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Manoa Faculty Senate Minutes of April 20, 2005

Highlights

Revision of Charter and Bylaws of All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC)
CAPP Resolution on Ethnobotany
SEC Resolution on Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
Committee on Research Resolution on the Research and Training Revolving Fund (RTRF)
JABSOM presentation
Unstructured Discussion: Resolution on BS, BA and Other Degrees, from the floor

Wednesday, April 20, Law School, Room 2

Senators Present:
Aquino, Aune, Bley-Vroman, Bopp, Bridges, Brown, Caron, Chen, Cohn, Cox, Dator, Dawson, DeMattos, Fujimoto, Haning, Hawkins, Hilgers, Kazman, Kim, Kipnis, Lee L, Liebert, Lukas, Magaard, McGranaghan, Nishida, Paull, Ramsey, Richardson, Robinow, Ross, Rutter, Schroeder, Shiramizu, Singh, Speitel, Staff, Teves, Tiles, Uchida, Valliant, Ward, Wilmeth, Zaleski

Senators Absent:
Aeby, Allen, Cannon, Fryer, Gibson, Grace, Herring, Judd, Kasuya, Lee CN, Lee MT, Lorenzo, Lowry, Lu, Mark, McKimmy, Moore, Mottl, Nielsen, Nunokawa, Satsuma, Singleton, Skouge, Yates, Yu, Yue, Yuen

Senators Excused:
Baker, Chopey, Desser, Stodden, Warn-Cramer,

Newly-elected Senators Present:
Comcowich, Diamond, Effird, Fassiotto, Kamakawiwoole, Kent, Lampe, Raleigh, Ramos

Ex Officio: Neal Smatresk

Others who signed in:
Will McClatchey, PeterManicas, Mary Tiles, Vassilis Syrmos, Sandy Davis, Marc Le Pape

Manoa Faculty Senate Chair Tom Schroeder called the Senate to order at 3:08 PM.

1. The minutes of March 16 where approved after the correction of two typing errors.

2. The candidates for the new Senate Executive Committee (SEC) were introduced, and the persons elected by the Senate for the next SEC were announced: Denise Konan, Bill Lampe, Barry Raleigh and Jim Tiles. When there is a vacancy on the SEC, the runner up, Martha Staff, will join the SEC.

Revision of Charter and Bylaws of All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC)

3. Robert Bley-Vroman introduced and read the Resolution on revising the Charter and Bylaws of the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC).

Proposed new Charter and Bylaws for the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs

BACKGROUND

The All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs is a System-level organization of representatives of all the senates in the System--not just the campus-level senates (Manoa Faculty Senate, for example), but also the senates of units within campuses (the senates of college-level units within Manoa, for example). The System organization charts show an an advisory line to the President's office.

The All-Campus Council provides a venue for faculty leaders from throughout the System to share matters of mutual concern. It is a place where the President and System administrators can bring matters for discussion: often the members of the Council will then take these matters back to their individual senates, especially if some sort of official approval is required. The Council is not an authoritative body. It is not a System-level senate. The Manoa representatives have insisted on an important and very useful, but limited role for the Council.

The former Charter and Bylaws reflected an earlier structure of the System. For example, they assumed the existence of a formal Community College faculty council. Also, because of various changes and accretions to the documents, including a set of "working procedures" of dubious validity, documents had become self-contradictory, to the extent that it was unclear that a legitimate election of officers could take place.

This year, an ad hoc committee of the Council drafted a new Charter and Bylaws. The governance documents describe a more-or-less standard "vanilla" structure for a this type of body. Features of proposal that are of interest to Manoa are these: First, Manoa wanted to have the ability to send two representatives to the Council, not just the Senate Chair; this was incorporated into the documents; second, Manoa wanted to make sure that the Council explicitly said that its actions could not supersede those of an individual senate; this was done. Third, Manoa was interested in ensuring that it would be possible for a Manoa Senate representative to be elected co-chair of the Council. The proposed Bylaws do specify that one co-chair must be from a community college; the other co-chair might be from Manoa (or Hilo or West O'ahu); this is acceptable.

