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Faculty Senate Minutes

2000 No. 557
November 2, 2000

For All Faculty

The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on November 2, 2000, at 3:01 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center by President Gordon Matzke. There were no corrections to the minutes of October 2000.

Meeting Summary

– Action Items: Fitness Course Criteria Revision; AR 1 Revision; Graduate Certificate Program Policy and Guidelines; 2001 Apportionment Table; Faculty Senate Nominees; and Ballot Counting Committee [Motion 00–557–01 through 06]
– Committee Report: Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee
– New Business: None

Roll Call

Members Absent With Representation:
Baggott, M. Arnold; Brooks, M.A. Seville; Caughey, C. Steggell; Cook, P. Tadepelli; Edge, S. Davis; Jimmerson, S. Ellinwood; Mallory-Smith, Oscar Riera-Lizarazu; and Middleton, L. Kristick.

Members Absent Without Representation:
Anderson, Arp, Bliss, Bruce, Carson, Clinton, Cloughesy, Crust, Daniels, De Carolis, Downing, Folts, Gamroth, Green, Gregory, Hooker, Horne, Jepson, Kerkvliet, Krause, Landau, Lunch, McDaniel, Oye, Plant, Powelson, Sorte, Sproul, Stang, Strik, Trehu, and J. White.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
G. Matzke, President; K. Williamson, Immediate Past President; Ex-Officios: S. Coakley, J. Roach, T. White; R. Iltis, Parliamentarian; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Staff.

Guests of the Senate:
L. Burns, S. Francis, J. Kerkvliet, T. Littrell, R. Specter, and T. Wilcox.


Fitness Course Criteria Revision

John Lee, Baccalaureate Core Committee Chair, presented proposed fitness course changes to the Baccalaureate Core Fitness Course Criteria (HHP 231) and provided a brief background behind the following proposal:

Proposed Baccalaureate Core Fitness Course Criteria Revision

Fitness courses shall:
1. be lower division and consist of a lecture component of at least 2 credits and an activity-based component of at least 1 credit (these components are graded independently and can be taken in different terms);

2. emphasize critical thinking in approaches to principles of health and fitness;

3. provide information and experiences in the safe and effective means to initiate and maintain healthful behavior change and a physically active lifestyle;

4. have a fitness lecture component that will:
i. focus on an understanding of the scientific principles of physical fitness and positive health behaviors;
ii. expose students to concepts related to physical fitness and health, such as stress management, nutrition, and risk avoidance behaviors;
iii. provide practice in the development of personal fitness and health programming;

5. have a fitness activity component that will:
i. provide techniques and opportunities to assess, evaluate, and practice physical fitness and associated health behaviors;
ii. lead to the development of an appropriate fitness program based on assessments and in-class experiences in physical activity.

Physical fitness and positive health behaviors are recognized as central to wellness. Students should understand the relationship between diseases and behavior. In order to achieve wellness, students need to assume personal responsibility for a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Senator Thies, Science, suggested one Nutrition and Food Management (NFM) course and three PAC courses. He also felt that the proposal would require more resources. Anthony Wilcox, Exercise & Sport Science, indicated that NFM was included in the process and was supportive of the proposal. Wilcox felt it would be more a redirection of resources rather than additional resources.

Senator Doescher, Agricultural Sciences, felt there should be more choices than just HHP 231. He also questioned whether consideration was given to dropping this requirement. Lee responded that: 1) eliminating the requirement was discussed; 2) students have three ways of opting out; and 3) when asked, ASOSU did not want to provide input on the issue.

Justin Roach, ASOSU President, questioned why the proposal was being presented and liked the idea of giving students more choices.

Stella Coakley, Ex-Officio, felt that similar requirements at other institutions should have been reviewed and suggested that perhaps this requirement should just go away.

Senator Coblentz, Agricultural Sciences, stated that he has not heard anything positive from students about this course and questioned why it existed.

Senator Avery, Information Sciences, noted that only one course currently fits the fitness requirement, but the proposed criteria will allow other courses to be developed and advisors should advise students of options.

