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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Bruce P. Palka, (mathematics), chair of the Committee
on Committees, has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the
report set forth below.
REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
At the end of the 1998-99 academic year, Shelley Payne, then chair of the Faculty Council, referred to the Committee on Committees (CoC) a motion made at the April 19, 1999, meeting of the Council by Alan Friedman, which called for the creation of a standing faculty committee on academics and athletics. (See the attached excerpt from the minutes of the April 19 meeting for the specifics of the motion, which appears as Motion III under the heading "Motions introduced by Professor Friedman.") The 1999-2000 CoC devoted two meetings to discussion of this issue, at the latter of which CoC members came to a decision not to recommend the establishment of a new standing committee of the type proposed by Professor Friedman. In a nutshell, the rationale for the committees decision is this: although the current system is by no means perfect, the majority faculty presence on each of the existing athletics councils adequately represents academic interests insofar as they relate to the intercollegiate athletics program. Concerted steps by the faculty to improve the operation of the present athletics councils, such as the reforms carried out by President Faulkner in response to the report of the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (hereafter referred to as the Wright committee, after Professor Charles Alan Wright, its chair), are seen by the CoC as a course of action more likely to be productive than the creation of a new standing committee of the general faculty.
That said, there is one element of Friedmans motion in which a majority of the CoC finds independent merit; namely, in the suggestion that his proposed committee be charged with the development of a vision statement which would respond from a faculty perspective to a pronouncement in the Wright committee report: "If we were to redesign our system of intercollegiate athletics, it would look nothing like that which we now have." A majority of the CoC regards the formulation of such a plan as a potentially valuable exercise, but views this activity as more appropriate to an ad hoc committee, with a narrow and very specific charge, than to a permanent standing committee. Furthermore, in producing what would be tantamount to a faculty response to the Wright committee reports mission statement (with its underlying principles), this ad hoc committee would effectively complete the work of a now defunct standing Committee on Academics and Athletics that failed to survive the transition from the Faculty Senate to the Faculty Council. At the time of the changeover, the committee in question was preparing a mission statement of roughly the kind the CoC recommendation now envisions. The foregoing considerations frame the CoCs recommendation in regard to Friedmans Motion III.
Recommendation: Recognizing that intercollegiate athletics has become and will remain an integral part of campus life, but seeking to make clear the faculty viewpoint on the future relationship between the academic and athletic enterprises at the University, the Committee on Committees recommends the formation of an ad hoc Faculty Committee on Academics and Intercollegiate Athletics (FCAIA) with the following charges, to be carried out in consultation with the Faculty Council:
We further recommend: that the membership
of the FCAIA consist of seven members of the general faculty, representing
a diversity of academic units; that the chair of the Faculty Council solicit
nominations for the FCAIA from the general faculty; that the chair of
the Faculty Council, in consultation with the Committee on Committees,
appoint the FCAIA and name its chair; that the FCAIA annually report to
the Faculty Council on its progress, until such time as it fulfills its
charges and issues its final report and recommendations.
Motion introduced by Alan Friedman (English) at the April 19, 1999, meeting of the Faculty Council. Reference to "Underlying Principles" and "the Report" refer to the Report from the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (D&P 17001-17034):
MOTION III. To establish a standing faculty committee on academics and athletics (elected by the General Faculty or the Faculty Council) to serve a continuing evaluative, monitoring, and reporting role. The charge to the Committee to include but not be restricted to: