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1996-1997


University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Congress, October 16, 1996

Architecture Room 205
Chair Kiyoshi Ikeda called the Congress to order at 2:36 PM
Senators Present:
Barry Brennan, Patricia Burrell, Sandra Chang, Donna Ching, Joanne Cooper, 
Jim Dator, Steven Dawson, Eric DeCarlo, Joel Fischer, Dolores Foley, Patrick 
Gilbert, John Halloran, Patricia Hickman, Kathryn Hoffmann, Kyoshi Ikeda,  
Roderick Jacobs, Kenneth Kipnis, Sumner LaCroix, Bruce Liebert, Michael 
Maglaya, John Mahoney, Alexander Malahoff, Jennifer Matsuda, Robert 
Meyer, Ralph Moberly, Deane Neubauer, Thomas Olson, Aspy Palia, C. S. 
Papacostas, Robert Paull, Gay Reed, Jurgen Sang, Thomas Schroeder, Steven 
Seifried, Glenn Teves, Lesley Wright
Senators Excused:
Craig Chaudron, Richard Guillory, Wayne Iwaoka, Thomas Ramsey, Raul 
Rudoy, Lorrie Wong
Senators Absent:
Sarah Burchfiel, Robert Duesterhaus, Samir El-Swaify, James Gaines, Gregg 
Geary, Sue Hanson, Ruth Horie, Ken Hunter, Casey Jarman, Barry Labonte, 
David Lally, Fred Mackenzie, Stacey Marlow, Robert McLaren, Karen Meech, 
Jane Moulin, Marita Nelson, Peter Nicholson, Stephen O'Harrow, Victor 
Olgyay, Karen Peacock, Leon Serafim, Miriam Sharma, Thomas Speitel, 
Joseph Stanton, Victor Stenger, John Stimson, Ming-Bao Yue
Administrative Members:
Kenneth Mortimer, Carol Eastman, Thomas Bopp
Invited Guests
Dean Smith, Sinika Hayasaka, Judith Inazu 
Three additional persons signed the attendance list.
The minutes of the Congress meeting of February 28, 1996 were approved.
Chair Ikeda announced that plans were underway to have a memorial 
service for Madeline Goodman who died recently.  Faculty members who 
have suggestions about that service should contact either Prof. Ikeda 
directly, or the Faculty Senate Office.
Chair Ikeda then introduced UH President Kenneth Mortimer who said he 
intended to focus on five major items--the current enrollment/budget 
situation; the uncertain future status of Bill 161; the upcoming legislative 
session; private fundraising activities and plans; and the UH Strategic Plan.
Before doing that, the President expressed his thanks to everyone involved 
in the General Education effort ongoing this weekend.  Recognizing that 
determining the form and content of General Education is a special 
obligation of the faculty, he nonetheless expressed his great interest and 
concern with this.  It is a matter of determining what it means to be an 
"educated person", and how the curriculum reflects this understanding, he 
said.  However, he also pointed out that it is not entirely a matter of what 
the faculty designs, but also of what courses students actually take out of 
the array offered as General Education. It is something which the faculty 
needs to reconsider at least once every decade, so the time is ripe for the 
current effort, the President concluded.
On the matter of enrollment, tuition, and the budget generally, the 
President pointed out that the news is not as bad as it may at first have 
seemed.  Last year, the University estimated that there would be a 5% 
drop in enrollment, system-wide if tuition were raised.  There was in fact a 
6% drop, with an 8% drop at Manoa.  There also appears not to have been a 
substantial flight of students from the more expense Manoa campus to the 
community colleges in the system, although the 40% decline in freshmen 
enrollment remains a puzzle which must be sorted out.
Also, the University did bring in an additional $10 million because of the 
tuition increase (although it was later pointed out that the Governor has 
also withheld $10 million).
Athletics has been cut just as everyone else has, and as planned.  It may 
be the public has only now come to realize what that means, but it is not 
something new.
However, President Mortimer pointed out again, as he has before, that we 
won't really know what our budget situation is this year until spring 
enrollments are completed and tuition all counted--about March 1.  In 
general though, he continues to believe that the worst is behind us.
