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Faculty Senate Agenda: September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE    

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, September, 2022 via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Please note: Senators are the only members allowed to vote and should be logged into Zoom. Non-voting members and community members are not able to vote, and should not respond to prompts to participate in Faculty Senate Zoom polls.

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Guest Presentation: New Academic Year Welcome
  • President Kirk Schulz, WSU System
  • Provost Elizabeth Chilton, Executive Vice President & Chancellor, WSU Pullman

AGENDA

More information will be added to the meeting agenda once it becomes available.

Faculty Appointment Salary Distribution

Dear Colleagues – many faculty at WSU have 9-mo appointments whereby salary is distributed for the 9-month academic year, but not during the summer months. WSU has never been in a position to spread checks from <12-month appoints across 12 months. There are some complicated accounting reasons for this and while it is technically feasible, there is significant institutional overhead associated with such a service.

If you prefer to have your paycheck divided over 12 months, you have the ability to manage this through Workday. You do this by having a portion of your monthly paycheck distributed to a second bank account that you designate as your summer budget. By doing so, you maintain complete control over your money including earning interest and having these funds immediately available in case of an emergency. Plus, WSU does not have to assume more overhead expenses to manage faculty money that has already been earned and taxed. Importantly, dividing your paycheck in this manner has no implications for your taxes. Dividing your paycheck in this manner also has no implications for your appointment. That is, your 9-month appointment and commitment to the university does not change just because you distributed the funds to different personal accounts.

To setup this option, please see the Jira Service Desk

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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Sincerely,

Douglas Call
Faculty Senate Chair

WSU Leadership’s Statement on the Overturning of Roe v Wade

Concern

On Friday, 6/24, SCOTUS overturned Roe v Wade, essentially removing a longstanding precedent and what was interpreted in 1973 as a constitutional right to abortion under the 14th amendment’s due process clause.

I am sure our university leadership will be providing more comprehensive information and statements this week, but it cannot come too soon. In the meantime, I know many of us are very concerned about the recent SCOTUS decision.

While one’s own convictions and feelings about abortion are a separate, complex and personal issues — especially for women, girls, and all people with uteruses– this is also a serious and pressing professional issue for psychologists like myself. Friday’s decision immediately removed a long-standing right for over 50% of our nation’s population. This will disproportionately negatively impact women, children, Communities of Color, the LGBTQIA2+, rural and socioeconomically marginalized populations due to preexisting systemic racism and other health inequities, reduced resources, a pandemic-stressed healthcare system, lack of consistencies across systems, a poor social safety net, among other issues.

In his concurring opinion, Justice Thomas also left an open door to curtailing more constitutional rights — especially targeting minoritized and marginalized communities — in the future. This sends a frightening message to many of our clients, students, and community members in and of itself. The end of this constitutional right will also bar access to necessary healthcare clinics and procedures to over half of the population in at least 16 states within the next month, including a state directly across our border. In 11 of these states there are NO legal exceptions for rape or incest. Many of us are healthcare professionals, and the psychological, medical and health equity impacts of this decision are and will be profound.

As Dr. Frank Worrell, president of our national accrediting and licensing body, the American Psychological Association, noted on Friday: “This ruling ignores not only precedent but science, and will exacerbate the mental health crisis America is already experiencing. We are alarmed that the justices would nullify Roe despite decades of scientific research demonstrating that people who are denied abortions are more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety, lower life satisfaction and lower self-esteem compared with those who are able to obtain abortions.” He added: “The fact that at least 13 states have ‘trigger laws’ automatically implementing abortion restrictions puts people in immediate jeopardy.” Again, one of those states is right across the border from Pullman and Spokane.

I have been heartened by the strong push-back from APA, our more local APA Division 50 leaders on their listserv this past weekend, as well as our fellow scientists and healthcare professionals in the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers, all of whom have “condemned” and “decried” the decision as, in the AMA’s words, “an egregious allowance of government intrusion into the medical examination room, a direct attack on the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship, and a brazen violation of patients’ rights to evidence-based reproductive health services.”

