Approved Minutes for April 19, 2004
Present: Cody Bustamante, Curt Whittaker, Sib Farrell, Marny Rivera, Wilkins-O'Riley Zinn, Kevin Talbert, Peter Wu, Jean Maxwell, Jon Harbaugh, Lee Ayers, Mark Siders, Etsuko Fujimoto, Elena Ruggerio, Dale Vidmar, Connie Anderson, Kemble Yates, Diana Maltz, John Whitesitt, Wayne Schumacher, John Richards, Dan Rubenson, Mara Affre, Earl Potter, Laura O’Bryon.
Guests: Barbara Scott, Diane Brimmer, Cynthia Beckwith, Ron Bolstad, Mike Corcoran, Steven Jessup, Susan Walsh, Mada Morgan, John Sollinger, Sue Burkholder, Paul Steinle, Bruce Moats, Chris Sackett, Tonette Long, Steve Thorpe, Linda Wilcox Young, Kathy McNeill, Elisabeth Zinser.
I. Approved Minutes of April 5, 2004
Motion by Dale Vidmar, Second by Peter Wu, passed unanimously with two amendments.
A. Sib Farrell announced the upcoming Majors Fair on May 5th, from 5-7 pm in the Cascade Complex. Eleven departments have signed up for the event thus far.
B. Kemble Yates announced the annual meeting of Interinstitutional Faculty Senate IFS), Oregon Association of Faculties (AOF), and Association of University Professors (AAUP) on May 8th on the OSU Campus in Corvallis.
C. Lee Ayers expressed appreciation for the Faculty participation in the Admissions mission of calling high school seniors who intend to start at SOU in Fall 2004.
III. Remarks from the President
A. Budget issues:
a. The SOU dis-investment share from Measure 30 is $368,000.
b. The tuition fee and plateau proposal previously presented to the Senate may be making a small adjustment downward, with the goal of trying to balance student cost/affordability, enrollments, and class availability (proposal will be evaluated by the State Board of Higher Education in June)
c. SOU is trying to maintain a fund balance at the end of this biennium at or near 6%.
d. There are six initiatives of development in place-holding mode by the State Board of Higher Education: 1. Access Scholarships for Education Trust (ASET), 2. Connecting higher education to a statewide student-service system, 3. Removing institutional transfer barriers to students, strategic investment to support increased student access to college, 4. Academic excellence and economic development, and 5. The authorization of the State Board of Higher Education and the institutions to employ attorneys to provide legal services.
B. The President is working with the University Planning Committee (UPC) on the SOU 2005-2011 strategic planning and Capital Construction Budget to be put forward to the State Board of Higher Education.
C. Regarding the search for the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement, candidate Larry Johnson is under consideration for the position. The candidate is returning to the campus for follow-up interviews, and a decision will most likely be announced next week.
D. The New Voters Project involves six states, a cooperative initiative among all seven public institutions, OSPIRG, and Campus Compact. This initiative encourages civic involvement for SOU students, focusing on getting young people registered to vote and turning out to vote in much larger numbers. Co-chairs for this project are Diane Brimmer and Colin Murphy (student), who will be providing some comments about the project at the May 3rd Faculty Senate meeting.
IV. Remarks from the Provost
A. The Engineering and Technology Council will be visiting our campus on April 27.
B. Rick Battistoni, Professor at Providence College in Providence, RI, and Scholar in Residence for Campus Compact (the national organization) will speak on Civic Engagement in Education on May 4 and 5 from 9 am to 12 noon. The SOU Service Learning Team is sponsoring the visit. SOU has a commitment to encourage students to experience civic engagement in their education.
V. University Planning Committee Report from Chris Sackett on the Capital Construction Budget
a. #1 – Medford facility in cooperation with Rogue Community College
b. #2 – Planning money for the new Sciences renovations and addition
c. #3 – State XI G Bonds for subsidizing Theatre Arts expansion and remodel
VI. Advisory Council Report from the Faculty Senate Vice Chair: Jon Harbaugh
A. The AC reviewed the proposed Capital Construction Budget and the priority strategy.
B. The AC discussed the Strategic Initiative Process and the importance of alignment with the statewide strategies.
C. The Provost led discussion on the need to develop a departmentally oriented matrix for the refinements needed in the Faculty scholarship evaluation process.
VI. Discussion Items:
A. The Curriculum Committee proposal packet submitted on April 7 will be voted upon at the May 3rd Faculty Senate meeting.
B. Steve Jessup reported the progress of CREAC on the review and amendment recommendations for the SOU General Education curriculum. Broad guidelines in reconfiguring general education were distributed (see attached document), for review and in hopes of broad participation in discussion at the next Faculty Senate meeting on May 3rd. Preliminary discussion touched on the following points:
a. The universal Core outcomes are to stimulate student interest and motivation for the goal of a successful learning experience at SOU.
b. The development of assessment tools will help to evaluate the success of the Exploration sequences.
c. Regarding the issues around inadequate numbers of course offering for Synthesis and Application courses, the solution may be to expand the outcomes to allow for more course options in new and existing courses.
d. The goals of restructuring the General Education curriculum include those of realizing savings, making available the major components of the curriculum, and providing a quality learning experience.
C. Dale Vidmar, Faculty Senate Alternate Representative to the Technology Council, presented a Technology Council update. The report was given covering the current status of the Council's endeavors (see attached document).
XII. Adjourned approximately 5:30 pm. Minutes submitted by Laura O’Bryon
Updated Friday, May 28, 2004, 15:57:41