Report of the 2004-2005 Rensselaer
Faculty Senate Planning & Resources Committee
Roger N. Wright, Chair
May 4, 2005
††††††††††† The 2004-2005 Faculty Senate Planning & Resources Committee met on November 17, December 8, and February 9.† Agendas for these meetings are attached.† The focuses and efforts of the Committee may be summarized as follows.
††††††††††† Deanís Planning Retreat.† Some of the committee attended the annual Deanís Planning Retreat of November 8, 2004.† Reaction was relatively positive, although it was acknowledged that much of the planning may be compromised by subsequent budgeting.
††††††††††† Pension Plan Survey.† In the context of debate over the faculty prioritization of pension plan issues, the Committee made an offer to the Faculty Senate leadership to administrate an appropriate survey.
††††††††††† Revitalization of Corporate Interface.† Concern has been raised regarding the decline
in faculty research grants from industrial sources, particularly in view of
††††††††††† Middle States Accreditation Input.† In response to a request from the Rensselaer Middle States Standard 3 Committee, the Planning & Resources Committee submitted information on faculty participation in resource planning.† General Committee operations and, in particular, the 2003-2004 Faculty Early Input program were cited as illustrations of faculty participation.
††††††††††† Evaluation of Faculty Participation in Planning at
Other Institutions.† †To gain perspective on some of the current
††††††††††† Trustee Finance Committee Monitoring.† Consistent with past practices, the Faculty Senate Planning & Resources Committee chair participated in the Trustee Finance Committee Meetings and preliminary sessions thereof.
††††††††††† Committee Access to Resource Information.† The privileges that the Committee enjoys
regarding access to