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Faculty Senate Minutes

2001 No. 564
March 1, 2001

For All Faculty

The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order on March 1, 2001, at 3:00 PM, in the LaSells Stewart Center by President Henry Sayre. Approval of the February minutes was postponed until April.

Meeting Summary

– Action Items: Category I Proposals: establish a Ph.D. in Materials Science, rename the Department of Bioresource Engineering to Department of Bioengineering, and rename the B.S. in Biological Engineering to B.S. in Bioengineering [Motions 01–564–01 through 03]
– Special Report: Central Oregon Branch Campus, L. Johnson, and Trademark and Licensing, S. Franklin
– New Business: None

Roll Call

Members Absent With Representation:
Bird, C. Torset; Ellinwood, D. McVicker; Krause, M. Olaya; Lee, T. Dick; Li, B. Coblentz; Pearson, J. Greenwood; Plaza, R. Thompson; Prucha, B. Rettig; and Vickers, G. Giannico.

Members Absent Without Representation:
Abbott, Ahearn, Ahern, Arp, Bliss, Bontrager, Bottomley, Braker, Burton, Cloughesy, Coakley, Collier, DeCarolis, Delson, Douglas, Downing, Gregory, Brayman Hackel, Hamm, Helle, Horne, M. Huber, Jones, Kesler, McDaniel, Mundt, Niess, Plant, Reyes, Sanchez, Schwab, Scott, Selker, Smythe, Sproul, Stang, Strik, Tesch, Trehu, and Winner.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-Officios and Staff Present:
H. Sayre, President; N. Rosenberger, President-Elect; Ex-Officio's: J. Roach and T. White; T. Goodnow, Parliamentarian Pro-Tem; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Staff.

Guests of the Senate:
M. Bothwell, M. Fahrenbruch, L. Friedman, C. Hayes, L. Johnson, M. Kassner, J. McGuire, K. Peters, and R. Thiesen.


Category | Proposals

Len Friedman, Curriculum Council Chair, presented three Category I proposals for approval:

Establishment of a Ph.D. in Materials Science – This proposal received approval from the Curriculum Council on November 16, 2000. Motion 01-564-01 to approve the proposal passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes and no discussion.
Rename the Department of Bioresource Engineering to Department of Bioengineering – This proposal received approval from the Curriculum Council on January 8, 2001. Motion 01-564-02 to approve the proposal passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes and no discussion.
Rename the B.S. in Biological Engineering to B.S. in Bioengineering – This proposal received approval from the Curriculum Council on January 8, 2001. Motion 01-564-03 to approve the proposal passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes and no discussion.


Central Oregon Branch Campus

Linda Johnson, Director, Oregon State University - Central Oregon, reported on the status of the branch campus. Johnson noted that the Oregon State Board of Higher Education voted 10-1 on February 16 in favor of OSU sponsoring the branch campus. OSU will partner with OUS institutions to offer courses in Bend.

Several outstanding issues that need to be resolved include: a statement of collaboration with the U of O; an official name for the branch campus; the titles of the top three administrators for the branch campus; and development of an implementation plan which is due April 1.

Ground-breaking for a new OSU building on the COCC campus is expected to occur the beginning of April with occupancy scheduled for September 2002. The building will be funded through a combination of a federal grant and bonding. OSU will occupy interim facilities at COCC for the first year with the lease beginning in April 2001.

A OSU/COCC dual admission policy is being developed to ensure a smooth transition from COCC to OSU, and a recruiting brochure is being created for the branch campus. A unified tuition structure is being created for the branch campus since the State Board indicated a desire to have one tuition rate regardless of the institution offering the course.

OSU curriculum for the first biennium tentatively includes: Majors - Biological Sciences (BS); Child, Youth & Family Services (BS); Computer Science (BA/BS); Environmental Sciences (BS); General Agriculture (BS); Human Development and Family Sciences (BS); Humanities (BA/BS); Liberal Studies (BA/BS); Natural Resources (BS); and Social Science (BA/BS). Minors - Communications, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, and Natural Resources. Graduate Programs - Nutrition and Food Management (MS); Political Science (graduate certificate); and Public Health (MPH). Many of these will require Category I approval. Partner institutions will continue offering existing degrees currently offered in Bend: U of O - Accounting, English and Discourse Studies, General Science, and Social Science; Linfield - Information Systems, International Business and Management; OIT - Information Technology; EOU - elementary and secondary education, MTE; OHSU - Nursing; and PSU - MSW in MPA and MBA.

The Governor's budget includes $7.2 million for the branch campus, it is the number one priority in the Ways and Means Committee, and there is strong legislative support from the Central Oregon delegation.

In response to Senator Tynon, Forestry, questioning when COCC would cease to exist, Johnson indicated that it would never cease to exist. COCC will continue to offer vocational and lower division transfer courses. The branch campus will offer upper division courses, although there may be situations when OSU will offer lower division courses to support the upper division when COCC does not offer those courses.

Senator Brooks, Business, questioned if existing courses offered by partner institutions will eventually be phased out. Sayre responded that the programs currently in place will continue until the end of the cohort and then will be renegotiated between OSU and the partner institution.

Senator Tynon questioned the issue of promotion and tenure. Sayre responded that the teaching load will be six courses per year, and it is anticipated that job descriptions will need to be rewritten.

