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Minutes 23 May 2000

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 Please note: These minutes are still going to the 99/00 senate
members only who are on the senate distribution list. I will have a
new distribution list by the next meeting. Please share this
information with your senate replacements until I get things fixed.
Of note: the summer meeting time (July 11, 3:30 tentative). Sarah 


Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes 

Tuesday, May 23, 2000 

Columbia Room, Werner University Center 



1.0 Call to Order 



2.0 Call of the Roll: 

There were three substitutions: Bryan Dutton

for Irja Galvan, Mark Perlman for Dean Bethea, and Hamid

Behmard for Mike Ward. Several new-term senators were present

but I didn't put new nametags out for them so there was no formal

roll for them. The following old-term senators were absent: Brian

Bonnlander, Meredith Brodsky, Brian Caster, Tina Fuchs,

Wangeshi Gatimu, Rebecca Marsh-McCannell, lMing Chi-Own,

Darryl Thomas, and Stephanie Tunison 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 thanked the senate for an "active year," and the faculty who

have joined the Scholars' Network. He hopes to be an active

advisor for the Executive Committee next year. 



4.2 President of Western Oregon University


President Youngblood was not present. 



4.21 Budget: 

Provost Minahan gave an extensive budget

presentation and, along with Dean Chadney, answered a variety of

questions. To accompany his presentations, Provost Minahan

distributed three hand-outs: (1) the budget report (to all senators);

(2) the Legislative Fiscal Office's memorandum on the impact of

the pending Sizemore initiative (to all senators); and (3) a

summary of reports about academic ownership/intellectual property

rights (limited copies; Joel has master copies).


Only the budget report was extensively reviewed. Key points:

freshman are presently up 6.1%; transfers up 12.0%, and

graduates down 43.8%. Total: up 5.4%. The Provost stressed

that these figures typically decrease and we should view next year

as potentially "flat" and "tender." The Provost also explained that

we will be giving back $781,560 based on not exceeding annual

projections. All these figures are in the handout provided.


Initial comments from the Provost included the following:


(a) Given the completion of the library, a larger push to build

Foundation funds for scholarships will be made next year as it

seems that other state universities are using small scholarships to

most effectively recruit students.


(b) He predicts a 3.5% tuition increase that will defray costs next

year. He said that the state could mandate up to 5% tuition

increases. Nevertheless, given recent negotiations, an increase of

200 FTE students needs to be met next year even with projected

tuition increases.


(c) New lab fees for courses in the Natural Sciences Division

will, in part, supplement the existing science budget.


(d) A breakdown of where there have been specific gains and

losses in students in particular programs will be available soon.


(e) Certain programs may be cut (the Japanese minor was

specifically mentioned) or altered. For example, the Provost and

the Dean expressed interest in expanding the current MAT to

students who have recently completed specific BA/BS degrees

when asked about this topic (given the fact that the current MAT is

competitive and fully enrolled).


(f) Both the Dean and the Provost stated that faculty positions

may also be altered given retirements (it was not stated whether

this would be limited to Divisions or not). For example, a retiring

member of "X" could be replaced by a "Y" (I wasn't about to specify

programs - and neither was anyone else).


(g) The Provost hopes to make budget reports a quarterly event. 



4.3 Student Body President


The new Student Body President, Andy High, introduced himself

and his new platform, which includes educating students about the

impact of the Sizemore initiative, improving the student weight

training facilities, and developing a women's center on campus. 



5.0 Consideration of Old Business 



5.1 On-Line Course Routing Form: Joel is still waiting for more

input on these drafts. 



5.2 WRC ad-hoc committee. 

The motion to form a committee to

investigate membership in the WRC was unanimously approved.

Peter Callero will head this committee and faculty interested in

working with Peter should contact him. 



