October 1, 2015, Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 1, 2015, ACES Library
Meeting Minutes submitted by Elizabeth Rockman

Attendees:  Richard Gegg (1), Kristina Miller (1), Kathleen Booth (2), Ramachandran Radhakrishnan (2), Todd Spinner (3), Maeve Reilly (4), Rick Atterberry (5), Wendy White (5), Teresa Steckler (6), Elizabeth Wahle (6), Betoel Escobar (7), Tanisha King-Taylor (7), Tracy Parish (8), Melissa Madsen (9), Mike Bohlmann (9), Ravi Ramrattan (10), Elizabeth Rockman (10), Jeffrey Stein (11), Elyne Cole (ex-officio)

1.    Call to Order – Chair Mike Bohlmann called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m.

2.    Public Comment – Kostas Yfantis, former CAP member and Chair/Vice Chair, talked about ongoing collaboration with CITL (the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning).

3.    Chair’s Remarks – Mike Bohlmann served as an official observer of the BOT meeting, in addition to his affiliation with UPPAC and SEC, and he noted the following:

  • UI made payroll for August and September.
  • President discussed the issue of the lack of budget, and that it was being considered to turn off power to the Capitol.
  • BOT passed the background check policy, to be implemented soon.
  • Senate restored CAP Chair vote (unanimous to give vote on SEC), which had been assumed in the recent past.
  • On SEC radar:  Chancellor Search and background check policy.
  • President Killeen set up a taskforce for strategic planning, including high-level representation and varied roles.

4.    Review and Approval Previous Month’s Minutes – Rich Gegg made the motion to approve, and Ravi Ramrattan seconded; motion passed.

5.    Announcements:

Report from Academic Professional Senators – Outgoing AP Senator Kostas Yfantis discussed the Senate meeting, Chancellor Search, and shared governance issues.  Rich Gegg also noted that the President discussed that he is not wedded to a search firm, and that finalists might be known ahead of time.

Senate, Campus and University Committee Reports – None

6.    Communications Committee – Maeve Reilly had no report.

7.    Procedures and Elections Committee – Details were discussed related to special elections for Districts 2 and 9 (incumbents changed districts).

8.    CAPE Awards – Kristina said the Selection Committee for the selection of CAPE members had sent invitations to finalists.  Additionally, all publicity languages has been vetted, edited, and approved.

9.    Grievance Officer Update – Jeffrey Stein noted Beth Hall provided a written grievance report to Mike Bohlmann in absentia, reported that the Chancellor accepted the decision on the recent grievance, and that the Ad Hoc Committee to review Provost Communication #22 is working on their effort.

10.    Academic Human Resources Report by the Associate Provost for Human Resources
Budget and Academic Professional Development Fund – Elyne Cole noted that APDF has had 37 requests this FY to date, totaling $18,154 have been received, with all approved (none outstanding).  Nothing to report about budget other than that as the time gets longer with a budget, everyone becomes more worried.  UA does not have a freeze (yet), but are not filling positions without specific approval.  There is also no official elimination of positions.  Deans are being more frugal, but not being specifically told what to do with their budgets, as there is no formal budget plan in place.

SUCSS – On September 18, 2015 the SUCSS Merit Board appointed Jeff Brownfield as Executive Director from pool of three finalists.  He is internal to SUCSS, and had previously tried to work well with campuses; it is expected that he will be a strong leader but/and work well with our campus.  Brownfield has already reached out to Darla Hill of UI Auditing regarding concerns about audit procedures.

11.    Ad Hoc Committee on By-laws update – Mike Bohlmann noted that this committee has been working on a draft proposal, and plan to provide for review before the next meeting.

12.    Ad Hoc Committee for AP to serve on Chancellor’s Search – Mike said that there had been a dozen self-nominations for that, and that this committee, comprised of himself, Tracy Parish, Ravi Ramrattan, Elizabeth Rockman would meet to choose two people on the ballot for the AP Senators to vote on (in the same way that faculty senators vote on their representative/s, and student senators on theirs).  The President wants this search to conclude by the Spring 2016 Semester.

