Committee (ECUS) Report
given to the
University Senate on November
Steering Committee of the University Senate and
Faculty Advisory Committee to the University President
Voting Members: President
Leland, Provost Sandra Jordan, Tanya Goette (CoB), Craig Turner (CoAS),
Christine Zuger (Library)
Deborah Vess (ex officio non-voting, 2008-09 ECUS Chair)
Officers: Secretary: Dean
Baker (CoHS), Vice-Chair: Ken McGill (CoAS), Chair: Karynne Kleine (CoE)
- The fall meeting of
University System of Georgia Faculty Council (USGFC) advocates was held at
the Macon Center on 13 November, 2009. It appears that all institutions in
the University System of Georgia will endorse the USGFC and it will move
forward for recognition by the BoR.
Routine business (little discussion):
- Reviewed draft of 26
October University Senate minutes prior to distribution to University
Senators for their review
- Continued to work with
Web-enabled Resources regarding the on-line motion database and the
electronic presence of the University Senate. The “Guiding Principles” work
group has met but the principles are not yet ready for members to review.
- Renewed work on “The
Glossary” (developing operational definitions for the terms including but
not limited to procedure, guideline, practice, exhibit, information item,
concern, and resolution) begun by a previous administration. ECUS
members felt that it would be useful to have more concrete definitions to
guide US work.
- Editorial changes to
bylaws were reviewed and will come before the US soon.
- Drafts of the at-large
election process were discussed and finalized beginning the nomination
process February third in order to provide enough time for a potential of a
run-off election if needed.
Non-routine business (some discussion):
- Finalized the agenda
for the 30 November University Senate meeting with the Standing Committee
Chairs anticipating that more “presiding” than usual will be needed.
Provisions were made to promote healthy debate of several motions before the
- The selection process
for officers of the University Senate articulated in the University Senate
Bylaws was discussed several times and it was determined that widening the
pool of eligible officers to promote shared governance is an important
consideration. This matter will come before the US soon with possible
changes to be implemented as soon as fall 2010.
- Drafts of the
Governance Calendar for 2010-11 were reviewed, discussed and continue to be
refined. Standing Committee Chairs will be asked for input at the next
joint meeting with ECUS. US may be asked for input on the need for August
Standing Committee meetings.
- After incorporating
feedback received at the last US meeting ECUS agreed to form a task force
consisting of the Vice Chairs of the University Senate Standing Committees
to be charged with making recommendations and developing guiding principles
for the standardized review of policy.