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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, December 14, 1994

Marine Science Bldg. 114

Presiding: Alison Kay, Chair, Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Senators Present: Belinda Aquino, Thomas Bopp, James Cartwright, John Casken, Linda Cox, Fred Creager, Steven Dawson, Austin Dias, Marilyn Dunlap, Richard Guillory, Sherie Gusukuma, Samuel Haley, Sue Hanson, John Hardman, James Heasley, Kathryn Hoffman, E. Alison Kay, Adelheid Kuehnle, William Lampe, Nancy Lind, Bert Lum, Margaret Maaka, Jane Moulin, Peter Nicholson, Cynthia Ning, E. Aiko Oda, Neva Owens, Robert Paull, Thomas Pearson, Anthony Picard, Thomas Ramsey, Janice Shoultz, James Silva, Patricia Steinhoff, Jean Toyama, Jane Tribble, Alice Tse, Judy Weightman, Roy Wilkens, Rosemarie Woodruff

Senators Absent: Nell Altizer, Byron Bender, James Brandon, Gaye Chan, Sandra Chang, David Chappell, Virgie Chattergy, Meda Chesney-Lind, Norma Despain, Patricia Fryer, John Haig, J. Patrick Henry, Noel Kent, Barry Labonte, Kem Lowry, Ronald Matayoshi, Deane Neubauer, Nicholas Ordway, Kathryn Patterson, John Sinton, Joseph Stanton, Glenn Teves, Melvin Wong

Senators Excused: Scott Anderson, Rodney Batiza, Michael díAndrea, Thelma Diercks, Anita Gerhard, Christopher Measures, John Melish, Marian Melish, Roy Nishimoto, Donald Schmitt, Byung Wie

Visitors: President Kenneth P. Mortimer, Vice President David Yount

Meeting was called to order by at 3:10 PM by Chair Alison Kay. The minutes of the November 16, 1994 meeting were approved as distributed.

President Mortimerís Address

President Mortimer indicated that under guidelines from former Governor Waihee's the University has developed an annual budget of $348 million. In addition, the University was asked to cut 30 positions and not to propose any new initiatives unless they could be funded from the current budget. In addition, an annual $26 million budget beyond what the governor allowed was prepared and approved by the Board of Regents (BOR). These additional funds will be used to improve access and quality.

The University has given its prioritized list of Capital Improvement Projects to the former Governor and the current Governor. While neither governor agrees with the priorities put forth by the University, the President will continue to put forth the University's list to the Legislature. Definite outcomes of the budget process will not be known until at least the middle of March when revenue projections are complete. The Legislature must know how much money is available before allocations can be made.

The President thanked the Faculty Senate for the input we recently provided in regards to endowed chairs and his staff will be developing university wide policies on how to handle these matters. Currently, endowed chairs are not handled in the same way across campus and he would like to develop a more consistent policy that would, for example, clearly detail what an endowed chair costs. He noted that the BOR does create named appointments, while the University administration sets detailed policy on these issues.

The President stated that he agrees with the Faculty Senate Resolution that stated the admission criteria and standards of the University of Hawaii at Manoa are determined by the Faculty of the University and no other body. Since he was hired, he has made it clear that faculty judgment in the admissions process is inviolate and that he will not suffer any attempt to erode our integrity. He hopes that every member of the faculty can confidently say that interference with the admissions process does not happen at this University.

Admissions policy is under review in order to determine what information can and cannot be supplied about applicants and prospective applicants to the University. Guidelines will be developed so that those who feel pressure in answering such questions are clear about what we can say and what we cannot say.

Chair's Report

In response to faculty concern with facilities and facilities management, Chair Kay reported that Assistant Vice President Allan Ah San feels in about a year and a half we will be able to start undertaking some of the improvements proposed Group 70 International and outlined by Frances Oda at our last meeting. Chair Kay further commented that Mr. Oda did not have any input into the design and location of the new addition which resembles a concrete bunker outside Webster Hall. Chair Kay further stated that it has been suggested that rental prices of new Faculty Housing be decreased in order to increase occupancy rates.

Faculty across campus are discussing general education. A system wide discussion on what we want our graduate to look like in 2000 has been initiated through the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC). Faculty, staff and administrators will assemble on March 24 and 25, 1995 to discuss questions of the substance and strategies of general education.

