Highlight of UAS Meeting of March 17, and Preview of ECS Meeting of March 24, 2023
In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 17, 2022, retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021, that each week, a general message will 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 UAS meeting of March 17, and a preview of the ECS meeting of March 24, 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 UAS Meeting of March 17, 2023
- The theme of the 2022-23 UAS Newsletter is Lakers Ready for Equity and Sustainability. The deadline to submit an article to Chair Ngassa has been extended to March 22.
- The faculty forums on March 14 and 15 were well attended and the discussions were very rich. Information from the forums is being compiled and will be shared. The recordings can be found on the faculty governance website by using your GVSU credentials to access the material.
- GVSU’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the NCAA, Paul Leidig, submitted his annual report on 3/16/23. The report can be viewed by going here.
- We hosted Dr. Byron White who participated in a Fireside Chat and held conversations with several groups on campus around Diversity and Equity.
I listened to the faculty forums around faculty workload and will be studying this with Academic Affairs leadership.
Student Senate President's Report
- Student Senate is working on increasing the number of keycard access points for residence halls.
- Student Senate is working on increasing interfaith spaces.
- Student Senate members are attending admitted student events to share about GVSU.
- The annual Elect Her leadership training will be on March 31 from 3-5:30 pm.
- Members of Student Senate are promoting elections for the upcoming year.
Members of Student Senate have been reading at elementary schools for March is Reading Month.
- Exam cram will be held during finals week. Members of Student Senate will hand out snacks.
Around 4000 students responded to the pulse survey. They noted that the following topics are on their minds: academics, mental health, campus safety, advising, and financing. They have appreciated that faculty have been checking in with students and have felt comfortable going to faculty.
Chief DeHaan provided an update on campus safety. A link to Chief DeHaan’s slides can be found here.
- Next year’s Teach-In will be held November 8-9. Recommendations were made on expanding the committee and on promoting the Teach-In.
A discussion was held on required course materials and the inability of students to use financial aid for course materials that are not reported as required to the bookstore.
- Student Senate made a proposal to recompose the student wage classification charge and conducting a labor market analysis to all of the student positions in order to give a fair pay, and to add a taskforce to take care of the logistics. A motion to support passed.
- Student Senate made a proposal that would move the deadline to choose to take a class for credit/no-credit to the 75% tuition refund deadline. A motion to support passed.
- UAS voted to support an amendment to SG 2.05.2 that would require new minors consisting solely of existing courses to go through New Programs Council so that they can be adequately resourced.
UAS voted to support FPPC’s memo allowing the Assistant Vice president for Human Resources to designate a representative to serve in his stead as ex-officio, non-voting member.
- UAS voted to support FPPC’s recommended modification to Shared Governance Policies (SG 3.07.C).
UAS voted to support FFPAC’s memo on adding a member of facilities services as ex-officio, non-voting member.
- UAS voted to support AFAC’s memo that adds that senior affiliates are eligible for contracts of up to six years and changes the senior affiliate promotion increment from $1000 to $5000, per the FSBC memo regarding this change.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of March 24, 2023
- Discussion on Faculty Involvement in Title IX Assessment
- Presentation and Discussion on Workday
Discussion on Vaccination Requirements
- Immunization Proposal Review: Vaccination Policy Draft & Immunization Proposal
- Review of Feedback from Student Senate on Purging Lift Evaluations Deemed to Include Bias
- FPPC Memo on Bias Statements to Students and Faculty
- FPPC Memo on Full Professor Timeline
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any UAS agenda item that you may like to weigh in on.
Thank you for your continuous interest in faculty governance.
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
1 Campus Drive
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
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