Home > Minutes & Agendas > 1998-99

Minutes & Agendas


University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, April 21, 1999

Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2

40 senators were present:
Nell Altizer, Barry Baker, Caroline Blanchard, Thomas Brislin, William Burgwinkle, Kenneth Bushnell, Catherine Caveletto, Rahul Chattergy, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, John Cox, Thomas Craven, Robert Duesterhaus, Marilyn Dunlap, Joel Hanna, Emily Hawkins, Manfred Henningsen, Casey Jarman, Karl Kim, William Lampe, Alexander Malahoff, Gertraud Maskarinec, David McClain, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, Joseph O'Mealy, Karen Peacock, Alison Regan, Thomas Schroeder, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Jane Tribble, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, David Yount

10 senators were excused:
Patricia Burrell, Vergie Chattergy, Donna Fukuda, Kenneth Kipnis, Charles Mueller, Gwen Naguwa, Mary Pateman, Frank Walton, Dina Yoshimi, Sylvia Yuen

17 senators were absent:
Alton Arakaki, James Cowen, Arnold Edelstein, Stephen Ferreira, Agnes Fok, John Hardman, Nanette Judd, Judith Kellogg, Takeo Kudo, Stacey Marlow, John Mount, C.S. Papacostas, Stanley Saiki, Donald Schmitt, Thomas Vogt, Randal Wada, Roy Wilkens

6 administrators were present:
Joanne Clark, Judith Inazu, Kenneth Mortimer, Barbara Polk, Colleen Sathre, Dean Smith

7 others signed in:
Sandy Davis, Andrea Guillory, Karen Jolly, Susan Kreifels (Star-Bulletin), Sunny Lee (ASUH), Jim Tiles, Charles Izumoto (ASUH)

Chair Alex Malahoff opened the meeting at 3:12 p.m.

1. President Kenneth P. Mortimer addressed the Faculty Senate on matters of mutual interest and concern. Exit interviews with the WASC regional accreditation team revealed a lack of communication between the administration and other elements of Manoa. There is plenty of information available, but it's not being adequately disseminated. The School of Public Health is an example: Its accreditation was already questionable in 1992, the administration researched the situation, but the results didn't go beyond Bachmann Hall. The administration also reviewed the history of the Manoa Chancellor's Office, and Deane Neubauer prepared a report on why there are four Arts and Sciences deans, but again the findings were not disseminated. President Simone considered closing the School of Architecture, but instead Architecture got a new building with no furniture and no money for maintenance.

To address the communications problems identified by WASC, a retreat involving select administrators and both current and newly-elected members of the SEC is being planned. President Mortimer will begin a series of conversations with SEC members on what debates we ought to have and who should participate. For example, the appointment of a high-level administrator for undergraduate studies would directly impact the four Arts and Sciences deans, hence they should attend.

It is inaccurate to say that the administration has no vision for Manoa.

On the contrary, the administration has eloquently set fourth its vision for Manoa in the Manoa Strategic Plan. It is also inaccurate to say that there is a plan to cut enrollments at Manoa since cutting enrollments would be inconsistent with the Manoa Strategic Plan. President Mortimer read a few lines from the Manoa Strategic Plan to underscore the points he had just made.

The development of West Oahu, which has been around since 1976, is contingent--not upon reallocation of resources from Manoa--but upon the sale of 500 acres of land. Indeed, the Board of Regents has directed that no money should be reallocated to West Oahu, although President Mortimer did reallocate 4-5 FTE to West Oahu in 1994, in order to satisfy accreditation requirements that surfaced at that time.

President Mortimer is alarmed by the notion, held by certain legislators and others, that because the University has more autonomy, it should get less state support. What we seek is more "procedural autonomy," not more "substantive autonomy." Procedural autonomy would provide relief from administrative controls, while substantive autonomy would reduce our reliance on state funds. Although we must always be accountable for how we spend the tax payers' money, our track record justifies more procedural autonomy. Meanwhile, our need for state support, which is not negotiable, will continue.

