Index of Topics – October 25, 2010

         Exhibit A:  For Approval 11/8/10

Electronic Student Response Surveys – John Krieg, Economics

 

Strategic Plan Draft – Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 25, 2010

 

 

Call to Order

Senate President Scott Pearce called the 2010-2011 Senate to order at 4:03 pm.  Pearce welcomed twenty- five (25) Senators along with ten (10) others for a total of thirty-five (35) people.  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes:   Senators accepted the Senate minutes of October 11, 2010.

Report from President Scott Pearce:  Pearce responded to previous Constituent Concerns: 

Ø  New wait listing policy -- Faculty have the same control as before and can accept the order or change it if they publicize criteria. The Registrar’s office will provide a staff  person who will provide hands on instruction to any department that asks for it;

Ø  Signs will soon be posted regarding skateboard and bicycle regulations;

Ø  Francis Halle is seeking ways to provide sites on campus for breastfeeding mothers;

Ø  The bookstore reports that although departments currently purchase Scantrons through the Testing Center an alternate source for student purchase might be provided.

Ø  The ACC charge already passed by the Board of Trustees includes a vote for the provost.  The ACC will review the language sent back to it by the Senate. 

Ø  Provost Riordan has invited the Senate President to sit on the Provost’ council.

Ø  Pearce announced that faculty and staff would welcome 1000 5th graders to campus Tuesday to learn to envision what it might be like for them to attend college in the future.  Senators asked about the progress of last year’s visitors who are now 6th graders.  President Shepard suggested inviting Cyndie Shepard to the Senate to hear about progress.

 

Report on General Faculty AssemblyDavid Meyer, Vice President and Parliamentarian

Meyer reported that approximately 110 people attended the General Faculty Assembly, and that the general feeling is that the faculty recognize this as an important time to be involved when budget issues are frightening. 

o   Bruce Shepard pointed out the importance of UPRC’s strategic focus where everyone is around the table and that he cannot foresee recommending anything different from what UPRC recommends.  Shepard suggests that it is important to have a statement and vision from the faculty on what Western should be.

o   Dan Larner suggested that the Senate could also make a recommendation; it could frame a working hypothesis, and if we do have collaborative governance the resolution or recommendation will be influential, filtering through the UPRC, the President and the Provost. 

o   Newcomer has over ten pages of feedback that will go to UPRC which will also consider input from UPRC’s constituents.  A second more polished draft is expected in the next two weeks. 

o   The Senate Executive may also draft a resolution in the near future building on the Strategic Plan, stating a general faculty consensus on our wishes for the future direction of Western.  

Items from Administration and Others

·         President Shepard reported that Western’s budget presentation to the HEC Board emphasized what the State will miss out on if it does not fund us, and also emphasized the Board’s role in advocating on behalf of Higher Education. 

·         Shepard added that budgeting issues are hooked to the new Strategic Plan. In Winter quarter Western will build the budget request for the next biennium.  The Plan can be given to the units and they can use the goals and fill in the blanks for the next two years, through the next six years, with federal dollars and philanthropic dollars, to pull it together.  This will allow UPRC and the campus to see what is working in the Plan. 

·         No university has ever achieved a “perfect” Plan.  Shepard is extremely proud of this faculty particularly as the Trustees were pleased with the Plan.  90% of what we do is our core mission and does not have to be mentioned in the Plan – because that is what we do anyway.  We hope to provide the final Plan throughout the University by January 1st so the campus can apply its best thinking.

·         Provost Riordan reported that Western had been seen as vastly improved in areas of transparency and budget processes since the 2008 visit by the accreditor, and only assessment remains in initial improvement stages.

·         Riordan reported that Western was listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education among the top 14 master’s granting institutions in the country receiving Fulbright scholarships, due to talented students writing excellent applications and involved faculty writing good letters of recommendations. The success of students is also a tribute to the excellent mentoring of Western's Fellowship Officer, Christine Compston

·         Steve Garfinkle, President, UFWW,  announced that responses to the UFWW survey regarding wages, benefits, and working conditions, were critical to developing the contract issues upon which bargaining will take place.  Two faculty fora will be held to solicit feedback at 4 pm: the first November 3 in AW204, and the second on November 4 in Fraser 3.

