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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of March 8, 2004

Highlights

2. Chair's Report (Tiles)
3. Administrative Hiring Procedures
4. Tentative Senate agenda for 3/17/04
5. Tentative agenda for Faculty Congress of 4/21/04
6. Committee Reports
8. CAB-SEC joint resolution

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

Absent: Jill Nunokawa.

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

1. The minutes of 2/23/04 were approved as amended. The minutes of 3/1/04 were approved as amended.

2. Chair's Report (Tiles)

a. MLT met on 3/2/04. Two budget templates were distributed: one suggested by the system and an alternative that seems better suited UHM's budgeting needs. There was extensive discussion of what UHM can and cannot do with respect to budget processes. MLT also received an update from the Kaka`ako Taskforce and the draft of a call for a new taskforce on enrollment management.

b. The chair received the new OSA reorganization plan on Friday, 3/5.

c. The chair received a question about the appropriateness of expedited tenure processes for an E/M appointee. The chair noted that the question may involve both the Senate and UHPA.

d. MME did not occur because of the Chancellor's unannounced absence.

3. Administrative Hiring Procedures

a. SEC considered three alternatives: no action; letter to BOR from SEC; resolution to be considered by Faculty Senate.

b. Lukas moved that SEC send a letter to the BOR regarding unnecessary delays in administrative hiring. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously. Consensus was that the chair should develop the previously circulated draft with specific mention of announced administrative searches.

4. Tentative Senate agenda for 3/17/04

a. Chair's report

b. Resolutions
-CAPP on SAT/ACT
-CSA on Banner
-CPM on use of faculty names; on safety and security
-CAB on second presentation of charter and by-law amendments
-Possible CAB resolution on WASC system report handling

5. Tentative agenda for Faculty Congress of 4/21/04

a. VCAA-to-be Neal Smatresk.
b. Explanation of ballot on by-laws/charter changes
c. Other business

(A Senate meeting will follow the Congress meeting.)

6. Committee Reports

a. CA will meet on 3/17 to consider a resolution involving terms of the faculty athletic representative appointment.

b. CAB met on 3/3 without a quorum; those present discussed system handling of the WASC system report.

c. CAPP met on 3/3 without a quorum. Associate Dean Ron Cambra gave a report on enrollment management. There was some discussion of a possible resolution on changing the minimum GPA required for admission. The committee will attempt to meet again on 3/10.

8. CAB-SEC joint resolution

a. At 4:00 p.m., several CAB members joined SEC for discussion of system handling of the WASC system report. CAB members present included professors Vogt, Fuller, Bopp, Graves, Neilson, Popp, Singh, Bley-Vroman, and Sanders.

b. CAB chair Bley-Vroman reported that recent CAB discussion led to members' presence at this SEC meeting. Some members felt that consideration of a resolution of censure may be appropriate given what has transpired.

c. A wide-ranging discussion followed. There seemed to be consensus that our real goal is regular consultation between administration and faculty. How the system handled the WASC report, and how it handled the development of a system response to that report, demonstrates a pattern of disregard for reasonable consultation.

d. A consensus gradually emerged that in the absence of clear evidence on who was responsible, and given the fact that the report came to faculty attention so late that we have not had time for careful committee-based review the contents of the report, we are limited in how we might respond. We agreed that the process could not be ignored. Members then proceeded to draft a resolution of no confidence in the system response to the WASC report, in system processes related to the production of that response, and in the system administration that devised those processes.

e. The draft resolution will be circulated for comment of those who were present. Final wording will appear on the Faculty Senate website. The resolution will be presented to the Senate as a joint resolution of CAB and SEC.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:19 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Hilgers


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