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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of March 6, 2006

(approved March 13, 2006)

Chair Bley-Vroman called the meeting to order at 3 pm, with Kent, Ramsey, Rutter, Staff, and Tiles present. The SEC met with VC Ostrander from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and met with VC Smatresk from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lampe was present later.

Standard Items: The review of minutes was postponed. Bley-Vroman reported on meetings with Chancellor Konan and President McClain. Topics of discussion with Konan included taro research and dorms. Bley-Vroman discussed the upcoming Senate elections, and described his communications to the BOR.

The SEC made agendas for the March Faculty Senate meeting and March Faculty Congress.

The SEC will review the charter of the A&S Faculty Senate to ascertain the proper routing of approvals for programs, degrees, certificates and institutes that originate with A&S.

The SEC worked on two resolutions: one about UARC and one about moving system offices off-campus. The former was fully supported, with one no/abstention; the latter was unanimous. Both are subject to further editing and cogitation.

Topics discussed with VC Ostrander: 40 summer undergraduate fellows; 2007 expressionist exhibit; JABSOM dean search; SOEST dean search; Engineering dean search; search for a director for Lyon Arboretum; possibly funding the operations of a new Kakaako research building via cigarette taxes; the Level 3 bio-containment facility might be in Kakaako (negotiations are active); UARC (it is out of his hands); ORS (3 contract reviewers will be two only by the weekend); issues at the Legislature; the federal cutbacks in NIH and NCI funding; the 50-per cent return to researchers of RTF that they generate.

Topics discussed with VC Smatresk: the budget process (that is with the chairs now); the current self-assessment phase of a brand-new round of WASC accreditation; statistics about the performance of programs and departments; that enrollment for the Fall 2006 is running 35% below last year (tuition increase and a new format for the SAT may be the causes); and a proposed Center for Public Policy Analysis. He asked for volunteers for the Manoa Outreach Council, a new council that will interact with K-12.

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