The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on December 7, 2000, at 3:00 PM, in the LaSells Stewart Center by President Gordon Matzke. There were no corrections to the minutes of November 2000.
– Election Report: Process Update
– Action Items: Executive Committee Election; Category I Proposals: Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing, Merging and Renaming the Oregon Water Resources Research Institute and the Center for the Analysis of Environmental Change, and Rename the Center for Salmon Disease Research to the Center for Fish Disease Research; Standing Rules changes to the Committee on Committees and Diversity Council; and Revisions to Academic Regulations 1 and 2 [Motion 00–561–01 through 11]
– Discussion Item: College of Veterinary Medicine
– Special Report: Interinstitutional Faculty Senate
– New Business: None
Members Absent Without Representation:
Ahern, Braker, Brooks, Bruce, Carson, Christensen, Cloughesy, Collier, Collins, Cromack, Daniels, DeCarolis, deGeus, Downing, Freitag, Gamroth, Green, Gregory, Hamm, Henthorne, Hooker, Horne, Huber, Jepson, Jimmerson, Kerkvliet, Kimerling, Lomax, McDaniel, Murphy, Obermiller, Schori, Stang, Strik, Trehu, Vickers, J. White, Winner, Witters, and Woods.
Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
G. Matzke, President; H. Sayre, President-Elect; K. Williamson, Immediate Past President; S. Coakley and T. White, Ex-Officios; R. Iltis, Parliamentarian; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Staff.
Guests of the Senate:
B. Balz, R. Banning, L. Burns, F. Conway, I. Delson, V. Djolcotoe, L. Friedman, R. Schwartz, and T. Daugherty.
Faculty Senate Election Process Update
President Matzke explained that, since the College of Liberal Arts did not receive ballots for the President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator election, the deadline for returning ballots has been extended to January 17.
Executive Committee candidates were: Dan Arp, Mary Cluskey, Paul Doescher, Kimberly Douglas, Jonathan King, Mary Prucha and Steve Tesch.
Ballots were distributed and counted during the meeting. Those elected to two-year terms were: Dan Arp (Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology and Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program), Paul Doescher (Professor of Rangeland Resources), and Mary Prucha (Professional Faculty, Coordinator of Graduate Services, Graduate School).
The newly elected Executive Committee members will join the continuing members: Vicki Tolar Burton, Stella Coakley and Rubin Landau.
Category | Proposals
Len Friedman, Curriculum Council Chair, presented three Category I proposals for approval.
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing
The proposal can be found on the web at: http://osu.orst.edu/dept/academic/aa/curric/cat1s/MFA.htm
There was no discussion on the proposal. Motion 00-561-01 passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Merging the Oregon Water Resources Institute (OWRRI) and the Center for the Analysis of Environmental Change (CAEC) and renaming it the Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWESt)
The proposal can be found on the web at: http://osu.orst.edu/ dept/academic/aa/curric/cat1s/CWest.htm
Motion 00-561-02 passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Rename the Center for Salmon Disease Research to the Center for Fish Disease Research
The proposal can be found on the web at: http://osu.orst.edu/dept/academic/aa/curric/cat1s/fishrename.htm
Motion 00-561-03 passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Standing Rules Changes
Flaxen Conway, Committee on Committees Chair, presented for approval Standing Rules revisions to the Committee on Committees and new Standing Rules for a Diversity Council.
Peter Nelson, Academic Regulations Committee member, presented proposed revisions to Academic Regulations 1 and 2. Nelson explained that the existing AR1 is obsolete. The reason behind replacing it with another, unrelated, Academic Regulation is to maintain the numerical sequence of the remaining AR's.
(Note: AR1. Regular Standing for Special Students, in its entirety, is proposed to be deleted)
a. A person who qualifies for admission as an undergraduate but who elected status as a special student or was entered as a special student because of being a high school student may obtain regular standing by satisfying all admission regulations and procedures.Special students may be considered for status as regular graduate students at any time, except for those who have previously applied and failed to meet the requirements for admission to graduate school. A student who has failed to meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School must complete 24 credits of graduate work with a grade of A or B in each course prior to being reconsidered for admission as a regular graduate student.
b. A person who entered as a special undergraduate student because of a scholastic deficiency may obtain regular standing and clear his or her deficiency by satisfying the following conditions:1. Completion of no fewer than 36 term credits of residence at OSU with a grade point average of not less than 2.00.c. The special student category may be used by those holders of a baccalaureate degree who (1) do not wish to pursue an advanced degree or (2) have not met the requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
2. Completion of examination or requirements as may be prescribed by the dean of the college concerned.
3. Written endorsement to the Academic Requirements Committee by the office of the dean of the college in which the student wishes to register as a degree candidate.
a. Non-degree enrollment status for undergraduate students is designed for students who wish to take 8 or fewer credits per term, but do not wish to pursue a degree or a specific post-baccalaureate credential.Senator Rosenberger, Liberal Arts, questioned the rationale of limiting undergraduate students to eight credits when graduate students are allowed more. Barbara Balz, Registrar, noted that this is an OUS policy.
b. Non-degree enrollment status for graduate students is designed for student(s) who wish to take graduate courses, but do not wish to pursue an advanced degree. Non-degree graduate students are not limited as to the number of courses (credits) per term.
