Faculty Senate Meets

Posted: March 3, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: March 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

By Robin Herron

At its monthly meeting on March 2, the Faculty Senate approved changes to the University Catalog, amended the Academic Initiatives Committee charge, and approved the apportionment of senators from the academic units.

The catalog changes dealt with meeting requirements for a degree under one catalog. Previously, the catalog stated that student must graduate under the requirements in a single catalog year, with all degree components — major, concentration, minor, and general education — included. The variance approved would allow students to select a minor from another catalog year (except one that takes effect after the student’s degree is anticipated) for which they are eligible.

The Academic Initiatives Committee charge was amended to clarify the committee’s liaison relationship. A suggested amendment to specify that the committee should “provide support for appropriate new initiatives” was not approved, as the senate thought the committee’s role was to primarily provide oversight. The vice president for global and international strategies was also added as a nonvoting committee member.

The apportionment of senators, which is based on the percentage of instructional full-time equivalent faculty members, changed slightly. The College of Health and Human Services gained one senator (moving from three to four), and the Volgenau School of Engineering lost one senator (moving from six to five). There was no change in the other units. The Faculty Senate has a total of 50 members.

The senate also heard brief comments from Board of Visitors Rector Ernst Volgenau, as well as from Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering, who spoke about his school’s operations.

A special called meeting of the Faculty Senate to discuss revisions to the Faculty Handbook will be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in Robinson Hall B, Room 113.


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