January 17, 2007,
Law School 2
Parliamentarian: Bill Lampe
Senators Present: Chizuko Allen, David Bangert, Helen Baroni, Ruth Bingham, Shana Brown, Lonny Carlile, John Casken, Healani Chang, Meda Chesney-Lind, David Chin, Jerome Comcowich, Linda Cox, Graham Crookes, Martha Crosby, Michael DeMattos, Milton Diamond, David Duffy, Jimmy Efird, Marie-Jose Fassiotto, Thomas Hudson, Judith Inazu, Alan Katz, Noel Katz, Rebecca Knuth, Jeffrey Kuhn, William Lampe, Bruce Liebert, Richard Manshardt, John Mayer, Robert Paull, John Rieder, Sara Rutter, Dave Sanders, Frank Sansone, Pauline Sheldon, Jim Skouge, Martha Staff, Nancy Stockert, NJ Hemphill Stodden, Jim Tiles, Mary Tiles, Lei Wakayama, Michael Weinstein, Lesley Wright, James Yates, Sylvia Yuen.
Senators Excused: Paul Chandler, Nathan Chang, Rosanne Harrigan, Daniel Port, Brent Sipes.
Senators Absent: Cristina Bacchilega, Barry Baker, Kimberly Binsted, Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, Ed Cadman, James Cowen, Patricia Donegan, David Duffy, David Fritzinger, Donna Fukuda, Michael Garcia, Jean Johnson, Karl Kim, Marcelo Kobayashi, Justin Levinson, Lorenz Magaard, Dennis McDougall, Dore Minatodani, Larry Nitz, Barry Raleigh, Joe Ramos, Steven Ward, Charlie Weems, Anna Wieczorek, Roy Wilkens, Kelley Withy
Chair Tiles called the meeting to order at 3:10, when quorum was achieved.
Among several assignments, the highest priority has been to improve the housing services. Groundbreaking for the new Frear Hall occurred in November 06 and the dorm is on tract to open Fall 08. Hernandez has been attempting to fill vacant staff positions and some progress has been made but the operation is still understaffed.
The consolidation of student employment and career services is complete and the new office is on the second floor of the QLC. This opens the first floor space to Advising.
For the near future, Hernandez reported he would continue to work on personnel issues in Student Affairs and begin a 6-month strategic planning process, with the goal to create a 5-year plan that will strengthen linkages with the academic side of the house. Some of the activity he envisions will focus on turning “housing” into “residential life”. He wants housing to support academics, with such features as language floors, group clustering for certain majors, and lectures within the housing facilities, for example. After Frear, he wants to focus on refurbishing old facilities.
Hernandez is interested in and experienced in developing linkages with high schools. He hopes to contribute to new articulation possibilities for local students.
Q & A:
Senator Skouge (Education) stated that he has a wheelchair-bound student in a class that ends at 7:00 pm and there have been issues about getting her back to her dorm after dark. She has a so-called accessible room, but the class went to study it, and found many deficiencies. What is being done in this respect? v Hernandez responded that the disability service office should be able to assist such students both logistically and academically. With respect to rooms for disabled students, he is also aware that just meeting federal codes is not always sufficient. He plans to improve existing ADA rooms and there will be more in the new Frear.
Senator Bangert (Shidler) asked if Student Affairs focuses on both undergraduate and graduate students? Hernandez stated his major focus is undergraduate, although many of the student services are available to students at all levels.
Senator Brown (History) asked about the campus center proposal. Hernandez noted the BOR had approved the request to borrow up to $28 million for the project. But, since the governor has not yet released $1 million in already allocated state funds to start the planning process, there is some delay. Pressure will be exerted to get those funds released so the project can move ahead. A very eager group of students want a 24-hour fitness facility.
Senator Crookes (LLL) asked about the priority of graduate students for housing, noting that his department had lost good students due to housing. Hernandez noted he is aware of this lack, and although there are no immediate plans for graduate student housing or family housing for students, they will be looking at the possibility of refitting Johnson or Noelani to accommodate students with families.
Senator Ross provided a brief powerpoint <--!(SARA – can you link it here?) --> to provide summary details of the history which led to the establishment of the Task Force, which will give the faculty the responsibility and authority for assessment. There is a particular need to develop assessment of general education. The task force recommended two options to establish, fund, and staff an assessment office, and recommended a Manoa Assessment Committee (MAC) would oversee the Manoa Assessment Office (MAO), in a manner similar to the GEC/GAO.
Q & A:
Senator Bangert (Shidler) stated that professional schools must do assessment, but the challenge is what to do after you assess.
Ross noted that the MAO/MAC would not be prescriptive but would be there to help departments.
