Present: R. Leifer, M. Hanna, R. Parsons, P. Hajela, S. Anderson-Gold, K. Fortun, S. Derby, J. McLaughlin [P&R], N. Rolnick, A. Van Epps, P. Quinn, K. Jansen, Kevin Craig [FSCC], Alan Desrochers
Absent: †R. Diwan, A. Kapila, J. Norsworthy, P. Boyce, J. Haddock
M. Hanna: The Minutes have been circulated.† Do I have a motion to pass the Minutes?† Motion to approve: B. Degeneff.† Second: P. Hajela.† Passed.† Unanimously.
The President should be on her way to arrive at 12:30.† Weíll now deal with miscellaneous business.
Wally Croner has agreed to complete M. Reaís term on the P&T Committee.† I ask for a motion from the floor to accept this appointment.† So moved: P. Hajela. Second: P. Quinn. Discussion?
J. McLaughlin: Weíre still missing two people on the Planning & Resources Committee. Would this be a good time to discuss this?
S. Anderson-Gold: We need to have the discussion about the Planning and Resources Committee, but the decisions regarding P&T need to be made immediately.
UNANIMOUS DECISION TO GO OFF TH RECORD: 12:15
RETURN TO RECORD: 12:20
M. Hanna: Welcome to Dr. Jackson.† We look forward to this discussion as a broader take on many of the issues focused on during the Structured Review of the Rensselaer Plan with the Faculty Senate last week.
And the Board has voiced strong support for the Plan.† At a recent retreat, we focused on the issues
that under gird the plan: Where research has been historically in the
The Board also discussed how technology can be used to meet students where they are, to facilitate learning, as well as to free up faculty time.† And we discussed BT and IT.† The Board again voiced their support for these priorities.
Members of the Washing Advisory Group were present; and the former president of MIT who used to be chair of the Board, spoke to us.
Overall, we discussed where we are in the planning process
and the work and role of the various task forces now at work.† Where are we at overall?† Itís hard to say.† Itís a big process.† Iíve certainly learned a lot about
M. Hanna: Dr. Jackson will now take questions.
B. Parsons: We have heard about a series of committees to be put together to move us to the next stage.† Art Sanderson, as I understand, is providing some of the leadership.† Can you tell us more about these committees?
L. Peters: The
Washington Advisory Board has played an important role in the planning process.† Can you tell us what their view is of
Itís clear we have a strong
N. Rolnick: It became clear in my reading of the plan and in the discussion last week, that much of the direction is going to come from the performance plans.† Could you comment on how the performance plans are going to be put together and evaluated?
Iím a great believer in creating a series of questions that everyone can answer, questions that can drive the process rather than laying out beforehand standards that are expected to be complied with.
I like to think of it as a process of modularization, rather than prioritization.† Issues like deferred maintenance, for example.† We canít deal with deferred maintenance in one move, but we can slice and dice it, put a timeline on it and resource load pieces of it, pieces that we can achieve.
Weíre going to have to do a forced march through the set of questions.† Modularization rather than prioritization and not without discussion.
There will be priorities, but crosscutting.† Some things we can do now within the existing operating budget.† Other things will require targeted fundraising.† In the end, the goal is develop a capital campaign to cover all that we want to do.
But, if we have flexibility in the operating budget, it could begin as early as next fall.† But, de facto, it will be at least calendar year 2001 before we are ready to go.
This is not an absolute statement.† Kim, write that down.
The performance plans have to drive the resource allocations.† The performance plans will be the driver.
K. Fortun: President Jackson, you should know that as always when the Senate has guest presentations, you will have the opportunity to edit and add clarification to the Minutes before they are approved and circulated.
B. Nauman: I would like to comment on the Planís stress on innovation in pedagogy and technology and interactive learning in particular.† The point I want to make is that we need metrics to assess this rather than just assume that it is working because we have been recognized externally.
M. Hanna: Since Kevin Craig is here, Iíll put him on the spot and ask where we are in developing a way to evaluate first year students.† The Senate has discussed the need for this with the FSCC.
G. Gabriele:† Iíve started the work.† When I came into the role I now have, in October, I asked Brad Lister to develop a survey of the first year experience on laptops.
K. Craig:† The FSCC has also discussed the need to take initiative on this.† I think there is broad agreement that students today donít know the fundamentals like they did five years ago.
K. Craig: I just think we need to be careful about being driven by the market, though I realize that technology-intensive education is where the market is going.
P. Hajela: Some of the anecdotal comments you hear are because we have fewer credits under the 4x4 system.
B. Nauman: 4x4. That was an innovation. [laughter]
B. Nauman: Are you not wedded to 4x4?
The point is that the
Outcomes are the basis on which Iíll judge everything.† Iím an outcomes person.
M. Hanna: There are a number of people in interim positions, many exemplary people, so my question is structural, not personal.† What is happening with these positions?
M. Hanna: The
Dean of the
G. Gabriele: For now, Bill Jennings is taking care of things. The new provost will need to decide how to fill the position.