RESOLUTION

Ratification of the Charter and Bylaws for the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs

Proposed by the Manoa Senate Executive Manoa Faculty Senate meeting of April 20, 2005

WHEREAS the present Charter and Bylaws of the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs are obsolete, not reflecting the function of the Council in the University of Hawai'i System as currently organized; and

WHEREAS the present Charter and Bylaws are defective and internally contradictory; and

WHEREAS a new Charter and Bylaws have been drafted that correct these difficulties and respond to current realities; and

WHEREAS these new proposed governance documents were the subject of extensive discussion within the Council; and

WHEREAS the proposed governance documents respond to concerns raised by representatives of the Manoa Faculty Senate, in particular the need of the Manoa Faculty Senate to be able to send two representatives to the Council, for the sake of maintaining continuity and sharing workload; and

WHEREAS the proposed governance documents explicitly stipulate that the All-Campus Council is not a body that speaks with an authority that supersedes that of individual senates;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate ratifies the proposed new Charter and Bylaws of the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs, as attached to and forming a part of this resolution.

Davis Ross asked if the revisions give the ACCFSC more power than it now has.

Schroeder replied that the intention is the opposite--to de-emphasize its decision-making potential and to increase its utility as a systemwide discussion group. He noted that this year's ACCFSC had been a very collegial and useful body.

The Resolution was unanimously passed. The revised ACCFSC Charter and Bylaws are appended at the end of these minutes.

CAPP Resolution on Ethnobotany

3. CAPP Resolution on Ethnobotany

CAPP Chair David Ross introduced the CAPP resolution with an explanation of the key issue the committee had to face: whether the Ethnobotany degree should be a BS degree or a BA degree. The faculty members requesting the Ethnobotany degree wanted it to be a BS, and felt they made the case for it. Some members of the CAPP felt there was not enough math and science for it to be a BS degree, and that a BA degree was therefore called for.

The matter was complicated by the fact that there seems to be neither official criteria at UH distinguishing the two degrees nor uniformity in how the degree is applied across the campus: there are examples of BA degrees as well as BS degrees in other science departments and of BS degrees in humanity departments that otherwise offer BA degrees. There appear to be no WASC standards, and a survey of other institutions also revealed great variability.

Nonetheless, CAPP offers the following resolution which recommends that the Ethobotany grant a BA degree, and not the BS they want:

CAPP Resolution on Proposed Degree in Ethnobotany

1) Whereas in 2002 the Botany department proposed a Bachelor of Science degree in Ethnobotany; and

2) Whereas the current University resources appear adequate for the program as proposed; and

3) Whereas the popularity of course offerings in ethnobotany at UH indicates a demand for such a program; and

4) Whereas the proposed curriculum looks suitable for an undergraduate degree; and

5) Whereas there is not currently a standard at the campus level delineating the distinction between the BS and BA degrees; and

6) Whereas the program has a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary work in areas outside of science; and

7) Whereas few of the upper-division courses required for the degree have science prerequisites; and

8) Whereas the Botany department describes its current BS degree as "designed for those students who plan a career in science...especially those intending to do graduate studies;" and

9) Whereas there are currently no avenues for graduate work in ethnobotany that are not also available to students with more traditional majors; and

10) Whereas even the Botany department does not accept Botany 105 (Ethnobotany) as part of their BS program; and

11) Whereas CAPP has not seen sufficient evidence of benefit to the University or to students of calling the degree a BS instead of a BA; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that

The proposed bachelor's degree in Ethnobotany be approved, but as a Bachelor of Arts rather than a Bachelor of Science degree.

