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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of May 17, 2004

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 3:09 pm.

The vice chair announced an organizational meeting of the incoming SEC for 5/20 at 9:00 a.m.

1. The minutes of 5/10/04 were approved.

2. Chair's Report (Tiles)

a. The Manoa Budget Advisory Group met on 5/14

-The full group recommends that UH rejoin the "Delaware group," a source of data that will allow important comparisons. The full group also urged movement toward activity-based budgeting.

-The performance indicators subgroup recommended using broad categories for budgeting purposes--e.g., importance to campus, relevance to Strategic Plan, quality. All concerned note problems with the category "quality."

-The transparency subgroup recommended that budget decision-making begin with the publication of "displayable data," figures that could be fine-tuned across several iterations.

-Group members M. Tiles and C. Hayes will craft data from a hypothetical department to be used in a Friday 5/21 exercise.

b. Chair and vice chair joined the final GEC meeting of the year, also attended by the Chancellor. Both Chancellor and GEC agreed that Englert will send out the UHM GEC-drafted procedural statement on Foundations Program articulation.

c. MME met on 5/17.

-The Chancellor noted the continuing absence of new dollars to support our ever-increasing student population. A major bottleneck has been created by the shortage of student housing, with some 1,300 undergraduates and 50 graduate students already on wait lists for fall housing.

-The Chancellor is considering ways of assigning the faculty a significant role in formulating policy and granting tuition waivers.

-The entrepreneurial task force is expected to issue a report soon.

-Groups studying tuition revenues, enrollment management, student fees, etc. require a mechanism for reconciliation of their overlapping analyses and recommendations.

-Intramural sports fee schedules will be reviewed.

-The Chancellor will ask a group primarily of faculty members to prepare a white paper for MLT on the role of liberal arts in undergraduate education at a research university.

d. The Senate office has received a request for official recognition of a campus cat-care team. While SEC sees no Senate role in this area, it may be able to provide advice for the requestor.

e. Faculty from Education's CDRG and Disability Studies programs have asked if the bylaws allow them to Faculty Senate representation. SEC recommends that the question be brought to the College of Education Senate.

3. Senate Standing Committees

a. Chair reported that Professor Patricia Fryer has agreed to become vice chair of GEC.

b. Most senators' preferences for standing committee membership were honored.

c. SEC will continue to look for faculty to serve on the various General Education committees and boards.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Hilgers


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