MSU-BOZEMAN PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES May 21, 2003 Members Present: Leslie Schmidt, Glenn Puffer, Becky Ward, Jim Mitchell. Members Absent: Clyde Carroll, Jim Manning. Others Present: Sandy Rahn-Gibson. The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order by Chair Leslie Schmidt at 2:10 PM. A quorum was present. The minutes of the April 16, 2003, were approved as distributed. Chair's report - Leslie Schmidt. - Chair Schmidt received a memo from President Gamble asking that Professional Council respond to a proposed amendment to Section 212.00 of the Faculty Handbook. - In that section, the words "under review" would be replaced with the sentence, "Professional Staff are not covered by the Faculty Handbook, but instead by the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, as well as by Board of Regents' Policy". - Professional Council approved the proposed amendment. The Chair will contact President Gamble with the decision. - In response to a query at the April 16 Council meeting regarding last year's .5% professional employee equity pool, Clyde Carroll reported to Leslie Schmidt that three professionals received equity/market adjustments totaling $14,882. Election of Professional Council Chair Elect and UGC Steering Committee member. - By acclamation, Sandy Rahn-Gibson was named Professional Council Chair Elect and Jim Mitchell was named UGC Steering Committee member for 2003-04. - They and Glenn Puffer, Chair for 2003-04, will take office at the August meeting. UPBAC update - Jim Mitchell. - UPBAC has presented a proposed budget to President Gamble. - There are no raises included until January 1, 2005, when the legislature has funded at $0.25/hour/employee increase. - Money has been set aside to address equity issues for faculty, professionals, and classified employees. - Faculty monies will be used for raises at promotion and tenure, as well as some equity adjustments. - Classified monies will be used to address MAP adjustments. - Mitchell recommends to Professional Council that a statement be made addressing the use of monies for professional employee equity. - Options include distributing the money to Vice Presidents and distributing the money centrally from the President, as was the case last year. - Chair Schmidt will request information regarding the number of professionals who applied for the equity/market adjustments last year. - The issue will be discussed in greater depth at the June 18 meeting. - Implementation of the proposed budget is contingent upon approval by the Board of Regents of tuition increases of 12.5% during each year of the biennium. ASMSU has supported the increases. As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.