Index of Topics –  November 19, 2007

                   EXHIBIT A: For Approval 12/3/07

University of Washington proposed North Puget Sound campus

 

Higher Education Coordinating Board Master Plan

 

 

                                                                             WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                                                        FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting –November 19, 2007

 

Call to Order

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-2008 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:07 p.m.  Newcomer welcomed nineteen (19) Senators, one (1) ex officio member, the Past President (1) the Vice Provost for Faculty Relations (1), the Legislative Liaison (1), and the recorder (1) for a total of twenty-four (24).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

Newcomer reported on last week’s constituent concerns as follows:

a)  Deadlines for Fall Quarter can be addressed.  Professional leave is the only date specified in the handbook. Provost Murphy is looking into this, along with other dates that may be adjusted, as well as proposals connected with early registration. 

b)  Apparent shortage of level four classrooms:  Troy Ragsdale cannot recall not meeting any classroom requests.  Sharon Schmidt discovered that the current way data is provided cannot be formulated into a report.  She is working on charts for comparing classroom usage.  Scheduling of so many classes at certain favored times may be part of the problem.   

c)  Sport Sirens in Red Square.  Newcomer contacted Jim Shuster, who felt he might know who the culprits were, and that it was the case of being easier to ask for forgiveness rather than ask permission.

d)  Students who secure a place in class on the first day then do not show up:  Reasons may be to maintain enrollment or financial aid and the question is whether faculty are allowed to remove them.  ACC plans to consider this at some point but has not been able to fit it on its agenda up to this point. 

e)  Faculty and staff are reminded to try to recycle paper rather than throw it away.

f)  The Board of Trustees has sent out invitations inviting candidates for the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.  Hopefully an announcement of who is on the committee will become public before thanksgiving.

g)  ACC’s motion to change upper division writing requirements has been added to the agenda.

 

University of Washington Campus – North Puget Sound

Matthew Liao-Troth brought a report of the proposed North Puget Sound campus.  The train/bus station in Everett is the first location and will be taking students almost immediately.   The key information of interest is that it is estimated that they will enroll 5000 students by 2025, with operating costs estimated at $41 million.  The full buildup will cost $650 and $800 million excluding construction and site costs.  The Everett site is expected to be up and running by Fall.  Their planned majors include nursing, education (with Masters’ degrees), engineering, and some arts and sciences.  Senators commented that the $41 millions is probably a cheap estimate, so people will buy-in.

 

ITEMS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION

President Morse is out of town this week.

§    Murphy reported on budget processes that are being reviewed.  Murphy is obtaining from the Deans the capital projects that “are a gleam in anybody’s eye.”   Murphy reported that any items above $2 million fall under major caps.  Those under $2 million are minor cap projects.  Murphy would like there to be debate and discussion on the proposals, although there is not a lot of freedom because of the State’s bonding authority.  Miller Hall is only on the drawing board, and we still need funding to conclude the new building and redo Carver Gym.  Some of this has been included in the Biennial Budget request.  Murphy is arranging to meet with the budget officers, every College Dean, Advisory Group and the Library in order to talk about process, what actually happened last year, what were the outcomes, and how to build a budget for next time. The Decision Packages will also put us in a different situation. The intention is that everybody has a level playing field, and a fair chance to get their project.  Murphy will continue to meet with PPRC and UPC.  Newcomer responded with appreciation upon hearing that we are starting an early open budget process.

 

Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§    UFWW President Bill Lyne reported that he expects progress will be made on the contract following four consecutive all day meetings in early December.

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                       Date                  Topic – Action

 

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

10/23/07

Explanation of Early Childhood endorsement; ACC charge reviewed; Writing proficiency discussed.  MOTIONS passed re above items at 11/6/07 meeting

 

o        University Planning Council

10/17/07

UPC meeting of 10-31-07 cancelled.  10/17 minutes approved 11/21.  Supplemental budget request 2008; waterfront update; prioritizing strategic action plan; current operating budget

 

o        Academic Technology Committee

10/24/07

Committee structure and charge.  Chris Suczek reports that there drafts will be coming down the pipeline soon.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Higher Education Coordinating Board  (HEC Bd) Master Plan (the MP)

Senators heard that parts of the MP appear to be relatively unbalanced, with emphasis on some points over others.  While the report largely said good things, and seemed aware of funding problems people are up against, nothing is said about how to obtain additional funding. Many of the other goals are not attainable unless there is more funding,  Increasing degrees and enrollments are mentioned, but costs are not mentioned, and the investment level required is not brought to the legislature.