I call on the WSU leadership –albeit belatedly — to step up as have UW President Ana Mari Cauce and UW Medicine CEO Paul Ramsey to condemn the ruling, confirm the right to abortion in WA state, and support the rights of women, girls, the trans community, and all people with uterus’s to adequate healthcare, bodily autonomy, and psychological well-being.

This is not about political leanings or personal convictions. This is about:

a) Ensuring our commitment as a public institution — one with a medical school, a nursing college and a psychology department — to supporting safe, legal access to abortion care as part of a full continuum of reproductive healthcare services.

b) Helping students, staff and faculty understand their rights.

c) Providing care and counseling to help WSU constituents manage the stress of this transition time.

d) Helping WSU constituents push back as have our fellow institutions of higher learning and our accrediting and licensing bodies.

Susan Collins
Psychology Department

 

Response

Please see the following statement from WSU leadership: https://from.wsu.edu/wsu-system/2022/reproductive-rights/email.html

 

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WSU IT Security Decision Transparency

It is difficult to read emails with the latest implementation of the ‘[EXTERNAL EMAIL] DO NOT CLICK’ before the body of emails. Please request IT survey faculty before implementing changes that affect the everyday lives of Faculty. For example, a faculty survey may have identified an alternative, more preferable, placement of such warnings. Furthermore, IT should present evidence that such changes will actually reduce the number of phishing impacts on WSU faculty. There was also insufficient transparency when WSU IT forced WSU faculty to use outlook and 2-factor authentication.

Where is the academic rigor, data or research behind these decisions? Faculty in other universities (e.g. UW) have more IT freedom (e.g. can choose email clients) and do not have read CAPITALIZED warnings at the start of each external email.

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Global Hiring of Faculty

Hi all,

All hiring of faculty should be done by the subject matter department and within disciplines. Faculty in departments know the requirements and the qualifications necessary to teach in their discipline in a way that Global campus does not and cannot. Should any monies be allocated for hiring to bolster teaching in Global, those monies would be best spent by faculty and on faculty within departments whose classes are affected.

Best to you,

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Global Campus Hiring Faculty?

I understand Global Campus may soon be allowed to hire the faculty to teach online classes. Why would departments allow those without expertise in the subject area to hire faculty to teach classes? This is taking away control of the subject matter from departments.

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9-over-12 month pay options

During the March 24th Faculty Senate meeting, a constituent concern was raised about why WSU does not provide an option for distributing a 9-mo salary over 12 months? Apparently, this has never been an option at WSU, but faculty were expecting this to be available after the implementation of Workday. To learn more, I reached out to Matt Skinner, Senior Associate Vice President in Finance and Administration.

Matt shared that some faculty have expressed interest in this service in the past. In response, they held early exploratory discussions with consultants and other universities who identified a few ways to meet this need through a combination of Workday and manual processes. Each option likely comes with varying degrees of flexibility, complexity, impact on different employment groups, benefits, and administrative workload for departments, human resources and payroll. Consequently, each option needs to be explored and fully understood before a recommended approach can be vetted with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and other university leadership partners. Understanding the number of employees interested in this service would also be useful. Given other priorities, including tax withholding, the next mass pay increase, tuition payment plans for students, and improvements in grant reporting, it is likely that a 9-over-12 option will not be available in the near-term.

Matt and I discussed another idea that may be of interest to faculty who would prefer a 9-over-12 pay option.

Workday allows us to setup paycheck deposits into multiple accounts. In practice, this allows each person to personally setup a system whereby 25% of take-home pay is distributed into an account that they would use for the summer. One advantage with this option is that the faculty member can accrue interest on these funds, which is not possible if WSU is holding the money. In addition, 9-month faculty would also be able to tap reserves in an emergency that would not be possible if WSU was holding the money. This simplified approach would require significantly less administrative effort and it is ready and available today.

