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Minutes 22 February 2000

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Faculty Senate Meeting 

Tuesday, February 22, 

3:30 p.m.

Columbia Room 

1.0 Call to Order 

2.0 Call of the Roll: 

Meredith Brodsky, Judy Bullington, Brian Caster,

Wangeshi Gatimu, David Hargreaves, Stephanie Tunison, Tina Fuchs,
Ming-Chi Own, and Martin Rodriguez-Perez were absent.

3.0. Corrections to and approval of the minutes from the previous senate
meeting/Agenda Adjustments. 

Minutes approved. There were no
agenda adjustments. 

4.0. Reports of the Presidents 

4.1. Senate President 

Joel discussed several Executive Committee
actions regarding
recently approved course changes or additons. He then summarized
impressions of his recent trip to the OUS Board meeting/rally at
Eugene. In particular, he noted several fine speeches made by
speakers and the large press received. He (and the faculty senate)
acknowledged Dr. Youngblood for declining a salary increase until
faculty salary decisions are resolved.

Joel (with input and further mention from/by Drs. Youngblood and
Minahan) discussed recently approved faculty spouse/dependent
benefits. In sum, these two-year trial benefits include 10 free hours of
study per term at any state institute.

Joel (also with input and further mention from/by Drs. Youngblood and
Chadney) discussed the approval of the new Anthropology degree.

Joel next encouraged the Faculty to begin thinking about new Faculty
Senate positions that will be open next year, including Executive
Committee Members and the Faculty Senate President. Elections should
begin in April. Joel said that our next meeting may not be until March 28
- although, he hinted, we may want/need to call a special meeting for
March 14th (and, indeed, see end of minutes - a special meeting was
approved for the 14th).

Finally, Joel summarized some OUS-raised issues regarding on-line
course development that would also be a focus of new business. In
particular, he noted that concerns had been raised regarding appropriate
FTE/overloading, not being able to meet with students (although he
suggested that Saturday meeting times were allowed and encouraged),
and expectations built into already approved OUS grants (which bring
into question issues of academic freedom, 'ownership' of curriculum, and
grant-writing protocol that involve major curriculum or program

4.2 President of Western Oregon University 

Dr. Youngblood reiterated the new trial spouse/dependent benefits, the
Anthropology degree, and spoke briefly on the recent issue of 'arming'
campus security - which has been raised by PSU. She emphasized that a
decision on this issue would require several steps through the
Leglislature and OUS Board and that PSU was the primary impact site for
these decisions. Finally, Dr. Youngblood mentioned that a Title III grant
has been revised and submitted; this could provide 1.7 million dollars
over 5 years for improving technology, teaching, and learning on

4.3 Student Body President 

Obie Garza reiterated ongoing plans to bring the Governor to campus and
educate students about voting (with an emphasis on the Sizemore
initiative). He noted that April is Diversity Month and briefly

summarized several planned events. He said that the new Chicano
studies minor will probably be approved in the spring. 

5.0 Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senators: 

Irja Galvan summarized the recent February 4/5 meeting, which included a
discussion of the aforementioned crime/arming campus security issue
and an information-gathering session that compared salary gains by
different campuses. She emphasized that the new Legislature will have a
great deal of turnover this year (due to new term limits) and said IFS
encourages faculty to inform new members of the Legislature about what
it really means to be a university professor. She encouraged faculty to
read the minutes of that meeting, which are posted on the IFS website
(which is linked to our Faculty Senate website). 

6.0 Reports of Faculty Senate Sub-Committees: 

Joel briefly went down the list of sub-committees, mentioning a few
items. These included the following: Academic Requirements will be
meeting shortly to discuss the Writing Intensive course requirements.
Both the Graduate and the Curriculum Committee role in on-line course
approval will/may be a big issue on the horizon (see new business).
Janeanne spoke on behalf of the Jenson Lecture Committee, informing us
that next year's topic, World Peace, has been decided based on 'piggy-
backing' onto a planned conference in Portland. She hopes to bring at
least one major Nobel Laureate onto campus and seeks input from
Faculty on this matter. Laura also spoke on behalf on the Honor Code
Committee, saying that they would have their formal report by the next

7.0 Consideration of Old Business: 


8.0 Consideration of New Business: 

8.1 Bylaws Changes: 

Please review the email provided by Carol Harding
to read the specifics (briefly: moving new and old business after the
Reports of the Presidents, and requiring a one session wait period

between new proposals and consideration/voting). Carol spoke briefly
on the rationale for these proposals, indicating that the former will take
effect as early as Spring, 2000 and the latter in Fall, 2000. There was
some discussion but no vote. Faculty Senators, mirroring the theme of
proposal two, are encouraged to take these issues back to their Divisions
before formal consideration and a vote next time.

Joel mentioned that he and the Executive Committee have broached
several other potential Bylaw changes one of which, importantly, was
changing the role of the Vice President to include maintenance of the
Faculty Senate webpage. 

8.2 On-line Course/Program Development: 

This contentious issue was
raised and discussed at some length. Essentially, what is purported is
the following: a grant was written by Martin Morris (Director of
Extended Studies) to develop an entirely on-line curriculum/program (to
be up and running by Fall,

2000) that would be aimed at a cohort of working/distant classroom
teachers seeking advanced degrees/licensure. Monies were requested
via OUS and a corporation called "eCollege." The problem appears to be
that a limited number of actual faculty were consulted or informed of the
grant contents and they are now finding out about the grant
expectations and questioning several potential problems (timeframe,
appropriateness of on-line format, course/program change, and
accreditation, to name a few). Subsequent issues that have risen from
these discussions have involved, as mentioned before, academic
freedom, 'ownership' of curriculum, money/grant-driven curriculum, and
proper protocol for writing such a grant and approving
courses/programs. Martin Morris was not on hand to answer faculty
concerns, although Provost Minahan assured faculty that a significant
brake had been made in terms of heavily advertising this new program in
light of concerns. Joel has distributed an email from Martin Morris
summarizing grant issues. Following discussion, the Faculty Senate
approved a special meeting to formally discuss these issues with Martin
Morris on March 14th, provided he is available. 

The Meeting was adjourned.

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