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Overview of Senate Discussion Items, Reports, and Motions

Listed below are items and actions scheduled for future Senate meetings or reported from past meetings. See the Curricular Tracking System (Useful Links menu) for upates on Course Approval and items that will be included in the monthly Curricular Consent Agenda

*OAA responses to Senate Actions are appended to the Report of Senate Actions.

2017-18 Academic Year

MONTH ISSUES, REPORTS, UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON
(other than consent agenda)
RESULT
December

Discussions:
Commencement
On-line student evaluation of teaching

Straw poll:
E.3. Potential process for nominations for a Faculty member of PSU BoT

Question to Adminstrators:
DACA, PSU statements on public policy issues

Report:
Quarterly report from EPC

Constitutional amendment:
D.1. Clarification of Faculty membership for ranked appointees; ex-officio representation for part-time appointees

E.2. Resolution on Congressional proposal to tax tuition waivers

 
November

Discussion:
State universities' and IFS response to HB 2998

Constitutional amendment (proposal):
E.1. Clarification of Faculty membership for ranked appointees; ex-officio representation for part-time appointees

Motions:
E.2. Major declaration policy

 

 

 

 

E.2. approved

October

Report:
Annual report from CoC

Updates:
ASPSU President
Overview of Capital Advisory Committee, from Dir. of Campus Planning & Design
Adjudicating student misconduct, from Asst. Dean of Student Life & Dir. of Student Conduct
Commencement planning, from GPB

Curricular:
E.2. Undergrad. Cert. in Lactation

Approved

2016-17 Academic Year

MONTH ISSUES, REPORTS, UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON
(other than consent agenda)
RESULT
June

Reports:
Annual reports from AQC, ARC, Advisory Council, BC, Grad Council, UCC
Semiannual report from FDC
Quarterly report from EPC
Progress reports from Ad-Hoc Committee on Liberal Education and from Task Force on Tenure for Teaching Intensive Faculty

Curricular:
E.3. BA/BS in Sonic Arts & Music Production
E.4. BA/BS in Sexuality, Gender, & Queer Studies
E.5. Undergrad. Minor in World History

Other motions:
D.1. Revised PTR guidelines
E.2. Restructuring of schools (Film; Music & Theater) in COTA
E.6. Academic distribution areas for JST courses

Approved
May

Reports:
Annual reports from GSAC, Honors Council, IAB, Lib. Comm., SSC, UNST Council, UWC
Report from IFS

Updates:
Revised PTR guidelines

Motions:
D.2. Guidelines for review of NTT faculty for continuous appointment
E.2. Undergrad. Cert. in Career & Communities Studies

Constitutional amendment:
D.1. Revision to Budget Committee charge

Approved
April

Discussion: advising

Reports:
Annual reports from AAC, IAC
Topical reports from EPC: APR guidelines, class size

Update:
E.4. Circulation of revised guidelines for review of NTT faculty for continuous appointment--for vote in May

Motions:
D.1. Addition of WR 228 as course course fulfilling Univ. writing requirement (postponed from Mar.)
E.1.c.19. pulled from Consent Agenda
E.2. Resolution on class size policy

Constitutional Amendments (for voting):
D.2. Changes to membership of AQC (= Mar. E.5)
D.3. Ex-officio representation for part-time teaching appointees (= Mar. E.6)

Proposed Constitutional Amendment:
E.3. Budget Committee charge

D.1-2. Approved

D.3. Postponed

E.1.c.19. Approved

E.2. Approved as amended

March

Discussion:  liberal education 

Reports:
Quarterly reports from BC, EPC 

Motions:
E.2. Update of UNST diversity goal
E.3. Assignment of SySc courses to academic distribution areas
E.4. Addition of WR 228 as course course fulfilling Univ. writing requirement

Proposed constitutional amendments:
E.5. Changes to membership of AQC
E.6. Ex-officio representation for part-time teaching appointees

E.2-3. Approved

E.4. Postponed

February

Discussion:  copyright policy 

Report:
Semi-annual report from FDC

   
January Discussion:  shared governance

Curricular:
E.2. Graduate Cerfiticate in Athletic and Outdoor Industry (SBA)
E.3. Undergraduate Certificate in Art History (COTA)