·         HERI SURVEY: Senators were reminded to encourage constituents to respond to the HERI Survey on climate and workplace conditions to be sent out tomorrow.  The 2008 HERI survey is available for review on the Senate website at http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate

·          Associated Students:  Senators learned that Associated Students will provide a ballot box for dropping off voted ballots in VU714 on Election Day from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Constituent Concerns:

Constituents mentioned that problems with spam filtering cause messages to be posted to junk mail despite the fact that the sender’s email address was saved. 

 

PresentationElectronic Student Course Reaction Surveys  - John Krieg, Economics

 John Krieg presented the results of a pilot study on using electronic Student Course Reaction Surveys which mimic the paper survey. 

·         Krieg reported that twenty-one faculty had volunteered to use the electronic evaluations.  Krieg had selected one-half of their courses, and the other half, the control group, used the paper evaluations. Another control group was the prior course taught by that instructor who used only paper evaluations.

·         Krieg’s presentation included the use of electronic surveys at other institutions.  A relatively common finding nationally was increased student anonymity and a decrease in the possibility of potential dishonesty among instructors.  Using and collecting data would require about 50 hours setup per quarter of associate research instructor’s time.

·         Krieg is neither advocating nor opposing use of the electronic forms. There is less paper use and they are much easier to administer, but still fairly expensive, using 50 hrs per quarter of RA3 time.  Krieg acknowledged he did not know what Testing Center costs are at present.

·         Access to the information would be the same for departments or chairs as exists at present.

·         One can see responses by going to the Testing Center website and then log in with a W number.

·         Faculty commented that the written evaluations are the most important part of the survey, and they liked that an entire course’s open ended comments showed up on one page.

·         A faculty member does not have to take the 20 minutes of class time to administer a survey; and faculty appreciated not having to use bubble sheets which are considered a waste of paper.

·         Steve Garfinkle appreciated not having to produce binders of written comments; these evaluations play a significant role in our evaluation of faculty on every level.  We need to be careful if we move to this electronic system, we need to have faculty use them and calibrate them against paper responses.

·         Lesley Sommer added that it is good to be able to decide if you want to administer the surveys electronically or not, especially if you have the same student in several classes and after a while can recognize the handwriting.

·         Senators recommended that faculty should have the option of choosing either paper or electronic surveys.  Survey data ought to be delivered in a way to allow easy downloading to an Excel or CSD file.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTESReading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

Topic

University Planning & Resources Council

10/6/ 10

Accepted.  Draft Strategic Plan:  Mission, Vision, Goals (see discussion item below)

 

Academic Coordinating Commission

10/5/10

Reports from Chair and Vice Chair; Future Agendas

Academic TechnologyCommittee

5/26/10

Apple Computers; wireless discussion; future agendas

 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONSChuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

·         Senators reviewed a FAQs paper on the Committee Appointment Process and will bring recommendations to the next Senate meeting if they have suggestions for changes or improvement.

 

DISCUSSION

Draft Strategic Plan  Senators reviewed comments on the Strategic Plan and recommended that: 

o  A Preamble to the Plan could state core values and be more assertive in how the liberal arts and intellectual rigor can have a real impact on the State.

o  The Strategic Plan should emphasize that the creation of knowledge is important and the education of individuals is a by-product.

o  The Strategic Plan should state what we want to really say about ourselves, our commitment to the liberal arts and excellence in scholarship and teaching.  It should include a statement that supports the research done by undergraduates in collaboration with faculty which is unique to Western.

o  The Senate can also draft a resolution that interpolated faculty statements about Western’s future that is separate from the Strategic Plan.

 

General comments included:

§  We have to be careful not to define ourselves according to some sort of populism manipulated by politicians and others, and we need to be assertive in how the liberal arts is benefiting the State and the community -- lest we fall victim to current trendy verbiage. 

§  Critical needs can be interpreted much more broadly – the liberal arts that our majors get are in response to a critical need.  Research is not mentioned anywhere even though Western is third largest in the State.  This seems to leave out a big part of what we do and want to continue doing.  And we ought to see Scholarship mentioned – the contribution of Research to the State might be put forward.

§  We can accommodate much in a “preamble” of core values.  We are distinguished as a research institute that engages undergraduates -- that adds value to graduate education.  This is so different from Carnegie-Mellon, for example, that runs research on the backs of graduate programs.

