Highlight of ECS Meeting of September 15, and Preview of UAS Meeting of September 29
In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 16, 2023 retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021 that each week, a general message be sent out to all faculty. This message will highlight the immediate past ECS/UAS meeting and give a preview of the upcoming ECS/UAS meeting. In particular, the highlight will summarize the key agenda items and provide context on the key votes; the pros and cons will be summarized and the key arguments for each highlighted. Herein are the highlights of the ECS meeting of September 15, 2023 and a preview of the UAS meeting of September 29, 2023. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG 1.01.7.2. Meetings of the UAS are open pursuant to SG 1.01.6.2.
Highlights of ECS Meeting of September 15, 2023
- The faculty fora on the evaluation of teaching will be held via Zoom on Monday October 9 from 2:00-3:30 pm and Tuesday October 10 from 10:00-11:30 am.
- According to Board of Trustees Policy, BOT 126.96.36.199, each College must decide if the Dean or designee will attend as ex-officio, non-voting member of the College Personnel Committee and the results of the decision shall be reported to the Chair of the University Academic Senate.
The New Program/New Academic Unit Council (NPC) met on September 13 to review and unanimously supported a prospectus for a minor in Computing, Intelligence, and Values co-developed by the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
- The EAB workshop on biases in promotion and tenure decisions was held on September 22.
The accreditation site visitors for Radiation Therapy commented on the caring and committed faculty at GVSU.
- The GVSU Arts Celebration began with an exhibition of Stephen Duren’s work. GVSU has the largest public collection of his work, with 150 pieces. This celebration emphasizes GVSU’s commitment to the arts, liberal education, and surrounding our students with art.
A question was asked about whether the Provost’s Office was developing draft course schedules for the next academic year and sending them to units. This is not the case. A consultant has been used to inform the scheduling process. Each college has things they do well, and the Provost’s Office is attempting to combine best practices into a set of tools to distribute to all of the colleges. The scheduling of active learning classrooms is occurring earlier in the scheduling process.
Student Senate President's Report
On the Proposed Changes to the University Conduct Pool: Faculty will be elected by their colleges: 4 from CLAS and 1 from each other college and the University Libraries. The provost will appoint not less than an additional 4 members from the faculty at large. ECS unanimously supported with recommendation to UAS.
On the Discussion of University Efforts to Respond to Sexual Misconduct Complaints and Employee Movement Between Institutions: There were questions from faculty following a newspaper article that shared that a former GVSU employee had been dismissed from MSU due to an alleged sexual misconduct. The employee was under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct when they left GVSU. GVSU was not able to conclude a hearing when they departed, although GVSU had tried to expedite the process knowing that the employee was leaving. GVSU now reserves the right to continue investigations after an employee leaves; this would not be a Title IX process but an alternative process because Title IX does not permit the continuing of an investigation once the University does not have control of the party (i.e., the person is no longer employed by the University). If a potential new employer asks the reason for an employee leaving, this information can be shared.
- On the Review and Discussion of the Rapid Response Team Report: This team was assembled by Provost Mili to help unpack data from prior semesters about student retention rates. The team connected with key stakeholders and asked about trends and what might be helpful interventions. They gathered input from faculty who teach many first-year students. A number of the team’s recommendations are already being implemented.
- On the Discussion of the FARES II Taskforce: The recommendation is that the Chair of AFAC will be a voting member of ECS and UAS, and a second AFAC member, who must hold an affiliate appointment, will be a voting member of UAS. AFAC will move from a University Governance Committee to a Standing Committee of ECS/UAS. This was unanimously supported with recommendation to UAS.
On the Discussion of Capturing DEI-AB Work in Digital Measures: A recommendation was initially made by the Network of Advisors for Racial Equity to add a section in Digital Measures in which faculty could capture and reflect on their DEI-AB work. More conversation is needed on how a reflection on DEI-AB would fit with the current reflection on teaching, scholarship, and service. This will be scheduled for a future meeting.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of UAS Meeting of September 29, 2023
- Benefits Update
- FARES II Task Force Memo
Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC) Memo on Instructional Modality Definition
- Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on Bias in Personnel Processes from the EPP Task Force Recommendations
- Proposal to Amend the Bylaws Pertaining to the International Education Committee (IEC), SG 1.03.B.5
Proposed Changes to the University Conduct Pool, SG 1.03.C.4
- Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) 2023 Annual Diversity Report
- Confirmation of Provost Appointed Faculty Representatives to the OEMC
- Endorsement of UAS Letter of Appreciation to the eLearning Technologies Team
- Update on Blue Dot
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any ECS agenda item that you may like to weigh in on.
Thank you for your continuous interest in faculty governance.
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