Index of Topics –  April  21, 2008

           EXHIBIT A:  Approved  5/5/08

Bicycle and Skateboard Policies – Visit from Gayle Shipley

 

Faculty Vacancies on Standing committees and Term Limits

 

Review of Academic Coordinating Commission charge

 

                                                 

                                                     WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                              FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

                                                               Regular Meeting – April 21, 2008

 

Call to Order

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-2008 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:04 p.m. 

Newcomer welcomed twenty-three (23) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the past president, and recorder (2), and two (2) guests for a total of twenty-nine (29).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

 

Approval of Senate Minutes.   Senators approved the minutes of April 7, 2008 as written. 

 

Reports Newcomer reported that:

§    A faculty volunteer is requested in order to speak at welcoming convocation.  Newcomer mentioned that this is a fun event, and that there is usually an excellent fireworks display.

§    He received the list of policies passed last year by President’s Council, and reviewed the list with Executive Council.  Policies that were identified as worthy of a reading were divided among the members, and those worthy of future discussion will be brought to the Senate’s attention.

§    The Student Transfer Bill of Rights was vetoed by the governor and is no longer of concern this year.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Morse announced that faculty can opt out of new daily press releases and can receive news in digest form, but that these news briefs should not be sent to “spam” mail folders.  Morse asked faculty to let her know if improvements were needed.

§    Morse reported that a statement will be sent from the accreditation team so that Western can review factual data, but that Morse and Provost Murphy will hear the full report at a July meeting. 

§    Morse noted that the accrediting team commended the faculty review process and how well WWU maintained the campus.  However, the accreditors recommended improving campus communication, increasing budget transparency, creating a plan for the library, and the broader application by departments of assessment information.  Morse added that she thought it was a good accreditation, with lots to learn and suggestions on improvements.  There were also positive remarks.  Morse pointed out that we have started to work on some suggestions even before the report comes out.  She added that the information will be helpful to the new president.

§    Provost Murphy promised to keep the campus apprised of a Performance Agreement draft and the opportunity to deal with budget and growth trajectories inspired by the Higher Education Coordinating Board Master Plan.

§    Murphy announced that “Big Ole”, a steam whistle obtained from Georgia Pacific, will be tested on Sunday May 4th.  The whistle will be used to alert the campus to attend to cell phone or email messages in the event of an emergency.

 

Items from UFWW

§    Bill Lyne, UFWW President, reported that AAUP salary data indicates an increasing gap between Western and the faculty peer 75th percentile. Bargaining teams will meet again this week.

Agenda Items

§    Senators welcomed guest Gayle Shipley, Director of Central Health and Safety and offered their suggestions for improving pedestrian and bicycle lane safety and bicycle dismount policies.  Senators had received and reviewed the following documents: Bicycle and Skateboard Policy Revisions – Ideas; POL-U5620.05 – Bicycle and Traffic Regulations; POL-U5620.06 – Skateboard and Inline Skate Policy; and WAC Chapter 516-13 and 516-15.

§    Senators asked for increases in the numbers of bike racks on campus, and asked whether the Bellingham community was involved in decision-making in general.

§    Senators learned that there are lots of anecdotal reports available about bike collisions over the years but not a lot of police reports.  We have very little actual data.  Senators mentioned areas of concern, including 25th Street and Bill MacDonald, and one of the most dangerous, Oak Street and Indian Street.  Even introducing a 4-way Stop would be helpful on Indian.  Another suggestion is to open a bike lane through the side of the bus gate so that people would not be in danger from buses that accelerate on the steep Indian Street incline.

§    Senators learned that the original dismount policy (10 minutes before classes) negotiated at the end of the ‘90s was a compromise –seen as better than no dismount policy at all.  Now with many variations in class hours that policy is not enforced.

§    Senators suggested that speed limits are better than dismount times, and walking speeds should be enforced and the bike lanes expanded and continued.  In some places the bike lane just stops, in others the pavement is unsafe with lots of holes and loose gravel.  Senators suggest a bike lane to the Student Recreation Center from behind Carver Gym.  Such a lane would reduce biker traffic on the South campus bricks, and the busy pedestrian walkways.

§    Red Square is a dismount zone, but there could be an additional dismount zone near Carver Gym in the area between Bond Hall and Miller Hall.  Students sometimes speed down past the sculptures at extreme speed.

§    A bike lane should be added behind Chemistry and Biology (going toward the Recreation Center, on the service road that goes all the way out to West College Way).  A bike route there would divert heavy bike traffic.

