Faculty Evaluation of the Academic Senate  (printed on:  01-15-2009)

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Demographics information

 

Page: Demographic Information

1. I am (select your current rank):

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

an instructor

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36.8%

14

an asst. professor

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13.2%

5

an assoc. professor

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18.4%

7

a professor

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31.6%

12

 

2. I have been employed at HawCC for (select one):

 

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38

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

less than 2 years

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7.9%

3

3-5 years

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26.3%

10

6-10 years

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18.4%

7

11-15 years

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2.6%

1

16+ years

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44.7%

17

 

3. I regularly participate in the Academic Senate meetings

 

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39

 

skipped question

0

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

yes

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46.2%

18

no

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53.8%

21

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Page: Rated evaluation questions

 Rated evaluation questions

4. There is timely communication about the meetings and proceedings of the Academic Senate

 

answered question

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

5=strongly agree

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36.8%

14

4=agree

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47.4%

18

3=somewhat agree

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7.9%

3

2=disagree

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5.3%

2

1=strongly disagree

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2.6%

1

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Page: Academic Senate functions

 

 Academic Senate functions

5. The Senate:

 

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5=strongly agree

4=agree

3=somewhat agree

2=disagree

1=strongly disagree

Response
Count

a.)develops such policies

17.1% (6)

48.6% (17)

28.6% (10)

2.9% (1)

2.9% (1)

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b.)modifies such policies

25.0% (9)

47.2% (17)

22.2% (8)

2.8% (1)

2.8% (1)

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c.)initiates such policies

17.1% (6)

45.7% (16)

28.6% (10)

5.7% (2)

2.9% (1)

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Page: Academic Senate also addresses other issues

 

Academic Senate also addresses other issues

6. The Senate addresses:

 

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5

 

5=strongly agree

4=agree

3=somewhat agree

2=disagree

1=strongly disagree

Response
Count

a.)the mission and goals of the College

20.6% (7)

41.2% (14)

26.5% (9)

8.8% (3)

2.9% (1)

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b.)the nature and scope of the College's educational curricula

32.4% (11)

41.2% (14)

17.6% (6)

5.9% (2)

2.9% (1)

34

c.)standards of teaching, service and scholarship

12.1% (4)

21.2% (7)

39.4% (13)

24.2% (8)

3.0% (1)

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d.)standards of professional ethics

17.6% (6)

35.3% (12)

29.4% (10)

14.7% (5)

2.9% (1)

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e.)budget planning, review and implementation

15.2% (5)

21.2% (7)

33.3% (11)

21.2% (7)

9.1% (3)

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f.)student services

9.1% (3)

36.4% (12)

36.4% (12)

12.1% (4)

6.1% (2)

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g.)eval. of faculty, subject to UHPA contract provisions, & academic administrators

12.5% (4)

21.9% (7)

34.4% (11)

25.0% (8)

6.3% (2)

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h.)standards for & eval. of admissions, graduation, certification, and grading

12.1% (4)

18.2% (6)

42.4% (14)

18.2% (6)

9.1% (3)

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Conveying faculty opinion

7. The Academic Senate conveys faculty opinion, when appropriate, to:

 

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5=strongly agree

4=agree

3=somewhat agree

2=disagree

1=strongly disagree

Response
Count

a.)the Chancellor

36.4% (12)

39.4% (13)

12.1% (4)

6.1% (2)

6.1% (2)

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b.)the Vice President for the Univ. of Hawai`i Comm. Colleges

30.0% (9)

26.7% (8)

26.7% (8)

6.7% (2)

10.0% (3)

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c.)the President of the Univ. of Hawai`i System

22.6% (7)

22.6% (7)

32.3% (10)

12.9% (4)

9.7% (3)

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d.)the Board of Regents

20.0% (6)

30.0% (9)

26.7% (8)

10.0% (3)

13.3% (4)

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Academic strengths and weaknesses

8. The strengths of the Academic Senate are:

 

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22

 

9. The weaknesses of the Academic Senate are:

 

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Faculty Evaluation of the Academic Senate: Comments (printed on  01-15-2009)

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Demographics information

3. I regularly participate in the Academic Senate meetings

 

 Comment Text

Response Date

 1.

As a new instructor I find it hard to extend my time out side of this program

 Fri, 11/14/08 3:26 PM 

 2.

I find them painful.

 Fri, 11/14/08 11:28 AM 

 3.

Current schedule (Friday classes); regularly attended last year and will do so again!

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:18 AM 

 4.

I feel it is my responsibility to know what is happening on our campus and our programs.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:38 AM 

 5.

forget when meeting times are

 Fri, 11/14/08 8:46 AM 

 6.

