Index of Topics – 9/26/05

FIG Report and Rejoinder

Bicycle Policy - Motion

Campus Travel and Parking Issues - Constituent Concerns

Inclusion of  Off-site faculty in Strategic Plan – Constituent Concern


WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting –September 26, 2005

 

Bill Lyne, President called the first Fall meeting of the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:02 p.m.

Thirty-three (33) people were present including twenty-seven (27) Senators, one (1) recorder and one (1) legislative liaison, two (2) guests and two (2) ex officio members.  (See attached roster).  

 Approval of Minutes of May 23, 2005

Senators approved the minutes of May 23, 2005 as written. 

Items from the Chair

President Lyne Lyne welcomed Senators to the new quarter, and reported on items pending from the Spring, as well as new items to be considered, including: 

Ø      Chris Suczek has agreed to chair the Committee on Administrative Review, and establish a review schedule and timeline;

Ø      It is unlikely that the Public Employee Relations Commission will hand down a judgment on a union vote prior to late November.  Lyne reported, however, that Senate is on record as intending to produce a “Voters’ Guide” which will be answers from both sides to questions collected from faculty last year.  Lyne acknowledged that it seems premature to issue such a guide until everyone knows who can actually vote. 

Ø      Provost Bodman has agreed to distribute a breakdown of the 25-1/2 tenure track and other position allocations at next meeting;

Ø      A reinvigorated Salary and Welfare Committee will look into two charges remaining from last year: 1)  to look into Summer School wages and appointments with information gained from Extended Education and Summer Programs, and 2) to develop policies to distribute certain funds for next year, including retention funds to the tune of 100,000, and compression, about 250,0000.  This is over and above the across the board raises of 4.5% this year and 5% next year.  Salary and Welfare currently is getting a head start on making recommendations to administration.  There is also some discussion of expanding the Salary and Welfare Committee and giving them the status of ACC and UPC, with a statutory meeting time; all such recommendations to come before the Senate for review and approval.  In response to a Senator’s question on searches, Lyne reported that most departments already know if this is happening; Bodman had stated that decisions get made somewhat incrementally since different areas have different hiring times and procedures.

Ø      Vice President George Pierce has agreed to provide the membership lists of his committees that include faculty representation.

 

Items from the Administration

Ø     University President Karen Morse welcomed Senators back and announced that the Waterfront Committee would begin meeting almost immediately.  The committee plans to meet with the Port, as well as possible consultants.  Morse announced that with the retirement of Judy McNickle, Bob Frazier and Sherry Burkey will be advocating for budget matters in Olympia.  Morse also described her outreach efforts in Washington, D.C. and her hopes of an outcome of financial benefit to the social sciences and the physical and life sciences.

Ø     Kris Bulcroft, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, thanked the Senate on behalf of Provost Bodman for its participation in the new faculty orientation.  Bulcroft also distributed a Rejoinder to the FIG Report for Senate review. 

 ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B)

Senators accepted the following Standing Committee minutes:

University Planning Council, 5/18/05. 

 REPORT OF THE Ad Hoc Committee to Review the FIGs (Freshman Interest Groups), and Distribution of Rejoinder   (Jeff Newcomer reports):

·    Last year ACC looked at FIGs following a request from Senate, and a 5-member committee was formed which included:  James Inverarity, Sociology, Chair; Kathleen Kennedy, History, Lorrie Brilla, PEHR, Jeff Newcomer, Engineering Tech, ACC rep; Lauren Balisky, Student (Fairhaven), ACC Student Rep.  Information gathered from the FIG organizers was gathered and some focus groups were held with staff who taught the seminars.  

·    Newcomer stressed that ACC has not yet acted on the report, but was still reviewing it.

In response to Senators’ questions on what recommendations emerged, Newcomer suggested:

o             The program could use more oversight, and strengthening of the academic component;

o             The program ought to pay the linked seminar instructors sufficiently – with a small budget of only $18,000, instructors received only a $500 stipend and no release time, and no development moneys.  The university and the faculty need to look at whether the program is achieving its aims.   What is the impact on achievement and retention?  Newcomer compared committee proposals in 1998 to results and suggested that academic improvement may not have measured up to what other universities advertise as their “successes”. 

Kris Bulcroft, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, distributed several pages of comment and rejoinder.  Bulcroft also introduced Janice Lapsansky, who is the new director of FIGs this year.  Bulcroft explained the 3-course model used in the FIG this year:  two GUR courses with a third course -- a linked 2-credit seminar for which students encounter a course title and syllabus and receive a grade.  There are nine different 3-course models offered this quarter, and the titles can be accessed on the FIG website at http://pandora.cii.wwu.edu/figsreg/

Ideally, ACC will develop a structure to review these courses.  Both the committee report and the rejoinder are available on the Senate website on the ACC link.

Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

To the Faculty Senate:  Senators approved the appointment of Deb Currier, Theater Arts, to complete the term of Greg Pulver (2006) who is now chairing the department. 

