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Faculty Senate Minutes

2001 No. 563
February 1, 2001
 

For All Faculty

The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on February 1, 2001, at 3:03 PM, in the LaSells Stewart Center by Immediate Past President Gordon Matzke since neither the President nor President-Elect were in town. There were no corrections to the minutes of January 2001.


Meeting Summary

– Action Items: Gilkey Resolution; Category I Proposal - Master of Public Policy; and Approval of

Parliamentarian [Motion 01–563–01 through 03]
– Special Report: Election Results - K. Williamson, Legislative Issues - J. Mills, Higher Education
Budget - M. Nelson, and OSU Accreditation - R. Burton
– Discussion Item: Research Compliance Issues
– New Business: None


Roll Call

Members Absent With Representation:
Tolar Burton, M. Dempsey; Clinton, B. Steel; Cluskey, J. Ridlington; Hardin, Z. Holmes; King, J. Down; Mosley, D. Jimmerson; and Plaza, R. Thompson.

Members Absent Without Representation:
Abbott, Arp, Beatty, Bliss, Bontrager, Braker, Bruce, Busse, Christensen, Ciuffetti, Coakley, Daniels, De Carolis, Downing, Esbensen, Freitag, Gregory, Gross, Brayman Hackel, Horne, W. Huber, Jones, Kesler, Merickel, Plant, Prucha, Sanchez, Schwab, Stang, Strik, Trehu, Westall, Winner, and Witters.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
G. Matzke, Immediate Past President; J. Roach and T. White, Ex-Officios; T. Goodnow, Parliamentarian pro-tem; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Staff.

Guests of the Senate:
B. Becker, M. Edwards, J. Folts, S. Francis, L. Friedman, W. Hayes, P. Lowery, K. Schaffer, K. Steele, T. Wilcox, B. Wilkins, and K. Williamson.


ACTION ITEMS

Gilkey Resolution

Jim Folts provided a brief background on Gordon Gilkey and presented the following resolution to rename Social Science Hall in honor of Gilkey:

Whereas, Gordon Gilkey served for 14 years as the first Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and, subsequently, as the first Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and

Whereas, The offices of the Faculty Senate are today located in the same Social Science Hall where Dr. Gilkey worked for so many years; and

Whereas, No other single person is so identified with and responsible for the emergence of strong programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at Oregon State University, resulting in OSU becoming a truly comprehensive university; and

Whereas, We wish to recognize and honor his many contributions to OSU, the State of Oregon, and the people of the world during a distinguished career as an artist, art collector, educator, military officer, administrator, and philanthropist; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Faculty Senate of Oregon State University enthusiastically joins the College of Liberal Arts and OSU Central Administration in the decision to rename Social Science Hall in honor of Gordon Gilkey, so that it may subsequently be known as Gilkey Hall.
Motion 01-563-01 passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.


Category I - Master of Public Policy

Leonard Friedman, Curriculum Council Chair, presented a Category I proposal for the initiation of a new instructional program leading to the Master of Public Policy and noted that the Curriculum Council recommended approval. This program would involve the departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Motion 01-563-02 to approve the Category I passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.


Approval of Parliamentarian

Motion 01-563-03 to approve Robert Iltis as Faculty Senate Parliamentarian passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.


DISCUSSION ITEM

Research Compliance Issues

Toby Hayes, Peggy Lowery and Anthony Wilcox of the Research Compliance Executive Committee discussed research compliance issues.

Hayes began by noting that the University had grown lethargic in areas of safety and compliance several years ago. Positive changes began occurring under the leadership of Mary Nunn and continued with the arrival of Peggy Lowery who constituted an oversight committee of various safety groups to review compliance efforts.

There is a federal mandate that training programs on instruction in the responsible conduct of research be in place and implemented by October 2003 for every person participating in a Public Health Service (PHS) funded project. A group has spent the last six months putting together a summary for training. The effort is now at the point of engaging faculty to accomplish the required training. Hayes has recently spoken with the Deans about this effort.

Wilcox presented a summary of PHS policies which states that all research staff working on PHS-supported projects ‘...shall complete a basic program of instruction in the responsible conduct of research...’ The policy consists of eleven core instructional areas and an OSU committee will determine what training will be received by whom. The action steps include forming sub-committees to determine necessary training and those receiving the training in each of the eleven identified areas: data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership; mentor/ trainee responsibilities; publication practices and responsible authorship; peer review; collaborative science; human subjects; research involving animals; research misconduct; conflict of interest and commitment; environmental health and safety; and fiscal responsibility. The institution must have developed written documentation of the program of instruction and implemented the program by October 2001.

Hayes explained that the goal is to have the sub-committees formed by February 15 and begin work in early March. Faculty interested in serving on the sub-committees should contact Hayes.


SPECIAL REPORTS

Higher Education Budget

Mark Nelson, Association of Oregon Faculties Lobbyist, discussed contents of the document ‘Highlights of 2001-2003 Governor's Budget Recommendations for the Oregon University System’.

The OUS general fund amount budgeted for the current biennium is $754 million and OUS proposed the current service level budget for the coming biennium at $805 million. However, Governor Kitzhaber reduced the budget to $709 million, which is a 12% reduction from the proposed current service level budget. The reductions include no roll-up funding for OUS salary increases, as well as those directly affecting OSU including $14.3 million in Statewide Public Services.

Higher Education items included in the Governor's $53.5 million add backs for selected policy packages include: $20 million for engineering enhancements, $17 million for anticipated enrollment growth and $7.2 million to initiate the branch campus in Bend.

