PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES March 21, 2001 PRESENT: Clyde Carroll, Vicki Orazem, Jim Mitchell, Jim Manning, Carol Schmidt. ABSENT: Chuck Lindemenn. Chair's report - Jim Manning. - A member from Administrative Offices will be elected this spring to fill a vacancy. Carol Schmidt's term ends September, 2001. - It was suggested the vacancy be announced in the STAFF BULLETIN, followed by an e-mail to professionals in Administrative Offices. - A Chair Elect and UGC Steering Committee member will be elected by Professional Council in May. - Nominations for university-wide committees will be solicited by UGC Nominating Committee. Report from University Planning, Budgeting and Analysis Committee - Jim Mitchell and Clyde Carroll. - Tom Gelder, Executive Director of the MSU Foundation, and Sue Leigland, Local Executive Committee member, have been added to the committee. - President Gamble has charged the committee with presenting a balanced budget for the university by May 21. - Once decisions about budget are made, everyone on the committee is to support them. Decisions are to be made for the good of the entire university. - This year, the committee doesn't have the benefit of specific plans presented by the LRPC and SPBC. - Suggested university priorities and general themes were discussed. - The Budget Office is providing departments that receive state funds with five years of base budget data (personnel, operations, capital). Departments will return information about how the current budget is being spent, how the department would manage with less money, and how the department would spend additional funds. - Regarding salary increases, it has been suggested at UPBAC that a reasonable target for salaries be set and a strategy then be developed to reach that target. What would be the reason for the increases - retention, morale, other? - A web site for UPBAC is being developed and will be announced when it is up and running. On-line reference document for policies and procedures affecting contract professionals. - An e-mail was sent to Corky Bush, Director of Affirmative Action/Human Resources, expressing an interest by professionals in developing such a document. Administrative review. - Ron Larsen, Faculty Council Chair, and President Gamble have discussed the administrative review and will make it available to professionals, if Professional Council is interested in participating. Professional Council would notify professionals and add administrators to the list on the review website. - Because tenurable faculty have already completed the review, Professional Council agreed to wait until the next review cycle and get in at the beginning of the process. - It was also suggested professionals be polled regarding their interest in such a review.