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A-3
Faculty Committee on Committees


During the 2003-04 academic year, the Committee on Committees (COC) reviewed several proposals for changes to University standing committees presented by student organizations and by the Staff Council. These proposals and the COC response are described in this report. Furthermore, the COC reviewed nominations of faculty for University standing committees and forwarded recommendations of new members for each standing committees to the executive vice provost.

Proposals submitted by student organizations
The COC was asked to review a request from the Cabinet of College Councils to essentially increase their participation in the selection of student nominees for various standing committees. The COC was also asked to review a request by the Graduate Student Assembly to increase the graduate student membership on various standing committees. The committee had a meeting to discuss these requests and then scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Student Government, Cabinet of College Councils, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Student representatives in attendance were Brian Haley, president of the Student Government, Rusty Ince, chair of the Cabinet of College Councils, and Marian Barber and Don Drumtra, chairs of the Graduate Student Assembly. Each student group presented their views of the student membership in various committees, and how nominees for these positions are selected. Ultimately the COC recommended that the students organize a meeting among themselves to determine if procedure for selecting student nominees for standing committees could be developed that would have appropriate input from all student organizations. The student organization met and agreed to the following procedure for student nominations to standing committees:

Recommended changes for student appointments to type B and C committees of the General Faculty
1. Each committee will have at least one graduate student member.
2. The Student Government president will nominate all student appointments to the University president with advice and consent from the designee of the Cabinet of College Councils and the designee of the Graduate Student Assembly.
3. Students will apply through a joint application designed by the Student Government, the Graduate Student Assembly, and the Cabinet of College Councils.
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All existing and any future faculty committees will go under this procedure.  We also ask that when new committees are created that the COC seek feedback from the Student Government, Graduate Student Assembly, and Cabinet of College Councils to determine the appropriate number of students to serve on that committee.


Since these recommendations involve only the selection procedure used by the students for student nominations, the COC endorsed these recommendations. However, on May 24th the new chair of the Graduate Student Assembly, Erik Malmberg, and the new chair of the Cabinet of College Councils, Patrick Staha met with the chair of the COC to discuss the above recommendations. At the end of the meeting, these student representatives indicated that alternative recommendations would be submitted at the beginning of the 2004-05 academic year.

Proposal submitted by the Staff Council COC
The Staff Council COC submitted a proposal to the Faculty Council with regard to staff membership on various standing committees. The Faculty COC reviewed this proposal and met with a representative of the staff COC, Ana Raley, to discuss their proposed changes. The Faculty COC prepared a written response to the staff COC proposal, which was submitted to the chair of the Faculty Council on May 11, 2004. The key response by the faculty COC was that proposed changes in staff membership in various standing committees should be reviewed by members of that committee, and the committee should then forward their recommendation to the Faculty COC. The Faculty COC shall then make a recommendation to the president, via the Faculty Council.

Nominations of new members for standing committees for 2004-05
The COC reviewed nominations of faculty for University standing committees A4-A7, B1-B2, C1-C12, and ITAC. The B3 Committee on Student Affairs did not require any new members. Recommendations of new members for each standing committees were forwarded to the executive vice provost. In each case the number of recommendations made to the executive vice provost was two more than the needed number of replacements.

David Bogard, chair