Index of Topics –  February 11, 2008

           EXHIBIT A:  For Approval  2/25//08

Legislative report – John Purdy

 

POL-U1600.02 – Responding to campus violence

 

Declining Freshman Credit Load – UPC report

 

Dual Career Assistance – process and chart reviewed

 

                                                                         

                                                                             WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 11, 2008

 

Call to Order

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-2008 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.  Newcomer welcomed twenty-three (23) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, two (2) guests, the Legislative Liaison and the recorder (2) for a total of thirty (30).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

Approval of Senate Minutes.   Senators approved the minutes of January 28, as written.

§    President Morse Congratulated.  Senators echoed Newcomer’s congratulations to President Morse who was honored by the State Senate for her service.  The House will honor Morse on March 4th. Newcomer encouraged faculty to attend, and that it was a great opportunity to observe how laws are made in the State.

In other matters:

§    John Purdy reports on Senate Bill 6893SB6893 promoting intellectual diversity did not get a hearing.  John Purdy, Legislative Liaison, reported that the Council of Faculty Representatives plans to put forward a statement of principles if the bill materializes next year. 

§    HEC Board Master Plan and faculty participation.  John Purdy reported that he is writing a letter to reiterate previous testimony about resolutions in the Plan, particularly an item which supports faculty membership on the Board. 

§    Faculty Participation on Board. David Fewings asked about faculty membership on the Boards of Directors.  So far the bill does not seem popular, although CFR plans to submit a list of faculty to the governor.  If a faculty member is appointed, that person would be a servant of state, required to recuse her/himself for conflict of interest matters.  At the very least such an appointment would allow for a test case.  A local appointment to the Board of Trustees does not preclude it from revising rules of operation to specify rights and obligations of a member.  At last hearing the bills did not make it out of committee.

§    Accreditation Self-Study.  The accreditation self-study report --available online by February 20th.

§    Presidential SearchThe Board approved the next steps in the Presidential search. 

§    Waterfront.  An open forum is scheduled in March to present various models of Waterfront development the Board might consider in conjunction with the Port and the City.  Faculty are encouraged to read the details in an upcoming press release.

§    Bike Lane’s Future.  Comments regarding the University Advisory Committee’s recent discussion about the future of the bike lane on East College Way should be addressed to Gayle Shipley, Environment Health and Safety Director.

§    Semi-automated Postal Machines.  Such an installation in the Viking Union is unlikely since the costly purchase would have to go through the postal service and be subsidized by the Viking Union.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Morse reported that some programs may have to go back to the drawing board if there is a drop in the economic forecast which is due out this week. 

§    Morse reported that although the students have been active in pushing for child care, only some resources will be allocated, but no support for expansion of facilities.

§    Morse noted that the Council of Presidents (COP) took a position on a Senate bill to change the preference listings from the universities.  One positive note is that we will not have to compete with the branch campuses since they will not be listed separately from the main campuses.

§    Morse reported on continued debate over the proposed site of the University of Washington North Puget Sound campus. 

 

Items from UFWW

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, announced that a mediator from PERC will be present at this week’s negotiations with additional meetings scheduled for February 27th and 28th.

 

Agenda Items

President Newcomer announced a change to the order of the Agenda, so that Senators could review the policy on campus violence with guest Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Executive Director, Equal Opportunity.

 

POL-U1600.02.  On Responding to Campus Violence or Threats of Violence.

Senators reviewed and commented on POL-U1600.02, On Responding to Campus Violence or Threats of Violence, with Guenter-Schlesinger.  President Morse offered information on Western’s extensive emergency response plan.  The plan has a procedure with a telephone tree, and which vice president takes the lead depending on the nature of the emergency. appropriate people are brought in to the emergency response center down at police headquarters on campus.  Morse noted that for instance when graffiti was found last year a team was brought together in a couple of hours and worked in tandem with the City police.  Senators noted that some threats may be more immediate than others, and how fast does the team get there.  Morse replied that for a true emergency, components of team meet immediately.  Guenter-Schlesinger reported that she would be happy to incorporate additional suggestions from Senators.  David Fewings mentioned taser stun-guns and asked for a specific definition of what constitutes a “dangerous weapon”.

