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Academic Senate: MINUTES 10/22/2002
Present: Dr. Amelia Ahern-Rindell, Ms. Colleen Bender, Dr. Susan Brown, Dr. Rich Christen, Rev. James Connelly, Mr. Walt Dawson, Dr. Will Deming, Dr. Thompson Faller, Dr. Laura Genik, Mr. Greg Hill, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Bohn Lattin, Mr. Larry Larsen, Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Dakshina Murty, Dr. Steve Royce, Dr. John Schouten, Ms. Heidi Senior, Dr. David Sherrer, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Dr. Agnes Tenney, Rev. David Tyson, Dr. Anita Wynn, Dr. Zia YamayeeAbsent: Dr. Bohn Lattin, Dr. Dakshina Murty
Invocation: Fr. Connelly: Let us pray. Mighty God we ask you to enlighten us, that we may speak and decide wisely. We ask you to endow us with patience, understanding, kindness towards one another, and that we may come to the best possible decisions on all of the things that we have to deliberate on. We ask this of you who created all of humanity and all of the world knowing that to love one another is part of your command.
Dr. Faller: September minutes approved
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Faller reported that the executive committee met and established the agenda for today’s meeting. There were two items that I need to do. According to the bylaws, at the regular October meeting, the chair of the Senate, with the advice of the Committee on Committees, will appoint any necessary changes for faculty representation for the upcoming year. And that committee will present that at the November meeting.They look at the representation from the schools, especially the professional schools, and decide representation from there. With regard to the committee on representation I have appointed Inan, Mindy Logan, and Fr. John Kurski, that was from the recommendation of the committee on committee. Also, we have to appoint a committee, in even number years, to consider changes on the bylaws. And at the recommendation from the committee on committees, will be Ellen Arwood, Joan Kaackinau, and Kate Regan.
Committee on Committee: Dr Steve Royce reported that the Committee on Committee basically just made the recommendations to Dr. Faller that you just heard about.
Committee on Rank & Tenure: Dr. Faller reported for Dr. Murty who has a class right now, so it is difficult to get to the meetings. He has been coming to the executive committee meetings and reporting to us there that they have been meeting.
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Larry Larson reported that the committee met the week before fall break. Because of the change in funding this year, and the lack of fundamentals, the committee decided that we would begin the steps towards looking at student recommendation forms from other schools to see of there are common components that we might consider. November we begin looking at all the proposals, with the goal of letting people know by Thanksgiving.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: Dr. Agnes Tenney reported that the committeed had one meeting since the last senate meeting, and I have nothing to report at this time.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Dr. Mark Kennedy reported that the committee met and had two proposals which will be presented during the November part of the meeting.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Dr. Rich Christen reported that everything seems to be going well with the Beacon and the radio station.
Committee on Athletics: Dr. Ron Smit reported that the committee discussed early registration for athletes, something that is done at other schools in the west coast.The Beacon article was against this, so there is a little controversy about this. Also looked at hosting basketball tournament, it was introduced with very good background in athletics. And also talked about NCAA certification, next time they are going to be focusing on a proposal, for early registration for athletes and that will then come before the senate.
Committee on Health & Safety: Dr. Anita Wynne reported that the committee continues to work on the emergency plan for the entire university. We have given out assignments to each of the committee members, who will be doing the biannual review of all the buildings making sure that they meet health ands safety standards.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Heidi Senior reported that a meeting was held on September 26, and I was unable to attend. From the minutes, I gathered that there was a lot of discussion. They came up with 26 topics.They did divide them into short term and long term projects. I don’t know when the next meeting will be held.
Student & Faculty Court: Dr. Laura Genik reported that there was no meeting.
Dean’s Meeting: Brother Donald reported that since the last meeting the deans report on budget requests, those items that were not in the present budget, I think had to be in the office by the !5 of October. We met with the freshman resource center, and analyzed the reason of why the students left, the freshman class last year and did not return for their sophomore year. And also went over the characteristics of this year’s freshman class. The registrar has already put out the sheet for orderly numbering of 490 courses, and also a survey which all the deans will get tomorrow or next week. From the survey all of the courses looking at the numbering, and there are a lot of discrepancies there and schools are renumbering courses and it is a good time to look at that. Some of the external reviewers noted that we are top heavy with 400 level courses, and no three hundred level, and some two hundred level courses and some one hundred level in some departments, we have run out of numbers in some areas. We also meet with Father Beachamp. He explained to us his vision or views at this particular point, in terms of development and public relations. And also his role as legal advisors, we have a person to go through before we make any argument. We meet tomorrow.
ASUP: Walt Dawson reported that the senate had a retreat a couple of weeks ago; it was a really good experience. We set a lot of good goals for the year as well as good ideas for the year. One really good aspect was the external affairs committee, which is made up of off campus members. They are really motivated this year. And they have started off with a safety forum, this coming Tuesday in St. Mary’s.
Colleen Bender reported that CPB was working on getting a big band to come. The bonfire was very successful; this was the most students that have ever attended. Right now a big issue that is going on in the senate is the issue of Mack’s Market. Many different ideas came up from a student center to a coffee shop. Also the minutes from the senate will be posted on the pipeline.
Karen Nelson: Report on University of Portland student statistics
Karen Nelson: (Report on the UP website) Since 1996 continuing to go up in enrollment, the total number of undergraduate represents an increase over last year. These are the highest numbers for CAS, engineering and nursing. Freshman class 20% increase from last year, seven years age 407, and this year 470.Characteristics, 59% female, 14% minority this is sown from last year, Catholic 46%, 18% of freshman did not report, international freshman have gone down (Everything is self report)Rise of 29 points on the SATS. The high school GPA 3.6, this has remained over the last couple of years.Applications have been going up, but we have dropped acceptance rate. The 4 year graduation has gone up, so we are still looking really well.
Election of Replacement for Dr. Osland on Committee on Committees - Todd Easton was elected.
Proposal for Alternative Entry Nursing Master’s: Program passed
Proposal for Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist Track: Passed Unanimously