UTMB Faculty Senate
June 13, 2005
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Senators Present: J. Alperin; S. Ayachi; C. Baker; M. Best; C. Boodley; D.
Breitkopf; B. Budelmann (Chair); C. Christiansen (ex-officio); J. Dallas; J.
Gallagher; P. Gallagher; A. Hudson-Jones; H. Jordan; R. Lederman, (Past
Chair); R. Leonard; H. Li; C. Phillips; L. Phillips, (ex-officio); L.
Primeau; R. Rahr; K. Rasmussen; P. Watson (ex-officio); M. Winter (Chair
I. Approval of Agenda of 06/13/05
II. Approval of Minutes of 05/09/05
III. President’s Report – Dr. Stobo
• Blue Cross HMO Insurance – No longer available for UTMB employees
residing in Galveston County; it continues to be available to UTMB employees
not residing in Galveston County. HMO insurance costs more; the premium and
the co-payments are higher but coverage does not include the 20% self-pay
for hospital costs that must be assumed with PPO insurance. The PPO premium
will increase 9% next year (the HMO premium would have increased 34%). A
problem cited by Blue Cross was the increased utilization of services by
UTMB employees residing in Galveston County relative to those residing
outside the county.
• Update on Legislative Session. The focus was on the return of lost
revenues of $220 million to the UT System. The legislature restored 5% of
revenues to UTMB and added an additional 5%. UTMB also received a $400,000
supplement for medical education rotation. No component received Tuition
• SOM Searches for Department Chair Positions. Progress is being made in the
Ophthalmology Chair search. In Internal Medicine, three candidates have been
• Mueller Campus in Austin. The President will make a 15 min. presentation
at our next Senate meeting on plans for the new campus. A concern is raising
IV. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Budelmann
• Sheryl Lashway is the new secretary in the President’s Office who will
handle Faculty Senate issues.
• The Faculty Senate letter in support of the University Service Cores has
been presented to Dr. Stobo on May 19, with copies to all Deans and to the
Associate Dean for Research Services Administration William New.
• The Chair reminded everyone that all compliance issues on campus (Time &
Effort and others) need to be taken very seriously. A letter in that regard
has been sent by Dr. Stobo to all UTMB employees.
V. SACS Reaffirmation – Dr. Christiansen
A power point presentation was given by C. Christiansen, CAO and Chair of
the Compliance Committee. SACS accreditation is necessary and important for
UTMB to retain eligibility for grants and other public funds. SACS
accreditation also signifies that UTMB meets and maintains its mission and
objectives. In addition, the accreditation review affords an opportunity for
self-examination, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate that UTMB can
meet SACS recommendations (deliverables) regarding: (1) Compliance
certification that meets SACS requirements and standards, and (2) A Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP) to address the development of excellence in teaching
and learning resulting in institutional improvement (with special attention
to student learning.) Examples of Quality Enhancement Plans include plans
for review of curricula, evidence-based teaching and learning, support for
faculty development and recognition, creating a learning environment,
including interdisciplinary learning and independent learning. The
Leadership Team is chaired by President Stobo. The rotating CAO is the
Vice-Chair, with other Deans participating. Senate members invited to
participate are C. Baker, H. Jordan, R. Moore and S. Gerik. The future SACS
review will include on- and off-site evaluation.
VI. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) – Ralph Farr.
Ralph Farr gave a Power Point presentation and distributed handouts on EMR
milestones and planned deliverables. Dr. Alperin raised questions indicating
that composite medical entries are currently not included in the medical
VII. Teaching Academy (Interim summary) — Dr. Jordan (for Dr. Lieberman).
Dr. Jordan gave a Power Point presentation (with handouts) on the
activities of the UTMB Teaching Academy Planning Task Force, with focus on:
Faculty Development; Defining Teaching Excellence and Educational
Scholarship; Promoting Educational Innovation; Advocating for the Teaching
Mission; and Recognizing and Rewarding Excellence in Education.
VIII. Senate Business.
• Nominations for Faculty Senate Chair-Elect.
According to the bylaws, senators from all schools can be nominated except
from the School of Medicine since the incoming chair (Mark Winter)
represents the School of Medicine. Election for the position will be held at
the July 11 meeting. The following senators were nominated and accepted
their nomination: Drs. Thomas Albrecht and Christine Baker. Other senators
were nominated but respectfully declined their nominations.
• Senators and Faculty Concerns – Update
No new concerns were received.
• Committee Reports
Governance: Dr. Breitkopf gave a Power Point presentation on the results of
the APT Survey that the Governance Committee sent to all UTMB Faculty. The
response rate was low (14%), which makes conclusions from the survey
Acad. & Adm. Affairs: No report.
Faculty Quality: Dr. Baker gave a brief update on the Faculty Club. Opening
should be soon. More details will be given at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Committee Meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: July 11, 2005.