Trademark and Licensing Task Force

Sandie Franklin, Trademark and Licensing Task Force Chair, and Ron Thiesen, task force member, provided a brief background on the work of the task force.

Consistent with OSU's responsibility to participate in social, economic, political and scientific issues of importance to society, OSU's Trademark Licensing Task Force was charged with examining the relationship between the University's trademark licensing policy and companies (and their contractors) that produce goods that may bear the University's logo. The goal was to provide balanced and objective recommendations to assist University administrators in advancing the University. The intent was to work expeditiously toward practical and workable solutions that are of the proper moral and ethical standard, and consequently protect the integrity and good name of the University.

The specific charges to the Task force were to examine the complex set of issues objectively and broadly and consider/include the following:

1. Characterize the current and the desired relationship between OSU trademark licensing policies and licensed-goods producers;

2. Identify all reasonable options for the University, and compare their relative advantages and disadvantages;

3. Recommend future directions that might be taken or ought be avoided by the University;

4. Recommend principles that could be incorporated into licensing agreements and/or into policies; and

5. Identify specific and workable business practices that OSU should reasonably expect from producers of university trademarked goods.
Franklin noted that the group was formed last June and spent most of the summer in fact-finding tasks. Campus involvement was encouraged through brown bags last fall and four three-hour open forums in February. Part of the fact-finding included distributing a survey which resulted in the following responses:
1) I have purchased merchandise that bears the OSU name or logo within the past year - 76% had
2) I care about how the products bearing the OSU logo or name are produced - 75% strongly agreed
3) I actively seek out and purchase only those products that bear the OSU name and/or logo that are made by companies that I believe to be more socially responsible - 74% disagreed
4) Would you be willing to pay more if you believe the items were made in a socially responsible factory - 58% responded negatively
5) I believe that it is the responsibility of OSU to monitor how products bearing its name are manufactured - 81% agreed
6) Regarding the socially responsible treatment of domestic international workers, I believe that I am... - 76% felt they were well or moderately well informed
Based on the information gathered, the Task Force offered several recommendations, with the primary recommendations following. However, Minority Reports were respectfully submitted for Recommendations 1 and 2. A third Minority Report was submitted to reflect the position of Labor on multiple aspects of this report.
1) The Task Force recommends OSU adopt a Code of Conduct.

2) The Task Force does not recommend that OSU join a labor monitoring/verification organization at this time.

3) The Task Force recommends the establishment of a permanent Trademark Licensing Committee.

4) The Task Force recommends that the University develop a vigorous ongoing education program to educate its staff/faculty/students and constituents about the social and economic issues revolving around the manufacture of trademarked products.
Senator Brooks questioned whether University Purchasing follows the same guidelines for monitoring manufacturers. Franklin responded negatively. Vice President Specter noted that their charge was to review trademark and licensing items, although the question raises an interesting dilemma. Specter wasn't sure how a program would be managed to monitor whether all ethical norms will be met through purchasing. Sayre felt that the real task is to inform ourselves and commended the task force for helping to better inform the university community.

Senator Weber, Agricultural Sciences, questioned the next step in the process. Franklin explained that the recommendations will be forwarded to Vice President Specter. Specter indicated he and the President's Cabinet will review and discuss the recommendations and make final recommendations to President Risser.


– Higher Education Rally - Justin Roach, ACES President, communicated a plea from students for faculty to attend the March 6 rally at the State Capitol and to educate their colleagues about the importance of the rally. He emphasized that, if the Governor's budget passes, higher education will lose.

– Fireside Chat - President Risser will meet with the university community on March 7 in the MU Lounge.

– Diversity Council - The organizational meeting of the recently approved Diversity Council will be March 5.
– University Accreditation - A team of evaluators will visit the campus April 18-20 as part of the 10-year accreditation. The self study draft is available on the web at:


Provost White referenced the recent Lines Paling Centenary Celebration and, on behalf of the University, commended all those involved in the planning.

College Transitions - White reported that George Copa has submitted a proposal to create an identifiable, separate unit for the School of Education, rather than integrated with an existing unit. The College of Home Economics and Education Family and Consumer Science proposal is currently under deliberation. The proposal is being discussed principally, but not exclusively with the College of Health and Human Performance to determine if an intellectual basis exists for the two units to become one. White noted that the speed and carefulness exhibited in the creation of the proposals has been important and impressive and felt that all faculty should feel good about their colleagues participation in this endeavor.

Dean Searches - Howard Gelberg has accepted the position of Dean of Veterinary Medicine effective July 1, 2001. Five applicants visited campus to interview for the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Dean position. Three applicants were identified to be interviewed for the College of Business Dean position. However, only one will actually be interviewed because one withdrew and one accepted another position.


In recognition of the Peace Corps' creation by President John F. Kennedy on this day in 1961, Sayre noted that OSU has 1,119 current and former Peace Corps volunteers. There are currently 51 OSU students serving in the Peace Corps. Sayre used this opportunity to remind the Senate of the importance of international education. He reported that he has asked Provost White to create a task force to consider OSU's role in international education and research and to consider how OSU might best position itself in the international arena in the new century.

Sayre emphasized that the rally on March 6 is critical and felt that faculty have been not supportive of efforts such as this. He urged faculty to join him in Salem and felt it would mean a great deal to students and OPEU if they were present.


There was no new business

Meeting was adjourned at 4:17 PM.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Administrative Assistant