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Manoa Faculty Senate Minutes of January 19, 2005

Highlights

SEC Resolution on Proposed Chancellor's Office Reorganization
Status of the Ad Hoc Committee on Classified Research
Two CAPP resolutions

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Law School Room 2

Senators Present:
Aeby, Aune, Baker, Bley-Vroman, Bopp, Bridges, Caron, Chen, Cohn, Cox, Dator, Dawson, Fujimoto, Gibson, Haning, Hawkins, Hilgers, Kasuya, Kim, Lee,CN, Lee,L, Liebert, Lorenzo, Lowry, Lu, Lukas, Magaard, Mark, McGranaghan, McKimmy, Moore, Nielsen, Nishida, Paull, Ramsey, Richardson, Ross, Rutter, Satsuma, Schroeder, Shiramizu, Singh, Speitel, Staff, Stodden, Teves, Tiles, Uchida, Valliant, Ward, Warn-Cramer, Yates, Yue, Yuen, Zaleski

Ex Officio: Neal Smatresk

Senators Excused:
Cannon, Chopey, Desser, Kazman, Wilmeth,

Senators Absent:
Allen, Aquino, Brown, DeMattos, Fryer, Grace, Herring, Judd, Kipnis, Lee,MT, Mottl, Nunokawa, Robinow, Singleton, Skouge, Yu,

Others who signed in:
Susan Chandler, Lance Collins, Ruth Hsu, C. Mamo Kim, Louise Kubo, Sharon Miyashiro, Jon Osorio, Gary Ostrander, Wendy Pearson, Helene Sokugawa, Myrtle Yamada

Chairman Tom Schroeder called the meeting to order at 3:07 PM.

1. The minutes of Wednesday, December 8, 2004 were approved as amended.

2. SEC Resolution on Proposed Reorganization of the Chancellor's Office.

Robert Bley-Vroman introduced the attached resolution on the proposed reorganization of the Chancellor's Office on behalf of the Senate Executive Committee. He observed that the Faculty Senate had issued a resolution calling for the creation of a separate chancellor's office for Manoa in 1999. In 2000, Special Advisor Harold Masumoto recommended to the Board of Regents the creation of a chancellor's office for UHM "provided the separation is made without incurring additional costs." The minutes of the BoR of January, 2001, when the Board unanimously created the chancellor's office, stated that "the administration will adhere to the Board's requirement that this reorganization incur no additional costs to the University."

Subsequently, Peter Englert has been appointed Chancellor, and various other offices created and officers hired. The lengthy process of drawing up the reorganization plans and charts, also required by the BoR, has been carried out with satisfactory participation by the Manoa Faculty Senate and its standing committees, and is now ready to go to the Board of Regents for their approval.

The SEC resolution reviews all of this and urges the BoR to approve the plan while, in its final paragraph, continuing "to insist that administrative reorganization not be paid for by student tuition or come at the expense of academic programs."

Bley-Vroman moved that the resolution be accepted.

The last paragraph of the resolution provoked extensive discussion, since in fact considerable expenses are being incurred in the proposed reorganization.

Vice Chancellor Neal Smatresk that the reorganization is in 3 phases. Phase one will be at no cost since it is "rearrangement". The second phase will cost 1.5 million and will be paid for by equal contributions from both side (Manoa and the system). The third phase might have to be paid for out of tuition.

James Nishimoto, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that for the second phase, $750,000 will come from Manoa and $750,000 from the System. The System is working with the Legislature to obtain funds to support the remaining costs of the reorganization. If the Legislature does not provide that additional funding, a new plan will have to devised.

Several Senators suggested the final paragraph of the resolutions be deleted since expenses were going to be considerable. Others suggested that we should delete the phrase about tuition, but keep the phrase that states that reorganization should not come "at the expense of academic programs". Still others said that the final paragraph should remain simply to call attention to yet another broken promise of "no expense" of programs that always end up coming out of Manoa's tender and overstretched hide.

Votes were held on the various alternatives:

First was a vote to eliminate the statement about student tuition in the third paragraph, but retain the statement about academic programs.

That was narrowly defeated:

Yes--23
No--29
Abstain--2

Second was a vote to delete the entire third and final paragraph of the resolution.