Concerning the raising of private money, President Mortimer said that of 
course this has been ongoing for the last twenty-five years, but that it has 
been markedly increased recently.  54,000 phone calls have been made, 
especially to alumni, and 30% of the alumni are now donating to UH, which 
is comparable with most public university alumni giving.  This year, he 
intends to have 75,000 calls made, with a substantial increase of giving.
He also pointed out that the President's Club campaign has been successful, 
and he is especially pleased that so many faculty members participate in 
this.
And he expects to have ten or more major gifts of one million dollars or 
more over the next year or so.
Recent fund raising has brought in $25 million each of the last three years, 
two times the amount coming in during the 1980s and early 90s.  Athletics 
will be folded into this overall activity, and the University Development 
Council is always on the lookout for sources of outside funding.  We are 
moving steadily ahead as planned and should have a good operation in 
place over the next ten years.
The President then spoke about the upcoming legislative session.  It is time 
for UH to become more visible to the legislature and public concerning its 
mission and funding requirements.  We need to rethink the previous policy 
which discouraged individual faculty from speaking out.  Instead, 
President Mortimer said that he welcomes faculty participation in this, and 
thanked UHPA for its role in bringing the needs of the University to the 
public.  We need to make the phones ring, the President said. 
The crux of the matter is Act 161.  There are three parts.  The first grants 
the University the right to set, raise, and keep its tuition. Moreover, the 
Act guarantees that the Legislature will not reduce its level of support 
because of increased tuition revenues.  The Legislature agreed not to 
reduce the University's resource base further.
The Act also allows the University to grant tuition waivers to up to 15% of 
the undergraduate enrollment, and that it is the University, and not the 
Legislature which shall determine who gets the waivers.  Thus the BOR 
eliminated all of the legislatively-mandated tuition waivers, and is 
instigating its own policy, which is more generally needs-based
Finally, Act 161 states that, in 1998, the level of University funding by the 
Legislature shall be restored to the 1995 levels, which is $88 million more 
than the University currently receives from the Legislature. When the BOR 
prepared its most recent budget, it did so on the assumption that the law 
would be followed as written.
Now, it may be that the State cannot actually afford to give the University 
that much presently, President Mortimer said, but it is very important that 
the spirit and intent of the legislation be followed.  We must do everything 
we can to see that the base does not shrink still further, and each faculty 
member should play a positive role in seeing that such is the case.
Act 161 helped restructure the relationship between the State and the 
University.  We are on track to making still more necessary changes, such 
as allowing the University to keep 100% of the overhead funds it 
generates.  It is also imperative for successful private giving that donors 
know that the Legislature will not reduce the base by the amount the 
private donors give. It is very important that we not lose ground on any of 
these matters.
Of course we also need to develop benchmarks so that we can assure the 
public that we are using their funds in appropriate ways.  We need a new 
social contract between the citizens of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, 
and we need to work hard now to achieve that.
The President concluded his remarks by noting that the BOR will probably 
adopt the new Strategic Plan at its next session--a plan which intends to 
make the University of Hawaii the premiere university in the Asian-Pacific 
Region.
A question and answer period followed.
Some one asked whether the University was going to purchase land on 
Molokai in order to set up a branch of Maui Community College. The 
President said that this is Priority Number 4 on the BOR list.
Some one else wanted to know how the bargaining process is going; that 
the last time the President spoke, he promised to be more active in getting 
a new contract signed.  He said he has been so active, and that written 
proposals have been exchanged, but that no definite progress has been 
made so far.
The President was also asked about the ownership of books and articles 
written by faculty members.  He reiterated his position that the problem is 
not with traditional books and articles, but with the new communication 
technologies, and that the study of this matter was still underway.
When asked about the reason why the amount the Governor took from the 
University ($10 million) is the same as the amount brought in by tuition 
($10 million), the President said he had no comment.
Since Promotion and Tenure were listed on the agenda, someone wanted to 
know why the President had not addressed that issue.  Chair Ikeda said 
that was an error, and had related to the Old Business of having a set of 
clearer criteria for Promotion and Tenure, especially for Specialist faculty, 
which is still not ready to be brought before the Senate.  But normal 
mechanisms for Tenure and Promotion are in place, and moving forward, 
the President assured the faculty.