Approved
December Discussion: PTR process

Motions:
E.3. Resolution in support of PSU as a sanctuary campus

Curricular:
E.2. Graduate Certificate in Public Health (SPH)

E.3. Approved as amended

E.2. Approved

November Discussion:  diversity and inclusion in new course proposals    
October

Discussion:  Copyright and intellectual property policy

Report:  Presidential search (from Chair of BoT Search Advisory Committee)

   

2015-16 Academic Year

 

MONTH ISSUES, REPORTS, UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON
(other than consent agenda)
RESULT

June

Discussion: writing across the curriculum.

Reports:
Task Force on Emeritus Status for NTTF.
Interinst. Fac. Sen.
Quarterly Reports from BC, EPC.
Semi-Annual Report from FDC.
Annual Reports from ARC, AC, GSAC, GC, UCC.

NOMINATIONS FOR AND ELECTION OF PRESIDING OFFICER ELECT AND STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DIVISION CAUCUSES TO ELECT MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES

Constitutional amendments:
1. See May agenda

Bylaws amendment:
2. See May agenda

Motions:
3. Transfer of SCH and HSMP from CUPA to SPH.
4. Resolution on paying benefits for postdocs.
5. Guidelines for review of NTTF for continuous appointment.

Curricular:
6. PhD in Epidemiology (SPH)
7. MS in Biostatistics (SPH)
8. Grad. Cert. in Biostatistics (SPH)
9. MGMT 100 (SBA)
10. UPA 103 (CUPA)

Item 5. NTTF review guidelines approved as amended

All other items approved as given in packet

May

NOMINATIONS FOR PRESIDING OFFICER ELECT FOR 2016-17

Announcement: modifications to 2016 election process

Discussion: culturally responsive courses & curricula

Proposed amendments to Constitution:
Establishment of School of Public Health as a Senate division;
Creation of Academic Quality Comm.;
Adding student member to UWC.

Proposed amendment to Bylaws:
Adding faculty BoT member as ex officio Steering Comm. member and clarifications re: Senate officers.

Annual reports:
Honors Council
Intercoll. Ath. Board
Library Comm.
Schol. Standards Comm.
UNST Council
Univ. Writing Council

Draft of the Strategic Plan

(Also: open faculty forum on 10/26, 3-4:30, Cramer 53)

Motions:
1-2. Move of Economics and International Studies  depts. from CLAS to CUPA
3-5. Change from division to dept. for C&CJ, Poli.Sci., and Pub.Adm. (CUPA)
6. Ad-hoc committee on liberal education
7. Pre-bacc certificate option

Curricular (in addition to consent agenda):
8. Undergrad Cert. in Global Studies

All items approved
April

Discussion: defining and supporting liberal education at PSU

Reports:
Annual reports of Academic Advising Council, Institutional Assessment Council
Curricular:
1-2. Grad certificates in Applied Social Demography and in Collaborative Governance (CUPA)
3-5. Undergrad certificates in Climate Adaptation and Management, in Forest Ecology and Management, and in Lake and Reservoir Management (CLAS)
6. Undergrad major (BA/BS) in Urban Public Affairs (CUPA)
All items approved
March

Discussion: cultural competence and diversity action

Reports:
Quarterly reports from Budget Comm., EPC
Update from IFS
Administrators' reports on PTR, accreditation

 

Motions:
1. New incompletes policy
2. Proposal to create a STEM institute

Curricular:
3. Grad certificate in Global Supply Chain Management (SBA)
4. Undergrad minor in Conflict Resolution (CLAS)

All items approved
February

Discussion: what does it mean to be educated in the 21st century?

