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FACULTY SENATE AGENDA

Thursday, November 11, 2004
3:00-5:00 PM
Construction & Engineering Hall
LaSells Stewart Center

The agenda for the November Senate meeting will include the reports and other items of business listed below.

  1. DISCUSSION ITEM
    1. Tuition Plateau
      President Ed Ray and Interim Provost Sabah Randhawa will discuss the current tuition plateau and options for the future.

  2. REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST
    Sabah Randhawa, Interim Provost & Executive Vice President

  3. ACTION ITEMS
    1. Approval of the 2005 Apportionment Table
      The 2005 Faculty Senate Apportionment Table (consisting of OSU FTE in the ranks of Instructor and above, including Professional Faculty and Faculty Research Assistants and Associates) will be presented for approval.

    2. Faculty Senate Nomination and Elections
      Darlene Russ-Eft, Bylaws and Nominations member, will present for approval the Slate of Nominees for the 2005 Senate President-Elect, three new members of the Executive Committee (EC), and two Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS) Senators. The President-Elect serves for one year, and then automatically assumes the presidency of the Senate; EC members serve two-year terms; and there will be one IFS three-year term and one two-year term. Nominations will be taken from the floor; however, the nominator must obtain, in advance, the nominee's willingness to serve if elected.

    3. Ballot Counting Committee
      Three volunteers are needed to assist in counting the President-Elect and IFS ballots on December 8 from 8:30-10:00 AM; President Coakley will ask for volunteers from the floor.

    4. Sustainability Statement
      Ken Williamson will present the following proposed OSU Sustainability Statement:

      Sustainability at Oregon State University
      Oregon State University (OSU) honors the commitments made by the Governor of the State of Oregon, state agencies, and many of Oregon's companies and communities to develop sustainable solutions that balance economic, environmental, and community needs while building opportunities for future generations to meet their own needs. As the state's land grant university, OSU is ready to support and lead both public and private sector organizations to find sustainable approaches, educate future leaders and citizens who understand and practice sustainability, and demonstrate sustainable practices in the University's day-to-day operations. OSU is committed to incorporating sustainability in its education, research, outreach, and operations as a critical component to its goal of becoming a top-ten land grant university.

    5. Institutional Policy and Procedures for Program Reorganization or Elimination
      Mike Quinn, Executive Committee Member, will present for approval the proposed Institutional Policy and Procedures for Program Reorganization or Elimination which, if approved, will replace the document currently in use, Institutional Procedures and Criteria for Program Redirection, Reorganization, Reduction and Termination.

      This draft document was presented in October and Senators were asked to share it with their constituents for review and provide input to the Faculty Senate Office. The only change that was made was to add the following two-sentence paragraph to the end of the document just prior to Appendix A.

      "This policy will be reviewed at least every three years. The President Elect will lead the policy review, bring the results for discussion with the Executive Committee, and share the review with the Senate. Any proposed revisions will require Faculty Senate approval."

  4. SPECIAL REPORTS
    1. Interinstitutional Faculty Senate
      Mina Carson, IFS Senator, will briefly recap the October meeting.

    2. Community and Diversity
      Terryl Ross, Community and Diversity Director, will provide an update of issues he's working on, as well as opportunities for faculty participation.

  5. INFORMATION ITEMS
    1. President-Elect, Executive Committee and IFS Elections
      As provided in the Senate Bylaws, (Article VI, Section 3) and amended on October 6, 1977, "additional nominations may be made from the floor and the nominations shall be closed." The Executive Committee requires that if such nominations from the floor are made, the nominator must obtain, in advance, the nominee's willingness to serve if elected. The names of all nominees will be submitted to OSU This Week for publication.

      The University-wide election of the President-Elect and IFS representative will be conducted between November 15 and December 8. Ballots will be distributed to all eligible voting members of the OSU faculty, in accordance with current Faculty Senate Bylaws. Signed ballots received in the Faculty Senate Office no later than 5:00 PM on December 7 will be counted by the Counting Committee prior to the December 9 Faculty Senate meeting. The individual receiving the highest number of votes will be declared the winner in each of the elections.

      Election of new members of the Executive Committee will be conducted by written ballot at the December 9 Faculty Senate meeting. Those candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. Tie votes shall be resolved by written ballot in a run-off election during the meeting.

    2. Instructions for Nomination and Election of Faculty Senators
      Upon receipt of all materials, and approval of the apportionment table, the Faculty Senate Office annually transmits Senatorial nomination and election instructions to head of all voting units. According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, the nomination and election process for Senators shall be conducted by the head of the apportionment unit (or someone appointed by that officer) together with incumbent Senators of the group. A faculty member whose name appears on the final ballot SHALL NOT be involved in counting the final ballot.

    3. General Education Transfer Module
      The General Education Transfer Module is a proposal by JBAC (Joint Boards Articulation Commission) that would allow students who completed the module to transfer credits (courses) among the 17 community colleges and the 7 OUS institutions in the state. The current proposal is a response to interest by the Board of Higher Education and the Oregon Legislature in identifying ways to move students more rapidly through Oregon's higher education system. The current 45-credit module is a portion of the existing Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) agreement and could be completed in 1 year. The Interinstitutional Faculty Senate has played an active role in soliciting faculty input regarding this proposal during a series of town hall meetings at institutions throughout the state. OSU hosted one of these meetings on 21 October. Details on the module, the town hall meetings, comments by faculty, and other pertinent information can be found at the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate website.

      The Board and the Legislature are pushing to have a module in place by fall 2005, which would require the faculty senates at each OUS institution to ratify the proposal sometime during winter term. We urge you to become informed regarding this proposal.

  6. REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
    President Stella Coakley

  7. NEW BUSINESS



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