Faculty Senate Minutes Western Oregon University Tuesday, March 10th, 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, Sue Dauer, Cheryl Davis, Bryan Dutton, David Foster, Sandy Hedgepeth, Shaun Huston, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, John Minahan, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Dana Ulveland, Jason Waite, Peggy Pedersen, Katherine Schmidt, Joe Harchenko, Mark Van Steeter, Kurt Yehnert
II. Corrections and approval of minutes from February 24th, 2009 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with minor corrections.
III. Reports of the presidents
Faculty Senate President Report: Elisa Maroney for Mark Girod
The following curriculum actions were taken in Senate Executive Committee on
3/4/09 - information provided after the 3/10/09 meeting
Added D designation to an existing course:
Change in prerequisites:
Mth 489/589 Mth 494/594 Mth 398
Mth 491/591 Mth 495/595 Mth 395
Mth 493/593 Mth 497/597 Mth 391
Anth 452C U.S.-Mexico Border Field School Anth 432D Human Rights Anth 413 Field Experience Anth 395D Medical Anthropology Anth 381D African Film and Society Anth 373 Primate Comparative Evolution PS 459D Government and Politics of South America PS 441D Causes of Peace PS 432D Global Health
Also approved generic 807 and 808 course numbers for use in DEP as per
discussion in senate on 2/24/09
Title changes: Deleted courses:
Ed 672 Anth 365
Ed 452 Anth 340
Fr 410 SpEd 607
Approved catalog changes describing programs for:
Early Intervention/Special Education I & II
Master of Science in Education: Special Education
President John Minahan's report:
Compared to the rest of the OUS system, Western is in very good shape with a 38% increase in admitted students and an 8.6% increase in applications. Comparatively, Eastern and Southern are down significantly. We have a very strong showing from minority students and Latino students. At this point we are down in out-of-state
U.S. students. In addition, we are down 1.5 % in bed reservations for the residence hall but this is in contrast to unusually high numbers last year.
At this point, Senate Bill 442 references to mergers are out. The conversations now in place revolve around other perceived cost-cutting measures, such as converting the entire university system to the semester calendar. We are also being asked to look at combining all enrollment management functions into one office on each campus which we have already essentially done. We will submit a report of those two findings by October, 2010.
There are a number of changes to the bill that make a difference to us: we would keep the interest on all tuition and revenues gained; there is consideration of a standard application form and process for everybody in the system; articulation agreements between community colleges and pubic and private schools; a single electronic imaging and storage for documents using standardized management programs (budget and personnel standardized) for financial aid; and, standardized classroom schedules.
There is talk that Southern will tie in with the university of Oregon so that students can automatically get accepted into U of O after two years at Southern.
We are supposed to be reviewing our mission statements and submit any changes in our mission no later than July 1, 2010.
Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
ASWOU President, Max Beach's Report: Max Beach thanked those faculty members who allowed ASWOU into classrooms to promote the postcard collection campaign. ASWOU collected 514 postcards to take to the capital. In addition, members of ASWOU have been working to get free wireless Internet access here on campus for students and faculty. Finally, there has been some discussion regarding working with faculty to develop events (such as lobbying) over at the capital of the course of next term.
Provost Kent Neely's Report Provost Neely shared a March 6th Oregon University System News Release entitled: Higher Ed Board Discusses Immediate, Future Budget Cuts and Serious Impacts for Oregon Public Universities. Much of the provosts' council meeting dealt with financial matters. Of interest was the UO and SOU fund balances, voluntary work reduction (voluntary FTE reduction to OUS employees in senior positions that could save the OUS approximately 4.6%); cost saving measures such as system-wide common acceptance system; shared services; a more differentiated tuition system; changes in rules involving low enrollment courses; quarter to semester plans; and a look at different class and course structures.
Provost's Council has placed a moratorium on advancing new program proposals to the OUS board for consideration until the current budget situation is more clearly defined.
Provost's Council has a subgroup working on a policy regarding what classes or courses will be affected by a minimal enrollment expectation (10 students or more). Given that some courses are typically low in numbers due to the nature of the course, the subgroup will be looking at special considerations that need to be given to adhere to the expectations.
III. Additional Reports and Items:
Office of Institutional Research and Sponsored Projects (OIRSP) Presentation
Ella Taylor shared information on a number of OIRSP mandates as well as responding to questions posed by faculty senate over the course of last week. Covered by Ella Taylor were: types of assistance provided by SP; SP functions; regulations governing sponsored projects; and, examples of university resources. More information, including proposal information and forms can be accessed at the Sponsored Projects website (http://www.wou.edu/provost/oirsp/sponsored.php). Given that grants are of varying magnitudes and complexities, and in need of various levels of assistance, those with questions on any grant specific, or how individual grants might best be handled are urged to contact the OIRSP for clarification and assistance.
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
General Education Curriculum Review Committee - proposed outcomes: Shaun Huston Shaun Huston provided a draft of the committee's proposed learning outcomes. The 19¬member committee relegated the determination of outcomes to a smaller group of four members who were able to establish trans-disciplinary outcomes that focused on action (what students would presumably be able to do as a result of going through this curriculum). It was requested that this proposal be taken back to divisions for review. The next step will be to identify specific courses that student learning might be assessed in regards to the proposed learning outcomes.
Political Science: Ed Dover The Political Science Department would like to request three changes: 1) the addition of a concentration area (Public Policy and Administration) due to strong student requests, the evolution of WOU's faculty and their interests, and the growth of health policy and administration as a career option. This change does not require any new faculty or resources; 2) a proposal for three new classes (PS 332 Global Health, PS 441 Causes of Peace, and PS 459 Government and Politics of Latin America); and, 3) the addition of PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics.
Humanities: Carol Harding A proposal for a catalogue revision that better structures how students would be advised to fulfill a major in Humanities. The new catalogue language lists two blocks of classes helping to eliminate some of the seeming randomness in the current catalogue descriptions.
International Studies: Robin Smith It is proposed to: 1) change Com 325 Intercultural Communication to PS 204 Comparative Politics; 2) the addition of 9 regional courses and 11 topical courses (all newly additional courses); and, 3) addition of new catalogue language.
Anthropology: Robin Smith Proposed is a new non-thesis track B.A or B.S. in Anthropology (still 64 hour); and, a new thesis track B.A. only. In addition to this, the Anthropology department requests authorization to award the thesis BA in Anthropology with Departmental Honors to students earning 3.25 overall and 3.5 in the major and have this designation recorded on the transcript and diploma.
VII. Meeting Adjourned