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Western Oregon University

Faculty Senate Minutes

24 November 2009, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Columbia Room

Online Documents for Senatorial Review (

A: Draft of Minutes: 10 November 2009

B: Proposal: Art Curriculum Change

C: Proposal:Humanities Curriculum Change

D: Paperwork: Humanities Curriculum Change

E: Proposal: Art Curriculum Changes

F & G: Paperwork: Art Curriculum Changes

H & I: Proposal: Piloting Online Teaching Evaluations

J: Proposal: Dance Curriculum Change

K: Proposal: Educational Media Endorsement Program Request

L: Proposal: MSEd Information Technology Program Request

M: Proposal: MAT Program Request

N: Proposal: MSEd Language Arts Program Request

O: Memo: LACC Ad Hoc Committee Update

P: Memo: Service Recognition and Plastic-Water-Bottle-Free Zones



In attendance:

Scott Beaver, Sue Dauer, Cheryl Davis, David Doellinger, Bryan Dutton, Mark Girod, Scott Grimm, Bob Hautala, Sandy Hedgepeth, Solveig Holmquist, Henry Hughes, Elaina Jaimeson,Klay Kruczek, Katherine Schmidt, Carl Schroeder, Gay Timken, Dana Uveland, Zenon Zygmont, Jason Waite

Kent Neely, Evan Sorce


Approved with corrections to minor


Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate (document B)

In the last executive committee meeting, changes to the MS Education Health degree and art course deletions (photography is no longer an option) were approved.

The Academic Excellence Showcase letter was delivered electronically.

In discussion of the proposals that will be discussed today, it was determined that a library faculty member will be a part of the advisory committee for the Edcational Media Endorsement.

The executive committee also met with the Mary Harden, Chair of the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) and Nancy France. Challenges for the ARC they presented included a lack of continuity in minutes from previous years and the approval of LACC courses. The LACC course approvals is a particular challenges, as the ARC doesn't have a set place in the approval process, there are no guidelines in place for this, and the ARC does not have representatives from all divisions.

On 1/8/2010 the Executive Committee will meet with the Academic Infrastructure Committee (AIC).

John Minahan, Western Oregon University

Mark Weiss presented on behalf of President Minahan.

All faculty are invited to holiday celebration on 12/9.

A focus of this report was the recently-released Frohnmeyer report. University of Oregon's ex-President Frohnmeyer was asked by the Chancellor to determine how the larger institutions would deal with inadequate state funding. His report diagnosed problems in funding and recommends a different governance structure akin to that at OHSU. Consideration of the four smaller schools is conspicuously absent and the Presidents of those schools are concerned. President Minahan has been involved in discussions on this topic around the state. There has been a lot of attention to this report and is likely more to come.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate

Not present.

Evan Sorce, ASWOU

He is starting to work with IFC; their next meeting is 12/3.

The students passed a resolution that President Minahan will sign and endorsing and supporting the American Dream Act.

He has already received the booklists for next term and thanks the faculty for supporting this.

The students are about to start a major voter education campaign for the tax measures. They will be bringing in pro and con speakers for the measures.

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council

Good news. When he met with both colleges and spoke about efforts to recruit and retain Latino students, both colleges expressed interest in classes for basic Spanish.

There will be 2 classes offered by DEP in Spanish winter term. Beginning Spanish language and culture will be on Tuesday evenings and Conversational Spanish (for those who may have rudimentary and want to brush up) will meet on Fridays at noon.

The last 2 weeks have been busy for OUS. He has attended meetings with the CIA and OUS re: new degree program and with NWACC on new standards

Wanda Clifton-Faber and the provost attended a meeting with NWACC to review the new standards, which will likely be passed.

The Provosts' Council met at Portland State University, Urban Center, 12 November.

* Discussed and recommended approval for new PhD in Cancer Biology at Oregon Health and Science University.
* Process for developing a Peer Comparator list is under redevelopment following the need to update that of OIT.
* Sabah Randhawa, Provost, Oregon State University and Marvin Kaiser, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Portland State University, reported on progress in developing Professional Science Master's Degrees (PSM)at their institutions. All Provosts voiced support for developing such degrees and many (including WOU) noted that they had already developed or were developing such degrees.
* Reports were given by Bob Tuner, OUS staff and WOU Professor Emeritus, and Karen Sprague, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, University of Oregon, regarding steps to comply with directives within SB342. Dr. Turner spoke about the alignment of International Baccalaureate credits across the 7 OUS campuses and the 17 Oregon community colleges.
* Senate Bill 342 which aligns International Baccalaureate credits for OUS institutions and identifies general education outcomes and criteria.
o A unified policy about recognition and awarding of college credit for IB classes taken in high school (Attachment: IB Alignment Policy v6 11 02 2009.docx)
o General ed outcomes were established by an OUS wide committee (including WOU's Carol Harding, Michael Ward, Diane Tarter and Lonnie Guralnick) and with consensus by all committee members (Attachment: IB alignment policy context letter 11 02 09.docx)

Provosts met with the Community College Council of Instructional Administrators, University Place, Portland State University campus 13 November.

