Faculty Senate Moves to Tighten Retention Standards, Promote ‘Green’ Campus

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

By Robin Herron

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Faculty Senate approved motions that aim to prod students to make progress in their course work and to encourage an environmentally-conscious campus and curriculum.

The senate approved language for the next edition of the University Catalog that says “attempted” hours instead of “earned” hours will be used to determine GPA retention levels for warnings, probations and suspensions for undergraduates.

Two committees that studied the issue found that the current system, implemented about two years ago, has resulted in fewer such actions and has had the effect of letting students continue at the university even after repeatedly failing courses.

The goal is to identify students with academic problems earlier and give them an opportunity to make changes before it becomes extremely difficult to raise their GPAs and graduate.

The change will be implemented in fall 2007.

In addition, the senate appointed a Green Campus Task Force to review the university’s environmental policies with respect to buildings and infrastructure; and a Green Education Task Force to review the curriculum.

The senate also will elect two representatives to serve on the existing Environmental Task Force, which was created about a year ago.

Finally, the senate endorsed a petition that urges the university community to commit to “making our university a model of energy efficiency, green education and environmental leadership.”

The “green” motions were sponsored by senators Dave Kuebrich, Susan Trencher, Rick Coffinberger and Suzanne Slayden.

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