I'm not sure, really

 Fri, 11/14/08 8:02 AM 

 7.

waste of time

 Fri, 11/14/08 7:23 AM 

 8.

For the betterment of the college

 Thu, 11/13/08 11:56 PM 

 9.

On Exec. Comm., but I have been dissatisfied with the direction the Senate has taken in the last several years, so would not attend regularly otherwise.

 Thu, 11/13/08 10:03 PM 

 10.

Not recently ~ too busy

 Thu, 11/13/08 9:52 PM 

 11.

As time permit, also depends on agenda items

 Fri, 11/7/08 7:50 AM 

 12.

other duties, irrelevant material, too long

 Thu, 11/6/08 5:47 PM 

 13.

College governance is important and I love to do it.

 Thu, 11/6/08 4:32 PM 

 14.

Most of my Fridays are dedicated to conferencing with or tutoring students. I try to make the Senate meetings as much as possible, especially if an important vote is being held.

 Wed, 11/5/08 5:06 PM 

 15.

To keep the department informed on matters concerning our department.

 Wed, 11/5/08 2:27 PM 

 16.

scheduling conflict is usually why I may not attend

 Wed, 11/5/08 12:37 PM 

 17.

overwhelmed with what needs to get done. Fridays are often the only day that I can catch up on work.

 Wed, 11/5/08 7:56 AM 

 18.

Regular participation in the Senate meetings allows me to voice my concerns, to learn about the current issues at the college level and systemwide. I believe it provides a very valuable, and in fact ONLY, forum for faculty members.

 Tue, 11/4/08 8:39 AM 

 19.

Although I receive notices--I have scheduled meetings during the same time as when the Academic Senate meetings are held. I do read the Agenda and Minutes when they are put out to keep up with the progress and purpose of these meetings.

 Mon, 11/3/08 8:16 PM 

 20.

am new, getting adjusted

 Mon, 11/3/08 5:32 PM 

 21.

I felt that the [recent] past and present chairs of the senate worked together to undermine giving a simple vote of recognition for the work that I had been doing as a volunteer in behalf of the College for 20 years. I am at the age of retirement so it was especially unkind. It was done unfairly [not in accord with Roberts Rules of Order] as the Chair had pre-prepared the secret ballots in anticipation of the "ambush." I felt publicly humiliated and it has lowered my morale as a member of the Community College for which I had-- until this painful experience with the Academic Senate--felt a great deal of pride and commitment. Aside from that incident, I find the Academic Senate to be run with exceeding attention to petty detail and rules while there is little if any concern for civility and cooperation. The morale, human values, and comraderie of the faculty has declined due to the "culture of control" that has developed in the Senate. With this pettiness and lack of colleagiality, it is impossible to realize the liberal and humanistic values of higher education. It is not only offensive to me, but painful to watch others be treated with so little respect. That is why I will not participate.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:47 PM 

 22.

schedule

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:25 PM 

 23.

Participation is an important part of governance and it's part of our job. If faculty don't participate in Senate meetings, we will lose our primary role of overseeing the curriculum and academic policies to the Administration.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:07 PM 

 24.

too many other meetings to attend//redundant

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:52 PM 

 25.

Time!

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:51 PM 

 

 

 

Rated evaluation questions

4. There is timely communication about the meetings and proceedings of the Academic Senate

 

 

 Comment Text

Response Date

 1.

Perhaps follow-on announcements regarding actions taken

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:19 AM 

 2.

I'm glad to have the information needed for the meetings attached so I can review them prior to the meetings.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:39 AM 

 3.

timely communication about the meetings, but not necessarily the proceedings

 Fri, 11/14/08 7:23 AM 

 4.

The Senate minds the "P's and Qs" with great ability. That is a strength. BUT it seems to do so by sacrificing inclusiveness, respect for one another and just plain human kindness and good manners in its actions.

 

 

Academic Senate functions

5. The Senate:

 

1.

The problem is that the Academic Senate is not inclusive of the faculty--thus while it is making recommendations, these are not representative of the will of the faculty.

 Fri, 11/14/08 11:31 AM 

 2.

It is not always clear to me how Senate actions translate to concrete policy, in particular regarding governance issues where there may be differences with the administration. Specifically, the issue of eCafe comes to mind. I'd like there to be a more automatic, immediate Senate response to unilateral administrative policy decisions; otherwise it seems easy for admin. to backdoor policy changes that really should involve faculty consultation.

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:30 AM 

 3.

I haven't been to any meetings yet, so I can't answer these questions. Presumably, I would strongly agree to all of them, though.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:05 AM 

 4.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to evaluate this

 Fri, 11/14/08 8:05 AM 

 5.