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 will not necessarily 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.
e. Non-degree students seeking admission to a degree program may do so by filing an undergraduate, post- baccalaureate, or graduate application for admission.
a. College Transfer Credits: Oregon State University accepts for credit toward a baccalaureate degree all college transfer work completed at an Oregon or other accredited community college up to 108 lower- division credits. Transfer credits and grades are not used in calculating the OSU cumulative GPA. Students who hold OSU-approved direct transfer degrees from Oregon or other accredited community colleges (e.g., the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree), [or other transfer degrees], or who have 90 or more credits accepted in transfer will be granted junior standing.1 Students who [have received Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degrees from Oregon community colleges], hold OSU-approved direct transfer degrees will be considered to have met the Perspectives and Skills (except WIC) areas of the Baccalaureate Core; see AR25. In addition, they must complete the upper division Synthesis and WIC areas of the Core. Students transferring from Oregon or other accredited community colleges [approved institutions of higher education without Oregon Transfer] who do not hold approved direct transfer degrees [ordinarily] will be given Baccalaureate Core credit in the Perspectives and Skills areas on a course-by-course basis for work that is judged to be equivalent in content.Senator Shaw, Liberal Arts, questioned the effect on WIC and DPD courses. Nelson indicated that, if this AR is approved, then a proposal to change AR25 will be presented and depending on the wording, AR2 may also need to be modified. He noted that AR2 is currently in compliance with the Baccalaureate Core.
1 Such standing does not necessarily imply that OSU institutional, college, or division, and departmental requirements, normally satisfied by OSU students prior to their junior year, have been satisfied.
Graduate Admissions Task Force
John Westall, Graduate Admissions Task Force Chair, explained that the Task Force was created as a result of the Graduate School Review which highlighted some issues with Graduate Admissions. Sally Francis, Graduate School Interim Dean, and Bob Bontrager, Admission and Orientation Director, commissioned the Task Force.
The charge includes increasing the efficiency for everyone concerned with graduate admissions and increasing the effectiveness of the various academic units in meeting their graduate recruiting goals. The objective is to come up with a graduate admissions process that gives OSU an advantage in recruitment of top-tier graduate students.
Open meetings to discuss the issue will occur on January 16 and 17. The report is due on March 1 and tentative implementation is scheduled for fall 2001.
Major issues in the report include:
1) From the academic side, departments need:Westall urged everyone in a unit with a graduate program to encourage colleagues interested in graduate admissions to attend the open meetings or e-mail him with concerns.a) to recognize the great diversity of different programs2) On the Administrative side:
b) a rapid response to the admissions process, and
c) a rapid communication of all kinds of appeals.a) an efficient process is needed, and
b) concurrence with State laws is needed to maintain records and processing paperwork in an efficient manner.
Provost Tim White began his report by thanking Gary Tiedeman for his remarkably capable, effective, and uncannily engaging representation of the faculty.
His report also included the following items:
Central Oregon - White noted that many individuals have been working on the proposal, but acknowledged four in particular for their efforts in the production and communication side of the endeavor: Sandie Franklin, Tina Chavonec, Dave Stauth and Mark Floyd.
He explained that the OSU proposal is an advanced model for higher education and that there are profound differences between the OSU and U of O proposals, such as: the OSU proposal has a core of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as professional degree programs; it calls for residential faculty in Bend; it is an efficiency of intellectual activity; and there is a central core rather than a series of traditional departments. The savings realized from the central core allows OSU to offer 22 degrees as opposed to 3 degrees proposed by the U of O.
White felt that OSU's experience with the Promotion and Tenure system and the fact that OSU already has experience with faculty off-campus gives the proposal added authenticity and credibility. Additionally, OSU has a track record of working with many community colleges in Oregon. OSU also has a long history, since 1911, of profound programs in Central Oregon.
Administrative Searches - Dean candidates for Veterinary Medicine and Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences will be on campus in January - White encouraged faculty participation in the open forums.
Sabah Randhawa from the College of Engineering has been appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to replace Andy Hashimoto. White indicated that he was grateful to all who applied.
Cultural Centers - After recently visiting the Cultural Centers, White resolved to create a document that provides a commitment to the Cultural Centers as a vital entity of OSU and that, if the need arises to relocate or expand a Center, they will be full participants in those decisions. He recognizes the importance of the Centers to recruitment and retention of students and faculty and recognizes the need to embrace the Centers in much more profound and sustainable ways than in the past.
White indicated that the document, tentatively scheduled for completion by the end of January, will be circulated for public comment and he encouraged faculty to participate.
Budget - The Governor's initial budget has been released and doesn't appear to be particularly supportive of higher education. If approved as proposed, it's clear that the cell funding values would be reduced, it doesn't deal with faculty salaries, it greatly reduces money from state-wide programs, it funds Engineering at 50% of what was finally negotiated, and it eliminates a $2.8 million subsidy for Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine students. The proposed budget will be shared with the Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee for their review. The administration is working on a thoughtful way to move forward in the budget area.
President Matzke's report included the following items:
– Thanks to the outgoing Senators for their service.
– Issue Group on Intellectual Property and Distance Education - This group has begun meeting and is chaired by Dick Schori.
– There has not yet been agreement to appoint a group to study professional faculty issues.
There was no new business
Meeting was adjourned at 4:56 PM.
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