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1997-1998


University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, September 17, 1997

Architecture Room 205

Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:07

Senators Present: Barry Baker, Caroline Blanchard, Thomas Brislin, Patricia Burrell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Virgie Chattergy, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, John Cox, Steve Dawson, Robert Duesterhaus, Maryln Dunlap, Arnold Edelstein, Samir El-Swaify, Stephen Ferreira, John Halloran, Sue Hansen, John Hardman, Patricia Hickman, Katheryn Hoffman, Roderick Jacobs, Casey Jarman, Judith Kellogg, Kenneth Kipnis, Sumner La Croix, David Lally, William Lampe, Nancy Lind, John Mahoney, Alexander Malahoff, Stacey Marlow, Gertraud Maskarinec, Jennifer Matsuda, Jane Moulin, Gwen Naguwa, Peter Nicholson, Aspy Palia, Thomas Ramsey, Gay Reed, Allison Regen, Morris Saldov, Thomas Schroeder, Miriam Sharma, Joseph Stanton, Virginia Tanji, Randal Wada, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, Lesley Wright, Dina Yoshimi, David Yount, Halina Zaleski.

Senators Excused: Nell Altizer, James Cowen, Ruth Horie, Michael Maglaya, Thomas Olson, C.S. Papacostas.

Senators Absent: Alton Arakaki, Sandra Chang, Eric DeCarlo, Kathy Ferguson, James Gaines, Karl Minke, Steven Seifried, Roy Wilkins.

Administrative Members: Tom Bopp

Invited Guests: Juo Leung and Tony Locascio

Chair Malahoff described the duties of the Faculty Senate to be the voice of Manoa and to bring issues to President Mortimer to be considered and addressed. He noted that the President listens to us, and that we have considerable influence.

Chair Malahoff described the situation he sees facing Manoa. Enrollment is down another 6 percent this year.  We have competition from other institutions.  There is support of the University in the Legislature.  Some parts of the community don't understand us.  We may have further fund restrictions soon.  President Mortimer may not release as many positions as hoped.  Our hard times occur while the rest of the country has strong economic growth.  We need to speak up, work with the Administration, and assist the University in these troubled times.  President Mortimer feels comfortable working with the Senate, in the Chair's view, and he is willing to come meet with us.

The Chair addressed the question: What can we do to get out of this bind?

1. Enhance the undergraduate experience.

2. Consider a committee on admissions and recruitment.

        Get good students and stop the enrollment erosion.

3. Arrange for faculty to visit high schools.

Introductions of Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Committee Chairs.

Executive Committee:

Tom Ramsey: Vice Chair

Encouraged Faculty to register to vote

Steve Dawson: Secretary

Kathy Ferguson

Ken Kipnis

Sumner LaCroix

David Yount

Committee Chairs:

Marilyn Dunlap: Committee on Faculty Service

                Asked for names for the food service committee.

Gwen Naguwa: Committee on Student Affairs

Plans to focus on campus climate for undergraduates, the transition from the university to the community and to employment, and the barriers students face at UH.

Eldon Wegner: Committee on Academic Policy and Planning

Has two proposals and is looking at how to involve faculty in admissions and recruiting.

Peter Nicholson: Committee on Athletics

Tom Schroeder reported the committee will continue last year's look at student athletes, continuing with admissions as started last year and going on to reviewing progress on Title 9 and gender equity.

Donna Ching: Committee on Professional Matters

Will start with the UH standards for ethical conduct.

Casey Jarman and Pat Burrell: Committee on Administration and Budget

                Will look at what happened to last year's resolutions, meet with Eugene Imai on the                   upcoming budget, look at frozen positions, problems with service contracts, and work loan                   issues. The committee believes in working hard, having fun, and more members are                   welcome.

Minutes of the May 9, 1997, meeting were approved.

Chair Malahoff introduced Tony Locascio and Juo Leung to speak for the Aloha United way, noting that the community notices how much the UH contributes and that the community needs our contributions.

                Tony Locascio reported the campaign runs through October 31, the overall goal is $14                   million, and the UH goal is $320,000. AUW is important because Federal and State                   programs are being cut, people still need assistance, our economy is not robust, and those                   who need help are our neighbors, and at times ourselves.

Several questions were asked: Are there alternatives to AUW? Why does UH support AUW as opposed to other similar funds? Could UH make it as easy to contribute to other agencies?

