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Draft Minutes 27 April 2010

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3:32 pm
Joel Alexander, Scoot Beaver, Dean Braa, Susan Daniel, Sue Dauer, Cheryl Dais, David Doellinger, Bryan Dutton, Camila Gabaldon, Mark Girod, Scott Grim, Bob Hautala, Solveig Holmquist, Elaina Jamison, Pete Poston, Katherine Schmidt, Jason Waite, John Leadly
Ex-Officio: John Minahan, Evan Sorce

Approved without correction.

Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate

The executive committee approved new courses from Music Ensemble and Linguistics as well as minor changes to courses from Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, and French.

Robert Monge will replace Camila Gabaldon as Secretary for the May meetings and we will have a hired note taker for those meetings.

The Pastega Awards have been announced. Congratulations to Mark Girod and Karie Mize. The recognition ceremony is May 5 and all are encouraged to attend.

The deadline for revised committee charges was last week and those will be forwarded to the Committee on Committees who will then give recommendations to the Senate.

The executive Committee met last week with the Committee on Committees and will be meeting next week with the Writing Intensive Committee.

Soctt Beaver gave a report on the joint committee on evaluation. They met with Provost Neely last week to address the fact that the SIR is a contractually agreed on instrument and invited the provost or a representative of his choice to work in parallel with the committee on establishing a replacement instrument for the next contract.

This year, we will still need to go with SIR; the question is whether the version will be paper or electronic. With the electronic version, there is concern is about lower than normal response rate when there already is a low response rate, particularly for those faculty applying for tenure and promotion.

Wanda Clifton- Faber clarified that we will be administering the online version during dead and finals week. Labs will be made available so that faculty can take their classes over to do the evaluations.

President Schmidt reminded the senate that we still need 2 at large members for the executive nominating committee.
Elaina Jamieson volunteered.
President Schmidt reminded the senate that we will need an additional person in 2 weeks.

We also need 2010 committee on committee members.
Jason Waite has volunteered as outgoing executive committee member.

The executive committee members are writing position descriptions, to clarify for future holders of these positions what their roles might be.

Mark Girod clarified that incoming senators need to attend the May senate meetings. Presidnet Schmidt verified this.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University
We closed registration period up 2.3% in enrollment, which puts us in excellent condition going in to the next biennium.

Our students were the only 2 Fulbright students out of OUS this year.

There will be interviews for Foundation positions soon and he wants to clarify that they are not multiplying positions. When Paul Moredock (the former Vice President for Advancement) left, they did not replace him. Instead Danielle Nelson was named as Director of Advancement and Ghie Carlson was named as Director of the Foundation. Danielle Nelson will be interviewing assistants to deal with the annual fund and the alumni association. They are hiring more people for approximately what they previously spent.
The Auction will be coming up soon and Peter Courtney will chair the committee.
President Minahan thanked the faculty for their efforts around here.
Three individuals were given awards at the national level for advising.

Dean Braa inquired about the status of the three largest universities as public corportations. President Minahan responded that it is still on the table, but not at all a done deal.
Evan Sorce added that the Oregon Student Association is also opposed to it and has been active in its opposition.

Bob Hautala asked for clarification about an Oregonian article President Minahan had mentioned during his report. President Minahan described a recent cover page story which detailed how WOU leads in minority retention.

Those kinds of things, in combination with 2 Fulbright scholars, moves us beyond a regional.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate
Not present.

Evan Sorce, ASWOU
First, has a donation box for the Mark Youngsma memorial plaque and tree. They will also be selling Papa Murphy's discount cards next week.
He has been working on voter registration. ASWOU's goal was 200 and have registered around 100.
Working on textbook committee and are looking at how the relationship between publishers and professors works.
There will be a forum next Tuesday on Oregon Cannabis Tax act. Several professors will be presenting and they are hoping to also include law enforcement officers.
ASWOU elections are next week.

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council
Not present.

Proposal: Geropsychology Minor, Rob Winningham (document B)
A proposal from the psychology division for 27 hour minor with 1 required course, 12 hours of additional psychology.
There will be 11 hours of interdisciplinary course work that they can choose from.
Mark Girod moved to approve, Dean Braa seconded.
Passed unanimously.

Proposal: Catalog Expiration Policy, Nancy France (document C)
Dave McDonald presented for Nancy France.
Before presenting, he gave additional information about the advising awards won by Marita Cardinal and Karen Sullivan-Vance.

The proposal would expand the current 5 year catalog window to 7 years, which is more in line with other institutions.
Dean Braa moved to approve, Elaina Jamieson seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Music Theatre Emphasis, Michael Phillips (document D)
This creates a new emphasis within the existing BA/BS degree. It keeps the current core and allows students the option of choosing hat their 24 credits of electives be the Musical Theatre Studio sequence.
Bob Hautala inquired about why they would eliminate electives. Michael Phillips responded that it is already kind of happening as students take classes in the areas they are interested. This lets them choose a set path.

