Minutes 26 January 2010

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In attendance:
Joel Alexander, Scott Beaver, Susan Daniels, Sue Dauer, Cheryl Davis, David Doellinger, Bryan Dutton, Camila Gabaldon, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Kevin Helppie, Henry Huges, Elaina Jamieson, Pete Poston, Katherine Schmidt, Elisa Maroney, Peggy Pederson, Dana Uveland, Jason Waite, Zenon Zygmont

Mark Wiess (For John Minahan), Kent Neely


Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate
Executive committee approved proposals from chemistry (which in review did impact the biology program, but was referred to executive committee by the senate), English, Dance, Interpreting, and Criminal Justice.

The Pastega Awards committee is now fully staffed with faculty. Bob Hautala, Irja Galvan, Kit Andrews and Hank Bersani will be serving. We have one student representative and will be contacting ASWOU about another.

The committee met with the honors committee. Their primary activities this year are reading thesis proposals and determining the process for finding the Jensen lecture series lecturer.
Challenges have been the filling of at large positions and revisions to honors curriculum.

Next time we will meet with the International Services committee.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University
Not present

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate
Not present

Evan Sorce, ASWOU
Not present

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council
Provost Neely first ceded the floor to Mark Weiss. Mark Weiss, indicated that President Minahan sends regrets for being unable to attend today's meeting. He is with an athletic director candidate on campus today. Mark will entertain questions if there are any. There were none.

Provost Neely reported that just before the winter break there was a tri-board meeting. This board is made up of the boards of OHSU, the Community College system, and state board of education. The first half of the meeting was devoted to how universities are addressing learning outcomes that will benefit industries. Oregon is one of the LEAP states who are working to establish common learning outcomes. They are trying to determine what about a 4 year liberal arts education will prepare a student to be not just a good citizen, but also an economic asset to the state. One disturbing comment during this meeting came from the owner of a very large corporation who found it puzzling that there couldn't be common curricula and methods for general education at all institutions.
All three units have now adopted the international baccalaureate criteria and general education outcomes for community colleges.

Curriculum Proposal: Music Ensemble, Ike Nail (document B & C)
This proposal makes explicit what has implicitly been done. WOU ensembles have improved in quality and really are no longer open calls for admission. Proposal is to add "admission by audition" to the catalog. This stops students from registering, then dropping when they realize the level is higher than they anticipated. The proposal also adds a non-addition ensemble so that those who may not be at the level of the other ensembles still have an outlet for their musical interests.
Joel Alexander moved to approve, Sue Dauer seconded.
Passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: Biology, Bryan Dutton (document D)
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.
Scott Beaver moved to approve, Pete Poston Seconded.,
Passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: ASL/English Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document E)
Changes prerequisites from a 200 level to a 300 level. This class is conducted in ASL and students are now required to have 3 years of ASL before entering program.
Joel Alexander moved to approve, Dana Uveland seconded.
Passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: Military Science, Roy Susuico (document F--revised)
This proposal has been sent back to curriculum committee, we will see it again later.

Curriculum Proposal: General Science, Phillip Wade (document G)
This proposal adds new general science class for education/pre education majors which will replace multiple other classes, with a net reduction from 6 fte to 4 fte for each class. In March the Oregon Science standards were altered, a new core was added as was a new vertical articulation for sciences, which means each of these areas will be taught in all grades as opposed to a focus on specific areas in specific years.
Program Proposal: Social Science, David Doellinger (document H)
They are revising 2 components of social science major.
Currently students need to do a concentration area within social science and also need to do a methods or theory course in their area of concentration. The proposal decouples area of concentration from methods and theory courses with the goal of having a strong core for social science majors.
The second component of change adds new theory and method courses which reflect new hires and interests.

Program Proposal: M.A. Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document I & J)

Proposing a Masters degree in Interpreting. It would be the only one in the west. This program would provide interpreters working an opportunity for professional development and growth (Gallaudet is for entry level interpreters). They did a survey in planning this program and determined that there is demand for it. It will be a 47 credit degree.

Program Proposal: M.A. Teaching Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document K, L & M)
This would be a Masters degree in Teaching Interpreting. It also would be the only one west of Boston. This would be a different method of delivery than the Boston program, which is primarily online. It is a 65 credit degree. To complete this degree, students would complete the courses for the MA in Interpreting, then some additional coursework. This program would also would have a different exit requirement from the MA in interpreting.

Program Proposal: Fire Services Administration, LaRon Tolley (document N)
Proposal eliminates the requirement of having a minor within the degree. Because of the nature of the program the majority are part-time students and employed full time off campus. Because our distance learning options are limited, those students end up meeting minor requirements elsewhere and transferring the credits in.
This degree dates back to 1978, when WOU became one of only 7 sites to partner with the National Fire Academy to offer this degree. We are the only one of those 7 to require a minor. To deliver content, WOU has partnered with EOU and University of Anchorage. The partnership with EOU is becoming more competitive than cooperative. Many students are taking the minor at EOU and transferring it back. A student currently can graduate with only 21 to 30 credits actually from WOU. The agreement with EOU lets their credits count as ours. We have lost several students to EOU in recent years, as their major requires the same number of credits, but with more flexibility since they do not require a minor.

There was some concern about removing the minor expressed by faculty.
By eliminating the minor, hopefully the major can be expanded to make it more robust. A timeline for this would be as soon as possible.

Memo: Modification of Add/Drop Deadlines, Associate Provost McDonald (document O)
Our add/drop/withdrawal policies are currently out of sync with other institutions.
This proposal would move the last day to drop to the end of the 4th week and create a withdrawal policy (currently only medical reasons are valid for a w). This shortens the window to drop a class, but adds withdrawal option.
He also proposes dropping all current penalties for add/drop in the first week. Right now, there is a financial penalty for dropping in the first week, even if class has not even met. After week 1 there would be a 25% penalty plus $20 transaction fee.

Faculty raised the concern that the memo changed both theadd and drop deadlines until the end of the 4th week. David McDonald said that he would be open to the idea of modifying that date and agreed to keep the add deadline as it currently is: end of 2nd week.

Additional New business:
Joel Alexander- when he presented the IFS resolution at the last meeting, it was with the intent of having it voted on for endorsement.
We will vote on endorsing the resolution at our next meeting.

Katherine Schmidt proposed to move the Executive Committee proposal from Committee reports to New Business. Camila Gabaldon Seconded.
Passes unanimously.
The proposal is that the executive committee can act on 800 level courses without bringing them to full senate. This is just a clarification, as these courses could appear to be a program change, which would typically go to the whole senate.

Executive Committee, Scott Beaver: DEP 805 Courses
See above.




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