Index of Topics –  October 16, 2006

                    EXHIBIT A:  Approved 10/30/06

Enrollment Report – Provost Bodman

 

Report on UFWWU – Bill Lyne, Interim Chief Steward

 

Center for International Studies – DISCUSSION

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 16, 2006

 

Call to Order

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.  Hyman welcomed twenty-seven (27) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Past President (1), ), the recorder (1), and six (6) guests for a total of thirty-seven (37).  (See attached roster).

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the October 2nd meeting as written.

Items from the Chair

§         Hyman reminded Senators that they and constituents are invited to hear Lois Haignere report on the Faculty Race and Gender Salary Equity Study on Friday, October 27th at 3 pm in OM340.  A copy of the report is available in the Senate office and will be posted on the website as soon as possible.   Hyman noted that Paul Storer, Chair of the Salary and Welfare Committee, had reviewed the report.

§         Hyman responded to a Constituent Concern from last meeting regarding the short time between classes when faculty have to walk from one end of the campus to another.  Hyman informed the Senate that faculty can call classroom scheduling and request a closer room if this happens.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Morse reported that the university has identified a bargaining team to work with the faculty union team on the creation of a contract in the coming year.  Morse’s document stated that “the following members of the bargaining team will bring important perspectives, characteristics, and experiences to the table”:

Wayne Hansen, Chief Negotiator, attorney with Jackson Lewis in Seattle; secty of the Board of Governors of City University in Seattle; 2) Andrew Bodman, 3) Eileen Coughlin, 4) Moheb Ghali, 5) Stephanie Salzman, 6) Buff Schoenfeld, and 7) Diana Cline (Associated Budget Director).

§    One Senator asked if the Provost would continue as faculty representative on the President's Council, and would this be a conflict of interest?  Bodman reported that he did not see it as a conflict since he is not in an adversarial relationship with the faculty.  In response to a question as to whether the new Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs would be taking a role in collective bargaining in the future, the Provost responded “not this year.”

§    Morse reported that she attended a Conference in Washington, D.C. of the Renaissance Group.  Attendees were members of colleges of education across the country and this conference focused on science and math education.  Dean Salzman also attended.  Morse contacted potential donors, and was pleased that there is the promise of a possible endowment. 

 

Enrollment Report

§    Provost Bodman described enrollment figures:  the Fall enrollment this year was down slightly from a year ago, with a 12,979 head count vs. 13, 076 a year ago.  This translates to 12,100 FTE vs. 12, 343 FTE in preceding Fall.  FY enrollment came in at exactly 2425.  Transfers came in at 952.

§    Bodman pointed out that retention has increased.  Our first and second year retention is the highest ever recorded – just a fraction under 86%.  Bodman added that the new Fall class has the highest proportion of freshman and transfer students of color.

§    Bodman commented that while we might be down in enrollments, the reason is actually quite good news:  we graduated approximately 200 more students last year than we had before, and this appears to be a function of changes to the General Education Requirements – many students have taken advantage of the opportunity to simplify requirements.

§    Bodman suggested that the most astonishing figure is that we have had 34.03 % of our students graduating in just four years.  This is up from 28.6% the previous year which was already a record number.  Bodman added that this was a greater change than any of us expected, since we projected that we could achieve 32% in 6 years, and we did it in just one year. 

§    Finally, Bodman noted that the average student credit load declined slightly.  Among freshman students it has dropped from 13.8 to 13.58.  This actually translates to a quite large FTE.  One result is that we will be accepting more transfers.  With transfer enrollments we typically reject 2 out of 3 applicants, but this year we will be considerably more generous to students.  We anticipate we will be above the state budget enrollment.  At the moment we are slightly above and too close for comfort. 

 

Administrative Review

Bodman reported that Dean Ghali’s review was completed in the Spring, and copies will go to all participants, as well as a copy to the Senate.  Bodman added that this was a very positive review expressing a high degree of confidence in Dean Ghali.

 

Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§    President Hyman spoke about his goal to keep the communication lines between the various governing bodies at the university as open as possible.  As a transition year, Hyman will include a report from a representative from the Faculty Union as a regular part of the Agenda. 

§    Hyman then introduced past president Bill Lyne, as Interim Chief Steward of the UFWW:

§    Lyne reported that the union bargaining team had been working over the summer to prepare for bargaining with the Senate and the Administration.

