Meeting 584 Minutes

The University Senate
of Michigan Technological University

Corrected Minutes of Meeting 584
02 November 2016

PDF version of Minutes 584

Senate minutes are time-indexed [in square brackets] to the relevant segments of the streaming video of the meeting.

Synopsis:

  • No presentations
  • Administrative Policy Committee: presentation on the “Results of the Senate Self Evaluation Survey” presented by Shane Mueller
  1. Call to Order
    President Marty Thompson called the University Senate Meeting 584 to order at 5:30 PM on Wednesday November 2, 2016.
  1. Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors [0:16-2:54]

The Senate Secretary Brian Barkdoll called roll. Absent were senators King, Hungwe, Wallace, Nooshabadie, Hamlin, Hristova, Sutter, Tewari, Froese, Christianson, Beffel, Cai, Schmierer, Velat, Thakur, Guter, Storer, and Pischke with no representatives from Army/Air Force ROTC, Computer Science, Engineering Fundamentals, Humanities, Materials Sciences, ME-EM, Visual and Performing Arts, Academic Services B, Administration, Graduate Faculty Council, or Staff Council. Visitors were: Daniel Bennett (Administration), Theresa Coleman-Kaiser (Administration), Bonnie Gorman (Dean of Students Office), Josh Marshall, Garfield Warren (Housing and Residential Life), Jean Kampe (Provost’s Office), and Ginger Sleeman (Human Resources).

  1. Approval of Agenda [2:54-3:30]

Clancey motion to accept. The motion was seconded. The agenda passed on a voice vote with no discussion or abstention.

  1. Approval of Minutes from Meetings 583 [3:30-4:00]

Wood motion to accept. The motion was seconded. The agenda passed on a voice vote with no discussion or abstention.

  1. Presentations [4:00-4:10]

None.

  1. President's Report [4:10-5:28]

President Thompson presented announcements: Ellen Horsch will speak at the next meeting regarding a maternity leave policy, and there will be a Budget Forum with VP Reed on January 26, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in Dow 642.

  1. Committee Reports [5:28-31:58]

Administrative Policy Committee: presentation on the “Results of the Senate Self Evaluation Survey” presented by Shane Mueller [5:28-27:18]

Comments were given about communication on Senate activities and what survey results mean.

Link to survey results

Clancey announced for the Elections Committee that more nominees were needed for the CATPR and Faculty Review Committees. Clancey moved to put forward Beffel, Wood, and Mullins to Sabbatical Leave Committee. The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote with no abstention. [27:18-29:55]

DeWinter reported for the Finance and Institutional planning Committee that the Provost has agreed to address the Senate regarding midyear salary adjustment in response to constituents requests. [29:55-31:08]

Kerfoot reported for the Research Policy Committee that the committee is drafting a proposal to get an ad hoc committee for textbook issues. [31:08-31:58]

  1. Unfinished Business [31:58-52:38]

  2. Proposal 29-16: “Proposal to Formally Establish Assessment Liaisons in all Units Mandated to Participate in the Assessment Process” as amended by the Administration presented by General Education and Assessment Committee (Voting Units: Academic) [31:58-33:16]

Chen moved the motion. The motion passed without abstention by voice vote.

Proposal 3-17: Amendment to Senate Procedures 506.1.1, “Evaluation Procedures for Department Chairs and School Deans” presented by Administrative Policy Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate) [33:16-40:47]

Mueller moved the motion. Discussion ensued about verbatim comments being made public and the university being potentially liable. Also, he suggested to only provide to unit constituents, not everyone. Passed 10 to 6 without abstention by hand vote.

Proposal 4-17: Proposed Revisions to Senate Procedures 502.1.1, “Review and Reappointment of Deans of Colleges” presented by Administrative Policy Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate) [40:47-52:38]

Mueller moved the motion. Discussion ensued on students’ questions and suggested questions specific to the College of Arts and Sciences. Rudnicki moved to separate the question into two parts: one about the timeline and the second on all the rest of the issues. This motion to separate the question was seconded and passed by voice vote with no abstentions. They were both sent back to committee as 2 proposals.

  1. New Business [52:38-52:43]

None.

  1. Public Comments [52:43-52:52]

None.

  1. Adjournment [52:52]

President Thompson adjourned the meeting at 6:22 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted by
Brian Barkdoll
Secretary of the University Senate