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RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET PRIORITIZATION WORKGROUP (BPW)

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on January 20, 2010
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MĀNOA FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET PRIORITIZATION WORKGROUP (BPW)

WHEREAS the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (Mānoa) have long had a primary role in many campus decisions, including curricular and program decisions; and

WHEREAS the Board of Regents (BOR) Reference Guide (August 2009) Sec II (C) (1) Shared Governance cites as authoritative the joint AAUP, ACE and AGB 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and further states that faculty "have primary responsibility for the curriculum, methods of instruction, research, and faculty status”; and

WHEREAS BOR Chpt 1-10 provides that “duly authorized organization or organizations specified by each charter shall have the responsibility to speak for the faculty on academic policy matters such as:

a. policy determining the initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed or authorized research, instructional, and academic programs;

b. budget planning and implementation policy;

c. student-faculty relations policy;

d. policy for the evaluation of faculty and campus academic administrators;

e. the improvement and establishment of a canon of professional ethics and an effective means of professional maintenance of those ethics, including faculty self-discipline; and

f. other subjects affecting academic policy subjects referred to it or them by the Provost and/or Chancellor, or by request of the appropriate faculty organization”; and

WHEREAS BOR Chpt 1-10 provides that “the role of a university faculty governance organization is to advise the administration (primarily at the campus and unit level) on matters impacting and/or relating to the development and maintenance of academic policy and standards to the end that quality education is provided, preserved, and improved” and that the pattern of faculty participation in exercising its role in campus and University matters "will be realized in accordance with the charters" (italics added); and

WHEREAS the Mānoa Faculty Senate (Senate) Charter Sec. 5, Faculty Representation on Committees, states “In forming standing committees, ad hoc committees, task forces, working groups, and other advisory or decisionmaking groups, the Administration will seek faculty representation. The Administration and the Senate will act cooperatively to select faculty for these groups. The Administration and the Faculty Senate will jointly make appointments from nominations provided by the Senate”, and

WHEREAS the recognized faculty governance body at Mānoa is the Senate; and

WHEREAS the Senate has established policies and structure for faculty participation in shared governance and review of programs that have worked effectively and efficiently for decades; and

WHEREAS AAUP Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure on elimination of programs and/or termination of tenured, probationary, and/or special appointment faculty due to “extraordinary circumstances because of a demonstrable bona fide financial exigency, i.e., an imminent financial crisis that threatens the survival of the institution as a whole and cannot be alleviated by less drastic means” state that:

“As a first step, there should be a faculty body that participates in the decision that a condition of financial exigency exists or is imminent, and that all feasible alternatives to termination of appointments have been pursued. Judgments determining where within the overall academic program termination of appointments may occur involve considerations of educational policy, including affirmative action,  as of faculty status, and should therefore be the primary responsibility of the faculty or of an appropriate faculty body. The faculty or an appropriate faculty body should also exercise primary responsibility in determining the criteria for identifying the individuals whose appointments are to be terminated. These criteria may appropriately include considerations of length of service.

The responsibility for identifying individuals whose appointments are to be terminated should be committed to a person or group designated or approved by the faculty”; and

WHEREAS the Budget Prioritization Workgroup (BPW) is composed of thirtyeight (38) members of whom only nine (9) are Mānoa faculty; and The Budget Prioritization Workgoup is the combined Budget Workgroup and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Prioritization. The BPW is charged with developing medium and long-term recommendations for the Chancellor's consideration and meeting budget requirements for fiscal year 2011 and beyond based upon UH Mānoa's priorities.  (http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcafo/BPW/index.html)

WHEREAS of the nine (9) faculty on the BPW only five (5) are Senate appointees, all of whom had been nominated by the Senate to serve on other committees; and

WHEREAS even though the faculty on the BPW are valued colleagues, they do not represent the faculty in accordance with the Senate Charter or distributionally as a proper cross section of the faculty on campus; and

WHEREAS the Senate has requested that the Chancellor reconstitute the BPW with an adequate representational number of faculty nominated by the Senate in accordance with the Senate Charter,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, 

That the Senate objects to the current membership of the BPW as it fails to satisfy University policy or AAUP Guideline requirements pertaining to faculty representation; and

The Senate reiterates its request that the BPW be reconstituted such that a majority of its membership consists of Senate nominated faculty members who represent a proper cross section of the campus; and

Unless and until the BPW is reconstituted in a manner consistent with the Senate Charter and AAUP Guidelines any advice, recommendations, or decisions produced by the BPW must not be represented or construed as reflecting formal or representative consultation with, or involvement by, faculty, or as having received the approval of the faculty.