Index of Topics –  May 21, 2007

                   EXHIBIT A: Approved 10/1/07

Election of Officers to Senate Executive Council;  Appointments to Committees

 

Annual Reports from Chairs of Senate Standing Committees

 

Faculty invited to call x3420 to reduce noise pollution – UPC report

 

 

                                                                           WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                                                   FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – May 21, 2007

Call to Order

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President, called the first meeting of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate to order at 4:03 p.m., and held roll call.  Present were twenty-seven (27) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, the Past President (1), the Legislative Liaison (1), the UFWW President (1) and the recorder (1) for a total of thirty-four (34) people. (See attached roster).

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the May 1st as written.

 

Items from the Chair

§    Senators learned from Hyman that the revised Academic Honesty Policy may already be posted online.  However, the new Catalog goes into effect in Fall Quarter, at which time the policy is officially in effect. 

§    Hyman and Jeff Newcomer reported to the Senate on a planned presentation to the President’s Planning and Resource Council which will focus on achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan, including ways to prioritize budget requests.  Newcomer highlighted several points that will focus on areas of improvement across the university, including the third point, which includes plans to improve communications throughout the university by improving committee structures.  UPC is charged to review the strategic plan and set priorities in the coming year and on an ongoing basis.

§    One Senator mentioned that the boost in housing prices is the number one problem for new faculty.  President Morse recommended that the Senate ask Stefanie Bowers to report on the study the Foundation did on developing condos for faculty.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Senators elected officers for the 2007-2008 Senate as follows: 

o   Jeff Newcomer, President;

o   Matthew Liao-Troth, Vice President and Parliamentarian;

o   John Purdy, Legislative Liaison thru 2010;

o   Joan Stevenson, Secretary;

o   Mick Cunningham, Appointments & Elections,

o   Dan Larner, At-Large. 

Newcomer assumes Presidency on the first day of Summer School, June 26, 2007. Bill Lyne will continue as UFWW Representative. Newcomer thanked those willing to serve on the Executive Council.  He reminded Senators that a Deputy Legislative Liaison is also sought to step into the shoes of the Liaison come 2008-09.

 

RESOLUTION HONORING PRESIDENT IRA HYMAN

Senators applauded after hearing a resolution honoring President Hyman for his service as 2006-2007 Senate President.  The following is the text of the resolution:

 “RESOLUTION Of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University For the Outstanding Service of Ira Hyman

     “WHEREAS, Ira Hyman has served as Western Washington University’s  Faculty Senate President during the 2006-2007 academic year; and, WHEREAS, Ira Hyman has proven to be an effective and judicious leader,  Who has served the University with dedication, integrity, and humor, And who has shown courage and vision in directing the Senate’s Deliberations on crucial issues throughout the 2006-2007 academic year; and WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University Are grateful to Ira Hyman for his commitment to shared governance, to Broadening faculty participation in meaningful decision making Throughout the University, and to making the Faculty Senate Of Western Washington University such a force for Effective faculty governance,

     “BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, By the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University, At its regular meeting of May 21, 2007, that Ira Hyman be and hereby is HONORED for his outstanding service as Faculty Senate President from June 20, 2006 to June 25, 2007.”


 

 Items from the Administration

§    President Morse thanked the leadership and commended the positive attitude and good relationship that has prevailed in the Senate.  Provost Bodman endorsed the appreciation. 

§    Bodman reported that 206 FTE students out of the 446 FTE newly funded students are presently in programs on campus.  The 240 FTE remaining (a biennial number) put us right in line with our strategic plan of 120 FTE growth per year.  The funding for the 206 FTE that will be shifted to State support will not affect the funds available to the departments from summer school funding.

§    Bodman noted that discussion of campus compacts is re-emerging in the legislature and suggested the possibility that if they are done right they could be very useful in providing a predictable funding from year to year.  Compacts may eliminate some burdensome existing rules.  However, as state legislatures change money could also be taken away in the following years and the university would be left with unfunded mandates.  Bodman responded to Senators’ questions and commented that collective bargaining is sacrosanct and cannot be violated by a compact.

 

Items from the UFWW President

§    Bill Lyne, UFWW, and Senators commented that legislative plans to reinvestigate performance contracts ought to be broadened beyond the mere production of degrees; and that faculty are already extensively reviewed.

