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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of December 8, 2003


Chair's Report (Tiles)
Vice Chair's Report (Schroeder)
Committee Reports

Present: Martha Crosby, Thomas Hilgers, Jill Nunokawa, Thomas Schroeder, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, and Charlotte Mitsutani.

Chair Tiles called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm.

1. The minutes of 12/03/03 were approved. The minutes of 11/17/03 were approved as amended.

2. Chair's Report (Tiles)

a. The chair's report on the last MLT meeting was sent by email.

b. The UHM group working to reform the UHM website is now meeting weekly.

c. Tiles has received emails with questions about current policy on visa status for tenure-track faculty.

-Faculty members who don't yet have a green card are not allowed even to initiate the tenure process.

-The consequences of this policy are significant not only for the involved faculty members but for the departments that may want to keep them.

-Other universities allow such faculty to move through the tenure process to the point to where a final decision is recommended and tenure can be granted as soon as the green card is issued. VCAA seemed open to this possibility for UH; Tiles will continue to talk with him.

d. The chair's comments on the Dennis Jones report have been circulated to MLT for comment.

e. The Chair is, with the help of Deans & Directors compiling a "phone index" for Manoa - the percentage of a department's operating budget consumed by paying for phone rental and lines charges (excluding long distance calls). So far the range is from 5.6% to 54%. It is hoped this might provide a readily appreciable measure of sorry state of many department operating budgets.

f. Diane Perushek, the University's librarian, will meet with the Faculty Senate on 1/21 to talk about issues relating to journals acquisition and maintenance.

3. Vice Chair's Report (Schroeder)

a. The proposal for a Center for Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics may or may not be on the BOR's January agenda. It is unclear what is driving the proposal as an action item. It is clear that the million-dollar budget offers few details. Since the work of such a center would clearly require the involvement of UHM faculty members, the faculty should provide in full consultation on the proposal. Schroeder will continue to monitor the situation.

b. BOR has scheduled an unanticipated meeting for 12/12. The agenda covers 47 pages.

4. Committee Reports

a. At its last meeting, CAPP approved the proposal to offer a Certificate in Museum Studies and prepared an appropriate resolution for the Senate. It reviewed the proposed policy on second baccalaureate degrees. It began a discussion on Graduate Division policies on doctoral courses numbered 700 and 800. After a new presentation on the proposed Academy for Creative Media, CAPP noted that the absence of a full budget prevented full consultation on the proposal. Nonetheless, CAPP prepared a resolution for the Faculty Senate without addressing financial concerns.

b. CSA met on 11/26 for further work on possible by-law revisions. It also identified two concerns addressed by the report from the Understanding Student Affairs Committee that need attention this year: providing adequate human resources to make Banner work, and working to improve the campus environment, particularly in the area of safety. CSA will request better links with the Chancellor's efforts to address these two areas.

c. GEC declined a request from VPAA for evidence that other system units were adequately consulted on hallmark revisions; it noted that the Chancellor has requested that such requests go through his office. The GEC continues to discuss possible articulation policies that allow UHM to exercise its faculty responsibilities.

d. SEC will remain on call during the period between semesters.

5. The agenda for SEC's 12/17 meeting with the Chancellor will be finalized at next week's meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Hilgers

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