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University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, May 5, 1999

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60 senators were present:
Iqbal Ahmed, Nell Altizer, Belinda Aquino, Barry Baker, Caroline Blanchard, Horst Brandes, William Burgwinkle, Kenneth Bushnell, Catherine Caveletto, Donna Ching, Ross Christensen, Robert Cooney, James Cowen, John Cox, Thomas Craven, James Dator, Marilyn Dunlap, David Flynn, Agnes Fok, Donna Fukuda, Carolyn Gotay, Joel Hanna, Emily Hawkins, Manfred Henningsen, Nanette Judd, Karl Kim, Peter Kim, Kenneth Kipnis, Laurence Kolonel, Elmer Takeo Kudo, William Lampe, Edward Laws, Bruce Liebert, Alexander Malahoff, Glenn Man, Gertraud Maskarinec, Matthew McGranaghan, Christopher Measures, John Mount, Charles Mueller, Gwen Naguwa, C.S. Papacostas, Mary Pateman, Robert Paull, John Rieder, Thomas Schroeder, Brent Sipes, Thomas Speitel, Martha Staff, Virginia Tanji, Mary Tiles, Jane Tribble, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Richard Varley, Randal Wada, Eldon Wegner, Joel Weiner, John Wendell, David Yount

13 senators were excused:
Patricia Burrell, Robert Duesterhaus, Andrea Feeser, Robert Joseph, Irvin King, Fred MacKenzie, Stacey Marlow, David McClain, Jane Moulin, Teresita Ramos, Stanley Saiki, Dina Yoshimi, Sylvia Yuen

21 senators were absent:
Alton Arakaki, Thomas Brislin, Rahul Chattergy, Vergie Chattergy, Arnold Edelstein, Stephen Ferreira, Patricia Fryer, William Haning, John Hardman, Casey Jarman, Judith Kellogg, Joy Marsella, John Melish, Marita Nelson, Joseph O'Mealy, Karen Peacock, Alison Regan, Frank Walton, Charles Weems, Roy Wilkens, Ming-Bao Yue

5 administrators were present:
Thomas Bopp, Judith Inazu, James Manke, Kenneth Mortimer, Dean Smith

6 others signed in:
Sandy Davis, Linda Johnsrud, Michael Mottl, Vicki Rosser, Jim Tiles, plus one undecipherable name

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

President Kenneth Mortimer's Remarks

1. President Kenneth P. Mortimer addressed the Faculty Senate on matters of mutual interest and concern.

President Mortimer has been here six years, and his budget has been cut by every Legislature except this one. For the first time, he feels good about his budget since it went up slightly instead of down. Barring gubernatorial restrictions, Manoa will get $150,000 more during the 1999-2000 fiscal year than it got during 1998-99. Ship operations have been allocated $750,000 for the first year of the biennium, but nothing for the second.

The overhead recovery rate will increase by 2 percent. The capital improvements (CIP) budget contains $10,000,000 for "facilities improvement," a category that will permit the money to be used for badly-needed repairs and maintenance (RM) items. There has been a 22 percent increase in graduate-student admissions for the coming academic year, which should help to bolster tuition revenues. The big reallocations we feared most did not take place during this legislative session. It appears, therefore, that the Institute for Astronomy and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will not be moving to Hilo in the immediate future.

President Mortimer was disappointed that Governor Cayetano did not sign the collective bargaining agreement recently proposed by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and strongly endorsed by both the UH administration and the Board of Regents. The proposed agreement calls for the current UHPA contract to be extended for another two years with no increase in pay. This situation illustrates once again the fact that the employer is actually the Governor, rather than the UH administration or the Board of Regents, Mortimer pointed out.

The President's Office is currently reviewing the proposed changes in the Manoa Faculty Senate Charter and Bylaws. This appears to be a housekeeping item, Mortimer said, and he doesn't anticipate any problems.

President Mortimer invited questions from the floor. The first dealt with the budget increase requested for the Medical School, which amounted to approximately $3,000,000. This was part of the additional $30,000,000 requested for the University of Hawaii, of which $18,000,000 was requested specifically for Manoa, Mortimer said. Although the UH budget that emerged from the Legislature contains very few add-ons, it also contains very few cuts. Since the net increase is only $150,000, however, the $750,000 set aside for ship operations implies that the rest of the UH budget has been cut by $600,000. In regard to possible restrictions, President Mortimer thought there wouldn't be any, "providing the $65,000,000 raid on the state retirement system is successful."

