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Faculty Senate Minutes

2000 No. 554
February 3, 2000

For All Faculty

The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on February 3, 2000, at 3:02 PM, in the LaSells Stewart Center by President Gordon Matzke. There were no corrections to the minutes of January 2000. President Matzke thanked Michael Beachley for serving as Parliamentarian during the meeting.

Meeting Summary

– Special Report: University Goals, T.Hayes
– Discussion Item: Graduate School Review
– New Business: None

Roll Call

Members Absent With Representation:
Cluskey, J. Ridlington; K. Douglas, J. Shea; D. Jimmerson, J. Mosley; Oye, S. Longerbeam; and Sanchez, D. Pehrsson.

Members Absent Without Representation:
Braker, Breen, Burt, R. Burton, Butler, Downing, Folts, Gamroth, Gomez, Green, Gross, Hamm, Henthorne, Jepson, Kerkvliet, Koenig, Krause, Mallory-Smith, Mix, Plaza, Powelson, Reed, Stang, Strik, Tesch, Trehu, Warner, and Witters.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
G. Matzke, President; H. Sayre, President-Elect; K. Williamson, Immediate Past President; Ex-Officios: S. Coakley and T. White; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Administrative Assistant.

Guests of the Senate:
S. Bernard, M. Christensen, E. Coddington, I. Delson, J. Dorbolo, D. Erickson, S. Francis, A. Hashimoto, T. Hayes, N. Hoffman, and J. Morandi.


University Goals

Toby Hayes, Vice Provost for Research, reported on top tier concerns as they relate to the University Goals. He noted that a task force draft report is available on the web at: He noted that public input is welcome.

The charge to the task force contained four elements: 1) what does the goal mean; 2) how do we measure it; 3) what actions do we take to get there, and; 4) what resources will be required.

He reported that the US News and World Report nationally ranks OSU 121st overall, which is at the very top of Tier III. The following components are used to rank institutions: academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, student retention rates, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. Hayes acknowledged that the rating systems raise many questions but noted that the biggest leverage is to improve OSU's academic reputation.

Strategies to improve OSU's ranking includes: telling our story better, looking at strategic program investments, making the world aware of the faculty and institutional awards and membership, hosting national meetings and symposia, surveying students and graduates, focusing on institutional memberships, improving student retention rates, and improving faculty resources. The short-term strategies include improving communications, publicizing and promoting faculty awards, and promoting OSU for institutional memberships. The long-term strategies include focusing on strategic program investment and faculty compensation structure. Hayes noted that faculty and students are the best ambassadors of OSU's size, scope and excellence as a research university.

On the issue of faculty compensation, the OSU full professor average is $61,700 compared to the peer average of $76,500 and the national average of $78,100; OSU needs about $7 million to move to the national average.


Graduate School Review

In an effort to allow faculty to provide input to Provost White regarding criteria to be used for the selection of the next Graduate School Dean, President Matzke lead a discussion concerning the role of the Graduate School in the 21st century and what qualities are necessary for the next dean. The agenda referred Senators to the Graduate School Review Team Report on the web at:

Comments regarding the current operation of the Graduate School and the Team Report included: The Graduate School is playing a good role in helping to monitor the quality of graduate education; should assist the University in being more responsible for graduate education; many functions currently handled by the Graduate School may be best addressed at the college level, but also felt that a Graduate Office was necessary to maintain consistency; a dean may not be necessary; and the review of graduate courses by the Graduate School is very valuable and helpful – perhaps undergraduate courses should be reviewed in the same manner. One Senator, referring to the Report, was struck by the lack of need for the Graduate School and wasn't sure why it was needed to assure the quality of graduate degrees since there is no undergraduate school to assure the quality of degrees. The need for the Graduate School to organize a strong fund-raising effort and assist in obtaining grants and fellowships was mentioned. There was also mention of the need to have the Graduate School set and implement standards to make progress toward a degree. The Graduate School should focus on a more cooperative role with colleges and departments. Due to diverse graduate programs, each unit must be extensively directed to graduate education in order to achieve top tier status. Many ‘gatekeeping’ functions should be moved to departments. It's important to have an organizational structure that serves both as an advocate of and quality control check for advanced degree programs. The Report acknowledges concerns about interdisciplinary degrees, but the Graduate School has never defined what this degree should be. The report sounded threatening to interdisciplinary programs and Senator's were reminded of their importance.