Too often, the administration ignores the senate.

 Fri, 11/7/08 11:31 AM 

 6.

I'm not sure what the main difference is between initiating and developing policies--doesn't one require the other?

 Wed, 11/5/08 5:08 PM 

 7.

We have the capacity to initiate/develop such policies though seems most of our energies are devoted to modifying/reviewing policies that already exist.

 Tue, 11/4/08 8:42 AM 

 8.

We have a supportive and positive administration. I wish that the Senate were an avenue for me and others to work with this administration. Instead, I feel alienated from both the Senate and the administration.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:50 PM 

 9.

The Senate through its standing committees, seems to be doing a great job in this area. Overseeing academic policy is its primary focus.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:07 PM 

 10.

I'm really not sure.

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:52 PM 

 

Academic Senate also addresses other issues

6. The Senate addresses:

 

1.

Similar to my previous comment, I'd like to have a clearer picture of how the Senate coordinates these activities with the administration. Part of the lack of clarity may be due to my own limited awareness, as I am still gaining an understanding of how different committees overlap and coordinate functions.

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:36 AM 

 2.

I don't know enough about the Senate yet to answer these questions-- sorry.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:05 AM 

 3.

Same comment as in previous question

 Fri, 11/14/08 8:05 AM 

 4.

b. would like to see more holistic dialogue, seems to be only discussed in parts; h. seems to be handled in Depts. rather than the Senate

 Thu, 11/13/08 10:14 PM 

 5.

I'd be more interested if the Senate were involved in discussing issues that more directly impact students on a day-to-day basis: are we striving to ENACT classroom practices that ensure quality, not quantity, education? Do we uphold professional standards relative to other system institutions? Taking care of administrative business is important, but I'm not sure how much "policy" trickles down to our students.

 Wed, 11/5/08 5:20 PM 

 6.

The Senate as a body has had very little success in addressing "standards" in any context.

 Tue, 11/4/08 8:50 AM 

 7.

I do not think that the Senate is a body that welcomes participation by the faculty. As such it is run by the few in the interests of the few. The lack of both civility [kindness] and democracy [participation] in the interest of control by the few is unfortunate because it undermines the purpose of such a senate.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:50 PM 

 8.

These areas seem to be secondary to the Senate's primary focus.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:07 PM 

 9.

Again, I'm not sure.

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:53 PM 

 

Conveying faculty opinion

7.  The Academic Senate conveys faculty opinion, when appropriate, to:

 

1.

Because the existing members have alienated a good portion of the faculty

 Fri, 11/14/08 12:11 PM 

 2.

Don't know

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:05 AM 

 3.

Same comment again.

 Fri, 11/14/08 8:06 AM 

 4.

Would like to see stronger voice to these bodies

 Thu, 11/13/08 10:14 PM 

 5.

Because of the hostile quality of the leadership, this Academic Senate does not represent the HawCC faculty.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:51 PM 

 6.

???

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:53 PM 

 

Academic strengths and weaknesses

8. The strengths of the Academic Senate are:

 

1.

I like the degree of attendance in the past couple years. It makes the Senate more effective.

 Fri, 11/14/08 1:46 PM 

 2.

Talented individuals. Hard working. Detail oriented. Some social skills.

 Fri, 11/14/08 12:13 PM 

 3.

Meetings: regularly scheduled, well organized, well run

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:38 AM 

 4.

Keeping faculty informed on many different matters.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:41 AM 

 5.

Honestly, I really have not participated enough to have an opinion.

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:16 AM 

 6.

Open forum

 Fri, 11/14/08 12:02 AM 

 7.

It can be a voice for faculty interests.

 Thu, 11/13/08 10:15 PM 

 8.

Not sure now

 Thu, 11/13/08 9:55 PM 

 9.

Inclusive and methodical, the Academic Senate is taken seriously by the faculty.

 Fri, 11/7/08 11:34 AM 

 10.

A voice for faculty at all levels

 Fri, 11/7/08 7:54 AM 

 11.

opportunity for discussion and decision-making

 Wed, 11/5/08 5:23 PM 

 12.

We have one body with one voice. Members have strong opinions and are not reluctant to voice them. Good debate and discussion. While sometimes frustrating, the procedural process set up by past and present leadership keeps every issue and discussion on even keel.

 Wed, 11/5/08 12:51 PM 

 13.

-every faculty member has a voice -organized

 Wed, 11/5/08 12:40 PM 

 14.

The Senate acts as the voice of the faculty. Whenever HawCC's Administration needs input, the Senate is one vehicle of input for faculty.

 Wed, 11/5/08 8:01 AM 

 15.

None

 Wed, 11/5/08 7:33 AM 

 16.

