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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, May 13, 1998

Krauss Hall, Yukiyoshi Room

43 Senators Present: Nell Altizer, Caroline Blanchard, Thomas Brislin, William Burgwinkle, Patricia Burrell, Kenneth Bushnell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, John Cox, Thomas Craven, Steve Dawson, Marilyn Dunlap, Kathy Ferguson, Stephen Ferreira, Agnes Fok, Donna Fukuda, Karl Kim, Kenneth Kipnis, Elmer Kudo, William Lampe, Nancy Lind, Alexander Malahoff, Gertraud Maskarinec, David McClain, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, Gwen Naguwa, C.S. Papacostas, Tom Ramsey, Alison Regan, Donald Schmitt, Thomas Schroeder, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, Richard Varley, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, David Yount

6 Senators Excused: James Cowen, Emily Hawkins, Judith Kellogg, Sumner LaCroix, Thomas Vogt, Sylvia Yuen

21 Senators Absent: Alton Arakaki, Barry Baker, Virgie Chattergy, Robert Duesterhaus, Arnold Edelstein, John Hardman, Joel Hanna, Casey Harman, Stacey Marlow, John Mount, Joseph O'Mealy, Mary Pateman, Karen Peacock, Stanley Saiki, Morris Saldov, Jane Tribble, Robert Valliant, Randal Wada, Frank Walton, Roy Wilkins, Dina Yoshimi

Members of the Administration: Dean Smith, Tom Bopp, Eugene Imai, Amy Agbayani

Seven visitors signed the guest list.

Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:05

1. Minutes of the Senate meeting of April 22, 1998, were approved.

2. Dean Smith, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Vice Chancellor, addressed the Senate. He thanked the Senate for support during this difficult year and referred to five milestones for the year: (1) the Senate's focus on the undergraduate experience, (2) the merger of Summer Session and CCECS and other mergers under consideration, (3) autonomy, (4) work to straighten out reporting lines, and (5) the budget. The Administration will work with the Senate to bring the Undergraduate Experience recommendations to fruition. "We want a positive, bonding experience when students come to UH. The new SS/CCECS will be Manoa's focal point for outreach and distance learning and will take the lead as we move into uncharted territory. We must decide whether to go in "big time" or to let others do it. What we don't do, someone else will step in and do. If any internal program mergers need action over the Summer, we will bring them to the SEC. After receiving a "not overwhelming positive response" to a proposal to combine the four Arts and Sciences Colleges into a single unit, he has asked the four deans to come up with a better plan. The Faculty Senate will be involved in any changes which may be made.

Dean Smith reported there are two big projects for next year. First, the Senate's initiative, which he endorsed wholeheartedly, to look at the undergraduate core. Second, although we finally have budget numbers to work with for this year, we need to plan for possible further budget restrictions. Dean Smith said the administration will be making contingency plans for another 10 percent cut in State funding over the next three years. If it is less than 10 percent, great, and we can reallocate it in good ways.

In response to questions from the Senate, Dean Smith said planning for a 10 percent funding cut is being cautious, not a forecast that the Legislature will back away from its tieing funding to tuition revenues. The UH five year, $100 million fund raising campaign will supplement general funds, not be in lieu of them. In addition to planning ahead to avoid capricious, across the board cuts, we need also to correct past capricious cuts. It will not be death by a thousand cuts: we need to set priorities and target reductions. We need to reduce some things to be able to build elsewhere. The physical plant will be addressed next year. President Mortimer, according to Dean Smith, sees the physical plant as a top priority and he may take a position of no new buildings until existing buildings are fixed first. Regarding the vertical cuts committees, Dean Smith said he's pleaded with the two committees to reach an agreement, but they have not been able to. "Now I'm faced with something I don't have a response to yet. I believe in faculty governance, but here I am with two reports that don't have a single conclusion." He's considering a third committee to look at the first two reports, or sharing the reports with decision makers, but he has not yet given the reports to Deans. "The huge split makes me more interested in bridging the gap between the two areas."

