an internship year in which
the individuals teach full-time at full pay.
Iowa legislators asked for an alternative teacher licensure program
in response to:
- Expected teacher retirements in grades 7-12 that far exceed the
projected number of graduates, particularly in content areas such as
chemistry, physics, general sciences and industrial technology.
- Increased interest among college graduates seeking a career change
or who lost jobs in the economic downturn
Resident status for veterans
The board also approved a new regent-wide practice that classifies
veterans, qualified military personnel and their spouses and dependent
children as residents for purposes of undergraduate tuition and
fees. This change applies to military families on active duty at the
Rock Island, Ill., arsenal, as well as veterans and their families
living in the state while they're enrolled at a regent university. The
change will be made to chapter 1 of the Iowa Administrative Code and
goes into effect July 1. The change was directed by the 2009 Iowa
The board received seven accreditation reports for ISU academic
programs. They are:
- Didactic program in dietetics (bachelor's). Program received the
maximum 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for
Dietetics Education, American Dietetic Association.
- University teacher education (multiple levels, offered in three
colleges). Program received accreditation for the maximum five years
from the Iowa State Board of Education.
- Hotel, restaurant and institutional management (bachelor's). Program
accredited for seven years (out of a maximum of eight) by the
Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality
Administration. Program leaders will respond to several items in the
program's next annual report related to course outcomes, alumni records,
career services and recent faculty hires.
- Industry technology/Ag systems technology (two bachelor's
programs). Both programs received accreditation for the maximum six
years by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied
- Community and regional planning (bachelor's and master's). Programs
accredited for three years (out of a maximum of seven) by the Planning
Accreditation Board, with a progress report due Sept. 1, 2011, on four
items: student-faculty ratio, assignment of administrative duties among
faculty, size of graduate class/need for more electives, collaboration
with other ISU faculty.
- Landscape architecture program (bachelor's). Program received the
maximum six-year accreditation from the Landscape Architectural
Accreditation Board, American Society of Landscape Architects.
- Architecture (bachelor's and master's). Programs received the
maximum six-year accreditation from the National Architectural
Honorary degrees, Wilson hall
The regents also approved Iowa State's requests to:
- Award honorary doctor of science degrees to state epidemiologist
Patricia Quinlisk and chemist, business executive and alumnus Jonathan
Rich at the fall 2009 and spring 2010 commencement ceremonies,
respectively. Quinlisk is being honored for her leadership in public
health and service to people all over the world. Rich is being honored
for scientific contributions to the chemical industry (including a new
way to produce silicone polymers) and for his advocacy for shared
public-private investment in research. He received a B.S. in chemistry
from Iowa State in 1977.
- Terminate the M.S. program in veterinary diagnostic and production
animal medicine (VDPAM). The change is intended to conserve resources
and eliminate confusion caused by the program's similarity to another
(M.S. in veterinary preventive medicine) within the VDPAM department. No
students have been enrolled in the program since the 2007-08 academic
- Open Wilson residence hall this fall at the annual rate of $4,500,
the same rate the board approved in April for the adjacent Wallace
Hall. Initially, the proposed rate for the sister buildings south
of Campustown was $4,966. ISU admissions officials anticipate enrolling
as many as 150 additional first-year undergraduates this fall over last
year, many of them international. The intent of the competitive rate at
Wallace and Wilson is to draw upperclass students out of the Richardson
Court and Union Drive residence halls. Freshmen living in residence
halls that are closer to the center of campus (like Richardson Court and
Union Drive) historically have higher retention rates and GPAs than
those who live farther away.