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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, October 18, 1995

Architecture #205

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

Senators Present: Belinda Aquino, Sandra Chang, David Chappell, Donna Ching, Joel Cohn, Joanne Cooper, Linda Cox, James Dator, Steven Dawson, Austin Dias, Marilyn Dunlap, Dolores Foley, Patricia Fryer, Gregg Geary, Patrick Gilbert, Richard Guillory, Sue Hanson, Kathryn Hoffmann, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Wayne Iwaoka, Alison Kay, Barry LaBonte, William Lampe, Margaret Maaka, Robert McLaren, Chrisopher Measures, Karen Meech, Ralph Moberly, Marita Nelson, Deane Neubauer, Cynthia Ning, Aiko Oda, Stephen O'Harrow, Nicholas Ordway, C. S. Papacostas, Robert Paull, Thomas Pearson, Teresita Ramos, Thomas Ramsey, Jurgen Sang, James Silva, Thomas Speitel, Joseph Stanton, Patricia Steinhoff, Victor Stenger, John Stimson, Glenn Teves, Jane Tribble, Lorrie Wong, Rosemarie Woodruff, Ming-Bao Yue

Senators Absent: James Brandon, John Casken, Gaye Chan, Joel Fischer, Patrick Henry, Ruth Horie, Bruce Liebert, Burt Lum, Fred McKenzie, John Melish, Marian Melish, Robert Meyer, Victor Olgyay, Leon Serafim, Janice Shoultz, Roy Wilkens

Senators Excused: Barry Brennan, Patricia Edelen-Smith, Adelheid Kuehnle, Nancy Lind, Jane Moulin, Peter Nicholson, Neva Owens, Karen Peacock, Raul Rudoy, Alice Tse, Judy Weightman,

Note: This meeting of the Faculty Senate followed a meeting of the Faculty Congress and thus the attendance record above may or may not accurately reflect actual attendance by Senators at the Faculty Senate meeting itself. In addition, 128 persons who were not Senators signed the Faculty Congress attendance sheet. It is not known how many of them also attended the Faculty Senate meeting.

The Faculty Senate Meeting was opened at 3:50 P.M. by Co-Chair Alison Kay.

The minutes of the meeting of September 20 were approved as submitted.

Co-Chair Kay made the following announcements:

--As instructed by the Senate at the last meeting, the SEC wrote a letter to UHPA stating that, in the opinion of the Senate, the UHPA President's statement in the most recent Board Notes overstepped the boundary between what is properly Union and what is properly Faculty business, as stated in the White Paper of Agreement between the Union and the Faculty Senate.

The letter is attached to these minutes.

--The SEC also, as instructed by the last Senate meeting, prepared a resolution on the UHM Libraries. The resolution was accepted by a unanimous show of hands, with one abstention.

The resolution is attached to these minutes.

--Co-Chair Kay also called the attention of the Senate to a resolution prepared by the SEC which was attached to the day's agenda by which the Senate reaffirms its academic priorities as first declared in a resolution of May 1994. The resolution also asks the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Manoa to follow the Senate's priorities if and when budget reductions require cuts in personnel and/or programs at the University.

The resolution passed unanimously with three abstentions.

The resolution is attached to these minutes.

--Co-Chair Kay then introduced a resolution submitted to the SEC by the Committee on Administration and Budget which asks that the faculty governing body of each college, school, or research unit establish a committee to work with the Dean or Director in establishing and using criteria for formulating and administering the budget of the unit.

The rationale behind the resolution is that since much budgetary decisionmaking resides at the level of deans and directors (and is not concentrated in the central administration), faculty governing bodies of the colleges, schools, and research units need a budgetary oversight committee similar to that of the UHM Committee on Budget and Administration so that the faculty can have appropriate and effective input into important budgetary decisions. This is especially important in this time of reducing budgets.

Concern was expressed about this being unduly cumbersome for some small research units and that it might implicate faculty in decisions which are properly those of the deans and directors.

After considerable discussion, the SEC agreed to reconsider the resolution in the light of the comments made.

