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Faculty Senate Minutes

2005 No. 601
February 10, 2005
 

The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order by President Jeff Hale on February 10, 2005 at 3:05 PM in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Meeting Summary
  • Action Items: TESOL Category I Proposal [Motion 05-601-01]
  • Special Reports: Interinstitutional Faculty Senate - M. Carson; Faculty Athletic Representative - K. Koong; and Legislative Issues - J. Mills and L. LaPolt
  • New Business: No motion
ACTION ITEMS

TESOL Category I Proposal

Walt Loveland, Curriculum Council co-chair, presented for approval the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Category I proposal submitted by the School of Education. He noted it has been reviewed and approved by the Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee, Graduate and Curriculum Councils, and Executive Committee. It is a 24-credit graduate certificate and, since the participants are practicing professionals, instruction will be offered on weekends and in the summer over a 1.5-2 year period. The program will offered via E-campus, who returns 80% of the tuition to the department which immediately makes the program self-supporting. The proposal made a strong case as to the need of adult learners. Concerns addressed included:

  • Library Assessment - Loveland noted that the $1500 in the budget for library resources is just a placeholder since the Library will closely monitor the actual cost of interlibrary loans and charge Education appropriately.
  • Adjunct Faculty - Both the Curriculum Council and Executive Committee expressed concern about the use of adjunct faculty who will deliver most of the instruction. Education responded that these adjunct faculty will be under the supervision of OSU faculty, which is not an unusual arrangement in Education.
  • What is the hidden cost to Education? - The nominal OSU cost is supervisory for the adjunct faculty and the supervision will be by a retired faculty member, so time will not be taken away from another program.

Senator Selker, Engineering, questioned whether 24 credits was essential to the program since most certificates require 18 credits. Rich Shintaku, Education, responded affirmatively. Selker also questioned the sustainability issue of reliance on a retiree and whether the generation of E-credits will support an additional faculty member. Shintaku agreed with Selker's assessment of E-credits and noted that a portion of this duty will transition into his position.

Senator Thompson, Agricultural Sciences, moved to approve the proposal; motion seconded. Motion 05-601-01 to approve the TESOL Category I proposal passed with no dissenting votes.

President Hale thanked Loveland and Kate Hunter-Zaworski for their leadership of the Curriculum Council.

SPECIAL REPORTS

Interinstitutional Faculty Senate

Mina Carson, IFS Senator, thanked the following individuals for participating in the February IFS meeting that was held at OSU: Jeff Hale, Ilene Kleinsorge, Jock Mills, Bill Lunch and Ed Ray. Her report included the following items:

  • The Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) on February 4. However, there are still two bills in the legislature to mandate undergraduate curriculum across the state: transferability of all courses to all other institutions, within reason, and a common numbering system. Each campus will need to determine how to apply the OTM within the scope of their curriculum.
  • There was a discussion of effective and appropriate lobbying of legislators by faculty. Although there is role for faculty discussing issues with legislators, a unified voice is sometimes more effective. Student voices are often more effective than faculty.
  • The OUS Provost's Council and Chancellor Pernsteiner have requested assistance from IFS to gather stories re: 'A Day in the Life of a Professor' as part of a legislative strategy. These stories, as well as daily schedules, are needed ASAP and should be sent to Maureen Sevigny at sevignym@oit.edu.

Faculty Athletic Representative Report

Kelvin Koong, OSU's newly appointed Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), included the following in his report describing his role and outlining goals:

  • He feels that the gap between athletics and academics should be narrowed. He noted that being a student is the most important part of why the student-athletes are at OSU, and wants to find ways for them to be successful as a student.
  • He has assisted two student-athletes to secure internships and is working with others to identify internships.
  • He will meet with the Executive Committee monthly to facilitate open communication.
  • He wants to communicate frequently with the Faculty Senate.
  • He works closely with the athletics compliance staff and also interacts with the athletic staff on a daily basis; he has found their integrity to be impeccable.
  • Since he represents the president and faculty, he welcomes input and suggestions to help him do a better job.
  • He is currently working with Larry Roper to set up a system to work with all at-risk students to help them be successful.

Senator Henderson, Liberal Arts, stated that advising by athletics staff is inadequate and questioned whether changes will be made. Koong noted that his goal, which may be in conflict with the coaches whose jobs depend on the win/loss column, is to make the student-athlete academic experience better. He agreed there are challenges in this area. He stated that the brown bag lunches with coaches and faculty and the conversations between coaches and academic advisors are important and will continue. Henderson noted that athletic academic advisors are not very knowledgeable about academic advising. Koong indicated he has no direct knowledge of this issue, but will work on familiarizing himself with the issue. He did state that Linda Johnson is a qualified academic advisor.

