Index of Topics –  February 25, 2008

           EXHIBIT A:  Approved  3/10//08

Legislative topics, Enrollment, UFWW negotiations

 

Academic Technology Committee charge – Approval Motion

 

 

 

                                                       WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                                FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

                                                           Regular Meeting – February 25, 2008

 

Call to Order

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-2008 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.  Newcomer welcomed twenty-six (26) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, one (1) guest and the recorder (1) for a total of thirty-one (31).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

Approval of Senate Minutes.   Senators approved the minutes of February 11, 2008, as written.

Reports

§    Newcomer reported that a legislative resolution on the Higher Education Master Plan, and bills on Performance Agreements, and the Transfer Bill of Rights with common course numbering as well as the Child Care and Campus Safety bills are now receiving a second review in the alternate chamber. 

§    Newcomer reported that the House only funded a study of the proposed UW-Everett site. 

§    Newcomer agreed to report on any significant language changes to policies that may number as many as forty that underwent review last year prior to the formation of the Executive Policy Group.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Morse reported on several items: 

i)        a bill allowing Western to grant honorary doctorates did not get out of the Rules Committee.

ii)      a Forum will take place on March 11 in CF110 at 4 pm to gather input on potential models for Waterfront development. 

iii)    the budget allocates money to each baccalaureate institution for a mental health counselor.  

iv)    a negative revenue forecast affects the availability of funding in the operating budget; the capital budget is not expected to yield much as it would bring spending too close to the allowed limit; Morse is concerned about the effect a reduced allocation will have on programs such as Washington Learns.

§    Morse announced that PPRC’s March 5th meeting will hear presentations on the capital budget as well as Student Affairs and Academic Support Services.

§    Morse responded that current enrollments need serious study when Senators expressed concern about the soon to be reached enrollment target of 12,500. It would be advantageous to obtain funds through decision packages that did not require enrollment increases; also needed is continued evaluation of who and from where we recruit, and how enrollments may benefit from expansion to the Waterfront. 

§    Morse explained that going under our budgeted enrollments may receive legislative censure. It is harder for WWU to over enroll because community colleges are not producing enough transfer students lately. Additionally these students are encouraged to pursue work force training rather than 4-year degrees, and some community colleges and the branch campuses are also authorized now to issue 4-year degrees.  Dan Larner asked what the decline in community college enrollments might be and Morse responded that we used to get the same number of transfer students as freshman students.  Now it is less than a thousand and last year only about 900 students.

§    Morse confirmed that Western is just the fiscal agent for the Campus Compact grant and those funds are not considered as part of the budget the state awards to the University.  At one time Canadian students attended US schools at the same cost as US students but the exchange was largely Canada to USA and the concern was that they were taking seats away from Washington state students. The exchange ended some years ago.  Senators proposed that running TV ads about WWU like the ad run recently by Washington State University might help increase the rate of applications, but acknowledged cost might be prohibitive.  Morse added that everybody expects the big graduating class of 2008 to keep enrollments at satisfactory levels for one more year or two but Western has to be a lot more proactive in its recruiting efforts. 

§    Morse responded to a Senator’s question that asked what the impetus is behind the new background check policy, which appeared to go through substantial changes and extended background checks to new faculty.  Was this in response to a new law?  Morse agreed to check RCW law but suggested that the changes reflected national trends.

 

Items from UFWW

§    Bill Lyne, UFWW President, reported the details on the recently settled Eastern faculty union contract which includes (retroactive to 1/1/08)  tenured and tenure track increases of 4.2%, special faculty 4.5%, plus $500 compression adjustment to all associates and full professors.  Effective on the date of ratification all tenured, tenure track and special faculty receive 1% of their 9/1/07 base salary (prorated for those working less than fulltime).  Effective 9/1/08, tenured, tenure track and special faculty receive 4.2% and quarterly faculty receive increases from $530 to $575 per credit.

§    Lyne reported that the UFWW and the Administration will continue Western’s negotiations with a mediator on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Agenda Items

§    Senators unanimously approved a revised charge presented by the Academic Technology Committee which was reviewed at last week’s meeting (moved by Liao-Troth, seconded by Larner).   Text of the charge is as follows:

 

“BL.7.8  The Academic Technology Committee 

In order a) to assist in making Western Washington University a distinctive community of scholars and b) to maintain and enhance Western’s use of academic technology, the Academic Technology Committee of the Faculty Senate:

1.        Provides advice, guidance, and support to the Information Technology Services organization of the University, and

2.        Assures that Western’s investment in information technology facilities and resources effectively and efficiently serves the University’s strategic activities and the academic requirements of students and faculty.

To fulfill this mission, the Committee:

·                      reviews and assesses the planning, budget resources/requests, capital resource requirements, and the policies and practices of the Information Technology Services organization in providing economic and balanced use of both technological and traditional information facilities and resources;

·                      advises and provides guidance on the introduction of new and advanced technologies to assure effective use of technology and improved access to and retrieval of information resources;

·                      reviews and assesses faculty needs for technology and makes recommendations;

·                      participates in the dissemination of technology policy and best practices to the Faculty; and

·                      recommends strategic priorities to the Student Technology Fee Committee to aid in their review of proposals.