Comments regarding the criteria for a new dean included: feeling that a graduate dean or administrator needs to be available for college deans or administrators who don't understand graduate education and who will serve as an advocate; feeling that the Graduate School acts as a policeman and someone needs to be brought in who will establish a partnership with other departments; and the dean or administrator must be experienced in collaboration, and this person should report directly to the Provost.

President-Elect Sayre questioned how unionization would affect the function of the Graduate School. Senator Lunch, Liberal Arts, responded that it depends on what is negotiated.

Senator Drexler noted that the Graduate School is not the employer and questioned what problems could arise in administering advanced degrees. President Matzke replied that there are two issues: 1) those that must be bargained, such as teaching, and 2) those that can be agreed to during bargaining.

Matzke shared a perspective related to him: Some feel that the graduate program review occurring every ten years should focus on problem programs determined by preset indicators.

Matzke noted that, since neither have their own students, the Graduate School is somewhat parallel to International Programs which has been very proactive in gaining stature and resources. He felt that the Graduate School should also be more proactive in creating opportunities.

Ex-officio Coakley expressed the view that the Graduate School's next phase be as a strong advocate for raising funds and obtaining grants and fellowships.


– Faculty Awards Deadline - March 6 is the deadline for submitting nominations for awards selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee.

– Faculty Workshops - Parker Palmer will give two faculty workshops on February 8 and 9.

– Annual Reports - The Graduate Admissions Committee annual report can be found at:

– OSU Connect 2000 - Information on OSU Connect programs can be found at:


Interim Provost White began his first address to the Senate by stating that he feels very supported across campus and provided a brief personal history. He noted that he is not approaching the position tentatively, but has not decided whether he would like to continue past the interim position. His report included four issues:

1) Resource Review Meeting – With the cooperation of all, OSU will end the fiscal year on a positive note. There will be precious few new resources during the next fiscal year, although there may be some new money following students. An issue group is being established to re-engineer the budget process. Economic challenges include: graduate unionization, potential passage of the Sizemore initiative, and unpredictable outcomes from OUS and the legislature.

2) Communications – The President's Cabinet and Deans' Council will meet jointly every other month to enhance communications. The Faculty Senate President-Elect will become a member of the Provost's Council and will be more involved in university issues during November and December to get up to speed prior to becoming President in January.

3) Commencement – The 2000 graduation ceremony will be split with advanced degrees presented during the morning and undergraduate degrees presented during the afternoon. The ceremony will transition to a large, combined 2001 ceremony in Reser Stadium.

4) Veterinary Medicine – The issues surrounding the course using live animals has included a social protest, the prerogative of the faculty to set curriculum, and the responsibility to instruct students. White reported that students spoke of the value of the course and explained that they had learned to do 75-100 procedures during the four-week course. He noted that a remarkable amount of team work to manage the situation has occurred and acknowledged the assistance from Mark Floyd and the Office of News and Communication Services.

Senator Landau, Science, asked White if he sees some way of increasing academics at OSU and how. White responded that there are ways to increase academics, beginning with stop doing some of the things currently in place and focus resources that build intellectual infrastructure and intellectual capital in departments for teaching and research. If this is accomplished, the quality of programs will be raised and students and faculty will be retained. In response to Senator Gardner questioning how to stop doing things, White stated that programs with the lowest ranking must be determined.


President Matzke's report included the following items:

– Budget allocations: A decision has been made to allocate some money this year to accommodate students next year.

– Veterinary Medicine: The controversy centers around rights: The Dean feels that the faculty have a right to determine curriculum and protestors are opposed to operating on animals which do not need operations. Matzke felt that this should be used as a teaching event and discuss the important issues raised. He also felt that faculty have to be in control of curriculum.

– Media: The Oregonian has suggested that higher education would be better if it were bigger; Matzke didn't feel that was necessarily so. He suggested that if OSU and the U of O merged they would be bigger, but not necessarily better. He felt that investments in faculty are extremely important to be better. Another issue concerns where the institution is located and what is needed to deliver courses to other areas. An additional issue is that of determining how and where resources should be directed to have the most impact.


There was no new business.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Administrative Assistant