Index of Topics –February 28, 2011

       Exhibit A:  For Approval 3/14/11

Academic Impact Resolution – Approved

 

ACC and CUE Presentation:  Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC

 

Bylaw 7.2, Faculty Legislative Representative – 2d  Vote APPROVED

 

Bylaw 7.7 Senate Library Committee – 2d  Vote APPROVED 

 

Faculty Handbook:  Art. V: Elimination and Merger – APPROVED

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 28, 2011

 

Call to Order

Senate President Scott Pearce called the 2010-2011 Senate to order at 4:02 pm.  Pearce welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators along with eight (8) others for a total of thirty-three (33) (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes:   Senators accepted the Senate minutes of February 14, 2011.

Senate President Scott Pearce announcements: 

·         Pearce reminded Senators that 1) a General Faculty Assembly will be held on shared governance guidelines in the Colleges on March 3, at 4 pm in AW210; 2) nominations for the 2011-2013 Senate are due in the Senate office this Friday, March 4th; Senators planning to serve a second or third term should contact the office.

·         Pearce announced 1) that Rich Van Den Hul will involve faculty in any discussion of redoing East College Way upon Miller Hall’s completion.

 

Academic Impact Resolution

Senators unanimously passed a Resolution to join Academic Impact, a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.  The no cost affiliation helps to expand WWU’s visibility of its existing missions, programs, and initiatives that align with UN principles.

 

Items from the Administration

President Shepard reported:

·        The budget situation is still up in the air as legislators look for solutions, and that Western is no longer using a cautious approach in directly reporting the dire impact that additional cuts will have on the university.  Shepard welcomes communications that sharpen the message;

·        Shepard wants to ensure that the quality of Western’s main academic programs are maintained and to dispel any rumor that EESP would offer quality courses at an additional cost to students paying university tuition.

Provost Riordan in conversation with the Senate, ACC, and CUE will review policies impacting numbers of courses and time to degree for students with repeat courses. 

·         The conversation will include a look at all graduate programs with the purpose of investing in some and eliminating others using criteria provided by the Graduate Strategic Advisory Group with advice from the Graduate Council. 

·         Riordan emphasized that we have a good process review at present but when looking seriously at programs it is important to include accreditation feedback and review all at the same time with the same criteria.

 

Other Reports

Marsha Riddle-Buly, Faculty Legislative Representative, introduced Iris Maute-Gibson, AS legislative liaison who encouraged faculty to attend the Statewide Rally from 11 to 1 pm Tuesday on the PAC plaza. 

·         Maute-Gibson praised Western’s uniqueness where faculty and students work closely together to align interests, sending a powerful message to the State. 

·         Riddle Buly encouraged faculty to go to the following sites for tracking bills:  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/  and the Council of Presidents site:  http://www.councilofpresidents.org/   Brad Howard, Journalism, can provide alums in local media.

Steve Garfinkle, UFWW President, suggested http://www.fyi-pac.org/ and http://www.wwuadvocates.org/

·         Faculty should send links to friends in other parts of the State where stronger voice is needed for higher education.  Garfinkle thanks President Shepard for supporting collective bargaining which strengthens the university and which is under assault in other states.

·         Garfinkle reported that at 4 pm Tuesday in Fraser 3 the UFWW will host an all faculty forum about efforts in Olympia as well as perspectives on the local situation.  Immediately after the City Council Chamber at Bellingham City Hall will host a college promise coalition event at 5 pm to support all forms of higher education in the state in their various iterations.

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics, reported

·         Student trustee applications are open until April 12; and AS election packets are available to students starting Monday;

·         An AS Job Fair held Wednesday from 10 to 2 pm in the multipurpose room of the VU will explain over 200 student jobs available in AS, as well as the 14 AS scholarships available based on merit and need.

 

Constituent Concerns

Page Publication Costs.  Senators are concerned that student-faculty research is not supported if RSP cannot provide some funding for page publication.  Senators heard Dean Moheb Ghali explain the present practice and the increased cost pressure from for-profit journals. Spencer Anthony-Cahill agreed that some of these distinctions make no sense and that there should be a clear policy and Chris Suczek suggested asking RSP for a policy. Interested Senators will review policies and data connected with page costs for student-faculty authored research papers jointly with the Senate Executive council at its next meeting. 

Presentation and Discussion: Undergraduate Education – Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC, and Members of the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE). 

