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Minutes, Agendas & Reports: 2011-12

University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, January 18, 2012

Architecture Auditorium/ Arch 205; 3:00 - 4:00 pm



Guest Presentation: David Hafner, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Services: Presentation (3:15 - 3:45 pm)

  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair's Report
  3. Minutes
    1. Approval of December 7 Minutes
  4. Business
    1. Resolution Relating to the UHM Administration's Continuing Effort to Abolish the Pacific Biosciences Research Center and to Close the Kewalo Marine Laboratory
      • CAB: Resolution (incudes CORGE friendly amendments in bold italics - last updated 1/12)

Resolution Passed: 53 in support; 4 against; 5 abstentions
Approved Resolution:http://www.hawaii.edu/uhmfs/documents/2011_12/20120118_resolution_kewalopbrc.html

    1. Motion to Recommend Amendment to M3:101 Manoa Reorganization Process

Motion Passed: 54 in support; 1 against; 3 abstentions
Approved Motion:http://www.hawaii.edu/uhmfs/documents/2011_12/20120118_motion_m3101.html

    1. Motion to Approve Recommendations on Election Process

Motion Passed: 52 in support; 1 against; 1 abstention
Approved Motion: http://www.hawaii.edu/uhmfs/documents/2011_12/20120118_motion_recelection.html

  1. Committee Updates
    1. GEC Update

Call to Order: by Chair Robert Cooney at 3:00 pm

Facilities Presentation: by David Hafner, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Services

Began 3:21 pm. Update to facilities evaluation review. Review given to Facilities on Christmas eve, so not yet processed.

  • Upcoming projects: $102 million in projects upcoming, $60 million/year should be spent for deferred maintenance, $600 million over next 10 years to clear backlog. Edmondson Hall, Gartley Hall to be retrofitted, bid came in under budget; lots of messy work to do. How do projects get put on this list. We do the survey and report annually to BOR (usually asks for full amount), forwarded to Legislature which prioritizes. Back to UH Facilities, triage usually needed to fit Legislature's authorization. Special projects put in ad hoc.
  • Space analysis project: identify all space on campus, including costs for maintenance, operation. About 90% complete at this point. General funded vs. those taking care of themselves. Office, research, libraries, teaching are major use.
  • Energy issues: Our facilities money will be exhausted in March because of the “sweep.” Money is out there but it's allocated to all the departments, so someone has to go out there and get it. Still seeing utility costs rising despite conservation efforts. Cost per student $1,600 for energy costs, comes out of their tuition. Looking forward to putting 5 megawatts of PV solar power online in the future, with up to a 30% usage reduction. However, still looking at higher HECO rates. Long term issue: tuition resources and legislative support. Not clear we can afford the utility costs in the future. Looking to debt financing funded out of revenue bonds for improvements that will reduce recurring costs, repaid out of either RTRF or tuition funds. Need a new cost allocation model, then can have discussions with deans and directors about allocating costs, swim together or sink together. University of Virginia has a model, billing departments.
  • Conclusion: we have an existential threat, fairly lethal, and without a plan to deal with that threat, we have a going out of business situation. Only people that can solve the problem are not in Bachman, rather are the faculty. Presentation will be on the facilities website. Next month a real time energy data page will be up.
  • Q&A: Senator: can you put up a model? Any federal grant money available for facilities? George Hall was renovated in part with private money. Response: faculty need to think about this. Indirect costs are supposed to pick up these costs, but.... Private donations a good idea. Senator: re Kuykendall renovation. Response: special project supported by the chancellor. One of three buildings identified for awards, renovation scheduled to begin in 2012. Regarding what to do during renovation: must bite the bullet. VCAA Dasenbrock notes Kuy. #1 priority for the Legislatur. Senator: does the new plan include light switches? Yes, controls for “daylight harvesting” and many other innovations also planned.
  • Chair Cooney thanks for provocative and sobering presentation.

Chair’s Report

  • Football Coach: No Manoa reps on the Football Coach selection committee, role of university system, role of chancellor vs. president; process followed is not what it should have been.
  • Chancellor Search: committee hasn't met this month but will be looking at the first batch of applications on the 31st. Authority of chancellor vs. system is an important issue as highlighted by the impropoer procedure used in the footbal search and is not conducive to recruiting the best chancellor candidate. If it's perceived that the chancellor is merely a spokesperson for the president, then there would be no chancellor authority.
  • Reorganizations: CAB: reorganization for library. Smaller reorganization for CSS. Please contact CAB for more information or to provide information or testimony.
  • Election: Faculty Senate elections coming up, encourage reapplications. The faculty senate has  no power per se but in numbers and diversity our views matter and together we can significantly impact the success of the University in its mission. Those motivated should serve. Best attendance seen in last 26 years. Once Senate is determined, we elect the SEC. Service on the SEC is sometimes frustrating but very significant and educational. CFS will report on election procedure later today.
  • I-Clickers: I-clickers here, inaugural test. Tutorial. Quorum established (54 I's). Other questions followed for practice.