13.    Background Check Policy – General discussion:  The timing was meant to start the next week, but Urbana campus was given a delay, which many are confused about whether that means a delay in hiring.  Questions to be addressed:  what is the process in terms of when it happens, what is a delay and what is not?  Elyne Cole notes that the policy was to take place October 5, 2015, and the BOT was allowing a delay for Urbana until November 1, 2015.  She does not anticipate that the process will change with regards to the Senate discussions, but that everything will have to be explained thoroughly.  Officially, the President is not giving direction to the campuses on how to implement the policy; the campuses put forward their own procedures, and the University-wide group does not impact the campuses’ procedures.  There has been a campus-wide committee addressing this for several months.  The three campuses and UA are working with external counsel.  Several training sessions for HR individuals are ongoing.  Deb Stone noted that this policy is for all new employees or returning employees, or for individuals whose positions move to security sensitive or work with children; this includes some Extra Help, Hourly, Academic Hourly, and Grad Hourly positions.  Mike Bohlmann asked about the timing of the offer as these decisions go to campus HR, and then onto the committee that reviews convictions.  Deb noted that the offeree is given the opportunity to contact the vendor regarding accuracy or to provide additional information to the review committee.  Mike noted that it’s also important to know if there are specific risks within a job; can individuals do their job, ie., what are the duties/responsibilities of each job.  Kathleen Booth also pointed out that if something doesn’t impact the initial job, it’s important to parse out if it would impact a second job; is the information saved in a file or eliminated?  Deb noted that this information is not kept in a personnel file, and that it is also not put into HireTouch.  Elizabeth Rockman asked about the general timing of the process, and if hold-ups in that timing would alert the hiring unit.  Deb said that the process does not start until the candidate gives consent, which will change timing for everyone.  Ravi asked if all the places a candidate lives would have to be checked; Elyne confirmed that was the case, but that education would not be checked (that is for search committees to verify).  Rich Gegg asked if there were anything so egregious as to not be considered by the review committee, and Elyne responded there is no automatic trigger, that all individuals have the right to be considered.  It was noted that higher education rates of conviction were generally lower than the national average.  Rick Atterberry discussed situations in which there can be errors, such as a class action lawsuit citing records weren’t expunged, case of mistaken identities, etc.  Deb reiterated that the candidate would be allowed to provide additional context; if a decision is made to withdraw the offer, AHR/SHR sends the letter.  Elyne said that campus went with the best vendor, though not the cheapest.  Kathleen asked about offer language.

14.    Unfinished Business – Mike Bohlmann asked for extra coverage during All Employee Expo, as he would be teaching a class; Wendy White offered to help after checking her schedule.

15.    New Business – None.

16.    Closed Session for Privileged Information/Grievances – None.

17.    Adjournment – Ravi made a motion to adjourn, and Tanisha King-Taylor seconded; meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

District 2 Candidates for CAP Senate Elections

Members of District 2 will receive instructions on voting for one of the following candidates.

Neal Davis
Training Coordinator/Lecturer
Computational Science and Engineering

Statement of Interest:
One of my (and others’) concerns during the recent spate of troubled leadership and stormy state politics is that state higher education and particularly the University of Illinois remain competitive and credible. Clearly academic professional involvement is integral to this objective and I would like to voice AP’s contributions and perspectives. I have long been interested in the theory and operation of universities as they proceed into the 21st century, and feel this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to and guide this discussion at UIUC.

I have experienced the University of Illinois as a graduate student, as a lecturer, and as an AP. I am invested in the University’s future prosperity and in counseling wise governance decisions insofar as these impact our teaching and research activities support (and really, what else is there?). I can contribute a voice towards the graceful integration of modern best practices from industry into our administration and operation as well as a perspective on how science and industrial practice are evolving and intersecting with academia.

Dana Tempel
Assistant Director
College of Engineering, Undergraduate Programs Office

Statement of Interest:
As the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE), I consider myself a strong advocate and resource for student success for undergraduate engineering students. In my position it’s important to have strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering but also strong relationships with other offices who offer support and resources to students on campus.

I hope by serving on the Campus Senate committee I could contribute to all the important responsibilities and decisions which impacts our entire campus. I would also look forward to the opportunity to serve as support to all the Academic Professional in Engineering. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Agenda for November 2015 Monthly Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 1:15 PM
Location: 407 Illini Union

  1.  Call to Order
  2. Public Comment
  3. Chair’s Remarks
  4. Review and Approval Previous Month’s Minutes
  5. Announcements
    • Report from Academic Professional Senators
    • Senate, Campus and University Committee Reports
  6. Communications Committee
  7. Procedures and Elections Committee
  8. CAPE Awards
  9. Grievance Officer update
  10. Academic Human Resources Report Associate Provost for Human Resources
    • Budget Update
    • Academic Professional Development Fund
    • Background check policy updates
    • Other
  11. Ad hoc committee on by-laws updates
  12. Ad hoc committee on Provost Communications 22
  13. Unfinished Business
  14. New Business
  15. CLOSED SESSION – Privileged Information/Grievances (if applicable)
  16. Adjournment

September 2015 Minutes

Council of Academic Professionals
Thursday, September 3, 2015, 407 Illini Union

Meeting Minutes submitted by Elizabeth Rockman

Attendees: Richard Gegg (1), Kristina Miller (1), Kathleen Booth (2), Ramachandran Radhakrishnan (2), Shawna Naidu (3), Todd Spinner (3), Dustin Yocum (4), Maeve Reilly (4), Teresa Steckler (6), Elizabeth Wahle (6), Betoel Escobar (7), Tanisha King-Taylor (7), Tracy Parish (8), Mindy Spencer (8), Melissa Madsen (9), Mike Bohlmann (9), Ravi Ramrattan (10), Elizabeth Rockman (10), Beth Hall (11), Jeffrey Stein (11), Elyne Cole (ex-officio)