Anderson presented perspectives from peer institutions as context for our students’ GURs. Anderson provided the information as a context for understanding liberal education for Western students which in some cases provides a less coherent or efficient GUR experience.

·         Anderson attested to the hard work of CUE then introduced Matt Miller who coordinates a subgroup of CUE involved with assessing the GURs.

·         Miller explained the trifecta of CUE’s roles, including review of GUR proposals, the assessment function connected to accreditation, and general GUR review.  Miller proposed that conceptual strand learning seemed to provide one of many successful GUR models.  CUE can meet with GUR faculty willing to pilot strands.

·         CUE encourages 1) further discussion about what understandings and skills departments want in their majors, not just courses; 2) concentrated effort to educate both faculty and students as to the core GUR competencies; and 3)  maximizing the efficiency of the CUE committee structure. 

 

Comments from those present included:

ü  Concern with critical thinking skills in GURs when they are mostly developed in the majors.  Unless you are directly teaching critical thinking with direct instruction it does not seem to happen

ü  GURs are a shopping cart approach to general education, at the same time letting go of all advising which leads to inappropriate preparation for major entry and lengthens time to graduation

ü  Strands could develop stronger readiness for the majors.  Students should be able to articulate the coherency of the GURs and tell the conceptual story of experience at Western as they grow into the majors.  Let’s not start over with Strands.  Rather look at what we have and identify conceptual coherence.  3 quarters in a row as a cohort model in which students are enrolled, for example, English 5 credits, History 5 credits, and have the last one focus the previous two.  Three courses equivalent to 4 GURs.

ü  Some things get lost in general education which is the prominent idea of educating for citizenship.  How can we shape the subject matter and what can we do despite lack of resources. Chris Suczek commented that we devalue the GURs by accepting a D- in a GUR course as a passing grade.

ü  We have to have an assessment plan that works across the university.  Our freshmen come in testing in the 90th percentile so little improvement can be shown by the 4th year.  Give them real world problems that they have to analyze and give real world answers.

ü  Our students write fewer papers and read fewer books.  Students in universities who are asked to read and write more show greater growth in critical thinking.  Exit surveys show our students don’t see a value in general education courses the same way they see purpose in the major.

ü  The FIGs work because freshmen prefer a fixed schedule and suggested that offering a strand would be one way to focus and limit the multiple and sometimes confusing course choices facing freshmen their first year. 

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit D)

Committee

Date

Topic

University Planning & Resources Council

1/26/11

ACCEPTED.  NWCCU Accreditation- Ron Baker

Academic Coordinating Commission

11/30/11

ACCEPTED.  Report on committees; Appendix F

Academic Coordinating Commission

2/1/11

ACCEPTED.  Catalog Deadline review of courses

Academic Technology Committee

2/2/11

ACCEPTED.  Budget update; style as restrictive

Academic Technology Committee

2/9/11

ACCEPTED.  STF proposals 1,2,3,4,5,12, 14

Senate Library Committee

2/2/11

ACCEPTED.  Liaison feedback; LibQual; Acq.History

 

 

 

Appointments and Elections:   Chuck Lambert, Officer

Ad Hoc Faculty Ethics Code Committee.  Senators approved the charge to an Ad Hoc Faculty Ethics Code committee.  Executive Council appointed the membership which included: Steve Garfinkle, History; Karen Stout, Communication; Barbara Mathers-Schmidt, Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Roger Anderson, Biology.  

 

ACTION ITEMS:  Faculty Bylaws approved in a required second vote:

2d vote of approval:   Bylaw 7.2, Faculty Legislative Representative

Moved by David Meyer, second by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, passed unanimously.

 [This replaces the whole of section 7.2, including all its sub-sections, which are assumed to be deleted]

The Faculty Senate shall maintain a Faculty Legislative Representative (FLR) and a Deputy Faculty Legislative Representative (DFLR). The FLR represents the Faculty of Western Washington University in relations with the Legislature and individual legislators. The FLR shall be guided by policies approved by the Faculty Senate upon recommendation from the Executive Council. The DFLR shall assist the FLR in his or her duties. The FLR will seek to coordinate legislative activities with those of Western's administration, the Council of Faculty Representatives, The Associated Students of Western, and the United Faculty of Western Washington. When possible, collaboration among the aforementioned is recommended.

