The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order by President-Elect Mike Quinn on June 8, 2006 in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Past President Jeff Hale presented Keith Prickett with a plaque in appreciation of his three years as a student worker in the Faculty Senate Office. His creativity and innovation allowed the Senate to streamline operations and, among other things, have the ability to conduct elections, volunteer for committees and review Baccalaureate Core courses all on line.
Academic Regulation 17 Proposed Revisions
Sherri Argyres, Academic Regulations Committee member, presented for approval the following revisions to AR 17.
AR 17. Grades (proposed deletions are bracketed in red and proposed additions are bolded)
When a requirement of a course has not been completed for reasons acceptable to the instructor and the rest of the academic work is passing, a report of I (incomplete) may be made and additional time granted. The I is only granted at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor documents the deficiency and the deadline for completing the missing work. A record of the deficiency shall be kept on file in the unit or department office. The additional time awarded shall in no case exceed one calendar year. To remove the I grade, the student must complete the deficiency within the allotted time and the instructor will then submit the appropriate grade. If the student fails to complete the work within the allotted time, [the instructor has the option of either submitting a substitute grade or allowing a permanent grade of I to remain on the student's record. The I grade will ha e no effect on the student's grade point average.] the Registrar's Office will automatically change the I grade to an F (failure), an N (no-credit), or a U (unsatisfactory), as appropriate, on the student's record. The resulting grade could have an effect on the student's grade point average. Under no circumstances shall a student who earns an A-F grade or an N or U grade have their grade changed retroactively to an I grade.
Rationale: Students not completing incompletes in a timely manner can cause great difficulty for themselves and instructors when and if they do get around to changing the I grade. AR 17 gives students one year to finish course requirements; however, students with legitimate reasons needing an extension can petition to do so or they can opt to withdraw from the course. Additionally, faculty have requested a way to reduce the prevalence of requests by students to have grades changed - typically to change F grades to I grades from previous academic terms or years, which then changes the gpas and academic standing of these students. There are also petition processes for other circumstances, i.e., students with a medical emergency have the option to petition for a drop or late withdrawal. Additionally, this change provides support to faculty when requested by students to change a letter grade to an I grade.Discussion:
Senator Galloway, Extension, called for the question. Motion 06-614-02 to end debate passed by voice vote with several dissenting votes.
Motion 06-614-01 to approve proposed changes to AR 17 passed via show of hands.
Proposed Standing Rules Revisions
Sherri Argyres, Committee on Committees member, presented for approval proposed revisions to the Standing Rules for the Diversity Council, Library Committee, and Student Recognition and Awards Committee (proposed deletions are bracketed in red and proposed additions are bolded):Diversity Council Proposed Standing Rules
The Diversity Council addresses ongoing planning and implementation of university
diversity initiatives, including equity, access, educational environment, and
cultural competence. The Diversity Council has authority to make recommendations
regarding policies and practices in areas of faculty development, recruitment
and retention of faculty and students, scholarship/research and curriculum
in consultation with appropriate standing committees, if applicable. The Diversity
Council also provides a forum for communication among faculty regarding OSU's
diversity related activities.
The Diversity Council reports directly to the Faculty Senate.
The Council consists of seven faculty members, with at least three being teaching faculty. There shall be two student members, one of whom may be the Multicultural Affairs Task Force Director, or designee. In addition, ex-officio, non-voting members shall include the Director of Community and Diversity, the Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, and the Director of Difference, Power, and Discrimination, or designees.
Rationale: The committee is being reconstituted and this proposal better reflects duties of the Council.
Motion 06-614 -03 to replace the current Standing Rules with the proposed Standing Rules passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.Library Committee Standing Rules Revisions
The Library Committee advises the University Librarian in 1) meeting the learning, instruction, and resource needs of students, faculty, and staff; 2) formulating library policies in relation to circulation, budgets, services, and development of resources for instruction and research; [and] 3) interpreting the needs and policies of the library to the University; and 4) identifying and addressing issues regarding scholarly communication (e.g. print and electronic journals and books). The committee consists of nine Faculty members, ideally providing a broad representation of academic disciplines, and three Student members, including at least one undergraduate and one graduate student, and the University Librarian, or designee, as an ex-officio, non-voting member. One faculty member may be retired.
Rationale: The Scholarly Communication Task Force has merged with the Library Committee at the recommendation of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, consequently, it is important to include this facet (#4) of the Library Committee's work.
Motion 06-614-04 to revise the Standing Rules to add #4 above and provide for a University Librarian designee passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.Student Recognition and Awards Committee Standing Rules Revision
The Committee consists of [eight] ten faculty, eight Students, and a representative from Financial Aid, ex-officio, non-voting.
