Draft Minutes 7/14/2009

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Western Oregon University
Faculty Senate Minutes
14 July 2009, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Hamersly Library 107

Online Documents for Senatorial Review (www.wou.edu/president/facultysenate):
A: 26 May 2009 meeting minutes for corrections
B: FYI--27 May 2008 meeting minutes documenting NEW deadline for curriculum changes
C: FYI--Music Curriculum Changes, approved by Executive Committee
D: FYI--Theatre Curriculum Changes, approved by Executive Committee
E: Faculty Handbook Revision Process, Provost Neely
F: Business Administration Curriculum Changes
G: Textbook Rental Program, Associate Provost McDonald

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 PM
Katherine Schmidt, Scott Beaver, Mark Girod, Zenon Zygmont, Elaina Jamieson
Sandra Hedgepath, Gay Timken, Camila Gabaldon, Bryan Dutton, David Doellinger, Dean Braa, Carl Schroder

John Minihan, Evan Sorce, Dave MacDonald, Kent Neely, Joe Hutchinson

No corrections were submitted. The minutes were approved

Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate (documents B, C, and D)

  • There has been a change in the deadline for submitting curriculum changes to the Curriculum Committee. Please share the date [January ] with your Divisions immediately and persistently

  • The Executive Committee took the following actions at their last meeting:

    1. Approved curriculum changes for Music and Art.

    2. Agreed to change the website:

    3. Website as the main content location for upcoming meeting materials

    4. Soon-to-be-updated members list will be moved to a different page on the site

    5. The committee on committees will be updating lists and charges for all committees, these will be posted on the site

    6. Minutes of meetings will be pasted in to the blog for easy search and retrieval

  • There will be an orientation for new senators during new student week; both new and returning Senators are encouraged to attend.

  • There is now a cheat sheet for Robert's Rules of Order on the back of name tags, for the convenience of Senators.

  • The Senate planning meeting for the upcoming year will be 9/22/2009.

  • Bill Kernan has announced that faculty whose computers are being replaced this year will have the option of choosing whether their computer will be a laptop or desktop, Mac or PC. Senators are encouraged to consider requesting a laptop, so that they can bring it to meetings and save resources.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University

  • We have had 3 SOARs so far, which have resulted in a Freshman class of 791 frosh (39 more than last year). We have additional SOARs scheduled and we want to increase this number to 1000, as the Tuition Promise will be hard to hold without 1000 freshman.

  • The State legislature closed without balancing the budget, so budgeting will have to be re-opened. We are planning on 20% budget cut.

  • Composition of the incoming class is bimodal, with the income of parent-dependent students increasing and the income of independent students decreasing. We need to find a way to decrease this bimodality in order to maintain our first generation feel. A possible solution is more scholarships.

  • We have had a focus visit from NWACC and did not score high. Our systems of assessment were ok, but they way in which we use the assessment (e.g. to determine changes in curriculum) did badly. This was common with other institutions. We may need to be more careful about how we make curriculum changes. It may not be enough to say we think it is a good idea.

  • We are up 7.6% in total enrollment; Retention is "out of sight." Because retention rate is so high, more students are taking LACC in their year, meaning we are tight in sections for those courses and have fewer seats for freshmen. We will be adding sections - we cannot afford to lose students because there are no seats.

  • Tuition is up 9% for incoming students, this compares to U of O who is up 15%.

  • Otherwise, we are in good shape financially, though there are some concerns about the Tuition Promise. It does not seem right for the costs to be pushed entirely on to the freshmen, unless the enrollment numbers are very high and they are very rich. They have developed scenarios for making it work.

  • Also, potentially impacting our students this year, the Opportunity Grant will be cut off August 15. Dave MacDonald reported on behalf of the president that 1/3 of our students are eligible for opportunity grants and last year the cut off was in October. There is an effort to have winter and spring awards, but not optimistic.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate

  • Announced that he will be coming to meetings and is pleased that there is a seat for the Staff Senate president

  • He has been working with Drs. Taylor and Killloran on an Emergency Management grant for the last 15 months. Last week they were informed they had received the grant and he is excited about the possibilities for upgrading and enhancing our systems at WOU.

Evan Sorce, ASWOU

  • Brought greetings from students. He looks forward to working with faculty and has been talking to students about what faculty can do to enhance their learning at WOU, including booklists that are availabe well in advance of the beginning of classes.
  • Sustainability is his big issue, more recycling bins, etc.

  • There was some discussuion about the cost of texbooks at the bookstore as compared to other sources. Zenon Zygmont, who was on textbook committee in 2003 remarked that at that time, the bookstore's mark up was 30% new and 35% used. Mark Weiss mentioned that at the root of this is the question of whether we want a bookstore on campus or not. The bookstore is supposed to break even at the end of the year. It has not for the last several years.

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council

  • He had three meetings last week with OUS regarding academic strategies and thanked Dean Rosselli for attending the Provosts' Council in his place.
  • The Academic Strategies committee had 5 priorities that were presented by Jim Fransisconi
    1. Revise institutional missions
    2. Making sure critical needs are being met in the state (teacher education, health professions, etc.)
    3. A recruitment strategy for increasing participation from students in rural Oregon
    4. Latino students parity and success
    5. Priorities for increasing completion and retention
  • The group will likely grow
  • Chancellor spoke of line item veto by governor
  • At board meeting there was a dramatic showing of students interested in keeping tuition low
  • U of O - showcased electronic course evaluation system "what do you think" we are doing a beta test of a similar system this fall
  • There is a moratorium on the board reviewing new programs, but the Provosts' Council did review some to be reviewed by the board when that moratorium is lifted


Faculty Handbook Revision Process, Provost Neely (document E)

  • Last year, in reviewing the handbook, he realized it was old. Since this is is a critical piece of information for faculty, he looked into revising it. During that process, he learned that faculty had worked on revising it previously and he solicited additional review from that group.

  • The revisions are now almost complete. Wanda Clifton-Faber will be compiling them and they will go on the web, so that there is something in place for fall. The web document will be a live document, with regular opportunities for faculty and div chairs to comment and revise. Bryan Dutton added that the incoming senate and faculty union representatives have reviewed it.

Curriculum Proposals: Business Administration, Hamid Bahari-Kashani (document F)
John Leadley

  • This change would be to the Master of Science in Management and Information Systems. It changes the business courses in this degree from 3 to 4 credits.

  • It is felt that a 3 credits is not enough at the master's level and they have been temporarily been teaching the classes at the 4 credit level with more success.They are also dropping 1 class, so total credits stays approximately the same.

Textbook Rental Grant Proposal, Associate Provost McDonald (document G)

  • It costs $1120 per year for the average full time student to buy text books (varies by discipline). This average has gone up 50% since 96-97; It is one of those "hidden costs" of college

  • FIPSE program (Federal government) is running a grant that would allow universities to develop innovative programs for course material rental

  • There are 3 considerations
    1. Appropriate resource (determined by faculty)

    2. Cost to students

    3. Bookstore impact

  • There is a very short turn around on this, so WOU's chances are good.

  • There was much discussion about the potential impact of this program and the creative ways faculty have already begun utilizing to deal with this issue, including using articles instead of texts and putting them on eReserve and purchasing old editions of the books and making them available at the library.

Additional items?




Adjourned 4:21

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