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Faculty Senate Highlights, Academic Year 2017-2018

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

I would like to thank the 2017-2018 Faculty Senate for their hard work on behalf of Leeward Community College.  Below are some of the highlights and major accomplishments of your Leeward CC Faculty Senate for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Faculty Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Course Evaluation System (CES), in consultation with faculty via a survey, has selected a common question for use by all faculty in the CES.  Implementation of the CES is set for Fall 2018.

The Senate also approved the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alternate Scheduling to consider adopting an Alternate Scheduling system.  If adopted by administration, we will have a four-day class week with Fridays reserved for select classes, committee meetings, workshops, and student activities.  If approved, this alternate scheduling may begin as early as Fall 2019.

Based on the recommendations of the Student Affairs Committee, the Faculty Senate passed a motion that was accepted by the Leeward CC administration.  The date by which students may change their grading option from a letter grade to CR/NC has traditionally been the first week of classes during the add/drop period.  The new deadline by which students may change their grading option from letter grade to CR/NC will now be the last day to withdraw.

The Campus Council Ad Hoc Planning and Budgeting Process Review Committee, which includes three Faculty Senate members (the Leeward CC Faculty Senate Chair, the Faculty Senate Chair of the Assessment Committee, and the Faculty Senate Chair of Budget and Planning), has created an Institutional Resource Request form that allows any faculty to request an item for inclusion in the Institutional Priorities List.  The Faculty Senate and its Budget and Planning Committee requested these changes to create more transparency in budgeting and planning and, in the case of the Institutional Resource Request form, to give faculty and the Faculty Senate an opportunity to request items that we previously did not have a mechanism or method to request.  Since its inception in Spring 2018, faculty have used the new Institutional Resource Request form twice.

The Budget and Planning Committee has been diligently working to give the Faculty Senate a greater role in the budget and planning process as mandated by UH Board of Regents policy.

The Curriculum Committee reviewed and approved a record number of courses and programs.  These include 22 new courses, 150 course modifications, 40 course deletions, 3 new programs, 19 program modifications, 3 program deletions, and 4 experimental courses.  A total of 241 courses and programs were reviewed and approved.

The General Education Committee has been busy working out the intricacies of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Interstate Passport (IP) agreement, which is designed to allow students to transfer smoothly to other WICHE member colleges and universities in other states.  The WICHE IP identifies similar courses in member schools so that our students do not have to re-take courses that are similar to those taken at Leeward CC but which have different alphas and numbers at other schools.  The General Education Foundations Board has also been busy dealing with the transition from the Foundations: Symbolic Reasoning (FS) designation to the Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) designation to meet new UH System requirements.

The Distance Education (DE) committee has been busy making sure Leeward CC meets federal DE requirements and sponsored workshops to educate our DE faculty on meeting federal guidelines to meet accreditation standards.

The Academic and Institutional Support Committee has been instrumental in getting our city and state transportation departments to fill potholes on the road leading to our campus, in replacing outdated signage that indicated that UH West Oahu is located on our campus, and in acquiring better lighting and security for our campus parking lots.

The Assessment Committee reviewed and revised Leeward Community College’s Policy on Assessment (L5.210) and has been deeply involved in making sure courses taught on our campus are assessed.  To date we have 91% compliance.

These are just some examples of your Faculty Senate at work serving our faculty and students and creating a better campus for all who work at Leeward Community College.  For a complete record of Faculty Senate committee reports, please consult the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Supporting Documents folder of the Faculty Senate website.

In closing, I wish to thank the 2017-2018 Faculty Senate Executive Board, Vice-Chair Wayde Oshiro, and Secretary, Michael Oishi, for their dedication and hard work, and welcome the 2018-2019 Faculty Senate Executive Board: Michael Cawdery as incoming Faculty Senate Chair, Wayde Oshiro as continuing Vice-Chair, and Junie Hayashi as Secretary.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you and our campus.

James Fujita, Faculty Senate Chair

Seeking comment on revised Shared Governance Policy draft

Update: The new deadline to submit comments is April 20. Use the online form below.

The Campus Council Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance has submitted a draft of the revised Shared Governance Policy and wishes all constituent groups to review and respond by April 6 April 20.  The current policy, L1.201 Policy on Shared Governance was approved back in 2003.

The Ad Hoc Committee has gathered and developed documents to help you with your review.  By reading the documents, you will learn the context for the creation of the current policy, the roles of various constituencies in campus decision-making, and how the draft policy language was developed from the original.

Step 1:  Read the AIC (Accreditation Improvement Committee) Report (2003) to understand why the shared governance policy was created. 

Step 2:  Take a look at the “Leeward CC Organizational Documents” to familiarize yourselves with each organizationʻs role on campus and where constituents can find their representative groups.

Step 3:  Take a look at the “Governance Diagram” to see how the organizational documents relate to each other and how we are all connected to the Chancellor. 

Step 4:  Read and prepare questions/comments about the Policy Revision Documents.  There are two versions: one with quotes from the original policy embedded into the document in blue font, the other just the proposed revision language.

Step 5: Submit your comments using this online form: Feedback on the revised Shared Governance Policy draft.  Questions 1 & 2 are the same questions being forwarded to all constituencies on campus.  Question 3 is a statement that the Executive Committee is recommending to be added to the final policy.  The last question is for comments that couldn’t be added if you selected Yes or No as your answer.

