FACULTY SENATE AGENDA
Thursday, January 7, 1999
Construction & Engineering Hall
LaSells Stewart Center
The agenda for the January Senate meeting will include the reports and other items of
business listed below. To be approved are the minutes of the December Senate
meeting, as published and distributed to Senators.
- ACTION ITEMS
- Install Elected Officials
Installation of President Kenneth Williamson; President-Elect Gordon Matzke; new
Executive Committee members: Robert Burton, Stella Coakley, William Lunch, Bruce Sorte,
and Dick Thies; Interinstitutional Faculty Senate representative, Gary Tiedeman; and newly-elected Senators.
- Approval of Parliamentarian
Approve Robert Iltis, Department of Speech Communication, as Faculty Senate
- Category I Proposal
Bob Burton, Curriculum Council Chair, will present three Category I proposals:
a) Distance Delivery of the B.S. Degree in Environmental Sciences (pp. 1-31)
b) Distance Delivery of the B.S. Degree in Natural Resources (pp. 32-59)
The Category I proposal for the distance delivery of the B.S. degree in Natural Resources
and the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences proposals presented at the meeting have
received approvals of the Curriculum Council and the Budgets and Fiscal Planning
Committee. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee has reviewed these proposals and
also endorses these proposals for approval.
Both proposals have demonstrated (1) faculty consultation and course development, and
(2) budgets that have strengthened the programs. The Executive Committee believes that
the current proposals offer the commitment that appeared lacking when these proposals
were first presented in January, 1998.
c) The Oregon Master of Software Engineering (pp. 60-104)
The Category I Proposal for The Oregon Master of Software Engineering provides for the
Oregon State University Computer Science Department to participate in the statewide
Master of Software Engineering degree program. At present, this program is concentrated
at the Oregon Graduate Institute but is expected to expand to the other participating
campuses. This Category I proposal would add Oregon State University as a participating
institution along with the Oregon Graduate Institute and Portland State University. (The
University of Oregon is processing a similar Category I proposal to become a participating
institution.) The Executive Committee recognizes the approval of the proposal by Budgets
& Fiscal Planning Committee, Curriculum Council, Graduate Council and the College of
Engineering. The Executive Committee, after careful review, endorses this Category I
proposal and recommends approval by the Faculty Senate.
- OSBHE Faculty Member Appointment (p. 105)
Tony Wilcox will present the following information:
1) An update of the resolution regarding the process for identifying candidates for the
Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) that was postponed at the December
2) Candidates to be forwarded to the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate.
The Executive Committee acted on behalf of the Faculty Senate in identifying the
candidates to be forwarded to the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate. Without this action,
Oregon State would not be able to meet the deadline identified by the Interinstitutional
Faculty Senate. The Executive Committee recommends that the Faculty Senate endorse
this slate of candidates.
- Funding Model Support (p. 106)
A similar resolution in support of the OUS funding model that is being considered by
faculty senates throughout the OUS system and by the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate.
This resolution, if adopted, will be submitted to the Governor, all members of the Oregon
Legislature and others concerned about the future of Oregon and its public higher
- DISCUSSION ITEM
- Research Initatives
Vice Provost for Research, Wilson "Toby" Hayes, will present an update on OSU's
emerging research agenda and involvement of faculty perspectives in the areas of research
funding, communication, administration and undergraduate research experiences.
- Human Resource Information System
Brad Dennis, Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Project Manager, will present an
update on the new Banner HRIS implemented January 1, 1999. He will provide specific information on faculty payroll implementation.
- INFORMATION ITEMS
- Benefits Survey
Faculty are reminded to complete the benefits survey (by January 12) for information to be
provided to the Public Employees' Benefit Board to assist them in understanding our needs
and concerns as they develop a plan design for the year 2000 for health benefits. These
surveys were distributed during the holiday break; however, if a copy of the survey is
needed, contact Lois Courtney at 7-2086.
- Faculty Senate Handbook Update
If continuing Senators would like an update for their handbook, please contact the Faculty
Senate Office. Since experience has shown that the majority of Senators do not use the
updated materials, they are being sent only on request.
- Martin Luther King Holiday Teach-in
This year's celebration theme is "Replenishing the Dream: A Vision for the New
Millennium." The celebration will take place between January 11 and 22. Faculty are being
asked to set aside a portion of a class period, an "outside of class" discussion, a
conversation on the holiday itself--when classes are not in session--or any kind of
intellectual exercise that would educate and stimulate thought, including simply distributing
Teach-in materials will be available at the January Faculty Senate meeting. Celebration
information will also available on the OSU home page web site. For more information,
contact Linda Paschke at 737-6370 or Cherie Rusk at 737-7388.
- Faculty Senate Website
The URL for the Faculty Senate Website is http://osu.orst.edu/dept/senate. This site
contains information about Senators, committees, agendas, minutes, etc.
- Committee/Council Annual Reports
Annual Reports from 1997-98 have been received from the following Faculty Senate
committees/ councils. Rather than publish the reports in the agenda, they will be available
on the Faculty Senate website at http://osu.orst.edu/dept/senate by the end of January
(select Committee/Councils from the left column and then select the individual committee).
Academic Advising Council Grievance Committee
Academic Regulations Committee Faculty Recognition & Awards Committee
Academic Requirements Committee Faculty Status Committee
Academic Standing Committee Graduate Admissions Committee
Administrative Appointments Committee Graduate Council
Advancement of Teaching Committee Instructional Development & Technology Comm.
Baccalaureate Core Committee Research Council
Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee Student Recognition & Awards Committee
Bylaws and Nominations Committee Undergraduate Admissions Committee
Committee on Committees University Honors College Council
Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee
- REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST
Roy Arnold, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
- REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
President Ken Williamson
- OLD BUSINESS
- NEW BUSINESS