Scott Grimm added that putting this in the catalog is a draw for students. Since they began talking about it, ½ of their auditions have been for Musical Theatre.
It gives the students something that they can put on their resume.

Memo: Charter Additions Proposal, Camila Gabaldon-Winningham (document E)
This proposal was withdrawn.

Memo: Native American Language Policy, Wanda Clifton-Faber (document F)
The Provost is hoping for affirmation from the Senate on this proposed language for accepting tribal languages to fulfill second language requirements.
Dean Braa asked if it will help recruit more students.
Wanda Clifton-Faber responded that they hope so.

Bob Hautala commented that the wording reads as though Native Americans are foreign.
Dave McDonald explained that part of the challenge is semantics between three potential ways of describing a language requirement. All of the terminology options are offensive to someone. This language was crafted with tribal representatives and codifies what we have been doing in practice, it doesn't change it.




Moved David Doellinger, Seconded Elaina Jamieson.

Draft Minutes 13 April 2010

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Western Oregon University
Faculty Senate Agenda
13 April 2010, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Columbia Room

Online Documents for Senatorial Review (www.wou.edu/president/facultysenate):
A: Draft of Minutes: 9 March 2010
B: Proposal: Policy Change for M.A. Program in History
C: Proposal: Academic Re-Start Program
D: Proposal: Geropsychology Minor
E: Proposal: Catalog Expiration Policy Change
F: Memo: LACC Committee Update
G: Memo: New Residence Hall

3:32 pm
In attendance:
Joel Alexander, Scott Beaver, Dean Braa, Sue Dauer, Elisa Maroney (for Cheryl Davis), David Doellinger, Bryan Dutton, Kim Jensen (For Maureen Dolan), Camila Gabaldon, Mark Girod, Bob Hautala, Sandy Hedgepeth, Henry Hughes, Elaina Jamieson, Pete Poston, Katherine Schmidt, Gay Timken, Dana Uveland, Jason Waite, Zenon Zygmont
Ex-Officio: John Minahan, Kent Neely, Evan Sorce
Katherine Schmidt, Faculty Senate
The executive committee approved course changes for INT, ART, and ED.
Robert Monge will be taking over as the Secretary and Senator from the library in May.
The Pastega Awards will be announced Wednesday, April 14.
All Committee charges are due on April 22.
The Executive committee met with the LACC committee and will next meet with the Committee on Committees.
We need another member for the Executive Committee Nominating Committee.
We also need member for the committee on committees.

John Minahan, Western Oregon University
Enrollment is up 8.5% (approximately 325 FTE). We are in the odd position of having funding for this year and next, but having numbers on the downside within 2 years.
He recently has been thinking about the reality our students live in. Determining truth is harder than ever these days and he hopes that faculty do well in teaching our students how to distinguish it. The distinction between true and false is often blurred in today's world and he realizes how hard it may be to have rational discourse in a world where students hear this all of the time.

Joe Hutchinson, Staff Senate
Not present.

Evan Sorce, ASWOU
They are starting voter registration drive and would like faculty assistance with that. Some faculty have been contacted about giving 5 minutes of class time and will be getting a follow up.

This week is 1st amendment week. There are lots of good forums and the 1st amendment wall. An example of a recent forum is whether we have gone too far with 1st amendment rights.

At the OSA meeting the key issues discussed were Tuition and funding, the Oregon opportunity grant, and textbook spending. They are prioritizing textbooks at a local level. Currently there is a working group, but it doesn't have faculty representation, which is key. If anyone is interested in talking to them and can address selection issues please let him know.

Two other issues addressed were cultural competency training for staff and gender neutral areas at universities.

A student, Mark Youngsma, passed away a few weeks ago and they are working on raising money to plant a tree and place a plaque near Campbell Hall. President Schmidt encouraged Evan to bring a donation can and faculty to bring money to donate in 2 weeks.

Kent Neely, Provosts' Council

The Provosts' Council met Thursday, 8 April at Portland State University.

Curricular proposals were presented by
Eastern Oregon University
- BA/BS in Public Administration
- Undergraduate Certificate in Public Service

Southern Oregon University (these were returned to the University)
- New location - MBA in Guanajuato, Mexico
- New Location - MBA in Hanoi, Vietnam
- New Location - MIM in Hanoi, Vietnam

Five Year Follow Up Review Programs- a number of programs have not come up for review. And it has been discovered that we do not have a good rubric for reviewing.
- EOU - Music "Business Administration"
- OHSU - Biomedical Engineering
- OIT - Respiratory Care; Manufacturing Engineering Technology; Renewable Energy Engineering"
- OSU - Construction Engineering Management; Engineering
- SOU - Music (Conducting)
- UO - Marine Biology; Medieval Studies

Learning Outcomes Assessment Task Group will be bringing forward a list of recommendations following the previous year's work.

A faculty survey is being conducted regarding the conversion from quarters to semesters. You have received an email notification from Carol Harding that links to the survey. He encourages faculty to make their voices heard.

