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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of April 14, 2003

Present: Denise Antolini, Meda Chesney-Lind, Martha Crosby, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Frank Sansone, Mary Tiles, and Charlotte Mitsutani. Visitors: Karl Kim and Denise Konan.

Chair Mike Forman called the meeting to order at 3:02 pm.

1. The minutes of the meeting of April 7, 2003 were approved as corrected.

2. General Education
Karl Kim and Denise Konan discussed the Symbolic Reasoning Foundations courses. Specifically, Philosophy 110 taught at some community colleges has been articulated, whereas identically labeled courses at other community colleges have not. Problems include the lack of detailed board meeting minutes and clear statements of what the problems are in articulating specific courses. Also, some community college philosophy courses that meet the CC's AA requirements (e.g., "critical thinking") apparently do not meet Manoa's Gen Ed requirements (e.g., "symbolic reasoning").

All agreed that the courses in question should be grandfathered in for the next year. In addition, the SEC concluded that 1) faculty-to-faculty consultation should be used to try to reach agreements on these issues, 2) the boards should be more specific as to what exactly the reasons are for not articulating courses, and 3) the details of the hallmarks should be reexamined.

3. Chair's Report
Articulation Meeting - Articulation was discussed by group of administrators, Mike, and Dr. Neghin Modavi from Kapi'olani CC. Peter Englert led the discussion and forcefully defended Manoa's need to protect its educational integrity.

VC-AA and VC-RGE Searches - The search committees need more members that are not Caucasian or male. The SEC forwarded additional faculty names to the Chancellor's office.

Asia-Pacific Task Force - UHM administrators and faculty from UHM and UHWO met to discuss integrated language, area and culture studies. This task force will establish a research group that will identify best practices for the teaching of courses in this area in peer institutions, and will produce a paper for the Chancellor by August 15. The SEC forwarded a number of faculty names for the research group. However, the SEC was concerned about the paper's due date, as many of the faculty members on the committee will be on 9-month contracts and will not be available during the summer.

Digital Arts Academy - Mike transferred the files he had on this subject to Heather Crislip (a new assistant to Peter Englert).

MME - Strategic Plan implementation will be headed by Karl Kim, Denise Konan and Mamo Kim. Tuition waivers were discussed, but no changes will made immediately.

4. Committee Reports

CA - Meda reported that CA will be meeting this week.

CAB - Frank reported that CAB is discussing 1) a default faculty consultation process for the administrations to follow, and 2) the proposed community college and UH-WO name changes. The senate's proposal for changes in the BOR policy on classified research is being readied by the administration for consideration by the BOR. Members of CAB have been successful in getting the administration to rescind the planned year-end sweeps of special-funds. In addition, detailed policies for the carry?over of RTRF discretionary funds and the development of faculty?approved unit-level RTRF allocation policies has been developed by members of CAB and the administration; a memo from Peter Englert outlining these policies should be released shortly.

CAPP - Mary reported that CAPP felt that a presentation should be made by the administration about the new Banner system at the upcoming Senate meeting. CAPP is working on two proposals: an M.S. in Finance and a certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies. CAPP has also received a proposal from the A&S faculty senate about raising admission standards to UHM. This is seen as an item to be handed over to next year's committee. The present committee will do some initial fact finding to see what current Manoa policy is at the various colleges, as well as checking to see what our peer and benchmark institutions have by way of policy. Mary also reported that A&S-EPPC has established questions to be addressed when proposing new distance-education courses, and that these guidelines might be used campus-wide; this matter was sent to CAPP for consideration.

CFS - David reported that CFS is forwarding names for the Commencement Task Force to Mike, who is to forward them to the Chancellor's office. CFS has also proposed replacements for the GEC and its Boards.

CPM - Denise reported that CPM is meeting this afternoon.

5. Old Business
Senate Budget - Mike will find out the current balance. The SEC will then discuss what additional purchases should be made before the fiscal year ends.

6. New Business
Agenda Items for Senate Meeting, April 16, 2003
-- Herman Frazier
-- Paul Costello - Proposed naming changes for the community colleges and UHWO
-- Robert Bley-Vroman - CAB report on special funds
-- Update on the Banner system

An incoming senator (A. Singh) asked to speak at the meeting. The SEC requested that he submit an outline or abstract, which the SEC would consider; if relevant, the topic would then be assigned to a standing committee for review and/or action.

The next SEC meeting will be held on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 3:00 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:56 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Sansone

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