In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 12, 2021 retreat recommended 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 December 3, 2021 and a preview of the ECS/UAS meetings of December 10, 2021. 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 December 3, 2021
- The New Programs and New Academic Units Council (NPC) met on November 3 & 17 to review a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) between GVSU and MSU, and a proposal to change the reporting structure of the Padnos International Center (PIC).
- FPPC has completed its review and supported a new proposal to change the Parental Leave of Absence Policy. The full proposal will be reviewed on December 10 by ECS/UAS.
- Next meeting will be December 10, via Zoom. One hour will be ECS, and one hour will be UAS.
Report from the Provost:
- The enrollment pattern for Winter is consistent with the pattern for Fall and with past Winter enrollment trends. Faculty should encourage students to enroll for Winter.
- The fourth interview was conducted for the VP for Student Affairs. Student Affairs is becoming a separate division from Academic Affairs.
- The President’s Leadership Circles have been valuable conversations. Faculty are encouraged to participate.
- There are no plans at this time to make changes to Winter 2022 due to COVID.
Report from the Student Senate President:
- Student Senate continues to focus on strategic planning, priorities, and goals, and presented their priorities to President’s Council. The Johnson Center collaborated with Student Senate to evaluate the mission and vision.
- Exam Cram will be hosted in collaboration with the University Libraries.
- The State of the University Address will be held January 27 from 4:30-6:00 pm in Cook-DeWitt.
- Laura Aikens, VP for University Development; Emil Delgado, Associate Vice President for Information Technology; and Kara Van Dam, Vice Provost for Graduate and Lifetime Learning, each introduced themselves and provided information about their backgrounds.
- The RH2025 Steering Committee Co-Leads provided information about changes that have been made since October 1. A poll was taken asking “are we on track?” The results indicated 87% said yes, 4% said no, and 9% said indifferent.
- The FTLCAC Memo on LMS Selection Feedback Survey Findings Report indicated slight preference for Canvas. A decision on whether our LMS system will be Canvas or Blackboard Ultra in the future is expected by the end of the year. Faculty should share their opinions with Provost Plouff.
- Faculty Activity Plan will be changed to Faculty Workload Plan (FWP), and Faculty Activity Report to Faculty Workload Report (FWR). There will be no substantive change to what is being done. This is a name change only. It is consistent with what other universities call these documents.
- Motion passed to support a change to the ECS/UAS bylaws to include a representative from AFAC to attend ECS and UAS as a non-voting member who will have full participation in discussions.
- The FPPC Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning motion to support with recommendation from ECS passed.
- The FSBC Memo on Annual Salary Adjustment Request for 2022-23: motion to support, with recommendation from ECS passed.
- The FSBC Memo on University Policies Language on Pay Equity motion to support with recommendation from ECS passed.
- The FSBC Memo on Allocation of Federal Funds motion to support with recommendation from ECS passed.
- Last time we voted on RH2025 endorsement, some felt pressure to endorse since our vote was last and students, APs, and bargaining groups had endorsed.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS/UAS Meeting of December 10, 2021:
- ECS: plan for endorsement vote of RH2025
- UAS: Endorsement of the Rev. Dr. MLK commemoration week for Winter 2022, update to Parental Leave Policy.
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries in order to provide input on any ECS/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 2021-2022