Columbia College Chicago
October 10th Report to the College Council
The CCFO has met with its pension trustees, the provost, and the president.
We held a town hall on the new pension/investment plan on Oct 6th.
The CCFO will hold a General Meeting, Friday, October 10th from 3-5 .m. in the Getz Theater.
All full-time faculty are encouraged to attend.
The CCFO announces the formation of the CCFO Caucus, voted into the by-laws last year. The Caucus will meet three times a year, in November, March and May. We will meet immediately following College Council meetings scheduled in November, March and May. The CCFO Caucus representatives will consist of those College Council faculty representatives voted in by their respective departments, plus the CCFO representatives to the College Council who were voted-in during the Spring elections. The purpose of the CCFO Caucus to is to create an apparatus whereby the CCFO will be able to expedite communications; better represent its more than 270 faculty members in the college; mitigate the interests of the faculty with the issues and agenda which come through college council and its subcommittees; and develop positions on college-wide topics which concern faculty.
The workload subcommittee of the CCFO has met with the provost. They have been asked for another draft - a longer version of the proposal. Though committed to the idea of phasing in workload reduction, the provost has not committed to a timeline, and this is of concern to the faculty.
The salary and compensation committee began their research last March and requested a salary report from the provost which would include salary information according to dept., year of service, age, sex, race, and education. The provost agreed to our request in early May, again in June, and again in July. Recently, he has agreed to our September request, and we hope that the survey is forthcoming.
The CCFO brought up the issue of hiring a forensic accountant to the president. Also, a faculty group sent a letter to the president and the Board of Trustees requesting a forensic accountant to look over the numbers of the old pension plan.
The CCFO asked the president of the college to hold a business convocation whereby vice presidents give reports to the faculty. This was part of the "new retreat" plan made last April, when the old general retreat was cancelled. The president was unaware of the request for a business convocation. He will look into the possibility of holding a Spring business convocation.
The CCFO requested Board of Trustee accountability for fundraising. We suggested that the Board set fundraising goals and report to the faculty, administration and staff of the college via a web page which announces their agenda, carries the minutes of their meetings, and speaks to the goals of the Board and its committees. The president suggested we write a proposal to the Board of Trustees. The Provost suggested we bring the request to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board.
The CCFO expressed concern that the plans to build out the new buildings are predicated upon tuition dollars being funneled each year into "savings accounts for buildings." The CCFO suggested that our Board of Trustees embark upon capitol fund campaign for building out these structures, and that the college employ other fundraising techniques such as "naming" structures.
The CCFO expressed to the president, its support for tuition dollars being spent on tuition discounting and scholarships; staff, faculty, and human resources.
The provost gave the CCFO clarification on faculty participation in Vision 2010. The "Implementation" stage of Vision/Columbia 2010 will involve five committees. One committee will be faculty. One faculty member will sit on each of the four remaining committees.
The CCFO noted to the provost that the composition of the Music Chair Search committee is out of compliance with the faculty handbook as two chairs and an associate dean sit on the committee. The provost responded by stating that the associate dean should not be a voting member of the committee; that the 2nd chair might be considered faculty as chairs have faculty contracts; that the matter needed to be looked into further.
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