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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, February 17, 1999

Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2

41 senators were present:
Nell Altizer, Patricia Burrell, Kenneth Bushnell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, James Cowen, John Cox, Thomas Craven, Marilyn Dunlap, Joel Hanna, Emily Hawkins, Manfred Henningsen, Nanette Judd, Karl Kim, Kenneth Kipnis, William Lampe, Alexander Malahoff, Gertraud Maskarinec, David McClain, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, Charles Mueller, Gwen Naguwa, C.S. Papacostas, Mary Pateman, Alison Regan, Stanley Saiki, Thomas Schroeder, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Randal Wada, Frank Walton, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, David Yount, Sylvia Yuen

4 senators were excused:
Caroline Blanchard, William Burgwinkle, Vergie Chattergy, Virginia Tanji

22 senators were absent:
Alton Arakaki, Barry Baker, Thomas Brislin, Robert Cooney, Robert Duesterhaus, Arnold Edelstein, Stephen Ferreira, Agnes Fok, Donna Fukuda, John Hardman, Casey Jarman, Judith Kellogg, Takeo Kudo, Stacey Marlow, Joseph O'Mealy, John Mount, Karen Peacock, Donald Schmitt, Jane Tribble, Thomas Vogt, Roy Wilkens, Dina Yoshimi

4 administrators were present:
Thomas Bopp, Ron Cambra, Peter Garrod, Kenneth Mortimer

5 other people signed in:
Rebecca Cann, Susan Kreifels (Star-Bulletin), Richard Nettell, Jim Tiles, Michael Weinstein Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:08 pm.

1. President Kenneth P. Mortimer addressed the Faculty Senate on matters of mutual interest and concern. The University's progress in gaining greater autonomy has attracted national attention. As a result of Act 115, signed into law last summer, the University has prepared two budgets this cycle.

The first, submitted though the Governor's office, satisfies the executive guideline that no new funds be requested without a corresponding proposal to cut the University's budget somewhere else. The second, submitted directly to the Legislature, requests an additional $18 million for Manoa. President Mortimer noted that this is the first opportunity he has had during his presidency to request such an increase. Our chances of getting the additional $18 million are slim, however, since retroactive pay raises for government employees other than UH faculty are expected to amount to $160 million.

Chris Measures inquired about recent University promises to share the costs of extramurally funded programs, such as the new ship for oceanographic research, MarBec, and IPRC. President Mortimer responded that the University is obligated to honor these commitments even if the Legislature fails provide the matching funds required. The result of such a failure would be an internal reallocation of resources from other University programs, implying, Senator Measures pointed out, that we would be "cutting our own throats" if we continue to pursue big grants in the future. Although the disincentive is obvious and profound, President Mortimer said that we must continue to invest in our future, and we don't have the luxury of waiting to the end of the Legislative session to see whether the State of Hawaii will back us up. Last year, for example, the UH Hilo campus got $400 thousand in add-ons and $900 thousand in cuts, implying that the Legislature essentially reallocated the UH-Hilo budget.

President Mortimer ended his discussion of the autonomy issue and all the national attention it's getting by pointing out that this is the time of year when we hear rumors. In particular, the recent Advertiser article suggesting that the University's budget is about to be cut by another 2 percent is premature. We will know more about this situation when the revenue projections come out in mid-March.

President Mortimer will accompany Governor Cayetano and Education Committee Chairs when they visit Silicon Valley next week. The disease is economic development, Mortimer said, and anyone who has a cure will be welcome.

The coffees he is hosting with Faculty Senators and Department Chairs will provide an opportunity to explore such matters further.

Manoa enrollments have declined 15 percent in three years, from 19,700 in Fall 1995 to less than 17,000 in Fall 1998. A fourth year of such declines would be very bad for Manoa, President Mortimer said. John Cox suggested that we may have a problem with our "product," and he cited things like increasing tuition and class size, and moving Travel Industry Management into the College of Business Administration. President Mortimer responded that our student faculty ratio of 11-to-1 is the most favorable of any research university in the country. Ken Kipnis gave a number of reasons why Manoa enrollments are down relative to other UH campuses, such as charging much higher tuition while claiming that the educational experience offered by the community colleges is on a par with that at Manoa. President Mortimer then noted that Hawaii Pacific University is luring community college students by accepting 3 years of college credits and discounting tuition for the fourth year.

Chair Malahoff thanked President Mortimer for addressing the Faculty Senate and responding to questions.

2. Minutes of the Meeting of January 27, 1999, were approved with no changes.

3.. Committee Reports

CAB - Committee on Administration and Budget

Tom Craven, Chair of CAB, brought two items to the attention of the Faculty Senate. The first was the Second Reading and vote on the attached resolution to adopt changes to the Senate Charter and Bylaws. A friendly amendment to the Bylaws was approved unanimously by voice vote: It states that the Secretary of the Executive Committee will preside at meetings of the Faculty Senate when the Chair and Vice Chair are absent, and that the Secretary of the Faculty Senate will preside at meetings of the Executive Committee when the Chair and Vice Chair are absent. The attached resolution to forward the proposed changes to the Faculty Congress was also approved unanimously.