6.0 Consideration of New Business 



6.1 Elections. 

The following nominees were elected:

John Leadley (President) - all but one (John Leadley) approved

Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon (V. President) - unanimous

Sarah Boomer (Secretary) - unanimous

David Hargreaves - (EC member at large) - unanimous 



7.0 Reports of Interinstitutional Faculty Senators: None 



8.0 Reports 



8.1 Academic Requirements: 

Joel read a report from Solveig

Holmquist, Chair of the ARC, that summarized the primary item of

the committee - evaluation of writing course requirements at

Western. Copies were not distributed and will be maintained in my

(secretary) file. Major conclusions:


(a) Many Western students are weak writers but, unfortunately,

skip taking WR115, a basic writing course, because it does not

fulfill the LACC; WR115 is not a formal pre-requisite for WR135, an

analytical/argument-based expository writing course (and LACC).

There are presently not enough faculty to teach WR115 to the

numbers of students estimated to need it. Students are given a

writing "entrance/evaluation exam" as part of SOAR but, at

present, decisions about placement are not required (only

advised) using results.


(b) Writing Intensive Courses are poorly designated and

standardized. Their effectiveness is not well understood. Some

programs offer no WI courses.


Discussion of these issues, both by ARC and Faculty Senate,

yielded the following recommendations:


(a) Put more resources into faculty to teach 115 and 135


(b) Require/enforce that every major offer at least one WI course


(c) Improve listing WI in schedule; specifically, make a separate

"WI class" listing within each schedule. Put this information on the

web as well.


(d) Make SOAR writing evaluations into true placement tests and

use them for placing students into either 115 or 135.


(e) The Senate briefly courted the motion of requiring that a C in

WR135 be mandatory for passing; after discussion, however, it

was decided that this be discussed further as "new business" at

the next meeting (July 11, 3:30, pending further notice).


(f) Develop improved mechanisms for evaluating WI courses; this

was recommended by ARC but no specific ideas were generated at

Faculty Senate. 



8.2 Curriculum Committee: None 



8.3 Graduate Study Committee: None 



8.4 Honors Committee: 

Marjorie summarized this years' activities,

including moving thesis timeline earlier, Pastega Award recipients,

the Ashland excursion, and the development of an Honors Center

in the Old Library. 



8.5 International Education/Services Committee: 

John

summarized this years' activities. In sum, 246 liberal arts/sciences

majors and 94 education majors participated in study abroad

programs in, in descending order of popularity, Europe, Americas,

Asia, and Africa. Programs included national, local, and campus-

based trips for 1-3 months. He encouraged faculty to consider

teaching abroad as well, and discussed examples from faculty

here. He emphasized that, while students and faculty participating

in overseas experiences is not a big money-maker for campus, it

should be supported and encouraged in the context of our liberal

arts philosophy and education values. He discussed the impact of

international students on campus (primarily Japanese students at

present), emphasizing their cultural and financial impact on

campus. He also asked that faculty be sensitive to the special

needs of these students. The proposed cutting of the Japanese

minor was discussed in light of all of these issues. 



8.6 Academic Information Committee: None 



8.7 Jenson Lectureship Committee: Janeann is now taking

suggestions for next years' speakers. 



8.8 Honor Code Committee: None. 



The Meeting was adjourned.


Corrections:



Faculty Senate:


Carol Harding made three important corrections, the first of which


has bearing on the upcoming July meeting.


(1) Relevent for New Business/Writing Courses: The grade of C-


(not a C, as stated incorrectly in the minutes) is the proposed


passing grade for WR135 (the LACC requirement).


(2) The SOAR writing test will be a pilot program beginning this


year; it has not been implemented before.


(3) Mike Ward was also elected to Executive Committee.



 


Minutes 9 May 2000

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 Tuesday, May 9, 

3:30 p.m.
Columbia Room 


1.0 Call to Order 


2.0 Call of the Roll: 

There were three substitutions: Maureen
Dolan for Chehallis Strapp, Kevin Helppie for Judy Bullington, and
Mark Perlman for Dean Bethea. The following senators were
absent: Stephanie Tunison, Laura Riolli-Saltzman, Bryan Dutton
(who was scheduled to substitute for Irja Galvan), Tina Fuchs,
Meredith Brodsky, and Brian Bonnlander. 


