Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-42

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

Vote Date:

3/6/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/28/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Higher Education Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill is in response to confusion about the eligibility of members to the Faculty Advisory Committee, therefore, this bill clarifies the composition of the committee and the means and manner under which elections will be conducted.

Substitute Language:

The substitution allows for the election of one administrative faculty, such as a financial aide representative, from each of the following: the Connecticut State University System, community colleges, and Charter Oak State College. It also specifies that union representatives are not required to be involved in the election process. Thirdly, it adds the words “fair and open” with regard to the system-wide election of faculty senate members. The title of the bill was re-drafted after being raised as a concept during the January 31st committee meeting.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Dr. Stephen Adair, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology Department, Central Connecticut State University:

Dr. Adair testified and submitted testimony to amend the language of the bill to ensure a fair and uniform election process; citing uneven representation in past meetings between the CSU's and the community colleges. He also spoke in favor of amending the bill to have co-chairs versus chair and vice-chairs.

Steven Cohen, President, Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges:

Mr. Cohen spoke to the substitute language to allow representatives to be elected from professional and faculty staff, as opposed to strictly teaching faculty.

Dr. Kristine Larsen, Charter Oak State College, Dean of Faculty:

Dr. Larsen, provided testimony and spoke in favor of amending the bill to provide for the unique circumstances and composition of Charter Oak State College. Specifically, for the fact that they do not have a faculty senate and that a majority of their staff live outside of CT and therefore would be unable to attend regular meetings at a centralized location.

Mr. James LoMonaco, President, State University Organization of Administrative Faculty:

Mr. LoMonaco, spoke in favor of the substitute language, urging the Committee to include professional employees, as elected members of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Board of Regents. He describes in detail the breadth and depth of information professional employees have with regard to a number of important educational issues and argues that by excluding them, the Committee would close off a significant avenue of information and input to the Board of Regents.

Ms. Barbara Richards, Professor of Sociology at Housatonic Community College:

Professor Richards, testified in favor of the bill and is currently an alternate member of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Given union involvement in past selection processes for members; she feels union influence should be excluded and have one representative per community college and three representatives from each CSU institution.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Mr. Dennis Bogusky, President, Federation of Technical College Teachers: Spoke in favor of amending the bill to include, rather than exclude, other professional staff on the university and community college campuses. Second, he spoke in favor amending the bill to make elections uniform, fair, and open, to be inclusive and progressive.

Reported by: Todd M Szabo, Assistant Clerk

Date: March 12, 2012

 

Jeanie B. Phillips, Clerk