Rationale: Due to the workload of the committee, and in particular by the chairs, in selecting and notifying the award recipients, coordinating the awards program, writing the script, etc., additional faculty are needed on this committee.
Motion 06-614-05 to revise the Standing Rules to increase the membership passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Consideration of Degree Candidates
President-elect Quinn noted that Barbara Balz is retiring this summer and acknowledged her work as Registrar for the past 16 years and chair of the Commencement Committee for the past 15 years.
Barbara Balz, Registrar, recommended for approval the proposed lists of degree candidates and honors subject to final confirmation of all degree requirements. There were 4,410 students who were candidates for 4,581 degrees which included: 3,627 Bachelors, 669 Masters, 167 Doctors and 118 Professional degrees. There were 153 students who were candidates for two degrees and 9 students who were candidates for three degrees.
The Class of 2006, OSU's 137th graduating class, had 1,029 seniors who qualified for Academic Distinction and included 485 'cum laude' (gpa 3.50-3.69), 289 'magna cum laude' (gpa 3.70-3.84), and 255 'summa cum laude' (gpa 3.85 and above).
Motion 06-614-06 to approve the proposed list of degree candidates and honors passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
In reference to the previous AR 17 discussion, Balz noted that I grades in place at the time of commencement will remain an I indefinitely.
Faculty Panels for Hearing Committee
Voting for members of the Faculty Panels for Hearing Committee occurred during the meeting. The Board's Administrative Rules define criteria and procedures for the imposition of sanctions for cause, including termination of appointment (OAR 580-21-320 through 580-21-375). If such a sanction is to be imposed, the faculty member is entitled to a formal hearing of charges by a hearing committee to be selected from a faculty panel that has been duly established.
Discussion with President Ray
President Ray made the following observations, and then responded to questions from the floor:
Ray noted that the financial challenges seem to be daunting. He clarified that his comment regarding doing 'less with less' did not mean that we want to do a less effective job of anything, but that we need to be more focused and purposeful given the amount of resources available. He stated it was important to 'right size' our efforts because he felt that many are literally 'working ourselves to death.' He acknowledged challenges related to unmet needs, i.e., facilities, faculty and staff compensation, etc. He also spoke of the need to make consistent decisions at the appropriate level, with appropriate consultation.
Enrollment Management - Ray's sense was that a university enrollment management plan was needed. He felt that, with the current resources, the enrollment target should be 17,000. He outlined the following issues that may change over time that could change that target number.
Ray was pleased that the Senate has been discussing what level of enrollment can be managed. He mentioned that several colleges have been discussing increasing the number of course credit hours, i.e., 3 vs. 4 credit hours, and noted that these decisions need to go through the proper governance groups, such as the Curriculum Council and Budgets and Fiscal Planning. He expects these groups to engage in a dialogue with the appropriate unit(s) related to the proposed changes, and ask why the changes are appropriate for the university, what impact do they have across the university, and what we collectively agree ought to be happening in individual units.
Ray indicated that OSU needs to develop its own enrollment plan, in varying circumstances with regard to resources, to be used in future conversations. He felt that it's time to recognize that each OUS institution has different needs and each should determine what the cost is per student to provide an appropriate, quality education based on available resources.
Priority Decision Making - Ray noted the need to consider both context (Strategic Plans have been created) and governance. The Strategic Plans should be used as a guide in determining the order in which projects will be completed. He outlined a plan that makes sense to him related to deferred maintenance which is to designate a floor in one building where classroom upgrades would demonstrate what could be done if more resources were available.
Senator Huber, Agricultural Sciences, expressed concern about the emaciation of individual units when they are forced to self-fund pay raises. Ray responded that there is a need to make reductions in good programs, which otherwise would not occur if the resources were available, and noted that none of the choices were good. He also felt it was important to preserve the core activity of each unit. His hope is that, eventually, each college will be able to assist faculty in understanding the reallocation by providing them with a statement indicating where resources were reallocated from, the implications of the reallocation, and how it is most consistent with the Strategic Plan.
Senator Oriard, Liberal Arts, felt there was a need for a campus wide discussion of what OSU aspires to be as a university (in more specific terms than aspiring to be top ten), what the educational experience for students should be, and questioned if this type of conversation would be initiated at any level. Ray responded that he is interested in a dialogue related to the elements of an enrollment plan, which would be necessary on a college/departmental level to determine the aggregate number. He also felt that there should be a Senate, as well as university wide, discussion related to the Baccalaureate Core - what is it, why is it there, what should it consist of? He indicated there should be parallel processes at the university, college, Senate and dean level to address these issues.
