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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of November 20, 2006

The SEC meeting was called to order by Chair Tiles at 3:08 p.m.. Attending were Chin, Cox, Lampe, Rutter and Staff. Harrigan excused.

Chair Tiles reported he will present a power point on shared governance to the Manoa Executive Team. He also distributed an article from Inside Higher Education (“Whatever Happened to the Faculty.”)

He announced that Norman Sakamoto replaced Clayton Hee as Chair of the Higher Education Committee. The SEC briefly discussed the distribution list for the West Oahu resolution passed by the Manoa Faculty Senate. It was decided to transmit to all members of the House and Senate Higher Education Committees, the President, and the Speaker. Tiles will add the 5 questions to the transmittal memo to make the issue clearer at first glance.

The SEC discussed the candidates for the Vice Chancellor (AFO) and what response the SEC would make to the Search Chair. Also, Tiles will circulate information on the PBRC Director candidates as received.

System and organizational issues: Tiles noted that if the community college chancellors report to Vice President John Morton, then the President will have 10 direct reports, as opposed to 17 under the reorganization passed earlier. The Manoa Chancellor has been informed she will now have a dotted line to David Lassner, who will be promoted to a Vice President.

Tiles noted that there continue to be issues with the “Graduate Senate,” which is not really a senate since it is not an independently elected body. Thus, “shared governance” has not been achieved. The SEC will continue to stress this perspective.

Tiles reported that at the BOR meeting, the CSA motion was not heard. The students attending the meeting were well organized, and their view prevailed.

Tiles also reported that UHWO will begin offering a bachelor’s degree; classrooms will be rented portables. There will apparently be no lab facilities, although the degree is called “Applied Science”.

Committee business: The CoA is dealing with the possible improper use of the haka at football games. Legal Affairs is studying the issue. Regarding the KCC agreement, negotiations are still pending. The WASC steering committee is working on the special visit report/plans for next March.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm.

Martha Staff SEC Secretary

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