1. Category I Proposals
Len Friedman, Curriculum Council Chair, will present two Category I Proposals: 1) Establish a new study abroad program in Tunisia; and 2) Initiation of a New Instructional Program Leading to the Degree Bachelor of Science, Arts in Computational Physics.
2. OSU/U of O Joint Athletic Motion
President Sayre will present the following Joint Athletic Motion from the OSU and U of O Faculty Senates:
"The growth of intercollegiate athletics has made the scheduling of athletic events more complex, and conflicts with the academic calendar have increased. A recent scheduling decision causes special concern: the Civil War game for 2001 has been scheduled for the Saturday before Fall final exams. We should not lose sight of the principle that the academic needs of our athletes and other students are always our top priority.
The combined University Senates of UO and OSU therefore make the following recommendation to our Presidents and Provosts: In the future, the academic calendar should be of paramount consideration in the scheduling of athletic events. In particular we suggest that major events should not interfere with dead week and final exams; in general we urge a heightened sensitivity to the academic calendar by the Athletic Departments of our two universities."
3. Endorsement of the Athletics Minority/Gender Equity Plans
President Henry Sayre will present the following endorsement regarding the Athletics Minority/Gender Equity Plans that were distributed at the April Faculty Senate meeting and sent to those not present. The plans are included in the recommendations from the recent NCAA Certification visit. Please review the plans and be prepared to discuss and vote on the following endorsement:Having reviewed the recommendations of the NCAA Certification Evaluation Team, the Oregon State University Faculty Senate endorses the proposed Athletics Minority and Gender Equity Plans.
4. PAC-10 Joint Athletic Recommendations
President Sayre will present the following recommendations for approval:
PAC-10 ATHLETICS RECOMMENDATIONS
Athletics at NCAA Division I universities are undergoing rapid expansion and commercialization, resulting in an "arms race" universities find increasingly difficult to control. These concerns have been summarized by Myles Brand, president of Indiana University, in an article in the NCAA News of March 12, portions of which are appended below. It is a common proposition in the national dialogue on this issue that meaningful reform of intercollegiate athletics must begin with the university presidents of individual athletic conferences.
Therefore, the faculty and university senates of the ten universities in the PAC-10 Conference join together to make the following recommendations:1. We urge the presidents of our ten universities to begin serious discussions aimed at moderating the exponential growth of athletic programs and budgets in the PAC-10. We urge them to put this topic on the agenda of their June meeting.
2. Further, we urge the presidents to address recommendations made in the appended essay, "Presidents Have Cause, Means to Reduce Arms," as the basis for their discussions.
5. PEBB Resolution
Robert Michael, Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee member, will provide a brief background of the committee's concerns regarding PEBB issues. He will also present the below motion from the Executive Committee which is being proposed at the recommendation of the Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee:
Whereas, PEBB's proposed tiered system of insurance coverage and elimination of cashback result in unequal benefit support for different employees based upon such personal factors as marital/partner status and family size; and
Whereas, Benefits are a form of compensation, and their decrease amounts to a decrease in compensation; and
Whereas, No unclassified employee should suffer a reduction in compensation as a result of the restructuring of benefits; and
Whereas, We would like to encourage PEBB in its efforts to de-emphasize high-cost HMOs by eliminating all subsidies previously used to provide incentives for enrollment in these HMOs; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Faculty Senate of Oregon State University urges that OSU and OUS administrators continue to resist efforts to move to a tiered system;
2. That they continue to resist efforts to eliminate the cashback option;
3. That they continue to encourage cessation of subsidies to HMOs; and
4. That they continue to explore possibilities of pulling out of the PEBB system entirely.
1. The OSU National Newspaper Study
Mark Floyd and Robert Hood, News and Communication Services, will present the results of The OSU National Newspaper Study.
1. Fireside Chat
Dr. Risser will hold a Fireside Chat on May 23 from 3:00-4:00 in the MU Lounge.
2. Undergraduate Admissions Issue Group
The Undergraduate Admissions Issue Group will present A Symposium on Changing the Criteria for Undergraduate Admissions on May 24 from 1:30-3:00 PM in MU 206. The focus questions will include: Given OSU's potential for growth in enrollment, shifts in thinking about academic success, and commitment to University goals, how should OSU change undergraduate admissions criteria? What can we learn from the experiences of other universities who have recently changed their criteria?
Speakers have been invited from institutions that have recently instituted changes in the way they admit students. They will be discussing what changed, why changes were made, and what outcomes have been realized. The OSU community is invited to join in this symposium, learn from the speakers, and engage in the discussion of how OSU's admissions criteria might change.
3. Promotion and Tenure Brownbag
The Faculty Senate Promotion & Tenure Committee is sponsoring a Promotion and Tenure Brownbag on May 9 from noon-1:00 p.m. in MU 206. The procedures for both promotion and tenure will be discussed and all faculty are invited to ask questions about the process.
4. Commencement 2001
Commencement 2001 is scheduled for June 17th. This will be the first year undergraduate Commencement will be in Reser Stadium and there are many unknown situations. There is a critical need for ushers to be adequately prepared and there is currently a shortage of ushers for both the undergraduate ceremony in Reser Stadium and the Graduate ceremony in LaSells Stewart Center. Ushers have contributed significantly to the success of Commencement, and will be especially important this year. Volunteers are asked to begin at 8:00 a.m. for the morning graduate ceremony or 12:15 p.m. for the afternoon undergraduate ceremony. Some volunteers may be able to leave as soon as the graduate ceremony starts but most of the volunteers need to remain through the afternoon ceremony. To volunteer, please contact Joan Sandeno (737-4520 or Joan.Sandeno@orst.edu) and indicate your campus e-mail and/or telephone number, as well as whether you are available for the morning or afternoon ceremony, both, or "as needed".
Tim White, Provost & Executive Vice President
President Henry Sayre