 

ANNUAL REPORTS FROM CHAIRS OF SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES

University Planning CouncilThomas Downing, ChairThe UPC began the year with a review of its charge, which was deemed long on authority, but short on guidance. No changes were proposed, but we may still seek modifications that offer more guidance. We spent a great deal of our time simply staying informed – on the budget, the status of the Institutional Master Plan, the AIC, the waterfront project, and the goings on at the President’s Planning and Resource Council (on which the three members of the UPC Executive Committee sit). Towards the end of the year we took on the substantive issues of noise on campus and the problem of access to majors and major courses, at least as far as these access problems are resource problems. These issues are still being addressed.

 

Academic Coordination Commission James Hearne, Chair Much of the energy of the ACC was spent in realizing a policy adopted last year.  The excessive use of so-called alpha suffixes, i.e., distinguishing courses by a letter in its designation (as in CSCI 203A, Flowering Arranging and CSCI 203B, Basket Weaving, Advanced), aroused many problems in degree audit requirements.   Last year the ACC proposed policy changes to vastly reduce the use of this nomenclature.  We have now almost entirely eliminated this practice and expect that its use will almost completely disappear by the end of the next academic year.

§    The ACC instituted changes in the Academic Dishonesty policy.  Previously, students who felt that they were wrongly accused of academic dishonesty had but one recourse which was to institute a grievance against a faculty member via the Student Academic Grievance Committee.  This, in effect, made the faculty member a defendant in the case, an odd sequel to an apparent offense on the part of the student.  Under the new policy, the student will appeal to the Academic Honesty Board whose findings are restricted to judgments as to whether an act of academic dishonesty was committed and whether the sanction for it was appropriate.  The appeal process was simplified by eliminating the previous appeal to the Dean.  Thanks to the Senate, several other clarifications to the previous language were effected.

§    The ACC also addressed the matter of assigning fractional writing proficiency units to courses.  Several years ago, a moratorium on allowing fractional writing proficiency units was imposed by the ACC because of limitations of the computer system; these have now been overcome.  Several departments—Geology, Economics and Communication Sciences and Disorders—have developed curricula in which the writing experience is distributed amongst a sequence of courses, each of which addresses distinct genres of writing in their disciplines, and the ACC has granted exceptions to the moratorium.  It was expected, given the absence of technical impediments to a more liberalized policy, that the moratorium against such a distribution of writing proficiency units would be lifted.  However, the administration opposed lifting the moratorium at this time and asks that we find out more about what is actually going on in writing proficiency and in the majors before we change things.  The standing committee of ACC, the Assessment committee and its subcommittee Writing Assessment Group are expected to do this and come back to ACC.  With some convincing from the Provost, the motion to liberalize policy concerning fractional writing proficiency units failed, and it falls to ACC next year to address the many expected requests for exceptions to the current policy.

 

Senate Legislative Liaison – Sara Singleton, 2005-2007 In general, the 2006-07 legislative session was a very successful one for institutions of higher education.  A combination of factors - a supportive governor, a state budget surplus, and a concerted effort by faculty, students and our administration - resulted in a 2007-09 state budget that increased Western’s operating budget nearly 20% from the previous biennium.  The legislative budget funds several new academic programs; expands enrollment by 446 places, particularly in “high-demand” areas such as Cell and Molecular Biology, and Early Childhood Education; and earmarks about $1 million for continued planning for the waterfront project.  The capital budget is also generous.  Nonetheless, the state operating budget only increases faculty, professional and classified staff salaries, on average, of slightly less than 3.2 % in 2007-2008, with an additional 2 % increase in 2008-2009.  Fortunately, Western has the authority to retain “local” funds, e.g. tuition, and allocate it according to local needs.  We fully expect that Western will use a significant portion of additional revenues to continue to make progress on its long-standing commitment to increase faculty salaries to levels comparable to those at peer institutions.    The larger issue - how to persuade the Legislature to take the problem of lagging salaries more seriously and allocate funds accordingly – requires ongoing effort from faculty and administrators.  

