Inside Iowa State
April 5, 1996
Faculty Senate: Senate wary of reallocation in Pappas report
by Linda Charles
The Faculty Senate voiced "grave concerns" during the April 2 senate meeting over a recommendation in the "Pappas report" to reallocate 10 percent of the university's operating budget over a three-year period.
The Iowa Board of Regents Final Report, known as the "Pappas report," was prepared by Pappas Consulting Group Inc. as a follow-up to a 1989 organizational audit of the regents institutions.
The senate response to the report was prepared by the Committee on University Planning (chaired by Olivia Madison and Sande McNabb) and sent to President Martin Jischke.
The committee found the overall Pappas report "generally complimentary in regards to specific findings and recommendations related only to Iowa State University."
However, the committee said a Pappas recommendation to reallocate 10 percent of institutions' operating budgets over a three-year period would be "devastating and would result in serious lowering of morale." If the regents approve some form of this recommendation, the committee suggests that Iowa State be treated differently from the two other state universities because of its previous budget reallocation efforts.
The committee also responded to several other parts of the Pappas report.
In other business, Jim Hutter, associate professor of political science, presented a report, "Improving the ISU Educational Experience," a senate activity in response to falling enrollment and retention concerns. The report contains 62 recommendations, ranging from better preparing high school students for college and increasing financial aid to rewarding faculty non-research efforts and streamlining the red tape students face.
Hamilton Cravens, professor of history, also updated the senate on activities of the Faculty Development and Administration Relations (FDAR) Council.
He reported the council has received at least 3,000 signatures on petitions protesting a recent parking study, done by Rich and Associates, Southfield, Mich. The study included an unpopular suggestion to shuttle more faculty and staff from the Iowa State Center parking lots. But Cravens said the issue goes beyond parking. "There are other issues that have to do with shared governance and faculty morale," he said.
The FDAR Council also is looking at the early and phased retirement programs, hiring spousal combinations and continuing adjunct professorships, he said.
The next senate meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in 2532 Veterinary Medicine.
The complete senate responses to the "Pappas report" and the report on "Improving the ISU Educational Experience" are available on the Faculty Senate homepage on the World Wide Web (access through "Faculty & Staff Information").
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