UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, W. Au, C. Baker, C. Boodley, B. Budelmann, C. Christiansen, E. Cuellar, J. Gallagher, P. Gallagher, K. High, R. Johnson, R. Leonard, S. Leitch, H. Li, R. Moore, M. Olson, C. Phillips, L. Primeau, R. Rahr, K. Rasmussen, J. Stobo, P. Watson, and M. Winter. Guests: Dr. M. Dean Kinsey and Dr. Alice Speer.
I. Approval of Agenda of 4/10/06 – The agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 2/13/06 – The minutes were approved. Approval of Minutes of 3/13/06 – The minutes were approved.
III. President’s Comments – Dr. Stobo
1 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that Navigant Consulting is now on campus and are here to make our financial situation better by implementing an Operations Improvement Processing Plan. Navigant will share their analysis of data collected during weekly meetings with President’s Council and other members of the Navigant Steering Committee that was put together. Dr. Baker will serve as the Faculty Senate representative. These weekly meetings are being held on Friday’s right after President’s Council in the Caduceus Room from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. President’s Council will choose whether or not to implement Navigant’s recommendations. 2 Dr. Stobo provided the Senate with an update of UTMB’s Governance. Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the Deans share equally and are equally important. The Deans report to Dr. Stobo. Dr. Stobo attended the recent planning retreat of the Council of Deans.
IV. Dean’s Corner
1 No reports by Dr. Christiansen and Watson. 2 Drs. Cooper and Parisi were unable to attend.
V. SACS Update – Dr. Pamela Watson
1 Dr. Watson informed the Senate that the SACS reaffirmation process is moving along very nicely. UTMB is in the process of populating the faculty roster; modifications may be forthcoming to make it more user friendly. 2 Dr. Watson also shared that the group is working on UTMB’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which is part of the SACS reaffirmation process and enhances student learning outcomes.
VI. Navigant Visit Update – Dr. Dean Kinsey
1 Dr. Kinsey provided the Senate with an update on Navigant’s visit. He informed the Senate that Navigant is here to help UTMB build and grow for the future and that UTMB has not fully funded our depreciation for some years and has not been sufficiently profitable. Of the fifteen UT entities, UTMB has generated profit only one year. 2 Dr. Kinsey informed the Senate that Navigant is here to provide UTMB with an Academic Opportunity and Risk Assessment which is a detailed assessment of our organization. Navigant uses a heavily benchmarked driven process which defines superior performance and comparison of cost center levels. 3 Navigant is looking to provide UTMB with a baseline financial model for a representative month. From this financial statement, reports are built, including profit and losses from usual daily activities. This assumption will be carried forward for three years, to include an annual inflation rate of nine to ten percent for healthcare. 4 The three year plan would provide for revenue opportunities and expense reduction. UTMB has had crisis after crisis for the last ten years and has not developed growth opportunities. UTMB needs to develop funding sources and expand the reach of our clinical enterprise. Sixty percent of admissions have come from our Emergency Department. 5 Dr. Kinsey informed the Senate that UTMB is committed to merit raises, wants to fully fund depreciation, and build reserves of 3% of the operating margin.
VII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate due to lack of time that he was tabling the IBC report, although he did inform the Senate that there were a lot of red bars within the report, which is why Navigant is here. 2 Dr. Winter will email the report to interested faculty upon request. 3 Dr. Winter announced that Loree Primeau was leaving UTMB and that this was her last Faculty Senate meeting. Her replacement, Gail Weaver, was introduced to the Senate.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Baker
1 Dr. Baker shared with the Senate a UT System research collaboration site available online that was discussed at the last Faculty Advisory Council meeting. Designed to further collaboration among our member institutions, this database allows UT faculty members to list their active research projects into a common database. Dr. Baker demonstrated to the Senate how to access the UT System site and provide the required information. The URL link is http://www.utsystem.edu/researchprojects/.
IX. Past-Chair Comments – Dr. Budelmann
1 Dr. Budelmann informed the Senate that the history of the Faculty Lounge shows that the facility has gotten very little use between the hours of 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. In order to save on costs, the lounge is now not open before 11:00 a.m. A flyer will be developed and posted to reflect the new hours. The Faculty Lounge now has 100 members, up from 77 members last reported.
X. Committee Reports
• Governance 1 Carolyn Phillips reported on behalf of the committee that progress is being made on the Senate By-Laws.
• Academic Affairs 1 Christine Boodley provided the Senate with a copy of the proposed All Schools calendar for 2006 through 2013. It was observed that SACS would be favorable toward an all schools calendar. 2 It was suggested that the calendar should be reviewed by the Faculty Curriculum Committees. The individual committees would have four to six weeks to provide comments. A motion was made to move forward with the review by the Faculty Curriculum Committees, the motion was seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. 3 The calendar will be forwarded to the Council of Deans for their input and opinion after review by the individual schools’ curriculum committees.
• Faculty Quality 1 Richard Rahr presented a request on behalf of Alice Speer, Chair of the Core Committee for the Support of Women Faculty and Administrators. Dr. Speer is asking for the support of the Faculty Senate to move the development of a Faculty Excellence Center forward. A handout from Dr. Speer from the Core Women’s retreat was provided which showed the three objectives of the center which include a mentor system, an annual evaluation instrument, and an ombudsman. 2 A motion for the Senate endorsement of the concept was made, the motion was seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: May 8, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.