Faculty Senate Minutes

July 8, 2003


I.                The meeting was called to order.

§                       Senate members or substitutes in attendance: Bob Broeg, Brian Caster, Keller Coker, Claire Ferraris, David Foster, Scott Grimm, Karen Haberman, Sriram Khe, John Rector, Bill Schoenfeld, Zenon Zygmont


II.            Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.


III.         Small changes in agenda were made.

§                       President Conn moved to later in agenda; IFS Senator’s report moved to just before old business.


IV.         The executive committee was introduced:

§                       President:  Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon

§                       Vice-President:  Gudrun Hoobler

§                       Secretary:  Maria Fung

§                       At-Large: Solveig Holmquist

§                       At-Large: Robert Brownbridge

§                       Past President: Brian Caster


V.             General meeting information

§                       Meetings will start on time, at 3:30. 

č                There was some discussion to move the start time to 3:45 to accommodate those with 2-3:50 courses, but for now, it was left at 3:30.  Janeanne pledged to keep the meetings moving and on time, with the goal of finishing by 5 PM.

č                Food for meetings comes from the President’s budget.  It was decided that food offerings would remain similar to what we have had in the past.


VI.         Report from Bob Turner, IFS.  Dr. Turner presented the main topics covered and sentiments expressed at most recent IFS meeting:

§                       Roger Bassett retired from OUS board.  He has been a supporter of WOU.

§                       Funding situation is “unknown”, not adequate. 

§                       No additional funding for higher education is seen in the next biennium.

§                       System-wide, 2000 fewer students are supported by the current budget than the previous budget

§                       Support in the state legislature for OUS is strong, but not strong enough

č                Legislators are fine with the current debt load placed on OUS students

č                One way of reaching individual legislators is to contact your legislator with “personal stories”

§                       Main system-wide concern:  balance of quality and access

§                       “Line in sand”:  Legislature has set 72% level (funding) compared to peer institutions as “acceptable”.  This basically means that “Mediocrity is unattainable”.

§                       OSU is reorganizing, working on a 2007 plan

§                       Eastern Oregon University has an ongoing presidential search.


VIII.  New Business

A.                   Reordering of signatures on current proposal routing sheet (listed on agenda as Old Business, but really new...)

č                Deans Chadney and Rosselli would like to be notified earlier in the process about potential curriculum changes so they can better gauge college-wide and university-wide impacts.  Dr. Chadney emphasized that the key purpose of desiring routing through the Dean’s offices was “communication”.

č                Currently, media services and the library sign off because they must evaluate financial impact on their respective services.

č                Currently, the representatives on the curriculum committee from each division are expected to catch the potential impacts to their divisions.  There is also a place on the form to address potential impacts.

·                    Neither of these contingencies has worked consistently.

č                Concerns expressed that adding a new signature requirement would add too much time and too much additional bureaucracy

č                Concern that curriculum is primarily the responsibility of faculty, so that administrators should not be required to approve curriculum proposals at this level

·                    Suggested that this go to the Deans for viewing at the same time as it is sent to the Department Head

č                Since this is for information, the solution would be to have a “check off” box to indicate that the appropriate Dean was informed.  The general consensus of those present (or so it seemed to this note-taker) was that this is a good idea, and accomplishes the desired exchange of information without it being excessively bureaucratic.

·                    This will require a very simple addition to the form, for example:

·                    cc:  Dean ___

č                Since this is new business, it will go on the agenda for the fall meeting.

B.                   Curriculum proposal:  Teacher education.  Presented by Gary Welander  [NOTE:  Additional handouts provided with details of the proposal.]

č                Purpose of the proposal:  Currently, education majors receive degrees with a single major, along with the appropriate teaching authorization (for example, Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization).  However, they complete a significant number of additional credit hours beyond either the Ed major or the LACC, numerically equivalent to some of the majors offered on campus.  This proposal indicates the desire of the Division of Teacher Education to award a double major to education students.  “Thus a declared education major would, after completing all graduation/licensure requirements would receive a BS or BA degree with two majors, i.e. Interdisciplinary: ED (Early Childhood) & Education or...” (Memorandum from Gary Welander dated May 27, 2003)

č                Gary:  “We aren’t recognizing the work they are doing.”

·                    Other universities give Master’s degrees for a one-year teacher education program.

·                    This change would help us in our recruiting

·                    Way of recognizing the work that these students do in LAS.  Right now a post-bac in the program receives authorization but no degree.

č                Why don’t post-bacs choose to do the MAT here?

·                    We only offer the MAT for high-school level teaching authorizations.

