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Minutes 28 October 2008

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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
No report

ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
No 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

None


V. New Business

None


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
5:05

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Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 @ 3:30
Columbia Room, Werner University Center


I. Call to order and roll call 3:30

In Attendance: Joe Peng, Sandy Hedgepeth, Katherine Schmidt, Kathy Farrell, Sue Dauer, Elaina Jamieson, Robert M. Hautala, Klay Kruczek, Cheryl Davis, Kent Neely, Mark VanSteeter, Jason Waite, Kit Andrews, David Foster, John Minahan, Susan Daniel, David Murphy, Ike Nail (for Joe Harchenko), Shaun Huston, Elisa Maroney, Mark Girod, Bryan Dutton, Roy Bennett, Scott Beaver, Pam Salmous (Grad Student Rep), Dana Ulveland

Item moved from section VI : Election of faculty senate secretary
Action: It was approved that Dana Ulveland would act as Senate Secretary

II. Corrections and approval of minutes from July 8th, 2008 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with two minor corrections. Corrections noted and made.


III. Reports of the presidents

Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report

A note to faculty that curriculum proposals are due to the Curriculum Committee by the first meeting in January.

Time given to Shaun Huston to provide initial report on work of the Gen. Ed. Review Committee.

Shaun Huston Report:

Reported that the General Ed Program Ad Hoc committee met and has outlined the following steps:
1. Faculty survey was produced
2. Survey submitted to faculty (at last count 101 respondees);
3. Committee will meet this quarter to review results and then determine next course of action.

President John Minahan's Report

President Minahan reported on the current enrollment figures for the university. At this point, current student FTE is 4441, up slightly from last year's fourth-week tally of 4244. Total head count is 5,181, an increase to date of 166 or 3.31%. International Student numbers are 325, up 81 from last year. Freshman numbers are down slightly, from 959 to 904 from last year but up 202 continuing students which includes 112 freshmen.

The university has been able to continue to staff courses at 18 to 1 for upper division courses and 24 to 1 for lower division courses.


Thirteen new faculty hires were made during the 2007-2008 school year.

VP of Finance and Administration, Mark Weiss's Report

Vice President Weiss gave a short summary regarding the state of the projected construction of the new student residence hall. Due to perceived need, administration went to E-board (the legislative Emergency Board) to request an additional 9 million dollars in order to construct a 300 bed residence hall rather than the initial 200 bed residence hall. The Emergency Board increased the Other Funds Capital Construction expenditure limitation of the Department of Higher Education by $8.8 million for the new student residence hall. However, given last week's interest rate increases, the project is now being reconsidered further by WOU administration.

Provost Kent Neely's Report
Provost Neely reported on the Provosts' Council Academic review report. The review report included a new program review policy, that provides a systematic way to improve programs by examining: adequacy of resources needed to sustain a quality offering; continued ability to address access and market demand; currency of the curriculum within the evolution of the discipline or field; and Success of the program in terms of student learning. Detailed information can be accessed at OUS and Institutional Academic Program Review (www.ous.edu/about/provcouncil/pacapp.php)
Provost Neely also reported on a pilot report from the OUS Office of Institutional Research that seeks to answer key questions about students taking college work in the form of dual credit. The pilot report tried to answer key questions about students taking college work in the form of dual credit. The OUS Office of Institutional Research report can be accessed at (http://www.ous.edu/dept/ir/reports/dualcredit/DualCreditinOregon04-2008.pdf)


Provost Neely commented on OUS's announcement that Oregon will participate in a new initiative sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), designed to improve general education outcomes of college students and to help them reach a level of learning that they need to succeed in the global economy and society. The goals of the initiative include such things as: establishing 21st century aims and outcomes for general education programs to successfully prepare students for global, civic and economic challenges facing Americans; and, providing education "roadmaps" that help transfer students achieve their educational goals even as they attend multiple institutions. Details can be found at (http://www.ous.edu/news_and_information/news/072808.php)

Provost Keely also commented on the Association of American Colleges and Universities "Liberal Education and America's Promise" (LEAP) initiative to champion the value of a liberal education, focusing campus practice on fostering essential learning outcomes for all students, and advancing and communicating about the importance of undergraduate liberal education for all students. Details (www.aacu.org/leap/index.cfm).


Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
No report

ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
No report


IV. Old Business

Earth science program changes

Steve Taylor reviewed the Earth Science Program curriculum proposal. The proposal represented a fine-tuning of Earth Science curriculum with a goal to strengthen and modernize the major to best serve student needs. (Refer to Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes 6/8/08 for detail).

Action: Proposed modifications to the Earth Science curriculum are approved.


V. New Business

None


VI. Additional Reports and Items


Appointment of IIFS representative
Action: It was approved that Ike Nail would act as IIFS representative.

Updating curriculum change paperwork

Bryan Dutton presented suggestions for Guidelines and Procedures for Curriculum Proposals. The primary purpose was to bring instruction sets up to date, and to reflect current practice. There was some discussion regarding the incorporation of the curriculum log into the guidelines. Proposed changes are tabled until next meeting.

Action: It was approved that Deans would give curriculum log to Senate President, who will then distribute the log to the chairs of the Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Committee so that each committee can review and consider incorporating the log into the Guidelines for Curricular Proposals. The revised guidelines will be brought back to Faculty Senate on October 28th.

VII. Meeting Adjourned
5:05


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