§    Lyne requested that Senators and constituents view the survey on the UFWW website (linked to the Senate website).  Schedules of the Forums are also listed.

§    Lyne reported that November 15th is the Founding Convention, when the Constitution and Bylaws will be adopted, and permanent officers will be elected.  Additional information on this will be coming out shortly and Senators are asked to disseminate the information among constituents.

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate.

 

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

 

5/23/06

Motion that the Chair of ACC sends a memo to the Fairhaven Dean to ensure that courses are submitted to ACC by the March 1st deadline.  The catalog coordinator asked the motion be extended to ask ACC to look at whether some of these courses are permanent once they are created, since they do not use the X97 temporary course number.  Whether the course is temporary or whether it will have a life in the catalog along with the usual information is to be forwarded to K. Perry (Lisa Zuzarte)

 

Accepted

o        University Planning Council

 

5/31/06

Report on State Operating Budget; position of VP for Faculty Relations; salary placeholders.

Accepted

o        Academic Technology Committee

 

5/3/06

 

Demonstration of Lab Stats Software

 

Accepted

 


 

Discussion on Minutes

UPC:  “Smart Buy” program was initiated by the State to increase savings in corporate purchases.  The savings, expected to be $one million, was only $145,000.  This is actually good news, because we already have favorable buying arrangements with vendors. 

“Flu Pandemic”:  According to Provost Bodman, keeping the university computers functioning for students while the university itself was closed would cause mind boggling problems once we came out of a pandemic.  We back up all our data at Portland State in Oregon, and they back up their data with us.  Morse reported there has been extensive study of the complex issue of a pandemic and she would be happy to present a progress report if the Senate so wished.

ATC is investigating the possibility of LAN wireless infrastructure in conjunction with the City of Bellingham.

 

DISCUSSION

Center for International Studies

§         Senators conducted an extensive discussion on whether to create a Center for International Studies and hire a Director, following distribution of materials connected with the proposal from Provost Bodman.  The programs to be included have no present central reporting structure; some report to the Provost, some to the Deans, some to a different administrator for funding.  Bodman proposes they reside in College Hall, and have a curriculum body to review course proposals in the same way as the colleges.

§         The directors of the current programs which are proposed to be involved were present ,and included Don Alper, Canadian American Studies; James Loucky, Latin American Studies and International Studies (also Interim Director of the Center for International Studies and Programs, 1994-1997P; and Ed Vajda  (current director) and Kathleen Tomlonovic (former director), East Asian Studies. Two programs originally considered opted out of the proposal:  American Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies. Chris Wise and Cecile Hanania, representing the International Programs Advisory Committee (a standing committee of ACC), were also present.

§         In response to Senators’ questions, this proposal does not mean the creation of a new college, because all of the faculty directors currently hold tenure appointments in a college or department, and this will not change.  The director would also hold a faculty appointment, with perhaps a ½ or 2/3 administrative position.  Combining the current scattered staffing and limited resources, and seeking additional funding, especially startup moneys, would increase productivity, and highlight international activities.  A faculty director would be more likely to understand faculty needs.

§         Bodman recounted some history of the proposal as it encountered the International Programs Advisory Committee, the Academic Coordinating Commission, and the University Planning Council, all of which endorsed the idea, provided their requests for further information and clarification were met.  Bodman noted that his proposal is entirel   y consistent with the Strategic Plan.  Bodman expressed continued willingness to “get outside the box” and try a different structure than has been tried before, and to attempt to expand our programs for faculty and students.

 

Senators Respond

ü      Senators support the concept of a Center for International Studies, but expressed a need for information on reporting lines and the budget.  Some centers and staffing are largely generated by grant money.  How would that change?  How would these programs be linked?  In enhancing visibility, will we look to the future, to the new era of internationalism, of interest to all of the colleges and departments of the university?  Can we find a director who will bring visibility to these programs, and increase financial backing?  Can we ask for funding up front, rather than at the back end in competition with other colleges? 

ü      The challenge is to think big; for example the U at Santa Barbara started a Global Studies Center, and in 3 years they had 900 majors.  If we are going to do this we must be prepared and get the support. One of the key responsibilities of the director would be to stimulate other new activities on campus; there might be a Middle East Program, and African studies program; there might be activities not arranged around traditional geographic areas, but reflective of ideas such as border policies, international migration.

