ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate January 10, 2011

Scott Pearce, Faculty Senate President, called the 2010-2011 Faculty Senate to order at 4:03pm.  Senators accepted Senate minutes of November 22, 2010 and Standing Committee minutes.

         Senators voted to eliminate delivery of Senate packets and will print their own Agenda, minutes and exhibits which will be emailed as a PDF. Those who still wish a packet may request one.

         Pearce reported: 1) A General Faculty Assembly on the International White Papers will be held January 11 and 13 in SMATE 150 from 3 to 4 pm.; 2) John Lawson is invited to report on Blackboard (Bb); 3) Rich Van Den Hul and Nancy Philips quickly responded to problems with building access buttons; 4) Senators will discuss priority registration for athletes when more data is available; 5) Attendance policies will be reviewed including proof of medical illness when students miss class or exams; 6) The provost is exploring ways of paying for Scantrons and seeking to clarify administrative titles in the colleges such as Assistant Dean.

         Senators approved a Resolution proposed by David Meyer which publicly thanked President Shepard and Provost Riordan for their commitment to the practice of collaborative shared governance as exemplified by their elegant solution to preserving the Music Library.

         President Shepard reported that cuts to Westernís operating budget may reach 5 to 7%..  Shepard pointed out that state support had dropped below 30% to only $2900 per student.  Shepard supports UPRCís processes in budget discussions.  Shepard noted that differentiation between the baccalaureates is one of the strengths in this State and bureaucratic attempts to make every school the same are damaging.  

         Provost Riordan reported that: 1) that Francis Halle had acoustically improved 3 AIC classrooms; 2)  If faculty are disturbed by outside work while teaching the number to call is: 650-3420; with further concerns please email space.administration@wwu.edu.; 4) Riordan is conducting deansí searches both for Woodring and College of Sciences and Technology with Senate help in recruiting faculty.

         Steve Garfinkle, UFWW President, drew attention to http://www.ufws.org/blog which points out that it costs $14,000 to graduate a student in 2011 just as it did in 1991.  However cuts in State funding place a much greater burden on parents.  The WA system, among the most efficient in the country, is under assault as the State disinvests.

         Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics, reminded Senators 1) that 55 students will travel to Olympia on Monday for Lobby Day to meet with legislators; 2) Green Fee applications will be sent out on January 18 and student employees will assist faculty and staff with proposals and advertising projects.

         Presentation: Marie Raney, Manager, Academic Web, presented the process for delivering a new website main page this fall that will include themes as a first point of attraction to the University.  A second stage will develop an intranet or portal for specialized internal information, and departments will later be able to redefine their sites.  The platform will use Drupal, a content management system. Raney requests feedback through surveys and email as the yearlong task proceeds. 

         Constituent Concerns included the following:  1) Is there a plan for students with marginal GPAs who are forced into General Studies to graduate as the budget shrinks seats, particularly in Chemistry? 2) Is there a way to force students with 200 or more credits (and priority registration) to graduate now and make room for sophomores and juniors who need access?

         Code of Faculty Ethics Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Vice Provost, EEO, encouraged Senators to clarify Westernís policy surrounding consensual romantic relationships between professors and students which presently prohibits supervising a person involved.  Some universities prohibit such relationships completely lest a sexual harassment case could develop.  Faculty should send recommendations on policy to Scott Pearce.

         Guidelines on Faculty Governance in Colleges.  Improved guidelines suggest that colleges may be happy with things as they are, but should send minutes to the Executive and post them on the college website.

         Senators adjourned at 6:04 pm.


Appointments and Elections:   Chuck Lambert, Officer

Senators appointed the following:


Senators reviewed the 2011 Election Schedule and will vote to approve it at the next meeting.

Faculty are sought for the following:

             4 faculty to serve on E-Catalog committee (Charge approved by ACC 1-4-2011)