The meeting was called to order at 3:36 p.m. A quorum was present (see attached attendance sheet). Chair Dimsdale welcomed members, guests, and media to the fourth Assembly meeting of the year, and reminded all of the rules governing privilege of the floor and voting.
Chair Dimsdale remarked that two corrections to the attendance sheet would be done administratively. He reminded members to sign in and to be certain to inform the Senate Office should other revisions to the attendance chart be required. The minutes of the meeting of January 28, 2003 were approved as distributed.
Chancellor Dynes commented that it was healthy to take stock of positive matters, particularly in the current negative budgetary and political climate. To begin, he reported that the Chancellor's Associates, at an event attended by many community members, presented six faculty awards for excellence that honored Professor McCammon (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Professor Ramachandran (Psychology), Professor Griest (Physics), Professors Esherick and Pickowicz (History), and Professor Frank (Ethnic Studies).
Chancellor Dynes said he was happy to inform the Assembly that the capital campaign will be launched March 15. The announcement will highlight the fact that more $420 million of the $1 billion goal has been already secured. He expressed his confidence that the campaign's goal will be reached and that it will benefit all areas of the campus.
The Chancellor made a number of other announcements. He mentioned that the remainder of the Stuart Collection, previously held by the Stuart Foundation, had been transferred to UCSD. Additionally, contracts and grants received this year have increased 28% across the campus, and the Institute of Scientific Information has ranked UCSD third in the world for citation impact in the sciences and social sciences. He commented that over 48,000 undergraduate applications have been received for about 4,300 freshman positions in Fall 2003; if transfer applications are included, the number of applications received exceeds 50,000. Finally, the Chancellor noted that a recent cover story in Chemical Engineering News stated that UCSD graduated the largest number of students with Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry in 2000.
Chair Dimsdale noted that a number of items were currently under consideration by the Division and local Senate committees, including a Part-Time Enrollment Proposal and proposed revisions to the campus Policy on Endowed Chairs and Professorships. The Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction is reviewing proposed bylaws for Sixth College, which may come to the Assembly as early as April.
Noting that the Assembly and the Committee on Educational Policy had a new undergraduate student advisor, Chair Dimsdale welcomed Mr. Ernesto Martinez. He expressed his belief that student participation in some of the Senate's activities can be very valuable.
Chair Dimsdale said that a Senate-Administration Task Force had been formed to take a careful and methodical look at the efficiency and effectiveness of the program review process. He informed the Assembly that the Racial Privacy Initiative, a citizen-sponsored initiative that should appear on the spring 2004 ballot, would in essence prohibit the State of California and, thereby, the University from collecting any information on race or ethnicity other than for medical research. All Senate Divisions were asked for their analysis of how this initiative might impact University functioning, should such an initiative pass. Senate Council and Senate committees extensively discussed this matter and were uneasy about taking a position of public advocacy on an initiative. However, a memorandum was prepared for the Regents indicating the possibility of some unintended adverse consequences. The local student government has been very interested in this topic and has requested a copy of the memorandum as a public document. Chair Dimsdale said that the Senate office would provide the information and to any members of the Senate who requested it. He expressed his hope that the carefully constructed analysis would not be quoted out of context.
Chair Dimsdale noted that a number of items are on the horizon locally and systemwide. A discussion about the nature of faculty/student relationships is on the agenda for the systemwide Academic Assembly meeting in March. Academic Council and the Executive Vice Chancellors will meet together for a retreat, also in March. A discussion considering the possibility of accepting research grants with constraints affecting other faculty members will be held at the upcoming Academic Council meeting.
Finally, Chair Dimsdale noted that the deadlines for nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Awards and the Faculty Research Lecturer were March 1 and March 21, respectively.
Report on the Budget--Chair Dimsdale commented that at its January meeting the Representative Assembly had been apprised of the impact of the State-funded budget cuts for 02-03 (and those anticipated for 03-04) on the University's research endeavors. He thanked all of those involved for their presentations. He remarked that Committee on Planning and Budget Chair Parrish and Assistant Vice Chancellor Resource Management Margaret Pryatel would today bring the Assembly up to date on broader budget issues.
Professor Parrish said that they hoped to provide a broader snapshot of the State's budget problems and the implications for the UC system and UCSD, in particular. He expressed his gratitude to Vice Chancellor Woods and Assistant Vice Chancellor Pryatel for their assistance in this endeavor. Professor Parrish noted that it seemed that every ten years or so, the chair of the Committee on Planning and Budget makes much the same report to the Senate, i.e., that the UC system has a runny fiscal nose. This year, the State has pneumonia and the contagion is spreading.
