COLUMBIA COLLEGE FACULTY ORGANIZATION (CCFO)
Report to the College Council
June 11, 2004
Faculty Liaisons to the Board of Trustees met with members of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees on May 20th. At this meeting, several items of discussion included: the wisdom of changing general education requirements; modular class times; the new summer orientation process and the need to consider training for tenure track and faculty going through five-year reviews. The new CCFO president will, incidentally, come to future meetings of the Faculty Liaisons to the Board of Trustees committee and will be a full participant in these meetings. In addition, new lines of communications from CCFO officers to college faculty will be opened up.
CCFO elections were held electronically. Five vacancies occurred or will occur [on Academic Affairs (in F&PA), ACT, Budget and Priorities (in F&PA), Sabbatical (Media Arts) and Strategic Planning (Media Arts)]. College Council criteria states each school needs representation on certain committees. A call for nominations for these vacancies will occur with a one-year appointment the result for those individuals selected by the CCFO [as per CCFO Bylaw Article VI, Section C, item 2d].
The Provost met with the faculty in a CCFO sponsored luncheon on May 19th. Many questions were asked regarding implementation of the workload reduction proposal. The Provost cited three possible "roll-outs" for workload reduction. In each scenario, a reduction would take place effective the 2005-2006 school year. A report from the Provost to the President, hopefully addressing implementation, has been promised by the end of the summer.
The CCFO officers met with the Provost and President Carter on June 2nd. The CCFO officers asked about the plan (or nonplan) for no new faculty positions for 2005-2006. The Provost and President said new faculty may be hired depending on enrollment growth. The CCFO asked for a budget (with new faculty hires) based on a zero growth scenario. The President and Provost both mentioned that there is a need for Columbia to have a zero growth plan.