Grand Valley State University

Highlight of UAS Meeting of February 4, and
Preview of UAS Meeting of February 11

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 February 4, 2022 and a preview of the UAS meeting of February 11, 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 February 4, 2022
Chair’s Report:
  • The theme for the UAS 2021-22 Newsletter is “Adapting to Change and Reaching Higher Together”. The deadline to submit an article and photo is March 28, 2022. All faculty are invited to submit an article on what adapting to change and reaching higher together means to them.
  • Faculty forums will be held Tuesday, February 22, 10:30-12 and Wednesday, February 23, 2:30-4.
  • Per the faculty census, all colleges except CLAS will have the same number of UAS representatives for the 2022-23 academic year. CLAS will change from 24 senators to 23, based on the faculty census.
  • UAS meets next on Friday, February 11. 
Provost’s Report
  • An email was sent regarding the LMS system changes.
  • GVSU has changed from a Carnegie classification of Masters Large to Doctoral/Professional. This has moved us from a US News and World Report categorization of Midwest Regional University to National University.
New Business
  • Update on Enterprise Resource Planning: VP Topic provided an update. More information can be found here:
  • General Education Committee (GEC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning: Chair will be elected by members and will serve for one year. 98% supported, 2% abstained.
  • Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) Memo on Phased Retirement: FSBC recommended to bring back phased retirement. This was unanimously supported.
  • Graduate Council (GC) Memo on Change to Admission Requirements: The Duolingo test has been added for international students to demonstrate English proficiency. Only transcripts from the bachelor’s degree-granting institution will be required for graduate admissions. The proposal was supported by 93%, not supported by 2%, and 5% abstained.
  • Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on 12-Month Faculty Charge: A change was made in the requirement for permission from the unit head at the beginning of the academic year to use vacation time during instructional time. The change was supported by 94%, not supported by 6%. 
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Graduation Honors Policy: Recommendation to change the requirements for graduation honors from above the previous year’s 90th percentile for cum laude, above the previous year’s 95th percentile for magna cum laude and 4.0 for summa cum laude to 3.5-3.749 for cum laude, 3.750-3.899 for magna cum laude, and 3.9-4.0 for summa cum laude. Vote: 89% supported, 7% did not support, 4% abstained.
Preview of UAS Meeting of February 11, 2022
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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