ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate October 29, 2007

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-08 Senate President called the Senate to order at 4:04 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of October 15, 2007 and Standing Committee minutes.

    Senators heard Newcomer report that attendees at the recent meeting suggested to the Higher Education Coordinating Board that its strategic plan needs to focus on quality as well as access, and that students must be prepared as critical thinkers with broad foundations in the liberal arts as well as preparation in business and the sciences.

    Newcomer reported on eight faculty whose names will be submitted to the Board of Trustees as candidates on the President Search Advisory Committee.  The Board will select three for the committee.

    President Morse described the role of the Executive Policy Group which will meet next month. 

    Senators later unanimously passed a motion to slightly amend the Appointments of Opportunity Policy which Jeff Newcomer will bring to the EP Group as the sole faculty representative.

    Senators requested statistics on the approximate number of annual appointments of opportunity and allocation of funding for this purpose.

    Provost Murphy reported on ongoing HEC Board discussion on the creation of the North Puget Sound campus of the University of Washington, which now includes plans for a residential experience, graduate programs, and focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), business and education programs.  Four proposed sites include Smoky Point, Arlington, Lake Stevens, and two Everett sites, all less than an hour from our campus.  Murphy added that this is competitive with Western, but the University of Washington is responding to clear legislative direction.

    UFWW President Bill Lyne reported there will be negotiations this week, and four days in early December requiring an extensive investment of time to reach a tentative contract. 

    Newcomer conducted a straw vote in which a Senate majority suggested retaining the Ombuds position as well as an additional panel of disinterested faculty who will provide a venue for resolving differences before they require union involvement.

    Senators heard the following constituent concerns:  a) deadlines for Fall Quarter all fall on the same day; b) a growing shortage of level four classrooms; c) sport sirens in Red Square interrupt teaching; d) some students involved in sports secure a place in class then do not show up.

Senators adjourned at 5:40 p.m. and met in Faculty Caucus until 6:11 p.m.


Appointments & Elections Mick Cunningham, Officer

Vacancy:  1 Senator to replace Grace Wang, Huxley, Fall  quarter