ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate November 19, 2007

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-08 Senate President called the Senate to order at 4:07 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of October 29, 2007 and Standing Committee minutes.

§    Senators heard Newcomer report on progress on various constituent concerns including information that a report is being prepared on level 4 mediated classroom usage during peak and off hours.

§    Matthew Liao-Troth brought Senators the complete report on the proposed North Puget Sound campus for the University of Washington in Everett.

§    Provost Murphy reported on plans to alter the processes for proposing capital projects and the biennial operating budget for greater transparency. 

§    UFWW President Bill Lyne expects progress will be made on the contract following four consecutive all day meetings in early December.

§    Senators will encourage constituents to participate in the Faculty Serving Washington Day in Olympia Wed. 1/23 and to forward proposals to John Purdy.  Some travel funds are available.

§    Senators discussed the Higher Education Coordinating Board Draft Master Plan and proposed inclusion of:  1) the necessity of educating the student beyond the narrow focus of work force preparation; 2) the necessity to address the maintenance of quality and the cost of the plan 3) a clearer presentation of data sources including the high drop-out rate of high school students; 4) inclusion in the draft of testimony, hearing, or written comments that were submitted, including from university faculty; 5) Western and the other regional institutions for their high quality research.  CFR is preparing a response to the draft, and any comments on it should be send to John Purdy at John.Purdy@wwu.edu.

§    Senators discussed the revised ACC charge, and ACC’s proposal for fractional writing proficiency requirements in the majors.

Senators adjourned at 5:46 p.m.