That was defeated:

Yes--13
No--39
Abstain--2

The question was raised again concerning why have a resolution supporting the administration's plans if reorganization is going to be so costly, contrary to all agreements. SEC member Roger Lukas said it is irresponsible of the Senate to call for the creation of the chancellor's office and the reorganization of the System and Manoa administration but then to be silent once the requested actions were taken.

In addition, Bley-Vroman stressed again that while the reorganization is not perfect, the Manoa administration has been exemplary in soliciting the opinions of the Faculty, and in responding quickly and affirmatively to our concerns. We should acknowledge that we appreciate that.

The question was called, and the resolution was passed as originally submitted:

Yes--48
No--2
Abstain--2

Chair Schroeder pointed out that because of certain concerns about reorganization raised by the Union, the reorganization plan will not be discussed by the Board of Regents at their next meeting as had been anticipated, and so he will not need to introduce our Resolution at that meeting.

3. Status of the Ad Hoc Committee on Classified Research

Chair Schroeder reported that an Ad Hoc Committee on Classified Research had been created in accordance with the resolutions passed at the last Senate meeting. The members of the Committee are Margo Edwards, Ken Kipnis, Matt McGranaghan, Torben Nielsen, Jon Osorio, Bruce Shimizu, and Jim Tiles. Neal Milner will serve as facilitator.

Schroeder said the Committee met for the first time on January 18 and had an open, collegial, and opinionated discussion.

4. Two CAPP resolutions. One to establish the Social Sciences Public Policy Center and the other to establish a graduate certificate in policy studies in the Social Sciences Public Policy Center.

David Ross introduced the resolutions on behalf of CAPP, but noted that because of some problems that only came to light after CAPP had formulated the resolutions, he was going to propose that Senate action on the resolutions be postponed.

The problem is this. The normal way for new academic programs to proceed in from the initiating unit, through the curriculum committee and dean/director of the unit's college, and then to the CAPP of the Manoa Faculty Senate, via the MFS SEC. This process was followed for the proposal for the Graduate Certificate.

However, for some reason the proposal for the Center itself was sent to the Manoa SEC and the Arts and Science SEC at the same time. CAPP did not know this, assuming the proposal had been approved by the appropriate Arts and Sciences bodies. After approving both proposals and preparing and distributing resolutions for this Senate meeting, CAPP discovered the error. Thus the Senate cannot approve either resolution at this time, Ross said. We should not act on the creation of the policy center until the A&S SEC acts, and it makes no sense to approve a certificate for a program that does not exist at this time. Ross then read the resolution (attached) for creating the policy center, and moved that consideration be postponed until we hear from the A&S SEC.

Discussion about the content of the resolution followed. Roger Lukas wanted to know if the potential for conflict between the existing Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the proposed center had been addressed.

Susan Chandler, Interim Director of the policy center, said that there was no conflict. SSRI was in on discussions from the very beginning, and Mike Hamnet, former head of the SSRI, is on the advisory board of the proposed center. She also said that while the SSRI fosters the research interests of the social science faculty, the policy center will have an academic certificate, expand the research possibilities of SSRI, and participate in civic engagement in ways not done by the SSRI.

Someone wanted to know if there was any urgency in making a decision now. Chandler replied that the urgency concerns the certificate, since there are students now in the program who will have to be granted an A&S College certificate if the program is not approved by the Senate and BoR in time. Ross again pointed out that the certificate cannot be approved until the Center is approved.

The question to postpone a decision on the center resolution until the A&S SEC acts was called and passed

Yes--48
No--0
Abstain--1

Ross then turned to the resolution on the certificate, reiterating that while it had gone through the proper channels and that CAPP had approved it, he moved to postpone Senate consideration until the policy center is approved.

That motion was also passed

Yes--48
No--0
Abstain--4

5. Unstructured Discussion.

Chair Schroeder said that when possible, some time during the Senate meetings will be made available for "unstructured discussions". Now is one such time.

The ensuing discussion focused entirely on JABSOM and the move of JABSOM from Manoa to Kakaako, with differing views being expressed about why the move was being made, and whether JABSOM was about to become a separate campus in the System or to remain under Manoa. Various views were expressed favoring or opposing both possibilities.

The Senate meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM

Submitted by

Jim Dator
Secretary to the Manoa Faculty Senate


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