Index of Topics –  May 7, 2007

                   EXHIBIT A: Approved 5/21/07

Report from Legislative Liaison – Sara Singleton

 

Academic Honesty Policy – EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MOTION passed

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – May 7, 2007

 

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, three (3) ex officio members, the Past President (1), the Legislative Liaison, one (1) new Senator, and the recorder for a total of thirty-four (34).  (See attached roster).

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the April 18, 2007, as written.

 

Items from the Chair

§    Hyman reminded Senators that the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate would be seated on May 21st and would elect its officers and hear reports from Standing Committee Chairs.  Faculty no longer serving on the Senate need not attend, but are expected at the President’s Dinner to follow at 6:15 in the Solarium. 

 

Report from Legislative Liaison, Sara Singleton

Hyman welcomed Sara Singleton, Faculty Legislative Liaison, who reported on the legislative session.

§         Singleton began by questioning whether engineers, attorneys, and other professionals who work for the State of Washington are bound by the same funding systems that bind faculty, and noting that it is hard to believe that these people have to jump through the same kinds of hoops.  Morse responded that the state professionals are tied to the same 3.2% and 2.5% raises; however opportunities for promotion are not the same as faculty levels.  Ranking faculty for salary increases seems to be one of the challenges of the industry.  Singleton reported that legislators will tell you that they never once get a call from a constituent with concern for Higher Education.  No campaign contributions came out of any Higher Education community, and serving on a Higher Ed legislative committee is strictly a labor of love. 

In addition, Singleton reported:

§    1) That the newly refashioned Higher Education Coordinating Board may include faculty perspective; 2) that textbook legislation requires publishers to disclose textbook prices to faculty; and 3) the Senate is encouraged to formalize a process of having constituents write regular letters to legislators requesting support for Higher Education.

 

Items from the Administration

President Morse and the Senate applauded and thanked Singleton for her fine work as legislative liaison and her collaborative work with administration on the legislative budget.

§    Morse discussed the legislative session, claiming it was a hard session but resulted in a very good outcome.  One Senator expressed concern about faculty salaries in the long run, with no additional money for new faculty.  Morse commented that the 130 FTE in Human Services and students in TESOL are already here and are being transferred to State support.  Legislature receives no requests from constituents regarding higher education but does seem responsive to specific programs, and to some high demand.

§    Another Senator commented that funding specific requests as opposed to general funding increases, per se, invites the legislature to micromanage the university, which is indeed the role of the faculty and the university president.  Morse responded that the point was well taken, but proposals did come forward from faculty in the colleges, and Western received the highest percent increase of any institution.

 

Provost Bodman anticipates updating the Senate regularly on a proposed Task Force formed with Vice President Coughlin to review challenges to student access to courses. 

§       Bodman responded to a Senator’s concern regarding the topic of spousal accommodation and explained that he is meeting with the Senate Executive and looking for a better way to address the concern in the future.


 

 

Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§         UFWW President Bill Lyne commented on the earlier question of salaries of other professionals in Washington State.  While they operate under the same constraints that we do, there are market forces at play out there.  The problem faculty face is that unless we can develop the political will with legislators to take our salaries seriously, as seriously as other areas that constituents care about, faculty issues are not going to rise to the top of their agenda.

§         Lyne reported that the bargaining team is holding 2 all-day negotiating sessions, but that it is a little early in the process to tell when everybody will finish.  Parties are hard at work trying to see the other side’s point of view, and are committed to working during the summer to try to finish before Fall.

AGENDA ITEMS

 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

 

Committee

Date

Topics

 

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

4/17/07

WAG Report (Writing Assessment Group)

WP in Majors (Motion)

Academic Honesty Policy (Motion)

o        Academic Technology Committee

3/7/07

 

4/11 notes

Description of Rounds (proposal info attached FYI)

Unofficial meeting – no quorum

o        Senate Library Committee

3/13/07

Draft Letter re departmental input

Continuing discussion of allocation plan

o        University Planning Council

4/18/07

Budget Update; Access Discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commentary on Minutes

Academic Coordinating Commission

Members anticipate seeing more discussion about the upper division writing requirement in the future. 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

Liao-Troth urged Senators to speak to colleagues to fill vacancies and noted that there are several departments who have absolutely no representation on committees at present.

 

MOTION

§    Executive Council Motion:  Senators passed a motion to approve the revised Academic Dishonesty Policy, Appendix D, Part 3, of the Catalog, which creates an Academic Honesty Board to hear a student’s appeal to a charge of academic dishonesty.  The policy was forwarded from the Academic Coordinating Commission. 

 

Constituent Concerns

Constituent Concerns:  One Senator asked:  1) What catalog policy applies in the case of a student from more than 20 years ago who now wishes to complete a degree?  The question is referred to the Academic Coordinating Commission

 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 5/7/2007

                                                                       

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

Brown, Rich, Theater (for Deb Currier)

D

P
 

 

 

08

4

  Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

  B

Exc
 

Ex Officio

 

07

5

  Daley, Chris

A

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

    P

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

    P

2

John Lawson, (for Andrew Bodman, Provost)

   P

07

7

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

   P

08

8

  Henson, Steve

E

P

 

 

 

08

9

  Hoffman, Joan

C

    P

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

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

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

Roger Helms, Sociology, 07-08 Senate

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

   Exc

2

 

 

07

17

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

C

   P

3

 

 

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff Vpres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

   Exc

 

 

 

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

Exc

 

Senators Present

27

07

24

 Stevenson, Joan

C

P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

07

25

 Stewart, James, ACC

A

 P

 

Ex Officio

3

07

26

 Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Legislative Liaison, UFWW &Past President

2

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:

34

08

30

 Lambert, Chuck, for Ray Wolpow

H

P

 

 

 

08

31

 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)