The FLR, the DFLR, the past Legislative Representative (in the year immediately following his or her service) and the President-elect of the Faculty Senate shall constitute the delegation of the Faculty of Western Washington University to the Council of Faculty Representatives.

Every other spring, coinciding with the short session of the Washington State Legislature, the Faculty Senate will elect a new DFLR who will serve one year as DFLR, followed by two years as FLR, followed by one year as past FLR, for a total of four years served:

Year 1: New Deputy assists incumbent FLR.

Year 2: Deputy becomes new FLR, assisted by previous FLR.

Year 3: FLR serves second year, assisted by newly elected Deputy

Year 4: FLR becomes past Legislative Representative, assisting the new FLR

The FLR shall serve as a voting member of the Senate Executive Council during the two year term.

 

To carry out the responsibilities of the position, the FLR will receive release time of 0.33 from the year's assigned course load, estimated by credits; when the result carries a remainder, release time will be calculated upwards. In negotiation with the FLR's department, the release time can be arranged and combined to provide more release when needed (e.g. complete course release winter, no course release fall). The department is advised to negotiate release from teaching and campus obligations during the winter quarter of both sessions, and through spring quarter of the long session. The partial FTEF shall be returned to the FLR's unit. The Provost shall arrange administrative support for the FLR.  The FLR will regularly report to the Senate Exec and Senate during the session. The DFLR is not compensated but is reimbursed when fulfilling the duties of the FLR (e.g. travel to attend a meeting).

2d-vote of approval:  Bylaw 7.7 Senate Library Committee.  (no changes to the membership)

Moved by Paul Piper, second by Chuck Lambert, passed unanimously

BL7.7 Senate Library Committee. The Senate Library Committee’s (SLC) role is to help the library support the University’s mission. To do so, the SLC will: 1) provide advice and recommendations to the Dean of the Libraries and 2) serve as liaison between the faculty and Dean of Libraries. Specifically, the committee shall:

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MOTION (moved and seconded):  Senators voted to approve Faculty Handbook: Article V, Elimination and Merger, a document already published to the Faculty.  The document (as follows) will go to the Board of Trustees for approval:

“B. Merger of a School, College, Academic Department, or Degree Program

These procedures are intended to apply to the proposed merger of schools, colleges, academic departments, and degree programs.  They are not intended to apply to programs exclusively within a single department or to settle questions within a department regarding internal allocation of that department's resources.

Consideration of merger of a program or programs will be conducted openly, in the following manner:

B.1. Grounds for consideration and decision of merger

The decision to merge schools, colleges, academic departments, or degree programs will be based on curricular considerations, on the Strategic Plan, and on the need to allocate resources effectively.

Central among these criteria are:

1.     Preserving intact programs central to the university, as defined in its mission statement;

2.     And preserving intact programs of high quality (for a more detailed description of how this is to be measured, see Draft Process for Considering Proposals for Elimination of or Major Reductions in Programs).

B.2. Procedure for consideration of merger.  When the Provost decides that a proposal for merger should receive serious consideration, she or he will charge the ACC and UPRC to examine the issue by jointly forming an ad hoc committee made up, among others, of the chairs and other members of those committees. On the basis of the findings of this ad hoc committee, the Provost will make a recommendation to the President of the University.

Colleges may also develop their own policies for early stages of decision-making on such matters; these must be consistent with the above procedures. If established, the policies of individual colleges will be published in the college governance document.  The policy will address in detail procedures and criteria for merger and will clearly identify how input concerning proposed mergers will be obtained, with particular focus on faculty in the affected program(s).

C. Elimination of a School, College, Academic Department, or Degree Program

These procedures are intended to apply to the proposed elimination or major reduction of schools, colleges, academic departments, and degree programs.  They are not intended to apply to programs exclusively within a single department or to settle questions within a department regarding internal allocation of that department's resources.

Elimination/major reduction is defined as elimination or major reduction of an academic program, in the context of curricular, not governance structure.

During the decision-making processes involved in eliminations or major reductions, faculty’s advisory role to the administration, as played out through the Faculty Senate Executive Council, the University Planning and Resource Council, and the Academic Coordinating Commission, will be honored consistently and to the greatest extent possible. Representatives of the UFWW will be included in these discussions, as legally mandated by the CBA.

