Minutes 27 January 2009

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Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, January 27th, 2008 @ 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, Cheryl Davis, Bryan Dutton, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, who for Shaun Huston?, Elaina Jamieson, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, John Minahan, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Dana Ulveland, Jason Waite, Curt Yehnert, Mark Van Steeter, Peggy Pedersen, Sandra Hedgepeth, Katherine Schmidt, Joe Harchenko

II. Corrections and approval of minutes from January 13th, 2009 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with minor corrections.

III. Reports of the presidents

Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report

1. Joel Alexander, Inter-institutional faculty representative, has shared that there will be a faculty sponsored coffee, Friday, Feb. 6th at 7:30 just prior to the OUS board meeting. Room to be announced.

2. Honors course proposal deadline has been extended to February 9th.

In executive meeting:

1. Executive agreed to reimbursed Shaun Huston's personal payment for Survey Monkey.

2. Approved minor changes to Special Education 200 and 409 as well as
minor program changes (catalogue language) in music.


President John Minahan's report:

Board meeting is at WOU next month. In April, we will have the bi-yearly official board meeting here. We will be sharing aspects of our university with the board members. Please consider attending.

There is a bill in the legislature by representative House talks about merging two regional universities; we, however, are not one of the universities being considered. There is also talk of restructuring the system so there wouldn't be as many universities. We are not in that conversation. We are under the assumption that this institution does not want to be merged. However, if anyone in the institution sees advantages to merging, and would like to raise issues, they are welcome.

We are moving ahead with decisions about our residence hall construction and the Health and Wellness Center. This been through the senate but must still go through the house. The cost is $30 million.

Our freshman numbers are up 18% above last year. This winter we are up 7.7%, that's 356 students this term, mostly continuing numbers.

We are anticipating a 20% cut in budget. We will plan for the worst. Our priority is to keep personnel. We are financially sound.

Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
No report

ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
No report

Provost Kent Neely's Report

Provost Neely shared an Academic Infrastructure Committee progress report. This included information on smart classrooms, technology upgrades, equipment, expenditures, and future initiatives. PowerPoint report is available online at http:www__________________

In Provost's Council, there was continuing discussion regarding change in admission procedures that will allow for an automatic entrance into an Oregon university. That is moving forward.

We have been having a number of conversations regarding the current economy. Provosts have been asked to prepare a variety of responses to questions that would serve the Chancellor and his staff as they brief the legislature.

The sustainability Center in Portland continues to move forward. They are trying to achieve a Living Building. This is a new designation which is above lead status which would indicate that the building has a negative impact where it exists. There will be opportunities for campuses and private industry to showcase projects. This is about a $25 million project.

IV. Old Business

Dance Proposal: Deborah Jones
(See Jan. 13 minutes for summary of proposed changes).

Action: Senate unanimously approved the Dance proposal.

Academic Requirements Committee: "Q" Designation Courses
(See Jan. 13 minutes for summary of proposed changes).

Action: Senate approved (with three abstentions) the motion that stated that ARC will execute a review of potential "Q" classes and bring that back to this body with language that will indicate that "Q" designation courses will be found online.


Music, new course; MUS 105: Kevin Helppie
(See Jan. 13 minutes for summary of proposed changes).

Action: Senate unanimously approved the new course MUS 105 to be added to the LACC.

Health: Kathy _____ for Peggy Petersen
(See Jan. 13 minutes for summary of proposed changes).

Action: Senate unanimously approved the Health proposal.

English: Curt Yehnert representing Marjory Lange
(See Jan. 13 minutes for summary of proposed changes).

Action: Senate unanimously approved the proposed English curriculum changes.

V. New Business

No new business

VI. Additional Reports and Items

No additional reports and items

VII. Meeting Adjourned
5:00

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