January Meeting Highlights
At its January 10 meeting, the Senate debated Resolution 20/9 on Shared Governance. After adopting several amendments to the operative clauses, the Senate referred the Resolution as amended to a drafting committee to prepare it for further consideration at the February 14 Senate meeting. The role of the drafting committee will be to review and edit the preambular clauses. The members of the Drafting Committee are Senators Guillermo Orti, Joe Cordes, Ed Swaine, Tony Yezer, and Sylvia Marotta-Walters.
The timeline previously published for joint administration and Senate strategic planning activity is on target as defined following the December Senate meeting. A special meeting has been added to the timeline for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) to meet with the Strategic Planning Task Force in order to discuss the preliminary reports of the four strategic planning committees. This meeting will be held on February 4, 2020.
The FSEC Chair announced that she will call a Special Assembly of the Faculty to be held on February 25, 2020, at 4:00 pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium. The agenda for this Special Meeting will be published on or about February 14, 2020. The Virginia Science & Technology campus will have video access to the Assembly meeting.
Strategic Planning and the Faculty Senate: Recent Activity
December 13, 2019: At the December Senate meeting, the President presented a detailed report providing details about the information used by the Board of Trustees to arrive at the decision to reduce the undergraduate population by 20% and to increase the percent of STEM undergraduate majors to 30% over the next five years, key initiatives underpinning the strategic planning process now underway. The President then responded to questions from several faculty members.
December 3, 2019: The administration, in consultation with the Faculty Senate, released an updated timeline for the strategic planning process.
About the Faculty Senate
The GW Faculty Senate is the faculty governance body of the George Washington University. Senators are elected to two-year terms by their home schools, and the Senate annually elects an Executive Committee that sets agendas, reviews proposed resolutions, and guides the work of the Senate. The Senate is in session from September through May, although the Executive Committee works year-round on faculty and administrative matters.
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