PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES January 17, 2001 PRESENT: Jim Manning, Jim Mitchell, Vicki Orazem, Chuck Lindemenn, Clyde Carroll. ABSENT: Carol Schmidt. Strategic Planning and Budget Committee report - Bob Lashaway. - The committee met January 10 with President Gamble. One of the first things he wants the university community to do is to develop principles to use for budgeting. Priorities will be decided from these principles, linking planning to the budget. - Assessment (internal) and accountability (external) are important. - Revenue resources include private giving, which the President thinks could be doubled or quadrupled for MSU. State support won't increase enough to solve MSU's problems, because there has been no major expansion of the state's economy. Recruitment of students is an important revenue source, and retention of students once they've enrolled is also important to the revenue stream. - MSU must recruit, educate, and graduate students. - A good vision and a good plan improve morale of the university community. It is the President's intent that faculty and staff will in the not-too-distant-future be able to articulate MSU's vision and direction. - MSU must assess it's asset base, which includes the physical plant, faculty and staff. More money needs to be put into maintaining this asset base, both the physical plant and staff through salaries and faculty and staff development opportunities. - The approach with the legislature will be that the university system is the best investment the state can make. The state needs to provide more money or allow the university system to raise more of its own. - It has been determined that currently, non-resident students bring $100 million into the state each year, and higher education is a clean industry. Giving more scholarships and fee waivers would increase this amount, because more students would enroll. - SPBC currently has three sub-groups working. - Bruce McCleod's group is gathering strategic plans from colleges and departments and will look for common elements in the plans. - Sara Jayne Steen's group is considering enrollment issues: How large should MSU become? What should the mix of resident/non-resident and graduates/undergraduates be? - Ralph Brigham is studying strategic planning processes at other institutions. - One issue to be decided is whether the President should present his set of principles to SPBC or should SPBC develop a set to present to the President. - The president would like SPBC and Deans' Council to play a major role in strategic planning. Budgets will be linked to strategic plans. - SPBC is meeting bi-weekly. - Chuck Lindemenn pointed out that the President has stated upon several occasions that a strategic plan, or business plan, is his highest priority and will be ready this spring. - Vicki Orazem stated that the President made the same points at the Long Range Planning Committee meeting that he made at SPBC. - Ralph Brigham, Dave Dooley, Sharon Eversman and Tom Stump have been asked to come up with a process for developing a strategic plan. UGC Steering Committee report - Vicki Orazem. - The professional representative on the Provost Search Committee is Ritchie Boyd. - The regents have proposed a policy on ownership of e-course materials. Concerns have been expressed about the policy, and there needs to be further discussion of it before it is approved by the regents. It is on the January 18-19 BOR agenda. List of professionals. - A list of professionals represented by Professional Council has been developed. When e-mails have been attached to the list, a memo with information from Professional Council will be sent to these individuals. Other. - Concern was expressed for the way in which individuals are notified of their appointment or non-appointment to university-wide committees. Courtesy suggests that the affected individuals be contacted and thanked for their interest in the position before a general announcement is made. Future meetings. - President Gamble is scheduled to attend the February 21 Professional Council meeting. Topics to discuss with him might include a) What does the president hope to accomplish during this first year? b) How can professionals help the agenda of accountability for MSU? c) History and background of faculty and professional raises - how does he stand on differential raises? It should be pointed out that professionals serve on many committees and appreciate the opportunity to give input. - Ritchie Boyd, professional representative on the Provost Search Committee, should be invited to a future meeting to discuss the work of the committee in general terms. - Ralph Brigham should be invited to a future meeting to discuss his findings concerning strategic planning processes at other universities and the direction MSU might take with it's strategic planning process.