President Mortimer ended his presentation by inviting comments and questions from the floor. Casey Jarman noted that she is a lawyer interested in process and procedure. Senator Jarman then asked what accountability means and what the consequences would be if we fail to reach our goals. President Mortimer responded that we need bench marks to monitor our progress and insure that we do reach our goals.

Another senator stated that many of us believe the administration doesn't pay attention to faculty comments, that it may hear what we say, but it doesn't act on what we say. President Mortimer reminded senators that he is initiating a conversation and retreat with SEC members and others to address precisely this problem.

Bill Lampe inquired about the status of University's budget. President Mortimer replied that he is not happy with the budgets that have come out of the two houses of the State Legislature, although the funding of retroactive pay raises out of the retirement account would be good news for the University.

He added that, as usual, there are too many provisos--legislative provisions that stipulate what the University must do, but provide no money for doing it.

Chair Malahoff thanked President Mortimer for his remarks and invited senators to suggest agenda items for the SEC retreat.

2. Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting of March 17, 1999, were approved with one correction: The word "unanimously" on line 2 of page 5 will be deleted. That sentence will henceforth read, "The resolution rejecting the fiscal proposals of the administration passed by voice vote."

3. Committee Reports

SEC - Senate Executive Committee

Chair Alex Malahoff presented the attached SEC resolution recommending a national search for and the appointment of a chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He noted that the University's share of the state budget has declined from 13 percent in FY 1988-89 to 10 percent in FY 1998-99, and that Manoa's share has dropped even faster than the University's share.

Chair Malahoff concluded that without an effective leader, Manoa is on a path of losing its Carnegie I Research University status and will soon become a state college. The problem is structural, Malahoff said, since the president of a system cannot also be an effective advocate for a particular campus. Nor can the vice chancellor of a particular campus be an effective advocate for that campus since his hands are tied by the chancellor.

Joel Hanna inquired whether the SEC was privy to the report mentioned by President Mortimer concerning the history of the Manoa Chancellor's Office. Chair Malahoff answered no, but Bill Lampe pointed out that David Yount, who has written about that history in his book and is personally familiar with it, was a member of the SEC and supported the resolution.

Manfred Henningsen thought the SEC resolution was pointless since this administration would not hire a strong chancellor in any case. Senior Vice President Smith agreed with Henningsen, but said it was a tough call because there is a symbolism in having a chancellor, who is the chief executive officer, rather than a vice chancellor, who is merely the chief operating officer.

Marilyn Dunlap noted that the resolution is essentially a vote of no confidence in the President and the current administrative structure. She wondered how it would affect the recruitment of faculty and students. Bob Cooney responded that we are sending a more important message, namely, that we are aware of our problems and we are trying to do something about them. Eldon Wegner echoed Senator Cooney's sentiment when he noted that the resolution has a positive intent--to give Manoa more leadership.

Casey Jarman said she was uncomfortable discussing these matters with administrators present. Bill Lampe recalled that, according to our By-Laws, Faculty Senate meetings are open, and any member of the UH-Manoa community is free to attend. We could make an informal request for administrators to leave, he said, but such a request would have no formal basis. At this point, all the administrators got up and left. In the debate that followed, Tom Brislin opined that we should not remove people just to relieve our own discomfort. Casey Jarman said she raised the issue because she personally felt uncomfortable, and there were things she wouldn't say if members of the administration were present.

Chair Malahoff asked for the sense of the senate and found, by taking a straw vote, that a majority of those present wanted the administrators back. All of them were invited to return, and some of them did. After the discussion of the SEC resolution resumed, Senior Vice President Smith responded to a direct question by noting that Manoa's budget has decreased by 10.9 percent over the last 5 years, which is slightly more than 2 percent per year. When pay raises are taken into account, the cuts are equivalent to a 14 percent decrease over five years, which is slightly less than 3 percent per year. In terms of per capita support for higher education, Hawaii currently ranks number 16, which is good, but in terms of growth in funding, Hawaii currently ranks number 50, which is bad. The impact has been exacerbated by the repetitive nature of the cuts, which just seem to go on and on.

