Faculty Senate President's Message
Faculty Senate Summary
July 18, 2003
Thanks for your patience and
advice as we have worked through this very difficult reduction
process for the Extension Service budget. The participation of the Faculty Senate in program reductions is
set by guidelines that were developed ten years ago. They can be found at
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee (EC) has been trying for the past
two years to amend those guidelines to make the process more timely and
open. In the past, and in this case of Extension's budget reduction, the
Faculty Consultative Group's* (FCG) efforts have been advisory and confidential.
So, when we are in the middle of these types of crises it is difficult to
fully convey to you the efforts of your Faculty Senate leadership. At least
half of my time as Faculty Senate President, and a great deal of the FCG's
focus for the last four months, has been spent on this issue.
I have tried to understand the issues in detail, meet with many of those
affected and advocate on behalf of the the individual faculty members and the tenure
system at OSU. We also appreciate the many individual and group efforts
of faculty and unit administrators to mediate the situation.
As you heard at the last two Senate meetings, the issue is complex and there is not a
consensus by any means among all the faculty or between the Administration and the
faculty as to how to manage the issues. Next week, we will begin a progressive set of
steps to inform you about the situation and our plans to try and reverse the FTE reduction
or termination of tenured faculty and, to the extent possible, tenure track faculty.
We appreciate President White and Provost Randhawa's agreement to release the FCG's report
by Friday, July 25, 2003. This is the first time a report of this type has been released.
In addition to the Faculty Senate's advocacy, individual efforts of those affected will
be very important and we are prepared to advise any of those faculty as to the mediation
and grievance processes. We have met with OSU representatives of the American Association
of University Professors and Association of Oregon Faculties and they are well informed as
to the details and the gravity of these events. The impact of this process to tenure at OSU
and our future ability to recruit and retain faculty cannot be underestimated.
On the positive side of this bad situation, administrators and colleges have worked very hard to
reduce the number of people affected. More detail on those efforts will accompany the release of
the FCG report. Please call me at work - 541.737.5909 or in the evening - 541.757.2466, if you
would like to discuss these issues further. Take care and I am sorry you or your colleagues have
been caught in this confused and painful process.
*The Faculty Consultative Group consists of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the chairs of
the Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee, Curriculum Council and Faculty Status Committee.