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New MOU Proposal
Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Cascades

Status: Approved (Previous Version)

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1. Review - College Approver - Liberal Arts

Approved by Helene Serewis Exec Asst to-Dean / Liberal Arts Admin, April 20, 2012 12:57pm

Comments

Helene Serewis (College Approver - Liberal Arts) April 20, 2012 12:57pm
The CLA Curriculum Committee approves this proposal.

2. Review - Curriculum Coordinator

Approved by Sarah Williams Academic Wage Appt - Hourly / Acad Prgms/Assess/Accred, April 23, 2012 4:12pm

Comments

Sarah Williams (Curriculum Coordinator) April 23, 2012 4:12pm
Following approval of the CLA Curriculum Committee, this proposal is being moved to review by Budgets and Fiscal Planning.

3. Review - Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee

Sent Back by Walter Loveland, May 25, 2012 10:01pm

Comments

Walter Loveland (Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee) May 25, 2012 10:01pm
The BFP group would like to see a detailed breakdown of the anticipated revenues for this program and a detailed breakout of the personnel, their salaries, FTE and OPE costs

4. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, September 20, 2012 12:03am

Comments

Cornelius Browne September 20, 2012 12:03am
I have added two explanatory paragraphs about hiring in response to questions from the BFP group. The additional paragraphs can be found on page eight, section 3a of the proposal.

Also in response to queries from the BFP group, I have posted a budget addendum under "Other Attachments."

5. Review - Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee

Sent Back by Walter Loveland, October 3, 2012 10:50am

Comments

Walter Loveland (Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee) October 3, 2012 10:50am
This proposal is being returned because the BFP group, the Graduate Council and the Provost have, in the past, indicated that they do not regard programs where large numbers of faculty are appointed at 0.49 FTE as sustainable, appropriate ways to construct programs. While these groups recognize the utility and need for part time faculty, a program that seems to be largely based upon faculty who are not receiving health insurance and retirement benefits is not acceptable. We suggest that these faculty be appointed at > 0.5 FTE allowing them to have full benefits. In addition, it is not clear to us the number of regular OSU faculty and the number of newly hired Cascades faculty participating in this program in each year and how these people are designated in the budget.

6. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, November 8, 2012 5:28pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne November 8, 2012 5:28pm
I have attached a newly revised MOU and budget sheets addressing the BFP group's concerns.

It is essential to understand that, by contrast to tenure-line commitments made by universities in full-residency MFA Programs, prestigious low-residency programs across the country (from Warren Wilson to Sarah Lawrence) recruit their staff from high-profile authors with MFA training to work as professional mentors and to teach in biannual residencies on term contracts. These professional mentors are not physically housed at OSU Cascades Campus. They work from their own home base on a contract basis. They are people who have reached the upper levels of their craft and are not seeking tenure or full time employment at OSU. This is the norm, and is expected by both students and mentors. Of the top-ten-rated low residency creative writing programs in the United States, all function on this model

7. Review - Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee

Sent Back by Walter Loveland, November 16, 2012 9:54am

Comments

Walter Loveland (Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee) November 16, 2012 9:54am
We are returning this proposal for corrections and needed additional information. The items needing attention are: (1) Please edit the proposal to remove the “mfa mou browne .doc (10/03/2012) and the “MFA Budget Addendum.xlsx” (10/03/2012). We believe these obsolete files could confuse readers. (2) Under Personnel in the budgets, please either footnote the budget page or describe, in the narrative, that the 70K$ is the salary of the director, the 33.5K$ is the OPE for that salary (and how that number was estimated). (3) Under Personnel in the budgets, please add the salaries to be paid to OSU faculty participating in the program and the relevant OPE costs (and the basis for the estimates.) (4) Under Supplies and Service, please indicate the breakdown between Supplies and Services (where we understand the Services are the Personal Service Contracts for the “guest faculty” and how these estimates were made.) (5) Indicate the inflation factor used in estimating the expenses in years 2-4. (6) In Column E of the budget, please indicate the estimated revenue from tuition (or other sources) for each year

8. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, November 17, 2012 8:53pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne November 17, 2012 8:53pm
All changes have been made to the budget sheets, and the proposal has been edited to reflect the most recent changes only.

9. Review - Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee

Sent Back by Walter Loveland, November 19, 2012 3:30pm

Comments

Walter Loveland (Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee) November 19, 2012 3:30pm
Please correct errors in the budget

10. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, November 19, 2012 9:16pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne November 19, 2012 9:16pm
Errors in the budget have been corrected, 11/19/12.

11. Review - Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee

Approved by Walter Loveland, November 20, 2012 1:43pm

Comments

Walter Loveland (Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee) November 20, 2012 1:43pm
This proposal is approved with the following conditions and advisories. All of the supply expense should be put together in the supplies budget with appropriate adjustments elsewhere. This includes the $12,000 of general supplies, the $15,000 of director's supplies and the computer ($3000) for the director. The Director of the Office of Budgets also advises that the RAM monies are not allocated to the units and you should plan without that revenue.

