Index of Topics –  April 3, 2006

Supplemental Budget, Decision Packages, Parking –  

          Reports from Bob Frazier and Sherry Burkey

Process for Evaluating Administrators – 

          Motion from Executive Council

Academic Freedom – Report on Vote

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – April 3, 2006

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:06 p.m.  Thirty-six (36) people were present, including twenty-nine (29) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, one (1) legislative liaison, one (1) recorder, and two (2) guests. (See attached roster).   Senators welcomed guests Bob Frazier, Vice President, External Affairs, and Sherry Burkey, Director, Government Relations, External Affairs.

Approval of Minutes of March 6, 2006

Senators approved the minutes of March 6, as written. 

Items from the Chair

Sherry Burkey, Director, Government Relations, External Affairs, reported to the Senate on 2006 Supplemental Budget items approved by the legislature for Western.  Senators learned that Western will compete with the other baccalaureates for High Demand enrollment funding from the HEC Board which received $900,000 to contract 80 FTE students at an average of $11,000.   Supplemental budget funding included:

1)  $400,000 for Waterfront Planning and Development:  This appropriation will provide planning money to partner with the Port and the City to ensure access to the waterfront for WWU Programs; the funding will facilitate studies of site development, transportation challenges, structural, environmental and engineering issues, and campus proposals for teaching and community outreach on the waterfront.

2)  $250,000 to offer an Emergency Management Bachelors Degree:  This appropriation of permanent money will allow WWU to build on a current certificate program offered by Huxley College of the Environment and develop a bachelor’s degree in Planning and Emergency Management, the first Emergency Management BA program in the Northwest.  It will provide expanded opportunities for community college students with AA degrees as well as professional in the field and could serve as a national training center for the Northwest region as envisioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The program will serve 25 FTEs in the Fall of 2006 and an additional 25 FTE in Fall 2007.

3)  $250,000 to support the Border Policy Research Institute:  Western’s Border Policy Research Institute informs policy-makers on matters related to the U.S. Canada border.  The BPRI provides research on crucial topics, including border and port security, trade and transportation and cross border tourist travel. 

4)  $98,000 to help with natural gas costs: appropriated to respond to unanticipated and extraordinary natural gas costs expenses.

5)  Certificate of Participation authority for Lincoln Creek Transportation Center:  The supplemental capital budget granted WWU the authority to participate in the state’s COP process.  This will allow Western to use this bond-financing tool to help improve the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center which provides parking and commuter services for WWU students, faculty and staff on the east side of I-5

6)  Other Legislation of Interest to Higher Education:

HB 2857 – Revised the terms of student trustees and regents

HB 3087 – Requires university governing boards to adopt rules requiring affiliated bookstores to provide students more purchasing options for instructional materials

HB 2233 – Requires universities to engage in outreach activities to increase the number of veterans who receive tuition waivers

HB 2507 – Seeks to prevent offerings or granting of false or misleading degrees

HB 2976 – Implements collective bargaining agreement between WWU and PSE bargaining unit C

HB 3113 – Increases access to higher education in north Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties for up to 250 FTE upper division and graduate students under the direction of Everett Community College

HB 2867 – Expands Washington State University at Tri-Cities to a four-year institution by allowing the campus to admit lower-division students into biotech programs beginning in the Fall of 2007

 Burkey acknowledged the work of Legislative Liaison Sara Singleton.  Singleton described the presentation made at the legislature by faculty from Higher Education at a special Faculty Day where legislators heard the special contributions faculty and students are making.  The presentation will be given in a week again in Seattle at “Washington Learns”.

 Senators asked questions and learned that the legislature may rightly or wrongly, still be on the path of thinking that there is a huge enrollment demand coming as it continues to fund some expansion of the community colleges.

President Morse will meet with the governor and talk about the data upon which policymakers are basing decisions on enrollments, which may not be that accurate.  Morse will bring data forward at PPRC to see what is actually happening as some distinct changes have taken place.  Our applications for transfer students could drop precipitously, which raises questions about where our freshman students originate – do we take more from out of state, etc.  Senators asked if Running Start will affect enrollment, and President Lyne asked for a presentation on these issues at a future date.

 Decision Packages as Compelling Opportunities

Burkey encouraged Senators to ask constituents for stories of programmatic successes to present to the legislature that highlight our strengths -- in addition to the conventional way of asking for resources.  These successes can be presented in the form of “Decisions Packages” and provide compelling opportunities to highlight Western’s strengths, be responsive to community needs, and give us an opportunity to get more resources into the institution.  Some examples of Decision Packages include the Pre-K education program in Woodring, and a program in the Skagit area to foster college entrance among Hispanic students.