 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                                                          Date                           Action

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

 

1/22/08

Accepted.  Curricular minutes reviewed

o        Academic Technology Committee

1/23/08

Accepted.  ATC Charge; Student Technology Fee Committee.

Senators discussed the ATC Charge*

o        University Planning Council

1/16/08

Accepted.  Planning in colleges; report on enrollment (Copetas); Campus compact update

 

Comments on Minutes

Declining Freshman Credit Load.  Senators commented on the smaller than traditional credit-load freshman are carrying, as noted in the UPC report with Karen Copetas.  Downing reminded the Senate that the Provost has created several focus groups with freshman to learn more about why this is happening.  One reason may be that freshman come in with more Running Start and other pre-college credits, and are occasionally advised to take less credits in their first quarter.  Others may register for a huge credit load, but then they find they have to drop in winter and spring.  Other students combine three, four and 5 credits in a way that does not add up to more than a minimum, and find that a 3-credit course can be almost as demanding as a 5-credit course. 

 

Academic Technology Committee Charge

Senators discussed a modification to the charge for the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) and plan to consider the charge as an Action Item next meeting.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

Senators appointed the following: 

To the Faculty Senate:  Diane Johnson, Modern & Classical Languages, for Joan Hoffman, who has had to resign from the Senate due to illness.

Catalog Task Force.  One vacancy.

 

Dual Career Assistance (DCA) – review of procedure with flowchart

§    Senators asked for data about numbers of requests for Dual Career Assistance (DCA) appointments of opportunity that are made each year and reviewed a chart and text clarifying DCA procedure.

§    Senators discussed various challenges to offering appointments of opportunity, and noted that it is always important to leave room for negotiation and discretion.  At some point these must always be a qualitative level decision, involving the dean and the unit head, but that historically the denial comes from the department that makes the decision.  There has not been sufficient documentation of who makes the decisions and in the past it has not always been clear where the “no” is coming from.

§    Such appointments are generally not common although generally are made on an ad hoc basis.  But if a spouse is to be accommodated through a 3-year only halftime position, the full reality of cost of living and potential job availability in Bellingham should be thoroughly explained to the couple initially. 

§    As long as there is transparency and clarity when there is refusal at each step of the way, each party has to take responsibility for its decision.  Ultimately salaries have to increase substantially so that faculty can say “no” comfortably.

 

Constituent Concerns

Because of time constraints, Senators agreed to email constituent concerns to the Senate President.

 

ADJOURNMENT  

Following a three-minute recess Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 5:45 and then moved to adjourn at 6:17 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2-11-08

 

                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

P
 

 

 

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

P

09

8

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

2

John Lawson, Vice Provost

P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

   --

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

P

09

10

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

 

 

 

09

11

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea (see Guests)

C

P

 

Permanent Guests:

 

09

12

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

4

  Ira Hyman, Past President, Exec,

--

08

13

  Johnson, Diane for J Hoffman (apptd todqy)

C

--

5

John Purdy, Legislative Liaison, 07-08, Exec

P

09

14

  Larson, Nikki

A

--

 

 

 

09

15

  Larner, Daniel, At-Large, Exec

F

    P

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

08

16

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

E

P

 

Guests:

 

09

17

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

Annie Jansen

P

08

18

  Meyer, David

D

    --

 

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger

P

08

19

  Newcomer, Jeff , President Sen., Exec

A

P

 

 

 

08

20

  Ohana, Chris

H

    --

 

 

 

09

21

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

 

 

08

22

  Simone, Genet

H

--

 

 

 

08

23

  Stevenson, Joan, Secretary, Exec

C

P

 

Senators Present

23

09

24

  Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(7)

09

25

  Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Ex Officio

3

08

26

  Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President

1

09

27

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

Recorder

1

08

28

  Wang, Grace

G

P

 

Guests

2

08

29

  Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

30

08

30

  Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  February 11, 2008

 

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)