Pet Poston inquired about where the savings from this kind of conversion would go. Provost Neely responded that there is a large cost associated with converting, so it would be a while until savings were realized.
Mark Girod asked whay the change was happening. Provost Neely responded that we are one of the few states still on quarters. It is really an issue of pedagogy, transferability, etc.
Solveig Holmquist added that textbooks are designed for semesters, so they could be better utilized in a semester system.
Provost Neely noted that intercollegiate athletics also are impacted.
Solvieg added that many types of intercollegiate activities are impacted. For example, her choir must compete after only 2 weeks in the term against choirs who have been practicing together for much longer.

Evan Sorce added on the topic of textbooks, that students would have to buy fewer. He also added to his earlier request for faculty on the textbooks committee that he particularly hopes that the Math department would give representation to textbooks committee, since the new system they are using has reduced the ability to sell back/buy used textbooks.

Proposal: Policy Change for M.A. Program in History, Ben Lowe (document B)
Proposal to allow the history department to administer their own written comprehensive exams. They already administer their own oral comprehensive exams.
Joel Alexander moved to approve, Dean Braa Seconded.

Pete Poston inquired about the origin of this as a graduation requirement and how chemistry could set something similar up. Provost Neely responded that they would need to make a proposal to the Academic Requirements Committee.
Bob Hautala clarified with Ben Lowe that they were not changing the format or content of exam.

Passes unanimously

Proposal: Academic Re-Start Program, Associate Provost McDonald (document C)
Policy for students with a 5 year or longer separation from the university have the opportunity to have a "restart".
They can choose 1-3 terms to have not included in their GPA. These terms would still be on their transcript, but not in their GPA. The requirements are that they must have a2.5 GPA, be enrolled full time, have a major, and have support of advisor and chair. Adding this policy catches us up with other schools that have similar policies.
Pete Poston moved to approve, Jason Waite seconded.
Bob Hautala asked for clarification about what it would mean if they met the elegibility.
Associate Provost McDonald responded that those grades would no longer count against their GPA. They would still be on their transcripts and they would have to re-take any classes they needed for their major or the LACC.
Evan Sorce asked how many students would utilize this.
Associate Provost McDonald responded that he guessed it would be a small number.

Passes unanimously

Proposal: Geropsychology Minor, Rob Winningham (document D)
Psychology is proposing a 27 hour geropsychology minor comprised of 1 required class and 12 other classes chosen from a list. They are hoping that internship would be a part of it. It is an interdisciplinary degree, with lots of options depending on what fields students want to go into.

Dean Braa asked what kind of jobs students might expect to go into with this degree.
Rob Winningham responded with a long list of areas, including long-term care administration, senior center administration, occupational therapy, home health care, social work, hospice, palliative care, and many others.

Proposal: Catalog Expiration Policy, Nancy France (document E)
She is proposing that the catalog expire after 7 years, rather than 5. Most students are taking more than 5 years to finish their degrees. This change will mostly impact students who are part time or take a break. Full time students already tend to choose catalogs from their junior or Senior year. Other OUS have at least 7 years (one has 8).

Memo: LACC Committee Update, Tom Bergeron (document F)
Mostly an update. Have a proposed set of guidelines for LACC courses if curriculum committee is approving them.
They conducted a survey related to learning outcomes and in analyzing results the learning outcomes appear to be being addressed in LACCs.
They have taken a closer look at writing component, have analyzed and taken a look at solicited papers.
There are a few more meetings set for this year and they will have recommendations at the end of the year.


New Residence Hall, Part II: Living and Learning, Tina Fuchs (document G)
Tina FUchs gave an overview of the programatic aspects of the new Live and Learn Residence Hall.
In the new residence hall, students will be part of a community, where they live in same area and have staff, curricular and co-curricular activities dedicated to that program.

There are many benefits to this type of program. Students in live learn communities tend to have higher scores for peer academic discussions, faculty mentoring relationships, transition to college, civic engagement, academic self-confidence, are more likely to participate in internship/practicum, faculty research, etc.

The residence hall will have 10 communities, with the following themes:
1. The arts
2. Future educators
3. Global village
4. Outdoor adventured
5. Pre-nursing (Mike LeMaster will be working with this group)
6. Green House (5 communities)

Preferably, there would be a faculty mentor for each community.

Each community will have 30-33 people, will be a mix of upperclasmen and freshmen and will be co-ed, which is a change for us.

At the end of February 53 students were signed up for this residence hall. They are adding more now, but are holding places for new students.

Faculty/staff member expectations:
Help with guidance
Mentor/collaborate with RA for programming and support
Balance between academic and non academic activities
Passion for theme
Present, available

Faculty benefits - captive audience, first priority access to classrooms/meeting rooms, opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom, create new experiences for students, possibly a financial incentive (meal card?).

Jason Waite moved to adjourn, Dean Bra seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 4:46 pm.

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