Minutes & Agendas
University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, September 16, 1998
Richardson School of Law Classroom 2
54 senators were present:
Nell Altizer, Barry Baker, Thomas Brislin, William Burgwinkle, Patricia Burrell, Kenneth Bushnell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Vergie Chattergy, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, James Cowen, John Cox, Thomas Craven, Robert Duesterhaus, Stephen Ferreira, Agnes Fok, Donna Fukuda, Joel Hanna, Emily Hawkins, Nanette Judd, Judith Kellogg, Karl Kim, Kenneth Kipnis, Takeo Kudo, William Lampe, Alexander Malahoff, Stacey Marlow, Gertraud Maskarinec, David McClain, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, Gwen Naguwa, Joseph O'Mealy, Mary Pateman, Karen Peacock, Alison Regan, Donald Schmitt, Thomas Schroeder, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Jane Tribble, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Thomas Vogt, Randal Wada, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, Roy Wilkens, Dina Yoshimi, David Yount, Sylvia Yuen
4 senators were excused:
Caroline Blanchard, Donna Ching, Casey Jarman, Majid Tehranian,
8 senators were absent:
Alton Arakaki, Marilyn Dunlap, Arnold Edelstein, John Hardman, John Mount, C.S. Papacostas, Stanley Saiki, Frank Walton
6 members of the administration were present:
Thomas Bopp, Ronald Cambra, Judith Inazu, James Manke, Kenneth Mortimer, Colleen Sathre
4 other visitors signed in:
Thomas Hilgers, Teresita Ramos, Vicki Rosser, James Tiles
Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:05 pm.
1. Kenneth P. Mortimer, President of the University of Hawaii and Chancellor of the Manoa Campus, addressed the Senate. He made four major points. First, Act 115 (the autonomy bill) has redefined the ways the University relates to its constituencies. Second, the University should focus on things it can do exceptionally well. Third, to achieve levels of exceptional performance, the University needs to increase its levels of private support. Fourth, to play a greater role in the economic development of the state, the University needs to renew, revitalize, and enhance its relationship with the community. President Mortimer elaborated on these concepts in his State-of-the-University address. Excerpts can be found in the September 11, 1998, issue of Ku Lama.
2. Chair Malahoff thanked President Mortimer for his remarks. He then introduced the Senate Officers and Senate Executive Committee (SEC) members, and asked the Standing Committee Liaisons to introduce their respective committee chairs.
3. Minutes of the May 13, 1998, meeting of the Manoa Faculty Senate were approved.
4. The Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) is studying the proposed revisions to the Faculty Charter and Bylaws. Such revisions must pass first and second readings by the Faculty Senate before they are presented to the Faculty Congress.
5. Membership of the Task Force on Core and Graduation Requirements was discussed. Attached are three resolutions that were passed.
6. Kenneth Kipnis reported on the administrative progress of the freshman initiative. Two successful workshops have been held. Approximately 190 faculty have expressed some interest. Proposals for clusters that begin Fall 1999 are due in the next several weeks. Approximately 80 faculty will be needed to offer clusters to 1,600 incoming freshman. Efforts are being made to secure external grants. Faculty credit, recognition, support, and reward schedules are being considered. President Mortimer has made available approximately $100,000, but it has not yet been decided how the money will be used. Administrative responsibility for the initiative has been passed from President Mortimer to Senior Vice President Smith to the Arts and Sciences Deans to Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Ron Cambra to his staff. Meanwhile, Manoa enrollments have dropped by an additional 495 students to less than 17,000, the lowest level in nearly four decades.
7. Chair Malahoff brought up two items of other business. The first was the enrollment "disaster" just mentioned. Malahoff said the situation would be even worse without the faculty ambassadors program. The administration should be asked to study enrollment trends to determine where and why the system is leaking. The effects of such factors as tuition increases, budget decreases, demographics, and the state's sluggish economy should be investigated.
Exit interviews should be conducted with those 20 percent of the freshmen class who do not continue on to their sophomore year. Manoa's enrollment trends should be compared with those at Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade as well as those at other University of Hawaii campuses.
The second item brought up by Chair Malahoff under "other business" was the apportionment of tuition revenues. Tom Bopp said that a system based at least partially on student credit hours is already in place. Budget trimming also takes into account recent enrollment trends, and starting next fiscal year, General Fund budgets will be adjusted to reflect individual unit and discipline totals. Senators discussed the potential impacts of "revenue-based budgeting" on current efforts to reform the Manoa core, and they requested precis outlining the administration's "revenue-based budgeting" plans. Tom Bopp agreed to provide something in writing and meet with the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) as well as with the Manoa Faculty Senate for further discussion. His presentation before the Manoa Faculty Senate is scheduled for the November meeting. Meeting adjourned at 4:35 pm.
RESOLUTIONS TO CHANGE THE COMPOSITION OF THE TASK FORCE ON THE REFORM OF THE MANOA CORE AND OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
WHEREAS the UH-Manoa Faculty Senate voted May 13, 1998, to establish a task force for the reform of the Manoa General Education Core and other graduate requirements, and authorized the Senate Executive Committee to nominate faculty to the task force within stated guidelines; and
WHEREAS the process of consultation has resulted in a list of 15 names rather than 12 in order to more fully represent various types of academic units;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
RESOLUTION 1: (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
THE COMPOSITION OF THE TASK FORCE FOR THE REFORM OF THE MANOA GENERAL EDUCATION CORE AND OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE EXPANDED.
RESOLUTION 2: (PASSED WITH 43 YES, 0 NO, AND 4 ABSTENTIONS)
THE ATTACHED LIST OF FACULTY MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED TO THE TASK FORCE FOR THE 1998-1999 ACADEMIC YEAR. IF ANY INDIVIDUAL WITHDRAWS FROM THE TASK FORCE, THE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY SERVICE WILL SELECT AN INDIVIDUAL FROM THE SAME OR A RELATED ACADEMIC UNIT AS A REPLACEMENT.
WHEREAS the task of reforming the Manoa General Education Core and other graduation requirements will require a concerted effort involving the entire campus and will require strong administrative support;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
RESOLUTION 3: (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
THE FACULTY SENATE CALLS UPON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY, AS CHANCELLOR OF THE MANOA CAMPUS, TO PUBLICLY SUPPORT THIS UNDERTAKING, TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITS IMPORTANCE BY GIVING IT A HIGH PUBLIC PROFILE, AND TO PROVIDE NEEDED FINANCIAL AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FOR ITS WORK. NOMINEES TO THE TASK FORCE ON THE REFORM OF THE MANOA CORE AND OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
1. William Burgwinkle (European Languages)
2. Rahul Chattergy (Electrical Engineering)
3. LaRene Despain (English)
4. James R. Gaines (Physics and Astronomy)
5. Joel (Mike) Hanna (Physiology, Medical School)
6. Tom Hilgers (English, Manoa Wriiing Program, Prior Task Force on Core)
7. Wayne Iwaoka (Department of Food Science and Nutrition)
8. Karen L. Jolly (History)
9. Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa (Hawaiian Studies)
10. Takeo Kudo (Music)
11. David McClain (Business Administration)
12. Edgar Porter (SHAPS, Undergraduate Experience Committee)
13. Dick Pratt (Public Administration, Prior Task Force on Core, FIPSE Program)
14. Wayne Smith (Math)
15. Eldon L. Wegner, Chair and Liaison with SEC (Sociology)
Ex Officio Members: (The Task Force will add ex officio members
from the UH-Manoa administration, ASUH, and alumni.)