ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting February 7, 2005
· Jim Stewart, 2004-2005 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:06 pm. Senators approved minutes of January 24, 2005. Senators experimented with an approach that called attention to Standing Committee action items listed on the agenda, and then approved Standing Committee minutes.
· President Morse reported Governor Gregoire’s new budget would not be out until March 17th. Gregoire has endorsed the creation of a committee to study Education Finance, and why I-884 failed.
· Morse stressed the importance of reviewing the Strategic Plan in light of enrollment increases, a move to create more four-year schools in the state, and predictable tuition increases due to the State budget shortfall. According to Morse, the Strategic Plan guides us in both good times and bad and must present the core values of the institution’s primary academic mission.
· Todd Donovan, Legislative Liaison reported on the features of Higher Education Day, February 15, when faculty and alums plan to visit legislators and a Governor’s reception to lobby for higher education goals.
· President Stewart reported on an impressive plan that the Associated Students have agreed upon to assess themselves a quarterly fee in order to buy Green Power from Puget Energy, enabling Western to become the leader nationally in this effort.
· Senators will bring a motion to the floor with a recommendation on the timeframe for electing a Chair of the University Planning Council.
· Senators passed a MOTION directing the Academic Technology committee to review its charge and its current decision-making processes related to technology, and to provide recommendations by the end of Spring quarter 2005.
· Senators approved Voter Eligibility totals and an Apportionment of Senate Seats for the 2005-07 election. Senators passed a MOTION that the 30th position be “University-Wide”.
· Senators learned that the Western Library will soon be the only university in the West to bring in live satellite feed from several European countries.
· Constituent Concerns included a) a need to establish bike lanes, b) questions about the new ticketing system for jaywalkers, c) concerns regarding the timing of the lights, need for a left-turn lane, and hazardous roadway conditions at the crossings near the Recreation Center.
Senators voted to adjourn at 5:25 p.m.
At 5:30 pm the Executive Council met and cancelled the February 14 Senate meeting. The Executive Council will continue work with the President and Provost on the Faculty Grievance Procedure, a draft of which will be brought to the March 7th Senate meeting.
Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer
Faculty Development Grants, Janet Finlay, Psychology
Parking Appeals Board: Laura Laffrado, English
University Planning Council, term ending Spring 2006