Index of Topics –  April 7, 2008

           EXHIBIT A:  For Approval 4/21/08

Visit with Director of Campus Policy – Randy Stegmeier

 

Performance Agreement Timeline – Discussion

 

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – April 7, 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-seven (27) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the legislative liaison, past president, and recorder (3), and three (3) guests for a total of thirty-five (35).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

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 was an excellent fireworks display.

§    That Policy 5400.08 on background checks will go through the full open comment process;

§    That new campus bicycle and skateboard policies are posted on the Senate website along with the appropriate WAC code for public review.

 

Items from the Administration

§   President Morse reported that background checks are on the agenda for the next policy group meeting.  Morse reported that certain fiscal policies which were implemented in recent years may have resulted from discussions with the Board and the State Auditor in 2004-2005; some deal with the auditing function and are from way back then, not just 2007.  Morse had to ask the auditor and Business and Financial Affairs to review because of changes in State and Federal laws, and results of audits both at the State level and internally.

§   Morse reported that administration forwarded a new proposal to UFWW on March 26th.  

§   Provost Murphy reported that 34 of 60 vacant faculty positions have been filled with tenure or tenure track faculty of which 13 are net new and 21 are replacements due to retirements.  Murphy added that the continued progress is attributable to the work of the excellent search committees.  Murphy will prepare a thumbnail sketch of new hires.  Murphy directed faculty to the Provost website to which a substantial amount of information has been added.

§   Murphy discussed the Performance Agreement bill and pointed out the extraordinarily short timeline for preparing a draft for the Board of Trustees and ultimately for the legislature.  Murphy will meet with other Provosts in Spokane this week to develop a response strategy.

Approval of Senate Minutes.   Senators approved the minutes of March 10, 2008, with a minor correction to the roster.

Items from UFWW

Bill Lyne, UFWW President, reported that the bargaining team is taking some time to review the proposal and will have its counterproposal ready tomorrow or the day after.  Lyne compared salary information in the proposal to that in the contract signed by Eastern, and noted that the current offer on the table from administration is still lower than the contract faculty at Eastern signed. (see the UFWW newsletter “The Western Union” online).

Agenda Items

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

 

Committee

Date

Topics

Action

o  Academic Coordinating Commission

3/4/08

Early Registration and Catalog Deadlines; other discussion topics:  ACC Charge, Minors and Majors - Truth in Advertising, Interdisciplinarity in Catalog, Professional Programs and Liberal Arts Education, Student Job Market Pressures,  Job Data for 5, 10 years after Graduation, Returning Student Clientele,  GURs

Accepted

o  Academic Technology Committee

2/27/08

Final AT Fee proposal rankings and commentary

Accepted

o  University Planning Council

2/13/08

College Planning – Jeff Young, Chair, CST Planning Committee, guest

Accepted

 

Visit with Randy Stegmeier, Director of Public Safety. 

Newcomer introduced Randy Stegmeier, Director of Public Safety, who expressed appreciation for the invitation, and spoke about safety initiatives he is planning in collaboration with the Bellingham police.

Stegmeier reported that he is working with a consultant to help develop a campus threat assessment team.  There is a loosely organized group that does a pretty fair job at present, and he wants to get them more formalized training.  Stegmeier will communicate to the Senate and the campus what is needed to help make that team viable, and to head off any threats before they happen.  The Senate applauded Stegmeier and thanked him for his visit and updates. 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

Senate ballots are due in the Senate office by Monday, April 14th.  Senators viewed a list of faculty vacancies on the Academic Coordinating Commission, University Planning Council, Senate Library Committee, and Academic Technology Committee. 


PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS

§   Senators reviewed a timeline which requires a May 30 draft committee report on a state performance agreement that aligns higher education goals and accountability measures with the 2009-2011 operating and capital budget processes as set forth in HB2641.  The bill is an attempt to stabilize higher education funding, but there is considerable emphasis on focusing on degrees to meet employers’ needs. 

§   Provost Murphy suggested this can be an opportunity to address the State’s mandated limit on tuition increases, or to ask for increased financial aid. 

§   Responses from Senators suggested that

1) Emphasis on increasing degrees ignores the considerable benefit to the State from people who have some college education yet no degree;

2) Part-time educators may not be as fully vested in the idea of why Higher Education matters; and we must find ways to reach down the K-12 pipeline;

3) There are many formulas with the financial aid piece that include e-learning and adult and returning students;

4) There are waiting lists to get into certain degrees and all we need are more faculty and increased space;

Senators agreed to contact constituents for feedback to the committee in the next eight weeks.


 

Review of Academic Coordinating Commission Charge

§   Senators reviewed the Academic Coordinating Commission charge forwarded from ACC in anticipation of future discussion and approval.

 

Faculty Caucus

§   Following a two-minute break, Senators moved to a caucus at 5:37 pm.  At 6:40 the Senate President included the report in the record from the faculty representatives on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

ADJOURNMENT  

Adjourned at 6:41 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4-7-08

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

Dennis Murphy,  Provost

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 (see Guests)

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

P

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

 

Randy Stegmeier, Director Public Safety

P

08

18

  Meyer, David

D

    P

 

Barbara Mathers-Schmidt, PSAC

P

08

19

  Newcomer, Jeff , President Sen., Exec

A

P

 

Angela Harwood, PSAC

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

27

09

24

  Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(3)

09

25

  Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Ex Officio

2

08

26

  Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President

2

09

27

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

Recorder

1

08

28

  Wang, Grace

G

--

 

Guests

3

08

29

  Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

35

08

30

  Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  April 7, 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)