Minutes 9 February 2010

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3:31 pm
In attendance:
Rob Winningham (for Joel Alexander), Scott Beaver, Dean Braa, Cheryl Davis, Susan Daniel, David Doellinger, Bryan Dutton, Scott Grim, Bob Hautala, Sandy Hedgepeth, Kevin Helppie (for Solveig Holmquist), Henry Hughes, Elaina Jamieson, Pete Poston, Katherine Schmidt, Gay Timken, Jason Waite, Zenon Zygmont
Mark Weiss (for John Minahan), Kent Neely


Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate
The Teacher education senators are unable to attend today's meeting as they are in a meeting regarding their curriculum proposals.
The executive committee approved course change proposals from Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Linguistics, Religion, and Physical Education.
The Academic Infrastructure Committee now has a website; a revised charge is forthcoming.
The Office on Violence Against Women is applying for $300,000 grant. They need a senator to serve as a representative. Volunteers? Suggestions? Please let President Schmidt know.
The executive committee postponed our meeting with the international studies committee. Instead they met with several committees regarding the process for changing the Honors curriculum. In addition to that meeting, the curriculum committee will be making a recommendation on the process at their meeting on February 16.
Finally, the study abroad program would like to encourage faculty to allow study abroad representatives into their classrooms.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University
President Minahan is ill. Mark Weiss presented on his behalf.
He distributed 2 handouts.
The second quarter financial report was on docket for last board meeting. In it, they project a slight increase in fund balance, which is predominantly due to Chancellor's office additional allocation of state funds, which was received as a result of the tax measures passing. We are also benefiting from lower interest rates on new construction projects.
A perfect storm is indeed approaching.
Yesterday, projections for revenue forcasts for this biennium were decreased.
½ will come from reserves the other ½ will have to be found by the legislature.

OUS put together an issues brief position paper, which WOU helped craft.
Fund balances are at risk to fill the hole ($100 million) this biennium.
Brief includes arguments as to why this is a bad idea.

Additionally, as we look to next biennium, we have several significant impacts for WOU.

  • On spreadsheet, 1.8 million dollars is coming from the recovery act. That is expected not to be there in the next biennium.

  • We also have a projected shortfall from the essential budget level of 10% (about 1 million)

  • PERS also has a deficit and will be increasing rates in the next biennium by 6.5%. For this university that is 1.7 million.

  • We also have potential PEBB increases.

  • After a two year salary freeze this biennium, there is an expectation of an increase in the next biennium. If it were 5% in each of the two years, it would be 4.5 million for the biennium.

  • High School graduating classes are leveling off.

On the positive side, OUS employs 13,000 permanent, full-time employees and 17,000 part-time, including students. We also spend significantly with local vendors and our students are the employees of tomorrow. The system produces more income and jobs than any other part of the state government.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate
Not present

Evan Sorce, ASWOU
Not present

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council
At the last Faculty Senate, he reported about the "Tri Board" meeting at Portland State University in January. Since then a report has been made available on-line and he wishes to provide it for the record. Included in that report is a publication of the American Association of Colleges and Universities entitled "Raising the Bar: Employers' Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn." It can be found at:

Other information relevant to the role of liberal education can be found at the AAC&U's website:

Research from the a fore mentioned report that was used as part of the meeting was done by Heart research .

Program Proposal: Military Science, (document B)
The proposal drops two history courses and adds a military science course. An additional political science course has also been added as an option. The writing requirement will remain any writing class higher than 135.
Scott Beaver moved to approve, Zenon Zygmont seconded.
David Doellinger commented that the history department has discussed this a lot and respects the ability of departments to make their own curricular decisions and understands that they are under pressure. In principle they are concerned about history classes being replaced by military history class with MIL prefix.
Dean Scheck addressed the change. A military requirement is that this course needs to be taught from the perspective of a military and by a military certified instructor. This is the most effective way for the minor to be able to affect that change. He respects the history perspective.
Susan Daniel asked for a description of the new course and courses being replaced. President Schmidt read the new course descriptions.
David Doellinger added that the content of the courses being replaced places war in a social/economic/political context.
Susan inquired as to whether any thought/ effort was made to have a team taught course?
David responded that the history department feels that this is their (military science's) minor and they can do what they want within their minor. As historians they feel history needs context. They would not be interested in the team teaching. The issue the history has with this change is really with the military for requiring this, not with this particular change.
Motion passes with one nay (David Doellinger) and one abstention (Dean Braa).