President Hale noted there has been a division of labor between academic advisors in colleges and academic counselors in athletics. There is an effort to provide earlier intervention for students who might be experiencing problems well before a suspension is warranted. The Athletic Advisory Committee and Faculty Senate are beginning to review the COIA (Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics) document, that contains guidelines to provide a relationship between athletics and academic units. The document includes addressing issues such as regular reporting to the Faculty Senate, improved communication between the academic units and athletics, data gathering suggestions, and maintaining academic integrity. The COIA is a document that was created by a Faculty Senate and has been adopted across the country by some Faculty Senate's.

Legislative Issues

Jock Mills, Director of Government Relations, provided a report on the state legislative agenda and Liz LaPolt, Associate Director for Federal Relations, reported on the federal agenda.

  • The Governor's proposed budget contains both good and bad news:
    • Doubling funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant from $45 million to $90 million.
    • The Governor's budget has never included significant capital expenditures for OUS, until now. OSU will benefit from funding for a new cogeneration steam heat plant and removal of the fence surrounding Education Hall.
    • ONAMI has $7 million budgeted.
    • Approximately an 8% cut in state-wide service units. Since the 2001 session, those programs have experienced a 27% reduction in FTE.
    • About a 6% reduction in Education and General (E&G) funds and no provision for enrollment growth.
    • There is $1 million set aside in the budget for faculty salaries across all seven OUS institutions.
    • There is an additional $127 million for a 2% salary increase for all state employees. Mills felt that this figure is at-risk and likely to be reduced.
    • The salary freeze will likely be gone, but there will be no additional funding to address salary issues.
  • Ways and Means hearings for OUS will begin in March, and it appears there will be a much more collaborative approach in working with OUS.
  • Issues the legislators are working on include:
    • Campaign finance reform
    • Students are pushing for a tuition freeze. Mills feels this is unlikely since the funds needed for a tuition freeze and to maintain the current level of funding works out to $32 million more than is in the budget.
    • The Governor issued an announcement regarding sexual harassment on campuses in response to current issues. Mills feels that the legislature will visit this issue.

Mills encouraged Senators to work with him to connect legislators with students who have compelling stories. He is initiating a Faculty Shadow Program where faculty spend a day with a legislator; he encouraged Senators to e-mail him to participate.

Senator Bondi, Extension, questioned why the state-wide service units took a significant hit. Mills felt that politics are responsible when the Governor takes a shot at programs that will definitely be added back to the budget. It is an acknowledgement that, given rural Oregon, there is a problem with that part of the budget.

Senator Trujillo, Executive Committee, questioned the status of the proposal to allow immigrant children to attend Oregon colleges at resident rates. Mills was unclear where OSBHE stood on this issue and encouraged Senators to talk to President Ray to determine where he stands on the issue. He felt it was likely that it would pass in the Senate and die in the House.

Mills introduced Liz LaPolt and noted she worked in Washington D.C. for five years on behalf of Cornell University. Her federal report included the following issues related to the 109th Congress:

  • Legislators are still organizing and making committee appointments. Darlene Hooley reclaimed her seat on the House Science Committee and was named the ranking democrat on the Research Subcommittee.
  • Congress and lobbyists are studying the president's recently released budget. Higher education and research issues include:
    • Student aid:
      • Elimination of the Perkins funds.
      • Increase the Pell Grant by $100 to a maximum of $4,050.
      • Level funding of other student aid programs.
    • Federal research budgets:
      • Not seeing increases as in other years.
      • NIH - increase of 0.7%.
      • NSF - 3% increase.
      • Other science budgets are low - single digits.
      • USDA - $80 million increase for a competitive agricultural research program.
      • Increase and creation of a new competitive program for Agricultural Experiment Station researchers.
      • Hatch formula funds - 50% cut.
  • The higher education act is up for reauthorization.

