UMES Senate Meeting
March 8, 2011
I. Dr. Heimdal called meeting to order at 11:05 am
II. February 2011 meeting minutes were approved unanimously
III. Committee Reports
a. Academic Affairs (Ms. Michel Demanche)
i. Wants to complement everyone for making the March deadline so the committee can move forward in April for proposals which will mean items should be completed before end of semester
ii. Proposal for Business and Technology
1. Modification of undergraduate program – make more specific the core requirements for Business Administration
2. Change approved unanimously
b. CUSF (Dr. Bill Chapin)
i. At this time the legislature is going to leave MHEC responsibilities alone
ii. No change in specifically directed cuts – traditional cuts across the board
iii. Governor asserting no furloughs
iv. It is clear that there will be federal budget cuts which will affect Maryland
v. Voluntary separation program most money offered
1. ½ year salary spread across 3-4 years of payments
vi. Incentive for staff will be included in budget as they are for faculty
vii. Area of benefits
1. New employees – not as good
2. Cut in health benefits in retirement
a. Attorney General of MD – salary in retirement is contractual, other benefits are not contractual
viii. Two weeks behind in process to know how legislature will balance the budget
ix. Students with disabilities in higher education have been assisted by the MD Dept of Disabilities.
1. They now want to focus solely on K-12. Not sure how this will affect higher education.
x. The use of specific entrance exams to be used for admission is a bill in the legislature. This would mandate and require us to use the specific exams the legislature approves of
IV. New Business
a. Rachel Polk (Bookstore Manager) and Ashley Jones (Textbook Manager) are here to answer questions
b. The bookstore follows HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act – signed by President G.W. Bush)
i. Textbook provision drives what university is supposed to do with procurement and dissolution of information for students
1. link for textbook provision: http://content.efollett.com/HEOA/library/HEOATextbookProvision.pdf
1. Publication of ISBN’s on bookstore website so students can shop around
2. Require professors to complete adoption forms so bookstore can order books
3. Bookstore is to be provided with enrollment information
c. Adoption form for books for course due dates:
1. Summer: March 15
2. Fall: May 15
3. October 15: Winter/Spring
4. Forms available online at www.umes.bkst.com
d. Need an accurate estimation of what will sell
i. Process of Disposition begins 2 weeks after rush period
ii. This is when they seek permission to return books that have not sold
e. Textbook rentals cost 55-60% of cost of buying new
f. Used books are 75% off cost of buying new
g. Digital books (e-books) will be coming soon
h. Older editions of books will not be sold by publishers. If there is a new edition the publisher will send that out
i. Textbook orders are not based on estimated enrollment
i. They look at previous enrollment for example Spring 2010 enrollment for Spring 2011 classes
j. Dr. Holden states that if a student has financial aid pending they can transfer fund to their Hawk Card and get books from the bookstore.
k. If a special order is needed for a book it can be received in 3-5 days and there is no cost for shipping.
l. Ms. Jones goes into each freshman class to talk about the process of getting textbooks.
m. There was a discussion with faculty about the problem with textbooks.
V. Motion to table discussion until next monthly meeting.
VI. Meeting adjourned at 12:22 pm