Highlight of ECS Meeting of November 10, and Preview of ECS Meeting of November 17
In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 16, 2023, retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021, that each week, a general message 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 November 3, 2023, and a preview of the ECS meeting of November 10, 2023. 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 November 10, 2023
- The 11th Annual Teach-in was successful, with nearly 1200 participants.
- The Provost met with PCEC faculty and staff. The search committees and the reorganization taskforce are being finalized.
The Provost attended the presentation by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a native botanist, who spoke about combining different sources of knowing, including science, human and cultural history. Close to 2000 people attended.
- The Provost attended a reception for parents of GVSU students in Lansing.
The Provost met with the accreditation site visitors for recreational therapy, who had a lot of praise for the program.
- Thanks was expressed for Provost Mili coming to talk to CECI faculty and deans; it was appreciated that she heard their concerns and they appreciated hearing her perspective.
A question was asked about the retention numbers, and it was noted that faculty are concerned about admitting students without having support systems in place. The Provost acknowledged that the success of every student we admit is a shared concern and accountability and that faculty, units, colleges, and the Provost's Office are collaborating on a number of support systems. It was noted that the Test-Optional and Holistic Admissions Taskforce has resubmitted their report, which will be discussed at ECS on 12/8/23.
- A member of ECS noted that there are few dining options on the Pew Campus. Starbucks and the Plaza Café on the Pew Campus are closed, leaving only Einstein Bagel and Erbert & Gerbert’s.
Student Senate President’s Report
- Student Senate plans to have a restructuring proposal ready on November 30.
On January 25 at 4:30 the State of Student Senate address will be held.
- Student Senate has been in communication with VP Jesse Bernal and VP Stacie Behler on how to roll out the end product next semester and discussed ways university can communicate better with students, as many students don’t read all the way through their emails.
An ECS member reported attending a public safety meeting with the Student Senate President and noted that the Chief of Police said that we have the third most cameras on any campus in the US and also our police have body cameras. There is an increase in small crimes, so lock your cars to prevent theft.
On the Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Academic Review and Dismissal: Students in jeopardy of dismissal must meet one of the criteria: GPA rises above dismissal level or cumulative GPA is 2.5 or above. Dismissal will only occur at end of Fall or Winter; Summer can only be used to raise GPA. ECS unanimously voted to support with recommendation to UAS.
On the APSC Memo on Academic Grievances: Changes are to make the process faster, changing from 30 days to 15 working days. ECS unanimously voted to support as amended with recommendation to UAS.
On the APSC Memo on Repeat Course Approval Policy: Students may repeat a course 3 times (taking it a total of 4 times), without approval from an academic advisor. The motion to support with recommendation to UAS passed with 10 in favor, 4 nay votes, and 1 abstention.
On the Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC) Memo on Campus Safety Night Walk: Walks happened on all 3 campuses. ECS unanimously voted to support as amended with recommendation to UAS.
On the Affiliate Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) Memo on Affiliate Faculty Retirement: The memo would make affiliate faculty hired prior to 1/1/14 eligible for the healthcare supplement in retirement. ECS unanimously voted to support with recommendation to UAS.
On the Consent Agenda for UAS: The idea of a Consent Agenda was presented. This will be discussed at the next UAS meeting of December 1st in order to get an idea about whether or not there is support for this idea, then a small group will be formed to create a document to describe what it would look like if there is support.
On the Taskforce on Realignment of Governance Structure Consistent with Current University Structure: ECS discussed the nominations for serving on a taskforce on governance structure. Members selected will be officially revealed at the next ECS meeting, and the charge and timeline will be discussed.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of November 17, 2023
- FSBC Memo on Annual Faculty Salary Adjustment Request for 2024-2025
- FFPAC Memo on Active Learning Spaces
- FFPAC Memo on Classroom Issues and Innovations
- FFPAC Memo on Lost and Found
- Pew FTLCAC Memo on Assisting FTLC with Goals
- Pew FTLCAC Memo on Supporting Faculty Best Practices for Online Pedagogy and Content Delivery
- Pew FTLCAC Memo on Relationship with FTLC
- Review of FARES III Task Force Proposed Bylaws Language
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.
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