Responses: AUW helps 65 agencies. Only 13 percent of donations go to administrative overhead. Other agencies, such as Planned Parenthood, can be added by the donor under the Donor Option. The Peoples Fund is a possible similar funding agency, but more community action oriented than the AUW which is human service oriented. The Peoples Fund can be donated to through the AUW using the Donor Option.

For more information, Juo Leung and Tony Locascio can be reached at 64250.

Ken Kipnis, representing the FSEC, introduced a motion to establish an ad hoc committee on the Manoa undergraduate experience. He noted that the proposal is in response to last years discussions about general education, curriculum revisions, and meetings with Carol Eastman, Tom Bopp, and President Mortimer.

Proposal: In that the Manoa Senate Executive Committee acknowledges the essentiality of undergraduate education to Manoa's mission as a research university and, accordingly, as we are concerned about declining undergraduate enrollment at Manoa; the institutional fragmentation of responsibility for the Manoa undergraduate program: the increasing competitive pressures of community colleges, other private institutions and emerging virtual universities; and, finally, the need to articulate and, if necessary, implement a vision of a distinctive undergraduate experience suitable for a research university;

We Move

that the Manoa Faculty Senate establish an ad hoc committee on the Manoa undergraduate experience, with particular emphasis on the freshman and sophomore years;

that this committee consist of no more than 12 persons who will serve for a minimum of two years;

that the committee review and assess policies and practices affecting admissions and recruitment, the character of campus life, and the quality and integrity of the undergraduate program at Manoa, especially as these affect the freshman and sophomore years;

that the committee undertake pertinent research as necessary, issue periodic reports to the Manoa Senate on its findings, and made such recommendations to the Senate as it deems appropriate.

In response to a question about the composition of the committee, Kipnis said it hadn't been decided, and could include Senate members, other faculty, and administrators.

An amendment was proposed to have between one-forth and one-half of the committee be students. Points raised in the discussion included whether one-half was too high, other ways exist to get student input, and it's already possible to appoint students based on the original proposal. The amendment failed: 13 yes, 19 no, 3 abstentions.

After it was pointed out that the Faculty Senate Charter only provides for ad hoc committees lasting for one year, an amendment was proposed and seconded saying the committee would serve for one year and report recommendations then to the Senate. The amendment was approved: 32 yes, 0 no, and 3 abstentions.

Further discussion on the proposal included (1) whether the committee was needed or could the tasks be handled by an existing committee such as the Committee on Student Affairs? (2) Is there an Administration proposal coming to have an undergraduate college? If so, should this committee be more firmly tied in to other senate committees? (3) Is the ad hoc status a problem? (4) The proposal is based on a feeling we can do a better job for our students, especially in the first two years. (5) Standing Committees may be overburdened already. Does the Committee on Student Affairs want to take this on? Gwen Naguwa replied that she couldn't reply for the Committee without first discussing it with them. (6) There is some urgency to this because of declining enrollments. (7) The current committees look at parts of the tasks. The proposed committee can look at more of the total undergraduate experience. (8) An existing committee can be enlarged to take this task on. (9) The standing committees have parts of the pie: the Executive Committee can parcel the tasks out to the standing committees.

The vote on the original proposal, as amended for a one year life of the ad hoc committee was approved: 25 yes, 3 no, and 5 abstentions.

Chair Malahoff asked for the Senate's thoughts on a new Standing Committee on Admissions and Retention before the next meeting.

New Business: none

Meeting was adjourned at 4:30

Next Meeting: October 15, following the Faculty Congress at 2:30.

Respectively submitted

Steve Dawson, Secretary

Approved Proposal: In that the Senate Executive Committee acknowledges the essentiality of undergraduate education to Manoa's mission as a research university and, accordingly, as we are concerned about declining undergraduate enrollment at Manoa; the institutional fragmentation of responsibility for the Manoa undergraduate program; the increasing competitive pressures of community colleges, other private institutions and emerging virtual universities; and, finally, the need to articulate and, if necessary, implement a vision of a distinctive undergraduate experience suitable for a research university;

We Move

that the Manoa Faculty Senate establish an ad hoc committee on the Manoa Undergraduate experience, with particular emphasis on the freshman and sophomore years;

that this committee consist of no more than 12 persons who will serve for one year;

that the committee review and assess policies and practices affecting admissions and recruitment, the character of campus life, and the quality and integrity of the undergraduate program at Manoa, especially as these affect the freshman and sophomore years;

that the committee undertake pertinent research as necessary, issue periodic reports to the Manoa Senate on its findings, and made such recommendations to the Senate as it deems appropriate prior to the last Senate meeting of 1997-98.