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Faculty Senate Minutes

1999 No. 546
March 4, 1999
 

For All Faculty
The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on March 4, 1999, at 3:02 PM, in the LaSells Stewart Center by President Kenneth Williamson. There were no corrections to the minutes of February 4, 1999.


Meeting Summary
--Special Reports: Intercollegiate Athletics, Mitch Barnhart and Legislative Update, Kevin McCann
--Action Items: Library Resolution [Motion 99–546–01 through 04]


Roll Call

Members Absent With Representation:
Bird, K. McCann; Caughey, L. Burns; Cornelius, B. Rettig; Daniels, L. Ott; Frank, C. Anderson; Krause, V. Farber; Morris, T. Roberts; Rossignol, J. McCubbin; Sproul, L. Hampton; Thies, J. Ingle; and Witters, B. Coblentz.

Members Absent Without Representation:
Arp, Azarenko, Biwan, Bloomer, Brodie, Bruce, Champeau, Christensen, Downing, Esbensen, K. Field, Gamroth, Gomez, Gregerson, Hooker, Huyer, Jepson, Jones, Kerkvliet, Klein, Lajtha, P. Lee, Lomax, Longerbeam, Lunch, Mallory-Smith, McDaniel, Mix, Moore, Nelson, Peters, Righetti, Robson, Sanford, Trehu, White, and Wrolstad.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
K. Williamson, President; M. Niess, Immediate Past President; R. Iltis, Parliamentarian; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Administrative Assistant.

Guests of the Senate:
G. Beach, A. Christie, D. Johnson, D. Klein and A. Hashimoto.


ACTION ITEMS

Library Resolution

Henry Sayre, Information Services Ad Hoc Committee Chair, explained that the Ad Hoc Committee was created as a result of the Information Services Task Force and given a charge of overseeing the implementation of the task force's 17 recommendations: of which four related to the Library. Although the library deficit was reduced to reflect the actual amount incurred by the Library, the committee felt that the action was short-term and did nothing to address the long-term needs of the Library.

Sayre's charts showed OSU compares poorly to ARL institutions in total library expenditures, percent of total university expenditures, total dollars, net volumes added, and monographs purchased. A table comparing OSU to non-ARL institutions also showed OSU at the bottom of the scale.

He presented the following resolution supporting increased funding for the Valley Library:

Library Resolution

Whereas, Oregon State University's Valley Library has been "underfunded for many years," as President Risser acknowledged in addressing the Faculty Senate in February 1998; and

Whereas, the average level of funding at peer institutions is approximately 3% of total expenditures, while the OSU library is currently funded at 2.14% of total expenditures, and

Whereas, the average real dollars expended by peer institutions is $17,030,754, while OSU library's expendi tures are currently $6,972,417; and

Whereas, in order to achieve Association of Research Libraries (ARL) status, which is befitting a Carnegie Research I University and is an important component in the University's goal of achieving Tier One status, the library must be adequately funded:

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT:

The faculty of Oregon State University supports increasing the funding of the Valley Library and recommends that the University commit to increasing the percent of expenditures dedicated to the library this year to approximately $7,950,000 (an increase of approximately 0.3%) and then annually at a constant rate each year for the next three biennia, to attain a level of at least 4% of total expenditures by the year 2004-2005.

The Committee was fully cognizant that some departments would get less money if the resolution was approved and implemented. However, if ARL status is to be achieved, a greater Library investment is needed. Sayre noted that, if the Library is condemned to mediocrity, it will slide to lower and lower levels of adequacy.

Senator Gardner, Science, questioned the second part of the resolution and proposed that the Senate give a vote of confidence to the Library. He suggested that a period be placed after "Valley Library" in the resolution and the remainder deleted. Sayre noted that the exact figures were placed there at the request of the Executive Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee felt that the faculty should state the level that needs to be reached.

Senator Plant, Engineering, agreed with Gardner and noted that he was bothered by: the reference to increasing the percent of expenditures with a dollar amount listed; the increase of 0.3% is not clear; and the number of volumes purchased does not guarantee ARL status. Since the budget is not known, he supported ending the resolution where Gardner proposed. Sayre responded that it is important for the Library to reach a base level of between $13-14 million, which would reasonably sustain the library. Sayre noted that the Library is very far below standards in terms of acquisitions.

