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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

RECOMMENDATION TO UPDATE THE COMPOSITION OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

On behalf of the Information Technology Committee, Professor Desiderio Kovar (mechanical engineering and committee chair) submitted the following changes to the composition of the committee. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation, which will presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty


RECOMMENDATION TO UPDATE THE COMPOSITION OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Recommendations

a) Reduce the number of members of the general faculty to 5 (from 8); reduce the number of student members by 1 (from 4) by eliminating the second Graduate Student Assembly representative.

b) Specify that at least 2 of the staff member representatives (out of the 4) NOT be employed in IT-related areas.

COMPOSITION: [Eight] Five members of the General Faculty, four staff members, and [four] three students. Staff members shall be appointed to two-year rotating terms by the president, from a panel of names submitted by the Staff Council. At least two of the staff member representatives shall not be employed in IT-related areas. One student member shall be appointed to a one-year term by the president in the fall from a panel of names submitted by each of the Student Government and the student senate, and [two] one member[s] shall be appointed to a one-year term[s] by the president from a panel of names submitted by the Graduate Student Assembly. In addition, every year the chair of the Faculty Council shall appoint two members of the Faculty Council for one-year terms as members of the committee. The committee shall elect its own chair and vice chair, who shall be members of the General Faculty. The vice-president for information technology shall serve as an ex-officio member without vote. A representative from each of the following shall be selected by the president to serve as an administrative adviser without vote: the division of innovative instruction and assessment, the college and school technology coordinators, financial affairs, department chairs.

Rationale
a) We feel that this committee is too big to function properly and the large size makes it nearly impossible to find a time where even two-thirds of the members can attend. The proposed reduction, in our opinion, still allows for ample representation from across campus but may make scheduling and discussion easier.

b) The vast majority of the staff who have been appointed the last two years work directly in IT or IT-related areas. While these staff are certainly enthusiastic and helpful to the committee, if all or nearly all of the staff positions are filled by IT-related staff it leaves a much larger segment of the staff community unrepresented.



Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.