CFR’s 2006-07 legislative agenda and activities included:

·         representation – of faculty on decision-making bodies at the local and state levels 

·         resources – expanded access to quality higher education (which includes competitive funding) 

Some progress was made on the goal of faculty representation.  At the state level, CFR (and UFW) worked to establish one or more seats for faculty on the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HEC board).   Although ultimately unsuccessful, these efforts arguably played a role in creating what we believe will be a more inclusive set of state-level stake-holder processes engaged in planning for higher education during the interim between legislative sessions and beyond.  On the local level, CFR introduced legislation that would have created a seat for faculty on each of the governing bodies of our respective institutions.  The bill gathered some support among key House and Senate members, received a hearing in the relevant Senate committee, but subsequently died there.   In the interim period, CFR anticipates working with key members, and with the Council of Presidents (who opposed the bill) and the Governor’s office (which most likely would have opposed the bill, had it progressed any further), in the interim period to build support for this initiative. CFR plans to reintroduce this bill or a revised version of this bill during the 2008 session. More informally, members of CFR met with a great many committee members and staff, and used those opportunities to stress the particular insights faculty are able to bring to bear on issues concerning the delivery of high quality baccalaureate education, and the need to include faculty in planning and discussion of higher education in the state. That idea, plus the need for greater resources for faculty, staff and students, particularly low-income and first generation students, were the primary messages that CFR focused on throughout the session.   We also discussed the need to benchmark faculty salaries to our peer institutions.

Other CFR legislative activities included:

·         tracking legislation and providing testimony where appropriate  

·         conducting a Faculty Serving Washington event  --- with financial support for the administration, Western was able to bring 12 faculty members and students to Olympia to meet with legislators and network with peers from other institutions.  

·         establishing CFR website: www.cfr_washington.org  currently being maintained by EWU.

·         representing faculty at HEC Board meetings, WA Learns meetings and as a member/participant of the Prosperity Partnership Higher Education Group 

Future Recommendations

Conditions for higher education were extremely favorable this session, yet even with high visibility (a governor who prioritized education) and comfortable budget surpluses, there were several near-derailments near the end of the session.  Some of the issues of most concern to faculty, particularly concerning compensation, ran into real (and, we have to assume, ongoing) resistance.  It is very unlikely that circumstances will be more favorable or even as favorable in coming sessions.   There is still no long-term, stable source of funding for higher education, so when the state’s economy weakens or the current wave of support subsides, it will be much more difficult to attract adequate levels of support than it was in this session.  For various reasons, support for higher education in the Legislature is neither deep nor broad. To counter this structural tendency, faculty need to remain engaged in the process. Probably the single action that would yield the greatest return on time invested would be to create a list of people who would volunteer to make a few phone calls to their representatives when asked to by faculty organizations at key junctures during the session.  There are other things faculty could do, but they would require more effort.      

 

Senate Library Committee Steve Emory, Chair

During the past academic year, the Senate Library Committee (SLC) has continued to review, evaluate, and discuss the Library and its delivery of services to the University.  

Major Discussion Items:

§    Library Collection Allocation Plan:  Committee members continue to evaluate and discuss the allocation plan and have agreed upon several factors that should be considered when distributing allocation funds including:  undergraduate utilization of library resources, costs of journals and books, FTE, research activity, breadth of subject area literature, and graduate program(s). These factors are in agreement with a 1995 SLC report that attempted to create an allocation formula.  Currently, the SLC is working on an allocation formula that will utilize these factors.  A survey will be distributed departments to help the SLC gauge factors such as the use of library resources in courses and department research activity.  A report will be issued (likely in winter 2008) that will outline the SLC’s recommendations.  However, there is a consensus on SLC that any new allocation plan should be implemented when additional funding becomes available.  New funding streams such as a student library fee are being explored.    

§    LibQUAL+ Review of Library Services:  LibQUAL+ is an on-line survey that the Library used in the spring of 2006 to assess its services in comparison to peer libraries.  Results were compiled by LibQUAL+ and shared with the SLC in the fall of 2006.  The major item revealed by LibQUAL+ was a concern about the adequacy of the library’s research collection and resources.  This is not unlike other peer institutions, but Western maintains and expects a higher level of research, especially at the undergraduate level, than most of its peers.  This is obviously an area of concern as the library continues to struggle to maintain its collection with reduced financial resources and every increasing cost of materials.  A follow up to the LibQUAL+ survey is being planned for the next academic year.