C.1. Grounds for consideration of elimination or major reduction

Consideration and ultimate decision to eliminate or impose major reduction upon a school, college, academic department, or degree program will be based upon curricular considerations and the priorities of the University's Strategic Plan; financial limitations may of course also play a part in strategic initiatives.

The following are the three key criteria by which decision should be made:

1.                 Protect programs most central to the mission of the university;

2.                 Among programs of the same centrality, protect programs of highest quality; and

3.                 As possible given the preceding two criteria, which are foremost in the decision-making process, protect occupied positions. For more detail on retention priority for faculty undergoing involuntary layoff, see the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

C.2. The stages of decision-making

Through the four stages of decision-making described below, minutes held with attention to confidentiality will be kept at all meetings; all these minutes will be made public if the final decision is for elimination or major reduction.

The process described below needs to run parallel to procedures laid down in collective bargaining.

C.2.1. Since open consideration of elimination or major reduction of an academic program could permanently damage that program in advance of any decision; the President and Provost shall initiate a confidential investigation and determine whether or not such damage would result.  Participating in discussion will be, among others, the President and Vice-President of the Faculty Senate, and the chairs of the UPRC and ACC. All involved from this point on will maintain confidentiality on these matters until released from that by the President.

If it is determined that damage will not result from open consideration, action will be based on the procedures given above for merger.

C.2.2. If it is determined that damage will result from open consideration, the President and Provost will initiate a full and confidential preliminary analysis of the possibilities and consequences of such an elimination or major reduction. No final decisions will be made at this time. Included in this throughout the entire process will be the four members of the Senate Executive mentioned above.

C.2.3. When such elimination or major reduction has been determined to be a realistic possibility – but before any final decision on the matter has been made, declared or initiated – input and suggestions for feasible alternatives to reduction in force will be sought from the UFWW and faculty potentially affected. .

C.2.4. On the basis of these discussions, final decision on these matters will be made by the President and Provost. Every possible effort will be made to reallocate all faculty involved.

A written statement will be issued by the President and/or Provost, with clearly defined criteria and rationale for the decision and inclusion of all relevant material as appendices; if requested, an open public meeting will be held to describe and discuss the decision.

Other related documents:

·      "Campus-Level Policy for Considering Proposals for Elimination of or Major Reductions in Programs" (on University Planning and Budgeting webpage)

·      "Draft Process for Considering Proposals for Elimination of or Major Reductions in Programs" (as stated, a draft document; also on University Planning and Budgeting webpage)

·      The UFWW Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Sections 7 and 21 (on UFWW webpage)“

 

Adjournment

5:49 pm – February 28, 2011  – 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

P

 

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

P

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

Exc

3

Roger Gilman, Dean, Fairhaven, Provost’ Cncl

--

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

 

 

 

10

David Meyer, Vice Pres (for K.Denham)

English

AL

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa

M&CL

C

Exc

1

Daniel Larner, PastPres, Exec NV

P

12

Lesley Sommer ( Erin Hazard)

Music

D

--

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, LegLiaison10-11. Exec

P

13

Shawn Knabb

Economics

E

--

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

P

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

P

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

P

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

Guests

16

David Bover

Comp Sci

A

P

1

Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC

P

17

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach

Geology

A

P

2

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE

P

18

Kathleen Saunders, ACC

Anthropology

B

P

3

Matthew Miller, Woodring, CUE

P

19

Scott Pearce, SenPres, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

4

Moheb Ghali, Dean, Graduate School

P

20

Karen Stout  

Comm

C

P

5

Iris Maute-Gibson, AS Legislative Liaison

P

21

Bradley Howard

Journalism

C

P

6

Debra Jusak, Special Assistant to provost

P

22

Sheila Webb

Journalism

C

--

 

 

 

23

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

D

P

 

 

 

24

Cynthia Camlin

Art

D

P

 

 

 

25

Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

7

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

26

Steve Henson, At Lg Exec

Economics

E

P

 

Ø  Senators Present

20

27

David O Wallin

Huxley

G

P

 

Ø  Absent or Excused

(5)

28

Donald Larsen

Woodring

H

P

 

Ø  Ex Officio

2

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

P

 

Ø  PPres; Leg Rep; UFWW; ASVP

4

30

Paul Piper

Libraries

I

P

 

Ø  Guests and Recorder

7

 

DATE:   February 28, 2011

 

TOTAL PRESENT:

33