ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate January 14, 2008

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-08 Senate President called the Senate to order at 4:02 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of December 3, 2007 and Standing Committee minutes.  Senators expressed condolences to the family of Un Kyu Choi, a Korean exchange student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Bill McDonald Parkway on January 7th.

§    Senators heard Newcomer report on his meeting with the chairs of the College Curricular committee members and changes proposed to the Academic Coordinating Commission charge.

§    In response to a constituent concern, Newcomer reported that the running track is open to use by groups except during practice that includes balls (e.g. Rugby or LaCrosse) due to injury liability issues.

§    Provost Murphy announced that the Higher Education Coordinating Board priority budget plan for the next biennium has been released.  Murphy reported that Performance Contracts are getting more attention in the current legislative session.

§    Murphy reported on his review of Western websites in preparation for the April 2nd accreditation visit and suggested departments anticipate questions by including learning objectives on their websites.  Murphy plans to create a single site with links to departments that the accrediting team can access.  Murphy reported that accreditors had interviewed students on other campuses and asked if they were aware of learning objectives in the GURs or in their majors. 

§    Motion:  Senators passed a motion which expressed appreciation and support for the idea of a faculty member on the Board of Trustees.  A legislative bill presented by the Council of Faculty Representatives is part of a larger attempt to include faculty on higher education administrative boards.

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, reported on contract negotiations, and announced an all faculty meeting on January 31st at 4 pm in the Old Main Theater.  The faculty union will present the agreement package in its entirety along with deadlocked issues, if any. All faculty both union and non-union are encouraged to attend and show support for the resolution of issues. 

§    Lyne encouraged faculty to attend lectures by Bob Mitchell, Geology, who has prepared in-depth analyses of issues related to Western’s presence on the Waterfront.

§    Bookstore management will be invited to the Senate to discuss issues connected to ordering and returning textbooks.

§    Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 5:20 and adjourned at 6:00 p.m.


Additional faculty are asked to volunteer for the following:  Work Group to review catalog program with Student Affairs; Work Group to review graduation priorities with Student Affairs