General Faculty Organization

General Faculty Organization: 05/18/2007

General Faculty Organization Meeting

May 18, 2007, 9:00 am, UW2 141

Chair:  Steve Collins

Present: Steve Collins, Mike Stiber, Constantin Behler, Tom Bellamy, Arnie Berger, Michael Goldberg, Cinnamon Hillyard, Laraine Hong, Mark Kochanski, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Andrea Kovalesky, Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Kevin Laverty, Pete Nye, Rebecca Price, Gowri Shankar and Alan Wood.

Guest:  Interim Chancellor Olswang and Chancellor-designate Chan.

            Steve Collins, GFO Chair opened the meeting welcoming Interim Chancellor Olswang and Chancellor-elect Chan and thanked both for their participation in this discussion.  This meeting was called in response to the legislative mandate in the capital budget that directs the UW to assess options and make recommendations for the siting of the branch campus in the Snohonmish/Island/Skagit counties.  President Emmert will appoint a working group charged with completing a report by November.  Chancellor Chan will play a strong leadership role on that working group and two members of the UWB faculty will serve as well.  Chancellor Chan has asked the program directors and the leadership of GFO to nominate faculty for this important role. 

GFO discussion:

Steve outlined some issues that need to be addressed: 

  1. We need to develop a campus-level strategy for new programs and degrees, take ownership at the campus level, not program level.
  2. We must determine how to ensure a strong faculty voice is heard in decision-making from the planning phase forward.
  3.  Funding - adequate funding must be made available for this campus to succeed.  We need to look at new mechanisms to fund higher education, FTE based funding is not adequate.

 Alan Wood shared two books he found useful on the current state of higher education:

General Announcements:

 Meeting adjourned at 11:45 am

Minutes submitted by Barbara Van Sant