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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, January 27, 1999

Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2

40 senators were present:
Nell Altizer, Caroline Blanchard, Thomas Brislin, William Burgwinkle, Patricia Burrell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, James Cowen, Thomas Craven, Marilyn Dunlap, Stephen Ferreira, Agnes Fok, Donna Fukuda, Joel Hanna, John Hardman, Manfred Henningsen, Casey Jarman, Karl Kim, Takeo Kudo, William Lampe, Alexander Malahoff, Gertraud Maskarinec, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, Charles Mueller, Gwen Naguwa, C.S. Papacostas, Karen Peacock, Donald Schmitt, Thomas Schroeder, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, David Yount

6 senators were excused:
Donna Ching, John Cox, John Mount, Frank Walton, Eldon Wegner, Sylvia Yuen

21 senators were absent:
Alton Arakaki, Barry Baker, Kenneth Bushnell, Vergie Chattergy, Robert Duesterhaus, Arnold Edelstein, Emily Hawkins, Nanette Judd, Judith Kellogg, Kenneth Kipnis, Stacey Marlow, David McClain, Joseph O'Mealy, Mary Pateman, Alison Regan, Stanley Saiki, Jane Tribble, Thomas Vogt, Randal Wada, Roy Wilkens, Dina Yoshimi,

3 administrators were present:
Thomas Bopp, Judith Inazu, Dean Smith

5 other people signed in:
Rebecca Cann, Rebecca Chesire, Joanne Itano, Susan Kreifels (Star-Bulletin), Ann Sloat

Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:08 pm.

1. Minutes of the Meeting of December 9, 1998, were approved with no changes.

2.. Committee Reports

CAB - Committee on Administration and Budget

Tom Craven, Chair of CAB, brought four items to the attention of the Faculty Senate. The items and their presenters were as follows: a. Casey Jarman introduced the attached CAB resolution to adopt changes to the Charter and Bylaws of the Faculty Congress and Senate. The proposed changes are intended to make the Charter and Bylaws more "user friendly" and more consistent with current practice. The resolution passed this "First Reading" unanimously and will be placed on the agenda for "Second Reading" at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate.

b. Karl Kim introduced the attached CAB resolution requesting that HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) make a presentation regarding the Kamoku-Pukele 138 kV Transmission Line Project and its impacts on the Manoa campus. Copies of the attached Honolulu Advertiser article by Dr. Kim, entitled "Keep lines underground," were also distributed. The last sentence of the original resolution was amended to read: "At least one copy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be made available at the Faculty Senate Office." A discussion ensued about whether a special meeting should be called to facilitate the HECO presentation or whether it should be scheduled for a regular meeting of the Faculty Senate. It was decided that the HECO presentation will be given 15 minutes at or near the end of the next regular meeting of the Faculty Senate, with discussion to follow. The amended resolution requesting the HECO presentation passed with 30 yes votes, 3 no votes, and no abstentions.

Following the Faculty Senate vote on the HECO resolution, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced that it had rejected HECO's FEIS on the grounds of insufficiency. At its regular weekly meeting on February 1, 1999, the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) discussed the new situation and agreed to postpone any implementation of the HECO resolution until advice could be obtained from Dr. Kim on how to proceed. Dr. Kim subsequently informed Chair Malahoff that he doubted HECO would accept our invitation and that he saw no compelling reason to insist that HECO come to UH at this time. Given this advice and these circumstances, the SEC will take no further action on the HECO resolution unless so instructed by the Faculty Senate.

c. Pat Burrell discussed the Tuition and Fee Proposal for the School of Nursing for 1999-2000 through 2001-2002. It is intended that the increases, if approved by the Board of Regents, would accrue to the School. The increases are not expected to affect enrollments. Senior Vice President Dean Smith explained that the administration is changing the way programs are funded at Manoa. It began with the Law School, which is now 80% supported by tuition.

Nursing is next, and the School of Medicine will follow. This was an information item for the Faculty Senate, hence no action was taken.

d. Gwen Naguwa discussed the Tuition and Fee Proposal for the School of Medicine for 1999-2000 through 2001-2002. Once again it is intended that the increases, if approved by the Board of Regents, would accrue to the School. And since the School currently has 1,200 qualified applicants for 48 spots, there should be no decline in enrollments. On the other hand, it is not expected that tuition and fees alone, which total only about $2.5 million per year, will ever cover all the costs of medical education, which total around $82 million per year and are borne mostly by local hospitals.

The general fund budget for the Medical School is about $16 million per year. This was another information item for the Faculty Senate, and no action was taken. CAB will report on the Faculty Senate's deliberations on both tuition-and-fee proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Policy and Planning.

3. Chair's Report

Chair Malahoff thanked Tom Craven, Casey Jarman, Karl Kim, Pat Burrell, and Gwen Naguwa for their presentations. He also thanked three members of the University of Hawaii administration, Tom Bopp, Judith Inazu, and Dean Smith, for their presence and participation. Chair Malahoff then commented on three topics of general interest: The Senate Executive Committee has met with an advanced contingent of the WASC accreditation team. Team members have seen massive budget cuts before and appear to be quite satisfied with the way the UH administration is dealing with ours. The entire visiting team will arrive on March 15, and will hold meetings in Honolulu from March 16 through March 19.

Because of the increased autonomy recently granted to the University, the State Legislature will see two UH budgets this year. The first is the Governor's budget, which was prepared by Earl Anzai and the Department of Budget and Finance. The second is the Board of Regents' budget, which was prepared by the UH administration. The Regents are requesting an additional $18 million for Manoa and an additional $30 million for the system.

Chair Malahoff concluded his report by noting that the Senate Executive Committee has developed a close working relationship with President Kenneth Mortimer.

4. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:06 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Yount