Your comments will be collated by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and submitted, along with any recommendations, to the Ad Hoc Committee by the April 6 deadline.  We anticipate that the committee will forward a revised draft policy to all campus constituencies, including Faculty Senate, prior to our next senate meeting on April 18.

It is important that all faculty, via the Faculty Senate, add their voices to the process of policy review and revision.

Mahalo,

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

James Fujita, Chair

Wayde Oshiro, Vice-Chair

Michael Oishi, Secretary

Legislators’ Meeting with Faculty on November 20

The Senate and House Higher Education Committee chairs are visiting each of the campuses to meet with various constituencies.  Senator Kahele and Representative McKelvey will visit Leeward CC on Monday, November 20th.

The Executive Committee encourages all faculty to attend the 3:15 pm faculty meeting to share your concerns and priorities with the Legislature.  The meeting will be at 3:15 pm in GT-105.

Senator Kaiali’i Kahele, Chair-Senate Committee on Higher Education

Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair-House Committee on Higher Education (no longer attending)

Visit Schedule

  • 11:45am – Lunch at Leeward Community College with administration
  • 1:15pm – campus tour
  • 2:15pm – meeting with student government (GT-105)
  • 3:15pm – meeting with faculty (GT-105)
  • 4:00pm – campus visit complete

Faculty Senate Convocation Breakout Session Invitation

Dear Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

You are cordially invited to attend the Convocation Faculty Senate Breakout session on Wednesday, August 16th.  There will be a slideshow presentation about the Faculty Senate. There will also be in attendance faculty senators, returning and new, for you to meet.

This will also be a chance for you to hear and thank the AY 2016-2017 Faculty Senate Chair, William Albritton, and Vice-Chair, Eiko Kosasa, and Secretary, Wayde Oshiro, who will be present to talk about the issues the Faculty Senate faced during the last academic year while the new incoming Faculty Senate Executive Board will answer any questions you might have about the upcoming year.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the Faculty Senate in the future this is also a good time to learn what we do.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

James Fujita

Faculty Senate Highlights for 2016-17

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

I just wanted to thank the 2016-17 Faculty Senate for all their work this year for the campus. In particular, I wanted to thank Eiko and Wayde for their support and teamwork as a part of the FS Executive Committee. Finally, kudos to the continuing Senators, new Senators, and new Executive committee, James Fujita (chair), Wayde Oshiro (vice chair), and Michael Oishi (secretary) for your service to the college for the next academic year. I look forward to hearing about the achievements of the next Faculty Senate!

Highlights of the 2016-17 Faculty Senate includes the UH Promise Bill, Back Language Credit Policy, revisions to the Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document, the DE Committee DE Liaison program, and CES.

The UH Promise Bill was enthusiastically supported by FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Co-Chair Raymund Liongson and his students, who spoke directly with our State legislators in support of this bill. This bill is for  $1.8M to meet the remaining financial gap for UH Community College students with financial need. See the FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Annual Report, for details on this exciting bill.

The FS approved the Back Language Credit Policy, an update to the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Manual, to match UHM’s policy on back language credit so Leeward CC can create a MOA with UHM to help Leeward CC students transfer language credits. See the FS Assessment Committee Annual Report for more details. Candy Hochstein, Kepa Badis, and FS Assessment Committee Co-Chair Jeff Judd worked to put this together.

Thanks to Ad Hoc Committee Chair Jeremiah Boydstun, we have an updated Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document. This document is important in establishing the five-year review of assessing courses as well as describes the minimum requirements in our syllabi.

The DE Committee, under the guidance of Co-Chairs Pete Gross and Warren Kawano, worked to establish the DE Liaison program, which gives support to instructors new to online as well as any instructor interested in improving their online courses. For more details, see the DE Committee’s Annual Report.

All 10 UH Faculty Senates raised a ruckus in opposition to the originally proposed version of the Course Evaluation System (CES), the replacement for eCAFE. As a result, adjustments were made to CES. In the fall, the CES Ad Hoc Committee, under the direction of Co-Chairs Wayde Oshiro and Catherine Walker, will be sending out a survey to the faculty to finalize what question Leeward CC will use in our CES as well as organize CES training for faculty. See the CES Ad Hoc Committee’s Annual Report for more details.

These are just a few noteworthy highlights. To see the Annual Reports of all the FS Committees, check out the links in the agenda from our last meeting on May 3, 2017.

Have a fun and relaxing summer!

Aloha,

William

Welcome to the Faculty Senate Blog

The preamble of the Faculty Senate Charter and Bylaws states:

The Faculty Senate shall also promote communication and mutual understanding among members of the faculty, staff, lecturers, administrators, students, and the community.

A discussion at a Spring Convocation breakout session centered around communication and campus governance bodies.  In response, the Executive Committee created this blog in an attempt to improve communication between the Faculty Senate and the rest of the campus.

Blog posts will share important news from the Faculty Senate to our core constituencies and the campus at large. This blog is not intended to replace the Faculty Senate website which is the official source for Senate meeting agendas, minutes, motions, and committee reports. Instead, this blog will serve as an up-to-date supplement sharing commentary, activities, and other news of importance to you.

2016-17 Faculty Senate Executive Committee

  • William Albritton, Chair
  • Eiko Kosasa, Vice-Chair
  • Wayde Oshiro, Secretary