ü      Large opportunities would draw together faculty across the university.  We ought to have a place with sufficient resources and flexibility to make that possible and to support new international initiatives.  The directorship should be a supporting system, not an “umbrella”.  The director would have to rely on the other directors; he would have to be someone who makes sure that international studies’ needs are known, and who fights for resources.   He would be that public face, within the University community as well as for the many foreign ambassadors, scholars, visiting professors, scholarship students and guests coming to the University.  We cannot nickel and dime this but must put serious money into the program, perhaps even have an endowed chair eventually.

ü      Bodman suggested that some questions are not yet answerable, but depend on the configuration of the Center.  Senators continued that it is also important that any department on this campus should be thinking in global terms; the director should facilitate those international initiatives from all those departments that are not inherently international.  This is an exciting proposal; one can almost see departments vying for this position. So one of the things we need to be careful about is too broad representation.  For now, no restriction on ideas, bring as much flexibility as possible.  Departments prudently can think of ways they might benefit.

ü      In terms of responsibilities, an umbrella organization, report lines, impact on curricula, none of these are clear.  The affected parties need to talk, and will meet with the Provost to lay out what the Center will look like, seeing it with the freshest eyes possible.  While there is a time crunch, there is hesitation on the part of the Provost in having everything nailed down.  We might get somebody really creative and that person needs some freedom of movement.  One Senator requests a guarantee that the funding that exists and the overall funding will be higher than what currently exists. 

ü      President Morse urged the Provost and IPAC and the Center Directors along with the faculty to move ahead as expeditiously as possible.  Morse noted that we are ahead of some schools, and behind in others in what we are talking about today.  Morse is pleased this discussion is taking place.   There is much opportunity in terms of the terrific people we have here, our placement on the Pacific Rim, and potential for raising funds for the University.  The idea is so important to all of us. 

 

Summary

Bodman asked for an endorsement:  that we create a Center for International Studies, that we hire a Director, and that the Provost asks for additional resources for such a Center.  The Senate was not ready to do so at this meeting.  Rather, the Senate recommends that the Provost continue meeting with these directors to create a more fleshed-out proposal for the Senate.  In their comments, Senators supported the concept of a Center for International Studies, but expressed a need for more information regarding reporting lines and budgetary information.  The Provost and the Executive will attempt to bring back to the Senate a proposal all can endorse at the next meeting.  Hyman expressed thanks to all who attended today.

 

Constituent Concerns

Ø      One Senator pointed out that there is no Directory Information in the Catalog when it comes to the location of Academic Departments, and asked that that be addressed.  He reported his department has tried to have that included several times and never been successful.  Students frequently ask how to find the department and where to go.  This needs to be visible in each department heading..

Ø      Provost Bodman will bring this to the attention of the Catalog Coordinator.

 

Faculty Caucus

Hyman announced that a faculty caucus would be held at the next meeting in order to have a free ranging discussion about the faculty handbook and what needs to be done in terms of its editing.

 

Appointments and Elections:  Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

Vacancies:

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

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


 

 

Adjournment

Senators adjourned at 5:55 p.m..

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10/16/06

                                                                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

P
 

Ex Officio

 

 

07

5

  Daley, Chris

A

Exc

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

 

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

  Exc

2

Kris Bulcroft, Provost Bodman

   P

 

07

7

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

Exc

3

                     Rep., Provost’s Council

--

 

08

8

  Henson, Steve

E

P

 

 

 

08

9

  Hoffman, Joan

C

Exc

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

--

08

10

  Hyman, Ira, Senate President (EC)

C

P

5

   Past President:  William Lyne (Exec only)

P

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

Don Alper, Canadian American Studies

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

P

2

Kathleen Tomlonovic, Chinese, Asian Studies

P

07

17

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

C

P

3

Ed Vajda, Russian Program, East Asian Studies

P

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff VPres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

P

 

James Loucky, Latin American Studies

P

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

P

 

Chris Wise, International Programs

P

07

20

 Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

Cecile Hanania, for International Programs Ch

P

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

27

07

24

 Stevenson, Joan

C

P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

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

6

08

29

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

37

08

30

 Wolpow, Ray

H

P

 

 

 

08

31

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

              DATE:  October 16, 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)