Senator Paull noted that assessment is currently an unfunded mandate in some departments and wanted to know if funds would be available at that level.
Ross stated that the MAO would need to raise the needed funds to help departments. The budget presented in the report only funds the MAO office.
Chair Tiles noted that the pressure comes from the lack of assessment of Gen-Ed. Departments are assessing their programs to some degree.
Senator Lampe noted departments need funds, he seconded Paull’s comment.
Senator Reider (English) also noted the proposal should not just support administration but needs to direct dollars to the departments that will have to do the work.
Ross noted that the task force could not make a good estimate of these additional costs, but that the MAO should take this on and raise the needed funds.
Senator Kuhn (IFA) commented he would rather see a grants program to dole out money to the departments than a new office. He questioned the effectiveness of a committee with 18-voting members to represent all the units.
Senator Baroni noted that Gen Ed has no effective means to assess at the department level. But if money is only doled out to departments, Gen-Ed won’t be assessed.
Kuhn stated that if there is a Gen-Ed assessment problem, we need to solve that problem.
Senator M. Tiles commented that “service teaching” has no assessment structure.
Crookes asked why the university was “dinged” in 1999?
Ross responded that the past WASC letter indicated that assessment structure was missing.
Chair Tiles mentioned that the resistance to the MAAC was that it was imposed by administration. We need to move to a faculty-run mechanism.
Senator Chesney-Lind gave an example of “service teaching”—the Sociology of Gender class, which is very popular across campus. She likes that the proposal is faculty-driven and thinks incorporating a granting mechanism could be done.
Chair Tiles suggested that the proposal add an estimate of funding needs for departmental efforts but wondered how to come up with a figure.
Senator Cox agreed this is needed. And she would like to see more of the history included to make the proposal more contextual.
Vice-Chair Chin suggested $50,000 per department would be needed for labor at minimum.
Senator Liebert note that in Engineering, assessment is expected as part of service.
Ross noted that it seems apparent some departments need additional funds.
Chair Tiles stated the proposal will next be referred to CAPP, GEC and CAB for more review. It is expected that the committees will suggest needed changes, perhaps adding history and more resource requests.
Senator Inazu asked if the MOU had been circulated. Chair Tiles apologized for neglecting to include this in the packet. He agreed to send it out by email.
Senator Skouge asked how many students would be involved? Smatresk noted that about 300 per year, and if the agreement was extended to all the Community Colleges, the number would be 500-600.
Chair Tiles noted that CAPP was to review the proposal also and had not yet met.
The ACCFSC wants to be proactive, requesting that it be a constituency on the advisory council.
Reider asked what is the representation on ACCFSC?
Chair Tiles noted that it was not properly representative by numbers and there is currently no apparent way to change its structure.
Mary Tiles commented that this is not too significant. The point is, faculty should be represented and would be under the ACCFSC scenario..
Lampe asked to amend the resolution by dropping the second “resolved” statement. Sansone seconded.
Chin stated there is no other body, except possibly UHPA, that could represent faculty across the system.
Chesney-Lind added that the ACCFSC is probably the only entity the President would respond to.
A vote on the amendment failed. (11 for , 19 against)
The resolution passed by voice vote.
Efird noted that there are plans for a beautiful campus, but many concerns: an iinadequate business plan, questionable model projections, the ultimate size of the student population is very unclear (from 2,000-8,000 in various documents), and no one has properly assessed the effect of the proposed rail system. There are many college-aged students in West Oahu, but little data on who is qualified to enter a college, suggesting to CAB that it may be better to focus on remedial education. The cost of a brick and mortar campus is high; it is clear that developers and politicians want it built, but there has been inadequate discussion of other options.
Chesney-Lind commented there are wildly different projections both on number of faculty and students. There is an odd arrangement with the developer—no details can be made public because they are still negotiating. No needs assessment has been done. There are multi-billion dollar plans to bring students to Manoa by rail at the same time West Oahu’s classes will need to be filled. Does a tiny island with a major university really need another?
Senator Yuen asked if there is anything we can really do, as it appears tthe train has left the station.
Chair Tiles noted that we can try to feed the right questions to legislators; there are some indications the question may still be open. The ACCFSC has been helpful – community colleges, especially Leeward, are very concerned about the potential drain on their enrollments and finances.
Kent asked if we can encourage people to speak out.
M. Tiles noted the political difficulties for those reporting to the President.
Lampe noted that CAB can finalize a report to distribute to other senates.
Chair Tiles noted that he wanted to mention two other things prior to adjourning. First he noted there may be positive action on conditional tenure by the end of the year, according to Smatresk. Second, he noted that students need to better informed on privacy issues and how to opt out, giving the example of his student who was recently contacted by military recruiters on her cellphone.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.