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University Senate action Dec. 5

12/06/2011

On Monday, Dec. 5, University Senate heard special reports from Phyllis Callahan, interim dean, College of Arts and Science, regarding department consolidation; and Debra Allison, vice president information technology, regarding the Information Technology Support Services Implementation Program, IT Rationalization and Services Transformation (SSIP-IT).

Senate received the consent calendar that included the curriculum report, Senate committee minutes, the recommended scale/anchor for course/teaching evaluations. Senate endorsed proposed revisions to assessment processes and requirements.

Senate discussed the recommendations of the Calendar Subcommittee, Oct. 28, 2011 report, and voiced sense-of-the-Senate votes supporting Recommendation 1 (add a short winter session to the university calendar), Recommendation 2 (restructure the fall and spring academic term calendars), Recommendation 3 (revise the time block grid to accommodate changes in the fall/spring academic calendars), and Recommendation 4 (accelerate the start of the summer term – May-session). Senate did not voice support for Recommendation 5 (fall holidays – extend Thanksgiving break; eliminate fall break). Senate amended and supported implementation starting with the fall session, August 2013.

With the approval of the corrected Nov. 21, 2011, Senate minutes, Senate endorsed Senate Resolutions SR 12-05, SR 12-06, SR 12-07, and SR 12-08.

SR 12-05
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED
that University Senate adopt the proposed MAT graduate major program, chemistry education, effective spring 2012.
SR 12-05 carried by voice vote.

SR 12-06
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED
that University Senate adopt the proposed MAT graduate major program, life/chemistry education, effective spring 2012.
SR 12-06 carried by voice vote.

SR 12-07
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED
that the University Senate adopt proposed revisions to the Miami University Policy and Information Manual, Section 11.1, Curriculum, Changes to the Academic Curriculum, aligning the graduate approval process with the undergraduate approval process (View curriculum pdf online).
SR 12-07 carried by voice vote.

SR 12-08
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT
University Senate adopt the proposed policy that would enable associate degree students to participate in the University Honors Program (View PDF online).
SR 12-08 carried by voice vote.

Twenty-five members of Faculty Assembly can challenge the resolutions by filing a petition with the Office of the University Secretary during the ten class days after publication in the e-Report.

The next meeting of University Senate is scheduled to be held at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 111 Harrison Hall.

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