Index of Topics –  October 2, 2006

                    EXHIBIT A: Approved 10/16/06

Waterfront update – Bob Frazier, VP External Affairs

 

Textbook legislation – Report, Linda Beckman

 

9 tenured faculty required for new committee (Eval Admin)

 

Faculty Club meeting announced

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 2, 2006

 

Call to Order, Welcome to Fall Quarter

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President welcomed the Senate and called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.  Hyman welcomed twenty-six (26) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Legislative Liaison (1), the recorder (1) and three (3) guests for a total of thirty-three (33).  (See attached roster).  Kris Bulcroft, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, sat in for Provost Bodman. 

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the Senate minutes of May 22, 2006 as written.

Items from the Chair

§         Yom Kippur.  Hyman noted that Senate meeting times are statutory and wished a good holiday to those who could not be present due to the Yom Kippur holy day which happened to coincide with the Senate meeting this year.

§         Committee News:  Hyman will set up a small task force in charge of Faculty Handbook rewrites to coincide with changes as the union contract is written.

§          Hyman also reminded Senators that the first task of faculty appointed to the Committee for Evaluating Administrators will be to formulate a review timeline.  Nine tenured faculty representing the colleges of the university are required for the committee.  Matthew Liao-Troth, Elections Officer will be filling slots to get the committee up and running.  The committee will be asking for initial materials for review in early December.

§         Hyman noted that the Senate standing committees will take a look at their own charges in terms of revising and updating.  There will be some discussion in the Senate on the tasks we see them undertaking, and the needs faculty have that they can better address. 

 

Items from the Administration

§         President Morse reported she recently hosted the Prosperity Partnership, a coalition of over 150 government, business, labor and community organizations in the Central Puget Sound Region who are interested in supporting proposals in biology, psychology and biotech high demand fields. Morse reported on her well-received testimony before the HEC Board presenting Western’s budget.  Also, as Chair of the Council of Presidents (COP), she presented the state baccalaureate institutions’ capital budget request.

§         Bob Frazier, Vice President, External Affairs, updated Senators on Waterfront proposals and the $400,000 legislative appropriation:  Huxley College chose to visit other campuses on waterfronts to view facilities; Woodring developed its proposal and received a separate grant for a Center to serve teachers; and the College of Science and Technology developed its proposal related to potential business startups using faculty and students.

§         Hyman asked about the Waterfront proposal’s possible impact on operating expenses.  Frazier reported that right now we are looking at all the information we need to make the leap to the waterfront.  As to whether it is more expensive to operate in two locations, Frazier pointed out that there is no new space here, and we don’t have anywhere else to go.  The fact the Waterfront is so close might enable us to minimize expenses and look upon it as part of the campus we have now.

§         Senators asked for more information about the Arts presence, and the possibility of a Faculty Club. A draft update report is expected in December. 

§         Kris Bulcroft, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, updated Senators on the accreditation process, expected to take place in April of 2008.  Faculty can access accreditation resources on her website (linked to the Senate website).

 

REPORT ON TEXTBOOK LEGISLATION

Linda Beckman, Budget Director, Student Affairs

Laura Mann, Western Bookstore Manager

§         Sara Singleton, Legislative Liaison reminded Senators of legislative action regarding textbooks.  A new law was passed in the legislature (SHB3087) to ensure that textbooks are made more affordable to students.

§         Linda Beckman, Budget Director for Student Affairs, with Laura Mann, Bookstore Manager updated Senators on the meaning of the legislation.  There have been recent studies attracting nationwide attention regarding the rising cost of textbook prices and the surrounding complex issues such as the creation of “bundles” (textbooks packaged with add-ons such as study guides, CDs, etc.) and the more rapid introduction of new editions to the market.  The Western bookstore has worked to increase availability of used books and continues to work with faculty and students concerned with access and affordability. Many states have begun to legislate various mechanisms ranging from tax exemptions for textbook sales, to rental programs, to posting ISBNs publicly, to more transparent pricing information, to what content has changed from a previous edition.  In March, 2006, the WA state legislature passed Substitute House Bill 3087, with the intent to give students more choices for purchasing educational materials and to encourage bookstores and faculty to work closely together and with publishers to implement the least costly option for students without sacrificing educational content. The following is a list of the responsibilities outlined in the legislation.

§         The Role of the AS Bookstore

The bill states that affiliate bookstore shall;

- Provide students the option of purchasing materials that are unbundled, when possible

- Disclose to faculty the costs of textbooks to students

- Disclose retail costs for course materials on a per course basis

- Disclose publicly how new editions vary from previous editions

- Actively promote buy-back programs

§         The Role of the Faculty

 The bill states that faculty and staff consider the following when adopting course materials:

- Adopting the least expensive edition available when educational content is comparable

- Work closely with publishers and bookstores to create bundles and packages if they deliver cost

savings to students.

What does this mean for faculty?

1. Please consider the price of textbooks when reviewing materials for your courses.

2. Work with publishers to create bundles and packages only when all materials are required for courses and the bundle offers a cost savings to students. If some materials are required and some are optional, consider adopting the pieces separately to allow the bookstore to seek used materials where possible

3.  Please submit book orders in a timely fashion so the bookstore has as much time as possible to seek and order used copies from book wholesalers.  This also allows the bookstore to offer the highest possible buyback prices to Western students at the end of the term.