Matt has offered to develop a guidance document to help faculty setup this multi-account option. Senate Exec will work to ensure that this Photo of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Callinformation is disseminated to faculty as soon as it is available.

Sincerely,

Douglas Call,
Faculty Senate Chair
w/ attribution to Matt Skinner and his team

HB 1051 question

I know that the Washington State House has passed Bill 1051, which adds a faculty member to the Board of Regents. I have not, however, seen this among Senate discussion items. How will WSU decide on the designated faculty member? Will people of color have a voice in this determination? Thanks.

John Streamas
SLCR, College of Arts & Sciences

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Parking Changes on the Pullman Campus

Dear Colleagues,

Last Wednesday, Transportation Services alerted the Pullman campus about a proposed fee structure that will result in a 30% increase in parking permit fees between 2022 and 2025. Some parking lots will be reclassified, including instances where permit parking will be converted to hourly parking. I reached out to Christopher Boyan, Director of Transportation Services, to learn more about this proposal. This included a series of questions and responses shown here (edited for brevity).

  1. Why was the comment period so short (4 business days)? The primary motivation was to ensure that feedback is available for the next task force meeting scheduled this week (task force information can be found here). Chris indicated that this comment period is shorter than they had planned, but also noted that in similar cases in the past, most comments were received within 2-3 days of when proposals are advertised.
  2. Where can interested parties find more information about how these funds will be spent? Chris provided the linked summary table to show how they arrived at the $14 MD figure.
  3. Faculty and students are concerned about continued erosion of parking opportunities on campus. Are all of the hourly conversions justified? Based on the feedback received to date, Chris indicated that there is a reasonable chance the proposed changes will be modified to limit the loss of permit parking spaces. The parking task force will address this point and adjust the proposal accordingly.

Please keep in mind that parking is governed by Washington State Administrative Code, and Transportation Services at WSU must be “self-supporting.” That is, WSU Transportation Services is tasked with financing, managing, and maintaining parking facilities while also facilitating and promoting transportation options on the Pullman campus. This is a self-supported unit and does not receive federal, state, grant, or tuition funding. Revenue for capital projects, maintenance, and operations comes solely from parking fees and fines.

Several faculty have expressed dismay about the rising cost of permits on top of other inflationary pressures and eroding purchasing power relative salaries. To put some perspective on this point, if a faculty member has a green permit, in 2025 they will have to pay $714.80 – 552.00 = $162.80 more than required in 2022. As a point of reference, if the faculty member is making a salary of $100,000 (the average for WSU is closer to $125,000) and if we receive a 3% mass salary increase in 2022 (still under consideration), the proportion of the pay increase going towards the green parking permit will be $162.80/(100,000*0.03) = 5.4% of the salary increase….that is, not a huge impact for this salary range.

Nevertheless, there are important issues of equity that have been raised and these have been succinctly summarized by the Association of Faculty Women. That is, increasing permit fees will have a disproportionate impact on individuals earning lower salaries and, notably, less expensive permit options are relatively hard to find on the west side of campus.

*Given these considerations, and assuming that it was possible to have an income-based fee schedule (i.e., a progressive user tax rather than a regressive user tax), would faculty be willing to pursue this idea?

Other transportation options may be part of the Pullman strategic planning process that is currently collecting stakeholder input.

There have been suggestions that visitors using parking lots during football events should make up the difference, but I suspect that would be a hard ask. Consider that the deferred maintenance amounts to $14 million while there are probably 6-12 times a year when parking lots are reserved for off campus visitors.

Several faculty have also voiced suspicions that funding from parking fees will be siphoned off to somehow support athletic services. This is emphatically not the case as confirmed with my discussion with President Schulz (and he will share some thoughts on this point during his April 7th Faculty Senate address). I respectfully request that we dispense with this supposition.

Photo of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug CallThank you for considering this information.