There was also a question about restoring purchase funds to Hamilton 
Library and CIP funds for a new library annex.
President Mortimer pointed out that VP Carole Eastman will describe what 
is happening in the former, and that the Number One CIP item in the BOR 
Budget--even ahead of all the Community College needs--is building the 
Hamilton Annex, for which planning money has already been spent and 
plans readied.
President Mortimer then excused himself, and Vice President Carole 
Eastman stepped in to discuss other matters.  She said that because of 
lower tuition income, and the Governor's restrictions, final allocations will 
be made this week to all units, and that most units will have 2 -3% less 
than was anticipated. This will give half ($500,000) of the million dollars 
needed to allow the Library to resume some level of book and periodical 
purchasing. It is necessary, however, to find the additional $500,000 for 
the library somewhere.
Assistant Vice President Tom Bopp also pointed out that the University is 
trying to protect the funds it has budgeted for repair and maintenance, 
since these are the funds that have been so seriously depleted in past 
years of budget cutting.
It should also be possible for recruiting of new faculty members to move 
forward. 
VP Eastman said she also had hoped to be able to say that the plans for 
annual and special review of deans and directors were in place and ready 
for implementation.  While that is the case of the annual reviews, there are 
still some problems with the special reviews that need to be worked out, 
she said.
VP Eastman was also asked to comment on the statement by the President 
that faculty should become more active in the University's legislative 
agenda.  She said that was a real switch in policy.  We now want faculty 
involvement, she said, but we need to know what faculty are saying to 
whom.  We need to be as organized and coherent as possible.
Prof. Sumner LaCroix spoke up at this point saying that his committee 
wants the faculty to join with the administration when possible, and to 
express a separate voice where necessary.  There will be many new faces 
in the Legislature this year, he said, and it is important that we make our 
needs and mission known to the Legislature--even though what the 
Governor will then do with what the Legislature produces remains a 
problem.
The policy of generally not having persons on a TPRC from the same 
college (and certainly not the same department) as the faculty under 
review was reiterated, in response to a question by AVP Bopp, with a 
possible exception being for Specialists whose role may not be as well 
known by most other faculty members.
Chair Ikeda introduced Sinika Hayasaka who is the sole University 
representative for the Aloha United Way. She explained that with two 
weeks to go, the University is about 1/3 of the way towards achieving its 
goal of $345,000.  She stressed how important it was that the community 
see the University fully meeting its obligation towards the community as a 
whole through Aloha United Way.
Prof. Hayasaka was asked why the policy of distributing AUW pledge cards 
to faculty via the Departments was changed in favor of sending it to their 
homes. She said that it was felt that more faculty members would open 
and respond to their mail at home than in the office, but that this seems 
not to be the actual case.  Faculty who did not receive, or save, their pledge 
cards may call 63258 for a new card.
Chair Ikeda next pointed out that in its recent meetings with the President, 
the SEC has placed the matter of Distance Education (and the Virtual 
University) on the front burner for discussions, and has also urged the 
President to restore "College Hill Breakfast"-type meetings between town 
and gown again, as long as they are not detrimental to his fund-raising 
efforts.
A question was raised about faculty funding for possible distance 
education courses.  VP Eastman said the Colleen Sathre had been made 
responsible for coordinating all this, but that she is only getting this 
process underway. She did say that some funds should be available soon, 
but that nothing is in place yet.
The assembly then began a discussion of the BOR's proposed policy on 
tuition waivers.  It was noted that substantially more waivers were 
proposed for football and the band than for President's Scholars.  Several 
people wanted to know how we can be "the premiere Asia Pacific 
university" if this is the way we allocate our tuition waivers?
A motion was introduced and passed unanimously which stated:
"The Senate is concerned not that tuition waivers are granted, but that 
they are not being given in a way consistent with the President's strategic 
plan to make the University of Hawaii the premiere Asia-Pacific 
University."
It was then pointed out first that the body was still meeting as the 
Congress, and not as the Senate, and secondly, that there was no longer a 
quorum of the Senate present.
The Congress then adjourned at 3:58 PM,
Jim Dator
Secretary, SEC and Faculty Senate