Boulder Faculty Assembly
February 18, 2002
Uriel Nauenberg, BFA Chair
Michael Preston, Vice Chair, BFA Bylaws and Athletics Committees Chair
Greg Carey, BFA Secretary & Nominating Committee Chair, BFA Academic
Technology Committee Rep
Deane Bowers, BFA at-large rep & BFA Committee on Women Representative
Clayton Lewis, BFA at-large rep, Faculty Compensation & Benefits
Dan Dessau, BFA Academic Affairs Committee Co Chair
Cathy Comstock, BFA AAP Committee Chair
Stein Sture, BFA Budget & Planning Committee Chair
Bud Coleman, BFA GLB Affairs Committee Chair
Paul Levitt, BFA Faculty Affairs Committee Chair
Martin Walter, BFA Student Affairs Committee Chair
Tony Barker, Arts and Sciences Council Chair
Bill Kaempfer, AVC for Budget and Finance
Jefferson Dodge, Silver and Gold Record
Tom Mayer, Communications Committee Chair
Anne Bliss, BFA Minority Affairs Committee Chair
Mark Dubin, BFA Libraries Committee Chair
Francis A. Beer, Former BFA Chair
TBD, Administrative Services Committee Chair
|A meeting of the Boulder
Faculty Assembly Executive Committee was held on Monday, February 18,
2002, in Duane Physics room G1B31. Chair Uriel Nauenberg presided. The
meeting convened at 3:30 p.m. and adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
A. Approval of Minutes
MOVED by Michael Preston and seconded by Deane Bowers that the
minutes of the BFA Executive Committee meeting of February 11, 2002
The motion passed without dissent.
B. Chair's Report
Nauenberg's report included the following items:
- The March meeting of the BFA has been rescheduled: the meeting will
be held on Tuesday, March 12th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the School
of Law room 154. President Hoffman will discuss the Quality for Colorado
- The BFA Executive Committee will hold two executive sessions this
spring, February 25th and March 4th, to discuss results of the Administrator
- The March 4th meeting of the Executive Committee will include a
presentation by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Jack
Burns, on the "University Without Walls."
- The list of vacancies to be filled in the BFA spring election has
been distributed on line and via hard copy to the faculty. Nominations
may be forwarded to Elections Committee Chair Greg Carey [Gregory.Carey@Colorado.edu].
Instructor Numbers on the Boulder Campus
Nauenberg reported that the number of instructors on the Boulder campus
has increased significantly in recent years and is now at more than
230 FTEs, up from 146. Discussion followed, including the following
- Lewis commented that as long as the cost of instruction increases
at a rate faster than that of inflation institutions will be under
pressure to reduce instructional costs, usually accomplished by hiring
- Nauenberg requested the Faculty Affairs committee examine the increase
in numbers of instructors.
- It was suggested that programmatic initiatives have also increased
numbers of instructors, such as the new Program in Writing and Rhetoric
and enhancements in Boulder campus residential programs.
- Lewis commented that it is important to look at the big picture
in considering solutions to problems, because fiscal constraints limit
the number and scope of projects the campus can initiate.
- Nauenberg commented that Quality for Colorado and its associated
increase in fiscal support for the university may be the only solution
that will work to address all of the fiscal needs currently under
- Lewis commented that Quality for Colorado may work in the short
term, but for the long term other funding sources will need to be
accessed, perhaps via an endowment. Lewis continued that increases
in numbers of instructors and freshmen threaten the ability of the
university to build up its endowment. Lewis added that the university
must examine the reasons that people give to endowments in order to
work towards building the endowment for CU.
- Levitt asked whether the quality of undergraduate education and
its relationship to giving is worthy of study by the BFA. Nauenberg
asked the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs committees to examine
BFA Question of the Month: Fiscal Year 2003 Budget
There was discussion of the format and content of the BFA "Question
of the Month" (QOTM) survey on the issue of fiscal year 2003 budget
constraints. [The survey will be available until March 8th on line:
It was suggested that the increasing number of instructors on the Boulder
Campus be considered as a topic for a future QOTM survey.
D. Next Meeting
|The next regular meeting of the Boulder Faculty
Assembly Executive Committee will be Monday, February 25th from 3:30 to
5:00 p.m. in Duane Physics room G1B31.
Respectfully submitted by Sierra Swearingen, BFA