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. Herein are the highlights of the ECS meeting of November 12, 2021 and a preview of the ECS meeting of November 19, 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 November 12, 2021
Chair’s Report:
  • A summary has been posted regarding the discussions at the faculty forums. You can get the document by going here.
  • The Teach-In November 10-11 was well-attended.
  • RH2025 Co-leads will update UAS at the 12/3 meeting. ECS will plan for the RH2025 endorsement vote meeting when ECS meets on 12/10. The ECS 1/21/22 meeting will change to a UAS meeting for the RH2025 endorsement vote.
  • President Mantella sent a response to the ECS Title IX Taskforce Report. The external reviewers have met with the Chair of ECS/UAS and will share their final report with ECS/UAS.
  • ECS meets next on November 19.
Provost’s Report
  • Although CLAS and CECI collaborate on many of the education programs, it was erroneously reported earlier that the Education for Young Children program was one of those collaborative efforts. In this case, the early childhood faculty within CECI were the developers of this program and we are proud of their efforts. Congratulations to our colleagues from CECI for the BOT approval.
  • The Provost met with over 100 parents of current GVSU students in Chicago. The parents expressed appreciation for their children’s educational experiences this year and recognized the efforts to provide quality in-person experiences.
Student Senate President’s Report
  • Some students are advocating for an end to GVSU’s contract with Aramark
New Business
  • Faculty Personnel Policy Committee's (FPPC's) Update on Use of LIFT
    • UAS supported FPPC's proposal in March 2021, and a pilot was planned for this semester, but there have been no volunteers
      • A pilot will be conducted next semester with associate professors who are not up for personnel action
    • Only distributions of LIFT scores should be reported, not means, as these are ordinal data
  • Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) Memo on LMS Selection Feedback Survey Findings Report
    • A slight preference was noted for Canvas over Blackboard Ultra. There was a low response rate
  • Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) Memo on University Policies Language on Pay Equity was supported with recommendation to UAS
  • FSBC Memo on Allocation of Federal Funds was supported with recommendation to UAS
  • FSBC Request for Meaningful Dialogue was received and discussed. Meaningful dialogue between shared governance and administration will be discussed at a future ECS meeting.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of November 19, 2021
  • Faculty Activity Plan Designation Discussion
  • AFFARES Task Force Report on Affiliate Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) and Bylaws Language Change
  • Active Learning Classroom Task Force Findings Official Report to ECS
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) Report on Prioritizing the Equity in Personnel Policies (EPP) Task Force Recommendations for 2021-2022 AY
  • Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning
  • Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) Memo on Annual Salary Adjustment Request for 2022-2023
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS representative from your College/University Libraries in order 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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