Faculty members to be included in USU admin reviews

Faculty members will be included in administrative reviews, said USU President Stan Albrecht in Monday’s Faculty Senate meeting.”The president is in charge of evaluating upper administrators,” said Ed Heath, president of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. “That part of the code is under his purview. And in Monday’s meeting, he said he is willing to have faculty input, although typically from year to year, that doesn’t happen.”Dave Wallace, senior lecturer in the biology department, said it was made clear in the meeting that there would definitely be faculty participation in future reviews of administration.”Every fifth year for upper-level administrators, there’s a more comprehensive evaluation,” Heath said. “And some administrators are coming up on their fifth year.”Ray Coward, for example, has served as USU’s provost since January 2006 and will be up for a comprehensive review in one year.Heath said the results shown in the meeting stemmed from matters discussed during a faculty forum Nov. 2.”What happened in faculty forum is that a lot of issues that people were passionate about came out,” Heath said. “And the job of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee was to take those issues and move them through the process as best we could.”Three specific issues came forward in faculty forum, Heath said. The first was faculty involvement in the budget process. The second was faculty involvement in the evaluation process of upper administrators. The third was trying to make sure administrators and faculty adhere to the code.Heath said the three issues were addressed in Monday’s meeting. He said that, in the future, the faculty will be involved in the budgetary process.Spencer Lee, executive vice president of ASUSU, said Albrecht gave an in-depth presentation about USU’s budget. Lee said Albrecht felt USU doesn’t have it as bad as other universities. “President Albrecht explained that if, when the legislative session starts this year, we are given an immediate budget cut to deal with, basically the only option we will have (is) more faculty furloughs,” Lee said. “But he said we’ll be able to handle it as a university in a much better way than we have in the past.”Albrecht was unavailable for questions.

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