MSU PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES September 18, 2001 PRESENT: Jim Mitchell, Leslie Schmidt, Becky Ward, Guest Jane Jelinski. Chair's report - Jim Mitchell. - A university planning retreat was held September 10-11. - The purpose was to bring together the University Planning and Budget Committee and representatives from other university constituencies to begin a planning process for MSU. - Because the meeting was adjourned early (at noon Tuesday), there was not opportunity to develop a strategic planning process. - Discussion of what participants liked and did not like about the current budgeting process and about MSU in general took place. - The participants worked out a vision statement and mission statements (attached for members absent). Little additional editing of the statements is anticipated, but any specific comments may be sent to Jim Mitchell. - UPBAC and other interested parties will continue the planning process discussion in October. - A sub-group of 7-8 retreat participants will come up with some alternative strategic planning process scenarios. - The entire group will review these and select the one that is the best choice for MSU. - There are some strategic issues that need to be addressed by MSU this year, before the strategic planning process is in place. UGC Nominating Committee report. - Pat Simmons, ITC, has been nominated for a professional employee position on the Traffic Appeals and Regulations Committee. As there were no further nominations from the floor, it was agreed her name will be forwarded to President Gamble for appointment. Space Allocation Principles. - The principles (attached for members absent) were discussed briefly. If there are specific comments about the principles, please get in touch with Jim Mitchell. MSU's Media Policy. - The policy was discussed at last week's University Governance Council meeting. It will soon be available on the web. - The policy is a reminder that certain representatives (the President, University Relations Director) speak for MSU. Others may offer information or opinions in their areas of expertise. Professional employee issues. - Possible impacts of the new classification system (MAP) on professionals is an issue professionals need to discuss. - There is concern that all university employees will be folded into the new system. - Director of Affirmative Action/Human Resources Corky Bush should be invited to the October 17 Professional Council meeting to discuss the issue. - Last year, Corky Bush attended Professional Council to discuss where professionals fit into employment classifications and policies governing professional employees. - Later, Director Bush was asked to identify sections of personnel handbooks and manuals that pertain specifically to professionals. She replied with an e-mail identifying many of these references. - Jim Mitchell will review the communications concerning the policies, and Professional Council will discuss ways in which the information might be used. As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned.