Editors Note: The following letter is in response to one from the U-M Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) carried in the Sept. 5 issue of the Record.
I write to thank you for your letter under date of Aug. 1, 1995, regarding the interaction of the CESF [Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty] in the last couple of years.
CESF is certainly recognized as playing an important role in communication between faculty and administration. CESF and other faculty groups have played key roles in providing input into decision-making.
With regard to flex benefits, three faculty members were members of the Flex Benefits Committee. In addition, proposals drafted by the committee were shared with SACUA [Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs], CESF and with other groups of faculty and staff prior to finalization. In other processes, the Committee on a Multicultural University, Presidents Advisory Committee on Womens Issues, the Advisory Committee on the University Budget, CESF, SACUA as a whole, and other groups with faculty representation, including some academic units upon request, have been involved at various stages in the decision-making process.
I have asked Jackie R. McClain, executive director of human resources and affirmative action, to meet with CESF during the month of September to discuss the issues and concerns that you have. I will, of course, be pleased to meet with you as well.
As we explore the VCM [value centered management] process, a review of the staff compensation system and other critical issues, it is our intent to provide appropriate opportunities for CESF and other faculty and staff to express their opinions.
Thank you very much for writing.
Farris W. Womack, executive vice president and chief financial officer