Sincerely,

Douglas Call
Faculty Senate Chair

Faculty Senate Agenda: April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE    

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, April 7, 2022 via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Please note: Senators are the only members allowed to vote and should be logged into zoom. Non-voting members and community members are not able to vote and should not respond to prompts to participate Faculty Senate Zoom polls. Non-voting members & community members may view the Faculty Senate meeting through the YouTube stream.

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Guest Presentation: Leadership Update
  • Kirk Schulz, WSU President
  • Elizabeth Chilton, Provost, Executive Vice President & Chancellor, WSU Pullman 

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes from the March 24th, 2022 Faculty Senate Meeting
  3. Announcements.
    1. Information Items.
      1. (Item # 2022.04.07_199_FS) Proposed Faculty Senate Meeting Schedule for 2022 – 2023 (Exhibit 199A).
      2. The faculty senate officers met with the president and provost on April 6th, 2022.
      3. The Faculty Senate will report to the Board of Regents on May 6th, 2022
      4. The Faculty Senate will be included in a special Executive Budget Council Presentation on April 14th. All senators have been included in this optional meeting invite. Please contact faculty.senate@wsu.edu if you have any concerns relating to the remote Zoom Outlook invite.
      5. (Item # 2022.04.07_200_RAC) The Research and Arts Committee (RAC) submitted the 2021-2022 RAC Bulletin (Exhibit 200)
    2. Reports
      1. Remarks by Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call
        1. Appreciation for the service of all outgoing 2022 faculty senators and committee members.
        2. Updated faculty senate concerns and activities table (Exhibit A).

IV. Additions or Changes to the Agenda.

        1. Add information item No. 5 to include the 2021 – 2022 RAC Bulletin
        2. Motion from Tammy Barry to move all of today’s discussion items to action items given that this is the last Faculty Senate meeting of the year.
          1. Seconded by John Barber
          2. Unanimously approved

V. Agenda Items

        1. Action Items
          1. Approval of Undergraduate and Professional Degrees:
            (Item # 2022.04.07_197_Registrar) I move that the university faculty recommend to the president and the Board of Regents that, effective at the closing dates for each graduating class, those undergraduate and professional students who have completed degree requirements and whose names remain on the “Official List of Degree Candidates” be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the classes of May 2022, August 2022, and December 2022.  -B. Bitter
          2.  Approval of Graduate Degrees: 
            (Item # 2022.04.07_198_Registrar) I move that the university faculty recommend to the president and the Board of Regents that, effective at the closing dates for each graduating class, those graduate students who have completed degree requirements and whose names remain on the “Official List of Degree Candidates” be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the classes of May 2022, August 2022, and December 2022. -L. Gloss
          3. (Item # 2022.03.24_174_PHSC) Proposal to create the new degree – Master of Healthcare Administration and Leadership (Exhibit 174A 174B 174C 174D). – J. Mattoon
          4. (Item # 2022.03.24_175_PHSC) Professional Health Science major change bulletin no. 3 (Exhibit 175A 175B). – J. Mattoon
          5. (Item # 2022.03.24_176_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 176A 176B). -E. Silva Lopez
          6. (Item # 2022.03.24_177_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 177A 177B 177C 177D). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
          7. (Item # 2022.04.07_194_FAC, superseding #2022.03.24_179_FAC) Faculty Manual update to sections III.G and I.B regarding Emeritus Faculty Appointments (Exhibit 194A 194B). -J. McDonald
          8. (Item # 2022.03.24_180_CoC) Recommendation to approve the 2022 new Faculty Senate Committee members (Exhibit 180A). -C. Horne
          9. (Item # 2022.03.24_181_Steering) Yakima Consortium Draft Memorandum (Exhibit 181A). -D. Call
          10. (Item # 2022.03.24_182_Steering) Proposed procedure for nominating inaugural candidates for WSU Faculty Regent position (Exhibit 182A). -D. Call
          11. (Item # 2022.04.07_192_Steering) Recommendation from Faculty Senate Steering Committee to carry out all necessary functions of Faculty Senate during the period of May 16, 2022 through August 15, 2022.
          12. (Item # 2022.04.07_187_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 10 (Exhibit 187A). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
          13. (Item # 2022.04.07_188_GSC) Revise the MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (Exhibit 188A 188B). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
          14. (Item # 2022.04.07_189_GSC) Revise the PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (Exhibit 189A 189B). G. Wayman / E. Nicol
          15. (Item # 2022.04.07_190_AAC) Addendum One (1): Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 190A 190B). -E. Silva Lopez
          16. (Item # 2022.04.07_191_AAC) Addendum two (2): Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 9  (Exhibit 191A 191B). -E. Silva Lopez
          17. (Item # 2022.04.07_193_Steering) Admissions Subcommittee Update (Exhibit 193A).
          18. (Item # 2022.04.07_195_Steering) Syllabus Subcommittee composition and tenure Update (Exhibit 195A)
          19. (Item # 2022.04.07_196_GSC) Discontinue Master of Education in Educational Psychology (Exhibit 196A 196B 196C). G. Wayman / E. Nicol

