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Minutes 25 January 2000

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Faculty Senate Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000

Columbia Room

1.0     Call to Order

2.0     Call of the Roll.  Meredith Brodsky,
Tina Fuchs, Martin

Rodriquez, Linda Stonecipher, and Stephanie Tunison were absent.

3.0     Previous minutes and meeting/Agenda Adjustments.

Minutes were approved.  No agenda adjustments.

4.0     Reports of the Presidents:

4.1  Senate President:  Joel summarized major senate events
from

fall term, 1999 (Diversity, Honor Code/Committee, Budget, and

PEBB).  He introduced Eric Cooley, the new Faculty Athletic

Representative (FAR) for NCAA.  He said that Eric would bring

forth Attendance Policy issues in the near future.  He

announced that the Faculty Senate now has webspace which

he, Chehalis, and I will continue to build.

Joel reminded faculty to review the list of Executive Committee-

approved curriculum changes that was provided prior to the

meeting and then reiterated the Faculty Senate's advisory role in

terms of curriculum issues (as precisely defined by the Senate

by-laws).  This statement was in response to Social Sciences'

request that the Curriculum Committee be changed to represent

the entire campus.  Joel discussed the fact that there are no

clear by-laws which define when the Executive Committee must

take specific curriculum issues to the entire senate;  decisions

are at the discretion of the Executive Committee members.  In
his

experience, however, new majors, major overhauls, or

contentious changes were always brought forth to the Faculty

Senate which, by definition, represents the entire campus (thus

making moot concerns about the current structure of the

Curriculum Committee).  Joel strongly urged concerned faculty

to keep this in mind when calls for new Executive Committee

came forth.

Joel announced that he had been asked to attend to the

upcoming OUS Board of Higher Education meeting and asked

for guidance regarding the invitation.  The Senate approved his

attendance, supporting the need to have broad faculty

representation, not just union-mediated presentations.

4.2  President of Western Oregon University:  Dr. Youngblood

reported current enrollment (3% up over last year) and

announced that the Anthropology degree was approved at the

recent Strategic Planning meeting.  She described recent PEBB

discussions with the governor;  when asked about her sense of

his "feeling" on the matter, she said it was not clear.

Dr. Youngblood was asked specifically about plans for the old

library.  She described two plans:   (1)  a less
expensive short

term plan that included conversion to offices and classrooms

but no elevator;  and (2) a long-term, multi-million dollar plan

that would build facilities for admissions, advising, and the

study skills center (including an elevator).

4.3  Student Body President:  Obie Garza described work to

educate students about current legislative or judicial issues

(including the Sizemore plan, student fees, tuition freeze/hikes,

and childcare).  He said the Chicano studies minor is moving

slowly but surely through the paperwork.  Finally, he discussed

a major voter registration campaign he is leading on campus

(that could bring the governor here in the spring).  Faculty

lauded, in particular, this effort.

5.0     Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty
Senators:

Irja introduced Bob Turner, who has now officially replaced

Marion Schrock.  Irja described the December meeting, held at

PSU.  Key issues:  (1)  new budget model problems in
terms of

poorly-defined assessment categories for students (i.e. the

"blocks" that receive additional state funding);  (2)  PSU's

specific role as an urban university with an emphasis on

funding problems when the lines between the university and

the community are blurred;  (3)  concerns about the budget

model in terms of promoting bad competition, not union;  (4)

perceptions that a new university in Bend will not be a reality

any time soon because of the funding situation; (5) discussions

of the role of faculty on OUS (with the announcement that Dr.

Geraldine Richmond, who currently holds this position, will be

visiting Western in the near future);  and (6)  IFS now has
a

website (that will be linked into the new website shortly).

6.0     Reports of the Faculty Senate Sub-Committees:

6.2     Curriculum Committee:  Brian reported
that on-line

forms for course approvals should be available on the faculty

handbook website.  He also recommended a more judicious use

and assessment of  "slash" (or 400/500) courses.  Finally,
he

and Joel warned that on-line courses (specifically, faculty credit

loading thereof) may be an upcoming topic for review in the

Curriculum Committee and, hence, Faculty Senate.

6.4     Honors Committee:  Bob Turner unofficially

announced that two junior seminars had been made for next

year.

6.8     Honor Code Committee:  Laura summarized
the first

two meetings;  topics included a comparative review of variable

division/department policies and procedures on this campus, a

discussion of why an Honor Code was being considered at this

time (increased numbers?), and a discussion of the need for

both Professor Authority, Unity, and specific tailoring to

Western's unique needs.  Obie asked about student

representation on this committee (as he missed earlier meetings

that addressed/requested student involvement).  Two students

will be selected to participate on this committee.

8.0     New Business:  Joel reminded faculty
to review

extensive handouts provided about each of these topics.

Please refer to these handouts in order to understand the

presentations and rationale behind each proposal, as I will not

describe those here.

8.1  Graduate Committee Membership.  After presentations and

a moderate discussion that included concerns about the large

committee size, faculty workload, proper balance in terms of

campus representation, and the precise role of this committee

(review vs. advising), the Faculty Senate approved expansion of

the Graduate Committee with the amendment that one member

from Elementary/Secondary Education must come from Health

and P.E (the vote was 16 to 1).  Several typos in the proposal
were

also noted.

8.2  Change in CS Major.  After presentations and discussion

that included concerns about the frequency of course offerings,

faculty numbers/hires/workload, and the entire lack of writing

intensive coursework in the major, the Faculty Senate approved

the CS major changes.

8.3  New Major in Information Technology.  After presentations

and another discussion that included concerns about the entire

lack of writing intensive or speech coursework in the major, the

Faculty Senate approved the new major.

8.4  Withdrawal of Economics from Social Science Major and

Minor.  After presentations and a clarification of the Curriculum

Committee's decision (to support the petition to withdraw), the

Faculty Senate voted to uphold the Curriculum Committee's

decision, although the vote was not unanimous (14 to 1).

8.5  Withdrawal of Economics from the LACC Social Science

requirement.  After presentations and a clarification of the

Curriculum Committee's decision (not to support withdrawal),

the Faculty Senate voted to uphold the Curriculum Committee's

decision, although the vote was not unanimous (11 to 4).

The meeting was adjourned.

 

 

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