Faculty Senate Approves Academic Calendar, Elects Slayden as Chair

Posted: May 4, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

After months of study and input from the entire university, the Faculty Senate’s Academic Policies Committee submitted a motion that leaves in place the current operating policy for the academic calendar. The new calendar covering the academic years 2007-08 through 2009-10 was approved yesterday by the Faculty Senate at its last meeting of the academic year.

The senate also elected Suzanne Slayden, chemistry and biochemistry, as chair, effective immediately.

The Academic Policies Committee had considered ways to meet students’ requests for a longer reading day period at the end of semesters but found there were “strong objections” to each of the changes under consideration. “It was a good exercise,” noted committee chair Cliff Sutton, “and when we consider the calendar again three years from now, we’ll have summary of these reasons on hand.”

The three-year calendar is included with the meeting’s agenda as an attachment online.

A motion from the Budget and Resources Committee requesting the Office of the Provost to prepare a report next fall for the senate on salary adjustments awarded during the fall 2006 salary adjustment period passed unanimously.

A final motion from the Teaching Effectiveness Committee was tabled. The motion had urged that departments and programs establish standards by which faculty members could achieve tenure through excellence in teaching and high competence in research. Senators concluded that a dialogue with the Provost’s Office and the “Faculty Handbook” Revision Committee should be undertaken first.

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