1.0 Call to Order
2.0 Call of the Roll. Meredith Brodsky,
Tina Fuchs, Martin
Rodriquez, Linda Stonecipher, and Stephanie Tunison were absent.
3.0 Previous minutes and meeting/Agenda Adjustments.
Minutes were approved. No agenda adjustments.
4.0 Reports of the Presidents:
4.1 Senate President: Joel summarized major senate events
fall term, 1999 (Diversity, Honor Code/Committee, Budget, and
PEBB). He introduced Eric Cooley, the new Faculty Athletic
Representative (FAR) for NCAA. He said that Eric would bring
forth Attendance Policy issues in the near future. He
announced that the Faculty Senate now has webspace which
he, Chehalis, and I will continue to build.
Joel reminded faculty to review the list of Executive Committee-
approved curriculum changes that was provided prior to the
meeting and then reiterated the Faculty Senate's advisory role in
terms of curriculum issues (as precisely defined by the Senate
by-laws). This statement was in response to Social Sciences'
request that the Curriculum Committee be changed to represent
the entire campus. Joel discussed the fact that there are no
clear by-laws which define when the Executive Committee must
take specific curriculum issues to the entire senate; decisions
are at the discretion of the Executive Committee members. In his
experience, however, new majors, major overhauls, or
contentious changes were always brought forth to the Faculty
Senate which, by definition, represents the entire campus (thus
making moot concerns about the current structure of the
Curriculum Committee). Joel strongly urged concerned faculty
to keep this in mind when calls for new Executive Committee
Joel announced that he had been asked to attend to the
upcoming OUS Board of Higher Education meeting and asked
for guidance regarding the invitation. The Senate approved his
attendance, supporting the need to have broad faculty
representation, not just union-mediated presentations.
4.2 President of Western Oregon University: Dr. Youngblood
reported current enrollment (3% up over last year) and
announced that the Anthropology degree was approved at the
recent Strategic Planning meeting. She described recent PEBB
discussions with the governor; when asked about her sense of
his "feeling" on the matter, she said it was not clear.
Dr. Youngblood was asked specifically about plans for the old
library. She described two plans: (1) a less expensive short
term plan that included conversion to offices and classrooms
but no elevator; and (2) a long-term, multi-million dollar plan
that would build facilities for admissions, advising, and the
study skills center (including an elevator).
4.3 Student Body President: Obie Garza described work to
educate students about current legislative or judicial issues
(including the Sizemore plan, student fees, tuition freeze/hikes,
and childcare). He said the Chicano studies minor is moving
slowly but surely through the paperwork. Finally, he discussed
a major voter registration campaign he is leading on campus
(that could bring the governor here in the spring). Faculty
lauded, in particular, this effort.
5.0 Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senators:
Irja introduced Bob Turner, who has now officially replaced
Marion Schrock. Irja described the December meeting, held at
PSU. Key issues: (1) new budget model problems in terms of
poorly-defined assessment categories for students (i.e. the
“blocks” that receive additional state funding); (2) PSU's
specific role as an urban university with an emphasis on
funding problems when the lines between the university and
the community are blurred; (3) concerns about the budget
model in terms of promoting bad competition, not union; (4)
perceptions that a new university in Bend will not be a reality
any time soon because of the funding situation; (5) discussions
of the role of faculty on OUS (with the announcement that Dr.
Geraldine Richmond, who currently holds this position, will be
visiting Western in the near future); and (6) IFS now has a
website (that will be linked into the new website shortly).
6.0 Reports of the Faculty Senate Sub-Committees:
6.2 Curriculum Committee: Brian reported
forms for course approvals should be available on the faculty
handbook website. He also recommended a more judicious use
and assessment of “slash” (or 400/500) courses. Finally, he
and Joel warned that on-line courses (specifically, faculty credit
loading thereof) may be an upcoming topic for review in the
Curriculum Committee and, hence, Faculty Senate.
6.4 Honors Committee: Bob Turner unofficially
announced that two junior seminars had been made for next
6.8 Honor Code Committee: Laura summarized
two meetings; topics included a comparative review of variable
division/department policies and procedures on this campus, a
discussion of why an Honor Code was being considered at this
time (increased numbers?), and a discussion of the need for
both Professor Authority, Unity, and specific tailoring to
Western's unique needs. Obie asked about student
representation on this committee (as he missed earlier meetings
that addressed/requested student involvement). Two students
will be selected to participate on this committee.
8.0 New Business: Joel reminded faculty
extensive handouts provided about each of these topics.
Please refer to these handouts in order to understand the
presentations and rationale behind each proposal, as I will not
describe those here.
8.1 Graduate Committee Membership. After presentations and
a moderate discussion that included concerns about the large
committee size, faculty workload, proper balance in terms of
campus representation, and the precise role of this committee
(review vs. advising), the Faculty Senate approved expansion of
the Graduate Committee with the amendment that one member
from Elementary/Secondary Education must come from Health
and P.E (the vote was 16 to 1). Several typos in the proposal were
8.2 Change in CS Major. After presentations and discussion
that included concerns about the frequency of course offerings,
faculty numbers/hires/workload, and the entire lack of writing
intensive coursework in the major, the Faculty Senate approved
the CS major changes.
8.3 New Major in Information Technology. After presentations
and another discussion that included concerns about the entire
lack of writing intensive or speech coursework in the major, the
Faculty Senate approved the new major.
8.4 Withdrawal of Economics from Social Science Major and
Minor. After presentations and a clarification of the Curriculum
Committee's decision (to support the petition to withdraw), the
Faculty Senate voted to uphold the Curriculum Committee's
decision, although the vote was not unanimous (14 to 1).
8.5 Withdrawal of Economics from the LACC Social Science
requirement. After presentations and a clarification of the
Curriculum Committee's decision (not to support withdrawal),
the Faculty Senate voted to uphold the Curriculum Committee's
decision, although the vote was not unanimous (11 to 4).
The meeting was adjourned.