2. Chair Malahoff thanked President Mortimer for his informative remarks and invited Senior Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor Dean Smith to say a few words about pending issues.

Senior Vice President Smith began by noting that the budget for Manoa is essentially flat. He therefore expects that his budget plans and projections will hold. As a matter of fact, the total allocation for Manoa will actually increase by 2.5 percent, Smith said, since collections for indirect costs on extramural grants and contracts have increased from $10,000,000 to $15,000,000.

Approximately $2,000,000 will be provided for instructional equipment and the repair and maintenance of classrooms.

The Faculty Senate resolution to refine the existing tuition allocation plan is currently being studied. Where feasible, Senior Vice President Smith expects that the faculty proposals will be followed.

Several searches for deans are currently in progress. The search to replace Paul Yuen, Dean of the College of Engineering, has been narrowed to four finalists and is expected to be completed by July 1. The search to fill the newly-created position of Dean of Outreach College is underway.

The search to replace Charles Laughlin, Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who will step down on July 1, is just getting started, and an interim dean will have to be appointed. Current plans call for the number of departments in CTAHR to decrease from 11 to 6 before a permanent dean is named. Cornelia Moore, Dean of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, has just announced that she plans to retire on September 1, hence an interim dean will also have to be appointed for LLL. The search for a permanent dean of LLL will be postponed until it has been decided whether the four Colleges of Arts and Sciences will be merged. Efforts to recruit a new dean for the School of Medicine have been stalled for several years, and many excellent candidates have been lost, due mainly to the funding problems mentioned by President Mortimer. The situation is further complicated by proposals to consolidate the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the Cancer Center, and the Pacific Biomedical Research Center under a single administrative umbrella. One way of increasing revenues in the School of Medicine might be to raise non-resident enrollments from 5 to 50 percent, Senior Vice President Smith suggested. The School of Public Health has not had a permanent dean since Jerrold Michael resigned in 1992. In fact, there may never be another permanent Dean of Public Health since the School is in imminent danger of losing its accreditation and becoming a Medical School department. A search for a dean of the "College of Management" was authorized by the Board of Regents and began before the proposal to form such a unit by merging the School of Travel Industry Management with the College of Business Administration was approved. While the search has progressed nicely, yielding more than 50 applicants at latest count, the plans to merge have stalled. Since the search for a permanent Dean of Management cannot be completed until the nature of the job and the fate of TIM and CBA have been determined, a new search may be required.

The Faculty Senate has passed three related resolutions dealing, respectively, with the need for a separate chancellor for Manoa, the need for a high-level administrator to oversee undergraduate education, and the proposed reorganization of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Graduate Education.

A possible restructuring of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences is also being considered. Senior Vice President Smith hopes to develop a comprehensive proposal concerning these issues during summer so that implementation can begin in the fall. The SEC retreat, whose primary purpose is to lubricate communication lines, may be helpful in settling issues such as these.

Senior Vice President Smith said that he is thinking sotto voce about ways that the criteria for promotion and tenure might be revised to achieve a more dynamic and flexible balance between research and instruction.

Perhaps entrepreneurship should be added to our list of appropriate faculty endeavors.

Vice President Smith has appointed a task force to deal with enrollment management. He will light a match to get this going. Enrollments were steady until the recent ads for Manoa came out, but they have since declined.

There has also been some bad publicity for Manoa in the local newspapers recently, and this may have contributed to the decline.

Virginia Tanji pointed out the fate of the School of Public Health needs to be resolved in the next 1 to 2 weeks. In 1996, a committee chaired by Lorenz Magaard suggested that an additional $350,000 to $700,000 per year would be required to meet the accreditation requirements of a stand-alone school. Since we don't have that kind of money, a merger with the School of Medicine or with the College of Social Sciences might be an attractive alternative. In the meantime, the School of Public Health has presented President Mortimer and Senior Vice President Smith with a survival plan that could be implemented for a little as $50,000 per year. Senior Vice President Smith responded that it would be a disgrace to be dis-accredited.