I. Call to Order – Chair Bohlmann called the meeting to order at 1:22 p.m.

II. Public Comment: None

III. President Killeen’s Visit
President Killeen discussed the following:

  • Development efforts
  • Financial and budget issues
  • More students than ever before, graduates three times more likely to pay off student debt, lots of loyal alumni
  •     Need state budget, wants all to advocate for that
  • Public education’s impact on the economy
  • Desire to not raise tuition: committed to accessibility, diversity (both in workforce and student population)
  • Lots of great leadership in place, a need to keep transparency and integrity
  • Understanding that change can be demoralizing
  • Important priorities of excellence, safety, and professional development: wants UI to be a great place to work and learn

President Killeen addressed questions:

  • Furloughs are not being considered to balance budget: attrition is an important consideration, salaries are being paid
  • Tuition and FY 2015 state payments have been received, budget cuts have been analyzed, though consistency is the goal
  • Trying to take high road with budget: higher education is too important to leave behind (economy and public policy)
  • Extension impact goes beyond agrarian concerns, participates in economic fabric of state
  • Processes (doing more with less) must be looked at to deal with regulatory burden: shared services must be used
  • 50% tuition waiver considered key to recruitment
  • Plans to visit various locations on and off campus
  • Capital projects are not in progress: unfinished buildings sitting unused
  • Efforts to support inclusion of races and backgrounds: students and staff through recruitment, retention
  • Issues with Urbana-Champaign campus leadership: efforts to embody integrity and commitment to highest standards

IV. Chair’s Remarks – Mike Bohlmann has been attending emergency meetings of the Senate Executive Committee related to the Chancellor search process. He discussed issues related to recent leadership changes and controversy, and that AP’s have a role in doing our part to restore public trust.

V. Review and Approval Previous Month’s Minutes – Rich Gegg made the motion to approve with a few changes, and Jeffrey Stein seconded; motion passed.

VI. Announcements:

Report from Academic Professional Senators – AP Senator John Epifanio of District #11 reported on last Senate meeting’s non-action item/1st reading of Provost Communication #3, which is being redrafted (and page 8 of the item has a relationship to Academic Professionals with some form of faculty status). John wanted to be sure that CAP was being consulted, and will forward on the information; Mike will check the Senate Agenda on this item.

 Senate, Campus and University Committee Reports – None

VII. Communications Committee – Maeve Reilly asked for edits to the new CAP website. Access has been given to CAP district e-mails.

VIII. Procedures and Elections Committee: There will be special elections for Districts 2 and 9 (incumbents changed districts).

IX. CAPE Awards: Nominees should be in touch to each district (hopefully 2 per district) to be considered for the CAPE Awards Committee.

 X. Grievance Officer Update: There have been 4 inquiries, with 1 being filed officially (rest will likely be resolved unofficially).

 XI. Academic Human Resources Report by the Associate Provost for Human Resources

Budget and Academic Professional Development Fund – Nothing on budget other than what the President covered. APDF re-started at 7/1/15 for FY with $75,000; 27 requests totaling $13,154 have been received, with all approved.

SUCSS 2015 Audit – Audit still not finalized. Search for new SUCSS Director underway; 3 finalists have been interviewed, and they now meet Merit Board. Interim Director is from UI Civil Service system, and has been good to work with: has met with HR Directors to identify issues, and there is good dialogue.

Background Check Policy – New policy related to hiring in to all positions (remains same for those in security sensitive positions and protection of minors) has gone to the BOT, and will be effective October 5. HR is in charge of all procedures. Visiting is related if individual is an employee. It was suggest that there be an FAQ for this policy.

XII. Employee Expo Volunteers – October 20, need people for 9-12 set-up, 10-1 influx, and 12-3 cleanup; Teresa Steckler, Shawna Naidu, and Mike Bohlmann respectively volunteered.

XIII. Provost Communication #22 – Jeffrey Stein will summarize and send the document; the background is to investigate language related to potential violation of providing annual reviews; it would be good to have input and perspective to make proposals. Jeff expects the timeline to be to work to deliver recommendations to CAP by the beginning of November. Other volunteers are Betoel Escobar, Mara Freeman, Richard Gegg, and Tanisha King-Taylor.

XIV. Bylaws Review Ad Hoc Committee – Mike Bohlmann, Kathleen Booth, and Kostas Yfantis will draft next step language by November or December; there are multiple layers of Chancellor approval to seek as well.

XV. Chancellor Search – The process is being determined by the Committee on Committees. The Senate Executive Committee will put forward the nominations of the AP, Civil Service, and Faculty representatives; Senate will vote on the full slate.

XVI. Unfinished Business – It was decided not to do Fall Open Enrollment for Long-Term Disability.

XVII. New Business – None.

XVIII. Closed Session for Privileged Information/Grievances – Closed session was held.

XIX. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.