November 7 , 2003
P&S Council's choice: Academic calendar A
by Anne Krapfl
Academic calendar option A -- a status quo of the current calendar --
was the unanimous choice (27-0) of the Professional and Scientific
Council in its final vote Nov. 5 on two calendar options.
President Gregory Geoffroy has asked for comments and input on the two
options by Nov. 14. He expects to make a decision by mid-December.
Council members offered various reasons for their preference for the
Other council members expressed interest in a hybrid of the two --
option A with a two-day October break or option B without a J-term,
for example -- but noted that the university calendar task force is
the group to develop a hybrid.
- With mid-year budget cuts, the timing is not good to cover the cost
of implementing a change
- The J-term in option B actually shortens the between-semester break
for many employees instead of lengthening it
- The staggered class start time in option B creates too many
scheduling headaches on and off campus and creates a really long
school day, and
- The current calendar simply still is the best option.
In other business, the council:
Assistant provost Ellen Rasmussen, liaison to the council, reported
that outplacement services will be available to P&S employees who lose
their jobs due to the mid-year budget cuts. She said the vice
presidential offices will cover the cost of the services for employees
who request outplacement assistance.
- Tabled a motion that would encourage university leaders to open a
retirement option window for interested employees, as a tool for
managing the current budget reversion. Council members were directed
to talk with their constituents about options; the discussion will
resume at the council's December meeting.
- Passed a resolution intended to encourage unit leaders to include
P&S staff in discussions as decisions are made in the next month about
how and where mid-year cuts will be made. The resolution
"In light of current budget challenges, the Professional and
Scientific Council encourages administrators, faculty and professional
and scientific staff to work cooperatively to address these challenges
to maintain excellence at Iowa State University."
The council's next meeting begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the
Memorial Union Pioneer Room.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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