 

BL7.8.1 Membership. 

The membership of the Academic Technology Committee shall be as follows:

a.        One representative from each of the following: Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the College of Business and Economics, Huxley College of the Environment, Woodring College of Education, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Library;

b.        Two representatives each from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Sciences and Technology;

c.        The Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (ex officio, non-voting);

d.        The Director of Academic Technology and User Services (ex officio, non-voting);

e.        The Assistant Director of Academic Technology User Services (ex officio, non-voting);

f.         The Instructional Development and Multimedia Manager (ex officio, non-voting);

g.        The Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation (ex officio, non-voting);

h.        A member of the Information Technology Professionals’ Group (ex officio, non-voting);

i.         A student chosen by the Associated Students Board of Directors for a one-year term;

j.         One Faculty Senate member appointed by the Senate for a one-year term. 

                  

ATC members in categories a, b, h, and i (above) are selected by the organizations they represent and ratified by the Faculty Senate during Spring Quarter.  These members serve two-year, renewable, terms (unless otherwise specified) according to a schedule published by the Senate: appointments are staggered so that one half of the membership is appointed each year. 

 

The committee shall have a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson who are elected from and by the membership at the first committee meeting of each Fall Quarter.  In the absence of a continuing Chairperson, it is the responsibility of the Vice Chairperson from the previous year to call the first meeting of the Fall Quarter.

 

BL7.8.2 Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the ATC shall be made up of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.  The Executive Committee is responsible for setting the agenda for meetings, and is empowered to cancel meetings if there is not sufficient business.

BL 7.8.3 Meetings

The ATC typically meets on a biweekly basis Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.  Copies of the minutes of all meetings shall be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for review as soon as possible.

BL 7.8.4 Representatives to Advisory Groups

The ATC will select representatives to the following advisory groups. These representatives will report to the ATC as appropriate.

a.        Two faculty members, one from the ATC and one at-large, to serve on the Administrative Systems Advisory Group.

b.        Two faculty members, one from the ATC and one at-large, to serve on the Technology Infrastructure Advisory Group.

c.        One faculty member from the ATC to serve on the Learning Systems Advisory Group.

d.        One faculty member from the ATC to serve on the Learning Resources Advisory Group.

e.        One faculty member from the ATC to serve on the Learning Student Labs Advisory Group.

f.         One faculty member from the ATC to serve on the Learning Classroom Technology Advisory Group.”

-end of text

 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                                              Date                           Action and Topics

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

2/5/08

Accepted.  Curricular minutes reviewed prior to deadline of 2-19

o        Academic Technology Committee

2/6/08

Accepted.  Reports; STF proposals; comments re rankings

o        University Planning Council

1/30/08

Accepted.  Planning in Colleges, relation to UPC; EESP; Waterfront

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

All faculty received Nominating Petitions for the Spring Elections and are encouraged to run for the Senate.  Changes to the All Faculty list can be made by contacting the Senate office.

 

Constituent Concerns

Bike Lane

§         Michiko Yusa asked about the status of the bike lane and a recent survey that asked for opinions about its continuance.  Most people appear to oppose maintaining the bike lane, although some responses are favorable. There appears to be a “Plan B” and Newcomer will contact Gayle Shipley to learn what it is.  Provost Murphy added that that road will be very difficult for bikers when construction on Miller Hall begins.  There is a proposal to significantly redo that back road, but this is several years in the future after the Miller Hall renovation is complete.  The actual remodeling of Miller Hall will begin shortly after AIC is slated to open which may be by Winter Quarter next year.

§       Constituents are encouraged to send comments to Gayle Shipley, Director of Environmental Health and Safety regarding the continuation of the bike lane. 

 

ADJOURNMENT  

§    Senators recessed at 4:45 and agreed to email other concerns to the Senate President, then adjourned at 5:53 pm following a faculty caucus.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2-25-08

                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

--

 

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

Dennis MurphyProvost

P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

    P

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

P

5

John Purdy, Legislative Liaison, 07-08, Exec

--

09

14

  Larson, Nikki

A

P

 

 

 

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, ASVP Academics

P

08

18

  Meyer, David

D

    P

 

 

 

08

19

  Newcomer, Jeff , President Sen., Exec

A

P

 

 

 

08

20

  Ohana, Chris

H

    P

 

 

 

09

21

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

 

 

08

22

  Simone, Genet

H

P

 

 

 

08

23

  Stevenson, Joan, Secretary, Exec

C

P

 

Senators Present

26

09

24

  Suczek, Chris

A

--

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

09

25

  Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Ex Officio

3

08

26

  Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President

-

09

27

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

Exc

 

Recorder

1

08

28

  Wang, Grace

G

P

 

Guests

1

08

29

  Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

31

08

30

  Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  February 25, 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)