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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of December 6, 2004

Highlights

VC Smatresk reports on flood damage
Review of Charter and Bylaws of ACCFSC
Reports on Committee activities

Senate Chairman Tom Schroeder, Hilgers and Ramsey were present for a 2:00 p.m. meeting with VC Smatresk. VC Smatresk arrived at 2:20 and stayed until 3:24 p.m. Uchida joined the meeting at 2:28 p.m., Bley-Vroman at 3:05 p.m. and Lukas at 3:07 p.m.

Earlier on 12/06/2004, VC Smatresk was part of a team visiting the flood-damaged buildings with Senator Inouye, State Representative Kirk Caldwell, State Senators Hee and Taniguchi, and some of Senator Inouye's staff.

With the SEC, VC Smatresk discussed the magnitude of the flood recovery, especially the need to publicize realistic cost estimates of $75 million to $100 million (he gave some cogent details that quickly lead to this estimate).

VC Smatresk said that a "flood ombudsman" would soon be appointed, and commented that his recent "flood constituent" meetings seemed to helping faculty.

VC Smatresk informed the SEC that Chancellor Englert will issue an RFP for disaster planning consultation, and will do a spring 2005 public symposium of how the disaster had been handled up to that point.

The SEC revisited three issues with VC Smatresk: the system/UHM reorganizations (and their disconnects), WASC, and proposed degree programs (ethnobotany and an honors college proposal). VC Smatresk floated a new idea of having "tracks" or "specializations" within existing degrees: foci that would not require Board of Regents approval and could be revised more dynamically in response to academic and economic interests. An example might be ethnobotany within botany.

VC Smatresk left at 3:24. The SEC meeting continued.

1.The minutes of November 29 were approved after revision.

2.Chairman Tom Schroeder reported. Apparently, past SEC's have submitted collective responses on Dean searches. Chairman Schroeder asked whether the SEC wanted to do that with the SOEST dean candidates; the SEC declined but is prepared to restore past practice.

3.The SEC extensively reviewed a draft of the charter and by-laws of the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC). Comprehensive, page-by-page editing was done, with proposed changes approved by unanimous votes. It was decided to not ask for relaxation of the rule that the ACCFSC chair must be a faculty senate chair (as opposed to some faculty senate officer). (The SEC sought to get this rule relaxed earlier in the fall of 2004.)

4.Liaison reports were heard:

COA is bringing a resolution to the Senate

CAB is trying to meet with Shirley Daniels and Jim Gaines about the Kakaako report

Gen Ed has been extremely productive.

CFS has enough volunteers for now; they came forward in response to the appeal by the Vice Chancellor. SEC member Roger Lukas volunteered to fill a vacancy in the Chancellor's task force about the future of Lyon Arboretum.

CPM is bringing forward a substitute resolution and a call for an ad-hoc committee about classified research

CAPP is bringing a resolution to the Senate about classified research.

CSA is not meeting until Dec 15. It hasn't responded about the reorganizations. COR has numerous issues on its plate, including a draft proposal on student research, the UARC, and classified research.

5.The agenda for the Wednesday Faculty Senate meeting was reviewed.


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