R. Leifer: The Plan discusses organizational realignments.† Can you elaborate on what this will involve?
R. Leifer: These performance plans will address individual units, but organizational realignments are about new relationships between units.
N. Rolnick: I donít have a clear picture of the relationship between the performance plans and departmental budgets.
N. Rolnick: The biggest part of a departmental budget is faculty salary.† How is this part of the performance plans/
S. Sanderson: What is the process through which standards for tenure and promotion will be changed?
L. Peters: Raising the bar on promotion and tenure, which Iím very much in favor of, will it happen immediately?
P. Quinn: What role
does the idea of critical mass play in the thinking that is guiding the Plan,
within particular units, in particular?†
Within the Schools of Architecture and Management, for example, we donít
have the luxury of breadth that the
Iím not looking to eliminate any Schools at
S. Anderson-Gold: You spoke of raising standards. Does this mean that a personís contribution to BT and IT will become part of the evaluation process?
S. Sanderson: †I have a rather specific question about the strategies smaller schools can use to attract top academic leadership.† There are hundreds of deanships open all over the country.† Do you have ideas about our own recruiting?
S. Jackson: This,
of course, relates to how
K. Fortun: What
have you learned so far about how outsiders perceive
S. Jackson:† Iíve heard five kinds of things: 1) People
havenít heard of
The last thing, hesitancy about
The other things Iíve mentioned are all addressed in the
Rensselaer Plan, so the Plan itself should help us show people that
P. Quinn: Weíre going to need as much leadership in the public relations machine as in the deanís offices.
S. Sanderson: A
problem for the
S. Jackson: Among
other things, I envision very high level certificate programs Ė which is not
only going to require corporate outreach but also a fundamental restructuring
M. Hanna: President Jackson, do you have questions for us?
As some of you know, I have been called an elitist.† I like to think that this is because I have
set my sights for
Weíre going to push hard. Itís not to hurt people, but to
And weíre going to open ourselves up to outsiders, and their critiques.† We canít be afraid to do this.
I sometimes get impatient when we get hung up on process. I want us to stay focused on outcomes.† But I will let you define how we get there.† Iíll drive the process, but not the specifics.† If there are things decided upon, Iíll tell you up front.† And Iíll let you know the boundary conditions.† But I need you to invent, initiate and run with the performance.
In the end, the entire secret of the game is to stay ahead of the curve.† To define excellence, then benchmark it.
You should think of this as an opportunity, not as a time to be afraid.† I canít change what happened before; I donít own it.† I want to look forward, not backwards.† People have voiced concern about whether we can afford to compete.† We cannot afford not to compete.
Iím aiming for the stars, knowing that we may only get to the treetops.† But at least weíll get somewhere.† You canít have absolute guarantees, unless you donít try at all.
I want you to work with me. I want to work with you.† And I need you to believe that we can pull this off.† If you canít believe we can do this, I canít ask outsiders to believe.
M. Hanna: Thank you, Dr. Jackson. We appreciate your coming today.† It has been a very good meeting.
[Brief discussion in which people indicated that they
thought the meeting with President Jackson was very successful and that continued
communication should be a high priority.†
Many also said that they particularly appreciated the opportunity to
share President Jacksonís enthusiasm for what
M. Hanna: We now need to return to our earlier discussion about the P&T and P&R Committees.
For P&R, we are now missing a representative from Engineering; those on the committee now are all members in at large positions.† We do have a replacement from Architecture.† We are also missing someone from H&SS.
P. Hajela: Can we go back to the last slate?
M. Hanna:† All those elected last year were for at large.† Randy would have two more years; H&SS would have two more years. [Correction: the H&SS position has one more year.]
J. McLaughlin: †I would caution against someone without
tenure, just because they need to have had some experience at
A. Desrochers: Can we just wait until the election and then elect someone for the year? We have begun to over-rely on appointments.
M. Hanna: We could just leave it open for the rest of the semester.
J. McLaughlin: Iíll take an opposing view.† There isnít much difference in appointing people and having them run unopposed.
L. Peters: There is going to be a lot of decision-making and analysis in the next six weeks.† Then there wonít be any further work until the end of the summer.† So I think we should go ahead and appoint people to P&R as soon as possible.
J. McLaughlin: I would prefer that people are re-appointed as soon as possible.
M. Hanna:† This would not be interim; they have to serve out the term of the people they replace.† Both P&R appointments would run through spring 2001.
It seems that the P&R committee feels strongly that people should be reappointed.† So Iíll work on this.
Now we need to return to the issues regarding the P&T committee.
UNANIMOUS DECISION TO GO OFF THE RECORD: 3:45
RETURN TO THE RECORD: 3:55
M. Hanna: Iíd like to call the question regarding W. Cronerís appointment to the P&T.† All in favor.† No abstentions.
Last item of business: What is appropriate regarding the H&SS position on P&T.?
P. Quinn: I move that we defer acting on the H&SS representative to the P&T committee until the next election. Second: Alan Desrochers. Passed, unanimously.
M. Hanna: Letís adjourn.† 4:00
Prepared by K. Fortun, Recording Secretary