Currently, the State has a projected $35B deficit on a $78B budget. State revenues, especially those from taxes on such things as capital gains, continue to plummet. The Governor has proposed a solution containing modest revenue enhancements, some long-term borrowing, and some general fund reductions; the proposed budget calls for a fee increase to offset some of the possible cuts. Professor Parrish opined that the Governor's proposal might be the best the University could hope for, and he noted that the legislature is much more divided in its approach. The general expectation is that the budget will not be signed until the fall, with a final solution probably not evident until spring 2004.
Professor Parrish reminded the Assembly that the UC state-funded budget reflects the cyclical nature of the state budget in general, having shown downturns in the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's. When the state budget recovered in the 1990's, the University entered into compacts with the state to provide some fiscal stability that provided major and significant benefits to the University. These benefits averaged 4% over enrollment growth and included the restoration of UC faculty salary levels from the lows of the 1990's, a buyout for student fee increases, additional funding for instructional equipment and libraries, and funds designated for specific special research areas. Staffing and student services rose. The Senate Office, for instance, has added two positions. That said, faculty salaries still lag 5% to 6% behind those of the comparison eight institutions, although the comparison schools are also suffering.
The good news in the Governor's proposed budget is that it continues to include money to fund increased enrollment growth. Additionally, owing to the success of the bond issue last November, the capital budget has increased, and the capital program will move forward on this campus.
The bad news is that the Governor's proposed budget contains a $373M reduction in the University's operating budget, to be partially offset by a proposed $179M increase in student fees. The proposal contains no inflationary factor for salaries and no provision for merit increases. Professor Parrish presented data that showed how these reductions would significantly impacted UCSD. The cuts are considerable in terms of academic and institutional support. He noted that material presented at the January Representative Assembly meeting had already detailed the painful impact of the cuts to State-funded research, which severely impact SIO and MRUs such as IGCC.
The state budget process will now proceed with the legislature holding hearings on the Governor's proposals. Each legislative house will develop its own response to the proposed budget, although the response is not expected until August or September. When the time comes for the University to implement any budget reductions, Professor Parrish said the Senate could have some degree of comfort in the fact that Senate faculty are members of both the Program Review Committee and the Chancellor's Budget Committee.
In response to a question, Professor Parrish said that the Regents retain the authority to set student fees. He noted that the Legislative Analyst's Office had suggested that the $35M in unallocated cuts in the Governor's proposed budget be offset by raising the student/faculty ratio. The University has vigorously opposed this, but the CSU system has accepted a change in their ratio as a strategy for meeting its reductions. A member questioned the philosophical underpinnings of the choices that would be made, wondering if the situation presented a historical opportunity for structural reform. Professor Parish said that any such decisions would be made in consultation with the Senate and noted that the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs had already begun consultation with the Program Review Committee about various approaches to the proposed cuts. AVC Pryatel emphasized that the numbers currently available are estimates. In its budget discussions, the Office of the President is trying to preserve as much flexibility as possible, although there will be some line items that the University does not have a choice about. Much depends on the wording of the Legislature's final budget act. In reply to a question, Chancellor Dynes commented that it is not known how much of the budget cut will be discretionary and how much will be fixed or by line item. He emphasized that the Office of the President is encouraging a flexible approach by the Legislature. Chair Dimsdale thanked the presenters. He noted that the University was in for some hard times and the campus would have to pull together to get through.
Nominations for Members of Committee on Committees--Chair Dimsdale explained that one of the charges of the Representative Assembly is to nominate two candidates for each vacancy on the Committee on Committees to be filled by election. Under the Bylaws of the San Diego Division, the Senate Council is required to present a slate of nominations for consideration by the Assembly, and the Assembly may make additional nominations from the floor. Individuals nominated by petition would appear on the ballot regardless of the outcome of a vote.
Chair Dimsdale noted that the vacancies to be filled are in the Arts, Health Sciences, and Humanities for three-year terms and another in the Health Sciences for a one-year term. The Health Sciences one-year member is a new position resulting from the bylaw change last Fall; the term is one year to ensure the appropriate rotation of members on the Committee. He also noted that it had recently been brought to attention of the Senate that the Notice of Election and call for petitions incorrectly invited nominations for an At-Large vacancy when, in reality, nominations should have been invited for a Humanities vacancy. Nominations received because of this incorrect invitation have been nullified and a new notice for nominations for a Humanities member will be distributed soon. The Assembly can, however, proceed with action on the remainder of the nominations.
