Western Oregon University
Faculty Senate Agenda
13 April 2010, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
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
I CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
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
II CORRECTIONS AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 9 MARCH 2010 (document A)
III PRESIDENTS' REPORTS
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
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.
IV OLD BUSINESS
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.
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.
V NEW BUSINESS
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).
VI COMMITTEE REPORTS
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.
VII INTERINSTITUTIONAL FACULTY SENATE REPORT
VIII SUSTAINABILITY THEME
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
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.