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Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda for December 7, 2017

December 29th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday December 7, 2017 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Kathryn?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/30 – 2 minutes
  4. Meeting Schedule for Spring 2018 – 5 minutes
  5. For approval: Art acquisition – 5 minutes
  6. Review of December 6 Faculty Meeting – 30 minutes
  7. For discussion (If time): Faculty service proposals – 30 minutes

Close in silence

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes from November 30, 2017

December 29th, 2017

Proposed Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes

Thursday November 30, 2017 8:30 am

Present: Darryl Samsell (Recording), Kathryn Shields, Dave Dobson (Clerk), Donald Smith, Jill Peterfeso, Alfonso Abad Mancheño, Frank Boyd (AD)

  1. Minutes from 11/16 were approved                                                                                         
  2. Announced the SACS report is available to faculty in the ADO
  3. Discussed ways to fill the QEP Director position
    1. Suggested remuneration should be specified in advance
  4. Discussed the November 29 Faculty Forum
    1. Allowed faculty to express ideas and concerns which were captured, compiled and sent to faculty
  5. Discussed the EDGE “Learning Collaboratively” objective and the resulting curriculum and calendar effects
  6. The Clerk (Dave) will use the discussion from the Forum and the Clerks meeting to produce a potential list of ways to meet the Edge “Learning Collaboratively” Objective and review with the President for feedback
    1. The list will address ideas and possible paths to meeting the Edge “Learning Collaboratively” Objective including: Majors, Passion, General education, Faculty & student team-based learning, and possibly Global learning
  7. The primary agenda item for the December 6, 2017  Faculty Meeting is the Edge “Learning Collaboratively” Objective
  8. Meeting Ended

 

Regressive impact of the parking fee

December 17th, 2017

I did a little more work on the regressive nature of Guilford’s proposed new parking fee, following up on my previous post.

A flat fee will have a bigger impact on low-salary employees because it’s a larger percentage of their pay. Because some of our other costs (e.g. healthcare, capped social security) are also regressive, the parking fee becomes even more regressive in terms of percent of take home pay. Our lowest-paid employees are already taking home a smaller percent of their total compensation than our higher-paid employees, and the parking fee makes that worse.

Flat fees and fair compensation

December 11th, 2017

Flat fees, such as our healthcare costs or the recently proposed parking fee, provide a much more significant burden on low-wage employees than on high-wage employees. This is just basic math. When a cost or fee is constant, then it represents a higher percentage of income for a low-wage employee than for a high-wage employee.

Consider two cases below – a low-wage employee making $35,000 a year, and a vice president making $175,000 a year.

 

Both pay the same costs for Guilford’s healthcare. For an employee supporting a family, that will be $9390 next year. That cost is fixed, and therefore regressive by income. Social security tax is capped, making it regressive at high incomes, so high-wage earners above the cap actually pay a lower percentage than lower-wage earners. The VP pays more Social Security tax in total, but at a lower rate. Medicare is a constant proportion (not capped, so neither progressive nor regressive).

If we look at these employees’ listed salary, the VP makes five times as much as the low-wage employee. But the capped taxes and flat-rate costs exacerbate the inequality. After we deduct the Social Security, Medicare, and health insurance expenses, the VP takes home nearly seven times as much as the low-wage employee.

If we add another constant fee, say $120 for parking for the year, that money comes out of the take-home pay. The fee is the same for all employees, so that fee represents about half a percent (0.5%) of the low-wage earner’s take home pay, while it makes up less than a tenth of a percent (0.08%) of the VP’s take-home pay. By comparison, Medicare taxes are 1.45% of salary, or ~2% of take-home.

In other words, a flat $120 annual parking fee has an impact as much as seven times as great on our lowest-paid employees as on our highest. That’s textbook regressive. It represents about ten and a half hours of work for the low-wage earner, given directly back to the college, and only one and a half for the VP.

We can do better. For that matter, we should do better with our health insurance also.

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes from November 16, 2017

December 5th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes

Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 2 minutes

Present: Darryl Samsell, Kathryn Shields, Dave Dobson (Clerk), Donald Smith, Jill Peterfeso, Eva Lawrence, Alfonso Abad Mancheño (recording)

  1. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes: Alfonso 1 minute
  2. Approval of Minutes from 11/9: Approved 2 minutes
  3. Items for follow-up: Frank Boyd will follow up by email. 5 minutes
    • Status of study leaves for 2017-18
    • SACS report – announce access to faculty
    • ADO web page
  4. Idea for Budget Committee project 5 minutes

There were comments about budget allocation and information to the faculty. Department budgets have been in a slow decline. There is not enough information for departments to know how much money is in their budgets and how much it is left at any given point. It would be useful to have a clear idea so that departments do not go over their budgets.  That would be a good project for Budget Committee. Clerk’s Committee also commented on the possibility of having some kind of formula to give the process more transparency.

  1. Potential topics for November 29 Faculty Forum 20 minutes

From last time –

    • Improving faculty dialog – vision of shared future. The committee discussed the idea of promoting healthy dialogue and  a positive vision of a shared future. What are our commonalities Vs. our differences.
    • Another idea raised was to promote faculty development and share ideas for faculty who are having trouble to be engaging in their classrooms. What do we even mean by being engaging and successful as a teacher.
    • Seeking faculty-led new ideas with broad support. Seeking new ideas. The schedule change made it difficult to bring new ideas, but if there is a piece of the general curriculum that we can change, that would be engaging for the faculty. For instance, take one week of the schedule to focus on one issue, as a college, something to focus on (empowering for faculty and not too disruptive or expensive).
    • Another idea raised was the difficulties of operating under Quaker process.  
    • Finding a common reading that defines working together as faculty.
    • We can also brainstorm in a forum having sticky notes with ideas from faculty if we have good ideas to ask the faculty.
    • We will work on the format and the ideas fast. What do we have control over?
  • Potential proposal for expanded committee service requirement 20 minutes

What committees can we lay down? Budget is the only one that has been somehow dysfunctional. So it would be good to make it more efficient (not laid down). The rest of the committees are serving a good purpose.

We are working on a proposal with credits towards the faculty work on committees, chairs, etc. with changes to the Faculty Handbook. We need to work on this for the December meeting.

 

Close in silence

 

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Fall 2017:

November 29 – Faculty Forum
December 6 – Faculty Meeting

 

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda, December 7, 2017

December 5th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday December 7, 2017 8:30 am


  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes

  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Kathryn?) – 1 minute

  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/30 – 2 minutes

  4. Meeting Schedule for Spring 2018 – 5 minutes

  5. Review of December 6 Faculty Meeting – 30 minutes

  6. For discussion (If time): Faculty service proposals – 30 minutes

 

Close in silence


Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

January 10 – Open date, possible for called meeting
January 17 – Faculty Meeting
January 24 – Faculty Forum
February 7 – Faculty Forum
February 14 – Faculty Meeting
February 28 – (Bad Wednesday) Reserved for Faculty Forum
March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Reserved for called Faculty Meeting

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