Students initially agreed with the State Board to a 2%+2% per annum tuition increase, but the Governor recommends a 4%+4% per annum increase. Under the Governor's proposed increase, students will pay an additional $25.2 million in tuition that will go to support other state agencies - not higher education. Students appear willing to pay higher tuition (between 2% and 4% per annum), but they want the money to remain in the state system.

Nelson noted that OUS created the new budget model at the Governor's request and told him that it would cost additional money, which is not being budgeted.

Nelson believes that the following resources are available to restore the $96 million reduction: $1.4 billion in new general fund money this biennium; $350 million in tobacco settlement dollars not yet allocated; and $80 million in additional fees to supplant general fund dollars.

The Ways and Means Co-chairs Budget recently restored $29 million of the $96 million, with a promise that additional funding will be restored.

Nelson felt that OSU has taken a disproportionate cut in the model when the Statewides and Veterinary Medicine are factored in.

Nelson reported that he is meeting on every OUS campus with members of the higher education network and noted that never has a higher ed coalition worked together as well as this one. A higher education rally will be held on March 6 at the Capitol and he requested help from faculty to energize the campuses and create a presence.

In response to Senator Oriard, Liberal Arts, questioning if the budget will pit higher ed against K-12, Nelson hoped not. Nelson noted that there is a question of whether the K-12 budget is inflated, but felt that it will pass as proposed.

Nelson believes that there is support for higher education in the Legislature and encouraged faculty to contact him with questions.


Faculty Senate Election Results

Ken Williamson, Ballot Counting Chair, reported that Nancy Rosenberger had been elected President-Elect and Jim Lundy had been elected Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator.


Legislative Issues

Jock Mills, OSU Director of Government Relations, reported on legislative issues related to higher education.

Mills receives a summary of every bill introduced to the legislature. In particular, he tracks bills, which:
1) have a direct impact on OSU;
2) have an impact on students or constituents; or
3) have an impact on people who might have an impact on higher education.
Many of these bills may be accessed from his Website at http://osu.orst.edu/government/measure.html. Mills sends out a weekly report to deans and cabinet members and is relying on those receiving the report to disseminate it to faculty members who may be affected.

He noted that faculty representation at the March 6 capitol rally would be helpful. OSU's goal is to have 1,400 staff, faculty and students present.

The State Board meets at OSU on February 15 and 16 for the monthly Board meeting. The full Board will render a decision on the Central Oregon campus and discuss the governor's budget on February 16.

Mills suggested that there is a lot of money in the proposed K-12 budget and noted that the Legislature has mentioned a possible overstatement in that budget.

He noted that there are five legislative priorities:
1) Return to the $96 million funding level from the last biennium; 2) ensure that the governor's proposed $20 million for engineering stays at that level, or increases, to achieve the intent of doubling the number of engineering graduates and creating a top tier institution; 3) recover $12.8-$17 million cut to Statewide services; 4) that OSU receives the majority of the $10 million in state funds going into research; and 5) retain the proposed $7.2 million for Central Oregon.

The proposed budget contains three specific OSU hits:
1) Statewides, 2) research, and 3) Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy which consists of a $2.8 million reduction in funding.

Nelson doesn't see the Central Oregon branch campus funding package becoming a legislative issue, other than making sure it stays in the budget.

In a partisan matter related to OSU, although disputed, it appears to Republicans that the student vote was responsible for losing a Republican election and the perception is having an affect on Republican relationships.

OSU Accreditation

Robert Burton, Accreditation Steering Committee Chair, spoke about the accreditation process. The on-site evaluation will occur April 18-20 and he advised faculty that the team members could drop in on faculty or stop anyone at random and ask if they are familiar with the process.

Factors that are dependent upon accreditation include: student aid, which is important to recruitment and retention; transfer of credits; federal grant support; and protection of OSU's reputation.

A draft report of the self study can be viewed on-line at http://osu.orst.edu//accreditation. He noted that all academic departments are mentioned in Standard 2, Educational Programs and Effectiveness. Since accreditation requires that everyone is informed of the process and has a chance for input, both on and off campus, Burton urged Senators to check the Website to determine if the material for their unit is accurate.

Senator Tiedeman, Liberal Arts, questioned if accreditation could be withheld based on funding. Burton didn't feel that funding would be an issue.


INFORMATION ITEMS

– Faculty Awards Deadline - February 5 is the nomination deadline for the OSU Distinguished Service Award; March 1 is the nomination deadline for other awards determined by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee. Award criteria is available at: http://osu.orst.edu/dept/senate/indiv.awards.htm.
– Joint Meeting - The joint AAUP, AOF, IFS meeting will be held April 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.


REPORT FROM & DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST

Provost White noted that there is a possibility that the February State Board meeting could be compressed to just February 16.

Budget - There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes work being done to improve the higher education budget, but he noted that expectations must be realistic.

OSU Distinguished Professor Award - Since the award criteria and selection process is currently under review, the call for nominations has been delayed. There is strong support for a revised, less onerous nomination process. White noted that emerging patterns show a disproportionality in recipients and disciplines which resulted in questioning whether there was a systemic flaw in the nomination and/or selection process. He cautioned faculty to not interpret the current review to mean that prior recipients have not been deserving. Matzke noted there was a concern that recipients were from only a very few colleges.


REPORT FROM & DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT

Past President Matzke again reminded Provost White of the need for an Issue Group on Professional Faculty.

The organizational meeting of the Diversity Council will occur on March 5 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the MU LaRaza Room. He noted that this is the next step in the promotion of diversity.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.


Meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Staff