Highlight of ECS Meeting of March 24, and Preview of ECS Meeting of March 31, 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 ECS meeting of March 24, and a preview of the ECS meeting of March 31. 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 March 24, 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 31. All past newsletters can be found on the faculty governance website.
- The Civic Engagement Showcase is scheduled for April 6 from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm at the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
- Elections for the Chair and Vice Chair of ECS and UAS will be held at the ECS meeting of April 21. Statements from candidates are due April 14.
- The New Programs/New Academic Unit Council (NPC) met to revise the SAIL form for the New Program Prospectus and the NPC website has been updated. NPC will continue to develop resources to help position proposers for success.
- Provost Mili had the opportunity to judge a student musical composition competition that was held in collaboration between the Department of Music and the Art Gallery.
- Provost Mili attended an event for the Sustainability Champions.
- Provost Mili met with the deans to discuss the process and outcomes of faculty reviews.
Student Senate President's Report:
- Student Senate passed legislation on increasing interfaith spaces.
- The annual Elect Her leadership training will be on March 31 from 3-5:30 pm.
- Student Senate is discussing collective liability in housing; that is, all students being fined for damages that occur.
- Exam cram will be held during finals week. Members of Student Senate will hand out snacks and pizza at the library.
- Student Senate passed legislation on stipends.
Student Senate is hosting an Alumni Panel of past Student Senate members on April 6.
As recommended last year by the ECS Constituted Task Force and supported by UAS, a Review of Title IX External Investigation, approved by President Mantella, has begun by a team from Steptoe & Associates. Chair Ngassa, VP Jenny Hall-Jones, and Provost Mili have already met with the team from Steptoe & Associates. I am inviting all faculty and staff who have anything to share about the Title IX Office and their processes (positive or negative) to meet with the team of Steptoe & Associates directly using the link below to schedule time to share feedback and answer any questions.
- Link: Steptoe & Associates
Ben Rapin, the Platform Project Champion; Josh Marko, the Workday Project Lead, and Belinda Boardman, the Change Management Lead, presented an update on Workday. The change management plan can be found at gvsu.edu/workday or by going here. The Change Agent Network is made up of individuals across the university and meets monthly. Anyone can join. Workday newsletters are sent out at the end of each month.
- Ed Aboufadel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Edward Jones II, Director of Student Health Services, led the discussion of vaccine requirements. They presented a history of the vaccine requirement and shared that at the end of the Winter 2023 semester, GVSU will end the broad mandate on vaccines.
Student Senate was supportive of removing LIFT evaluations that are deemed to include bias.
- ECS reviewed a memo from the Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) regarding Bias Statements to Students and Faculty as part of the LIFT evaluation process. ECS passed a motion of support with recommendation to UAS. It was suggested that these statements are linked to the other resources on LIFT.
ECS reviewed FPPC’s memo on Timeline for Promotion. FPPC clarified that the eligible time period for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is the first day of the Fall semester prior to the submission of the application.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of March 31, 2023:
- Presentation on GVSU’s Talent Management Initiatives from HR
General Education Committee (GEC) Memo on Integrating Digital Literacy Skills in the GVSU Undergraduate Curriculum
- GEC Memo on Program Review-Related Reportage
- Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) Memo on Open Educational Resources/Affordable Course Materials (OER/ACM) Development
FTLCAC Memo on Relationship Between FTLCAC and LIFT-MC
- Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Program Scholarships
- Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) Memo on Update to the Annual Salary Adjustment Request for 2023-2024
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS 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.
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
1 Campus Drive
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
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