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
ASWOU, Max Beach's 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
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