§  When presenting research not based in Washington I try to figure out how to celebrate scholarship for the sake of scholarship -- not focused regionally, but universally.

§  The GURs and the liberal arts are the core of what we offer here.  Maybe we can discuss that with CUE and how they are developing GURs in new ways.

§  We are committed to excellence in teaching and known for that, and I don’t really see that in there.

§  Research at Western is collaborative with undergraduate education.  That difference needs to be emphasized as a Western strength.

§  I don’t want to minimize the research element, but to talk about how the students are involved in the research are important -- students are involved in ways that are really interesting and that go beyond other places.  In the TLA students, faculty, administrators come together and that voice holds its own.  That is something very special at an institution that boasts 15,000 undergraduates.

§  Research is process and the end result is the creation of knowledge.  Focus on the end product.  The creation of knowledge has this most useful byproduct – the education of individuals.

§  Concerned that intellectual rigor was taken out of the branding statement.  This Plan misses that and could represent Microsoft or some other place if we take out the first three words.  The liberal arts and intellectual rigor can have a real impact on the State.

§  Our trustees had the same struggle and very much believe in that as the core strength of the university (Shepard). 

§  The feeling is that this is very utilitarian, and not about quality, and knowledge.  Why are people afraid of talking about the other things besides supplying needs?  Alma Mater is translated “nourishing mother”, and this is pretty dry. 

§  Marketing stuff is what reaches the parent.  The Plan is provided for planning and budgeting within the university. We still have a couple of tough years ahead.  This is not for marketing -- this is for the departments.  (Shepard).  

§  Just sticking to the strategies and not having all the operating processes will be very useful.  Last year we had to wade through 200 capital budget proposals.  We don’t want to go back to 47 objectives and 10 goals.  A bottom up process with a general statement allows creativity to rise.

 

Adjournment:  5:49 pm. – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

 

David Hartenstine, Secretary, 2010-2011

 

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2010-2011

 

Senators whose terms end in 2011

 

 

 

1

Spencer Anthony-Cahill  SenACC

Chemistry

A

P

 

Senate President 2010-2011

2

Branko Curgus

Math

A

--

 

Scott Pearce, Liberal Studies, President

3

Chris Suczek  

Geology

A

P

 

David Meyer, Music, Vice Pres. and Parliamentarian

4

David Hartenstine, Secretary

Math

A

P

 

 

5

Michael J Mana

Psychology

B

P

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Ron Helms, (for Vicki Hsueh)

Sociology

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology       

B

--

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

 

 

 

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Dean, Fairhaven, Provost’ Cncl

 

10

Kristin E Denham (D. Meyer)

English

C

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa

M&CL

C

P

1

Daniel Larner, PastPres, Exec NV

P

12

Lesley Sommer ( Erin Hazard)

Music

D

Exc

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, LegLiaison10-11. Exec

P

13

Shawn Knabb

Economics

E

P

3

Steven Garfinkle, UFWW President, Exec

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

P

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

--

15

Kate Wayne, Fall Qtr (Joanne Carney)

Elem Ed

H

--

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

Guests

16

David Bover

Comp Sci

A

P

1

Jeff Newcomer, Chair UPRC

P

17

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach

Geology

A

P

2

Roger Anderson, Chair ACC

P

18

Kathleen Saunders, ACC

Anthropology

B

P

3

John Krieg, Economics

P

19

Scott Pearce, SenPres, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

4

Debra Jusak, Special Assistant to the Provost

P

20

Karen Stout  

Comm

C

P

 

 

 

21

Bradley Howard

Journalism

C

P

 

 

 

22

Sheila Webb

Journalism

C

P

 

 

 

23

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

D

P

5

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

24

Cynthia Camlin

Art

D

P

 

 

 

25

Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

Ø  Senators Present

25

26

Steve Henson, At Lg Exec

Economics

E

P

 

Ø  Absent or Excused

(5)

27

David O Wallin

Huxley

G

P

 

Ø  Ex Officio

  2

28

Sandra Daffron for Donald Larson

Woodring

H

P

 

Ø  PPres; Leg Rep;UFWW; ASVP

  3

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

Exc

 

Ø  Guests and Recorder

  5

30

Paul Piper

Libraries

I

P

 

 

 

 

DATE:   October 25, 2010

 

TOTAL PRESENT:

35