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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSAL TO ADD THE REGISTRAR TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE

Professor Dominic Lasorsa (journalism), on behalf of the Committee on Committees and the Educational Policy Committee, has filed a proposal to add the Registrar to the composition of the Educational Policy Committee. The secretary has classified the proposal as general legislation. It will be voted on by the Faculty Council at its meeting on October 26, 2009.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

PROPOSAL TO ADD THE REGISTRAR TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE

Proposal: Acting on a proposal from the Educational Policy Committee (EPC), the Committee on Committees (CoC) unanimously proposes that the registrar be added as a non-voting ex officio member to the Educational Policy Committee.

Rationale: The registrar is uniquely positioned to offer advice on many matters of educational policy, including historical perspective, implementation feasibility, and administrative constraints. According to EPC Chair Alan Friedman, Registrar Shelby Stanfield had a standing invitation during 2008-09 to attend EPC meetings and did so at every opportunity. Because he provided an invaluable perspective and input on many of the issues discussed by the EPC, the EPC voted unanimously to propose making the registrar a regular and permanent ex-officio member of the EPC. Ex-officio committee members are appointed based on their University positions and they may be voting or non-voting members. The EPC proposed that the registrar be added to the committee as a voting member but the CoC recommends otherwise. Standing committees generally consist of faculty and some staff, students, and administrators. In the case of the current Ed Policy Committee, “The provost, the dean of Undergraduate Studies, and the director of the Measurement and Evaluation Center, representing the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, shall serve as administrative advisors without votes. The chair of the Student Deans' Committee and a representative of the Academic Counselors' Association, elected by the Academic Counselors' Association Officers, shall serve as consultants without votes.” The CoC recommends that this additional administrative appointment also be a non-voting one. Should the EPC want to make a special case for the appointment of the registrar to the EPC as a voting member then the CoC will consider it. (The CoC would like the Faculty Council to know that it has found some inconsistencies in regard to the voting rights of some ex officio members of some standing committees. This semester the CoC is considering the general question of the voting rights of ex officio members of all standing committees and, based on that review, may make recommendations to the Faculty Council regarding these appointments.)

 







This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site on October 9, 2009.