Grand Valley State University

ECS Highlights

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 meeting and give a preview of the upcoming ECS 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. The Chair of ECS/UAS will continue to prepare a document on the highlights of the agenda for each UAS meeting and share with faculty a week before the meeting. Herein are the highlights of the ECS meeting of October 29, 2021 and a preview of the UAS meeting of November 5, 2021. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG
Highlights of ECS Meeting October 29, 2021
Chair’s Report:
  • The faculty forums on shared governance were well attended, with 99 faculty registered on Wednesday and 77 faculty registered on Thursday.
  • Reminder that volunteers are still needed to host/moderate sessions for the 2021 Teach-In.
  • Four faculty colleagues have been selected by ECS to be added to the steering committee of RH2025.
  • UAS meets next on November 5.
Provost’s Report
  • Our nominee for the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from two years ago, Steve Maddox (CLAS), won Distinguished Professor of the Year. Our nominee this year is Erica Hamilton (CECI).
Student Senate President’s Report
  • Student senate hosted Open Access Week.
  • Student Senate is working with the Lanthorn on an article about Campus Dining.
Old Business
  • Discussion of Peer Review Pilot With Update from the Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC): FPPC has not been able to find individuals or units willing to pilot the new peer review process for faculty teaching.
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Prior Learning Assessment: Supported with recommendation to UAS
New Business
  • Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC) Memo on  Leadership and Succession Planning: Supported with recommendation to UAS
  • Graduate Council (GC) Memo on Dual Level Enrollment Policy Change: Supported with recommendation to UAS
  • Discussion of the ECS Title IX Taskforce Report: Recommendations were supported by ECS, but final report needs revision before action by ECS pursuant to SG
  • VAT Update: Most faculty, staff, and students are in compliance with the vaccine mandate.
Preview of UAS Meeting of November 5, 2021
  • Discussion on Student Mental Health Services.
  • Confirmation of Appointed Faculty Representatives to the Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC). In accordance with our Shared Governance Policies (SG 1.02.k.i), faculty members in the Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC) with the required expertise are appointed by the Provost, in consultation with the ECS/UAS Chair and confirmed by UAS. UAS will formally confirm the following OEMC faculty nominees on Friday, November 5: Krista Benson (BCOIS); Rick Geisel (CECI); Denise Goerisch (BCOIS); Alisha Karabinus (CLAS). 
  • Affiliate Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) Memo on Affiliate Faculty Evaluation Procedure.
  • Graduate Council (GC) Memo on Dual Level Enrollment Policy Change. 
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Policy for Undergraduates. 
  • Online Education and Microcredential Council (OEMC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning 
  • Update from VAT.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries in order 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 2021-2022
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