Reports:
Semiannual report from FDC
Update from IFS

Motion:
Creation of Task Force to Explore Tenure for Teaching-Intensive Faculty
Approved
January
(meeting moved to 1/11 due to weather closure on 1/4)
 

Discussion:  tenure for teaching-intensive faculty

   

December
(meeting moved to 11/30)

  Motions:
1. Creation of Task Force on Review of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty for Continuous Appointments
2. Creation of Task Force on Emeritus Rank for NTTF
3. Continuation of Task Force on Academic Quality
4. Resolution on Senate's Response to the Strategic Plan
All items approved
November Discussion: draft of the Strategic Plan Motion:
IFS-sponsored resolution regarding violence in schools
All items approved

October

Academic Program Prioritization

Motions:
1. UNST Council motion on process for approving cluster courses

Curricular:
2.Grad Certificate in Business Intelligence & Analytics (SBA)
3.Grad Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems (SBA)

All items approved

2014-15 Academic Year

SPRING TERM

MONTH ISSUES,REPORTS,UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON RESULT
April

IFS, Acad. Program Prioritization

Advising Council Annual Report (postponed to May)

1.  Post-Tenure Review Procedures
2.  Implementation of Post-Tenure Review  
3. Grad Certificate in Energy Policy & Management
4.  BS in Quantitative Economics in CLAS
5.  Minor in Systems in CLAS
6.  Minor in Water Resources in CLAS
7.  Ugrad Certificate in African Studies in CLAS

8.  Ugrad Certificate in Initial Mastery in Music  

1 & 2 (PTR) Approved

Items 3 to 7 Approved

8 Tabled  

May

Preview of the School of Public Health

Report of the Textbook Affordability Task Force

Annual Reports: Advising, Assessment, GSAC, IAB, Library,UnSt, SSC

1. APC Proposal on Assignment to Academic Distribution Areas (GEOL, Criminology C Justice)

2. BFA in Creative Writing

3. Proposal to Eliminate the Teacher Ed Committee

4. Updates to the PSU Faculty Constitution

1 & 2 Approved

3 & 4 Referred to Advisory C for review

June

Updates: Credit for Prior Learning;
Task Force on Academic Quality;
Transition of OARS

Preview: Draft Policy on Religious Accommodation

Scheduled Annual Committee reports from ARC, Budget, EPC, FDC, Grad Council, UCC, et.al.

1. Approval of Revisions to Post-Tenure Review
2. Eliminate the Teacher Education Committee
3. Amend the Constitution (Articles III, V.1 & V.2)
4. Undergrad Certificate in Initial Mastery of Music, COTA
5. EPC/Budget motion on a joint OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
6. BA/BS in Applied Health and Fitness, CUPA
7. Minor in Child and Family Studies, SSW
8. Change post-baccalaureate certificate PSU residency requirement
9. Continuation of Academic Quality Task Force
10. Extension of Academic Program Prioritization
11. Annual reporting to the Board of Trustees
Item 4 delayed. All other items, 1-11 approved

WINTER TERM

MONTH ISSUES, REPORTS, UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON RESULT
       
January

Pete Nickerson, Chairman, PSU Board of Trustees ; Provost's Challenge Updates

Discussion:  Post Tenure Review Process and Implementation

1. EPC recommendation on Conversion of International Studies Program to a Department

1 Approved

 

 February

 ARC, IFS, APPR, Graduation Board updates; Post Tenure Review guidelines, first reading

Discussion: Post Tenure Review Implementation

1. Proposal for a Grad Certificate in Public Interest Design

2. EPC Resolution on the Creation of a School of Gender, Race, & Nations (CLAS)

3. Proposal for a Grad Certificate in Gender, Race & Nations

1 Approved

2 Approved

3 Approved

 March Quarterly reports: Budget & EPC

1. Procedures for Post Tenure Review

2. Proposal for Implementation of Post Tenure Review

1.Postponed 2.Postponed

FALL TERM

MONTH ISSUES, REPORTS, UPDATES MOTIONS TO BE ACTED ON RESULT
October

Campus Safety Recommendations

Academic Program Prioritization Interim Report

1. Resolution to form a Task Force on Academic Quality 1 Approved
November

APPC: criteria & metrics; Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

Discussion: Should Senate offer a resolution on campus safety?

 1. Proposal for a Professional Science Master in Environmental Science & Management 1 Approved
December

Post-tenure Review proposal

IFS, & APPC updates: Quarterly Reports: Budget & EPC

1. Proposal for a Comics Studies Certificate

2. Campus Safety Resolution (item E3)

1 Approved

2 Approved