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 welcomed new senators and reminded them to be present for
the vote regarding Executive Committee members, two positions of
which are "non-officer." Joel also thanked faculty input for the OUS
Scholars Network and said there were close to thirty Western
faculty participants. He solicited additional input for non-Western-
affiliated IRB panel members. He is still collecting on-line routing
form comments. 


4.2 President of Western Oregon University

President Youngblood said there was no report. 


4.3 Student Body President

Obie Garza summarized Diversity Month activities - including the
new Diversity Achievement Awards which went to Kim Jensen and
Leo Rasca-Hidalgo. He also mentioned the recent student
Leadership Awards and his hope that the Chican@ studies minor
would be resolved. He announced the new student president's
platform includes continuing diversity issues, developing a women's
center, and improving the weight-training facilities. 


5.0 Consideration of Old Business 


5.1 Chican@ studies minor. Please consider handouts provided
by the Division of Social Sciences regarding their position on the
minor. Also, a secondary handout that summarizes all courses for
the minor was provided at the meeting. The minor includes a 12-credit
core of
classes with "Chican@" in the title plus a more broad choice of
electives (students would choose 12 credits from electives).

I will attempt to briefly summarize major points of discussion as
this portion of the meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes. At some
point
during this period, one meeting extension was approved.

Prior to this meeting, the multi-disciplinary "Chican@ studies"
minor was unanimously passed by Education and Humanities.
Social Science, however, wanted to broaden the minor name to
"Chican@/Latin@ studies" in order to reflect their comparative and
more broad philosophy of evaluating and discussing groups of
people. It was further argued that breadth was more suited to (a)
the campus ideals; (b) the general issue of diversity; and (c)
attracting and including more students in the program.
Roshani presented a compromise that Social Science, the
Curriculum Committee, and the Registrar decided upon at the prior
week's Curriculum Committee meeting: to allow a student to "fill
in" either "Chican@" or "Chican@/Latin@" at graduation; they
could, within the context of the broad elective component of the
minor, tailor coursework to either Chican@ or broad
Chican@/Latin@ studies. Students involved in the minor had
tentatively agreed to this compromise, albeit only last-minute.

Initial criticism to this compromise came from visiting students and
faculty and eventually included more faculty senate and
administration discussion. Statements included that this minor, as
originally titled, reflected the minority student population in the
region and on campus and thus should remain "Chican@" because
of identity and heritage issues. Second, it was felt that the
"Chican@" was at the root of every core course within the minor
and altering the name on the basis of elective offerings may
mislead students pursuing the minor. Third, it was felt that, while
the minor core courses were specific, the ideals of breadth,
diversity, and cultural context were maintained by the electives -
and thus did not violate campus philosophy.

Rebuttle arguments came primarily from Social Sciences faculty
and involved, again, comparative approaches and
what it means to be a "multidisciplinary minor." The role/duty of
Faculty Senate in "mandating" this name/program was also
questioned. It was also suggested that some faculty may only
teach elective courses for the minor if the Chican@/Latin@
designation was used because of concerns that minor students
would expect otherwise broad courses to be taught more
specifically (either that or they would be less motivated/interested
in broad issues). Thus, the issue of academic freedom was
broached. Several faculty said this was illogical because the point
of the electives was to add breadth. Several faculty also shared
experiences with teaching or developing broad elective courses for
multidisciplinary minors.

A move to approve the original Chican@ title was made. The
motion passed by 13 to 5. It was next moved to allow Social
Science faculty to reconsider keeping their courses in the minor.
This was unanimously passed. Social Science has one week to
consider pulling out certain courses from the new Chican@ minor.
Student guests thanked the senate for their decision and asked
that Social Science please keep their broad courses in the existing
minor. 


6.0 New Business.

Carl distributed a summary of a proposal that WOU join Workers'
Rights Association. This item should be discussed with your
division. It will appear as old business at the next senate meeting. 


7.0 Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senators:

Bob Turner briefly summarized the recent IFS meeting: key points
included the upcoming Sizemore and McIntyre initiatives and the
aforementioned Scholars' Network. 


8.0 Reports of the Faculty Senate Sub-Committees

No substantial reports were given. 


The meeting was adjourned.


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