3. Eugene Imai, Senior Vice President for Administration, distributed a copy of the Conference Committee Report for UH Autonomy Bill and discussed its contents. There is a great deal of trust and support for UH at the Legislature, he reported, and now we need to live up to the expectations. The rewards in the bill are great, and the problems of implementing it are also great. Credit goes to UHPA and John Radcliffe who worked closely with the Administration during the session. Alex Malahoff added that Tom Ramsey, Senator and SEC member, and Representative David Morihara also worked hard and stood up for UH.

Among the key provisions in the bill were the following: The bill enables UH to hire attorneys, but funding was not provided. UH may consolidate a number of special funds into three funds (Community Services, Auxiliary Enterprises, and Facilities Use). The BOR is authorized to negotiate with the unions to establish an optional retirement system. UH special funds are exempted from transferring excess money to the State general fund. The President has authority to transfer funds and positions within the University. UH is exempted from certain provisions of the State procurement and concession laws. The range for general fund appropriations is set at three to five times the tuition revenues and as a result Act 161 was repealed. With tuition of about $70 million this year, the UH budget appropriation would be from $210 to $350 million.

In response to questions, Eugene Imai reported the July salary increase was funded last year because UHPA was one of the two bargaining groups to reach an agreement in time. Faculty housing continues to be a problem, the loan has been extended, we are waiting for the market to turn, and renting the units out meanwhile.

4. Amy Agbayani, Director of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity, addressed the Senate. On the mainland, diversity has encountered a number of legal and legislative setbacks, she reported, but in Hawaii diversity still has strong support. "Diversity is an asset, not a liability." She distributed statistics on ethnicity and gender at UH Manoa and reported that a comparison of 1987 and 1997 shows that the percentage of Hawaiians, Filipinos, and African Americans has risen, while still trailing the percentages in the State population and the community colleges. Plans for next year look to mentoring programs and more scholarships.

5. CAPP Resolution: To Appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate a Process to Review the UH-Manoa Core and Other Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree. Eldon Wegner, Chair of CAPP, reported on past efforts to revise the core. CAPP has reviewed these efforts, discussed the situation with interested faculty and administrators, and reached the conclusion that the best hope of success is to have the process led by a Blue Ribbon task force mandated by the Faculty Senate as an Ad Hoc Committee of the Senate. CAPP asks that the resolution be passed now, that the SEC appoint members to the task force over the summer, and that confirmation by the full Senate be taken up at the first Fall Senate meeting. This is probably a multi-year project, and since Senate committees are appointed for one year, the task force next year should set the process and get the review moving ahead.

In the discussion, the Senate heard that the Arts and Science Executive Committee agrees with a lot of the resolution, that the core should be reviewed periodically, and undergraduate education is to be supported. There were concerns references to faculty, student and alumni concerns about the core might preempt the task force's own possible conclusions. It might not be wise to take on another big project while the Undergraduate Experience Project is underway. Some student put off taking the core until their last two years and this causes problems which are not those of the core, and which were addressed by the Senate last year.

The original motion was amended by a vote of 19 yes, 9 no to remove a paragraph with specific faculty complaints about the existing core so as not to reach conclusions before the Task Force is set up. A second paragraph with references to complaints from students and alumni was replaced with "Whereas there are complaints about the core: and" by a vote of 29 yes, 0 no, and 3 abstentions. Several other friendly revisions were made to include alumni as possible ex officio members, to include a reference to general education requirements in the second "Whereas," and to enable committee members to come from units not teaching a core course. The Resolution was approved by unanimous voice vote. A copy is attached to these minutes.

6. Senate Executive Committee Elections: Marilyn Dunlap reported on the Election of four new members of the Senate Executive Committee to two year terms. Forty-five Senators have been nominated, 20 agreed to serve, and all have been asked to submit a short position statement to be distributed with the ballots. The names of the 20 nominees were read, and she asked if there were additional nominations from the floor. There were none, and the Committee on Faculty Service will send out the ballots ASAP.

