Index of Topics – February 22, 2010

                    Exhibit A:  For Approval 3/8/2010

Honorary Degree Policy – Proposal

 

Tenure and Promotion – Provost Riordan for the record

 

White Paper on Graduate Studies – Provost report

 

Draft Program Elimination Policy – ­Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 22, 2010

 

Call to Order

Daniel Larner, Senate President, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:03 pm.  Larner welcomed twenty-one (21) Senators, and four others (4) for a total of twenty-five (25) people.  (See attached roster).   President Shepard was away in Washington, D.C.

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes - Senators accepted Senate minutes of February 8, 2010 as written.

President Larner reported the following:

Ø John Lawson will be coming to the Senate to explain the recent computer upgrades;

Ø Larner is awaiting a response to Senators’ questions about a lapse in adherence to block scheduling rules;

Ø Senators will vote whether to approve the Honorary Degree policy at the next meeting.

 

Items from the Administration:

Honorary Degree Policy Provost Riordan gave background on the policy which confers an honorary doctorate on recipients such as major contributors, accomplished graduates or respected scholars.  The Executive Council would provide input to the decision-making process.  Senators emphasized the importance of the confidential nature of such deliberations.  An expected outcome for the conferring of such a degree is that it will bring honor to the University as well as to the recipient.

 

Tenure and Promotion:  Riordan read into the record the names of faculty who will receive tenure or promotion or both (effective September 2010).  Senators acknowledged their achievement by acclamation:

 

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Sandra Alfers, MCL

David Hartenstine, Mathematics

Bidisha Biswas, Political Science

Cynthia Horne, Political Science

Elizabeth Boland, Human Services/Rehabilitation

Chuck Lambert, Special Education

Andrew Bunn, Environmental Sciences

Donald Larsen, Educational Leadership

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Geology

Nikki Larson, Engineering Technology

Oliver de la Paz, English

Kate McLean, Psychology

Brandon Dupont, Economics

Derrick Mears, PEHR

Tilmann Glimm, Mathematics

Matthew Miller, Elementary Education

Stanford Goto, Educational Leadership

Jonathan Miran, Liberal Studies

James Graham, Psychology

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Fairhaven

 

David Rossiter, Environmental Studies

Promotion

Kristin Anderson,Sociology

David Hooper, Biology

Mick Cunningham, Sociology

Matthew Liao-Troth, Management

Susan DeBari, Geology

Brenda Miller, English

Deb Donovan, Biology

Edward Ousselin, MCL

Jeffrey Grimm, Psychology

Marsha Riddle-Buly, Elementary Education

Ron Helms, Sociology

Kent Smith, Art

Steven Henson, Economics

Jeff Young, Biology

 

 

Tenure

Keith Russell, PEHR

 

White Paper on Graduate Studies at Western.  (See Provost Website at http://www.wwu.edu/provost/initiatives/gradstudies.shtml for related documents)

·         Riordan presented a Power Point synthesis of the white paper on graduate programs. The timeline includes a declaration on the role of graduate education this quarter, an analysis Spring quarter on the decline in numbers of graduate students, to identify means of recruiting new students, to allocate 5 or 6 new graduate assistantships according to recommendations from the Graduate Council and the Graduate School, and to initiate a faculty review of the professional science master’s degree.  Through Fall 2011 it is expected proposals for other graduate programs will emerge.

·         Once the Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee is established the SCOT analysis can take place.  Existing graduate student clubs will be updated on rules, resources, etc.  The committee can establish a process of regular monitoring and reporting on the health of graduate education and this can also be helpful for departments without graduate programs.

·         Riordan saluted the graduate dean, budget officers, deans, faculty and others who contributed to the graduate programs analyses.  She acknowledged the centrality of graduate students as mentors who enhance the core mission and contribute to the intellectual climate of the University. 

·         Riordan acknowledged that while the two research universities continue to be dominant forces in graduate education, and are funded at a  higher level, but that Western has a  limited number of strong graduate  programs that complement and strengthen undergraduate offerings. 