       

      VI. Constituent Concerns.

      VII. Adjournment.

Parking Inflation

In a moment where inflation is at a 40-year high and salaries remain both consistently low and stagnant (in the midst of inflation, the lack of even of a cost of living adjustments constitutes a pay cut) for faculty and staff, the possibility of a parking hike is both outrageous and predicable given the leadership of this university. What is the faculty senate doing to increase salaries for faculty and staff; what efforts are being made to combat the level of inflation not only seen nationally but in our own backyard .err parking lots?

Dr. David Leonard
School of Languages, Cultures and Race

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Follow Up on WSU Masking Policy

Dear Colleagues:

As a follow up to March 1st announcement of a new mask policy (link: https://from.wsu.edu/covid-19/2022/03-01-update/email.html), we asked the WSU administration for additional guidance about masking as requested during the constituent concerns section of the Faculty Senate meeting on March 4th. President Schulz and Provost Chilton have kindly provided a memo with additional information (PDF). Thank you for considering thisPhoto of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call feedback.

Sincerely,

Douglas Call
Faculty Senate Chair

Faculty Senate Agenda: March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE    

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, March 24, 2022 via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Please note: Senators are the only members allowed to vote and should be logged into zoom. Non-voting members and community members are not able to vote and should not respond to prompts to participate Faculty Senate Zoom polls. Non-voting members & community members may view the Faculty Senate meeting through the YouTube stream.

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Guest Presentation: Yakima Consortium Proposal

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes from the March 3rd, 2022 Faculty Senate Meeting (PDF)
  3. Announcements.
    1. Information Items.
      1. Faculty Senate Chair-Elect results.
      2. The Faculty Senate Officers met with the President and Provost on March 8th, 2022 and the next meeting with the President and Provost will be on April 6, 2022.
      3. The Faculty Senate reported out to the BoR meeting on March 11th, 2022.
      4. President Kirk Schulz and Provost Elizabeth Chilton will present to the Faculty Senate on April 7th, 2022.
      5. The Faculty Senate chair and chair-elect will be visiting faculty and administrators at the Vancouver Campus on March 31st and April 1st, 2022.
      6. Faculty Senate Exec. & the Budget Committee met with Provost Chilton & VP Pearson on March 7th to discuss the modified RCM Budget Model. A special presentation has been confirmed on April 14th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm to discuss the Budget. An invitation has been issued to all senators to encourage their attendance.
      7. (Item # 2022.03.24_178_Registrar) UCORE Renewals and Changes approved by the UCORE Committee – Minor Change Bulletin No. 1 (Exhibit 178A)
      8. (Item # 2022.03.24_183_info) Faculty Status Committee – Call for Nominations March 29, 2022 deadline (Exhibit 183A PDF).
      9. (Item # 2022.03.24_184_info) The COACHE Survey will close on April 12, 2022 (Exhibit 184A 184B).
      10. (Item # 2022.03.24_185_info) Federal Funding Update (Exhibit 185A PDF)
      11. (Item # 2022.03.24_186_info) Legislative Update (Exhibit 186A PDF)
      12. Updated faculty senate concerns and activities table (Exhibit A PDF).
    2. Reports
      1. Remarks by Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call
        1. Congratulations to our newly promoted / tenured faculty senators & committee representatives for outstanding achievements this year (Exhibit A).
        2. Reminder that all Principal Investigators and their employees are required to complete the Discrimination and Harassment Course Certificate. Please review the linked memo from VP Chris Keane (PDF). The link for completing the task can be found here.
        3. Develop procedures for nominating faculty candidates as faculty regent.
        4. SB 5854 entails revisions to state ethics rules regarding faculty activities.