7. End-of-Year Committee Reports:

Committee on Faculty Service (Marilyn Dunlap): Ran elections and appointed faculty to committees. A major accomplishment was appointing 38 faculty to the Faculty Ambassadors Program.

Undergraduate Experience Committee (Ken Kipnis): The committee is still at work, helping with implementation Forty faculty already have expressed interest in teaching in the program.

Committee on Professional Matters (Donna Ching): A big task for next year is to look at the UH Policy on Ethical Standards in Research and Scholarship. This is a complex issue, and she invited interested Senators to request to be on the Committee. Senate Committees can include members by invitation who are not senators.

Faculty Ambassadors Program (Kathy Ferguson): She will be on sabbatical and invited interested faculty to volunteer to keep the program going. "It doesn't cost much, doesn't hurt anyone, and needs minimal maintenance except at key times."

Committee on Athletics (John Cox for Peter Nicholson): The committee prepared reports on gender equity, tutoring, and admissions requirements. The committee believes in "students first, athletics second." Next year the committee plans to add one new task to the continuing tasks.

Committee on Student Affairs (Gwen Naguwa): Met 18 times and concentrated on identifying student concerns about the University with the ultimate objective of formulating recommendations for possible solutions. The major problems relate to a lack of sense of community and poor communication, especially a lack of feedback to students in response to their complaints, misconceptions about the faculty evaluation system, and inadequate resources, primarily computers, for an accessible communication system for Students and faculty. The committee investigated co and extra-curricular programs organized around themes to complement the Undergraduate Experience Program and for the entire campus.

Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (Eldon Wegner): a very productive year. Reviewed proposals for degrees and mergers, and undertook initiatives on University Admissions, faculty participation in reorganizations, development of a new student information system, and review of the Manoa core and graduation requirements. A recommendation is to establish a new Senate Committee next year on Undergraduate Life. We need a more structured committee than an ad hoc committee.

Committee on Administration and Budget (Pat Burrell): Looked at retrofitting, library construction, surveyed Deans and Directors about the effects of cuts, started to look at what happened with last year's Senate resolutions, strengthened relations with Eugene Imai, and with Facilities Management.

8. Chair's Report: Alex Malahoff reported his pleasure in serving the Senate and about The Senate's accomplishments this year. "We empowered ourselves. We identified problems, and we took control of them. We worked with the Administration and asserted ourselves." Of special note are the Faculty Ambassadors Program, the Undergraduate Experience Program and the Admissions and Recruiting Oversight subcommittee.

Meeting adjourned at 5:15

Respectively Submitted

Steve Dawson, Secretary


WHEREAS The Manoa Core Requirements were last reviewed in 1984 and that periodic review of these requirements by the faculty is advisable; and

WHEREAS there are complaints about the core and other general education requirements: and

WHEREAS UH MANOA is undertaking a concerted effort to revitalize undergraduate education, as represented by the recent Faculty Senate approval of proposals recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Undergraduate Experience and by President Mortimer's declaration that the coming year be regarded as the year of Undergraduate Education:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate mandate the Senate Executive Committee to appoint an ad hoc committee named the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Reform of the Manoa Core and Other Graduation Requirements for the 1998-99 academic year. The Faculty Senate will vote on the confirmation of the ad hoc committee in Fall 1998. The purpose of the ad hoc committee will be to initiate and oversee a process of reflection and dialogue among the faculty at UH-Manoa regarding all the Manoa graduation requirements, including the core, and to report back to the Faculty Senate by May, 1999.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the composition of this ad hoc committee consist of 12 faculty members and that the ad hoc committee should recruit undergraduate students, alumni, and university administrators and alumni interested in the issue of core reform as ex officio members.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the composition of the ad hoc committee be inclusive of faculty members who have been active in efforts to reform the core in recent years. While the College of Arts and Sciences is central, the ad hoc committee should also include representatives from other units.