§    CFR.  John Purdy, Legislative Liaison pointed out the failure to mention faculty, and he will push the point.  Little mention is made as to how the HEC Bd got its information.  CFR can be worked into the MP, and faculty representatives should be present on any board that is going to make determinations about education K-20.

§    Purdy thought that six pages of written comments he submitted were ignored.  There is no mention of faculty salaries, and no mention of the necessity of educating the student beyond the narrow focus of the work force and on toward civic engagement.  The “nuts and bolts” seem to be designed toward seeing higher education as a production line for employees.  Purdy emphasized we should look at the civic contributions a well educated person can make.  There is no discussion of accountability, or how one can move from enrollment to degrees granted.  We do not want to sacrifice the quality of a Bachelors or Masters degree to expediency.

§    Reports on numbers of students have been generated in the Office of Financial Management (OFM) from presentations of staff of the HEC Bd about potential freshman based upon 9th grade numbers they have in the State.  The other big piece was imagination regarding continuing education.  That combination provides a fairly optimistic profile. 

§    Provost Murphy expressed agreement with the comments and added that the draft, which was written a while back, is not informed by testimony, hearings, or written comments that were submitted.  He added that Western will be making some comments.  WASU and the regionals are mentioned but Western is not mentioned.  The document does not say much about quality metrics of any kind.  Western will add in a bit of language around those two options.

§    John Purdy reported that CFR is drafting a response to the MP and the HEC Bd will meet December 13 for a final vote.  The CFR response is expected to be done next week.  Newcomer suggested reviewing it at the next meeting for purposes of endorsement.  Senators are encouraged to forward additional comments to Purdy.

§    Research.  Suczek noticed that there was a fair amount written about post baccalaureate education and what it adds to state research, mainly at the University of Washington.  Suczek suggested the MP should acknowledge the research contributions of the other 4-year institutions.

§    Provost Murphy also reported that the Campus Compact performance contracts are regaining light, and there will be a meeting on the topic at the University of Washington this week.

§    Graduate Education.  Senators asked for information about graduation ratios in various departments.  Murphy is instituting a thorough view of the role of graduate education in Winter Quarter.  The HEC Bd is also focusing on graduate programs, and we have opportunities that we are not pursuing.  Murphy expects the study will take us the academic year. Dr. Ghali will head it, with more than one working group, and each group will be given a specific set of questions. They will work under a broad mandate to review the larger question of the role of graduate studies at Western.  Murphy proposed that defining the question will take a bit of work.

 

Additional Comments on the HEC Bd. Master Plan:

§    One Senator suggested it seems we are trying to do more with less, and are asked to take on more students who can’t meet standards. Another asked if there is any way to address employers’ needs, for example, as an employer I am more interested in somebody who can think, work as a team, in a diverse work force, think critically, and communicate.

§    One Senator commented that the document was not situated in reality.  We are in the middle of Boomers’ older offspring, and an incredibly high rate of high school dropouts.  Only 11% who get out of 9th grade get to Higher Education.  Do they have a definitive set of the multiplicity of causes for so few who graduate?  How can you boost the number if  you have no idea of the cause for lack of graduates? 

§    So they are now charging the Universities with developing the pipeline from elementary school to the university.  So the responsibility increasingly devolves to the university.  This was never done before.  It’s as if what is being said is that since the universities are doing such a good jobs, we will just extend them downwards.

§    One Senator asked if there was some sense of political reality behind this?  What is the sense of who is writing this, and can you get the ear of that person or groups of persons.  Sending reports does not seem to work.  It is not that around the edges it is so wrong, but that there are pieces missing that could add a lot to it.  For example, enhancing quality and being honest about costs, and acknowledging that a 10-yr plan will require significant investment.

§    Is the HEC Bd now determining fields of interest?  What about the arts? Who is making these decisions?  Much is driven by a sense of the economy, and a large number of degrees come from out of state.

§    Health Care issues are very high, and the shortfall is going to be dramatic, as the baby boom generation retires.  Se we want to emphasize that college is not just a training program for one area, but that we need a well rounded citizen.  People get degrees in the humanities and go into law, etc.  Restricting discussion about particular areas they prefer students to enter is not going to help. The number who end up anywhere is different than the number who start.   The broader mandate is better.  A high number of professors will retire over next 15 years, over the term of this plan.  Do we get the new ones from out of state? 

§    The development of K-12 is where more money is needed.  We are losing students, more males than females which impacts the stem programs.  A Senator commented that a lot of the structural stuff that is done models female behavior in the classroom, and some boys have always thought that what is going on outside the classroom is more interesting.  We can’t just create opportunities, we will have to get serious about issues that have arisen in the last 20 years, and we are losing boys big time.  One opinion is that “we make them complete 49 dink projects rather than actually teaching them something”.