IV. Additions or Changes to the Agenda.

V. Agenda Items

      1. Action Items
        1. (Item # 2022.03.03_168_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 8 (Exhibit (168A). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        2. (Item # 2022.03.03_169_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 8 (Exhibit 169A 169B). -E. Silva Lopez
        3. (Item # 2022.03.03_170_AAC) Proposal to Establish new Rule 24 to provide basic information about tuition and fees, including relevant websites for students and others to reference (Exhibit 170A). -E. Silva Lopez
        4. (Item # 2022.03.03_171_AAC) Proposal to Revise Rules 2, 4, and 25 to address gender neutrality (Exhibit 171A). -E. Silva Lopez
        5. (Item # 2022.03.03_172_FAC) Updates to the Faculty Manual Section II.F.5 (Exhibit 172A). -J. McDonald
        6. (Item # 2022.03.03_173_FAC) Authorization to update the Faculty Manual as specified in the linked memo (Exhibit *173A updated). -J. McDonald
      2. Discussion Items
  1. Note: Senators are encouraged to contact senate committee chairs if they have specific questions that they would like addressed before the senate meeting. Additionally, senators are encouraged to ask questions about exhibits before items are advanced to action items.

        1. (Item # 2022.03.24_174_PHSC) Proposal to create the new degree – Master of Healthcare Administration and Leadership (Exhibit 174A 174B 174C 174D). – J. Mattoon
        2. (Item # 2022.03.24_175_PHSC) Professional Health Science major change bulletin no. 3 (Exhibit 175A 175B). – J. Mattoon
        3. (Item # 2022.03.24_176_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 176A 176B). -E. Silva Lopez
        4. (Item # 2022.03.24_177_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 177A 177B 177C 177D). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        5. (Item # 2022.03.24_179_FAC) Update to the Faculty Manual Section III.G regarding Emeritus Faculty Appointments (Exhibit 179A 179B). -J. McDonald
        6. (Item # 2022.03.24_180_CoC) Recommendation to approve the 2022 new Faculty Senate Committee members (Exhibit 180A). -C. Horne
        7. (Item # 2022.03.24_181_Steering) Yakima Consortium Draft Memorandum (Exhibit 181A). -D. Call
        8. (Item # 2022.03.24_182_Steering) Proposed procedure for nominating inaugural candidates for WSU Faculty Regent position (Exhibit 182A). D. Call

    VI. Constituent Concerns.

    VII. Adjournment.

     

Follow up on the Staff Recruitment & Retention Survey

Dear colleagues:

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee conducted an informal, qualitative survey (Dec-Jan) to collect information about challenges that faculty face with staff recruitment and retention. I distilled the information from this survey to produce the following 2021 – 2022 Internal Report (PDF). We delivered the report to the President and Provost in January and on February 22, 2022, we met with HRS representatives in conjunction with our meeting with the President and Provost.

A key take-home message from this meeting is that if you are encountering problems with recruitment and retention efforts, contact Lisa Gehring or Theresa Elliot-Cheslek by email or by phone at 509-335-4521 so they can address your specific concerns. Furthermore, HRS is launching a new “Administrative Professional Enhanced Compensation Plan” in Workday that will increase transparency of these processes and better account for details including salary range for different position classifications and geographic location.

