Faculty Senate Minutes
Western Oregon University
Tuesday, February 24th, 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, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Shaun Huston, Elaina Jamieson, Klay Kruczek, Elisa Maroney, David Murphy, Kent Neely, Joe Peng, Dana Ulveland, Jason Waite, Peggy Pedersen, Katherine Schmidt, Joe Harchenko
II. Corrections and approval of minutes from February 10th, 2009 meeting
Action: Minutes approved with minor corrections.
III. Reports of the presidents
Faculty Senate President, Mark Girod's Report
In executive session,
I. Approved course description changes to MUS 418 and MUS 518.
II. Chair of curriculum committee, Lorie Burton, has suggested that we re-examine the description of what qualifies a course for a "D" designation. Executive committee will bring a proposal to the Senate as to how this might unfold.
III. Emily Plec will convene the members of the Faculty Senate Awards Committee in an attempt to ensure that we are best meeting the wishes of contributing families and faculty senate.
President's report, Provost Neely for John Minahan:
Senator Hass has introduced Senate Bill 442 to the legislature, a bill that is meant to investigate the possibility of consolidating the regional institutions of higher education with other existing state universities. President Minahan took the initiative of contacting senator Hass last week and personally delivered a letter to the office of Senator Hass. The principal point in the letter was that Western Oregon University has distinguished itself as a unique university within the Oregon University System (by overcoming considerable financial challenges and continuing to demonstrate momentum in fulfilling a unique mission) and is distinct from the other universities that have been identified as being regional. Because of our success, we should not be looked at as part of the problem nor should we be looked at as part of the solution for other campuses.
WOU continues to do very well in attracting students and admitting students. Compared to last year, we have improved by over 14% in the number of students who have applied for admission at Western. Of those who have applied, we have had 33% who are admitted. We have also had tremendous success in increasing our Hispanic student applications by 36% and increasing our admissions by 65%. We have also had great success in retaining students transitioning from freshman to sophomore.
We have maximized revenue through our retention efforts, through additional recruitment of traditional students, through our new minority recruitment plan, and the continuing recruitment of international students.
Regarding program changes: Program changes should only be brought forward if there is a very clear and persuasive case that can be made regarding retention, recruitment, access, or minimizing expenses.
David McDonald gave a brief summary of yesterday's reading: The panel is aware that we are dealing with a $3 plus billion deficit in terms of the next biennium. The committee is looking for the university system to be part of the solution. Our failure to do so will empower them to make decisions on our behalf. It will be necessary to consider what is best for students.
Mark Weiss also stated: On February 19th, the governor announced furloughs, salary freezes, and some salary rollbacks for state government, Chancellor's office, and the offices of the university presidents. This will be discussed at the next board meeting.
The expected financial impact is a $9 million reduction this year for OUS--$443,000 of that is directly attributable to Western. Consequently, we reduced our appropriation by $443,000. With the additional reduction of about $800 million of revenue shortfall this year, the Oregon university system is being asked to take another $37 million reduction, translating to approximately $1.8 million for WOU. Our expected fund balance for the end of this year is about 12%. We expect the reductions for next biennium to be $4 million per year--that represents 20 % less than the funding level we got from the state in the 07-09 biennium and approx 30% below what we consider to be our essential budget level.
We're in the process now of beginning to put together our next year's budget. We expect our enrollment to remain even. We think a 7% to 9% increase in tuition for the new cohort of students entering the university next year may be necessary. We will have an increase in remission levels. A salary freeze will likely be essential for the next biennium, as will some reduction in S and S budgets.
Staff Senate, Jennifer Hansen's Report
ASWOU, Max Beach's Report
Provost Kent Neely's Report
No report. Provosts' Council will meet next week.
IV. Old Business
Request to establish 800 course numbers: JoNan LeRoy Director for DEP
It was proposed that WOU define 800 Professional Development numbers.
Action: Senate unanimously approved to endorse the establishment of 800-level Professional Development course numbers.
Graduate Studies: Linda Stonecipher, Director of Graduate Studies
Proposed: a conditional admission proposal for graduate language requirement. 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.
Changes to the proposal:
Page 2, Policy Log;
IELTS log will be 6.0 rather than 6.5;
Page 3 part C "During the year of conditional admission" is changed to "During conditional admission";
Page 3 part C #2, "receive at least a B- on all coursework" will be made more explicit by indicating that "all coursework" means "each course"
Action: Senate unanimously approved the proposal with the corrections as noted.
Military Science: Colonel Susuico
Proposal for MS 118 designated as an LACC class.
Action: Senate unanimously agreed to table action on this proposal until the March 10th meeting.
Revised Sports Leadership Minor: Marita Cardinal
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 alternative to Regular Motor Learning.
Action: Senate unanimously approved the proposed Sports Leadership Minor changes.
Theater Arts: Michael Philips
Proposed: 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.
Action: Senate unanimously approved the Theater Arts proposed changes.
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.
Action: Senate unanimously approved the proposed changes to the Graphic Design program.
Music: Joe Harchenko
New course proposal: MUS 404 Junior Seminar. 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.
Action: Senate unanimously approved the new course proposal.
V. New Business
No new business
VI. Additional Reports and Items
Office of Institutional Research and Sponsored Projects (OIRSP) report
Action: Senate agreed to table this report and discussion until our March meeting.
VII. Meeting Adjourned