The mandate for this committee, as stated in the bylaws is that it "shall, in consultation with the administrative staff, reviews and study matters with economic impact and make recommendations to the Council."
This committee also researches and documents information that is presented by the Staff Council Chair during the university budget meetings held each spring.
- At the July retreat shall elect a Chair of the committee.
- The Chair must schedule all meetings for the year. The committee must meet once a month.
- The Chair, with the suggestions of Staff Council members, is to determine what the proposals will be presented at the next University Budget Hearings meeting. This should be done in August.
- The Chair will assign research on the suggested proposals to other members of the committee. The Chair alone does not complete research on proposals.
- Review old budget requests.
- During November, the Chair must have all proposal research completed.
- In the first week January, the Chair must submit the budget proposals to the Staff Council Chair.
- After budget proposals are submitted, the Chair and committee must review issues for next year. The committee does not stop meeting.
- The Chair of the committee submits an end of year report to the Staff Council Chair. This report includes all research done for Staff Council as well as all suggested proposals and that research.
Staff Council was instrumental in decreasing the amount of service years it takes for support staff employees to accrue vacation time. Currently, 20 days of vacation are accumulated after 11 years of service; previously, 15 years of service were required. This policy change became effective on July 1, 2001.
That Staff Council successfully lobbied for reclassification of support staff after the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee was here in 1996? For example, clerical workers were classified as Secretary; now they are categorized as Office Para/Professional with levels beginning at Administrative Clerk up to Senior Associate. Similar job re-classifications were created for Maintenance/Service, Computer/Technical, and Supervisory. Higher levels within these classifications usually require completion of an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.
Issues for the current year are under discussion.