To the Academic Technology Committee through 2007:

Stefanie Buck, Library; Bruce Hamilton, Music; Gary Bornzin, Fairhaven

 

BICYCLES ON CAMPUS - Motion

Matthew Liao-Troth and Jim Stewart had followed up on the bicycle and pedestrian policy following a motion of the Senate last Spring.  Jim Stewart found that the Central Health and Safety Committee (CHSC) adopted a policy in 1997 (which was amended in 1998 to allow bicycles on campus 15 minutes AFTER the start of classes until 15 minutes BEFORE the start of classes), but the policy had not been reviewed after the first three years.   The CHSC will review the bicycle policy this year and seeks faculty representation on the committee. 

A motion was then made by Matthew Liao-Troth, seconded by Laura Laffrado, and passed by the Senate to delete the first part of the language of the motion of May 23, 2005 that requested a Senate committee to review the comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety plan, in light of the role of CHSC.  The second part of the motion remains, and asks that the Senate “request public safety to enforce current bicycle dismount and safety policies, including skateboarding and roller blading prohibitions.”  (See Senate minutes of May 23, 2005)

Constituent Concerns

Senators brought up the following concerns:

·    The time challenge involved in getting from Old Main to the Communications Facilities and other buildings in the ten minutes allotted between classes.  By the time you log off your computer, and start up a new one in the new class, and walk the distance, it is easily 20 minutes.  Senators suggested making it at least 15 minutes between classes, or scheduling the green shuttle to align with class schedules.  Senators mentioned the future concern of getting to classes at the Waterfront.

·    Parking and transportation budget:  One Senator suggested a pedestrian walkway to avoid the bicycle problem on a campus “one mile long and only 1/8 of a mile wide.”  With so many items funded out of a budget from permits and fines, there is a need to separate the effects of all of this from faculty and staff salaries.  Special needs of the campus and State law requiring parking to be self-funded means continued review is essential to avoid commingling funds. 

·    Parking Pushback.   The recent pushback from 5 pm to 7 p.m. for faculty parking is of particular concern to people who teach and work in the public schools and who come and go during the day, to meet with students and supervise student teaching.  Across the board supplemental requests have been denied. These changes have consequences to faculty involved in performances, and event schedules, as well as intangible effects to students and the University mission such as the lack of faculty presence on the campus due to parking difficulties.  The fewer student performances faculty attend, the more faculty presence is restricted -- faculty are less able to fulfill the University mission.  One Senator suggested that a shuttle ought to run at night.

·    Zip Cars Rented In-House.  One Senator suggested (from a NY Times article) “zip cars”, or an in-house rental car service to satisfy the need not to have to bring a car to campus.  Rationing of parking spaces seems to be required during the day but not in the evening; parking fees then seem to be based on a need to raise funds.

·    Late Night Parking.  Many classes on campus start and 5 and 6 pm and go to 9 pm.   Isn’t parking aware of this?  Another Senator expressed concern that it is harder and harder to come in and work after 5 p.m., that the parking spots have been taken up in response to requirements of the Recreation Center for parking.  Why isn’t there some kind of Faculty designation for specific spaces?

·    Will the Strategic Plan Review Committee include input from Constituents at Extended Sites?  Senators expressed concern that the large number of faculty from off-campus sites may not have a voice in the committee findings.  Jeff Newcomer suggested emailing himself and Provost Bodman to ensure that faculty at the off-campus sites are in the loop.

Recess and Faculty Caucus

Senators adjourned for five minutes then moved to a Faculty Caucus at 5:30 pm.

Adjournment

Senators moved to adjourn at 6:00 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 9/26/05

 

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary

 

 

Roster 2005-2006 Senate

 

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

2005-2006 Senate President

Bill Lyne

 

 

06

1

Bover, David, Ch, ATC 04-05

A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

 

06

2

Buckley, Patrick

G

P

 

Ira Hyman

 

 

06

3

Ramona Chauvin

H

P
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

P
 

 

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

P
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

   P
 

Ex Officio

 

 

06

9

   Henson, Steve

E

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

06

10

Hodges, Hart

E

P

2

Andrew Bodman, University Provost

  Kris Bulcroft, VP Undergrad Ed (for AB)

 Exc

   P

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

 Representative:  Provost’s Council

--

06

12

Hyman, Ira, PresElect 06-07(EC)

B

P

 

 

 

06

13

Hyatt, Keith

H

P

 

Guests

 

07

14

Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary(EC)

H

P

1

 James Sanders, ASVP Academics

P

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

2

 Janice Lapsansky, Biology, FIG Director

P

07

16

Larner, Daniel, Ch,.Griev

F

 Exc

 

 

 

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

1

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

06

18

Lyne, William, President 05-06(EC)

C

P

2

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

06

19

Madsen, Leza

I

P

 

 

 

07

20

Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

 

Monday, September 26, ,2005

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

Exc

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Slentz, Kris

H

P

 

Total Senators Present

27

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(3)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

 Exc

 

Ex Officio Present

2

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

2

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

2

07

30

Van Boer, Bertil

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

33

 

Article III.  Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is empowered to speak and act for the Faculty in University affairs with particular responsibility in the areas of curriculum, academic programs, Faculty salary, Faculty status, scholarly activities, and all matters relating to the welfare of Faculty, the education of students, and the academic mission of the University.

The Faculty Senate is limited to 30 voting members elected by the Faculty, and the President of the University, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University, and a college dean appointed by the Provost serving as Provost's Council representative as ex officio non-voting members.    (Faculty Handbook, page 55)