Faculty Senate Censures BOV for Approval of Gen. Ed. Plan

Posted: May 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo
The George Mason Faculty Senate voted yesterday to censure the Board of Visitors (BOV) for Wednesday’s unanimous approval of the general education plan, as amended by the board’s Faculty and Academic Standards Committee. The resolution passed in a secret vote, 21 to 9, with 1 abstention.

The Faculty Senate supported the original general education proposal drawn up by the University Committee on General Education, and thought the proposal modified by the Faculty and Academic Standards Committee diminished the faculty’s “curricular authority.”

After discussion on how passage of the resolution would affect the relationship between the senate and the BOV, the resolution, which stands only as a formal public statement of the Faculty Senate’s disapproval of the BOV’s actions, was approved.

According to the resolution, “the Faculty Senate, as the body which represents the George Mason University faculty in governance and decision making at the university level, deplores the actions of the Board of Visitors and its Faculty and Academic Standards Committee in this matter and censures them for taking those actions.”

The general education plan approved by the BOV on Wednesday increases the minimum number of credit hours in general education from 30 to 40, and limits which courses meet those general education requirements.

The Faculty Senate resolution also insists that faculty members regain responsibility for what students are taught: “The Faculty Senate urges the Board of Visitors in the strongest possible terms to restore to the faculty its curricular authority, including the further elaboration of general education.”

A complete copy of the framework for general education as approved by the BOV is available in the Provost’s Office.

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