Two amendments to the attached SEC resolution were approved. The word "service" was added to the last WHEREAS on the first page of the resolution so that it now reads

WHEREAS: All of Manoa's constituting functions--undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, research, and service--are in a state of crisis brought on by years of neglect;

The second BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED was amended so that it now reads That the Manoa Faculty Senate be involved in the configuration and implementation of the new office, including the selection of the person holding that office;

The amended SEC resolution passed with 27 yes votes, 1 no vote, and 4 abstentions.

CAPP - Committee on Academic Policy and Planning

Matt McGranaghan presented the attached resolution on the graduate certificate in advanced women's studies, which has been under consideration for approximately two years. It has already been approved by the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Council. Typical certificates, such as the Certificate on Aging, involve several disciplines and require 12-18 graduate-level credits in a particular area.

Tom Brislin referred to a certificate as an "MA-light." Senior Vice President Smith explained that we don't have a minor, hence the certificate plays the role of a minor. Manfred Henningsen pointed out that there is presently no graduate degree in women's studies, hence this is one way of getting credit for graduate-level work in this important area.

The CAPP resolution passed with 25 yes votes, 2 no votes, and 1 abstention.

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

Eldon Wegner, Chair of the Task Force, introduced those members who were present and outlined the attached draft final report. The Task Force will be holding a series of meetings this Fall with interested faculty, students, and other parties to work out the details. Concrete suggestions and proposals are welcome. Chair Wegner requested a one-year extension so that the Task Force could complete its work.

The request to extend for one year was approved unanimously by voice vote.

CAB - Committee on Administration and Budget

Chris Measures, who chairs the CAB subcommittee on tuition-based budgeting, outlined the attached proposals relating to tuition reimbursement. The CAB proposals are intended to moderate anticipated undesirable side-effects of the University's new policy to return tuition revenues to units at the school or college level on a Student Semester Hour (SSH) basis. If approved by the Faculty Senate, the CAB report and proposals would be forwarded to Senior Vice President Smith for possible implementation.

Senior Vice President Smith said that his office would welcome the CAB proposals. He could envision two subsequent steps that could be taken.

The first is to check the CAB proposals with the deans. The second is to work out the details of their implementation via a series of meetings with CAB, the deans, and the administration's budget group. In the course of this discussion, Senior Vice President Smith mentioned that Manoa's tuition revenues total about $50 million, of which $10 million are subtracted for tuition waivers. Part of the $40 million also evaporates before the remainder reaches the schools and colleges.

CAB asked the Faculty Senate to accept its report and forward it to Senior Vice President Smith. A motion to accept and forward was approved by voice vote.

CSF - Committee on Student Affairs

Ross Christensen, Chair of the Committee on Student Affairs, reported that CSF is currently seeking additional input before submitting its proposals to the Faculty Senate for consideration at its next meeting. Suggestions and comments can be sent to Senator Christensen's e-mail address: rossc@hawaii.edu.

Among the issues that CSF has already considered are mentoring and communication between faculty and students. CSF has been working closely with Vice President for Student Affairs Doris Ching, who has been very supportive.

4. Chair's Report

Chair Alex Malahoff reported on the following items:

(1) A dinner Malahoff attended with Board of Regents Chair Donald Kim.

2) The 35th anniversary celebration of the community colleges, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel and which was attended by more than 1000 people.

(3) SEC certification of the Faculty Senate election results, which have already been disseminate to Manoa faculty.

(4) SEC certification of the Faculty Senate vote on the Charter and Bylaws amendments, which passed with 138 for and 1 against, and which have been sent to President Mortimer for final approval.

(5) A research organization in New Zealand that would like to join UH-Manoa in order to become part of a Carnegie I Research University. Malahoff said that being a Carnegie I Research University is something we should all cherish.

(6) A new MarBEC product made from crushed micro-algae, which is an anti-oxidant capable of promoting good health and mitigating the effects of certain diseases.

5. There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 5:36 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Yount