Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 @ 3:30
Columbia Room, Werner University Center
I. Call to order and roll call 3:30
In Attendance: Scott Beaver, Roy Bennett, Mark Perlman (for Susan Daniel), Gwenda Rice (for Sue Dauer), Bryan Dutton, David Foster, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Shaun Huston, Elaina Jamieson, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, John Minahan, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Dana Ulveland, Joe Harchenko, Peggy Pedersen, Mark Van Steeter, Sandy Hedgepeth, Katherine Schmidt
II. Corrections and approval of minutes from November 25th, 2008 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with correction as noted.
III. Reports of the presidents
Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report
1. We are still working to constitute our new Faculty Senate Awards Committee. One representative still needed from Business and Economics.
2. University Computing Services has developed a system, at the request of the registrar, complying with FERPA guidelines, that enables students to get academic performance references by faculty. More will be shared with the university committee shortly.
3. In executive meeting:
Executive Committee approved minor curriculum revisions: SPED 672; ENT 320;ENT 330;BA 315; MUS 181; MUS 182; MUS 183; Dance 496; SPED 447; HIST 698; CJ 322; Music History to Musicology
President John Minahan's report
Applications and admits are currently well ahead of last year's numbers. Given the economic situation, we are hoping that this pattern continues to hold. However, the government must reduce the state budget by a proposed $140 million. This equates to a budget reduction across all state agencies by 1.1%. This means an approximate $9 million cut for the Oregon State University system and a $442,000 impact for WOU. Given that our fund balance is high, we are able to cover this from our fund balance. In addition, we were able to cover the money our students lost from the Oregon Opportunity Grants. This worked out to an average of $80 for each full time student, and $40 for part time students. Our students have been notified that WOU will cover that cost this year. We will also spend $250,000 on Perkins loans (a revolving loan account that we have). We will also finish the phase two project on HSS. This is about a 2.5 million dollar project. The remaining $600,000 to finish the project has been moved into the project fund.
We anticipate seeing a 10% budget decline next year in the state. That is $4.5 million. It is possible that this could go to 15%. We will try to keep revenue stream up to offset budget declines.
Searches are fine. No additional positions will be added unless covering retirement or loss of personnel.
Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
Provost Kent Neely's Report
Provost's Council will be meeting this Thursday. At the next meeting, Provost Neely will share the events at the Provost's Council as well as the progress that has been made by the Academic Infrastructure Committee.
IV. Old Business
Graduate School Policy Consideration: Mary Bucy, chair of Graduate Studies Committee
To maintain compliance with immigration international students must be full time with the exception of one term where students may be under a nine-hour load. Our resident students have five years to complete a 45 credit hour degree--our international students have five terms to finish a degree. Theses must be completed in about two terms while our resident students normally take at least three terms. Comprehensive exams are often given prior to completion of all classes. Given these circumstances, we have brought forth the 'Reduced Enrollment' proposal.
Modeled on OSU plan, our plan will state that students enrolled in the three-hour course (699 Completion of Thesis or Comprehensive Study, name yet to be determined) will be recognized as full time students. Immigration will allow students to stay for four terms under this status. This was unanimously approved in Senate Graduate Committee
Action: Senate unanimously agreed to approve the reduced enrollment policy.
V. New Business
Proposal from Academic Requirements Committee: Mark Henkels and Sheryl Beaver.
The Academic Requirements Committee shared a proposal that would identify and clarify the Qualitative Literacy courses that could be used to meet Bachelor of Science degree requirements. The changes that would be incorporated into the WOU course catalogue were shared.
The goal of Quantitative Literacy ('Q') courses at WOU is to expose students to the wide range of applications of mathematics and/or statistics in various disciplines and to produce students who are proficient in a core set of mathematical competencies. In a 'Q' course, college level mathematical and/or statistical concepts will be developed and used as an integral part of the course.
Guidelines for 'Q' Approval:
Students must have regular, frequent, assessable opportunities to use the mathematical and/or statistical related concepts.
The mathematical content should relate in a meaningful way to the discipline and should further the student's knowledge both in the discipline and in mathematical concepts.
The primary focus of the class should be the mathematical content OR the student is required to complete a product that requires them to complete a significant exercise or exercises applying the quantitative concepts with at least 33% of the course grade based on mathematical components of the class.
Curriculum Proposal from Music: Kevin Helpie
Kevin Helpie proposed a new course: MUS 105 The Magic of Mozart: An Appreciation of Music Fundamentals and the Ideals of the Enlightenment. The course explores how Mozart was in innovator in using a variety of traditions in new and innovative ways to express the tenets of the Enlightenment; takes a "birds-eye" view of the life of the composer; and, examines the irony of Mozart's use of an elitist art form as a vehicle to express a humanistic agenda.
Curriculum Proposal from Health Education: Peggy Pedersen
This proposal reduces the number of HE electives from 44 (minimum of 36 credits with HE prefix in consultation with advisor) or 24 upper division credits with HE prefix. This will change the existing total hours required for the HE major from 97 to 77.
A reduction of total hours required in the major puts the Community Health Education program more in line with other majors on campus and with similar health majors at other OUS institutions. The focus on upper division electives with a HE prefix reduces the need to micro manage a large open elective pool of 44 credit hours. Substitutions of courses in the elective pool should be greatly reduced, if not totally eliminated. The proposed changes will not impact other programs or Divisions on campus.
Curriculum Proposal from English: Marjory Lang
To simplify the English major, and make it a stronger program it is proposed to revise and clarify the numbering of the new literary studies sequence. The sequence of courses will be changed from the current ENG 223W and ENG 415 to ENG 218W, ENG 318, and ENG 418. The numbering of the new literary studies sequence will be clearer for students, advisors, and anyone from outside WOU who reads/evaluates students' transcripts. ENG 418, unlike 415, will not be a required course for the literature track, but one of the 400 level options. ENG 318 becomes the required theory course for the Literature track.
Curriculum Proposal from Dance: Deborah Jones
Deb Jones presented course and program changes. These are as follows: Dance Minor program change: Amendments to the minor are as follows: 1) The number of hours for required modern technique (previously 9 hours, now 6 hours); 2) Amended elective technique hours (previously 6 hours, now 11 hours); 3) Amended the required choreography courses from 10 hours to 4 hours. Improvisation (1 credit) and Composition I (3 credits) are required; Composition II (3) and Group Choreography (3) are now elective courses; 4) Elective credits have changed from 5 to 9 credits. Total hours for the minor remain the same: 33 total.
Changes to both major and minor include adding the following new courses: D220, 221, 222 Beginning Modern IV, V, VI; D210, 211, 222. Beginning Ballet IV, V, VI; D140 Conditioning for Dancers, D240 Wellness for Dancers, D451L Dance Production Lab
Change in both major and minor: D450 Dance Repertory - Course title amendment. This has also been moved from a required course to an elective. D496W Creativity - course description change
VI. Additional Reports and Items
Update from International Students and Scholars Affairs: Neng Yang
Neng Yang shared a report on International Students and Scholars Affairs with Senate. This included mission, curriculum, and events.
Joe Sendelbaugh reported on banner-based data
Joe Sendelbaugh spoke to how well our international students are doing. Between summer 2006 and summer 2008, international students show a grade point average 3.06. An Intensive English Program subgroup shows a 3.15 grade point average. Thirty-one graduate level international students will earn degrees before the end of winter term (13 professional projects, 18 comprehensive exams). Funding has been made available for two positions in the Writing Center--one of these being specifically for international students.
VII. Meeting Adjourned