Please note: These minutes are still going to the 99/00 senate members only who are on the senate distribution list. I will have a new distribution list by the next meeting. Please share this information with your senate replacements until I get things fixed. Of note: the summer meeting time (July 11, 3:30 tentative). Sarah 

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes 
Tuesday, May 23, 2000 
Columbia Room, Werner University Center 

1.0 Call to Order 

2.0 Call of the Roll: 
There were three substitutions: Bryan Dutton for Irja Galvan, Mark Perlman for Dean Bethea, and Hamid Behmard for Mike Ward. Several new-term senators were present but I didn't put new nametags out for them so there was no formal roll for them. The following old-term senators were absent: Brian Bonnlander, Meredith Brodsky, Brian Caster, Tina Fuchs, Wangeshi Gatimu, Rebecca Marsh-McCannell, lMing Chi-Own, Darryl Thomas, and Stephanie Tunison were absent. 

3.0. Corrections to and approval of the minutes from the previous senate meeting/Agenda Adjustments. Minutes approved. There were no agenda adjustments. 

4.0. Reports of the Presidents 

4.1 Senate President Joel thanked the senate for an "active year," and the faculty who have joined the Scholars' Network. He hopes to be an active advisor for the Executive Committee next year. 

4.2 President of Western Oregon University President Youngblood was not present. 

4.21 Budget: 
Provost Minahan gave an extensive budget presentation and, along with Dean Chadney, answered a variety of questions. To accompany his presentations, Provost Minahan distributed three hand-outs: (1) the budget report (to all senators); (2) the Legislative Fiscal Office's memorandum on the impact of the pending Sizemore initiative (to all senators); and (3) a summary of reports about academic ownership/intellectual property rights (limited copies; Joel has master copies). Only the budget report was extensively reviewed. Key points: freshman are presently up 6.1%; transfers up 12.0%, and graduates down 43.8%. Total: up 5.4%. The Provost stressed that these figures typically decrease and we should view next year as potentially "flat" and "tender." The Provost also explained that we will be giving back $781,560 based on not exceeding annual projections. All these figures are in the handout provided. Initial comments from the Provost included the following: (a) Given the completion of the library, a larger push to build Foundation funds for scholarships will be made next year as it seems that other state universities are using small scholarships to most effectively recruit students. (b) He predicts a 3.5% tuition increase that will defray costs next year. He said that the state could mandate up to 5% tuition increases. Nevertheless, given recent negotiations, an increase of 200 FTE students needs to be met next year even with projected tuition increases. (c) New lab fees for courses in the Natural Sciences Division will, in part, supplement the existing science budget. (d) A breakdown of where there have been specific gains and losses in students in particular programs will be available soon. (e) Certain programs may be cut (the Japanese minor was specifically mentioned) or altered. For example, the Provost and the Dean expressed interest in expanding the current MAT to students who have recently completed specific BA/BS degrees when asked about this topic (given the fact that the current MAT is competitive and fully enrolled). (f) Both the Dean and the Provost stated that faculty positions may also be altered given retirements (it was not stated whether this would be limited to Divisions or not). For example, a retiring member of "X" could be replaced by a "Y" (I wasn't about to specify programs - and neither was anyone else). (g) The Provost hopes to make budget reports a quarterly event. 

4.3 Student Body President The new Student Body President, Andy High, introduced himself and his new platform, which includes educating students about the impact of the Sizemore initiative, improving the student weight training facilities, and developing a women's center on campus. 

5.0 Consideration of Old Business 

5.1 On-Line Course Routing Form: Joel is still waiting for more input on these drafts. 

5.2 WRC ad-hoc committee. 
The motion to form a committee to investigate membership in the WRC was unanimously approved. Peter Callero will head this committee and faculty interested in working with Peter should contact him. 

6.0 Consideration of New Business 

6.1 Elections. 
The following nominees were elected: John Leadley (President) - all but one (John Leadley) approved Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon (V. President) - unanimous Sarah Boomer (Secretary) - unanimous David Hargreaves - (EC member at large) - unanimous 

7.0 Reports of Interinstitutional Faculty Senators: None 

8.0 Reports 

8.1 Academic Requirements: 
Joel read a report from Solveig Holmquist, Chair of the ARC, that summarized the primary item of the committee - evaluation of writing course requirements at Western. Copies were not distributed and will be maintained in my (secretary) file. Major conclusions: (a) Many Western students are weak writers but, unfortunately, skip taking WR115, a basic writing course, because it does not fulfill the LACC; WR115 is not a formal pre-requisite for WR135, an analytical/argument-based expository writing course (and LACC). There are presently not enough faculty to teach WR115 to the numbers of students estimated to need it. Students are given a writing "entrance/evaluation exam" as part of SOAR but, at present, decisions about placement are not required (only advised) using results. (b) Writing Intensive Courses are poorly designated and standardized. Their effectiveness is not well understood. Some programs offer no WI courses. Discussion of these issues, both by ARC and Faculty Senate, yielded the following recommendations: (a) Put more resources into faculty to teach 115 and 135 (b) Require/enforce that every major offer at least one WI course (c) Improve listing WI in schedule; specifically, make a separate "WI class" listing within each schedule. Put this information on the web as well. (d) Make SOAR writing evaluations into true placement tests and use them for placing students into either 115 or 135. (e) The Senate briefly courted the motion of requiring that a C in WR135 be mandatory for passing; after discussion, however, it was decided that this be discussed further as "new business" at the next meeting (July 11, 3:30, pending further notice). (f) Develop improved mechanisms for evaluating WI courses; this was recommended by ARC but no specific ideas were generated at Faculty Senate. 

8.2 Curriculum Committee: None 

8.3 Graduate Study Committee: None 

8.4 Honors Committee: 
Marjorie summarized this years' activities, including moving thesis timeline earlier, Pastega Award recipients, the Ashland excursion, and the development of an Honors Center in the Old Library. 

8.5 International Education/Services Committee: 
John summarized this years' activities. In sum, 246 liberal arts/sciences majors and 94 education majors participated in study abroad programs in, in descending order of popularity, Europe, Americas, Asia, and Africa. Programs included national, local, and campus- based trips for 1-3 months. He encouraged faculty to consider teaching abroad as well, and discussed examples from faculty here. He emphasized that, while students and faculty participating in overseas experiences is not a big money-maker for campus, it should be supported and encouraged in the context of our liberal arts philosophy and education values. He discussed the impact of international students on campus (primarily Japanese students at present), emphasizing their cultural and financial impact on campus. He also asked that faculty be sensitive to the special needs of these students. The proposed cutting of the Japanese minor was discussed in light of all of these issues. 

8.6 Academic Information Committee: None 

8.7 Jenson Lectureship Committee: Janeann is now taking suggestions for next years' speakers. 

8.8 Honor Code Committee: None. 

The Meeting was adjourned.


Faculty Senate:

Carol Harding made three important corrections, the first of which

has bearing on the upcoming July meeting.

(1) Relevent for New Business/Writing Courses: The grade of C-

(not a C, as stated incorrectly in the minutes) is the proposed

passing grade for WR135 (the LACC requirement).

(2) The SOAR writing test will be a pilot program beginning this

year; it has not been implemented before.

(3) Mike Ward was also elected to Executive Committee.