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Highlight of UAS Meeting of March 18, and
Preview of ECS Meeting of March 25

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 March 18, 2022 and a preview of the ECS meeting of March 25, 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 March 18, 2022 
Chair’s Report:
  • The theme of the ECS/UAS Newsletter is Adapting to Change and Reaching Higher Together. Please write about what this means to you. The deadline to submit articles to Chair Felix Ngassa is March 31.
  • ECS meets next on March 25.
Provost’s Report:
  • Dr. Fatma Mili from University of North Carolina—Charlotte will begin as Provost July 6. Transition plans are in place.
  • Interviews of dean candidates in KCON and CHP are occurring over the next few weeks.
  • President Mantella had a testimony with State House Appropriations subcommittee with other educational leaders. Her focus was on adult education. She talked about competency-based education.
Student Senate President’s Report
  • Student Senate elections will be held at the end of this month. Filing to run for senate ends on March 24.
New Business
  • VP Truss provided an update on the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.
  • Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on Service During Sabbatical: It is preferred that faculty do not engage in service during their sabbatical, but it is not prohibited. There is no compensation for engaging in service during sabbatical. Vote was 96% in support, and 4% not in support.
  • FPPC Memo on Tenure and Promotion Decisions: Tenure and promotion will remain two separate decisions but the standards can be identical, and if they are, the decisions must be the same for both. All colleges except for CLAS should use the same procedure for all units. Each college must clearly specify the standards for tenure and promotion. The vote was 89% in support, and 11% not in support.
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning: There will be a chair and a vice chair elected in spring. There is no automatic succession from vice chair to chair. The vote was unanimous to support.
  • Laker Impression of Faculty Teaching Management Committee (LIFT-MC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning: Co-chairs will be elected each year with at least one not in the final year on the committee. Co-chairs are elected for one term but can be re-elected. Vote was 98% in support and 2% not in support.
  • Affiliate Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning: The chair and vice chair must both be affiliate faculty members. The vice chair moves into the chair role unless the vice chair cannot or most members agree that the vice chair should not. A secretary and vice chair are elected each spring. The secretary can be an affiliate faculty member, but this is not required. This was unanimously supported.
  • ECS Title IX External Investigation Taskforce Report: The report was discussed. Concerns were raised regarding the reporting structure of the Title IX office and the hope that this would be part of the comprehensive review that was recommended. This report will be sent to the President and Provost.
  • Update from VAT: In lieu of speaking at the UAS meeting, AVP Ed Aboufadel has recorded a short podcast with the report from VAT. It should be accessible to anyone with this link:
 For more details on the above items, please go here.
 Preview of ECS Meeting of March 25, 2022
  •  Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on Laker Impression of Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Charge
  • Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC) Memo on Former Reports Review
  • FFPAC Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning
  • University Curriculum Committee (UCC) Memo on Representation by College
  • UCC Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning
  • Student Senate Resolutions
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any ECS/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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