1:30 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2006, in Lyceum 200


PRESENT:   Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Reithel, Eftink, Burnham, Lee, Wells, Stocks, Rholes, Chitwood, Sullivan-Gonzalez, Buntin and Pate, Ms. Morrison for Mr. Ashoo,

                     Dr. Angle, Dr. Fant, Dr. Hallam, Dr. Gates, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Canty,

                     Ms. Harrington


ABSENT:      Dr. Hall, Dean Davis, Dr. Donna Davis, Dr. Clark

          1. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of April 7 (see Attachment #1).


          On a motion by Dean Hopkins and a second by Dean Reithel, the Undergraduate Council Minutes of April 7 were unanimously accepted.

          2. Reaction to Graduate Council Minutes of September 9, 2005 (see Attachment #2).

           On a motion by Dean Hopkins and a second by Dean Rholes, the Graduate Council Minutes of September 9, 2005 were unanimously accepted.

          3. Other Items of Business.

          Dr. Kathy Gates reported that the SAP upgrade occurred without any problems. She informed the Council that a memorandum will be distributed soon to all chairs, deans and directors about the Webmaster Camp that will occur in July, 2006. The camp is designed to provide assistance to departmental webmasters regarding the design and maintenance of web sites.

          Dr. Charlotte Fant announced that 2006 will be the eighth year to hold Commencement in the Grove. Nice weather is predicted; 2800 students will participate in commencement, including 500 graduate students, 250 first professional students, and 2100 undergraduate students. Dr. Fant asked that all participants line up no later that 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the processional will be promptly at 9:00 a.m. The spring faculty meeting will be Friday, May 12, at 11:15 a.m. in Holman Auditorium. The Provost asked how many doctoral students were graduating, and Dean Eftink said there were around 100. The hooding ceremony for recipients of doctoral degree will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, in the Ford Center for Performing Arts.

          The Provost announced that budget instructions would be distributed very soon. Pam Roy will provide the timelines for responding with budget information. The Provost indicated that salary increases for faculty and staff will be higher than first announced. The University wants to provide seven percent raises, and the raises will be done entirely on merit. No funds from vacant lines may be used without prior approval from the Provost. There is no cap on faculty raises, but the cap on staff raises is ten percent. If a staff raise is over ten percent, approval is required. Dean Stocks inquired about the justification required for any raises below three percent and above seven percent. The Provost indicated that the justification required by IHL can be very simple, just a sentence or two if the raises are outside that range. The Provost announced that the goal of the University is to get every employee to the SUG average. The deans will have an additional pool of money to get closer to SUG averages and to address issues of inversion and compression.

          Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez announced that 418 applications were received, and 230 applications have been accepted for fall 2006. There are 60 students graduating this year from the Honors College.

          Dr. Canty announced that the open house for the new nursing program on the Oxford campus will be May 9 at 10:30 a.m.

          4. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on July 18, 2006.