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December 3, 2001

University Senates Conference
October 19, 2001

University Senates Conference (USC) met in Springfield at the Public Affairs Center with President Stukel and Vice President Gardner in the morning and Vice President Chicoine in the afternoon. A lunch meeting was held with the Chair of the Board of Trustees Gerald Shea and Vice President Chicoine. A business meeting of USC followed these sessions.

The meeting with President Stukel and Vice President Gardner included discussion of the following topics:

- Budget issues affecting the University, including any possibility of a rescission in funding from the state
- Security measures and safety issues
- Relationship between changes at the Illinois State Board of Education, teacher shortages, and University involvement in educational efforts within the state (There has been interest expressed by community colleges in offering a four year teacher degree)

The lunch meeting was attended by members of USC, Board of Trustees Chair Gerald Shea, and Vice President for Economic Development and Corporate Relations Chicoine. The following topics were discussed:

- The outlook for the University in the current budget situation
- Additional ways for the assigned liaisons to each campus from the Board of Trustees to interact with the campus community

The meeting with Vice President Chicoine covered the following topics:

- Economic development priorities for the University and improvements to the Intellectual Property review process
- Relationship between the University's academic mission and economic development
- Status of the Economic Development Seminar

The business meeting included the following:

- Approval of the September 20, 2001 minutes
- Discussion of ST-30, Sanctions Other than Dismissal, and status at each campus
- Discussion of the Fitness to Work proposal, OT-89, resulting in referral to the USC Statutes committee
- Discussion of future guests to invite to address University issues of concern
- Reports from USC representatives to the University Management Teams (Academic Affairs; Business Administration and Human Resources; Economic Development and Corporate Relations; and Governmental Relations).
- Nominations to the University's budget study committee were confirmed for UIS and UIUC; UIC already submitted nominations
- Reports that ST-53. Proposed revisions to the Statutes regarding Graduate Colleges-Campus Research Board have passed both UIUC and UIC and are waiting for action from the UIS Senate.

Dates and locations of future meetings were discussed, as were routine items of business.

Nancy P. O'Brien
USC Representative to the Senate Council