12. Review - Graduate Council Chair

Approved by James Coakley Associate Dean / College of Business Dept, February 25, 2013 3:37pm

Comments

James Coakley (Graduate Council Chair) February 25, 2013 3:37pm
The Graduate Council approves the MOU provided a Graduate Program Review (GPR) is conducted on the low-residency MFA program three years after the first cohort starts the program. The Cascades campus should coordinate with the Graduate School to schedule the GPR.

13. Review - Curriculum Council Chair

Sent Back by Sarah Williams Academic Wage Appt - Hourly / Acad Prgms/Assess/Accred, February 26, 2013 12:31pm

Comments

Sarah Williams (Curriculum Council Chair) February 26, 2013 12:31pm
Returning proposal to Originator at his request, to make revisions. SW

14. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, February 26, 2013 2:23pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne February 26, 2013 2:23pm
I have revised the MOU in response to Grad Council's requests. Thank you.

15. Review - Curriculum Council Chair

Sent Back by Michael Bailey Professor / Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci, March 18, 2013 7:52am

Comments

Michael Bailey (Curriculum Council Chair) March 18, 2013 7:52am
Returned for proposer revisions

16. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, March 18, 2013 4:02pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne March 18, 2013 4:02pm
The revised proposal includes all the suggestions discussed at CC. Thank you for all the help. Neil

17. Review - Curriculum Council Chair

Approved by Michael Bailey Professor / Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci, March 20, 2013 8:09am

18. Review - Academic Programs

Sent Back by Gary Beach Coord- Senior Curriculum / Acad Prgms/Assess/Accred, May 10, 2013 7:44am

Comments

Gary Beach (Academic Programs) May 10, 2013 7:44am
The proposal is being sent back to the originator (Neil Browne) in order for OSU-Cascades to make a minor revision at the behest of the OUS Provosts' Council.

--Gary

19. Originator Response

Cornelius Browne Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff, May 12, 2013 9:35pm

Comments

Cornelius Browne May 12, 2013 9:35pm
Revisions have been made per request of the Provost Council.

20. Review - Academic Programs

Approved by Gary Beach Coord- Senior Curriculum / Acad Prgms/Assess/Accred, May 17, 2013 9:31am

Comments

Gary Beach (Academic Programs) May 17, 2013 9:31am

The OUS Provosts' Council APPROVED the proposal to extend the existing MFA in Creative Writing degree program from OSU-Main to the OSU-Cascades branch campus on May 9, 2013. This was the final review and approval step for this proposal from OSU-Cascades and the School of Writing, Literature, and Film in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Effective Term will be Summer Term 2013.

[Note: At the requesst of the OUS Provosts' Council, a revision to the original and reformatted versions of the proposal (Section 2a and 2b) now includes reference to the creative writing program at Eastern Oregon University.]

--Gary

21. Review - Catalog Coordinator

Approved by Larry Bulling Program Technician 1 / Office of the Registrar, May 17, 2013 9:42am

Comments

Larry Bulling (Catalog Coordinator) May 17, 2013 9:42am
I added a note to the MFA in Creative Writing catalog page at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/MajorDetail.aspx?id=306.

The associate registrar will make necessary changes to SOACURR.

Proposal

Proposal ID: 83436
Type: New MOU
Submission Date: May 12, 2013 9:35pm
Approval Date: May 17, 2013 9:42am
Effective Term: Summer 2013
Justification:
Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver low-residency programs in Creative Writing are all located west of the Cascades. A program at OSU-Cascades could potentially draw students from Central Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Northern California. According to the Low Residency MFA Directors' Survey, eight of the 31 programs polled responded that their program is composed of 50% or more in-state students which bodes well for attracting students to an Oregon-based low-residency MFA program. Student populations have grown at state universities and community colleges during the current recession. When it ends, the central Oregon region will grow again. Both scenarios contribute to a growing student population. When family or economics or jobs keep students place-bound, it is the local campus that can offer what they need. However, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Cascades will also strive to attract students nationwide. With a strong national faculty, the program will draw from across the United States. While serving the region is a central part of the mission of the Cascades Campus, so too is the effort to build nationally known and respected programs in Bend, which in turn contributes to the heightened national visibility of Oregon State University as a whole.

• Therefore, it is important that an OSU-Cascades low-residency program aim to rival the most respected programs in quality and academic rigor. Given the differing goals of the students who enroll, also reinforced by a survey of graduates of other low-residency programs, the great appeal of a low-residency program is its flexibility, which involves the student in the design of his or her individualized curriculum while meeting the requirements of program itself. The low-residency model attracts more age-diverse applicants annually than the traditional creative writing program. The average age of the student is 36, more in line with the demographic served on the Cascades Campus. Given the population served by Cascades Campus, the low-residency program will also attract employed students seeking an additional degree while maintaining employment. Low residency answers the requirements of the current economic times as people strive to better position themselves professionally while maintaining employment. The program emphasizes the study of literary craft from within the writer's perspective. It is not, however, a technical or narrow degree. The reading and analytical components of each mentorship period, and the variety of classes and workshops offered during the residency periods, provide well-integrated curricula in the humanities, with the emphasis falling on direction of individual manuscripts, instruction in literary craft, and the actual work of writing. While the balanced study of literature and the craft of writing does make graduates viable candidates for teaching positions, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is not geared toward specifically educating teachers. It can open the doors to many professions, including journalism, editing, marketing and communications and is recognized as important to improve writing, communication and abstract thinking skills in engineering and the sciences