HRS provided the following response to the six main points derived from the Faculty Senate survey (PDF). Photo of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug CallThank you for considering this information.

Sincerely,
Douglas Call, Faculty Senate Chair

Historical WSU COLA Salary Adjustments vs. Consumer Price Index

Hi!  My constituents are continually concerned about the differences in inflation vs. WSU cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases.  I know we are subject to what the legislature allocates, but WSU administration also obviously has a large amount (50% ?) of control over this.  To show historical differences, I used COLA increases from my own salary history and compared that with the consumer price index (CPI) from the US bureau of labor statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/cpi/).  For reference, I have been with WSU for 16 years, have been promoted on time, and my annual review averages about 4.1.  The two graphs listed show the continued departure of WSU COLA increases with the CPI.

Another way to look at it is to compare the buying power of $100 worth of goods and services 16 years ago up until today (Figure 2).  Someone promoted to full professor 16 years ago and given typical COLA increases would only be able to buy 86% of the goods and services today that they would have been able to buy 16 years ago.

 

Troy Peters, P.E., Ph.D.
Professor and Extension Irrigation Engineer

 

 

Costs to Move The President Downtown

What are the costs of moving the president and the Office of the President to Downtown Pullman? What are the costs of moving the chancellor/provost into the president’s former office suit? What are the benefits, beyond symbolic?

Like concerns about the creation of more administrative positions, one has to question if this is a priority given the ongoing budgetary challenges and the endless demands to faculty and staff to do more with less.

David Leonard
School of Languages, Cultures and Race

 

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More on Administrative Expenses

Dear Colleagues:

This past fall your Executive Committee engaged President Schulz and Provost Chilton in discussions about WSU’s administrative overhead. This has been a concern amongst the faculty in general, particularly with the attention to restructuring leadership with a One WSU focus. Provost Chilton and Fran Hermanson (Director of Institutional Research) addressed our concern by accessing data from the Institute of Education Sciences’  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which “…is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.” NCES operates the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Statistical tables from IPEDS can be access here. Data from this site comes directly from the institutions as part of Department of Education reporting requirements.

Please see the slides linked here for a summary of Provost Chilton’s findings. The results are normalized per 1,000 students. Roughly half of the institutions included in this summary report data from single campuses and the other half reports data from a system of campuses (WSU does the latter). Total population sizes are not shown, but you can query these details at the website if desired. Slide #7 probably speaks most directly to concerns about administrative positions at WSU. Despite the challenges of comparing apples and oranges, WSU is not the lowest, but we are far from the highest in terms of administrative size.

I invite you to explore these slides and look at the raw data from IPEDS in case you have other ideas for how to formulate questions about administrative overhead. From my perspective and based only on the attached slides, WSU is a little above average for our Photo of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Callpeers, but far from an outlier. Thank you for considering these observations.

Sincerely,

Douglas Call, Faculty Senate Chair

Faculty Senate Agenda: March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE    

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Please note that voting senators should be logged into zoom. Non-voting members and community members may view the Faculty Senate meeting through the YouTube stream.

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Guest Presentation: Faculty Senate & Enrollment Management
  • Saichi Oba, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Andrew Brewick, Director of Enrollment

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes from the February 17th, 2022 Faculty Senate Meeting (PDF)
  3. Announcements.
    1. Information Items.
      1. Formal nominations for the Faculty Senate Chair Elect position opened on February 3, 2022 and closed on February 15th at 5:00pm. The Chair-Elect ballot is now open to senators and will close on March 22nd at 5:00pm.
      2. The Faculty Senate Officers will meet with the President and Provost on March 8th 2022.
      3. The Faculty Senate will report to the BoR on March 11th, 2022.
    2. Reports
      1. Remarks by Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call
        1. Reminder that all Principal Investigators and their employees are required to complete the Discrimination and Harassment Course Certificate. Please review the linked memo from VP Chris Keane (PDF). The link for completing the task can be found here.
        2. Craig Parks, Vice Provost for System Innovation and Policy and Daryll Dewald, Chancellor, Spokane campus will present a Yakima Consortium proposal on March 24th.
        3. Stacy Pearson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will provide a written report on Covid-19 expenditures in lieu of her presentation on March 24th.