Wilcox felt there was a compelling reason to have this requirement in the curriculum. He also provided examples of courses that could be developed to meet student interest in the subject area, upon approval of the proposal. Students would select both a lecture and an activity option:
Fitness Lecture options (2 credits each)
Lifetime Fitness for Health
Nutrition and Fitness
Stress Management and Fitness
Sport Performance and Fitness
Health Behaviors and Fitness
Fitness Activity options (1 credit each)
Lifetime Fitness
Lifetime Fitness for the OTA Student
Fitness and Weight Management
Aerobic Training and Fitness
Resistance Training and Fitness
Swim Training and Fitness
Yoga and Fitness
Cross-training and Performance Fitness
Adapted Physical Activity

Senator Reed, Forestry, supported the committee's work but questioned how distance students would take the course. Wilcox responded that web-based curriculum has not yet been implemented, but can be done.

Motion 00-557-01 to approve the Proposed Baccalaureate Core Fitness Course Criteria Revision passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.

Approval of the 2001 Apportionment Table

OSU Faculty FTE in the ranks of Instructor or above, including Professional Faculty, Research Associates, and all Faculty Research Assistants as of October 24, 2000, together with student credit hours apportioned to individual units, resulted in 2,601.47 FTE/Senator and 18,864.94 SCH/Senator. (Apportionment is based on 75% FTE and 25% SCH with a cap of 132 Senators.) Motion 00-557-02 to approve the 2001 Apportionment Table passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.

Graduate Certificate Program Policy & Guidelines

Leslie Burns, Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, presented the following proposal:

Graduate Certificate Programs at Oregon State University

Proposed Policy Statement:

The Graduate Certificate Program at Oregon State University is a structured progression of graduate level courses that constitute a coherent body of study with a defined focus within a single discipline or a logical combination of disciplines. It is designed for a post-baccalaureate level participant and reflects the educational mission of the University. All certificate programs require a minimum of twenty-four (24) graduate credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or greater. Students desiring a graduate certificate must be admitted to the University but are not required to be on track for a specific degree. There is no residency or formal committee requirement for graduate certificates. Certificate students are subject to all general policies governing the courses for the Master's Degree.

Proposed Guidelines for Graduate Certificate Programs at OSU:

A graduate certificate program is a structured progression of graduate level courses that constitute a coherent body of study with a specific defined focus within a single discipline or a logical combination of disciplines. It is designed for a post-baccalaureate participant and reflects the educational mission of the University.

Program Coordination
A designated graduate certificate program coordinator oversees each individual program. The program coordinator is responsible for all aspects of administration of the program - applicant screening, admissions recommendations, and annual reporting to the graduate school. Annual reports will briefly summarize program status and provide statistics on enrollment and student progress. The Graduate School is responsible for certification of program completion.

Students must minimally be admitted to the University as "non-degree graduate students", as defined in the Graduate Catalog. This requires that the student hold a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited College or University. Individual certificate programs may specify additional requirements, including minimally acceptable grade point averages. Students may be reclassified as "advanced degree students" by following the procedure listed in the Graduate Catalog. Credit earned at OSU prior to admission to the certificate program may be applied toward a certificate as transfer credit, per current graduate credit transfer policy, as defined in the Graduate Catalog.

The certificate curriculum is a structured progression or collection of courses approved and offered for graduate degree credit at OSU. The curriculum consists of a minimum of twenty-four (24) quarter credit hours, and may include a final project, portfolio, or report for integration of the sequence of course materials. Up to 8 quarter credit hours may be transferred toward a 24 credit hour graduate certificate.

Courses and certificates completed will be transcripted by the University Registrar as a part of the student's permanent University record. The certificate is awarded when all course material is satisfactorily completed and a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 has been attained for all courses to be used toward the certificate. Award of a separate document suitable for framing will be at the discretion of (and will be the responsibility of) the unit administering the certificate program.

Integration with current degree programs
Credits earned in fulfillment of a certificate program may be applied to a graduate degree program at OSU, so long as they meet the appropriate standards for use in the degree* and the criteria for transfer credit as defined in the graduate catalog. Courses completed for a degree program may likewise be applied toward a certificate program. Courses completed no more than 7 years prior to the certificate award date may be used to satisfy certificate requirements.