Deane Neubauer then discussed a concern which arose from a meeting today of the Committee on Administration and Budget, of which he is chair: how the Senate might become appropriately involved in any "vertical" (programmatic) cuts which the administration might feel are necessary.

The Senate, through its re-affirmed statement on priorities, has acted concerning "horizontal" (across the board) cuts. But what should be its role if entire programs, or schools, are threatened?

Among the points raised in discussing this was whether, since vertical cuts clearly involved "RIF" (Reduction in Forces) procedures covered by the UHPA contract, the Senate itself was about to overstep the boundary between Union and Faculty business that we had just discussed. It was suggested that any statement the Senate might propose should be reviewed by the attorney for UHPA before the Senate adopts it.

Prof. Neubauer replied that these questions about faculty involvement in what might be seen as strictly union--and/or administrative--arenas are at the very heart of the Committee's concern: how can the Faculty Senate be sure that its voice is fairly and appropriately heard when discussions which will certainly impact the quality of education (which is the Senate's responsibility for overseeing) are made? He asked that any one who has ideas about this express them soon to the CAB or SEC.

A question was also raised as to whether the UH "System" idea was working. Concern was expressed about the many personnel with high salaries in the central administration. This structure should be reviewed, it was suggested.

Co-Chair Kay then introduced a representative from the Aloha United Way who implored the Senators to do whatever they can to support the appeal of the AUW this year, even in light of severe budgetary restrictions. Because of the bleak budget picture for the State generally, the needs of organizations assisted by the AUW are unusually acute, he pointed out. "Please do what you can."

Someone else urged that we all support the United Way. Harking back to the Congress presentation of President Mortimer, the speaker pointed out that there is a perception in the community that UH does not do its share in supporting AUW and that therefore some local funding agencies are reluctant to support the UH itself.  It is thus in the narrow self interest of UH to support AUW generously.

Wayne Iwaoka of the Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Programs made the following statement:

"Earlier in the semester, the Senate Executive Committee unanimously requested that CAPP continue the process of evaluating and making recommendations on new and revised academic programs.

"We are doing this. However, I understand that there is a backlog of Faculty Senate approved academic programs sitting in Bachman Hall. As we continue to deliberate, we thought it might be helpful if the Manoa
Faculty Senate could be apprised of the following:
1. How many new and revised requests are awaiting presentation to the BOR?
2. How long have they been sitting there?
3. How many were presented to the Board for approval, and rejected?
4. When were these programs last updated in terms of personnel and course changes?
5. How many programs are sitting there awaiting approval that are requesting no additional funds?

"If there are academic proposals awaiting approval which are not requesting additional funds, we would like to know the reasons they are sitting there when the growth and vitality of a university is related to our ability to adapt to change. We appear to be stagnant at this point when we could still be dynamic even in times of limited resources.

"By this action CAPP is formally requesting that the Senate Executive Committee contact appropriate individuals in Bachman Hall to get us the information described above."

Co-Chair Kay said that the SEC would act on this as requested.

John Pincince, representative of the Graduate Students Organization rose to request Faculty Senate support for the Death of Education Funeral March planned for October 31 from noon.

Patricia Steinhoff noted that UHPA had agreed to become a co-sponsor (with the various student groups) of the March, and urged the Faculty Senate to co-sponsor it as well.

There was discussion as to whether "co-sponsor" implied that the Senate would provide money or not. Co-Chair Kay pointed out there is no money for the Senate per se to give. Dolores Foley, who is serving as a liaison between interested faculty and the organizing student groups, pointed out that UHPA is providing some money for advertising and signs, but that funds are needed to rent buses to bring some of the marchers back to campus after their 3.35 mile march.

A vote on co-sponsorship which did not necessarily imply financial support was approved with one "nay" and two abstentions.

Patricia Fryer rose to urge the faculty to do more than march or bake. She suggested that faculty members should volunteer to assist the libraries by checking out books, reshelving books, or as otherwise directed by library personnel--and to do so in full academic regalia.

There being no other business, the Senate Co-Chair Kay adjourned the meeting at 4:21 PM.

Respectfully submitted

Jim Dator