The SEC meeting was called to order by D. Chin at 3:05. Attending were Bley-Vroman, Kent, Lampe, Harrigan, Rutter and Staff.
The Minutes of July 3 were approved.
Acting Chair Chin had no report.
M. Staff reported that the Chancellor’s office had responded positively to the earlier request for two “contractor” type parking passes for SEC use, to ease problems when faculty from the Kakaako campus must attend meetings at Manoa. It was agreed that the passes will be kept by the Faculty Senate office and the SEC will develop guidelines on the use and stewardship. One pass will be available for rotating among senators not based at Manoa, who need to drive to Manoa for SEC or standing committee activities. The other pass was assigned to Harrigan for her regular use during the next academic year.
The SEC discussed how the lack of shuttle service between Kakaako and Manoa is negatively impacting both students and faculty. Student fees pay for the Manoa shuttle service but do not benefit those who need to transit between Manoa and Kakaako. The matter will be pursued with the Chancellor.
Rutter reported on WASC committee activities. As a member of the governance sub-committee that will develop a proposal, she seeks direction from the SEC. SEC members asked that devolution initiates be included in the proposal, as well aspects of governance that reflects/clarifies faculty responsibility for academic programs.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
(Prior to the SEC meeting, some members met with VC Ostrander from 2:00-3:00 p.m. During this meeting, Ostrander reported on completed and current dean searches, as well as plans to re-tool/expand ORS under a newly hired director. Discussion covered plans to increase the number of GA positions, and stipend/classification changes for GAs. Ostrander shared ideas to strengthen graduate programs through a new type of review process, noting that there are too many mediocre graduate programs. He reported plans to review animal facilities, and progress related to the new gene sequencing center, reorganized under Biomedical Sciences. The SEC asked if there were ways that the administration could recognize and invest in valuable non-tenure track faculty who are supporting themselves and others, but who do not qualify for departmental support. Ostrander felt he may be able to help on a case-by-case basis.)