Senator Farber, Liberal Arts, stated that the Library budget has not been adequate in the 29 years he has been here. Not only is it an embarrassment, it is also a serious impediment to faculty and student recruitment and retention. He felt this was a modest and reasonable proposal.

Senator Lee, Science, felt that if the arguments in favor of the Library are persuasive now, they would also be persuasive at a later time. Sayre responded that the Committee felt that faculty would like a voice in the budget decisions that are occurring.

Senator Landau, Science, expressed concern about identifying which areas are more important than others given the current underfunded situation of the university.

Senator Shor, Engineering, was concerned about promising money to the library, although additional books and monographs are needed. She didn't feel that money should be taken from hiring faculty to cover basic needs and be put toward the library. Sayre commented that the Committee recognized that units would be unhappy with the proposal, but they did not anticipate the negative reaction being voiced.

Senator Rodriguez, Liberal Arts, and Senator Dailey, Agricultural Sciences both spoke in support of the Library. Senator Coblentz, Agricultural Sciences, noted he was almost embarrassed at the faculty reaction since the Library is the heart of the University.

Senator Gardner moved to amend the resolution by inserting a period after ‘Valley Library’ and deleting the remainder of the paragraph; motion seconded.

Senator Daily felt it was necessary to ask for more than is possible to receive in order to get anything. Senator Tynon, Forestry, felt that the resolution is poorly written and favored the amendment. Senator Sorte, Agricultural Sciences, felt it was effective to set a precise number and suggested tabling the resolution and rewrite it with a more accurate number. Senator Rodriguez felt it was important to include a figure or percent.

Motion 99-546-02 to approve the amendment was defeated with many votes in favor.

Sayre proposed an amendment to add ‘2.43% of university expenditures’ after ‘to approximately’; motion seconded. Motion 99-546-03 to approve the second amendment was defeated with many votes in favor.

Senator Tiedeman, Liberal Arts, moved to amend the resolution to read: The faculty of Oregon State University supports increasing the funding of the Valley Library and recommends that the University commit to increasing the percent of expenditures dedicated to the library to attain a level of at least 4% of total expenditures by the year 2004-2005. Motion was seconded. Motion 99-546-04 to amend the motion passed by voice vote with some dissenting votes.

Motion 99-546-01 to approve the motion, as amended, passed by voice vote with one dissenting vote.


SPECIAL REPORTS

Intercollegiate Athletics
Mitch Barnhart , Director of Athletics, provided an update of Athletic activities. He explained that every aspect of the department has changed: from academics to game day experience, to fund-raising operations, to concessions, to recruitment and interaction with student athletes. They are trying to change the way they do business and become more involved on campus.

He commended his staff for taking on additional activities after 25 employees were let go last year as a result of budget concerns. He also reported that three new head coaches in volleyball, soccer and football have been hired.

Although OSU already has the lowest budget in the PAC-10, expenditures were reduced by over $2 million last year.

Barnhart provided an overview of the rankings of each sports program; many are ranked in the top 20 while others are very promising.

He is proud of the 460 student athletes and the enthusiasm they've shown. Barnhart is emphasizing to coaches that they are in charge of the athletic experience and to make sure they have an academic experience, although they recognize that faculty are in charge of the latter. He encouraged faculty to let him know if there is a problem with student-athletes.

In year two, he is committed to learning more about what goes on in the university community and wants to achieve a sense of partnership. The challenges include increasing competitiveness and revenue. He noted that both fund-raising and season ticket sales are up significantly. Athletics will promote the department via a town hall type format to communicate with the university community about their operation. A new marketing firm has been hired to increase visibility of the program.

Senator Cornell, Liberal Arts, questioned the amount of time available to student athletes to study and whether provisions are made for them to study while on the road. Barnhart responded that athletes are on a tight schedule between practice, meetings and studying and each team trains differently. Depending on academic standing, students can be required to attend study table for up to two hours per night. For football, it usually works out to three hours of field time and two hours of meeting time per day. Exams can be proctored on the road, depending on the professor. It's not unusual for a conference room to be scheduled for study time during an airport lay-over. There is currently a 71% graduation rate for student athletes. As a side note, football practice will be changed to the afternoon.