The Senate Executive Committee (SEC) is in the process of organizing a meeting with the new governor. We will be discussing what type of BOR appointments he will make, the importance of funding improvements for Hamilton Library, and the need to revise the new procurement law. The SEC is also planning to meet with the Chairs of the Committees of Higher Education at the Legislature. Chair Kay noted that she sent a letter to the Governor in support of our studentsí recent efforts to draw attention to the Hamilton Library issue.

The SEC is pursuing discussions with Carol Eastman and Tom Gething on promotion and tenure criteria. We want to insure that instruction, service and research are all considered and that one type of activity is not given a disproportionate weight over others in the tenure and promotion process.

The SEC is currently reviewing a long report on the status of contracts and grants, and has provided input on Gender Equity issues to the administration, requesting that no final policy be formulated without our input.

Committee on Academic Policy and Programs (CAPP)

Chair Tom Ramsey reported that CAPP has reviewed the proposal to disband the Department of General Science in the College of Natural Sciences. The department decided to disband itself since there was no reason to exist when the Faculty Senate voted against a degree program in General Science. The move was not done to save money. The dissolution of General Science was done very systematically and the only concern raised by CAPP was that the courses were transferred to research departments that may not be as devoted to general science courses as the staff of General Science has been. The College of Natural Sciences gave a satisfactory response to this concern. CAPP recommended that the Faculty Senate support the dissolution of General Science.

In response to concerns about what types of science courses are still being taught, Chair Ramsey responded that 21 of 28 courses are still being taught, often by the same faculty. In addition, the broad, introductory science courses will now be taught, in some cases, by full professors rather than the temporary lecturers employed previously by General Science. A comment was made that these courses can now be in departments where they can be more connected to research.

Concern was raised about the fact that the proposal to dissolve General Science was not reviewed by the Faculty Senate until the event was already underway. The Faculty Senate would need to evaluate the issue sooner if our input is to have any effect. Chair Kay noted that the SEC would send a memo stating this need for early involvement in the future to administration.

A vote on the proposal to disband General Science was taken and passed with 35 yes, 0 no and 2 abstentions.

Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB)

Chair Marilyn Dunlap reported that CAB has been discussing a proposal to review Deans and Directors. There have been such reviews in the past, but they have been informal. CAB recommends an annual review and a seven year review of Deans and Directors. The annual review would entail a survey of the unitís faculty and would be done by administration. The President would discuss the results with the respective Dean. The seven year review would involve reviewers internal and external to the University, with the Dean and the unit being reviewed at the same time. CAB recommended that a joint faculty and administration committee work on the details of both types of review.

Some concern was expressed that this issue is not in the Faculty Senateís purview. Another concern centered on the lack of student involvement in the review process. Further comments noted that the performance of Deans and Directors directly impacted academic issues and therefore, the issue is of great concern to the Faculty Senate.

After general agreement to include students in the process and to make it clear that we are not attempting to dictate policy to administration on this issue, the proposal was passed with 29 yes, 1 no and 1 abstention.

Committee on Faculty Service (CFS)

In addition to making recommendation on faculty to serve on various committees and advisory boards, Chair Peter Nicholson reported that CFS is streamlining the election process. The Faculty Senate office will be getting input from the Human Resource Information System to generate the list of faculty eligible to serve on the Faculty Senate. In the past the list was handled by each constituenciesí election committee. In addition, faculty will be asked if they agree to serve during the election, rather than after the fact. Other changes in the elections process that require amendments to the Charter are being considered.

Committee on Student Affairs (CSA)

Chair Rosemarie Woodruff reported that CSA is searching for direction. They have spent some time learning about the Office of Students Affairs and are looking forward to identifying their agenda for the year.

Committee on Professional Matters (CPM)

Chair Cynthia Ning reported that CPM reviewed the Universityís Sexual Harassment Procedures and made only one recommendation for change. They plan to follow-up with administration in the Spring in order to determine how the implementation process in progressing.

CPM is also examining the ethics policy, including the fact that the University Ethics Committee only deals with research issues.

Committee on Athletics (COA)

Chair James Cartwright reported that the COA has received a report on intercollegiate athletics. They have met with members of the athletic department and have commented on the athleticsí program plan for gender equity.

There was no old business and no new business. The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda J. Cox