§    External Organizational Review:  During the winter quarter, the Provost’s Office hired two external consultants to conduct an organizational review of the library.  The consultants were charged with reviewing the following in respect to the library:  1) organizational structure, 2) communications, 3) organizational climate, and 4) organizational roles.  The final report has been submitted and it will be discussed at the next SLC meeting. 

 

Academic Technology Committee 2006-2007 – Michael Meehan, Chair

It has been another busy year for the ATC. In addition to dealing with the usual student technology fee process and on-going constituent concerns, we tackled a number of other issues. During the beginning of the academic year we investigated the possibility of starting a movement for free WiFi access in the city of Bellingham.  In the end it was determined that the political climate is probably not right for such a movement at this time.  The student technology fee process was examined. The ATC forwarded a recommendation to the student technology committee requesting that in the future a percentage of the student technology fee budget be set aside for computer laboratory upgrades. This will facilitate planning for scheduled replacements and reduce the amount of internal paperwork involved to accomplish this task. The recommendation was well received by the student technology fee committee. We were assured that beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year that the student technology fee awards process would incorporate this change. The later half of the year we focused on finalizing the recommendation from the committee to the senate concerning the reorganization of the technology committee infrastructure (see attached report).

 

Committee on Grievance and SanctionsKathleen Young, Chair (06-07)

It is with great relief that Grievance Committee reports that it received no grievances to adjudicate this academic year. The Committee had five (!) lengthy and quite stressful grievances to hear last year so this is a nice surprise.

 

Central Health and Safety Committee Activity Summary 2006-2007Gayle Shipley, Chair

“The Central Health and Safety Committee’s purpose is to promote and enhance the safety and health of the students, employees, and visitors present on the campus, in University facilities, or engaged in University-sanctioned activities.” (Charter 1992)

§    Faculty members participating on the Central Health and Safety Committee during the 2006-7 period include:  Pat Buckley, Steven Emory, and Rudi Weiss, who left the committee in the spring having been a founding member since the committee began in 1993.  He was replaced by Brandi Row.  Rudi will be sorely missed.  He has attended nearly every meeting during his lengthy tenure and will be remembered for his sound judgment, practical guidance and affability.

§    As part of meeting business, the committee reviews unresolved incidents or potential hazards brought to its attention.  Members bring newly identified safety concerns that either they have personally observed or have been made aware of by others.

§    The major focus for the academic year has been revision of the existing bicycle and skateboard policies.  Policy concepts were based on guidance from transportation expert, Dan Burden, who visited with the committee in December 2005.  Ideas for policy changes were discussed during the fall and winter quarters and a draft for campus-wide evaluation was finalized in late February 2007. 

§    The committee met with visiting transportation expert, Will Toor, in early April to gain his insights regarding the proposed ideas for bicycle, skateboard and pedestrian safety. 

§    Draft policy ideas were taken to the campus via two open forums held in mid-April as well as the Business and Financial Affairs Showcase held in May, advertised in both the FAST and Western Front.  Information is available at the following website:  http://www.wwu.edu/depts/ehs/safetycommittee.shtml

§    Comments received will be evaluated and incorporated as feasible.  Over the summer, the committee plans to draft changes to the text of the policies, and to put the draft policies through the institutional review process in Fall 2007-8, with changes to the Washington Administrative Code planned for Winter and Spring 2007-8.

 

Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom -Preliminary Report to the Senate

The Academic Freedom Task Force held six meetings, beginning June 7, 2006, to address the charge to examine avenues for discourse on rights and responsibilities, security and surveillance concerns, and means for disseminating information about these issues.   A public forum was held on March 8 and another on May 9, featuring students, faculty, staff, and national expert Dr. Ellen Schrecker, whose participation had to be rescheduled from March to May due to inclement weather.   Information and concerns emanating from research by task force members, public meetings, and a survey of the campus community are being incorporated into a final report, with assessment and recommendations regarding the centrality of academic freedom to learning and teaching, challenges associated with controversial issues as well as civil liberties, and need for continuing campus-wide attention and education.  This final report will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate as well as the Student Senate by the end of Spring quarter, and also made publicly available on-line.   The members of the committee include the following:  Roger Anderson, Dan Larner, James Loucky, Margaret Fast, Kathleen Saunders, Todd Epps, Rose Marie Norton-Nader, and students Christian Opfer, Alexandra Hudson, Geoff Thilo, and Kevin McClain.

