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Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Agenda
March 15 & 16, 2013
Western Oregon University
Health & Wellness Center Room 306

Friday, March 15

Noon – Lunch provided

12:45 – Welcome and Introductions – Bob Mason, IFS President and Ike Nail, WOU Host

1:00 – Welcome to Western Oregon University – Mark Weiss, WOU President

1:15 – Emily Plec, OSBHE Board Member and WOU Professor and Chair of Communication Studies

1:45 – Keller Coker, WOU Faculty Senate President and Professor of Music

2:15 – IFS Position Statement Discussion
  • Committee chairs: Mike Hass and Michael Dembrow; Matt Donegan; OSBHE Board members; Ben Cannon; Melodie Rose (OUS)
3:00 – Break

3:15 – ASWOU Student Representative (placeholder)

3:30 – President’s Report – Bob Mason
  • Issues from those not attending the Saturday session?
  • HB2742 – Prohibits public university from discriminating against student on basis that student was not awarded standard high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
    • See addendum at end of agenda for query from Karen Marrongelle
4:45 – Wrap-up

5:00 – Adjourn

7:00 – Working dinner at Robert’s Landing

Saturday, March 16

8:45 –  Continental Breakfast provided

9:00 – Approval of January 2013 Minutes

9:05 – Campus reports

10:00 – Break

10:15 – Bylaws and Constitution Sub-committee Report

10:30 – Old Business:

  1. Slate of officers and elections
    • President-Elect: Jeff Dense, Grant Kirby
    • Secretary: Laura Zeigen

  2. Provost’s Council Representative – discussion

  3. IFS Communications
11:15 – New Business /Matters Arising

11:30-1:00 –

Melody Rose, OUS Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies and Drew Hagedorn, Tonkon Torp LLP OUS Advisor

1:00 – Wrap-up

1:05 – Adjourn

Information Items:

Directions to the meeting facility: Google map to the WOU Health and Wellness Center
Turn west on Jackson Street, one block north of the light on 99W in Monmouth, and proceed for several blocks to campus, past the stop sign on Monmouth Avenue one half block. The Health and Wellness Center is on the north side of the street.

Parking: Ike has parking passes good for both days in all lots except for lots J, J Loop and metered parking. Lots E and R are conveniently adjacent to the Health and Wellness Center (HWC). Ike will be in HWC 306 at 11:00 AM; IFS members must get a pass from Ike and return and display it on their dashes. Parking lots are controlled and tickets written 24/7, so it is important to display passes.

Directions to Robert’s Landing: Proceed east on Main Street through Monmouth and Independence; when Main Street dead ends, turn right (south) for a quarter of a mile, then turn left (east) to cross the river. Stay on River Road to Roberts Crossing. Enjoy the drive, but do not hurry. There are at least two right turn switchbacks under railroad trestles that are dangerous.

Lodging: Rooms may be reserved at a special rate at the Courtesy Inn in Monmouth (503) 838-4438; you must mention that you are with IFS to receive the special rates. Rates are: $65 queen, $72 king, and $75 for two queens. This hotel is very convenient to campus, but right on 99W. There are also very nice lodging options in Salem, 20 minutes away.

Future Meetings

  • May 10-11 - Eastern Oregon University
  • September 27-28  Southern Oregon University
  • November 22-23  Portland State University


From Karen Marrongelle re: HB2742:

Could you query the IFS to get reactions to this:

We continue to actively monitor HB 2742, which prohibits public university from discriminating against student on basis that student was not awarded standard high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate. We have been in discussions with Rep. Gelser about this bill and are considering some compromise language. I want to run our current thinking by you, so that you can provide feedback on whether this is something you can live with or not.  

We are trying to work out a way to accommodate students with extended or modified Oregon diplomas while having the campuses retain authority over admissions requirements (and requirements for students participating in any way in courses). This comes down to finding another way of vetting competence in the absence of using a high school diploma as a proxy for competence. We would need to put a provision in the bill that would allow for testing competence for non-admit students with a modified or extended diploma in order to take an individual class. This puts the onus on the individual instructor to vet such competence.

Another way is to allow students with modified or extended diplomas to audit courses, where no evaluation of student work takes place. Again, allowing students to audit courses is up to the individual faculty member, so this would fall into the discretion of the faculty.