Curriculum Proposal: General Science, Phillip Wade (document C)
Adds a new science methods course GS 325. The proposal wasput together in conjunction with teacher education and its basis is a mandate that changed the Oregon Science standards and how these courses are taught. It will be a slight reduction in FTE and will integrate several sciences into one course, integrating more scientific inquiry.
Eventually they may take old science methods courses off the books, but for now, are just adding this one.
Dean Braa moved approval, Pete Poston seconded.
Motion passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: Social Science, David Doellinger (document D)
Revising social science major so that the required theory and methods course does not have to be from their area of concentration. The second part of the proposal adds five courses to theory and methods options, based on faculty expertise.
Dean Braa moved to approve, Henry Huges seconded.
Bob Hautala inquired as to whether students would be required to take some theory in their concentration are, the answer to which was no.
Dean Braa added that not all types of methods are available in all areas of social sciences (e.g, statistics), so a student interested in a particular method would need to take a methods course outside of their concentration area.
Motion passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: M.A. Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document E & F)
This is a 47 credit interpreting masters, delivered in hybrid format. They have determined that there is a need for it and there currently is only one graduate program in interpreting in the US (at Gallaudet). This program would be beyond what that program does, as that program only trains entry level interpreters.
WOU has always been cutting edge in this area. We began training interpreters in 1976, just 2 years after these type of programs began anywhere. They did a national survey and had more than 470 response. Sixty six percent respondents were interested in a graduate program. Forty eight percent of those wanted both interpreting and teaching interpreting, thirty two percent wanted just interpreting.
Dean Braa moved to approve, Bryan Dutton seconded.
Dean Braa asked if they had resources to teach all of this. Elisa responded that they don't, but could make it work because the program is hybrid and they could recruit adjuncts from all over the US to teach online.
Motion passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: M.A. Teaching Interpreting, Elisa Maroney (document G, H, & I)
This is a 65 credit degree program in teaching interpreting (hybrid format). Currently there is only one gradute program (at Northwestern) started in 2005 and only 3 individuals have graduated from that program.
Sixty interpreter educators will retire in next 10 years and 140 will be needed. Patrt of this need is that starting in 2012, to sit for national certification will require a bachelor's instead of an AA.
Twenty percent of survey respondents were interested in Teaching Interpreting alone.
Henry Hughes moved to approve, Gay Timken seconded.
Motion passes unanimously.

Program Proposal: Fire Services Administration, LaRon Tolley (document J)
Proposal to eliminate a minor.
Reason is that currently 97-98% are at a distance and are taking all of the courses online or through a condensed format. They can complete major courses through WOU, but most go elsewhere to complete the minor, as we do not have any minors taught in these formats. Eliminating the minor would enable them to take more courses at WOU, keeping them here as well as their tuition dollars.
One of our main competitors is our partner, EOU. EOU has put all of their courses online and provide multiple options of courses students take there and transfer back here.
Given the economic climate, this program is "under a microscope" due to being under enrolled.
The main motivation for this change is to keep students here.
LaRon Tolley serves on National Fire Science Curriculum Committee and has seen the programs at other college. He is using the examples those programs have set to make this recommendation and truly believes that this is the best option for the program.