Kent Bridges of the Botany Department rose to thank CAPP for its work and to explain that the Ethnobotany program at UHM is the best in the world, headed by the most well-known ethnobotanist, Will McClatchey, on the planet. He pointed that the BS degree had been supported by all prior reviewers and that McClatchey had twice met with the CAPP and assumed he had resolved all concerns. The proposed degree is hardcore, difficult, and deeply connected to science. It is not a "Botany Lite" degree in any way.

Ken Kipnis wanted to know if there were similar programs at other universities and whether they offered BS or BA degrees.

McClatchey replied that there are no other degrees in operation now, but that many are being developed, all assuming a BS degree. He added that the National Science Foundation supports ethnobotany in its ecology and biology division. Ethnobotany is being supported especially at other universities that have strong indigenous programs, as UH does.

Several people noted it was difficult to discuss the proposal since it was not attached to the agenda--only the resolution was there.

After further discussion, Halina Zaleski moved that the resolution be amended by removing the 11th "Whereas" and deleting everything from "but as a Bachelor of Arts?."

Matt McGranaghan seconded the motion.

After further discussion, Tom Ramsey moved to table the matter until everyone could see the proposal Ethnobotany had submitted. Several people said this was unfair since the degree had been under review for such a long time. The question was called and the motion to table was defeated:

Favor--7
Opposed--32
Abstain--1

Kipnis reminded everyone that UH had no policy concerning BS and BA degrees and the program had been under review by faculty bodies for four years. It was time to approve it.

Amarjit Singh agreed, adding that nonspecialists should not interfere in the work of specialists. If Botany agrees this program merits a BS degree, we should concur. We should not micromanage this program. He added that we should delete all "whereas" classes from 5 through 11.

Ross pointed out that CAPP had not been reviewing the program for four years--only since the middle of Spring last year, and that everyone CAPP spoke with, except Botany, favored a BA and not a BS degree. He added that if the Manoa Faculty Senate does not have the right and obligation to approve academic programs, then what is it for?

There was a question about the import of Whereas number 10, that says "even the Botany department does not accept Botany 105 (Ethnobotany) as part of their BS program."

Someone answered that that Botany does not count any of its 100 level courses for its BS degree. But Tom Ramsey countered that Botany 105 counts as social science (DS) in the diversification requirements.

The question was called on the amendment, which now included the deletion of all Whereas clauses 5-11, and everything from "but as a Bachelor of Arts?" in the final sentence.

The amendment was passed:

Favor--32
Oppose--8
Abstain--4

There was then some discussion as to whether the proposal that was now being defended by Ethnobotany was in fact the same as the one CAPP considered. It seems to have more detail.

McClatchey agreed that the document was modified as time passed and prerequisites and other things became available that had not existed originally.

The question was called and the vote on calling the question passed:

Favor--27
Opposed--8
Abstain--5

The vote on the Resolution as amended with its deletions was held, and the amended resolution passed:

Favor--24
Opposed--12
Abstain--6

The Resolution thus states:

1) Whereas in 2002 the Botany department proposed a Bachelor of Science degree in Ethnobotany; and

2) Whereas the current University resources appear adequate for the program as proposed; and

3) Whereas the popularity of course offerings in ethnobotany at UH indicates a demand for such a program; and

4) Whereas the proposed curriculum looks suitable for an undergraduate degree; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that

The proposed bachelor's degree in Ethnobotany be approved.

SEC Resolution on Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

5. Roger Lukas introduced the following resolution from the SEC:

SEC Resolution on Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Whereas the safety of every individual on the Manoa campus is a concern of all,

Whereas there has been a marked increase in the density of people on the Manoa campus,

Whereas there is a dangerous mix of automobiles, bicycles, skateboards and pedestrians on campus,

Whereas some campus users exhibit complete disregard for the safety of others, as well as their own safety, and

Whereas the probability of serious conflicts and injuries is escalating, therefore

Be it resolved that the Manoa Faculty Senate demands that the Manoa Chancellor's Office develop, implement and enforce an appropriate set of policies that will improve the safety of all users of the Manoa campus.

