November 2006 Minutes

November 7, 2006 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CARR 203

Members Attending:

Dale Moore (Chair), Sara Clark, Jana Estergard, Dr. Michelle Visio, Dr. Wes Scroggins, Ladonna Hansen, Sue Alvers (Secretary)


Dr. Michael Neitzel, President

Dale distributed a copy of “Recommendations by the 2005 Employee Contributions Task Force” to the committee.

After a short discussion with Dr. Nietzel on mission clarification, the committee voted to revise the first goal of its charge to the following:

  • “To identify key issues that affect employees’ ability to balance their work life and personal life.”

What kind of outcomes?

  • Effective recruiting
  • Retention
  • Reduce stress in the workplace
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Lack of funding for salaries, provide more benefits

Minutes for October 3, 2006 were approved with the following addition.

  • “Sara is to research the last six benchmark universities.”


  • Demographic Report/Analysis – Jana Estergard
    • Having another meeting with Mary Routh tomorrow. Jana will be gone for about three months and will have Mary Routh’s information available prior to leaving.
  • Faculty Morale Survey report – Dr Michelle Visio
    • Due to lack of participation; the faculty survey deadline was extended. Currently, Michelle thinks they are reviewing the data and should be getting the summary ready.

Discussion on focus groups

  • Not enough resources for outside consultants
  • Public Forums for faculty & staff
  • Needs assessment questionnaire to faculty and staff prior to forum
    • Hope to receive 30% questionnaire response
    • Incentives to participate in questionnaire
      • Free day off for staff
      • Free conference for faculty
      • Student-worker-a-day
    • Most likely top issues
      • Flextime
      • Affordable child care
      • Elder care
      • Stop tenure clock
      • Shared tenure
    • Timeline
      • January 2007 (second week of classes) – end of month
        • Do questionnaire
      • February 2007
        • Assessment analysis & discussion
        • Prepare for focus group in March
      • March 2007
        • Focus Groups
      • April 2007
        • Analysis of Focus Group Information
      • May 2007
        • Tackle huge issues if arises
        • Recommendation

Next meeting

  • December 5th at 3:30 in CARR 104 conference room