IV. Additions or Changes to the Agenda.

V. Agenda Items

    1. Action Items
      1. (Item # 2022.02.17_161_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 7 (Exhibit 161A  *161B (updated). -E. Silva Lopez
      2. (Item # 2022.02.17_162_GSC) Revision of requirements for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology (thesis); (Exhibit 162A *162B updated). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
      3. (Item # 2022.02.17_163_GSC) Revisions to the Graduate School Policies & Procedures Manual (Exhibit 163A 163B 163C). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
      4. (Item # 2022.02.17_164_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 7 (Exhibit 164A 164B 164C 164D). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
      5. (Item # 2022.02.17_165_PHSC) Professional Health Sciences Major Change Bulletin No. 2 (Exhibit 165A 165B). – J. Mattoon
      6. (Item # 2022.02.17_167_RAC) Committee Composition for the Research and Arts Committee (Exhibit 167A). T. Barry / J. Owen
    2. Discussion Items
      1. (Item # 2022.03.03_168_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 8 (Exhibit (168A). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
      2. (Item # 2022.03.03_169_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 8 (Exhibit 169A 169B). -E. Silva Lopez
      3. (Item # 2022.03.03_170_AAC) Proposal to Establish new Rule 24 to provide basic information about tuition and fees, including relevant websites for students and others to reference (Exhibit 170A). -E. Silva Lopez
      4. (Item # 2022.03.03_171_AAC) Proposal to Revise Rules 2, 4, and 25 to address gender neutrality (Exhibit 171A). -E. Silva Lopez
      5. (Item # 2022.03.03_172_FAC) Updates to the Faculty Manual Section II.F.5 (Exhibit 172A). -J. McDonald
      6. Item # 2022.03.03_173_FAC) Authorization to update the Faculty Manual as specified in the linked memo. (Exhibit 173A). -J. McDonald

VI. Constituent Concerns.

VII. Adjournment.

 

How does WSU Spend ‘Grant Lands’ Revenue?

Dear Colleagues:

On January 27th we received a constituent concern about how the money raised from the 1890 land grant to WSU are expended. These lands were originally expropriated from tribal nations. This concern has been raised previously including in senate and during meetings between the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the President and Provost. Provost Chilton and Vice President Stacy Pearson offered the following specific responses to the postedPhoto of Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call concern from January.

Sincerely,

Douglas Call,

Faculty Senate Chair

 

Note: Questions from the post are in bold and responses are italicized.

In reference to how WSU expends funds form the Agricultural College Permanent Account and the WSU Bond Retirement Account:

  1. Are there certain expenses that, by law, can or cannot be covered with these two accounts, or does the administration have full discretion over how the land grant revenue is spent? The law explicitly states how the endowment lands are managed for the benefit of the University. Management of these lands, legal responsibilities, and the process to appropriate proceeds for the WSU capital budget and bond retirement fund are defined. Please see the link for details.
  2. What percentage of this multi-million dollar annual revenue stream goes to directly support Native American students, staff, and faculty each year? These funds are only appropriated to WSU for capital; they are not under the University’s discretion to cover operating expenses. My understanding is that this would require a statutory and perhaps a constitutional change. We have asked the Attorney General’s office to review the legal aspects of this, are assembling a longer history of the funds received, and an allocation from these endowments.

Finally, I’d like to add that Zoe Higheagle Strong, Executive Director of Tribal Relations/Special Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President; is assembling a small working group to develop a proposal for how to address the larger context of the “Land Grab” research. This research and an expanding partnership with Native peoples and students have been the topic of previous discussions among CAS leadership, under the direction of Dean Todd Butler. Elizabeth Chilton, Provost and Executive Vice President; WSU Pullman Chancellor