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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of March 17, 2003

Present: Denise Antolini, Meda Chesney?Lind, Martha Crosby, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Frank Sansone, Mary Tiles, and Charlotte Mitsutani.

Chair Mike Forman called the meeting to order at 3:03 pm.

1. The minutes of the meeting of March 10, 2003 were approved as corrected.

2. Chair's Report
ACCFSC - Mike is working on an analysis of last week's meeting that aims to increase the organization's effectiveness. The main issue at the meeting was faculty governance, particularly with respect to the system administration and WASC. Mike reported that ACCFSC has improved in effectiveness and collegiality over the past six months.

Task Forces - Robert Bley-Vroman has asked if the chancellor's reliance on task forces is becoming a substitute for the senate's subcommittees. The SEC can see the utility of the task forces, particularly if the senate selects faculty members for these groups, but felt strongly that there should be a review of the task forces' recommendations by the appropriate senate committees.

MME - Budget concerns were the main focus of the meeting. Greater accountability of the administration's budgets was advocated.

3. Committee Reports
GEC - Martha discussed the memo from Jeanne Oka and Tom Hilgers about promoting faculty development of new Focus courses.

CA - Meda reported that the committee expects to meet this week.

CAB - Frank reported that system governance was discussed; frustration was expressed about the lack of progress since the Senate's resolution in December on this matter. The administration's proposed sweep of S-fund and other special fund was also discussed; this will apparently affect many units on campus. CAB has started work on a revision of the Senate Charter and By-laws; this will include a more accurate description of the function and responsibility of CAB; a CAB subcommittee was established to propose changes. Dave Sanders was proposed as CAB's representative on the Manoa Budget Advisory Committee to replace John Cox.

CAPP - Mary reported that the MOU on academic subject certificates is still being discussed; some parts may be ready for signing by the Senate Chair.

CFS - David reported that he requested the committee to nominate four faculty for the Understanding Student Affairs Committee, three for the Charlot House Task Force, two for the Aquarium Director search, and three for the Cinematic/Digital Arts (feasibility) committee.

CPM - Denise reported that Peggy Hong will present a report on workplace non-violence at the upcoming Senate meeting. The committee is also working on a debate on academic freedom.

CSA - Meda reported that the committee is aware of the Understanding Student Affairs Committee and will try to assist.

4. Old Business
Congress and Senate Meeting - The venue has been changed to the Architecture Auditorium.
Senate Agenda:
-- Chair Reports - CAB, CAPP, CPM
-- Committee Reports
-- Peggy Hong - report on Workplace Non-violence

TIM Dean Search - Frank reported on his interview of the first candidate, Stephen Smith of University of Waterloo.

Ad Hoc Governance Committee - This Senate committee needs to be constituted.

5. New Business
The SEC received a memo from Jeanne Oka and Tom Hilgers about promoting faculty development of new Focus courses. This will be discussed at the next SEC meeting.

Agenda items for the meeting with Peter Englert, April 2:
-- Promotion of faculty development of new Focus courses
-- Senate budget for FY2004 (including GEC)
-- Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR)

The next SEC meeting will be held on Monday, March 24, 2003 at 3:00 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Sansone


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