Approval of December 2011 Minutes

  • Approval of 12/7; MSP 54 approved to 1 “present”


  1. Resolution Relating to the UHM Administration's Continuing Effort to Abolish the Pacific Biosciences Research Center and to Close the Kewalo Marine Laboratory (CAB / CORGE)
    • Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, presented the Resolution: Briefly discussed meeting yesterday: meeting had over 20 faculty, researchers present with Vice Chancellor Gary Ostrander.
    • Resolution Approved: 53 in support; 4 opposed; 5 present.
  1. Motion to Recommend Amendment to M3:101 Reorganization Policy (CAB)
    • Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, presented the Motion. Doug Vincent found that nothing in the policy documents about closure authority for facilities, hence this motion to amend M3-101 to include changes in and closure of facilities, so that the Senate would have the ability to react.
    • Questions: none.
    • Motion Approved: 54 in support; 1 against; 3 present
  1. Motion to Approve Recommendations on Election Process (CFS)
    • Cynthia Ward, Chair of CFS, presented the Motion. Three recommendations to rules of order changes. Basic issues were: scheduling of elections (scheduling during spring break was of concern, as was timing)); chair was involved, not the full committee; absence of bio's; software concerns and; interest conflict. See recommendations for details.
    • Q&A: will this process include the ability to audit election results? Ans: there was no competence to investigate the software. A faculty member commented on details regarding the “token” system via computer; while verifying was theoretically possible it proved impractical. There was no way to do what could be done with paper ballots.
    • Motion Approved: 52 in support; 1 against; 1 present.
  1. Committee Update: General Education Committee (GEC)
    • Joe Jarrett, Chair of GEC, provided the report. Critical thinking skills questions. Susan Hippensteele raised this issue last year, but GEC hasn't done anything with it yet because the evaluation is ongoing. Looking now for critical thinking components. FS compliance for symbolic reasoning courses, using symbols; students are required to successfully complete one course on this in year 1. No way to enforce except at the time of graduation audit. Possible solution: remind students, then in third year put a penalty in place, viz., a “hold” on registration. Currently this would imply putting a hold on 656 students’ registration.  WASC does not recognize a requirement for anything like symbolic reasoning. 20% or so fail the first time they take such a course. Further, many are not learning any quantitative skills. Thinking ahead: historically 1999-2000 the FS was put in place. Prior to that Math and Philosophy had “cornered the market.”  Currently the criteria are intentionally vague so that they cover either a math or philosophy approach.  Some think that the criteria imply computational skills. Foundations Board rarely approves new courses because the criteria are vague; math and/or logic are at the core, but most of the quantitative skills courses don't involve symbolic reasoning. WASC accreditation requires quantitative skills but not symbolic reasoning. No requirement for informational skills or critical thinking presently at UH. For two years the Foundations Board studied the issue and added an explanatory note that whatever is used for satisfying hallmarks for symbolic reasoning, a portion of the course should include quantitative skills. Presently the current Foundations Board is ready to trash the explanatory note. Possible solutions: split coursework between quantitative and symbolic, alternatively have one that teaches both (e.g., calculus). A peer institutions search indicates there is no agreement on how to meet these requirements. About half have only a math requirement. Some benchmark institutions had an either/or. And half permit the fulfillment with either 3 or 6 credits. U. of Utah has a 3 credit combination course, or two 3 credit course that split critical thinking and symbolic reasoning. Suggestion: try a logic/symbolic reasoning course, and a separate quantitative skills course resulting in a six-credit requirement as an alternative.
    • Q&A: Senator commented: How do you solve the problem? Need a cleaner definition. Joe responded that we've tried to lump together math and logic.  A Senator noted that critical thinking could include arts and sciences, separate from quantitative and symbolic logic. Joe responded that WASC requires data analysis skills.A faculty member suggests that graduation rather than foundation requirements might be substituted. Joe responded that core or foundational questions are raised: are these foundational requirements or specialized?  If the latter, upper division courses may satisfy. But if foundational then they should be taken in the first or second year. VCAA Dasenbrock noted that the foundations approach is good for CC's. Also, better to consult with CC's in developing a new approach. Re WASC, suggests a second filter, viz., and improvement in graduation rates. Anything that will make it more difficult to graduate would not be helpful. How the requirements play out is important.

Final additional comment by Chair Cooney on the Chancellor Search: CSA resolution last meeting put an emphasis on undergraduate and liberal arts education. System administration didn't like being told by the Senate, but VCAA Dasenbrock that this is an important aspect for the Chancellors' search and expects that any candidate will be experienced and supportive in these areas. Position description for the chancellor is now available on our website, and it emphasizes what we've been talking about, hence we really did have an impact.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, passed at 4:25 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Richard W. Chadwick, Secretary