Interest-based problem solving (IBPS)

Checkmark-225wLocal 243 members interested in observing upcoming Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) meetings are encouraged to sign up online. The meetings are open to “internal Madison College constituents” on a first-come, first-served basis. Ten slots will be available per meeting.

Potential observers may sign up for available meetings through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) website. Potential observers must have attended (at a minimum) the one-hour IBPS “Primer” learning session** prior to observing a meeting. Observers will be required to read through and agree to the terms in the Contract Alternative Committee Ground Rules for Meeting Observation before observing a meeting.

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Problems-solvingThe Full Time Faculty IBPS/CAC and Shared Governance Task Force (SGTF) committee members would appreciate feedback from all Full Time Faculty members concerning Summer 2014. Our goal is to better understand the implementation and implications prior to any discussions concerning future summers. The survey can be found via this link:

The Survey Monkey tool limits the number of questions we can include, so please feel free to reply to the following questions by replying from a personal e-mail to

  • Please describe your reaction to the changes in compensation for interim and summer school.
  • Additional comments, details or questions.
  • If you have suggestions for improving the request and/or the assignment procedures for the 2015 interim and summer sessions, please describe them.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Full Time Faculty are invited to provide their input on Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) issues at a listening session scheduled from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Room D2625 on the Truax Campus.

Carola Pfortner, one of the three representatives for the Full Time Faculty on the IBPS/Contract Alternative Committee, will be at this listening session to listen to member input and insights in preparation for the next IBPS/Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) meeting.

According to Pfortner, “Among issues to be discussed by the CAC in the near future are faculty workload (professional development; non-teaching work, i.e. service, learning facilitation) and the assessment of the workload quantitatively. Furthermore, up for discussion is the next round of early retirement, sick leave, and due process.”

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Summer School had been identified as a ‘hot button’ issue for Full Time Faculty which the 3+3/Contract Alternative Committee was working through Interest-Based Problem-Solving. It became evident that to continue to discuss summer school might put us in the realm of negotiating a change in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) – something your union will not do.

At this time, Local 243 has refused to have any further discussion related to summer school and has informed management that any unilaterally imposed changes will be grieved. Because summer school will continue to need to be addressed for the future, and because the 3+3 language in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of our CBA requires establishing a process for post-CBA discussion, the IBPS/3+3 committee will discuss the future of summer school at our IBPS meeting on March 28, 2014. For now, the expectation is the College will honor the CBA.

Note: You may download a copy of the current Full Time Faculty Contract (including MOU) as a PDF from our website. You’ll find the link under the DOCUMENTS tab in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Local 243 members interested in an introduction to Interest-Based Problem-Solving and how it is currently being used in the college to create shared governance, may wish to attend one of the four sessions on “Using Interest-Based Problem-Solving to Create an Inclusive College” being held during Convocation on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Room 3820A/B.

These sessions will provide participants with an introduction to Interest-Based Problem-Solving and how it is currently being used in the college to create shared governance.

Click here to see a complete list of sessions