Landau congratulated Barnhart on the progress made in the last year, but was concerned with the deficit amount. Barnhart stated that it was $8.2 million at the beginning of last year and should be down to $6 million at the end of June. Athletics is working diligently to reduce the deficit and balance their budget. The department saved $100,000 last year by using a volunteer work force at football games. There is no money allotted for convention travel and employees are limited to $30 per diem when traveling in certain areas. Athletes are doubling and tripling up in rooms when on the road to reduce expenditures.

Landau also expressed concern over hiring practices and noted how rapidly coaches have been hired and how the football coach criteria eliminated persons of color. Barnhart noted that athletic hiring is unique and there was a need to hire rapidly to recruit football athletes given the end of the signing period. He explained that a call was placed to the Black Coaches Association asking for help while the football head coach position was vacant, but the Association did not return the call.

Legislative Update
Kevin McCann, Community and Government Relations Director, provided an update on legislative issues. There were three primary topics he spoke about: K-12 funding; the higher ed funding model and abolishment of faculty tenure in higher ed.

K-12 Funding – The biggest issue in the legislature is funding for K-12. The tax shifts which resulted in the general fund handling more of the K-12 funding has caused dramatic problems and challenges. The Governor proposed $4.6 billion for K-12 out of a $10 billion state budget, while the Senate Republicans proposed slightly more.

Higher Ed Funding Model – The funding model was adopted by Republican legislators due to accountability and simplicity factors; most realize that the money goes primarily to undergraduates. The Governor is favorable toward the funding model and proposed $73 million above continuing service levels. Senator Brady Adams proposed $80- 85 million for the model and is supportive of the tuition freeze. Either of these proposed figures represents a significant investment. The two things currently being worked on are: 1) encouraging the Senate and House leadership to stay firm on their commitment to higher ed, and 2) working with House freshmen to have them understand that, if the proposed K-12 budget was funded, every other state agency would face an 8% budget cut.

McCann noted that several strong lobby efforts are being led by high tech industry in support of engineering and computer science. Another effort on behalf of agriculture, forestry and extension is being led by natural resource folks.

In response to Senator Rodriguez, McCann noted that faculty salaries and recruitment are included within the new tuition model figure of $85 million.

McCann suggested that if faculty have constituents from their programs (not OSU employees), they should be encouraged to ask their legislators to support the funding model.

Abolishment of Tenure – A bill to abolish faculty tenure went through the hearing process. The House Education Committee recognized that, if adopted, it would be absolutely disastrous to the higher ed system. The current opinion is that this bill will not be seen again.


INFORMATION ITEMS

– Committee Interest Forms are due back in the Faculty Senate Office April 9.

– The joint meeting of IFS, AOF and AAUP will beheld May 8 in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

– The Bylaws and Nominations Committee is reviewing the Bylaws and welcomes comments.

– A survey is being conducted by the Baccalaureate Core Committee regarding the Baccalaureate Core and DPD courses.

– OSU Connect will be held September 22 through 26.


REPORT FROM & DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST

Provost Arnold opened the floor to questions.

Senator Dailey questioned what would happen to the Library. Arnold responded that it will be considered through the budget process and benchmark comparisons will be considered in determining the allocation. He anticipates that the resolution passed earlier by the Senate would accompany the Library request.

Senator Tiedeman noted that OSU's comparator institutions are, essentially, land grant while the U of O has non- land grant comparator's and PSU has urban institutions. Arnold responded that the cell values were calculated from among all three sets.


REPORT FROM & DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT

President Willamson's report included the following items:

– It is fairly certain that the new budget model will result in increased funding for the next biennium. Those responsible for working with legislator's should be congratulated.

– He reminded faculty that now is the time to get involved in the budget process. Senator Langford, Liberal Arts, questioned whether there will be faculty input in years to come. Williamson responded that the review process is built in.

– Freshmen enrollment for fall 1999 is estimated to be about 500-600 above this year resulting in more than 15,000 students. Enrollment increases will bring new challenges to adequately provide for their many needs. One way to meet academic needs is to be flexible in relation to class times and schedules.

– Since increased enrollment can mean substantial revenue increases for OSU under the new budget model, special importance must be given to continued support and involvement in recruiting and retention efforts.

– The Executive Committee is looking into whether the electronic voting technology developed by ASOSU could be a valuable tool for the Faculty Senate. It could be used as an opinion polling device and/or for voting. Williamson welcomes opinions on this topic.


NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Administrative Assistant