The Path Forward – Operations Team (OT) met on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room (#256) of the IMU.  Team members in attendance were: Rod Lehnertz, Barry Butler, Bruce Harreld, Laura McLeran, Don Szeszycki, Lena Hill, Tom Rocklin, Georgina Dodge, Erin Brothers, Ron Weigel, Carroll Reasoner, Sarah Vigmostad, John Laverty, Don Guckert, Terry Johnson, Cheryl Reardon, Steve McGuire, Andrew Namanny, Tiffani Shaw and Ted Yanecek.  Diane Slusarski and Lauren Himan (undergraduate student shadowing Provost Butler) also attended the meeting.

The minutes of the November 2, 2016 meeting were distributed along with the meeting agenda.

Rod Lehnertz then reviewed the “top 10 issues” lists from the 4 shared governance groups.  The issues have been assigned, preliminarily, to SIT and OT teams by Rod, Barry Butler and Ted Yanecek.  Certain issues may require the establishment of a new subcommittee (e.g.: OT – HR).  The Team discussed the issues at length and reviewed the process to be followed as the issues “get worked.” Some SIT recommendations will require budgetary commitments; others may require policy changes.  With the recent Board of Regents approval of the UI Strategic Plan (2016-21), it was noted that the Teams need to consider the goals and objectives of the Plan in their deliberations and recommendations.  Linking SIT recommendations to the Strategic Plan was encouraged. 

There was discussion on the use of a short video to describe the tuition and fee setting process and use of tuition and fee revenues.  The soon to be released budget video was reviewed and was cited as an example of how complex issues might be communicated to campus constituencies and beyond.

Tom Rocklin distributed preliminary recommendations from the Food Truck ad hoc committee. 

Erin Brothers presented recommendations from the Academic Affairs subcommittee.

Andrew Namanny reported that the Sustainability and Facilities subcommittee has met regarding composting. 

Laura McLeran reported that she has asked for data on the “traffic” to the Path Forward webpage and will report back to the Team at the next meeting.

The Team meeting adjourned at 4:17 p.m.