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Senate approves resolutions on Western College program

2005-2006 University Senate and 2006-2007 University Senate met May 8. 2005-2006 University Senate approved three resolutions: SR 06-30; SR 06-31; and SR 06-32.

SR 06-30

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that University Senate establish an Ad Hoc Committee for the Evaluation of Establishing an Honors College and the Evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Miami University. The function of the Ad Hoc Committee is to:

• Evaluate the possibility of establishing an honors college that would include the current Harrison, Honors, and Oxford Scholars programs.

• Evaluate the desirability of eliminating the existing interdisciplinary studies program and the possibility of creating an interdisciplinary studies program that would allow for a self-designed major. Among the considerations in such a program would be its administrative location, broad curricular content, and whether it should have a residential component.

• Consult widely throughout the University community and evaluate best practices at other institutions.

• Should submit a report to University Senate by October 2006.

Nominations for the ad hoc committee, including self-nominations, should be submitted to Karen Shaffer, secretary of the university, shaffekk@muohio.edu, 205 Roudebush Hall, prior to 5 p.m. Friday, May 26.

SR 06-31

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that pursuant to Senate Resolution SR 06-26 the Miami University Senate recommends that the Board of Trustees of Miami University make no final decision on the status of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies prior to submission of University Senate's recommendations on this matter. The University Senate will, after its study and deliberations, report to the Board of Trustees no later than the Board's December 2006 meeting.

SR 06-32

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that University Senate refer SR 97-6 (Guiding Principles for the Consolidation, Partition, Transfer, or Elimination of Programs) to the Governance Committee of University Senate for advice relative to Senate's involvement in the process which said resolution governs.

The aim of the referral to the Governance Committee would be to consult, deliberate, formulate and deliver advice to Senate on how best to amend SR 97-6 to make it clear that Senate action is necessary in any situation where SR 97-6 is invoked by the administration.

The Governance Committee should consult with the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities relative to their read on whether the procedures spelled out in SR 97-6 were followed in the instance of current actions intended to consolidate/eliminate the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Twenty-five members of Faculty Assembly can challenge the resolutions by filing a petition with the secretary of the university within 10 class days after their publication in this issue of The Miami Report. Absent a challenge by Faculty Assembly, these policies will be forwarded to the president and the board of trustees for consideration.

Date Published: 05/25/2006
Volume: 25   Number: 36

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