Grand Valley State University

Highlight of ECS Meeting of September 2, 2022
and Preview of ECS Meeting of September 9, 2022

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 September 2, 2022 and a preview of the ECS meeting of September 9, 2022. 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 2, 2022
Chair’s Report:
  • All memos from the 2021-22 academic year were approved, except for the FFPC memo on LIFT reports.
  • New Programs Council approved the prospectus for a bachelor’s degree program in data science and analytics and a taskforce was established to draft a proposal.
  • The Interprofessional Simulation Center is seeking accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  
Provost’s Report
  • Introduction of new Assistant Vice Presidents (AVPs).
  • Faculty workloads will be reviewed to ensure faculty expertise is being used and faculty are engaging in rewarding work.
  • Strategic planning is proceeding.
  • New Climate Survey data are available.
  Student Senate President’s Report
  • Efforts have been focused on recruitment.
  New Business
  • Reviewed UAS bylaws and affirmation of use of Robert’s Rules.
    • UAS meetings are open to attend (SG 1.01.6.2), but only invited guests and voting members may speak.
  • Finalized Standing Committee Charges for the 2022-23 Academic Year.
  • Discussed Ownership of Instructional Materials. A task force to be formed and nominees with expertise in intellectual property are being solicited to join the task force.
  • Reviewed Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) Report on Diversity of Faculty, Staff, and Students.
  • Reviewed the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning.
  • Discussed Laker Impression of Faculty Teaching Management Committee (LIFT-MC) Membership and faculty nominees will be selected on September 9. All faculty with relevant scholarly expertise in qualitative and quantitative analysis of data are encouraged to self-nominate by sending an email to the Chair of ECS/UAS.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of September 9, 2022
  • Discussion on Institutional Data Management
  • Discussion on Inclusive Approaches to Faculty Mentoring
  • Review and Discussion of the Laker Impression of Faculty Teaching Management Committee (LIFT-MC) Report on Bias in LIFT
  • Review and Discussion of the Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC) Second Year Report on the 2-year Microcredential Process
  • Review and Discussion of the University Assessment Committee (UAC) Memo on Program Review Reportage
  • Review and Discussion on the 2022 Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) Report on Diversity of Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • LIFT-MC Membership Selection
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.
Sincerely,
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
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