Columbia College Chicago
December Report to College Council
From the Columbia College Faculty Organization, [Renee Hansen, President CCFO]
The CCFO met with President Carter November 7th.
Since the faculty retreat he had only had a chance to briefly read the workload document. He was amenable to workload reduction but wanted to see variations of the proposal. He mentioned a workload formula he was familiar with at Governor's State. The workload Committee is aware of Dr. Carter's response and will consider it in revision of their document. Faculty relationship to the Board of Trustees was the second topic of discussion. It was Dr. Carter's understanding that our liaisons met with the executive committee of the Board of Trustees. This was communicated to the liaisons who were to request to meet with the executive committee.
The CCFO met with Provost Steve Kapelke on December 3rd. The workload proposal was discussed. Provost Kapelke mentioned being in favor of a flat reduction to 9 hrs. However, under this proposal he would eliminate release time. It was pointed out to the Provost that 9 hours is already the current average workload and his proposal would not offer a true reduction in workload. Provost Kapelke requested to meet with our workload committee and this was communicated to the committee.
The president of the CCFO regularly meets with the Vision 2010 committee. The CCFO concerns with the Vision statement have been communicated to Anne Foley who chairs the committee, and Provost Kapelke. The concerns are the following: There are only four faculty members on the committee. One of them can never meet on Thursday when he teaches. The committee schedule of meetings, every Thursday afternoon, is not practical to faculty and chairs of have a schedule of classes, registration, and student meetings. The Vision statement itself has little mention of faculty. Though the professional majors are defined and discussed extensively, education in the humanities is not. Focus groups, whether with faculty or students, will not be formed until the document goes through another draft which includes a set of institutional goals set in reference to the vision. Some remedies have been offered. References to faculty will be included. Some committee meetings next semester will be changed to accommodate faculty schedule. No new faculty will be added to the committee. The CCFO would like to report that the remedies to the problems are a step in the right direction, but more substantial changes need to be made.
The CCFO president met with the Retreat Steering Committee. The meeting was both a look back to the retreat of 2002 and a look forward to 2003. The steering committee agreed to look at ways in which the form and venue of the retreat can be changed.
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