 

Issues LaPolt is working on locally include:

  • The OSU federal agenda, which entails working with members of congress to secure funding for the University. A federal agenda review process occurred during the last six months and prioritized projects include:
    • ONAMI.
    • Water cooperation (College of Science).
    • Hatchery research program (Fisheries & Wildlife).
    • Oregon coastal ocean observing system proposal (College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences).
    • Aging in place proposal (College of Health and Human Sciences).
    • Education double degree (School of Education).
    • Requests for continued funding of current programs include:
      • Sun Grant Initiative (College of Agricultural Sciences).
      • Center for port operations, risk and technology (College of Engineering).
      • Oregon Watersheds Research Cooperative (College of Forestry).
      • Value added seafood product development project (Seafood Laboratory - Astoria).

 

In response to Hale asking how faculty can best assist her, LaPolt asked that faculty let her know when they are going to be in Washington, D.C. since they may be able to assist her with a particular project.

LaPolt does send out messages regarding federal issues and would be happy to add faculty to the mailing list - contact her at liz.lapolt@oregonstate.edu to request to be added to the list.

President Hale commended the work of Mills and LaPolt.

DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST

Interim Provost Sabah Randhawa's report included the following:

  • Although it is early in the recruitment cycle, the following admissions information is available for fall 2005:
    • Applications for first-time students overall are down 0.6%. There is a decrease in Oregon residents, an increase in non-residents and international is flat.
    • Graduate applications are down 6.4%.
    • The number of transfer students are up about 6%.
    • Freshman admitted are up 8.5%
    • The advance tuition deposits for freshman are up.
  • Student Retention:
    • Suspensions were flat between 2003 and 2004.
    • First-year probation is up 7%.
    • Retention rate is up 1.5%.
  • Summer Session:
    • Headcount from 2003-04 increased by 10.6%.
    • Student Credit Hours increased by 8.5%.
  • Research and Development between 2003-04 and the first six months of 2004-05:
    • Proposals submitted are up 17.3%.
    • Awards received are up 0.8%.
    • New gifts are down 22.1% (the majority of this decrease is related to Athletics, which is down 55-60% from this time last year). If Athletics is removed, the academic side is up 8-10%.
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Director - The Search Committee should be forwarding a recommendation to Becky Johnson during the week of February 14 regarding the three candidates that were interviewed.
  • Council for Assessing Student Experience - Randhawa and President Ray have been discussing this Council with ASOSU President Downey, ASOSU Vice President Dan McCarthy, Larry Roper, Becky Johnson and Sally Francis; a charge will be drafted. It is expected that this Council would assess the student experience using a more holistic approach. They hope to come back in the fall with specific recommendations.
  • Recently Released Reports - The University Cabinet and Provost's Council discussed both the Campus Climate and Parity Reports. Between now and June, a goal is for each academic college and major support unit is to have in place a diversity action plan. Specific recommendations from each report will be acted upon. Randhawa and Ray have also been discussing a follow-up to the Salary Equity Report that was prepared in the mid-1990's.
DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT

President Hale noted that he had incorrectly advised a Faculty Senate committee to meet in Executive Session, excluding the ex-officios. He apologized to the ex-officio members for doing so. His report included the following:

  • Since OSU has the lowest combined institutional and administrative costs in the OUS system ($845/student FTE), it should position us well with the legislature. It also shows that OSU is very thin administratively, which makes shared governance even more important. He has met with Ed Ray to discuss shared governance and determine what it means from an administrative perspective. Hale stated that Ray takes shared governance very seriously. It is a partnership that is closely held, communication is open, collaborative, and transparent. Hale feels this is an exceptional opportunity and poses a high degree of responsibility for faculty. The Senate will be assuming new assignments, including more involvement in the budget process and looking closely at compensation.
  • He compelled each Senator to strengthen working relationships within units, consider having a point person in each apportionment unit to address concerns or communicate within the unit, form caucuses, ask opinions of others regarding Senate issues - be proactive. There is a need to build capacity as an institution to participate more fully in the process and recognize those who serve in that capacity.
  • He will be speaking at the Faculty Orientation on March 3 in MU 206 on the topic of shared governance and encouraged Senators to attend.
NEW BUSINESS

Upon hearing no new business, President Hale opened the floor to Senators to discuss issues of their choice.

Senator Pence, Engineering, suggested that there be a discussion regarding rules of engagement for collaboration related to multi-disciplinary activities including behavior and consequences. Provost Randhawa indicated there was a faculty group working on this issue; he will check on the groups' progress and report back.