• For a state university system to offer both a low and high residency MFA in Creative Writing is unique to Oregon and most of the country and would help both programs at both OSU campuses. The OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program complements the established high-residency program at OSU Corvallis/School of Writing, Literature, and Film and adds to the breadth of graduate offerings on the Cascades Campus. The addition of a graduate degree in the Liberal Arts creates balance with the current focus on professional graduate programs at Cascades, and also enhances OSU Cascades’ reputation as an well-rounded undergraduate institution, increasing student enrollment at Cascades at both the graduate and undergraduate level. It underscores OSU-Cascades’ growing potential as a destination for writers with national visibility.
Comments: None

History

Active Version - Submitted May 12, 2013 9:35pm
Version 7 - Submitted March 18, 2013 4:02pm
Version 6 - Submitted February 26, 2013 2:23pm
Version 5 - Submitted November 19, 2012 9:16pm
Version 4 - Submitted November 17, 2012 8:53pm
Version 3 - Submitted November 8, 2012 5:28pm
Version 2 - Submitted September 20, 2012 12:03am
Version 1 - Submitted April 13, 2012 2:55pm

Originators

Name Title Department/School
Cornelius Browne Associate Professor Acad Prog / Student Aff

Contacts

Name Title Department/School
Natalie Dollar Associate Professor Acad Prog / Student Aff

New Location Proposal Information

College/Department or College/School: College of Liberal Arts / School of Writing, Literature and Film 

Description:
The proposed low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades entails the Advanced Creative Writing workshop-based side of the MFA in Creative Writing on the Corvallis campus and delivers the same high quality training in writing and literary craft. The delivery significantly differs. Studying under a low-residency studio/mentorship model, students in the OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program will satisfy graduate degree requirements parallel to those established by the OSU-Corvallis MFA in Creative Writing. The low-residency MFA in Creative writing—through its different delivery method—will add diversity to, not duplication of, the established writing programs at Oregon State University.

REVIEW PROCESS
Academic Programs Committee: April 20, 2012
College of Liberal Arts -- APPROVED: April 20, 2012
Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee -- APPROVED: November 20, 2012
Graduate Council -- APPROVED: February 25, 2013
Curriculum Council -- APPROVED: Pending Revisions, March 15, 2013
Executive Committee: April 3, 2013
Faculty Senate -- APPROVED: April 11, 2013
OSU Provost -- APPROVED: April 12, 2013
OUS Provosts' Council -- APPROVED: May 9, 2013

Final APPROVAL: May 9, 2013 (OUS Provosts' Council)

Effective Term: Summer Term 2013

Supporting Documents

Documents
* Signed Transmittal Sheet  ?
mfa mou transmittal sheet.pdf (1.37 MB added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
* Executive Summary  ?
executive summary.docx (14.08 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
* Proposal  ?
Final Revised Proposal for Low Res MFA.docx (58.85 Kb added May 16, 2013 4:32 pm )
Final revised proposal
* Letters of Support  ?
External External letters.docx (12.42 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
External letters of support are not required for an MOU for extending existing Corvallis programs to OSU Cascades.
Accessibility Form  ?
accessibility.pdf (1.09 MB added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
* Library Evaluation  ?
mfacwlibrary.doc (23.50 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
Library Cover Sheet is attached under "Other Attachments."
Faculty CVs  ?
Faculty CVs available upon request.doc (19.50 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
Other Attachments  ?
library cover sheet.pdf (61.34 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
MFA in Creative Writing Provost Approval13.412.docx (13.54 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
OSU Provost Approval Statement: April 12, 2013
MFA in Creative Writing13.516.doc (260.00 Kb added May 17, 2013 8:34 am )
OUS Provosts' Council Version--Revised
Liaisons
* Liaisons  ?
Becky Johnson
Request: Becky Johnson.docx (13.22 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am)
Response: None
Anita Helle
Request: Count me on the side of the MFA low.docx (13.83 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am)
Response: None
Marla Hacker
Request: Hacker.docx (12.90 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am)
Response: None
Kathleen Dean Moore
Request: None
Response: kathy moore.doc (20.00 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am)
Budget Information
* Budget Year 1  ?
MFA Budget Yrs 1-4 Updated 11-19-12_with notes.xlsx (22.47 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
All four years are included on this budget sheet.
* Budget Year 2  ?
MFA Budget Yrs 1-4 Updated 11-19-12_with notes.xlsx (22.47 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
All four years are included on this budget sheet.
* Budget Year 3  ?
MFA Budget Yrs 1-4 Updated 11-19-12_with notes.xlsx (22.47 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
All four years are included on this budget sheet.
* Budget Year 4  ?
MFA Budget Yrs 1-4 Updated 11-19-12_with notes.xlsx (22.47 Kb added May 10, 2013 7:44 am )
All four years are included on this budget sheet.
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