 

§         Ultimately, as the law suggests, the decision on textbook orders, including which edition is appropriate, rests with the faculty.

 

Senators’ concerns:  How long do publishers have old editions available? (1 year to 1-1/2 years perhaps).  Is it possible to prioritize editions? (possible by speaking directly to the publisher).   Can the bookstore or the publisher put together a list from the least expensive to the most expensive?  (possible).

§         Is there sufficient disclosure as to what might be missing from one edition to another? (publisher probably will say old edition is obsolete.  Some information is difficult to get).

§         Is there a “responsibilities list” for publishers?  Can some national discussion bring attention to the states and awaken publishing awareness?  We are all in this together.

§         The library is in favor of making the support system possible, getting books into people’s hands as quickly as possible.

§         Note:  The bookstore is totally self supporting, operating on a very thin margin.  The bookstore appreciates that students shop there first.

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate.

 

 

Committee

Date

Topics for Senate Review

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

5/9/2006

 

Accepted:  (Postponed from May 2006) Academic Dishonesty Policy – 1st discussion

o        University Planning Council

5/3/2006

5/17/2006

 

Accepted.  (Postponed from May 2006)  Capital Planning Information

Accepted.  (Only Strategic Plan approved on May 22, 2006)

 

o        Senate Library Committee

11/15/2005

 

 

2/4/05,   3/4/05, 4/26/06, 5/12/05

Accepted.  (Postponed from May 2006):  new library development officer, Kathy Herbold introduced.  Use of online resources.  Acquisition allocations discussion.

 

Accepted.

 

 

Senators asked about the status of the Provost’s Proposal for the Center for International Studies” in order to have a discussion at our next meeting.   While various committees have approved the idea of the Center, the exact wording of the proposal will be brought forward from the Provost.  He was about to present it at the Spring Quarter meeting of the Senate.  Senators expect he will have a final proposal he will bring to the next meeting.

 

Appointments and Elections:  Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

Senators appointed the following faculty to Senate Standing Committees:

Senate Library Committee (3 yr term):  Kathleen Tomlonovic

Academic Technology Committee:  Chris Suczek, College of Science and Technology;  Steve Ross, College of Business and Economics

Liao-Troth announced the membership of the Ad Hoc committee -- The Academic Freedom Task Force:

Roger Anderson, Biology; Daniel Larner, Fairhaven; James Loucky, Anthro; Lorraine Kasprisin, Teacher Ed; Margaret Fast, Library; Kathleen Saunders, Anthro.   In addition, there is one PSO, one Staff, and four student members.

Faculty: 

 

 

Vacancies:

Senate Committee on Evaluation of Administrators:  9 tenured faculty from the Colleges

Other:  Employee Training and Development Council:  1 faculty, any area

 

Constituent Concerns:

Senators mentioned the following concerns:

1)   the library does not purchase textbooks, but will put textbooks delivered from departments on reserve; 

2)   photos on rosters are now available and faculty will have them by the end of fall quarter;

3)   faculty sometimes have trouble traveling to back-to back classes scheduled on opposite sides of the campus. (When this happens, faculty are encouraged to ask to have a room change).

 

Faculty Club Announcement

Faculty Club starts Friday Oct 6 at 4 pm at Canada House.  See Senate website for Membership forms. 


 

 

Adjournment

Senators adjourned at 5:10 p.m..

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10/2/06

                                                                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary

 

Roster of the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

Senate President

Ira Hyman

 

 

08

1

Anderson, Roger

A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

 

08

2

Armstrong, Jeanne

G

P

 

Jeff Newcomer

 

 

07

3

Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

 

08

4

  Currier, Deb

D

Exc
 

Ex Officio

 

 

07

5

  Daley, Chris

A

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

 

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

    P

2

Kris Bulcroft, Provost Bodman

   P

 

07

7

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P

3

                     Rep., Provost’s Council

--

 

08

8

  Henson, Steve

E

P

 

 

 

08

9

  Hoffman, Joan

C

Exc

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

08

10

  Hyman, Ira, Senate President (EC)

C

P

5

   Past President:  William Lyne (Exec only)

Exc

07

11

  Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary (EC)

H

P

6

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

07

12

 Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

 

             

 

07

13

 Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

 

 

07

14

 Liao-Troth, Matthew, Appts & Elects (EC)

E

P

 

Guests:

 

07

15

 Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

1

Linda Beckman, Budget, Student Services

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

P

2

Laura Mann, University Bookstore

P

07

17

 Miller, Brenda (1-yr term for W. Lyne)

C

Exc

3

Bob Frazier, VP External Affairs

P

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff VPres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

P

 

 

 

07

20

 Parris, Kristen

B

Exc

 

 

 

07

21

 Partsch, Cornelius (1-yr for E.Ousselin)

H

P

 

 

 

08

22

 Reynolds, MaryAnn

E

P

 

 

 

08

23

 Simone, Genet

H

P

 

Senators Present

26

07

24

 Stevenson, Joan

C

P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

07

25

 Stewart, James, ACC

A

P

 

Ex Officio

2

07

26

 Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President

1

08

27

 Thompson, Roger, ACC

C

P

 

Recorder

1

07

28

 Van Boer, Bertil, UPC

D

P

 

Guests

3

08

29

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

33

08

30

 Wolpow, Ray

H

Exc

 

 

 

08

31

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

              DATE:  October 2, 2006

 

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)