Index of Topics –  March 12, 2007

                   EXHIBIT A:  Approved 3/12//07

Travel arrangements – Senate President

 

UFW to meet with administration March 21 – Bill Lyne

 

Writing Proficiency , Email, Waterfront – Standing Committee minutes

 

Apportionment of Senate seats and voter eligibility approved - MOTION

 

Faculty Constitution revisited – Straw Vote Held

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 26, 2007

 

 

Call to Order

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:06 p.m. 

Hyman welcomed twenty-two (22) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, the recorder (1), and one (1) guest for a total of twenty-seven (27).  (See attached roster).   Hyman welcomed Dean Moheb Ghali who was sitting in for Provost Bodman. 

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the February 26 with minor changes.

 

Items from the Chair

o      Senators asked about cheaper ways to book travel arrangements, and mentioned that internal regulations do not always seem consistent.  Senators suggested that attempts should be made to change State regulations should be changed to allow the market to prevail.  Hyman agreed to research State regulations on using a credit card to book travel arrangements. 

o      Hyman reported that he will bring a strategy to meetings of the PPRC that will propose that the university devote some budgetary implementations to the strategic plan, and will report to the Senate on what that should look like.

o      Hyman reported that he attended the UPC this past week to talk about the UPC charge.  He mentioned that there are lots of ideas on the table that need to be formulated in a good way.

o      Hyman directed Senators to a legislative report from Sara Singleton that was distributed at the meeting.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Morse reported that the House is recommending a budget almost identical to the governor’s budget, including a 5% tuition increase per year.  Morse added that things may change as a result of the economic forecast.  Enrollment recommendations remain the same dollar wise. Morse reported progress in outreach toward the K-12 population in “Making College Possible” as requested by the legislature.

§    Morse reported Higher Education Day in Olympia was one of the more successful with a good turnout.  As Chair of the Council of Presidents Morse continues to push for increasing faculty salaries.

§    Morse will ask the Waterfront committee to update the Senate in response to questions concerning enrollment growth.  Morse reported that the Contracting Managers bill may give us more flexibility in working with building contractors.  The governor put forward a bill creating “innovation zones” in which an area could apply for funds that have economic impact and create jobs.  To qualify one had to have a port, a city, and a university, all of which fits Western.  However, there is no funding for the bill at the present time.   Morse concluded that the Budget finals won’t come out until the governor’s caucus and the Senate and House get together to decide on final dollars.

 

Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§    Bill Lyne, United Faculty of Western President, reported the first full bargaining meeting with administration is scheduled for March 21st


 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

 

 

Committee

Date

Topics

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

1/30/07

ACCEPTED.

o        Academic Technology

1/31/07

ACCEPTED.

o        University Planning Council

2/7/07

ACCEPTED.

 

Comments on Minutes

Writing Proficiency

§    Senators discussed writing proficiency in the majors, including a fractional point system.  Senators suggested that we should be creating and making it possible for writing in all our courses.  Senators suggested that putting all the writing into one course actually moves away from the notion of writing across the curriculum, and dramatically changes the way writing proficiency is taught.

§    One Senator noted that it is not really clear what is the purpose of writing proficiency as such, and different disciplines are very different.  It may send a strange message to students that one course will be for writing, and others will not be for writing. 

§    The Senate expressed concern about writing, and proposes that the thought that writing only happens in writing proficiency courses can be misleading.  Most of these courses are located in the majors; but the general studies group also needs to have a writing proficiency course,

§    The point system has challenges; it seems like tail wagging the dog if we are letting system prevent us from distributing writing across the major.  And how many different flavors are proposed -- a course that can be two-thirds or one-third or can you have a half?  How many combinations of fractions can exist?

§    Some professors in Modern & Classical languages spend the whole time trying to get their students to write in English first before writing in a different language.

§    Demanding writing also changes the nature of students in the class.  Because they have to take writing proficiency, students get into a class in which they have no interest.  We ought to visit the whole notion of what this is about.

§    Some writing is superimposed on courses on which there is already a great deal of content; in other cases sometimes one or two heavily burdened faculty members add on the teaching of writing proficiency.

§    Deb Currier reported that a subcommittee of the Committee on the Assessment of Teaching and Learning, of which she is a member, is reviewing the writing proficiency program.

 

Email approvals and meetings

§    Senators asked the Academic Coordinating Commission to draft its preferred policy regarding face-to face meetings of its subcommittees and approval of their minutes online, as well as voting online prior to the Senate ratifying such a policy.

 

ATC minutes

Regarding Windows Vista:  The standard computer will not run this program in some cases and there are lots of gnarly issues connected to this program.  Microsoft is aware and has expressed a statement that they intend to support XP five years longer than originally planned.  Included among Vista’s problems that need to be solved are snappier graphics card, lots more memory, “bloat ware strikes again.”