The second CAB item was the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) resolution passed at the January 27, 1999, meeting of the Faculty Senate. As explained in the minutes of that meeting, this resolution became moot when the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) rejected HECO's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on grounds of insufficiency. No further action will be taken on this item at this time.

CAPP - Committee on Academic Planning and Policy

Matt McGranaghan, Chair of CAPP, discussed the attached memorandum and resolution pertaining to the graduate sub-field consolidation in the biomedical science graduate program. The resolution passed unanimously by voice vote.

Task Force on Reform of the Manoa General Education Core and Other Graduation Requirements.

Eldon Wegner, Chair of the Task Force on the Core and Other Graduation Requirements, gave a progress report. Several forums have been held to gather information from various constituencies. Additional forums will be held during March to give people opportunities to respond to preliminary findings and recommendations of the Task Force before it reports back to the Faculty Senate.

Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience

Ken Kipnis, Chair of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience, said that 18-19 learning communities have been planned. We will need 75-80 to make learning communities accessible to every freshman. These numbers could be a cause for celebration or a cause for despair, depending on your point of view.

Kipnis expressed three major concerns:

(1) There is a general concern about budgeting. Revenue-based budgeting works against the learning community initiative since the initiative calls for smaller classes. The 4% + 4% + 4% budget exercise has hit the learning communities particularly hard because they are heavily dependent on non-tenured instructors. The $120,000 allocated by the administration last year fell far short of the amount needed.

(2) The culture of Manoa needs to change. Too much attention is being paid to research in our reward structure, and not enough is being paid to teaching.

(3) The heart of the matter is that there is still no locus of administrative responsibility for freshman or for undergraduates generally. Nor is there a locus for research and or a locus for graduate and professional education.

It cannot be said, Kipnis continued, that the undergraduate experience is assigned to any particular administrator, although it is the most important thing we do. Without an administrative locus, progress is unlikely to be made in this area.

Peter Manicus, a member of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience, noted that 16 of the 18 learning communities thus far proposed will not be implemented due to the non-renewal of instructors in the English Department and the subsequent withdrawal of that department from learning community programs. He added that the fiasco in English would not have occurred had there been a locus of administrative responsibility for undergraduate education in general.

Ron Cambra said that the administration is aware of the problem in English, and it will be handled within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

He believes that 18-20 new learning communities is a commendable start and that problems associated with the undergraduate experience cannot be solved overnight. A point on which Cambra and Kipnis agree is that long-term administrative support will be required for the undergraduate initiative to succeed.

3. Chair's Report

Chair Malahoff thanked Tom Craven, Matt McGranaghan, Eldon Wegner, and Ken Kipnis for their informative reports. He also thanked members of the University of Hawaii administration for their presence and participation in today's meeting. Chair Malahoff then commented on three topics of general interest:

(1) There is a need for leadership on the Manoa campus. Chair Malahoff urged faculty to assume a leadership position and reach out to students and the community.

(2) The Faculty Senate will be working with Dave Robb on student recruiting and advising. By abrogating these responsibilities to professional recruiters and advisors in the past, we have disconnected from o

(3) As discussed in the attached report, the action initiated by the Executive Committee on June 14, 1994, regarding Executive Policy E5.209, is null and void.

Tom Bopp opined that it was a big mistake for the Faculty Senate to repeal, nearly five years after the fact, an action taken by its own Executive Committee. Bopp suggested that this could set a precedent that would have an impact on other actions taken by the Executive Committee on behalf of the Faculty Senate, both in the past and in the future, and thereby undermine the Faculty Senate's Bylaws.

Bill Lampe, who researched the issue and prepared the attached report, responded that nothing is being repealed by the Faculty Senate since the action initiated by the Executive Committee in 1994 was never completed.

In support of this position, Lampe mentioned that he had discussed his report with Senator Casey Jarman, an attorney, who informed him that there would be no impact on the Bylaws. The action initiated by the Executive Committee on June 14, 1994, is simply void.

In his discussion of E5.209 at today's meeting, Chair Malahoff was simply reporting to the Faculty Senate about an action that was initiated by the Executive committee in 1994, but never completed. The item has been referred to the Committee on Academic Planning and Policy (CAPP) for review.

5. Other Business

Chris Measures asked Chair Malahoff to request that the results of the recent Faculty Morale Survey be released. Failing that, Measures suggested that the administration could give faculty the raw data and we would process them ourselves.

Jim Tiles recalled that he had made a similar request on behalf of the Arts and Sciences Senate Executive Committee and was told the results would not be available until May, that is, until after the WASC accreditation process has been completed.

6. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:54 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Yount