Rather than let that happen, we should withdraw the accreditation proposal.

Even if Public Health loses its accreditation as a school, it might still be eligible for accreditation as a department or program.

Chris Measures asked Senior Vice President Smith to consult with SOEST faculty before appointing an acting dean to replace Barry Raleigh, who will begin a 6-month professional improvement leave on July 1. Senior Vice President Smith said that he is planning to consult with the chairs of units, such as SOEST, CTAHR, and LLL, that require acting or interim decanal appointments on the assumption that the chairs know what their faculty want.

Bill Lampe said that one reason for the disconnect between Bachman Hall and the Manoa faculty is that issues, such as enrollment management, are being addressed by ad hoc task forces appointed by Senior Vice President Smith. Instead of asking the Faculty Senate to nominate one or two members, the administration should routinely ask the Faculty Senate to form the task force. Rather than address the specific issue Senator Lampe raised, Senior Vice President Smith responded by saying that the faculty are the university, and the university is the faculty.

Senior Vice President Smith thanked the Faculty Senate for working with him on our budgetary problems. "It ain't all that bad," he said, noting that the total funding for Manoa has declined by only 10.9 percent during the last five years. And although we declined to rank 50 out of 50 in terms of how much our funding increased from FY (fiscal year) 1998 to FY 1999, we still ranked 16th in the nation in terms of per capita state funding for FY 1999. One reason this has hurt so much, Smith suggested, is the repetitive nature of the cuts, which he compared with the ancient Chinese water torture. Another reason is that we have added 1,000,000 square feet of space without receiving any additional state funding to cover the related increases in things like electricity and maintenance. He is going ahead with the 4+4+4 budget exercise, he said, but he will take another look at it this Fall to see how effective it has been.

Ken Kipnis suggested that the main reason the 10.9 percent cut has so much was that we do not have a shared vision about how we should organize ourselves to respond to the new budgetary situation. Senior Vice President Smith recalled that we do have a Manoa Strategic Plan, but Senator Kipnis answered that the Manoa Strategic Plan is not what he is talking about.

3. Chair Malahoff thanked Senior Vice President Smith for his candid remarks. He then asked whether there were any additions or corrections to the Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting of March 17, 1999.

There being none, the minutes were approved without any changes.

4. Committee Reports

CFS - Committee on Faculty Service

Marilyn Dunlap, Chair of the Committee on Faculty Service, reported that 41 senators have been nominated to serve on the Senate Executive Committee, and 13 have agreed to run. The SEC election needs to be completed by June 1. Having already polled senators concerning their preferences, the CFS will now try to place every senator one standing committee.

CAPP - Committee on Academic Policy and Planning

Matt McGranaghan, Chair of the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, reported that CAPP is reviewing a recent proposal to create a new College of Management by merging the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) and the College of Business Administration (CBA). Although the Faculty Senate did not receive the merger proposal until April, the matter is urgent because (as discussed above) the search for a dean to head the merged unit is already underway. Rather than lower its standards or compromise the search, CAPP has agreed to continue its work on the proposal during the summer.

CAB - Committee on Administration and Budget

Tom Craven, Chair of the Committee on Administration and Budget, said that CAB is reviewing a new logo, but has nothing else to report at this time.

CSF - Committee on Student Affairs

Ross Christensen, Chair of the Committee on Student Affairs, reported that CSF was hoping to present a resolution at today's meeting of the Faculty Senate, but is still gathering data. The resolution should be ready this Fall.

5. Chair's Report

The Faculty Senate has also been an effective voice for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We have developed a close working relationship with President Mortimer, and we have increased the flow of adrenalin in the administration's veins. We have reached out to the community, where our strength lies, and we have spoken honestly about the emperor's new cloths.

We have acted as intellectual advocates, and we have pitched in and done the hard work of this campus throughout the year.

Chair Malahoff gave special thanks to his fellow members of the Senate Executive Committee, whom he named individually and praised one by one.

Each has made an important and unique contribution to the workings of the Faculty Senate, Malahoff said.

Ken Kipnis, a second-year member of the SEC, responded to the Chair's report by pointing out that we have been very fortunate in having Alex Malahoff as our leader. Senator Kipnis' comment was seconded by a loud and spontaneous round of applause.

6. There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 4:17 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Yount