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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Congress and Senate, November 18, 1998

Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2

41 senators were present: Nell Altizer, Barry Baker, Thomas Brislin, William Burgwinkle, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, John Cox, Thomas Craven, Robert Duesterhaus, Marilyn Dunlap, Agnes Fok, Emily Hawkins, Manfred Henningsen, Judith Kellogg, Takeo Kudo, William Lampe, Alexander Malahoff, Gertraud Maskarinec, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, John Mount, Charles Mueller, Joseph O'Mealy, Mary Pateman, Alison Regan, Donald Schmitt, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Jane Tribble, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Randal Wada, Frank Walton, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, Dina Yoshimi, David Yount

7 senators were excused: Vergie Chattergy, Robert Cooney, James Cowen, Donna Fukuda, Nanette Judd, Thomas Schroeder, Thomas Vogt

19 senators were absent: Alton Arakaki, Caroline Blanchard, Patricia Burrell, Kenneth Bushnell, Arnold Edelstein, Stephen Ferreira, Joel Hanna, John Hardman, Casey Jarman, Karl Kim, Kenneth Kipnis, Stacey Marlow, David McClain, Gwen Naguwa, C.S. Papacostas, Karen Peacock, Stanley Saiki, Roy Wilkens, Sylvia Yuen

2 administrators were present: Thomas Bopp, Alan Teramura

Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:07 pm.

1. Thomas T. Bopp, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave a presentation on revenue-based budgeting.

His attached outline lists revenue sources, current operating budgets, and proposed base tuition assignments for FY 1998. The term "local causality" refers to the fact that it now matters what individual units do. Although "not one nickel" has been reallocated thus far, the expenditure of tuition revenues will have a different future than the expenditure of general funds.

Recalling that lecturers receive $1,405 for teaching one credit hour and that students at Manoa pay $55.86 to take one credit hour, Bopp calculated that it requires a minimum of 25 students per class just to break even.

He reminded senators that tuition dollars are "fringeless" and noted that we are within 1 percent of not being able to cover all salaries with general funds. The cost of using RCUH is now being borne by individual users rather than by the University as a whole. There was a lively discussion of the Research and Training Revolving Fund (RTRF). Alan Teramura, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate Division, said that 67 percent went back to the units this year as compared with 21 percent last year.

2. Minutes of the Meeting of October 21, 1998, were approved with one change, namely, Donna Ching will be listed among the senators who were present.

3. Committee Reports

CFS - Committee on Faculty Service

As announced in the meeting and minutes of October 21, 1998, the Senate Executive Committee has established an Ad Hoc Committee on the State of Manoa to prepare a written report on the impacts of repeated and drastic cuts in the Manoa budget. The report will be completed by the beginning of the 1999 legislative session and may play a role in three processes: the selection of six new regents, the budgetary hearings at the legislature, and the WASC accreditation review. Marilyn Dunlap noted that the Committee on Faculty Service has nominated nine people to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee and that John Wendell has agreed to be the SEC Liaison. By a voice vote, the Faculty Senate unanimously approved the following list of members: James Dator, Prof of Political Science, CSS William D. Foltz, Assoc Prof of English, LLL John Hardman, Prof of Pathology, JABSOM Sterling C. Keeley, Prof/Chair of Botany, CNA Gregg Lizenbery, Assoc Prof and Dir of Dance, CAH James E.T. Moncur, Prof of Economics, CSS and WRRC Roy Nishimoto, Prof of and Researcher in Horticulture, CTAHR Karen M. Peacock, Librarian Tom Schroeder, Assoc Prof of Meteorology Dir of JIMAR, SOEST John P. Wendell, Prof of Accounting, CBA (SEC Liaison) Task Force on the Manoa Core and Graduation Requirements

Eldon Wegner outlined the preliminary thinking of the Task Force and stressed that there is a sense of urgency in addressing problems of attracting, retaining, and educating students due to the recent drop in enrollments.

Manoa is at a competitive disadvantage compared to other universities, and two-thirds of our freshmen expect to finish somewhere else. Our language requirement is but one example. The fact that 45 percent of the units needed for graduation are "required" is another since the average for peer institutions is close to 30 percent. The only justification for the core is to serve the needs of students by benefitting and enriching their lives. The Task Force has established three working groups: The first will consider the rationale for reform; the second will examine models of general education; and the third will plan forums and formulate suggestions to promote and assess general education during the spring semester.

4. Chair's Report

Chair Malahoff thanked Marilyn Dunlap and Eldon Wegner for their reports. He noted that the new committees on impact assessment and core oversight continue the tradition of Faculty Senate leadership that was established last year with the faculty ambassadors program and the task force on the undergraduate experience. The Faculty Senate must speak for Manoa, he said, because there is no one else who will.

Chair Malahoff commented on the general election. As head of the faculty union, he noted that the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) was intellectually honest in its public endorsement of the gubernatorial candidate preferred by a majority of its members. The decision was also consistent with the union's pursuit of excellence for the University. We need to continue the effort to inform the Board of Regents, the Legislature, the Governor, and the community about Manoa--what we do and how we serve the State of Hawaii.

Chair Malahoff completed his report by asking if there were any questions.

This led to a lively discussion of such matters as whether the faculty union should seek a modus vivendi with the winning candidate by publically recanting its endorsement of the loser, whether the autonomy recently granted to the University got stuck in Bachman Hall, whether faculty are permitted to communicate directly with regents, and whether the educational mission of Manoa is being articulated by anyone in the University administration.

5. Other Business

Alan Teramura, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate Division, reported on the Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center (MarBEC). Its purpose is to investigate marine bioproducts that are destined for use by the chemical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and life-sciences industries. The Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley. Among the University's other partners are the Bishop Museum and three national laboratories. The National Science Foundation is the primary sponsor, and Oskar R. Zaborsky is the Director. Documents establishing the $12.4 million Center were signed on November 2, 1998.

A more detailed account of this development can be found in the November 13, 1998, issue of Ku Lama.

Following the presentation, Senator Chris Measures said that MarBEC was a SOEST initiative and that Vice President Teramura moved it to Natural Sciences, causing many problems and almost losing the grant.

Senior Vice President Teramura defended his actions by saying that the transfer of the MarBEC Director from SOEST to the College of Natural Sciences was done at the request of Director Zaborsky. Furthermore, the decision to transfer was made by a management team that included President Kenneth Mortimer and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dean Smith.

The various issues surrounding MarBEC were resolved in a meeting that took place in Senior Vice President Teramura's office and involved all the parties concerned.

Since the hour was late, Chair Malahoff suggested that Senator Measures and Senior Vice President Teramura might like to continue their discussion privately.

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 5:16 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Yount