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MOTION TO DEFER FACULTY SENATE RESPONSE TO THE REPORT OF THE CHANCELLOR'S PROCESS COMMITTEE

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on January 21, 2009
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FACULTY SENATE RESPONSE TO THE REPORT OF THE CHANCELLOR'S PROCESS COMMITTEE

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (Senate) has examined the Draft Report of the Chancellor's Process Committee (Report) and supports in principle a transparent, bottom-up process of prioritization as outlined in the Report; and 

WHEREAS, the Senate also has concerns about the timeline for implementation of the process, which is expected to substantially change the long-term character of the University, because it precludes meaningful consultation by affected groups, and

WHEREAS, we are concerned that this process cannot, in the time allotted, be implemented in a manner that gives proper attention to academic integrity and the long-term health of the University, be it

RESOLVED, that the Senate recommends the process be carried out so as to prioritize care and due diligence over speed, and ensure that external deadlines do not drive decisions with enduring ramifications for the academic integrity of the University, and

RESOLVED, that proposed changes to the process be accepted, considered, and incorporated after the nominal January 23 deadline and throughout the process of prioritization to include an immediate request for comment on the appropriateness the rubrics and ranking procedures as part of data collection from all programs engaged in the review process, and

RESOLVED, that a step be added to the timeline in which the process itself is evaluated, that the process for this evaluation be spelled out in advance, and that faculty will have an active role in the creation and implementation of this evaluation, and

RESOLVED, that the scope of the process should be expanded to include nonacademic units, including all administrative units and offices up to and including the Office of the Chancellor, and

RESOLVED, that if the process leads to any proposals that include reorganization or elimination of programs as defined in the Report, such proposals should be explicitly tied to, and justified by, a timeline in cost savings and/or other clearly articulated benefit to the University, and 

RESOLVED, that the Senate shall have the opportunity to fully review and respond to any proposals or outcomes resulting from the process.