Index of Topics –  October 12, 2009

       EXHIBIT A:  Approved 10/26/09

Enrollment:  Karen Copetas, Director of Admissions

 

Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards:  Motion

 

Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee – Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 12, 2009

 

Call to Order

Daniel Larner, Faculty Senate President, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:02 pm.  Larner welcomed

twenty-five (25) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, two (2) guests and the recorder (1) for a total of thirty-one (31) people.  (See attached roster). 

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes -  Senators accepted Senate minutes of September 28, 2009 with minor edits.

Report from President Daniel Larner -  Larner reported on previous Constituent Concerns: 

·         Carpooling spots are available; Chief Stegmeier’s safety arguments for the Stop signs on East Campus Way were reasonable.

·         Academic Technology Committee will bring forward information regarding impact of budget reductions on technology services.

·         Administrators continue to express interest in bringing topics for consideration to the Faculty Senate.

Items from the Administration

President Shepard discussed the fiscal situation, and that there are no real developments until the December forecast.  In the meantime he is working to strengthen our political base. 

·      The Board of Trustees is in transition, and there are three new members.  Shepard finds them engaged very effectively.  John Warner has agreed to delay his term ending for a few months to enable a new person to come onto the Board, and then he will join the Foundation Board.  Warner is a forceful spokesman for the value of a liberal arts education. 

·      Shepard suggests our challenge is to find out what the public wants through direct discussions, and to strive to form a common front with other baccalaureates to engage legislative interest.

·      Shepard noted that Bill Lyne, in his new position as UFWS president is now able to give direct presentations to Olympia’s legislators.  It is important for us to hear more from alumni about the need to fund higher education for their children.

·      Shepard reported that 183 faculty have volunteered for the Compass to Campus program and that these involved young people will bring a lot to campus.

·      Shepard reported that rumors floating about need to be debunked.  One is about Cyndi’s salary:  the truth is that  although Cyndi is involved in teaching over 450 students, she collects no salary for this work.  Another is that his house got a $1 million for remodeling.  The truth is the only remodeling was when he himself built an outside kennel for his dogs. 

·      Shepard confirmed that the best scenario for the second half of the biennium is to hold budget cuts to 2%.

 

Provost Riordan discussed the Capital Campaign which is in planning stages.  Riordan reported that a System Design Study by the Higher Education Coordinating Board will be completed by October 19. 

·         The HEC Board envisions an increase of 8000 students per year in Higher Education over a ten year period but a closer look shows this is a number the state would like. 

·         Riordan noted that existing institutions can take extra capacity with additional state aid and additional campuses are not needed.  Instead we need to utilize opportunities we have. 

·         Some potential students are place bound so there does need to be some capital investment for additional delivery through branch campuses but lots of changes can be made without investing in a new campus.

·         High demand fields are not necessarily student driven but rather economically driven. We need proposals on how we can better serve populations, but it is hard to tell how strong these should be.

·         Senators asked for information on how many students leave to attend college  out-of-state.

 

Items from the Legislative Liaison – Marsha Riddle Buly

Riddle Buly reported that the CFR is beginning its annual meetings and hopes to collaborate with administration, faculty, and students in presenting a united front to the legislature on higher education issues.

 

Items from AS Vice President Academics – Ramon Rinonos-Diaz 

Rinonos-Diaz reported that the AS Board resolved to ask students to study the impact of  Eyman’s I-1033. 

·      “Talks with the AS President” are scheduled for students for the next two weeks.  The purpose is to encourage students to get involved in how they can make change happen.

 

Items from UFWW President – Steve Garfinkle

Garfinkle reported as follows:

·      The  newly negotiated Collective  Bargaining Agreement, which was ratified by vote of union members, was favorably received and approved by vote of the Board of Trustees;

·      The UFWS website is redesigned to allow blogging (this site can also accessed from Senate website);

·      The increase in union dues goes to pay for faculty release time, legislative lobbying, and legal services, among other things. WEA is stronger because of its enormous membership and greater access to lobbyists. 

 

Constituent Concerns

Senators brought the following Constituent Concerns: 

·      Does Human Resources allows faculty to work with private consultants on topics related to their retirement funds?   The Senate forwarded this concern to the UFWW.

·      What is the University policy on emails when the topics are union issues?  Steve Garfinkle responded that there are certain policies about appropriate use of university resources. People can always choose to unsubscribe. The Union can use the list to give crucial information about all faculty related matters. There’s a clear distinction between how UFWW and UFWS use the email lists.

·      Scott Pearce and Mary Lynne Derrington planned to bring people together who work on academic publishing on campus.  They asked Senators to have such faculty contact them.

 

ENROLLMENT

Report from Karen Copetas, Director of Admissions.

Copetas presented information on the student enrollment landscape as well as data on the present freshman class -- our “bread and butter” – and 62% of all new students are freshmen; enrollment demographics, the decline in applications from students with a 3.7 or higher GPA, and other trends and challenges in both enrollment management and enrollment planning.  Some facts include:

·      Early registration has provided 61 more FTE in direct relationship to departments, and best enrollment for sophomores who traditionally have the toughest time getting courses.

·      WWU’s top competitors for incoming frosh are University of Washington (by far the strongest); Seattle University is second this year, and runners-up are Washington State, University of Oregon and Gonzaga.  We received 10,000 applications, but to enroll 2700 freshmen, we had to admit 7000.

·      Freshmen applications increased by 11%, and we admitted 73% of these while UW admitted only 58%.  They got 1500 international applications.  Western only got 50 and only 10 enrolled.  Only about 38% of students who are accepted actually come here, but 58% of transfers come.

·      Our Admissions index:  three-quarters of weight on high school GPA and one quarter on test scores. These are used as a gauge but there are many more factors that dictate who we admit.

