Faculty Senate Passes Resolutions; Sets Special Meeting

Posted: February 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

At its meeting this week, the Faculty Senate passed resolutions in favor of continuing to report midterm grades for 100- and 200-level classes and posting faculty salaries on the senate web site; and set March 3 for a special meeting to discuss a proposed resolution regarding the George Mason University Foundation.

Following a grading task force’s recommendations that midterm progress reports can have some beneficial impact on students’ performance, the senate adopted motions to continue the practice at George Mason, but extended the length of the reporting period to weeks five and eight of the semester and established a follow-up advising mechanism for students at risk. The senate decided not to accept the task force’s recommendations on the option of letter grades or a satisfactory or unsatisfactory designation and instead adopted a motion requiring that more specific letter grades of A, B, C, etc., be given, although without pluses and minuses.

In the interests of increasing transparency of budget and resource allocation information and to correct misinformation posted on the Internet, the senate also voted to make faculty salaries available digitally (the information is considered public and is already available in the Johnson Center Library in print form) on the senate’s web site; however, a George Mason “G” ID number must be used to access the information.

Faculty Senate Chair James Bennett also called for a special meeting of the senate to discuss a resolution he is introducing titled “Resolution on the Confiscation of Funds from Faculty Accounts at the GMU Foundation.” The resolution addresses the method being proposed to address a shortfall in the foundation’s operating budget. The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 3, in Robinson Hall B, Room 113, at 3 p.m.

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