The AS provides an excellent forum through which faculty members are able to share their views and ideas. Further, the AS has successfully represented issues raised by the membership to the appropriate administrative bodies. Unfortunately, we 9membership) are somewhat divided which undermines the potential effectiveness and power of the AS.

 Tue, 11/4/08 8:56 AM 

 17.

committed people willing to do uphold the charter and move forward with the academic goals of our college.

 Mon, 11/3/08 8:21 PM 

 18.

Very attuned to detailed compliance with rules and regulations. In this regard it is excellent.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:59 PM 

 19.

devoted leadership

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:27 PM 

 20.

can be an effective working group with dedicated professionals

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:18 PM 

 21.

Having 1 person, 1 vote (ie, Senate of the whole) is really great. Faculty come to meetings when something of interest to them is on the agenda. The old model of representation didn't always work--sometimes the rep wasn't interested in trying to determine the will of his/her constituency. Often the issue was not something where concensus could be achieved by the unit, making it hard for a rep. to convey a "unit" position.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:15 PM 

 22.

It seems like the Academic Senate does a good job of communicating minutes and agendas.

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:54 PM 

 

9. The weaknesses of the Academic Senate are:

1.

There is a culture of control and they have excluded many who feel uncomfortable in the senate meetings because they are run by a click.

 Fri, 11/14/08 12:13 PM 

 2.

Please see previous comments.

 Fri, 11/14/08 10:38 AM 

 3.

Poorly attended by some departments of the college

 Fri, 11/14/08 9:41 AM 

 4.

ineffective and unequitable representation

 Fri, 11/14/08 7:26 AM 

 5.

Not enough participants

 Fri, 11/14/08 12:02 AM 

 6.

In recent years, seems to be lack of meaningful colleigal dialogue. The emphasis has been on nitpicking rather than that we are in the same educational enterprise together. I would like to see more proactive rather than reactive behavior.

 Thu, 11/13/08 10:15 PM 

 7.

Not sure now

 Thu, 11/13/08 9:55 PM 

 8.

The Senate's relationship with the adminstration is not robust enough.

 Fri, 11/7/08 11:34 AM 

 9.

No compliants

 Fri, 11/7/08 7:54 AM 

 10.

sometimes the politics gets in the way of productive discussion

 Wed, 11/5/08 5:23 PM 

 11.

Sometimes only a small representation of the full faculty (tenured and non-tenured) are present. This may indicate that a small vocal percentage of members are making important decisions for all. It may necessitate that surveys such as this instrument are utilized to ensure everyone participates in a decisionmaking process.

 Wed, 11/5/08 12:51 PM 

 12.

-apathy by some -now and then limited involvement

 Wed, 11/5/08 12:40 PM 

 13.

Due to the nature of the makeup of the Senate, some "voices" are louder than others at times, which may result in changes that may be detrimental to the educational progress of our students.

 Wed, 11/5/08 8:01 AM 

 14.

Not enough faculty participation

 Wed, 11/5/08 7:33 AM 

 15.

The only weakness I am aware of is the prevailing lack of interest by the majority of members.

 Tue, 11/4/08 8:56 AM 

 16.

No student representation!

 Mon, 11/3/08 8:21 PM 

 17.

There is an unwelcoming, hostile "culture of control," that pervades the Senate in these past few years. The Senate is manipulated by the few for realizing their own values and positions. It does not genuinely invite participation or encourage inclusion of all the faculty. The meetings are painful to observe. I contrast this with the higher morale that we had when Mary Goya was Chair which was at a time when the faculty was dealing with a much more difficult relationship with the administration. It is a shame that we lost that comaraderie to the pettiness and divisiveness that has been created by the existing group in governance. Some of us feel that they intentionally [or unconsciously?!] make us feel unwelcome so that they can maintain control.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:59 PM 

 18.

participation

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:27 PM 

 19.

not enough people participate and as a result a narrow agenda is pushed that may not reflect the college faculty.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:18 PM 

 20.

Tension in Senate meetings often seems to be caused by an "us" against "them" attitude. Faculty should understand that not everyone is going to be in agreement on all topics. Senate meetings should encourage reasonable debate so that colleagues can disagree on issues, shake hands and then move on to something else. This is collegiality. I wish the Admin. would take a position on certain issues that involve HawCC's academic integrity by defining or working with the Senate to develop standards. Doing this would take the areas that are not currently well-defined out of the arena of competition and the maintenance of turf. HawCC could use some modeling at the very top (ie, Administration) on setting high standards and sticking to them.

 Mon, 11/3/08 3:15 PM 

 21.

Don't know.

 Mon, 11/3/08 2:54 PM