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Minutes: 12 January 2010

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3:32 pm
In attendance:
Joel Alexander, Scott Grim, Sandra Hedgepeth, Bryan Dutton, Pete Poston, Kevin Helppie, Sue Dauer, David Doellinger, Bob Hautala, Dean Braa, Henry Hughes, Jason Waite, Mark Girod, Zenon Zygmont, Ryan Hickerson, Dana Uveland, Gay Timken, Cheryl Davis, Scott Beaver, Katherine Schmidt, Camila Gabaldon
John Minahan

Jason Waite will be added to the attendance.

Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate (document B)
The executive committee approved several minor course changes, as well as a few new courses.
We need representatives for the Pastega Awards Committee ( 1 COE, 1 LAS, 2 at large faculty positions).
Bob Hautala volunteered for an at large position, but we still need representatives. Please send an email to your divisions to fill the rest of these positions, as this committee needs to convene ASAP.
The online evaluation instrument team is now a joint team with the union. We still need to fill vacancies from CS, HPE, CA, BUS, and NS. If you do not have a representative on the team, this is your last chance, the committee will continue with the staffing it has.
Executive committee met with the Academic Infrastructure Committee, Dean McKiel and Bill Kernan.
This year, they are dealing with three main issues:
1. Wi-fi (this is mostly resolved),
2. Updating and revising the needs assessment document,
3. Collecting data about S&S budget differences between COE and LAS
Executive committee has also requested that they set up a webpage.
The next committee to meet with executive committee will be the honors committee.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University
Joel Alexander took over IFS at last meeting; he will do a good job and represent us well.
The Harlem Globetrotters will be here later in the term.
Enrollment is up 392 students over last year; we will be up at least 4% could be 8%.
The tax measures, if they do not pass, will result in a 10% budget reduction for WOU. This would come out of reserves and would institute furlough days for administrative staff. There will be no reduction in our central student services or courses due to this.
The Frohnmeyer proposal has hit some speed bumps and will not be a part of the leg special session. Board will consider in spring or summer and it will be a part of next session.
There have been a few changes in the Cottage. They have decided not to search for a new VP for the foundation. Instead, they will split the duties between two positions. An email detailing this will be sent out soon.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate
Not present

Evan Sorce, ASWOU
Not present

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council
Not present

Curriculum Proposal: Dance, Deborah Jones (document C) (not present)
This would add LACC designation for several courses and add "by consent of instructor" to another.
Motion to approve by Scott Grim, seconded by Bryan Dutton
Passes unanimously

Program Proposal: Educational Media Endorsement, Mary Bucy (document D)
Revamping the program, adding new courses to bring the program up to date, align with standards, infuse technology,
Motion to approve by Dana Uveland, seconded by Scott Beaver
Passes Unanimously

Program Proposal: MSEd Information Technology, Mary Bucy (document E)
Revised and brought up to date. Removing old courses, add portfolio option as an exit option. Also adds new 3 and 1 credit content area electives.
Motion to approve by Dana Uveland, seconded Dean Braa.
Motion passes: 20 Ayes, 1 Nay, 0 Abstentions

Program Proposal: MAT (document F) Steve Wojcikiewicz
Changes MAT program, streamlines it and matches more closely to other programs.
Faculty had questions about the reduction in credits and wanted to hear about the curricular, not just market, reasons for the change. Steve responded that the program would have more focused classes on areas in which they need preparation, allowing for better grasp of the content. Also, several of the credits removed were field experience hours, of which TSPC only requires 15.
This takes the program from the third largest in the state to the 4th smallest (in credit hours).
Joel Alexander moved to accept the changes, Dana Uveland seconded.
Passes Unanimously.

Program Proposal: MSEd in Language Arts (document G) Steve Wojcikiewicz
Changes to allow some core content to be taken in COE, this helps with contexts, scheduling, and number of courses offered. Was developed and approved with Humanities
Dean Braa moved to accept the changes, Henry Huges seconded.
Passes Unanimously .