Senators heard Bob Frazier, Vice President, External Affairs, present somber long-term prospects for higher education which will be impacted by Medicaid costs, as well as K-12 education, corrections and social services.  Frazier was optimistic that “brainpower” to solve fiscal problems resides within our institutions.  Frazier distributed a “Policy Alert” generated by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, which looks at all fifty states to see what the issues are in terms of revenue generation.  Frazier supports the idea of creating Decision Packages to paint ourselves in a good light, to show that we give a good product for what people are paying, and to find new and creative ways to look for money in the coming years. 

Parking

Frazier reported that we have a $5 million request to buy and improve the Lincoln Creek parking facility that went in on the first of March.   President Morse and Bob Frazier will talk to Senator Murray and Representative Morrison about this within the month.  These are earmarked funds; Murray and Morrison are interested in having areas where people can park and then be transported to the Olympics in Vancouver, and there may actually be a set-aside for related border projects.

Items from the Administration

·   President Morse reported on travels to Arizona, San Diego, and Burbank that helped established an endowment and raised a gift of $50,000 for the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

·   Provost Bodman promised the tenure and promotion report at the next meeting.

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

2/28/06

ADD/DROP recommendations; Alpha suffixes – MOTION PASSED;  Fairhaven students’ access to classes; dual major-Elem Ed, Spec. Ed.

§    A Senator expressed concern about the magnitude of our off-campus elementary education program, especially in combination with the special education major.  The Woodring Senators will meet with him to answer questions.

o        Academic Technology Committee

2/22/06

Results of Voting Rounds – Student Tech Fee proposals.  The numbers listed to the left are the Numbers of the Proposals, and are not the number of votes.  Those listed have all been approved.

o        University Planning Council

2/22/06

AIC – Budget Update; draft strategic plan; RCW on a regional university; constituent concerns.

·   President Morse will review the recommendations on how the AIC Building can stay under budget before the bidding process goes to the Board of Trustees.

 

o        Sustainability Committee

10/21/05

Presentations; culture of sustainability

o        Senate Library Committee

12-10-04, 3-04-05,

5-12-05, 10-04-05,

Acquisitions recommendations; reports, fee proposal update; Bela Foltin reports

o        Transportation Initiatives Task Force

Report of 12/2005 and 3/2006. 

Senators are asked to review reports for future discussion.

 Motion from the Executive Council - Process for Evaluating Administrators

Lyne reiterated that the document distributed to Senators reflects input by faculty over many months.  One significant change from the original document is the makeup of the evaluation committee.  In 2006-07 the Faculty Senate will appoint an Ad Hoc Committee at first, to get the process up and running; after seeing how this works out, the more formal process required in doing a Bylaw change to the handbook could then progress to a more formal Standing Committee.

MOTION

Laura Laffrado made a slight amendment to reverse the order of “her” and “his” in the last paragraph, and then made a motion to approve the Process for Evaluating Administrators which came forward from the Executive Council (already seconded).  Jeff Newcomer seconded Laura’s amendment, which was then passed.  The Senate then passed the Motion to approve the process, with 1 opposed.

 Report on the Vote on Academic Freedom in Support of Larry Estrada

·    Lyne reported on the online vote (21 for, 7 opposed) to approve a statement on Academic Freedom in support of Professor Larry Estrada.  The statement stands as the will of the Senate, if a statement is called for.  However, Senators will work with the Academic Freedom Task Force and the legislative liaison, Sara Singleton, to prepare a more substantial statement on Academic Freedom prior to election of legislators this Fall.

·    Lyne asked Senators who wished to introduce a statement to forward it to the Executive Council.

 APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Jeff Newcomer

Newcomer reported that nominees are running for the Senate from each College, with the exception of Huxley College which still needs to select nominees prior to the election. 

 Constituent Concerns

A Senator asked about the status of student athletes who were out of town during scheduled exams.  Morse will discuss with Vice President Coughlin the status of athletes who must travel during the quarter.

 Adjournment

Senators adjourned at 5:40 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4/3/06

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

Exc
 

 

 

 

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

   P

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

Brad Smith, Dean of Huxley, Provost’s Council

P

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

Bob Frazier, Vice President, External Affairs

P

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

2

Sherry Burkey, Director, Government Relations,

                                  External Affairs

P

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

 

 

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, April 3,  2006

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Phelan, Laurie (for Kris Slentz, Wtr Qtr)

H

P

 

Total Senators Present

29

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(1)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

    P

 

Ex Officio Present

3

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

2

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

2

07

30

Hamilton, Bruce, (for Van Boer, Bertil)

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)