Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 @ 3:30
Columbia Room, Werner University Center
I. Call to order and roll call 3:30
In Attendance: Kit Andrews, Scott Beaver, Roy Bennett, Susan Daniel, Sue Dauer, Cheryl Davis, Bryan Dutton, Eric Bruce for Kathy Farrell, David Foster, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Sandy Hedgepeth, Shaun Huston, Elaina Jamieson, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, John Minahan, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Mark VanSteeter, Dana Ulveland, Jason Waite
II. Corrections and approval of minutes from October 14th, 2008 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with minor correction. Corrections noted and made.
III. Reports of the presidents
Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report
In executive meeting:
1. Bryan Dutton and Sarah Boomer, both from the Academic Infrastructure Committee, will serve on the Campus Budget Committee. Bryan will serve Fall term; Sarah, Winter term through Spring term.
2. Course title change: Ed 643 Contemporary Teaching Strategies to ED 643 Secondary Learning and Development.
3. Reviewed WOU's Drug and Alcohol-Free Community Policy. Feedback provided to Gary Dukes, Vice President of Student Affairs.
President John Minahan's Report
President Minahan reported on enrollment figures: New record enrollment. Basic credit hour programs grew by 4.6%. We currently have 4691 students in basic classes (not counting continuing education students). Will report a head count of 5371 in the newspaper. This number includes part time students. Last year, that head count report was 5037. As a result, the budget is in very good order.
Will be asking Deans and Provost to spend down a fund balance to 15%.
Questions brought further discussion regarding wireless Internet access and adding new faculty.
Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
Provost Kent Neely's Report
No report from Provosts' Council as the Council will not meet until Nov. 6.
Provost Neely reported on the first OUS Sustainability Conference held at the University of Oregon. This conference was a response to a directive from Governor Ted Kulongoski directing state agencies to develop sustainability plans--plans that move to achieve greenhouse gas reduction and reducing energy consumption. To find out more regarding the work of some of the conference's plenary speakers see:
Leith Sharp of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative (www.greencampus.harvard,edu/about/startup.php);
Larry Eisenberg of LACCD Builds Green (www.laccdbuildsgreen.org);
and Alan Durning, or Sightline Institute (www.sightline.org).
Sustainability is an active agenda item for OUS institutions and sustainability issues will continue to be considerate at WOU.
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
VI. Additional Reports and Items
Study Abroad report: Karen Haberman
Karen Haberman provided a report on the International Education and Services Committee's review of the Study Abroad Program. This was a report initially requested by Associate Provost, David McDonald. The goal of the report was to provide a comprehensive review of the current status of Study Abroad on campus. The report considered program strengths, as well as the areas that need improvement. Finally, recommendations were provided by the committee that would address weaknesses of the Study Abroad Program as well as ways to maintain the strengths of the program. The report also addressed the alignment of the Study Abroad Program to the standards and recommendations set forth by the Association for International Educators (NAFSA).
Action: Senate gave support to the report as it moves forward to Dave McDonald's office.
Honors Program report : Gavin Keulks (WOU Honors Director)
Gavin Keulks reported on the Honors program "Challenges and Opportunities." This report was primarily an informational session to explain what the Honors program does and what some of the challenges facing the program are as a necessary precursor to putting forth concrete proposals for improvement. According to Keulks, among the challenges are lack of flexibility in the curriculum; incompatibility of the Honors Program with other WOU programs; and, an indefensible 55 hour writing intensive requirement. Opportunities were seen to be a relatively high student demand for the Honors Program and a student body with academically qualified students. Keulks reported on some of strategies to improve the program.
More information regarding the Honors Program can be found at: http://www.wou.edu/provost/honors/
Appointment of IIFS representative:
Action: Joel Alexander appointed as Inter Institutional Faculty Representative.
Updating curriculum change paperwork
Both Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Committee gave consideration as to how to integrate the "Program Log Form" into the program or curricular change process. Both committees are in support of integrating the program log form with the caveat that the third question should be designated "For Dean's Use Only."
Given the need to act on this proposal, senate considered how to move forward in a timely manner.
Action: Agreed that the proposal would be voted on today.
Bryan Dutton reviewed changes to the Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Committee Guidelines and Procedures forms. The changes endorsed by both the Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Committee, incorporating the Program Log Form, were shared.
Action: Senate agreed to adopt the changes to the "Curriculum Committee Guidelines and Procedures for Curricular Proposals" and "The Graduate Study Committee Guidelines and Procedures for Curricular Proposals," with the inclusion of the wording change in both documents from "Curriculum Change Log" to "Program Log Form."
VII. Meeting Adjourned