* Provosts and their Community College counterparts (CIA) affirmed and endorsed the work that had taken place to fulfill the charges on SB342 and SB442 (Attachment: General Education Outcomes and Criteria - FINAL 9-2-09.pdf). Now the proposals will go before the Joint Boards Articulation Commission (JBAC). JBAC is a policy and action-oriented group, established in 1992 by the Oregon Board of Education and the Oregon Board of Higher Education.
* A good deal of discussion followed a presentation by Larry Galizio (new OUS staff member) regarding the possibility of converting both OUS institutions and community colleges to semesters. SB442 mandated that the conversion possibility be studied. (Attachments: Semester conversion pros-cons.doc, Semester conversion OSBHE Chronology.doc, Semester conversion info from other states.doc)
* Similarly, more conversation surrounded the issues of rural access and success another aspect of SB442. Mr. Galizio will pursue that issue as well.

Last week there was a meeting about HB 3093 between OUS and community colleges
This bill mandates that a plan be developed to deliver applied baccalaureate degrees (Attachment: HB 3093 Applied Bacc - A-Engrossed.pdf). These are currently offered in all but 11 states. Essentially these degrees are for people with AAOS degrees who have worked out in the world, but need a BA. In this case, they would come back to the university to get the general education.


Curriculum Proposal: Humanities, Jason Waite (document C & D)

Request is to change from 64 to 75 credits. Result of assessment of portfolios. The have found a growing reliance on LACC double dipping, creating less upper division work.

The 64 credit major is left over from before double-dipping was allowed.Last week the question of how long the degree takes was raised. The answer is it depends on the student. The degree can go rather quickly. A student starting as a Freshman takes about the same timeto complet as with other majors.

Approval was moved by Henry Hughes

Seconded Gay Timken

It was unanimously approved.

Curriculum Proposal: Art, Jodie Raborn (documents E, F, & G)

Add drawing as a focus area for major/minor, reorganize sequence, ad classes

Approval was moved by Bryan Dutton

Seconded Sandy Hedgepath

It was unanimously approved.

Proposal: Online Teaching Evaluation Pilot, Wanda Clifton-Faber (document H & I)

Proposing a beta test of an online system during winter term, instead of paper and pencil with SIR, saves significant funding and lots of paper.

Carl Schroder moved that we beta test of an online evaluation system during winter term.

Seconded by ?

Faculty Had the following questions:
Q: What questions would be used for winter term and how to get students to do the evaluations.

A:There are already 13 questions since we are using a revised version of U of O's forms. These could be used. She (Wanda Clifton-Faber) has asked for premier parking spaces from the parking committee to be used as an incentive for completing the evaluations.

Q: Is there a place for comments?

A: Yes, there are 2 places.

Q: Will we eventually do it every term?

A: Yes.

Q: If an instructor makes it a requirement that they complete one, is there any proof that students have done it?
A: It may be possible to generate something saying that they completed it.

Q: Our target is currently 50%. Can you report whether 50% of enrollees have completed the survey?
A: Possibly.

Q: Is this academic year's evaluation typically given in winter?

A: Yes. These would be the evaluations used in tenure and promotion,.

Q: So the 13 questions would be the ones given?

A: We are trying to get over the 45 question current instrument

Mark Girod Commented that there are many issues here, but if we do this we should do this correctly. If it means bringing together a body of faculty and taking time then we should do that.

Gay Timken commented that we also need to find a way for PRCs to understand a changed system. Can we as a body provide some guidelines for PRCs?

Wanda commented that we could make exceptions for pilot to those going up for tenure.

Cheryl Davis had questions about timelines and how it would actually be implemented, stating that it feels a little rushed because we are at the end of fall.

Wanda Clifton-Faber responded that we have to order SIR forms next week.

Cheryl responded that those timelines make it feel as though we are not going to have time to do a thorough job.

Jason Waite added that the timeline really speaks to whether we should move forward; We would have a very limited amount of time.

Wanda responded that we are coming up with a prototype,not the "drive model."

Klay Kruzcek inquired as to why this has to be done in winter.
Scott beaver responded that it is contractual and has not been opened as a bargaining point.

Zenon Zygmont observed that many faculty decisions are made before this data would be available.

