Index of Topics –  January 26, 2009

          EXHIBIT A:  For Approval 2/9/09

Legislative Bills – John Purdy, Liaison, report

 

Parking Committee formed – Jeff Newcomer appointed

 

Appendices (Handbook) Approved – MOTION

 

Student Travel Abroad:  Doug Nord, Paul Mueller present

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – January 26, 2009

 

Call to Order

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-2009 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:03 pm.  Liao-Troth welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators, one (1) ex officio member, the Past President (1), the recorder (1), the Legislative Liaison (1) and three guests (3) for a total of thirty-two (32)  (see attached roster).  

 

Items from the Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes.  

Senators accepted Senate minutes of January 12, 2009 as written.

 

Legislative Concerns:  John Purdy, Legislative Liaison

§    John Purdy, Legislative Liaison reported on bills currently before the legislature, and noted that SB5237 which proposed a 3-year baccalaureate degree has been temporarily set aside.  Purdy noted there is continued movement toward a community college in Bellevue, and technical college being allowed to create transfer degrees.  Purdy added that CFR has reintroduced a bill sponsored by Western alum Scott White that adds a faculty member on the board of regents of the baccalaureates.  Faculty are invited to email Purdy for additional information. 

 

Constituent Concerns:

Liao-Troth reported on the following:

§    The Executive Policy Group met to start the “Peabody” process on the EEO document which will then be included as an appendix to the Faculty Handbook.

§    Colleges are tasked with transparency in their budget reduction planning;

§    Linda Beckman is involved in the management of the bookstore while the hiring process for a manager has been temporarily suspended due to the state budget crisis;

§    Commercial business entities coming onto campus must be approved through the Viking Union;

§    Recapturing a Monday class is challenging with the holidays in the current winter quarter class schedule, and efforts are underway to adjust future academic year calendars.

 

Items from the Administration:

Budget

§    President Shepard laid out on the ramifications of a 3.5% cut to instruction and 5% to the remaining areas of the university.  Shepard will ask legislators how we can address prolonged budget cuts when we have already admitted paying students. Senators support a strong combined presentation from all the baccalaureate presidents. 

§    Shepard express concern about other areas such as the problem of increased tuition, and the effect on access of holding open positions; the challenge of making choices to get us through at least the next three years; the effect of cutting students and the consequent loss of revenue; the unknown allocations from a Federal stimulus package; and the additional pressures on the government from the budget hole created by Medicaid and Medicare.

§    Shepard expressed appreciation to Liao-Troth for his advice and feedback with the budget process;

§    Shepard reported that Vice President Pierce has put in place a “Temporary Procedure to Fill Vacancies through Internal Placements” and referred faculty to the Campus Guidelines on the website of the office of University Planning and Budgeting.

 

Items from UFWW 

Legislature

·     Bill Lyne, President UFWW, noted the exceptional work that President Shepard, Vice President Swan and Associate Vice President Burkey were doing to represent Western before the legislature. Lyne reported that American Federation of Teachers (UFWW’s national affiliate) is seeking the passage of legislation beneficial to higher education.

·     Lyne asked faculty to share personal E-mail addresses with the UFWW to receive notice of legislature education activity; state law bars using state E-mail for such notice. Faculty can submit their personal E-mail address through the UFWW web site at www.ufww.org/mail.”

 

Parking Committee.   

·     Past President Jeff Newcomer has been appointed by UFWW to represent faculty on the new Parking Committee.  A tradition is in place whereby the Past President of the Senate serves on this committee. 

·     The newly reformed parking committee has been given a broad charge to look at both parking and spending policies as well as costs.  Newcomer requests faculty to send him emails with their concerns related to parking.

 

Constituent Concerns:

Dan Larner reported on an ethics question concerning the law on using a faculty authored textbook in that faculty member’s own classroom.  Larner reported that the RCW requires approval by either the Chair or the Curriculum Committee.

Agenda Items: 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

 

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

Action and Commentary

Academic Coordinating Commission

1/6/09

Accepted with the exception of the paragraph regarding Concurrent and Co-Requisite.  Senators request a clearer explanation of the two meanings of these words that occasionally seem confused in their usage in the Catalog.  One Senator objected to using the word “prerequisite” as part of the definition.

Academic Technology Committee

12/3/08

Accepted

University Planning Council

12/3/08

Accepted.  Senators discussed the advantage of 4 and 5 credit courses, and the need to assign realistic values and not to undervalue the courses we have.  This can make a huge difference in allowing students to graduate more quickly, as well as increasing the number of SCH.  President Shepard suggested there may be lots of ways to improve curriculum in departments and improve student credit hours by taking a closer look at our structure; he believes that what works better is a concentrated credit structure suited to the quarter system.  Faculty noted the anomaly that many freshmen are carrying fewer than 15 and closer to 12 credits.  Senators agreed that review must be done on a department by department basis.

Senate Library Committee

11/5/08

Accepted.