§    The seamless transition between 2-year and 4-year college is an ongoing debate.  It is much more difficult than anybody standing above is willing to admit.  We have gone in five years, from an over enrollment of 10,000 students in Community Colleges, to under-enrollment. 

§    We need to create high expectations for K-12 students, and to create a belief that college is possible, and that it is affordable.  It is creating the expectation that more students will go to college.  We want to create a culture of education, in families and in schools, which will encourage people to enter into higher education.  We also want numbers of those people over 45 to return to higher education as well.  Almost nothing in the MP mentions that higher education might be fun.  We have counties in this State with no library access.  If we are going to talk about an atmosphere of education we need to look at basic resources.

§    One Senator who participated in high school recruitment of minority kids who reported they didn’t know what they wanted to do, so they didn’t see college as an option, and the second problem is that they are so pushed by standards they are afraid to live up to expectations.  There is a lot of stress around figuring out how to pay for college.

§    There are other aspects that will keep them in school, and that is the arts, the band, the sports, etc., and some of these kids end up in math and science.  Being open minded and having a wide open liberal curriculum helps people to find a place and find some passion in what they are doing.

§    The legislature has to look at support for students, and lowering costs for students.  One Senator reported that he loses 25% of his students every quarter.  A large number, the majority of these, are working 25 to 30 hours a week on some job, clerking, bagging at grocery stores, making a little bit over minimum wage, and trying to meet expenses.  The State is wasting resources by sending a person to university and not providing them enough support so they don’t have to work 35 hours a week.  It costs the state thousands a year to bring a student here, and have them spend half their time working at some low level job.  We are a very high aid state.  We are in the bottom in terms of tuition and at top in terms of aid. 

§    Legislators are not unmindful.  But there has been an incredible increase in the cost of living here.  About $15,000 a year to go to college here, tuition, plus what it take sot feed, house, buy books, etc.  Some free college would help. 

 

Faculty Serving Washington Day

Newcomer reminded Senators that the Faculty Serving Washington Day will take place in Olympia on January 23, 2008.  Faculty are asked to submit project proposals to John Purdy by December 3rd.

Newcomer mentioned there might be some travel funds available.  The forum is a large one where you can work, and legislators siphon through as they can.  If you have somebody in your department who is good at this, send the information to Purdy or the Senate Executive committee.

 

Revised Academic Coordinating Commission Charge

Newcomer has organized a meeting with chairs of college curricular committees along with the ACC chair, vice chair and catalog coordinator, to ask them what they think about ACC and its processes and what would make it smoother.  Newcomer expressed concern about the process by which this was adopted, and in particular the writing proficiency waivers.  Newcomer asked Senators to contact their constituent groups and department chairs and get feedback on the proposal.  Chair Hearne will be at the next Senate meeting for feedback.

ADJOURNMENT  

Senators adjourned at 5:35pm

                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Joan Stevenson, Secretary

Roster of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate

 

 

Senators

 

 

 

 

 

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

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

08

4

Brown, Rich  (for Deb Currier)

D

P
 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

09

5

Coskie, Tracy

H

Exc
 

 

 

09

6

  Cunningham, Mick, Appts & Elects, Exec

  B

P
 

Ex Officio

 

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

Exc

09

8

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

2

Dennis Murphy, Vice Provost

P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

  Exc

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

--

09

10

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

  Exc

 

 

 

09

11

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

4

Rhonda Allen, VProvost Faculty Relations

P

08

12

  Hoffman, Joan

C

  Exc

5

  Ira Hyman, Past President, Exec,

 

09

13

 Larson, Nikki

A

Exc

6

John Purdy, Legislative Liaison, 07-08, Exec

P

09

14

 Larner, Daniel, At-Large, Exec

F

    P

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

08

15

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

E

P

 

 

 

09

16

Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

Guests:

 

08

17

 Meyer, David

D

  Exc

 

 

 

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

Exc

 

 

 

08

23

 Stevenson, Joan, Secretary, Exec

C

P

 

Senators Present

19

09

24

 Suczek, Chris

A

    P

 

Absent or Excused

(11)

09

25

 Symons, Lawrence

B

Exc

 

Ex Officio

1

08

26

 Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

  Exc

 

Leg.Liaison, Past Pres., VProvost Fac Rel.

2

09

27

 Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

Recorder

1

08

28

 Wang, Grace

G

Exc

 

Guests

--

08

29

 Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

23

08

30

 Yusa, Michiko

C

Exc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  November 19, 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)