Grand Valley State University

Highlights of UAS Meeting of January 21,
and Preview of ECS Meeting of January 28

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 January 21, 2022 and a preview of the ECS meeting of January 28, 2022. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG Meetings of the UAS are open pursuant to SG
Highlights of UAS Meeting January 21, 2022 
Chair’s Report:
  • Faculty forums will be held Tuesday, February 22, 10:30-12:00 and Wednesday, February 23, 2:30-4:00.
  • The theme for the UAS 2021-22 Newsletter is Adapting to Change and Reaching Higher Together. All faculty are invited to submit an article on what adapting to change and reaching higher together means to them. The deadline to submit an article and photo is March 28, 2022.
  • The final report of the Title IX investigation is now available on the Office of General Counsel website. You will need your GVSU login credentials to have access to the report. To access the report you can go here.
  • This is the last week for the Provost Search with the last two candidates visiting. Don’t forget to complete the feedback survey that is available on the Final Candidates page of the Provost Search website. Surveys will be open until January 31 at 5 pm. You can get to the Final Candidates page by going here
  • ECS meets next on January 28.
Provost’s Report
  • Thank you to all those who have participated in the Provost search. Please continue to participate and complete the survey on the Final Candidates page of the Provost Search website.
  • Enrollment is down 3.6% for headcount and 3.8% for credit hours as compared to Winter 2021. This is consistent with what we saw comparing Fall 2021 with Fall 2020. The contingency funding that was budgeted in anticipation of this decline in enrollment is expected to be sufficient to cover the shortfall.
  • The Title IX investigation report by the external investigators has been shared with ECS and is also available on the Office of General Counsel website. ECS will have a discussion with the external investigators at the January 28 ECS meeting. The external investigators will attend UAS on February 11 (4:00-5:00 pm) to answer questions. The session with the external investigators on February 11 will be open to all in the GVSU community.
Student Senate President’s Report
  • The State of the Student Body will be held on Thursday January 27 at 4 pm in Cook-DeWitt and will be livestreamed on the Student Senate Website. 
New Business
  • The RH2025 Co-leads provided an update and listened to comments from UAS. A motion to endorse RH2025 was supported by 87%. 
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of January 28, 2022
  • Discussion with the External Investigators on the Title IX Investigation Final Report.
  • Laker Impression of Faculty Teaching Management Committee (LIFT-MC) Response to the Equity in Personnel Process (EPP) Task Force Recommendations.
  • University Assessment Committee (UAC) Memo on the Recommendations from the Pre-major and Service Course Task Force.
  • Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on 12-Month Faculty.
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on 58-Credit Rule.
  • APSC Memo on Graduation Honors 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 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
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