Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 @ 3:30
Columbia Room, Werner University Center
I. Call to order and roll call 3:30
In Attendance: Max Beach, Scott Beaver, Sue Dauer, Bryan Dutton, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Shaun Huston, Elaina Jamieson, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, John Minahan, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Dana Ulveland, Curt Yehnert, Katherine Schmidt, Mark Van Steeter, Peggy Pedersen, Sandy Hedgepeth, Joe Harchenko, Jason Waite
II. Corrections and approval of minutes from January 27th, 2009 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with minor corrections.
III. Reports of the presidents
Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report
Minor curricular changes approved in senate executive session:
Title and description changes:
Minor Program Changes:
Special Education/Rehabilitation Counseling minor: shuffled courses around in the minor, no new courses, edits to wording in catalog.
President John Minahan's report:
As things continue to get worse in the state financially, pressure continues to build on the Oregon University to make cuts and to plan for reductions. Our revenue stands strong. We are up about 35% in undergraduate admits. At this point we have 1149 undergraduates admitted, as compared to 848 last year. At this point we are working very hard to maximize our enrollment and maximize our tuition revenues the best we can to stay away from some of the difficulties that are likely to come our way.
Mark Weiss then spoke to the basic budget strategy. The likely worst case scenario as it relates to the Oregon University System, and Western in particular, is about 20% reductions in state appropriations. That amounts to about $400 million per year for each of the next two years. We are in the process of developing a plan that has two major goals: 1) having our students succeed here at Western; 2) to preserve employment to those people around the university. We will know more after the State economist makes a revenue forecast on February 20th.
We currently have $50 million to spend on our new residence hall and the Health and Wellness Center.
We project no reduction in personnel to the end of the year. We anticipate being more selective in replacing positions that become vacant or approving any new positions. Our goal for the rest of this year, and going into the next biennium is to avoid lay-offs.
We will probably give about a million and a half dollars back to the state. This would come out of our fund balance.
Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
Last week we had our Green Week--our annual Energy Sustainable Practices event that we hold on campus. Students pledged to change their practices toward more sustainable practices.
Our student fee committee has proposed a $9.00 fee increase. Open hearings will be held tonight and tomorrow evening. Final decisions will be made next week.
ASWOU and the Oregon Student Association are working in the legislature with five priorities: tuition and funding; need-based aid; student parent child-care; tuition equity and some anti-bullying legislation for k-12.
We have a lobby day on the 26th of February.
Provost Kent Neely's Report
OUS Board and Provost Council met here last Thursday. The majority of the meeting time was taken up by the Chancellor's report. He expressed concern about the current biennium and the ability to meet required budgetary commitments through the end of the fiscal year, 30 June. The legislature is working very hard trying to find solutions to the rapidly declining revenue for the state agencies and, consequently, OUS has been asked to look at a variety of measures meant to reduce expenses. The legislature is especially interested in low enrollment programs and lowered enrollment trends at regional campuses. Simultaneously, institutions are in the process of reviewing tuition rates and determining the best scenario for rates for the coming two years. We can expect that thresholds for class section minima to come under intense scrutiny for the fall and following terms.
The Chancellor has made it clear that this is not the time for new program requests even for justified requests. If something does go forward, we can expect a high level of scrutiny about demonstrating demand, revenue, expenses, and also the number of graduates that a program would produce.
A summary of the board meeting can be found at: http://www.ous.edu/news_and_information/news/020609.php
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
Request to establish 800 course numbers: JoNan LeRoy Director for DEP
It is proposed that WOU define 800 Professional Development numbers.
Request to establish 807 and 808 Professional Development courses: JoNan LeRoy
It is proposed to define 807 Professional Development Seminar and 808 Professional Development Workshop coursework.
807 and 808 Professional Development courses would be coordinated by DEP. 807 and 808 classes will not be published in the schedule of classes. The Registrar's Office would transcript Professional Development courses. This proposal also includes the stipulation that these specialized courses cannot be part of any WOU degree.
Graduate Studies: Linda Stonecipher, Director of Graduate Studies
Proposed: a conditional admission proposal for graduate language requirement. This proposal was approved by Faculty Senate Graduate Studies Committee on Jan. 20, 2009. The purpose of the Conditional Admission Policy for International Graduate Students is to provide students who have English skills that are slightly below admission requirements with the opportunity to take English language courses for a year in order to improve their language skills. The main intent of this policy is to create an educational environment that emphasizes English language development that will provide international students with the necessary foundation for graduate level coursework.
Military Science: Colonel Susuico
Proposal for MS 118 designated as an LACC class. Four year ROTC students are required to take PE 118 every single term. PE 118 is open to all students in Western. This proposal is to create a MS 118 course that is strictly for ROTC students. This way students will pay for, and receive credit for MS 118 rather than having students enroll in a couple of PE 118 classes and just show up for the other PE 118 classes. A maximum of 12 MS 118 credit hours would be taken over the four years.
Revised Sports Leadership Minor: Marita Cardinal
The current minor in Sports Leadership is in need of revision because of curricular and personnel changes that have occurred in the Division of Health and Physical Education over the past few years. Three changes are proposed:
1) Change in language for the elective course options from: "Choose three credits total from coaching classes and /or practicum" to "Choose six credits of sport- or coaching-related courses and/or coaching practicum, with advisor approval."
2) Increase the credit hours from 2 to 3 for PE 361
3) Add PE 420: Motor Learning for Coaches as an optional choice.
Theater Arts: Michael Philips
Michael Philips presented a number of small curricular changes and corrections to theater degree programs. Additional classes are added to fill curricular holes and to better align the program with the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST). Changes do not alter the total number of required credits for each degree.
Graphic Design: Diane Tarter
Proposed title changes for some of the existing courses and three new courses. The three added courses (Digital Design A423, A424, A425) will run parallel to the Print Design sequence. The new courses provide more options for graphic design students. Students may choose to take one or both of the 400 level sequences after completing all prerequisites in art foundations, introductory 200 level courses, and the 300 level year-long sequence. This flexible choice option fits within the 84 credits required in the art major. This addition is proposed in order to align WOU's art program with current practices and university offerings in the state, our region, and the nation.
Music: Joe Harchenko
New course proposal: MUS 404- Junior Seminar. This is in response to students' requests that certain topics covered in the senior seminar would be more helpful covered in the junior year. We would be removing one elective from the degree. Currently music majors are required to do a capstone project, such as a senior recital. This is a critical component of our assessment and necessary for our NASM accreditation. Currently, we assign an incomplete to students in MUS 405 until they have completed their capstone project, which often must be scheduled in the term following MUS405 due to performance schedules and hall availability. Also, the work for the capstone project is really covered in the MUP sequence, or occasionally by other courses, and the grading for MUS 405 is not really related to the capstone project. In order for us to be more in line with other institutions, a zero-credit hour requirement that would be passed upon successful completion of the capstone project needs to be created.
VI. Additional Reports and Items
No additional reports and items
VII. Meeting Adjourned