President Schmidt presented the following information from the curriculum committee minutes, to give the senate a sense of their deliberations.
4.4.4 Program Changes
The committee noted the following list of majors which don't require minors and discussed the interdisciplinary nature of these majors
- Math / CS double major
- All Teacher Ed majors
- All Bachelor of Music majors
- Interdisciplinary Studies
Both the chair and the Assistant Registrar expressed concern that dropping a minor from the FSA major did not reflect current practice and created a "slippery slope" precedent. The chair suggested that she would prefer to table the motion and bring it to her division for discussion.
The rest of the committee discussion focused in on the idea that because this is a specialized degree it would be appropriate to drop the minor.
Sandy Hedgepeth moved to approve the changes, Rob Winningham seconded.
LaRon Tolley confirmed that we are the only OUS institution currently requiring a minor and that the number of credits in the major would remain the same.
Bryan Dutton inquired as to whether there had been a consideration of offering the degree as something other than a BA/BS.
LaRon responded, yes. Some institutions offer a BA/BS (EOU). Others offer a Bachelors of Fire Service Administration. Yet others offer a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Fire Service.
Katherine Schmidt asked if thought had gone into being more explicit about what classes need to be taken. LaRon replied yes, it could be spelled out to make them more explicit, but it would exclude the possibility of them taking social science or psychology classes that might be available through distance format. Now the students go on the recommendation of their advisor (him).
Susan Daniel expressed the humanities concerns that the first concern should be for student's education, rather than losing money. And that they would like to see what the program would be without a minor. She mentioned that they were also concerned about the precedence of removing the minor.
Dean Braa addressed the precedent issue, reminding the senate that we already have programs without and most universities don't require minors, so we could be in trouble if we are requiring all majors to have minors.
Scott Grim described the BFA in theater, which was put together without minor. But, extra courses were built into the degree because they needed them. He would feel better if there was some built in explanation for those credits.

David Doellinger inquired where Fire Service Administration is housed on campus, noting that it used to be in social science.
Then FSA and Interdisciplinary studies moved directly under direction of Dean Scheck.
Dean Braa called the question. Henry Hughes seconded.

In favor:
Zenon Zygmont, Rob WInningham, Sandy Hedgepeth, Scott Grim, Cheryl Davis, Dean Braa, Camila Gabaldon

Bryan Dutton, Scott Beaver, Pete Poston, David Doellinger, Jason Waite, Gay Timken, Henry Hughes, Susan Daniel

Abstaining: Elaina Jamieson, Katherine Schmidt

Motion does not pass. 7 in favor, 8 opposing, 1 abstention.

Memo: Modification of Add/Drop Deadlines, Associate Provost McDonald (document K)
Memo is driven by desire to increase retention of students. This endorsement would move the last day to drop to the end of the 4th week and create a withdrawal policy.
Bob Hautala moves to endorse ,David Doellinger seconds.
Sandy Hedgepeth inquired as to the impact on financial aid.
Dave MacDonald replied that it actually may help students with financial aid, as we may shrink the need to repay aid.
Susan Daniel commented that students might not have a grade for a particular course by the time the drop date has passed and may not have the information that they need.
Dave MacDonald replied that yes, this will have to continue to be cooperative between faculty and students.
David Doellinger inquired about situations where a student's registration is held up.
These situations are very rare, but the registrar could waive any penalties
Zenon Zygmont mentioned a rumor that students would be able to add during first week without a signature.
Dave MacDonald responded that this is not true. This change only removes the financial penalty in the first week.
Motion passes unanimously.

Memo: DEP 805 Course Approval Process, Scott Beaver (document L)
This would allow the executive committee to approve changes to 80X courses, rather than bringing them to the full senate.
Bryan Dutton moved to approve, Dean Braa seconded.
Motion passes unanimously.

Memo: Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate Resolution, Ike Nail (document M)

IFS feels very strongly that the 5 points listed are important.
There seem to be some end runs around the normal process
What we are asking for is a reaffirmation of the process that has been in place for years.
Want to make sure that a reorganization without input does not occur.

Dean Braa moved to accept, Elaina Jameison seconded.
Dean Braa commented that this is a good thing.
Camila Gabaldon noted that, while the library faculty agree with the core principles of this document, they did not want to endorse a document as poorly written as this one.
Motion passes. with 2 nays (Camila Gabaldon and Pete Poston)






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