A Forestry faculty member referred to the report that is being prepared for the Forestry dean. Ray responded that part of what Dean Salwasser wants to get out of the committee process is a sense of how to move forward in a more effective way than has occurred in the past. Ray considers this an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to indicate what they think should change in Forestry and whether the dean can effectively pursue needed changes. The provost will meet with the dean next week to discuss the results and expectations.
Interinstitutional Faculty Senate RecapMina Carson provided a brief recap of the June IFS meeting and included the following items:
Adel Faridani, proxy for Senator Flahive, Science, presented the following motion in support of Baha'i students in Iran, which was seconded:
The Faculty Senate of Oregon State University wishes to express its concern about the ongoing denial of higher education to
Baha'i students in Iran on the sole basis of religious belief.
According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2005 released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. Department of State, public and private universities in Iran continue to deny admittance to Baha'i students. While recently, for the first time, Baha'i applicants were permitted to take part in the nationwide exam for entrance into state-run universities, for those students who passed the exam matriculation was again conditioned on their denying their faith.
Iran enjoys the distinction of being one of the 48 member states of the United Nations in 1948 that unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 26 of the Declaration states that "everyone has the right to education" and that "higher education shall be made equally accessible to all on the basis of merit". The Declaration also establishes the right to freedom of religion.
As teachers and researchers committed to our university's mission to "promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for people across Oregon, the nation and the world", we affirm the importance of these fundamental human rights.
We urge the Iranian government to allow everyone to enjoy the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration "without distinction of any kind such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."
Faridani supplied the following information in support of the motion: the denial of higher education to Baha'i students has continued for over 25 years and jeopardizes the whole community as a viable entity of society; although Baha'i students were allowed to participate in the nationwide exams for university entrance, the government used these results to identify the capable, young people in this community and target them for future persecution; the United Nations has expressed concern regarding monitoring of Baha'i students by the Iranian government. Faridani felt there is a strong sense of urgency since the climate in Iran is becoming more dangerous and noted it was important to inform the public of these actions and encourage them to speak out in an appropriate manner. He also felt that the motion was focused on the mission of educators.
Motion 06-614-07 passed by voice vote with no further discussion and no dissenting votes.
Agricultural Sciences: Anderson, Coblentz, Dreher, Huddleston, Mallory-Smith, Penner, Savage, T. Eyehrant for Sorte, Thompson
Associated Faculty: Arthenayake, Beach, Dempsey, Eklund, Elmshaeuser, Fernandez, Gillies, Gomez, Hughes, LeBeouf, Minear, Oldfield
Business: Banyi, LeMay, Raja, Wu, Yang
Education: Ward, White
Engineering: Huber, Hunter-Zaworski, Jovanovic, Levien, Lundy, Pence
Extension: Galloway, Godwin
Forestry: Brunner, Clauson, Doescher, Freitag, Puettman, Reuter, Sexton
Health & Human Sciences: Acock, Asbell, Bowman, J. Murray for Braverman, Friedman, Grobe, Ho, Wilcox
Liberal Arts: Barker, Carson, Folts, Iltis, B. Tilt for Kingston, Lunch, Melton, Mutschler, Oriard, Roberts, Shaw, Valls
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Benoit-Bird, Skyllingstad, Spitz, Wheatcroft
Pharmacy: Muhmad, Stevens
Science: A. Faridani for Flahive, Gitelman, Jansen, C. Manogue for Kimerling, Mason, Matzke, McCune, Parks, Taylor
Student Affairs: Etherton, Langford, Larson, Schwab, Tsuneyoshi, Winter
Veterinary Medicine: Estill, Mosley
Agricultural Sciences: Bolte, Brewer, Cassidy, Curtis, Duncan, Edge, Engel, Gregory, Jepson, Meink, Wolpert
Associated Faculty: Barr, Dorbolo, Greydanus, Larkin, Rosenberg, Ross
Business: None absent
Education: None absent
Engineering: Bose, Lee, Momsen, Sillars
Extension: Butler, Carr, Hathaway
Forestry: None absent
Health & Human Sciences: None absent
Liberal Arts: Brayman Hackel, Edwards, Farber, Helle, Henderson
Library: None absent
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Duncan, Torres
ROTC: None absent
Science: Barofsky, Brown, Giebultowicz, Grunder, Ho, Jones, Lajtha, McLeod, Rajagopal, Smythe, Spatafora
Student Affairs: Hoogesteger
Veterinary Medicine: Jennings
M. Albright, B. Balz, B. Becker, R. Burke, P. Dysant, M. McCambridge, K. Prickett, S. Willard Argyres
Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-officios and Staff Present:
Officers: M. Quinn, President-Elect; J. Hale, Immediate Past President; and Ex-officios: T. Bentley-Townlin, L. Cuiffetti, S. Randhawa, E. Ray, M. Beachley
Faculty Senate Staff