 

AGENDA ITEMS

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

Topics

 

o        Academic Technology Committee

4/25/07

Restructuring – 2 concepts proposed

POSTPONED.  Senators will receive complete copies of the proposals for review.  (Moved by Meehan, seconded by Newcomer, passed)

o        University Planning Council

5/2/07

Noise Issues; Budget Update

ACCEPTED.  In response to an earlier concern, faculty are invited to call x3420 ahead of time if leaf blowers, lawn mowers or other equipment will disturb teaching. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

The 2007-2008 Senate elected the following faculty to its Standing Committees:

To Academic Coordinating Commission (2007-2009) James Hearne,Computer Science; Roger Anderson, Biology, as Senator; Mark Kuntz, Theater; Robin Mathews, Huxley College; Yvonne Durham, Economics; Marsha Riddle-Buly, Elementary Education (Chris Ohana Fall Qtr).

To University Planning Council (2007-2010) Ira Hyman, Psychology;  Chris Wise, English; David Fewings, Finance & Marketing (Senator)

To Senate Library Committee (2007-2010) Ron Helms  (Senator, 2 yr); Donna Packer, Library faculty; Wendy Wilhelm, Finance & Marketing

To  Standing Committee on Grievance (2007-2010).  Shaw Gynan, Modern  & Classical Languages; Kathleen Young, Anthropology; Kathleen Lundeen, English; Michael Meehan, Computer Science; Bob Keiper, Secondary Education

To Academic Technology Committee: Gary Bornzin, Fairhaven; Madge Gleeson; Art

To  Central Health & Safety Committee:  Brandi Row, PEHR.   Special thanks to Rudi Weiss, retiring, who served on Central Health & Safety Committee since 1993.

To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Concerns:  Craig Dunn, Management, thru 2009.

 

Constituent Concerns

§    In response to an earlier concern, faculty are invited to call x3420 ahead of time if leaf blowers, lawn mowers or other equipment will disturb teaching. 

§    Other concerns included 1) 5-ton trucks that pull up in front of the Chemistry Building; damaged bricks could be dangerous to students walking to class.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators adjourned at 5:40 p.m., and will attend the President’s Dinner in the Solarium at 6:15.

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 5/21/2007

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ____________________________

                                                                                                            Joan Stevenson, Secretary, 2007-08

 


 

 

Roster of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate – SEATING AND ROLL CALL

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

Senate President (thru 6/25/07)

Ira Hyman

 

08

1

Anderson, Roger, ACC Senator

  A

P

 

Senate President 2007-2008

 

09

2

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer

  A

P

 

Jeff Newcomer

 

08

3

Armstrong, Jeanne

G

--

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

08

4

Brown, Rich  (for Deb Currier)

D

P
 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

09

5

Coskie, Tracy

H

P
 

 

 

09

6

  Cunningham, Mick, Appts & Elects, Exec

  B

Exc
 

Ex Officio

 

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

    P

09

8

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

2

John Lawson, (for Andrew Bodman, Provost)

   P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

   P

09

10

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

    P

 

 

 

09

11

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

4

Legislative Liaison 06-07: Sara Singleton

P

08

12

  Hoffman, Joan

C

    P

5

  President Pro Tem:  Ira Hyman, Exec, nv

P

09

13

 Larson, Nikki

A

P

6

President, UFWW:  Bill Lyne, Exec, nv

P

09

14

 Larner, Daniel, At-Large, Exec

F

    --

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

08

15

 Liao-Troth, Matthew, VP & Parliam., Exec

E

P

 

Legislative Liaison 2007-08: John Purdy

--

09

16

Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

 

 

08

17

 Meyer, David

D

    --

 

 

 

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff , President Sen., Exec

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris

H

    P

 

 

 

09

20

 Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

 

 

08

21

 Reynolds, MaryAnn

E

P

 

 

 

08

22

 Simone, Genet

H

--

 

 

 

08

23

 Stevenson, Joan, Secretary, Exec

C

P

 

Senators Present

27

09

24

 Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

09

25

 Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Ex Officio

3

08

26

 Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison, UFWW &Past President

3

09

27

 Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

Recorder

1

08

28

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

Guests

 

08

29

 Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

34

08

30

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  May 21, 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)