Actions taken by the Board at its Oct. 31 meeting


The highlights of today’s Board of Trustees meeting included some important announcements for employees and recognition for leadership:

  • Board members approved the course calendars for 2013-14 and 2014-15. The calendar aligns closely with Kent State's, and it is fairly close to the calendars approved at Cleveland State and Youngstown State.
  • The Board approved that the University close down on Dec. 26-27-28 and Dec. 31, providing four days of paid leave to staff and contract professionals. Given the 2012 calendar, with Christmas and New Year’s days falling on a Tuesday, the closure of facilities over that period produces significant savings in utilities and other operational costs. In providing additional days of paid leave, the Board also recognized the efforts of employees over the past year to contribute to student and university successes. Of course, some personnel will be required to work during this period to maintain essential physical infrastructure and safety and to conduct previously scheduled events.
  • Students and employees will have the opportunity to apply for enhanced parking privileges to include a 24/7 parking permit at specified parking locations. There will be a special transportation fee assessed (amount to be determined) with this parking enhancement. Qualified residence hall students will receive this parking privilege as part of their residence hall contract without an additional fee assessed.
  • The Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent annual merit increase for part-time faculty members and ratified collective bargaining agreements that provided for a 3 percent adjustment for the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) and CWA (Communications Workers of America, Local 4302).
  • Eligible vice presidents will receive a 3 percent annual merit increase. The vice president of research/dean of the graduate school and the senior vice president and provost/chief operating officer will receive merit increases of 6 percent and 8 percent respectively, with recognition of their faculty status and market equities.


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