§    Speed Bumps are not necessarily a good idea, because drivers need education on how much to slow down, and many are swerving around them completely.  Cars undercarriages get scraped in the case of the “table” speed bumps which may be installed on the road behind Communications. 

§    Skateboarders should not be allowed at all in the middle of the roads.

§    One Senator pointed out that the access road behind Fairhaven has become a pathway for pedestrians who see it as a road with less vehicle traffic.  However, occasionally there are heavy trucks and dangerous vehicles back there.  Something should be done to accommodate pedestrian traffic as well as to enforce a bicycle speed limit.  Bikes come off the hill and make a fast turn into that access road without anticipating vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

§    Another Senator pointed out one gets slapped in the dark by rainy foliage when going up the hill north of 29G.  Senators noted that bike lanes just disappear as you ride up 21st street.  Senators asked if the foot path traffic will change when the AIC Building is completed, and suggested some maps might describe what paths are good paths, which are bike paths, etc.  They suggested that such a map be available on the web and updated as paths are moved and changed.  Another problem is that the pedestrian lanes at the stop lights are so smooth that bicyclists “wipe out” coming down the hills.

§    Shipley thanked the Senate and took note of the many suggestions which she will incorporate into proposals for administration.

 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                              Date                        Topic                                                            Action

o       Academic Coordinating Commission

4-1-08

Approval of ACC Charge

Approval of Catalog Calendar 2009-2010

Accepted

o     Academic Technology Committee

3-12-08

Policy for Reasonable Use; Microsoft Exchange Labs

Accepted

o       Senate Library Committee

1-23-08

Reports and Discussion Items

Accepted

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

Senators reviewed the list of faculty vacancies on committees.  Cunningham asked Senators to send the list to constituents in their area and invite them to volunteer.

 

Term Limits

Senators discussed term limits on Standing Committees, which usually parallel what is indicated in the handbook for Senate membership, namely two terms.  This has been increased to three terms when the new handbook is approved by the Board of Trustees.  Senators discussed the pros and cons of each, including the need to encourage younger and newer faculty to serve.  Senators mentioned the possible inertia of long term limits, but also seek continuity from members.  Thomas Downing mentioned that the UPC has 3-year terms, and as a consequence it would be neat to make everything a 6-year possibility, that is three 2-year terms or two 3-year terms.

 

Presidential Search

Provost Murphy reported he had just received news on his phone during the meeting about the status of the Presidential Search, and that at a meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. the Board of Trustees will announce their finalist. This person will come on Thursday and Friday to campus to meet the faculty and staff.  The Board will decide on Friday to offer the finalist a contract as the new president of Western.  The finalist is the person who agreed unconditionally to come to campus to meet with campus leaders.  The Senate thanked the Provost and President Morse for the announcement.

 

Review of Academic Coordinating Commission Charge

§   Senators reviewed versions of the Academic Coordinating Commission charge forwarded from ACC in anticipation of future discussion and approval, along with some comments from faculty.

§   Senators suggested simplification of the list of items under ACC’s purview, suggesting that while the old charge was too general, it appears the new list is too specific.

§   Chair Hearne explained that currently we have an open membership and if there is a problem we can call in an assistant dean or some members of the curricular committees to come in and explain.  It would be too restrictive and narrow to insist that members be appointed by the colleges from their curricular committees.

§   Senators suggested that ACC should have authority over its own committee and suggest what is most beneficial to its own members.

§   Newcomer reiterated that this was the Senate’s chance to change the charge if it so wished.  He reminded Senators of the need for the ACC to broadly advertise and operate with special transparency.

§   One member pointed out that it would not be at all clear when such language was being violated or when it was not.  Something more parliamentary would be more helpful. 

§   Senators will continue the discussion at the next meeting.

 

Constituent Concerns

§    Senators were reminded of next week’s Japan Week events, including a “sit down comic” in Old Main Theater on Thursday, May 1 at 4 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT  

Adjourned at 6:01 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4-21-08

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

--
 

 

 

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

    --

2

Dennis MurphyProvost

P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

--

09

10

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

 

 

 

09

11

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

P

 

Permanent Guests:

 

09

12

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

4

  Ira Hyman, Past President, Exec,

P

08

13

  Johnson, Diane

C

--

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

--

 

Guests:

 

09

17

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

Jim Hearne, Chair, ACC

P

08

18

  Meyer, David

D

    --

 

Gayle Shipley, Director, Central Health & Safety

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

--

 

 

 

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

P

 

Ex Officio

2

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

--

 

Guests

2

08

29

  Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

29

08

30

  Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  April 21, 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)