Arts--On behalf of the Senate Council, Chair Dimsdale presented James Carmody (Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance) and Carol Plantamura (Professor, Music) for the Assembly's consideration, and called for additional nominations from the floor. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The Assembly approved the slate by acclamation.
Health Sciences (three-year term)--On behalf of the Senate Council, Chair Dimsdale presented Frank L. Powell (Professor, Medicine) and Andrew L. Ries (Professor, Medicine and Family & Preventive Medicine) for the Assembly's consideration, and called for additional nominations from the floor. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The Assembly approved the slate by acclamation.
Health Sciences (one-year term)--On behalf of the Senate Council, Chair Dimsdale presented Morton P. Printz (Professor, Pharmacology) and Marc A. Schuckit (Professor, Psychiatry) for the Assembly's consideration, and called for additional nominations from the floor. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The Assembly approved the slate by acclamation.
Consent Calendar--There were no items on the Consent Calendar.
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Proposed Enactment of Bylaws and Regulations of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chair Dimsdale said that during the previous summer and throughout the fall, the faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) had been engaged with the Senate in formulating the bylaws and regulations for UCSD's second health sciences professional school. He thanked Dean Palmer Taylor, Andrina Marshall, the Committee on Educational Policy, and the Graduate Council for their patience as the details were worked out. Chair Dimsdale then introduced SPPS Dean Palmer Taylor.
Dean Taylor said he would briefly review the progress of the School to date. He said that substantial progress has been made, as the charter class of 25 students was accepted in Fall 2002. A ground breaking for the School's building will be held soon; completion of the building is expected in 2005 when the class size is expected to reach a steady state of 60. Until then, class size is limited by space constraints. He pointed out that the projected steady state size represents a 50% increase in health sciences students, similar to the projected increase for the general campus. Faculty recruitment will also increase, although some recruitment is on-going, with cross-campus cooperation because of shared endeavors with respect to faculty involvement and research.
Dean Taylor remarked that some points regarding the proposed bylaws were worth mentioning. Because there are not yet sufficient numbers of SPPS faculty to independently form all the necessary committees, some matters are being handled in conjunction with the School of Medicine. Some academic personnel review matters, for instance, will be handled via the School of Medicine Committee on Academic Personnel and the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office. A SPPS Committee on Educational Policy and Oversight is formed; however, larger issues will go the School of Medicine Faculty Council, which has agreed to have SPPS representation. The School does not anticipate establishing departments in the foreseeable future, and if departments were to emerge, they would be in areas specific to pharmacy, such as Clinical Pharmacy. Existing graduate programs may expand in areas related to SPPS, but no new graduate programs are currently envisioned. Because SPPS students will take some of the same courses as the SOM students, the grading systems must be the same, and this is reflected in the proposed regulations. Finally, Dean Taylor reported that the SPPS is in the process of going through the professional school accreditation process, a site visit has taken place, and accreditation candidacy is expected later this year. Because accreditation is outcome related, full accreditation status will not be received until the first class graduates.
On behalf of the Faculty of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dean Taylor moved that the proposed bylaws and regulations of the School be approved. [Because the motion was made on behalf of a Faculty, it required no second.] The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.
Chair Dimsdale recognized Committee on Committees Chair Paul Pickowicz for an item of new business. Professor Pickowicz reported that Edwin L. Harkins (Professor, Music) would be on leave Spring Quarter and, consequently, would be unavailable to serve on the Committee on Committees. In accordance with Bylaw 185 governing the Committee on Committees, a replacement must be appointed. He said that the Committee had taken into account the results of the most recent election for an Arts member and had contacted Steven Adler (Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance), who is willing to serve if appointed.
On behalf of the Committee on Committees, Professor Pickowicz moved that Steven Adler (Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance) be appointed to the Committee on Committees for Spring Quarter, 2003. [Because the motion was made on behalf of a committee, it needed no second.] The motion was approved by a unanimous voice vote.
Chair Dimsdale informed the Assembly that prior to the beginning of today's meeting he had been apprised of a resolution being developed opposing initiating a war with Iraq. Because of the press of events, he was unsure how the matter could be considered by the Assembly but indicated that the matter would be discussed at Senate Council.
There being no further new business, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.