The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order by President Mike Quinn on March 8, 2007 in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Approval of Minutes
The January and February 2007 minutes were approved as distributed.
Faculty Forum RecapLarry Curtis provided a recap of the February 27 Faculty Forum regarding potential changes to the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and Tax Deferred Investment (TDI) plans. The recap included the following:
Additional information related to the Faculty Forum can be viewed online.
Promotion and Tenure Process Review Project
Barbara Edwards, Anne Gillies, Angelo Gomez, and Juan Trujillo provided an overview of a Promotion & Tenure Process Review Project co-sponsored by the Association of Faculty for Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC), President;s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), and the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Since national literature indicates that members of marginalized groups have different P&T experiences than the majority, the intent of the study, which began in 2003-04, was to explore OSU faculty members' experiences with the P&T process across units, disciplines and identities. The report and PowerPoint used in their Senate presentation is available for viewing online.
Gillies explained that invited participants were faculty who were promoted or tenured between 2002 and 2004, as well as others who learned of the project by word of mouth, and included 36 faculty from eleven colleges, Extension and the Library. She noted that, due to confidentiality, they were unable to obtain the names of faculty whose experience with the P&T process was unsuccessful, so the report is skewed in favor of those who were successful.
During the faculty interviews, concerns surfaced related to fairness, majority status, transparency, and commitment to candidate success. They also found that differences between units can create a relative advantage or disadvantage for candidates.
Although they did not recommend changes to the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines, they did make recommendations that would make the process appear more fair, transparent and equitable.
Senator White, Education, questioned whether there was clarification of inconsistent university policies related to P&T Guidelines. Gomez responded that is a possibility and suggested clarification of roles at all levels. Gillies noted that the recommendations include online posting of departmental/college P&T procedures.
Senator Sillars, Engineering, referenced clarification of scholarly expectations and noted that young faculty may not recognize that their research is atypical and should be in consultation with the department chair. Trujillo responded that a determination needs to be made regarding what types of scholarship will and won't count, while respecting principles of academic freedom.
Senator Rosenberger, Liberal Arts, was in favor of the third recommendation that suggests rotating faculty on the P&T committees and including participation by outside people since some issues are implicit and an outside individual would have the ability to question issues and make them explicit. She suggested another study to survey P&T committee participants to determine a sense of the requirements put forth.
Senator Selker, Agricultural Sciences, felt that the recommendations touch 10-50% of faculty and questioned how the recommendations will be promulgated and how they will be evaluated in terms of understanding and acceptance. Gomez responded that it will require some entity to ensure that the recommendations occur, likely the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee. The expectation is that the group presenting the recommendations will continue until the project is handed off. Gillies added that they will continue seeking additional information to refine their recommendations.
Raising Admission Standards
Kate Peterson, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management, and Mike Quinn, Faculty Senate President, presented information relating high school GPA to student success. The PowerPoint presentation used during this discussion is available online. There have been discussions of whether OSU should raise the minimum high school GPA required for automatic admission and what the related implications would be. Peterson noted that the admission GPA at the UO is 3.25 compared to OSU's 3.0 GPA.Arguments in favor of increasing the GPA include:
Senator Mallory-Smith, Agricultural Sciences, questioned how many students are denied admission. Peterson responded approximately 25%. Mallory-Smith questioned the difference between grade inflation at OSU and high school grade inflation. Quinn stated that the number of students graduating with honors has increased from about 12% to about 18% over a 10-year period.
Senator Mason, Science, noted that the six-year graduation rate doesn;t account for students who transfer out and requested the 'real' six-year graduation rate. Peterson responded that this concern is not unique to OSU and there is currently no reliable way to track transfer students. Provost Randhawa responded that the graduation rate of students who start at OSU is 61-65%.
In response to Senator Dreher expressing shock at how ill-prepared students are and suggesting the need to look at the quality of incoming students, and Senator Selker expressing the feeling that we are currently using a poor predictor, Michelle Sandlin stated that a regular admit is a 3.0 GPA in the 14 subject areas required by the state, applicants must submit SAT/ACT scores, and must graduate from an accredited high school.
President Quinn encouraged additional input be directed to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
Provost Randhawa noted that 73 dossiers were submitted for consideration this year.
Senator Edwards, Liberal Arts, questioned whether department chairs are held accountable for providing mentoring to junior faculty. Randhawa responded that he has started a process this year with the deans and will hold them accountable in terms of their reviews and the effectiveness of the reviews of their direct reports. He stated that mentoring must be provided and that some units are very good at it.
In response to Senator McCune, Science, suggesting that P&T might be the key to mentoring, Randhawa stated that the P&T Guidelines are not the issue, rather, implementation of the Guidelines is the issue.
Senator Pence, Engineering, questioned the incentive for moving to four-credit courses. Quinn responded that the motivation from one chair is to increase the amount of writing as well as the rigor of the course.
There was no new business.
Agricultural Sciences: Curtis, Dreher, Hartley, Hayes, Ketchum, Mallory-Smith, Pereira, Selker, Thompson.
Associated Faculty:Achterman, Averill, Dempsey, Dorbolo, Elmshaeuser, Fernandez, Gillies, Gomez, Greydanus, Minear, Oldfield, Pribyl.
Business: Banyi, Marshall, Raja, Wu, Yang.
Education: Ward, White.
Engineering: Bell, Bose, Huber, Hunter-Zaworski, Pence, Sillars.
Forestry: Doescher, Freitag, Kellogg, J. Tynon for Reuter, Sexton, Zahler.
Health & Human Sciences: Acock, Asbell, C. Raab for Bowman, L. Etuk for Braverman, Cardinal, Friedman, McAlexander, Wilcox.
Liberal Arts: Carson, Edwards, Gross, T. Daugherty for Helle, Kingston, Melton, R. Thompson for Orosco, Rosenberger, Trujillo, Valls.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Spitz.
Pharmacy: Indira, Ramirez, Stevens.
Science: Blair, Bogley, D. Finch for Flahive, Ho, Lee, Mason, Matzke, McCune, McLeod, Parks, Rajagopal.
Student Affairs: Alexander, Benton, Langford, Winter, Yamamoto.
Veterinary Medicine: Valentine.
Agricultural Sciences: Anderson, Bolte, Cassidy, Gamroth, Gregory, Jepson, Parke, Rao, Rossignol, Savage.
Associated Faculty: Arthenayake, Bruce, Eklund, Gaines, Hoff, Ross.
Business: No absences.
Education: No absences.
Engineering: Higginbotham, Jovanovic, Lee, Momsen.
Extension: Carr, Godwin.
Health & Human Sciences: Hooker.
Liberal Arts: Folts, Lunch, Oriard, Plaza, Roberts, Steel, Walls.
Library: No absences.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Benoit-Bird, Skyllingstad, Wheatcroft.
Pharmacy: No absences.
ROTC: No absences.
Science: Field, Gitleman, Grunder, Jansen, Jones, Kimerling, Lajtha, Taylor.
Student Affairs: Larson, Schwab.
Veterinary Medicine: Estill, Mosley.
B. Becker, B. Edwards, V. King, K. Kuo, M. McCambridge, A. Metzger, K. Peterson.
Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-officios and Staff Present:
Officers: B. Boggess, past president; M. Quinn, president.
Ex-officio: S. Randhawa, E. Ray, M. Beachley.
Staff: V. Nunnemaker.
Faculty Senate Staff