The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday May 2, 2012, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Debbie Lee-DiStefano, Claudia Ruediger, Rick Althaus, Tiffany Parker, Stephanie Chamberlain, Jeff Leutkenhaus, Ziping Liu, Sophia Scott, Victor Wilburn, Willie Redmond, Kevin Dickson, Diane Wood, Chris Wubbena, Brandon Christensen, Don Jung, Larry Bohannon, Desma Reno, Charles McAllister, Susan Wehring, Joyce Renaud, Eric Clements, Marcus Bond, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, and Janice Ward. The following alternates were in attendence: Brooke Clubbs and HaoHao Wang. Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur was also in attendance. Doug Atwood, Jian Peng, David Powell, Larry Underberg, and Candide Walton were not in attendance or represented by an alternate.
President Ken Dobbins, Dr. David Russell, Commissioner of Higher Education, Kathy Swan, Representative for CBHE, and Dr. Rusty Monhollon, Missouri Dept. of Higher Education were in attendance as guests.
·Explained CBHE and MDHE
·Current states and future issues:
1. Financial Aid
2. Shrinking Budget
3. Future action
·40,000 students in the system
· Affordability; down 38%
·Student Financial Aid in danger
· Financial model is broken
o 14% in remedial education
o Higher at community college- maybe 60-70%
oDefunding early childhood programs
·Accountability at state and federal level
· Areas of growth in Missouri
· Asked to reinvent higher education
The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:42 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held on September 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall.