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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of May 12, 2003

Present: Denise Antolini, Meda Chesney-Lind, Martha Crosby, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Thomas Hilgers, Roger Lukas, Frank Sansone, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida and Charlotte Mitsutani.

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

1. The minutes of the meeting of May 5, 2003 were approved as corrected.

2. The new SEC members were introduced and welcomed: Tom Hilgers, Roger Lukas, Tom Schroeder (listening via phone), and Janice Uchida.

3. Chair's Report
CTAHR Senate Meeting - Carl Evensen commented at this meeting that ethics courses within an academic major could be at the 100-200 level since, in at least CTAHR, majors may be declared while students are taking courses at this level. Janice expressed concern that inadequate information flow about such matters has been a problem; this will need to be addressed by the senate and the SEC in the future.

MME - Topics discussed included the digital media event held on 5/9, and the HiBEAM (Hawaii Business and Entrepreneur Acceleration Mentors) talk Dobelle gave in Palo Alto last week (the Kakaako development is now apparently aimed more broadly to bio-high-tech in general, rather than just medicine).

4. Committee Reports

GEC - Martha reported that Honolulu CC and Hawaii CC are appealing Deane Neubauer's decision concerning the articulation of Philosophy 110. The GEC voted to deleted a written reference to 300-and-higher E-focus courses without pre-requisites. Denise Konan explained the articulation appeals process to the GEC.

CA - Mike reported that Peter Englert and Herman Frazier are working towards merging CA and the Athletics Advisory Board.

CAPP - Mary reported that the proposal for a MS. in Finance proposal, along with CAPP's report, is being sent to CAB for review.

CAB - Frank reported that the new RTRF policies at the system and campus level need to be reconciled. The SEC suggested that an informal committee try to resolve these issues.

CFS - David reported that CFS has completed the SEC election.

CPM - Denise reported that there is nothing new with CPM since the report to the Faculty Senate.

CSA - Meda reported that tuition and fee increases are being discussed by the administration, and these proposals will need to be monitored by the SEC. Specifically, it has been reported in the press that Deane Neubauer believes we need to be looking at these as ways to bridge the budget gap.

5. Old Business
Agenda items for SEC meeting with Peter Englert, May 21, 2003
-- Position descriptions for VC-UE and VC-DE - What units report to each VC? (This info is needed to complete faculty consultation on the position descriptions.)
-- Proposed tuition and fee increases
-- RTRF policies at the system and campus level
-- Faculty Mentoring Program

Outreach College - Responding to Outreach College faculty concerns, the SEC will add the names of Pamela Fujita-Starck, with Harriet Abe as alternate (both of Outreach College) to the list of names the SEC previously selected (Frank Walton, Peter Manicus, and Joanne Itano) for the Chancellor's committee studying the college.

6. New Business
UH Faculty Mentoring and Leader Development Program - Martha Crosby reported that this program has operated with very limited finances recently and is apparently currently under the VP-AA. The head of the program (Carol Anne Dickson, the sole employee) is unable to respond to a request by Karl Kim for information for a review of the program. (The request, dated February 4th, was received by Carol Anne on April 1st; she submitted a brief report to Karl on May 9th.) In addition, the CTAHR dean wants greater compensation for Dixon's time on the program. Consequently, the board of the program would like to meet with the SEC to discuss these issues. However, the mentoring program's difficulties is only part of a larger issue: a comprehensive faculty development program is needed at Manoa, and faculty mentoring is just a subset of this. Nevertheless, there is a great risk that the mentoring program will be lost very soon. Therefore, the SEC will ask a representative from the program's board to meet with the SEC next week. In addition, the SEC will raise these issues with Englert at the SEC's meeting with him next week. Possible solutions including the use of RTRFfunds to support faculty development efforts.

Standing Committee Assignments - Robert Valliant has volunteered to be the Senate's Web Master; the SEC gratefully accepted the offer. The 2003-2004 committee assignments are attached to these minutes. Tom Hilgers suggested, and the SEC agreed, that thank-you letters be sent to all of the outgoing committee members.

The next SEC meeting will be held on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 3:00 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm. The members of the 2003-2004 SEC remained to select SEC officers.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Sansone


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