Hale shared some of the issues that have come to the Executive Committee in the last 27 days:

  • The concept of fixed-term professorial positions.
  • Multi-year contracts for professional faculty and instructors.
  • Improving Facilities Services communications with the campus.
  • Compensation.
  • Working with ASOSU to assess the student experience.
  • OSU War Memorial.
  • Implementation of diversity plans and responding to the parity report.
  • Health insurance for students.
  • Improvement in services for disabled employees and students.
  • Review of post-tenure review.
  • Parking issues.
  • Implementation of the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM).
  • Revisions and implementation of AR 22.
  • A process for having an equitable response across campus for issues such as stopping the tenure clock.
  • Review of elements of the Baccalaureate Core.
  • Review of employee friendly policies.
  • Concerns regarding the proposed dining center and restaurant to be located in the new parking structure.

If there are questions or concerns about any of the above, Senators are encouraged to contact Hale or the Faculty Senate Office for background, to determine which committees should be contacted, or to provide input.

Senator Wilcox, Health and Human Sciences, proposed that it be put forward that anyone who purchased a parking permit should not be assessed a fine. He noted that the design of the dangler obscures vision. Hale has discussed this issue with Vincent Martorello and his understanding is that Parking Services will be displaying a number of alternatives proposed for next year and employees will have an opportunity to provide input on the alternatives. Hale has raised the question of extending the waiver of fines to last fall, rather than just January, and was told that would be an administrative nightmare, but is willing to continue pursuing that issue.

Also on the parking topic, Senator Barofsky, Science, noted an additional problem of finding parking spaces once one has purchased a permit.

In response to Senator Roberts, Liberal Arts, questioning the wording of the War Memorial, Hale indicated that the EC is asking for clarification on the issue. He believes their intent is to honor those who have served in wars since the Memorial Union was constructed.

Roll Call

Members Present:

Agricultural Sciences: Anderson, Coblentz, N. Allen for Edge, Engel, Freeman, Herring, Huddleston, Penner, Savage, Selker and Thompson.
Associated: Barr, Beach, Brown, Dorbolo, Eklund, Elmshaeuser, Hughes, Miles, Ratchford, Rosenberg and Templeton.
Business: Coakley, LeMay, Wong, Wu and Yang.
Education: Pehrsson.
Engineering: Bose, Hunter-Zaworski, Lundy, McVicker, Mosley, Pence and Quinn.
Extension: Bondi, Carr, Filley and Hathaway.
Forestry: Clauson, Doescher, Reuter and Tynon.
Health & Human Sciences: Asbell, Bowman, Cluskey, Grobe, Harter, Ho and Wilcox.
Liberal Arts: Barker, Carson, Ede, Folts, Gross, Henderson, Kingston, Krause, Lunch, Melton, Oriard, Roberts and Shaw.
Library: McMillen.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Benoit-Bird and Wheatcroft.
Pharmacy: none.
ROTC: none.
Science: Barofsky, Evans, Giebultowicz, Ho, Jansen, Lee, Mason, Matzke, McCune, McLeod, Parks, Ruben and Spatafora.
Student Affairs: Bentley-Townlin, Empey, Etherton, Tsuneyoshi and Winter.
Veterinary Medicine: Bird and Jennings.

Members Absent:

Agricultural Sciences: Bolte, Brewer, Cassidy, Ciuffetti, Duncan, Fanno, Gregory, Jepson, Mallory-Smith, Perry and Weber.
Associated: Arthenayake, Balz, Christie, Corbett, Dempsey, Gillies, Landis, Perrone and Ross.
Business: White.
Engineering: Lee, Levine, and Sillars.
Extension: Butler.
Forestry: Erickson, Maguire, and Puettmann.
Health & Human Sciences: Widrick.
Liberal Arts: Anderson, Brayman Hackel, Farber and Iltis.
Library: none.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Duncan, Levine, Prahl and Torres.
Pharmacy: Ishmael and Mahmud.
ROTC: Klink.
Science: Brown, Grunder, Horne, Jones, Kimerling, Remcho, Smythe and Taylor.
Student Affairs: Hoogesteger and Schwab.
Veterinary Medicine: none.
Guests Present:
S. Francis, S. Leslie, M. McCambridge, M. McDaniel, S. Shellhammer, R. Shintaku, and S. Stern.

Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-officios and Staff:

J. Hale, Senate President; B. Boggess, President-Elect; M. Beachley, Parliamentarian; Ex-officios: S. Randhawa, E. Ray, and J. Trujillo; and V. Nunnemaker, Senate Staff.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:31 PM.

Respectfully submitted:

Vickie Nunnemaker
Faculty Senate Staff