Resolution Reasserting Mānoa Faculty Senate Oversight of All Academic Programs

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Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) for a vote of the full Senate on October 21, 2020, a resolution reasserting Mānoa Faculty Senate oversight of academic programs.

 

RESOLUTION REASSERTING MĀNOA FACULTY SENATE OVERSIGHT
OF ALL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

 

WHEREAS, “The role of a university faculty governance organization is to advise the administration (primarily at the campus and unit level) on matters impacting and/or relating to the development and maintenance of academic policy and standards to the end that quality education is provided, preserved, and improved” according to UH Board of Regents Policy 1.21; and


WHEREAS
, the Mānoa Faculty Senate has “the responsibility to speak for the faculty on academic policy matters such as: (1) Determining the initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or authorized research, instructional, and academic programs,”  (BOR Policy 1.21, B.3.b); and

 

WHEREAS, “The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental academic areas as curriculum content, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research.” (UH Mānoa Faculty Senate Charter Preamble); and

 

WHEREAS, among the duties of the UHMFS Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) are to provide oversight and make recommendations on the “establishment and modification of degree programs and curricula” (UHMFS Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1, g); and

 

WHEREAS, the February 5, 2015 agreement regarding consultation protocols between UHPA, the Faculty Senates, and UH Administration (UHPA/BOR Contract, section R-20, Part I) specifies that: “The University will refer the following topics to Senates ….

1)    Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

 

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Administration has been recommending cuts to some academic programs and recommending to some academic units that they run academic programs through Interdisciplinary Studies, or “partner” with IS, without consultation with the Faculty Senate; and

 

WHEREAS, the Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Program has not been consulted or informed about the suggested moves of academic degrees to IS, nor about what it means to “partner” with departments on this; and

 

WHEREAS, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program is unlikely to be able to take on new programs without additional resources; and

 

WHEREAS, the primary purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies program is to offer students the opportunity to put together self-designed courses of study that are not provided elsewhere; and

 

WHEREAS, pre-planned degrees as part of a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies may have the possibility of conflicting with academic units, and thus should not be a major part of the IS offerings; and

 

WHEREAS, the review process for pre-planned degrees within Interdisciplinary Studies at UH Mānoa does not provide for any oversight by the UH Mānoa Faculty Senate, and thus violates the oversight specified by the Board of Regents Policy, the Mānoa Faculty Senate Charter and Bylaws, and the UHPA R-20 document; therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate asserts its right to carry out its oversight of all

academic programs at UH Mānoa, including the “Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate expects and requires that the University will refer the following topics to the Senate for review by its appropriate committees: “Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that the UH Administration shall cease and desist from referring pre-planned academic programs to be housed in Interdisciplinary Studies, without Faculty Senate review, effective Fall semester 2020; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that programs that are not interdisciplinary shall not be moved to Interdisciplinary Studies; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that Interdisciplinary Studies shall not be used by the Administration or academic or other units as a way around Faculty Senate oversight and that, thus, programs which have come under question in review by CAPP shall not be sent to Interdisciplinary Studies; and

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate demands that the UH Mānoa administration report to the Mānoa faculty and its agent, the Mānoa Faculty Senate, in a fully transparent manner, any proposed creation or termination or move of any academic program, whether under budget crisis conditions or otherwise, so that the Senate can exercise its oversight over establishment and modification of degree programs and curricula.

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) for a vote of the full Senate on October 21, 2020, a resolution reasserting Mānoa Faculty Senate oversight of academic programs.  Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on October 21, 2020 with 45 votes (76.27%) in support; 14 votes (23.73%) opposed; and 5 abstentions.

RESOLUTION REASSERTING MĀNOA FACULTY SENATE
OVERSIGHT
OF ALL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

WHEREAS, “The role of a university faculty governance organization is to advise the administration (primarily at the campus and unit level) on matters impacting and/or relating to the development and maintenance of academic policy and standards to the end that quality education is provided, preserved, and improved” according to UH Board of Regents Policy 1.21; and

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Faculty Senate has “the responsibility to speak for the faculty on academic policy matters such as: (1) Determining the initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or authorized research, instructional, and academic programs,”  (BOR Policy 1.21, B.3.b); and

WHEREAS, “The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental academic areas as curriculum content, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research.” (UH Mānoa Faculty Senate Charter Preamble); and

WHEREAS, among the duties of the UHMFS Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) are to provide oversight and make recommendations on the “establishment and modification of degree programs and curricula” (UHMFS Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1, g); and

WHEREAS, the February 5, 2015 agreement regarding consultation protocols between UHPA, the Faculty Senates, and UH Administration (UHPA/BOR Contract, section R-20, Part I) specifies that: “The University will refer the following topics to Senates ….

1)    Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Administration has been recommending cuts to some academic programs and recommending to some academic units that they run academic programs through Interdisciplinary Studies, or “partner” with IS, without consultation with the Faculty Senate; and

WHEREAS, the Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Program has not been consulted or informed about the suggested moves of academic degrees to IS, nor about what it means to “partner” with departments on this; and

WHEREAS, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program is unlikely to be able to take on new programs without additional resources; and

WHEREAS, the primary purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies program is to offer students the opportunity to put together self-designed courses of study that are not provided elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, pre-planned degrees as part of a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies may have the possibility of conflicting with academic units,; and

WHEREAS, the review process for degrees within Interdisciplinary Studies at UH Mānoa does not provide for any oversight by the UH Mānoa Faculty Senate, and thus violates the oversight specified by the Board of Regents Policy, the Mānoa Faculty Senate Charter and Bylaws, and the UHPA R-20 document; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate asserts its right to carry out its oversight of all

academic programs at UH Mānoa, including the “Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate expects and requires that the University will refer the following topics to the Senate for review by its appropriate committees: “Initiation, review, and evaluation of proposed, probationary, or established research, instructional and academic programs;” and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that the UH Administration shall cease and desist from referring academic programs to be housed in Interdisciplinary Studies, without Faculty Senate review, effective Fall semester 2020; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that programs that are not interdisciplinary shall not be moved to Interdisciplinary Studies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate decides that Interdisciplinary Studies shall not be used by the Administration or academic or other units as a way around Faculty Senate oversight and that, thus, and thus IS should communicate with CAPP to see if any problems have been identified in proposed programs ; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate demands that the UH Mānoa administration report to the Mānoa faculty and its agent, the Mānoa Faculty Senate, in a fully transparent manner, any proposed creation or termination or move of any academic program, whether under budget crisis conditions or otherwise, so that the Senate can exercise its oversight over establishment and modification of degree programs and curricula.