Dean Rosselli addedthis data would go into annual reports, post-tenure reports, etc. The data would be used in next year's tenure and promotion files.

Mark Girod presented a proposal from the executive committee that senators would return to divisions and recruit representatives to serve on a new committee to develop questions.

Bryan Dutton suggested this as a friendly amendment to Carl Schroder's motion. Carl accepted the amendment.

The motion passed with 2 abstentions.

Klay Kruzcek moved that we add a student to the faculty committee.

Ryan Hickerson seconded.

The motion passed unanimously.


Curriculum Proposal: Dance, Deborah Jones (document J)

No sponsor present

Program Proposal: Educational Media Endorsement, Mary Bucy (document K)

Educational Media Endorsement program has been on the books for many years, but has not been in the catalog since 1996. It has been taught since 1996, but usually by having students take courses elsewhere and transfer them in. The major problem in offereing these ciourses has been finding individuals qualified to teach these courses. Now they have found retiring school librarians who are interested in teaching

Summary of changes:

Rather than having a prerequisite on technology, they have included that in the program and moved children's literature to a prerequisite

Media and information literacy have been divided into two courses because they are two different concepts: evaluating what you are getting and evaluating what you are finding.

Courses have been updated

TSPC now requires two practica, so there are now two in the degree.

Putting together an advisory group will include faculty from our library, staff from the school districts, and COE faculty.

Scott- mentioned that faculty are retiring faculty from schools in the areas. Is there a plan for continuity? Yes, advisory committee would be handling that

Program Proposal: MSEd Information Technology, Mary Bucy (document L)\

This degree is separate from all other MSEd courses and has its own core. The content area electives are wide open, selecting from CSE course work Students have to take 21 credit hours, up to six of which can be skills courses.

This proposal is asking to change courses to align with what is currently taught as well as offer a new exit option.

Currently, students can do either a professional project or comps but the faculty would like to offer a new exit (a portfolio), as many studnets in this program are not teachers.. In the portfolio, they would have to demonstrate a familiarity with literature, how they have mastered national educational technology standards and include a selection of work illustrating how they have mastered skills. Students would have to submit an intent to complete a portfolio early on.

Program Proposal: MAT, Marie LeJeune (document M)

Needed to revise MAT program in teacher education (initial licensure program).It had been out of compliance with graduate hours for the college.

An exit survey helpedthem revise the program to meet gaps and come more into alignment. In this proposal, the MAT will go from 57 to 53 credits, which allows them to be within graduate study requirements. To come up with the cchanges, they studied the other MAT programs and tried to make theirs rigorous, but competitive as well.

Currently, four cohorts are admited per year, 2 in the fall and 2 online. Revised, cohorts will be entering in June and Septembe which gives a Summer break and allows students to be in a field experience for an entire year. This also the delivery of the content in their coursework inn a way that is developmentally appropriate.

Content pedagogy has changed from 2 to 6 credits, which is more in line with other initial licensure programs.

A professional seminar runs throughout the program, which helps scaffold them through their professional project. The exit will be professional project with option for thesis

Program Proposal: MSEd in Language Arts, Marie LeJeune (document N)

Currently, education is not listed as an area that they can takecontent from. This proposal adds education in as an area fromm which they can take courses.This will expand the offerings for students, as many courses are not taught at times when practicing students can take them.


LACC Ad Hoc Committee, Tom Bergeron (document O)

The provided memo is his report and he is willing to entertain questions.

Gay Timken inquired about how the writing part came about.
Tom responded that feedback the committee received was that writing on campus is not strong. The strongest feedback was that they needed to do more research, which is what is being done with the samples being requested.

Elaina Jamieson asked f bad writing isa common problem at other universities and if informaiton about how we compare is available.
Tom responded that that has not been investigated.

Evan Sorce commented that, for some majors, it is hard for students to get the courses they need, as they are offered only once a year. The requirement of a 300 level writing course would tax students. Many majors already have a lot of writing.

Dean Rosselli asked about the writing portfolio for all students, commenting that it seems pretty big and that she wondered if the committee has any ideas about how that would work.

Tom responded that they are still working on that. They have talked about a fee that would pay readers.

Dean Rosselli commented that LACC committee is very much comprised of people teaching LACCs, since a portfolio would come at the end of the program, it might be useful to include individuals teaching upper division.

Tom responded that it is a pretty big committee. There are 21 people on the committee.

Mark Girod added that programs may already have existing portfolios that would deal with these issues in place of this.

Tom will report again in March.




Service Recognition and Plastic-Water-Bottle-Free Zones, Katherine Schmidt (document P)

Have a gift for senators and committee chair people. String attached is that office will be designated as a water bottle free zone.



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