CAP’s Role in Important Campus Efforts

AP Senators – After many years of effort, led by CAP, seven University Senate seats have been allocated to qualifying members of the Academic Professional community. The first class of AP senators has been elected. CAP continues to work with the senate to clarify and broaden the eligible pool of APs for this important role.

Academic Professional Development Fund –

Opportunity for input on Furlough Policy and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program – CAP has had opportunities to dialogue with representatives of Academic Human Resources as furlough policies were developed and implemented and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program came together. While no one is happy about the University budget situation and resulting furloughs, the opportunity to voice the concerns of APs about policies that affect us all was extremely important.

AP representation on campus-wide committees – CAP has been successful at raising awareness of APs among upper levels of campus administration. As such, AP representatives are now more routinely included on campus-wide committees, including the recent university president search.

Worked with UPPAC to secure recognized AP representative at Board of Trustees meetings – CAP representatives working with their colleagues at the Chicago and Springfield campuses have achieved “Recognized” status for one AP representative at future Board of Trustees meeting.

Improved structure for AP appointments to Senate committees and their opportunity to report to CAP – CAP refined its officer duties to include committee supervision as one role for the Vice Chair. Because of that added attention to detail, CAP has been diligent about its appointments to Senate Committees and has also included a reporting function for those appointees on the monthly CAP agenda.

Provided input to the accreditation team of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association – The CAP Executive Committee was asked to participate in the accreditation review process by the Higher Learning Commission. CAP leadership, representing academic professionals, met with members of the review team in fall 2009. Excellent dialogue was exchanged in both directions.

Guests – CAP has a tradition of inviting guests to our monthly meetings, including the Chancellor, the Provost, the Chair of the Staff Advisory Council, the Director of the Center for Training & Professional Development, the Associate Provost for Budget & Research Planning, to name a few. This continues to be an important part of our effort to bridge the gap between administration and academic professionals.

Grievances – Our Grievance Officer has been very active answering inquiries and offering advice. She is currently leading an effort to better refine the language in our grievance procedures for the benefit of both CAP and all academic professionals.

CAPE Awards – Each year, the CAPE committee is chaired by a CAP representative, and solicits and reviews nominees for the award.

Orientation for new APs – Academic Human Resources now includes a representative from CAP as part of the monthly orientation for new academic professionals. Several CAP members developed a brief PowerPoint presentation outlining the role of CAP for the new hires.

And a few of our challenges ahead …

Payment of licensing fees – For years, CAP has been advocating a uniform campus policy regarding payment of licensing fees required by the state or others of APs. This issue remains on hold due to the budget situation.

Professional development funds for University Administration employees – Last year, it was reported that University Administration established its own Professional Development Fund since its employees were not eligible for the professional development funds available to other CAP members. This issue also remains on hold due to the budget situation.