 


 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

University Planning Council:  Midori Takagi, Fairhaven, to replace Larry Estrada thru Spring Quarter.

The Senate Election Calendar was presented for review prior to approval at the next meeting.

 

MOTION to approve Appendices

·     Senators reviewed a list of documents to be included as Appendices to the revised Faculty Handbook.  A motion was made by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, seconded by Chris Suczek, to approve eight of the documents on the list as Appendices to the Faculty Handbook which Senators approved unanimously.   The documents which will be included as Appendices are as follows:

  1 Constitution of the Faculty and Bylaws of the Faculty Senate
2  WWU Organizational Chart
3  AAUP Statement on Academic Freedom            
4  Code of Faculty Ethics
5  Policy and Guidelines for Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
6  Guidelines for Student Participation on Senate Committees            
7  Requesting an Appointment of Opportunity
8  Research Policies: Animal, Human

·     A ninth item involves the Faculty Development Grants committee and may be included in the appendix eventually or placed in another section of the handbook. The Executive Council plans to discuss inclusion of policies from the Office of Sponsored Research which oversees the Faculty Development Grants Committee.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

POL-U5950, Student Travel Abroad:  Doug Nord, Executive Director, Center for International Studies, and Paul Mueller, Risk Manager, Environmental Health & Safety

§    Senators heard Nord and Mueller present POL-U5950 which directs faculty to the types of issues to be considered for students to travel abroad. 

§    Nord and Mueller suggested that with the acceleration in travel, particularly faculty-led trips, there was a need to look at the policy, shore it up, and improve its effectiveness and application.

§    Nord and Mueller reported that PSO, Provost’ Council, and IPAC had reviewed the policy so far.  Following Senate review, the document will go to President’s Council, back to a technical review, then to the campus for 30-day review.

§    Nord noted that the directives are common in institutions across the country.  Last year there were four programs abroad, and in the coming year he intends to have programs.

§    Nord agreed with Senators that additional input is needed in order to produce an adequate policy for faculty travel, including several issues that were raised by Senators.  These issues included whether or not the policy applies to short trips, such as a field day to Canada (Nord is thinking particularly of group travel for an extended period of time abroad); travel warnings on individual faculty travel wherein questions of liability could arise from the Federal restrictions. 

§    For individual situations Nord suggested that faculty ought to come and talk to him.  He welcomed follow-up questions also.


 

Adjournment.  Senators moved to a Faculty Caucus at 5:15 prior to adjourning at 5:27 p.m.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 1-26-2009

 

                                                                                                _______________________

                                                                                                Chuck Lambert, Secretary

 

 

 

Roster of the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate

 

 

 

Senators 2008-2009

 

 

 

 

 

09

1

Anderson, Roger, ACC Senator

  A

P

 

Senate President 2008-2009

 

09

2

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer, ACC Senator

  A

P

 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

10

3

Buck, Stefanie

G

P

 

Past President (not Senator)

 

09

4

Coskie, Tracy, Appts & Elects Exec

H

P
 

Jeff Newcomer

 

09

5

  Cunningham, Mick

  B

P
 

Ex Officio

 

10

6

  Derrington, Mary Lynne

H

Exc

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

2

Dennis Murphy, Provost

--

09

8

  Fewings, David

E

    --

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

--

09

9

  Friday, Chris, History  (1 yr term)

At Lg

    --

 

 

 

09

10

  Friesen, John, At Large, Exec

D

    P

 

 

 

10

11

  Gleeson, Madge

D

P

 

Past President, LegisLiaison. and Guests

 

10

12

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

1

Jeff Newcomer, Past President, Exec

P

09

13

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

    P

2

   John Purdy, Legislative Liaison

P

10

14

  Hearne, James

A

P

3

  Andrea Goddard, ASVP Academics

P

09

15

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

Exc

4

Doug Nord, Executive Director, Center for

                                 International Studies

P

10

16

  Lambert, Chuck, Secretary, Exec

H   

P

5

Paul Mueller, Risk Manager, Environmental

                                  Health & Safety

P

09

17

  Larner, Daniel, VP & Parliament ,Exec

F

    P

 

 

 

09

18

  Larson, Nikki

A

P

 

Recorder:

 

09

19

  Liao-Troth, Matthew, Senate Pres, Exec

E

P

6

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

09

20

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

 

 

10

21

  Marshall, Robert

C

    P

 

Senators Present

25

10

22

  Meyer, David

D

    --

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

10

23

  Pearce, Scott, Senator to UPC

C

    P

 

Ex Officio

1

09

24

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President. Guests

5

10

25

  Springer, Mark

E

P

 

Recorder

1

10

26

  Stout, Karen

  C

P

 

 

 

09

27

  Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

 

 

09

28

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

32

10

29

  Wang, Grace

G

P

 

DATE:  January 26, 2009

 

10

30

  Wright, Diana

C

P

 

 

 

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)