·         Riordan hopes to host an open campus meeting soon and does not see any major revisions to the university’s mission.  The intent is to manage expectations and gradually increase numbers rather than adhering to a 10% benchmark; assure all good programs have  critical mass and increase , as appropriate and with caution, the portfolio of graduate  programs.

·         Riordan pointed out that we ought not to kid ourselves about the expense of graduate programs, including the expense of TA’s. All proposals that require new funding (e.g.,  those requiring  new faculty lines) will have to go through the budget process.  She reminded the Senate that Western is funded at the  bottom of four year universities  in the state. Graduate program costs are not the same as undergraduate.

·         Riordan expects to realistically manage limited growth of graduate programs driven by Western’s existing niches and evidence of needs in the region.  Riordan encourages external advisory boards of departments and colleges to pay close attention to their own graduate programs along these lines.

·         Senators suggested that in future years it would be s best to have the TAships available before March.  Graduate Council has generally been involved in allocating the current static number (84 positions) and would be involved in allocating any additional ones (about 6 or 7) according to Dean Ghali.

 

Other Report Items:

ASVP Academics

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, Associated Student Vice President – Academics, reported:

ü The AS is discussing renewable energy and the use of the student fee to continue to buy into it;

ü Student trustee applications open today and faculty are asked to send recommendation to “ASVP-Academics@wwu.edu

ü AS elections filing period begins next Monday. 

 

UFWW

William Lyne, UFWS President, reported to the Senate in place of Steven Garfinkle who could not attend:

ü Lyne emphasized that a lot of work still needs to be done to organize alumni, students, and friends to make higher education more of a voting issue. 

ü Lyne added that the third version of the governor’s budget has been released and the Senate and House budgets are expected Tuesday.  State need grant has been restored but cuts to the operating budgets of the state universities remain. 

ü A bill granting limited tuition setting authority passed and once again seems to relieve the legislature of the obligation to fund higher education.

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Academic Coordinating Commission

2/2/2010

ACCEPTED

Election of Vice Chair; Curriculum approvals

University Planning & Resources Council

1/27/2010

ACCEPTED

  Capital Program Priority Criteria – MOTION

  Minor Cap Ranking Process; budget timeline

Academic Technology Committee

1/27/2010

ACCEPTED

Review proposals 1-5

Academic Technology Committee

2/3/2010

ACCEPTED

Review proposals 6-10

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Chuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

Senators voted to approve the following faculty appointed as members of the Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee from their college governance bodies:

College of Business and Economics: Pamela Hall, Finance Marketing

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Janet Finlay, Psychology

College of Sciences and Technology:  David Hooper, Biology

College of Fine and Performing Arts:  Bertil Van Boer, Music

Woodring College: Susan Mancuso,  Educational Lead

Huxley College of the Environment: Wayne Landis

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies: Niall O Murchu;

The Libraries: Gabe Gossett

DISCUSSION - Program Elimination Policy

Senators discussed a procedure proposed by President Shepard as a way to implement a program elimination policy if such was ever required.  The document is entitled:   Process for Considering Proposals for Elimination of - or Major Reductions in Programs   Senators arrived at various conclusions about the draft, and made some initial recommendations for editing it before it goes through any approval process. Senators recommended reconciling the policy with Faculty handbook language.  Below are comments: 

o  No Reduction in Force declaration has been made.  Such a declaration would require dire circumstances.  We are providing input into a draft for the future.  Feedback can be offered to Dan Larner or Paula Gilman.

o  Retain utmost confidentiality when raising the idea of eliminating a program, even if the program is retained.  Even the idea can have a widespread detrimental impact to a program

o  Library holdings may not be great anyway.  Most have not recovered from the reductions of several years ago and are underresourced.  Availability of technicians is another issue.  These two factors should not be weighted so highly as they would not be sufficient in themselves to force elimination.  A good program might have bad library holdings and we need to then invest in that, but is not necessarily a reason to fault a department or plan on elimination.