·      High Achievers: We are slowly losing our high achieving students in the state market.  We have fewer students in that higher range 3.75 and above.  Most are in the average GPA, but higher caliber GPA go elsewhere.  Our best recruitment tool:  people who talk about who’s going to Western.  We’re concerned about losing the high achieving market, but reasons are not clear.  When UW is first choice living at home is a big factor. UW does creative packaging of grants, 21% don’t pay any tuition at all, and there is the “Husky Promise”.  Students are very cost conscious. 

·      Reputation is also important.  Our website is very heavy on how to get into a major but very light on the benefits of a WWU education. We really need to update website, and hopefully when we figure out branding issues this will change. 

·      Honors.  While this is not yet a crisis we want to be aware.  The average GPA of 3.5 is not much different than 5 years ago.  We have 700 students at GPA above 3.7, but the Honors program only admits 100.  Why do students actually chose WWU over UW?  Personalization, research opportunities with faculty, etc., but how many freshmen actually have that?

·      Male students:  43% of freshmen were male vs. 41.6% 5 years ago.  We thought that if we dropped football, men wouldn’t come, but that’s turning out not to be true.

·      Students of color thru 2013 were 15.4% of total enrollment last year. This year 18.66%, likely related to state demographics.  Applications of African American applications significantly changed, but not incoming freshmen.  There was a drop in Latino applications despite the fact that this is the growing population in the State.  In 20 years we expect 20% of people graduating or in the pipeline will be Latino.

·      How can faculty be involved?  Discovery Days provides visibility for our diverse faculty.  We need to tell WWU’s story better.  We don’t tell our story very well, and when we do it is seniors’ stories, not freshmen.  What makes WWU different than UW.  We have large enrollment courses but no TA support.

·      Enrollment management is defined as what do we do with students once they’re here.

·      Enrollment planning is about how to get the best students to come here. 

·      If enrollment needs to increase and high school graduate numbers are flat, who do we need to enroll?  Students are making decisions based on other things, like affordability. 

·      SAT scores have dropped some since 18% of applicants speak have English as a 2nd language.

·      8000  is a number that the State claims it needs by comparison to global challenge states.  We are funded at the bottom of that list of global challenge states on a per-student basis. The State expects a greater population of at-risk students to go to college, but we don’t know if that will be the case or if the State will fund us to teach them.

Senators should contact President Larner with developing ideas for Enrollment Planning, and we can have a discussion again in the Senate.

 

Agenda Items: 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)


 

Committee

Date

Topic

Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Coordinating Commission

5/26/09

Motion re E-Forms. Off-Campus Programs. Reports from ACC Standing Committees.  Elections.

Accepted

University Planning & Resources Council

6/3/09

Greeting to new committee from Pres. Shepard and review of the charge. Dashboard. Capital budget.

Operating budget timeline.

Accepted

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Chuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

Academic Coordinating Commission:  Andy Bach, Huxley College, replacing David Shull.

VacanciesStudent Publications Council:  2 faculty thru 2010.

Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards: 3 to 6 faculty thru 2010. 

 

 

ACTION:

Motion from the Executive Council 

Senators passed an Executive Council motion to form a Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards.  The Committee of three to six faculty will work with Human Resources to recommend additions or changes to the current menu of annual awards.  Karen Stout has volunteered to Chair.


 

 

DISCUSSION:

Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee

§  The Executive Council will consider a recommendation for the creation of a Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee responsible for the development and application of a set of principles governing the expansion of graduate programs.

 

 

Adjournment: 

Senators adjourned at 5:47 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10-12-09

 

                                                                                                __________________________

                                                                                                Karen Stout, Secretary 2009-10

 

 

FACULTY SENATE ROSTER 2009-2011

 

Faculty Senators whose terms end in 2011

 

 

Senate President 2009-2010

 

1

Spencer Anthony-Cahill  SenACC

Chemistry

A

P

 

Daniel Larner, Fairhaven

 

2

Branko Curgus

Math

A

P

 

Past President

 

3

Chris Suczek   ATC

Geology

A

P

 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

4

David Hartenstine

Math

A

P

 

 

 

5

Michael J Mana

Psychology

B

P

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Vicki Hsueh

Political Sci

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology      

B

P

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Provost’s Council

P

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

 

 

 

10

Kristin E Denham

English

C

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa   At-Large Exec

M&CL

C

--

1

Matthew Liao-Troth, Senate Pres 2008-09

--

12

Erin Hazard

Art

D

P

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison 09-10

P

13

Shawn Knabb   Sen Libraries

Economics

E

--

3

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

--

 

 

 

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

P

 

 

 

 

Faculty Senators whose terms will end in 2010

 

 

Guests, Recorder

 

16

Roger Anderson  ACC to UPRC

Biology

A

P

1

Karen Copetas, Director-Admissions

P

17

James Hearne   VChair ACC

Comp Sci

A

--

2

Steve Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

18

Robert Marshall

Anthropology

B

P

 

 

 

19

Scott Pearce  VP & Parl, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

 

 

 

20

Karen Stout   Secretary Exec

Comm

C

P

 

 

 

21

Diana Wright

History

C

P

1

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

22

David Meyer

Music

D

--

 

 

 

23

Madge Gleeson  UPRC mem

Art

D

P

 

Senators Present

25

24

David Gilbertson

Accounting

E

P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

25

Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

Ex Officio

3

26

Daniel Larner   Sen President

Fairhaven

F

P

 

Past President, Leg Liaison, UFWW, Guests

2

27

Grace Wang

Env S

G

P

 

Recorder

1

28

Mary Lynne Derrington

Ed. Admin.

H

P

 

 

 

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

31

30

Elizabeth Stephen

Libraries

 I

P

 

Date:  October 12, 2009