č                Dean Chadney reviewed current policies/requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies.  Current interdisciplinary studies major is very different than what is proposed here in terms of content, but similar in terms of units. 

č                Gary:  Want to show that our Ed majors are well-rounded, beyond the breadth required of a community college education.  There is great discrepancy in the region in terms of the breadth/additional LAS courses required by education majors.

č                Concern raised of breadth vs. depth.  Does this really rise to the level of a true major?

·                    Currently, an interdisciplinary studies major can be narrow, focusing on two closely related fields, or be quite broad.  Very flexible at this point.

·                    Currently, Interdisciplinary majors do 63-84 units, with a minimum of 27 hours in one of the two focus areas.

·                    The LAS courses currently taken by education majors are across a broader range of subjects, not as much depth in individual areas.

č                One possibility raised:  Limit this to post-bacs

č                Another possibility:  Call it something different, such as a “Liberal Studies” major.

č                Pointed out that this proposal was approved unanimously by the curriculum committee after much discussion.

č                Concern raised that this change would confuse students.

č                What really is the benefit?

·                    Gary:  Acknowledges what our students are doing, and will help make the program more competitive.

č                This will be back on the agenda for the next meeting.

C.                   Addition of CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) Director as ex-officio to AIS (Academic Information Services) committee.

č                AIS oversees the function of the library, academic computing and media services.

·                    In past, the committee has been a means for the directors of these different areas to provide information to faculty, and visa versa.

·                    Policies of these different areas are also reviewed by the committee, especially in terms of how they affect teaching and research.

·                    Other possible roles for committee exist.

č                No decision made specifically about whether the CTL Director should be ex-officio on the committee.

·                    Recommended that the AIS committee re-examine its role, given the new library and the consolidation of some of these different services,  before it is determined whether this proposal appropriate.

D.                   Credit by Examination Fees

č                Current policy, $25/exam, regardless of course credit hours

č                Suggested changes

·                    Increase of fee to $25/credit hour

§                      Reason for increase is both financial and to discourage students from capriciously challenging courses.

§                      Discussion as to whether this is enough.  It has been at quite a low rate for a long time, but we don’t want to push this too far.

§                      Charging too much could discourage students from challenging a course due to financial constraints

·                    Change in who receives the fees.  Currently it is the registrar but would instead divide the fee 50:50 with the division/department.

§                      Where would division/department allotment end up?  Suggested that the faculty member who administers the exam receive some of these funds

Ü                 How fair is this?  Faculty are currently not compensated for independent study students, for example.

Ü                 This can be possibly thought of as different than independent study because a faculty member chooses  to do the independent study (does not have to do it) whereas they can be assigned to write/administer the Credit by Examination exam.


IX.         President Conn’s report

§                       Commencement went well

§                       Enrollment

č                Summer term was similar to past years:  Approximately 1700 students

č                Fall term:  Pretty much on track, but some “wild card” issues that could have last minute impact

·                    Increase in tuition

·                    Change in tuition plateau formula

č                Freshman numbers are large, whereas the upper-division is somewhat low, so that they balance out and are similar to numbers in previous years.

č                Housing is maxed out

·                    Should make for a good “living-learning community”

§                       State Board will meet next Friday in Bend.  Key board topics:

č                Roger Bassett resignation

č                Annual review of budgets, etc...

č                Continuing discussion of tuition plateau

·                    Previous policy that was nearly system-wide:  Same charge for 13-18 units

·                    Now, schools are “all over” with regard to this issue

§                      PSU, EOU dropped plateau completely

§                      U of O experimenting with model related to course times as well as numbers of units

§                      WOU plans to first keep dropping the plateaus by 2 points, with total phase-out in 2-3 years.  Has become more of an issue because others moved “too quickly”.

č                Still talk of increasing autonomy of individual campuses, but that has subsided somewhat. 

·                    Dr. Conn’s view is that maybe this approach doesn’t work as well in the public sector as in the private sector.

§                       Strategic planning

č                Working on a framework that involves all sectors of the University community

§                       Searches:  7-9 staff positions open that need to be filled immediately

č                Bookstore Manager

č                Director of Public Safety

č                Director of Career Services

č                VP of Student Affairs

·                    Roseanne Kendall will continue for an additional six months in this position

č                Director of Alumni Relations

č                Director of Public Relations


X.             Motion to extend meeting.  Motion passed.


XI.         Brief discussion of the new schedule that incorporates 4-credit hour classes into the course and finals week schedule.

§                       Approval given to distribute the finals schedule and 4-credit hour guidelines as written.

§                       The 4-credit hour committee will meet as needed in the coming year to deal with related issues that come up.


XII.      Meeting adjourned at 5:25 PM.