OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Faculty-Administrator Meeting Minutes
January 27, 2009
Dr. Christopher Maples, president, called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m. and announced that a quorum was present.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes from the November 25, 2008 meeting were approved.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Oregon Tech 2009 Governor State Employee Food Drive
Oregon Tech 2009 Governor State Employee Food Drive starts on February 1 and continues to the end of month. Donations are needed. Everyone will be receiving an email with variety of forms attached. Returned forms will be entered in a drawing, and the winner will have a breakfast or lunch (for two) with Dr. Maples.
Oregon Institute of Technology's New Tagline
After speaking with alumni, students, emeritus faculty and with the help of Jon Lee and Associates, a tagline was chosen. The focus for a new tagline was hands-on approach, smaller classes, achievements and accomplishments, preparation of our students, and post-graduation success. The new tagline is Hands-on education for real-world achievement. Guidelines for tagline use will be available on the Oregon Tech website at www.oit.edu/graphicid.
Career Services Support
Robin Thompson, director of alumni relations and career services, provided information on what Career Services does. It supports student and alumni efforts to develop and achieve goals and includes individual career advising, workshops on resume writing, job interviewing and applying for graduate school. It also helps with on-campus employer recruitment and internship opportunities. Send any feedback or suggestions for improvement to Robin Thompson.
Faculty Senate - Marla Miller
Faculty Senate has not met so no report was given.
Administrative Council - Greg Stewart
Currently, there is no new business but starting next month the council will review policies and procedures from the administrative standpoint. Greg encourages everyone who has questions, suggestions or recommendation to please contact the Administrative Council.
Academic Council - Bradley Burda
The Academic Council will now be meeting once a term rather than monthly.
The first topic at the last meeting concerned adjuncts and overloads. Because the budget had decreased for the entire year to $1400, no money was available to pay for adjuncts and overloads for winter and spring terms. Brad Burda looked further into the budget and found enough money to cover.
Mission of the Institution - The board is moving towards a portfolio process for program approval, meaning that each institution's mission statement will guide what that institution can do regarding academic programming. The Provost's Office will be revising Oregon Tech's mission statement in the next few weeks and initiate a campus dialogue on the reasons for change.
Finances -Campus enrollment has increased 6.2 %. The state predicted a 5% increase, and Oregon Tech actually grew 5% in non-funded areas, resulting in a .6% revenue increase.
Restructuring - Academic Affairs has undergone several changes: the associate provost position has been eliminated and that individual is now the general education coordinator program director in Portland; the assistant dean for the School of Allied Health has been reassigned as program director of Health Informatics; the Office of Faculty Sponsored Research and Support has been eliminated; and staffing in the Provost's Office has been reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 people. Restructuring has resulted in a savings of $350,000 to $400,000.
Assessment - Beth Murphy met Academic Council for guidance on conducting an ethics assessment. The recommendation was that she meet with assessment coordinators and develop scenarios involving ethical issues that could be used for evaluation in all departments.
Q & A WITH PRESIDENT MAPLES
Question: Please elaborate your recent interview with the Herald and News regarding liberal arts for Oregon Tech.
Answer: My goal is to have more availability in the languages, arts and humanities area for the students to take. I would like to work with other institutions in the state to find a way to share those resources and have those available for our students. A discussion was done by Brad Burda, myself and our counterparts at Southern Oregon University to try to set up something where we may do some faculty exchanges with SOU. Maybe some students exchanges and see if we could get some opportunities for our students.
Q: With regards to offering humanities, what support could we bring to campus?
A: One major support would be for us to host a SOU faculty member for a term or two on our behalf or our students.
Q: Can we encourage the students in taking 15 credits and an extra language class to enroll at OIT?
A: I would love to see these options for the students. I have spoken to many students and they have all agreed that if we offered more, they would sign up. Also, SOU is willing to give us the support. As for the logistics, I will leave those to the people who normally make this type of decision.
Acting on a unanimous recommendation from the Student Affairs V.P. Search Committee, Dr. Maples announced that the new vice president of student affairs and dean of students is Dr. Erin Foley, effective February 1, 2009.
Meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.