Lukas pointed out that the campus has gotten much more dangerous because of the increase of students, many of which ride skateboards, roller blades, bicycles and mopeds dangerously on campus. But there is no clear policy against this, and thus no enforcement. This is an accident waiting to happen, he said, reminding the Senate that a bicyclist had in fact been killed by a truck on Maile Way a few years ago. It is also a lawsuit waiting to happen if we don't enact a policy soon.

Mary Tiles said that to be fair, we also need to ask for a campus redesign that will permit safer vehicular use.

Lukas replied that this was implied in the phrase "appropriate set of policies".

Ross asked, "Didn't we do this before?"

Schroeder responded that we did ask for a policy on campus security--which may finally be coming--but that the present resolution was dealing with an issue the security taskforce did not address.

The question was called, and the Resolution was approved as submitted:

Favor--33
Opposed--0
Abstain--5

Committee on Research Resolution on the Research and Training Revolving Fund (RTRF)

6. Committee on Research Resolution on the Research and Training Revolving Fund (RTRF) was introduced:

Resolution on Research Training and Revolving Funds (RTRF)

WHEREAS the UH Manoa faculty are not informed as to how RTRF (Research Training and Revolving Funds) are spent and there currently exists no accountability to the faculty for the spending of RTRF funds and

WHEREAS the major source of RTRF funds is the reimbursement of indirect costs of federal research grants, and these indirect costs are provided by the federal government to support research infrastructure and

WHEREAS the faculty at UH Manoa are dependent on the research infrastructure and

WHEREAS each individual unit determines and develops programs in part based on the distribution of RTRF funds

BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate requests a yearly report in September from the Offices of the Vice President for Research and the Vice Chancellor for Research at Manoa, as to how RTRF funds were used in the previous year and

BE IT RESOLVED that the Vice President for Research and the Vice Chancellor for Research will also present their plans for the distribution of RTRF funds the current year and

BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate requests that plans for RTRF distribution from the Offices of the Vice President for Research and the Vice Chancellor for Research be made in consultation with the Manoa Faculty Senate.

Chair Schroedcer informed the Senate that the Vice Chancellor for Research had already agreed to extend the current RTRF agreement for another year, and that is good. This resolution just wants to add transparency and accountability into the process.

The question was called and the resolution passed unanimously:

Favor--36
Opposed--0
Abstain--0

JABSOM presentation

7. JABSOM presentation

William Haning then reviewed a PowerPoint presentation on the John A Burns School of Medicine, concentrating primarily on the implications of its physical move from the Manoa campus to new buildings in Kakaako.

The presentation can be found at this URL: www.hawaii.edu/uhmfs/sessions/2004_05/20050420_jabsom.html

Questions that followed dealt mainly with whether JABSOM would spin off as a separate campus from Manoa or stay part of Manoa administratively; whether various courses taught by JABSOM on the Manoa campus would continue to be taught as before; and whether JABSOM was planning a PhD degree.

Haning that the details of all of these things were still being discussed and no definite decisions had yet been made.

Unstructured Discussion: Resolution on BS, BA and Other Degrees, from the floor

8. Unstructured Discussion

Mat McGranaghan introduced a resolution from the floor for discussion next time. The resolution read:

Resolution on BS, BA and Other Degrees, from the floor

Whereas there is not currently a campus standard for the distinctions between the BS, the BA, and other degrees offered by the various colleges, and

Whereas there is no administrative supra-college coordination of academic programs, and

Whereas this has been a recent problem in the deliberations of the Committee on Academic Policies and Programs,

THEREFORE be it resolved that

The Manoa Faculty Senate encourages the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to examine the feasibility of establishing standards for the various degrees and mechanisms for inter-college curriculum coordination.

There was a second.

A quorum call was requested, and since there was not a quorum, the senate adjourned at 4:55 PM.

Enthusiastically submitted,

Jim Dator
Secretary to the Senate


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