o  To save money, we cut staff and have not recovered from early 1980’s cuts.  A lot of the same could be said for equipment.  These two factors also should not play as heavily as other things here, and are the result of accumulated decisions over 30 years. 

o  One suggestion is to just eliminate item number # 3 from the document: “support elements”.

o  It is easy to dispense with an important program if it has been strangled over the years.  Reasons might have to be rephrased; inattentiveness by actual faculty involved as the field has changed may suggest enveloping the program somewhere else. “Adequacy” needs to be defined – who decides?

o  Will there be some record of confidential conversations made available to people if a program is later eliminated, so that the reasoning can become public information?

o  The bottom-up budget process is supposed to be the active process to solicit proposals for cost savings.  Suggestions can come from faculty and administrators at any level, and go straight to the relevant vice president.  A concept map or dichotomous key might be helpful.

o  Since most of the budget is salaries we have a commitment to maintain faculty positions.  We seem to have to cut staff then --  the document says protect tenured faculty.

o  Which are the programs we value most as central to the university?  If you are using as many indicators as possible how do you decide what a weak program is or what is central? Decisions come down to what each values, and cost-benefit is relative.

o  “Centrality” and “strength in quality” are different from each other. Criteria for “weak” programs is not clear and needs to be more explicit.  Are faculty to be involved in determining quality and centrality?   It is difficult to have a specific algorithm.

o  Riordan suggested that Bruce Shepard would welcome “wordsmithing”.  There is tension between wanting to be specific, but also to be open enough to accommodate different disciplines and to apply over different periods of time.

o  We are nibbling around the edges to get the target amount of $$ that we need.  Perhaps eliminate one big program. The document needs to be more explicit. To whom is the President accountable? (Board of Trustees).  Major considerations should be made public.  

o  Page 7, line 14, “record of innovation”.  That phrase needs a qualifier. Innovation should mean quality and not just change for change’s sake.  Dan Larner added “quality that is recognized beyond the walls of campus.”   Others suggest comparing the process to language already approved in the Faculty Handbook.  Larner agreed to investigate and email findings to the Senate, Provost, and President. 

 

Adjournment: 

Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 5:45 and voted to adjourn at 6:06 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2-22-2010

                                                                                                __________________________

                                                                                                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

--

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Vicki Hsueh

Political Sci

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

Exc

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology      

B

P

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Provost’s Council

--

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

Exc

 

 

 

10

Kristin E Denham

English

C

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa   At-Large Exec

M&CL

C

Exc

1

Matthew Liao-Troth, Senate Pres 2008-09

--

12

Erin Hazard

Art

D

--

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison 09-10

Oly

13

Shawn Knabb   Sen Libraries

Economics

E

P

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

Exc

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

--

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

P

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

P

5

William Lyne, President, UFWS for Garfinkle

P

 

Senators whose terms end in 2010

 

Recorder, Guests and Totals

16

Roger Anderson  ACC to UPRC

Biology

A

P

 

Dean Moheb Ghali, VP Research, Graduate Schl

P

17

James Hearne   VChair ACC

Comp Sci

A

Exc

 

Michael Barr, Graduate School

P

18

Robert Marshall

Anthropology

B

P

 

Paula Gilman, Executive Director, Budget

P

19

Scott Pearce  VP & Parl, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

 

 

 

20

Karen Stout   Secretary Exec

Comm

C

P

 

 

 

21

Diana Wright

History

C

--

 

 

 

22

David Meyer

Music

D

P

2

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

23

Madge Gleeson  UPRC mem

Art

D

P

 

Senators Present

21

24

David Gilbertson

Accounting

E

--

 

Absent or Excused

(9)

25

Chris Sandvig for Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

Ex Officio

  1

26

Daniel Larner   Sen President

Fairhaven

F

Exc

 

Past Pres, Leg Liaison, UFWW, ASVP

  2

27

Grace Wang

Env S

G

P

 

Guests and Recorder

  1

28

Mary Lynne Derrington

Ed. Admin.

H

P

 

 

 

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

25

30

Elizabeth Stephen

Libraries

 I

P

 

Date:  February 22, 2010