New certificate programs must be proposed by a department, program, or by combinations of departments or programs, be reviewed and approved by the appropriate School or College committee(s), and must meet with the approval of the Graduate Council, the Curriculum Council, and the Graduate School.

* Includes all current graduate degree programs at OSU (Ph.D., EDD, MF, MBA, MS, MA, Ed.M., MAIS, MAT, MEng, MAgr, MOcE, MPH, MSE).

Approved by the OSU Graduate Council, 11 May 2000; Approved (as amended) by the OSU Curriculum Council, 18 May 2000

In response to Senator Witters, Agricultural Sciences, asking how the Graduate Certificate differed from the MAIS, Sally Francis, Graduate School Dean, indicated that the credential is different.

Senator Thies moved to amend the proposal to delete the phrase "residency or" in the last sentence of the Policy Statement; motion was seconded. Motion 00-557-04 to amend the Policy passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.

Motion 00-557-03 to approve the amended document passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.

Faculty Senate Nominations and Elections

Ken Wiliamson, Bylaws and Nominations Chair, presented the slate of nominees for elected positions:

President-Elect – Nancy Rosenberger (Associate Professor, Anthropology) and Dick Thies (Professor, College of Science).
Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Representative – Sandie Franklin, (Professional Faculty, Printing & Mailing Services) and Jim Lundy (Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering).
Executive Committee – Dan Arp (Professor, Botany & Plant Pathology); Mary Cluskey, (Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food Management; Paul Doescher (Professor, Rangeland Resources); Kimberly Douglas (Associate Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering); Jonathan King (Associate Professor, College of Business); Mary Prucha (Professional Faculty, Graduate School); and Steve Tesch, (Professor, Forest Engineering).

There were no nominees from the floor and the nominations were declared closed.

Ballot Counting Committee

Senators Lynda Ciuffetti, Karen White and Sylvia Yamada, volunteered to assist in counting President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate representative ballots on December 6; Senators Kevin Ahern and Mark Floyd were designated alternates.

Proposed Revision of Academic Regulation 1

Joe Kerkvliet, Academic Regulations Committee Chair, explained that the proposal is to entirely eliminate the current AR1, since it is obsolete, and replace it with the following. The reason to replace it with a new AR is that total elimination of the AR number would require renumbering every AR and the proposed replacement is current practice, but is not currently referenced in the AR's.

AR1 Admission for Non-Degree Students

a. Non-degree enrollment status is designed for students who wish to take courses on a part-time basis (8 or fewer credits per term), but do not wish to pursue a degree or a specific post-baccalaureate credential.

b. Non-degree students seeking admission to a degree program may do so by filing an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate application for admission.

c. Credits earned as a non-degree undergraduate student may be used to satisfy degree requirements upon admission as a degree-seeking student.

d. Credits earned while enrolled as a non-degree graduate student may or may not apply to a graduate program upon admission to degree-seeking status. The student should refer to the admission requirements given in the Graduate Catalog. Communication with the Graduate School and specific academic programs is advised.

In response to Senator Shor, Engineering, questioning whether there were certain admission standards for non-degree students, Leslie Burns indicated that there were not.

Senator Thies noted that the International Studies Program didn't fit into the proposed AR. Burns responded that they are treated as an exception in that they can take more than eight credits and are considered as non-degree students.

In response to Senator Prucha, Associated, questioning the eight-credit limit, Kerkvliet indicated that it was an OUS rule driven by fees.

Senator Tiedeman, Liberal Arts, amended section d. to remove ‘may or may not’ and replace it with ‘will not necessarily’; motion seconded. Motion 00-557-06 to amend section d. passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.

Kerkvliet noted that summer term students have been known to take over eight credits because there is nothing in Banner to catch those that do.

After additional discussion President Matzke suggested a motion to return the proposed AR to the Committee for further consideration. Motion 00-557-05 passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.


Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee

Steve Davis, Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee Chair, explained that the Issue Group on Faculty Compensation issued the following recommendations last spring:

1) The OSU Administration make a commitment to put faculty salary increases as a top priority;

2) In order to achieve parity with the mean salary levels of peers, the following salary increases must occur annually over the next three biennia: Instructor, 4.95%; Assistant Professor, 5.70%; Associate Professor, 6.60%; and Professor, 7.15%.

3) OSU Administration should develop an implementation plan and report it to the Faculty Senate by November, 1, 2000 and the Faculty Senate should develop a plan to monitor progress of implementation.

Davis referred to a letter from Provost White and Finance and Administration Vice President Specter (dated November 1, 2000) responding to the recommendations from the Issue Group. He was pleased that the administration was committed to a 5.25% increase (2.5% for satisfactory service and 2.75% for merit, equity and compression), rather than the original proposal of 2.5%, and that the increase would occur in fall 2000 rather than January 2001. Davis suggested that he would be available to come back in December to present the committee's response to the letter. Specter asked the Senate to recognize that the report to the Senate is an interim work. The letter will be posted to the Faculty Senate website. President Matzke pledged to continue raising this issue with administration.


– Senator Representation Summary for 1999-2000 - A summary of Senator attendance by both apportionment and individual Senator for academic year 1999-2000 can be found at:

– President-Elect, Executive Committee and IFS Elections - President-Elect and IFS Senator elections will be conducted between November 13 and December 4; Executive Committee elections will be held December 7 at the Faculty Senate meeting.

– Instructions for Nomination and Election of Faculty Senators - A sample letter sent to the heads of all voting units can be found at:

– Fireside Chat - OSU President Paul G. Risser will hold conversations with members of the OSU community in the MU Lounge on Monday, November 20, 2000, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

– Faculty Forum Paper - Faculty Senate President Gordon Matzke's University Day address has been published as a Faculty Forum paper and can be found on the web at:

– University Awards - A cover letter, guidelines for preparing nomination packets, and criteria for selected awards presented at University Day, as well as the OSU Distinguished Service Award, can be found at All nomination materials for these awards must be submitted to the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o Faculty Senate Office, 107 Social Science Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203 by March 1, 2001; February 5, 2001 for the OSU Distinguished Service Award. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Christian Stehr at or 737-2147.


Provost White's report contained the following items:

Home Economics and Education - White noted that an unusual interim dean structure has been created. Effective November 1, 2000, Clara Pratt will oversee the family and consumer science units. On the Education side, Wayne Haverson will oversee the day-to-day level leadership and George Copa will become the interim dean effective January 1, 2001. To provide additional funding to support the multiple positions format, White is allocating $180,000 for the fiscal year. White was enthusiastic about the leadership arrangement and encouraged support of the college and its faculty.

Engineering - The OSBHE agreed to recommend additional funding and extension of OSU's program as a top-tier status. In response to Senator Oriard, Liberal Arts, inquiring as to whether there are actually potential engineering students, White indicated that the students are there. Ken Williamson, Immediate Past Senate President, noted that there is certainly a demand on the employers' side for graduates and that all indications are that the enrollment requirements will be met.

Central Oregon RFP - The RFP is due December 1, which is when the proposal will be posted on the web ( The proposal will be presented to the OSBHE in December and a decision will be made in January, which will then be dependent upon funding. In response to a concern by Senator Tiedeman, Liberal Arts, regarding the amount of funding, White noted that Central Oregon Community College would be responsible for lower division courses.


President Matzke's report included the following items:

– Faculty were encouraged to submit nominees for the awards referred to under ‘Information Items’.

– An agreement has been reached with Provost White to appoint an Issue Group on Intellectual Property and Distance Education.

– The agreed upon principles surrounding the Central Oregon proposal have been maintained.

Senator Wrolstad, Agricultural Sciences, questioned when the earlier approved fitness course requirement would be implemented. Leslie Burns responded that the recommendation is for a fall 2001 implementation to allow time for creation or revision of courses to meet the criteria.


There was no new business.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:08 PM.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Stafft