Curriculum Proposal: Music Ensemble, Ike Nail (document H & I)
No representative present

Curriculum Proposal: Chemistry, Pete Poston (document J)
They are proposing to change organic chemistry component of the chemistry program. This would take the lab hours out of the course hours, changing the course to 3 credits instead of 4. Lab hours would be offered in winter and spring. This matches up with other OUS institutions and helps students transfer.
There was some discussion about how this seemed to be a minor program change that did not impact other programs and the question was raised as to whether the Executive Committee could handle this.
Bob Hautala moved that this be removed from old business and that the executive committee deal with it.
Pete Poston seconded.
Passes unanimously

Program Proposal: Biology, Bryan Dutton (document K)
Proposal increases number of lecture contact hours from 3 to 4 hours in each of their introductory courses. Credit would go from 4 to 5. They are removing some courses to make room for the credits and shifting some second year courses to accommodate chemistry changes.
They surveyed students about increasing lecture hours and they were in favor; it also aligns with other OUS institutions.
This sequence is an LACC option, so a note will need to be made in the catalog. It will not change the number of LACC credits needed; there are already 15 credit sequences.

Program Proposal: ASL/English Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document L)
This is a course change that will result in a change in the program prerequisites. The title is changing to Linguistics of ASL and the number will be 353. The description is also changing.
The prerequisites will change from ASL 6 to ASL 9 and Ling 210. The rationale for this is that students who took this last year had difficulty because it is conducted in ASL and the content was very difficult without a foundation in linguistics. For a frame of reference, 76% of the students who took ASL 8 and Ling 210 passed the course with a B or better, which is a requirement to get into the program.

Program Proposal: Military Science, Roy Susuico (document M)
They are trying to upgrade the minor. Army policy has changed and this will help them come into alignment. The will drop two history courses and add a military science course. An additional political science course has also been added as an option .
They are also changing writing courses from any writing class above WR 135 to any writing course above WR 135 or an approved writing intensive course.
Several titles and descriptions have been updated to align with what is being taught and courses that are no longer taught have been deleted.
There was significant discussion about the intent of the writing requirement and whether a writing intensive class really took the place of a writing course given their intent that "cadets know how to write." The conclusion was that the change in the wrting requirement would be dropped from this proposal.

Academic Infrastructure Committee, Joe Harchanko
Report on Wi-Fi pilot project.
They had 3 objectives:
1) Increase access
2) Demonstrate utility
3) Investigate feasibility of different models on campus
They feel they have met all 3 objectives.
They conducted a survey of pilot project participants: 80% of respondents placed value at high or very high. The full results are included in the handout he distributed.
At the end of the project, they hoped to develop a campus wide, consistent policy. All 3 deans have agreed to support this and currently 87 faculty are using Wi-Fi.

Joel Alexander
As a reaction/revision to the Frohnmeyer repoprt, Chancellor has developed a working document.
The report came about largely due to the fact that we have 6000 line items that must be judged by legislature. Most other state entities do not have this many. Many other university systems get a percentage and do not have to do line item approval. This has advantages, but creates some inefficiencies.
There are several possibilities: one separate entity, several entities, branch campuses. All of these would need to have accountability to legislature.
U of O and PSU have set up performance accountability matrices so that they would not have to be line itemed to the degree they currently are.
IFS had a report form OHSU to hear about the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a public corporation. One major issue is that there may be more revenue scrambling.
IFS has developed a resolution that would include all of the schools in the process going forward.
There were many questions about the implications and causes of the report and potential paths forward.



Approved by Senate Executive Committee and Senate May 2009

Western Oregon University is committed to providing students from all backgrounds a personalized educational experience that successfully prepares them for our diverse and dynamic world. WOU actively seeks to enroll and graduate students from all the world's cultures so that our campus community can effectively teach and grow in its understanding and celebration of the many diverse cultures, beliefs, traditions, histories and heritages in our communities both locally and abroad.

We will accomplish the goals and objectives in our strategic plan and institutional aspirations by proactively

  • Welcoming and valuing students, staff and faculty from all cultural backgrounds and experiences including ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities;
  • Actively embracing and celebrating cultural traditions and histories from across the globe;
  • Sustaining a campus environment that engenders respect for people of all cultures and supports an intellectual discourse and development that values the acquisition and expression of divergent views and perspectives;
  • Requiring that all undergraduate students complete courses that broaden their understanding of their own and other cultures;
  • Acting in a leadership role in the state and region in serving the needs of our communities, students and families;
  • Ensuring that material produced for the web and print is made available in multiple formats and languages as is appropriate to serve the needs of specific audiences; and
  • Making available and supporting the acquisition and development of new language skills among our students, staff, and faculty.

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