 

UPC minutes

§    One Senator suggested that someone should tell the Bellingham school.district that they do not need the WASL for graduation.  Ira will forward this information to Karen Copetas. 

§    Senators asked if there was a group studying our growth, and what growth is in the best interest of the institution.

§    President Morse reminded Senators that forums were held all over campus for the new Strategic Plan.  Morse noted that we are holding our enrollment in the last 8 years like no other university in the State, and moving towards holding at 12,500 on campus.  A move to the waterfront will allow us to move past 12,500, with the potential to add anywhere from 250 to 1000 students over a period of 10 years.  We are doing very well at controlling admissions at present.  We are 2/10 to 3/10% away from our budgeted enrollment.  EWU was 900 over their budgeted enrollment.  At the same time we do not want to go under our enrollment.

§    The reality is the State simply does not fund anything but enrollment or increases in tuition.  If we want to get additional resources we have to increase our enrollment.  That is why we are so careful about increasing only 120 students per year.  Our enrollment this year actually dropped because we had 200 more students graduate than we anticipated, possibly as a result of the revised GURs.  We got 30 new faculty positions last year and unless we get those funds the only alternative is to do away with programs and departments, and nobody wants to do that. We have asked the board if we can continue discussions focused on what it would mean if we go to the waterfront.  We have been very open about this, and only have very positive statements over the past three years of open meetings.  There are of course lots of questions.  Tom Downing, the new chair of UPC is sitting on waterfront committee, a very faculty driven committee.  Morse requests that if you have concerns, come to the open forum and the committee meetings, and meet with Morse and Bob Frazier.  A study is currently underway on whether we have more students going into Huxley, and increased demands in the science areas and Biology and Chemistry.

§    Morse would be glad to provide a report from the Waterfront Committee to the Senate.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

 

§   Senators approved the Voter Eligibility and Apportionment of seats for the Spring Senate elections prior to sending these with Nominating Ballots to the faculty.  A motion was made by MaryAnn Reynolds, seconded by David Fewings to approve the Apportionment, which the Senate passed.

§   Liao-Troth announced a continuing vacancy on the Committee for the Assessment of Teaching & Learning

 

Faculty Handbook:  APPENDIX B  - CONSTITUTION OF THE FACULTY 

Senators continued discussion of drafted language changes to Appendix B of the Constitution distributed by President Hyman. 

§    Senators discussed changes to the Constitution of the Faculty of Western Washington University.   Senators had a choice in a straw vote of  three 2-year terms, which was chosen by the majority (15).  Another choice was for two 3-year terms (4 votes) and sticking with the present system  of two 2-year terms with a year off before serving again (2 votes).  The majority straw vote indicated a preference for allowing for 3 consecutive 2-year Senate terms, and a part of the rationale is the learning curve problem experienced by Senators who only serve two terms. 

§    Senators suggested adding language to include the UFWW president as an ex-officio member of the Executive Council.

§    A discussion about changing the length of the President’s term ensued, but Senators recognize the challenge to a department to release a president for two years, and since there is a vice presidential term and a term for past president, there is continuity.  Senators added that indeed there is a lot more continuity now than there was before as all three serving in presidential capacity now participate together in important meetings.

§    Senators discussed whether 30 voting members on the Senate was a sufficient number since the faculty had grown.  Senators pointed out that the main question here is whether the rest of the faculty are efficiently heard through the voice of the Senators who are present.  One suggestion is that each College should have two representatives at a minimum.

§    Michael Meehan pointed out that the chair of the ACC and UPC receive a 1/3 release time, and that perhaps the chair of the ATC should also receive 1/3 release time.  Senators recognized that all of this would be a union consideration.

 

Constituent Concerns.  Senators brought the following requests: 

§    That there is no faculty member on the Provost or President’s Council, and

§    That students working in the Registrar’s office preregistered for classes.

 


 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators adjourned at 6:07 p.m.

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2/26/2007

                                                                       

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

    P

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

P

2

Dean Ghali, 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

P

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

--

08

10

  Hyman, Ira, Senate President (EC)

C

P

5

   Past President:  William Lyne (Exec), UFWW           

P

07

11

  Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary (EC)

H

P

6

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

07

12

 Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

--

 

 

 

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

Lisa Hust, Western Front

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

   P

2

 

 

07

17

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

C

   Exc

3

 

 

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff Vpres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

P

 

 

 

07

20

 Parris, Kristen

B

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

Exc

 

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

1

08

29

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

30

08

30

 Wolpow, Ray

H

--

 

 

 

08

31

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

              DATE:  February 26, 2007

 

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)