Senate Committee Charges

Senate Committee Charges

 

Academic Computing CommitteeHonorary Degree Committee
Academic Conduct CommitteeLibrary Committee
Academic Standing & Honors CommitteePlanning Review Committee
Assessment CommitteeResearch Committee
Athletics CommitteeSenate Elections Committee
Budget Review CommitteeStudent Academic Support Committee
Campus Development & Environment CommitteeTeaching & Learning Committee
General Education CommitteeUniversity Committee on Undergraduate Instruction
Graduate Council 

Senate Committee Annual Reports

Academic Computing Committee 

Charge:
To advise the University Senate on all matters pertaining to the use of computers for instruction and research. It is expected to define and be responsive to the needs of students and faculty using the University computer facilities. It is given primary responsibility for devising and directing the implementation of plans to develop appropriate levels of computer literacy. It is required to prepare annually a recommendation to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and President on requirements for improvements and additions in computer facilities (both hardware and software) to meet the anticipated computing needs for the subsequent five-year period.

To advise the Chief Information Officer as necessary and assist in developing services, schedules, and priorities for academic computing usage in relation to total University computer usage. It should, periodically, examine patterns of use and charge systems, and make recommendations for such modifications as may be necessary.

Membership:
Nine faculty, one of whom shall be chairperson; two students, one of whom shall be appointed by the University Congress and one by the Student Chapter of ACM; the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chief Information Officer; and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee), all ex-officio and voting. 

Academic Conduct Committee

Charge:
To review, propose, and implement policies concerning academic dishonesty.

Membership:
Fifteen faculty members, of whom one shall be chairperson; four students and two alternates; and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (or designee), who shall be ex-officio and voting.

Academic Standing and Honors Committee 

Charge:
To review, propose, and implement university policies concerning academic probation, dismissal, and readmission; to review petitions from students regarding granting of University Honors and make its report to the Senate.

Membership:
Voting:  Five faculty; Ex Officio and Non-voting:  the Director of the Tutoring Center and the Registrar; Non-voting:  a member of the Professional Advising Council, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee), the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (or designee), and three students.

Assessment Committee

Charge:
1. To coordinate and advise on the planning and implementation of assessment by academic units;
2. To prepare an overall University Assessment Plan which meets the requirements of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and to consult with the staff of that Association, as appropriate, to insure that the Plan and its implementation continue to meet Association standards;
3. To advise and cooperate with the General Education Committee in planning and carrying out assessment of the University's general education programs;
4. To advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost,  the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, and the Graduate Council on the findings of the assessment program and their implications for specific program reviews and for maintaining and improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate instruction in general; and
5. To report to the University Senate and the Assemblies of the organized faculties on the findings of the assessment program and their implications for maintaining and improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate curricula and instruction at the University.

Membership:
Three faculty members from the College and one from each School and the Library, appointed to staggered three-year terms by the Senate upon nomination of the Steering Committee, which shall designate one of these as chair; one student designated by the University Student Congress; the Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment,  the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management  (or designee) and one Oakland University alumnus(a) designated by the Alumni Board on nomination of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations  [Two additional at-large faculty members will be appointed by the Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee to single three-year terms beginning Fall 2003]

Athletics Committee

Charge:
1. To advise the President and the Athletic Director about matters affecting the academic and athletic integrity of intercollegiate athletics, including, but not limited to, matters affecting student-athlete welfare.
2. To advise the Athletic Director generally on policies for student-athletes including, but not limited to, standards of academic eligibility, student support and health, academic integrity and progress, equity, Title IX, and NCAA and Horizon League issues.
3. To assist Oakland University in meeting the NCAA and Horizon League standards for student-athlete well being. 4. To receive timely and regular reports from the Athletic Director on matters related to athletics, including but not limited to current and proposed plans and policies that affect the athletic programs, including plans and policies on buildings, facilities, budgets, services, academic support and NCAA compliance; and to advise and make recommendations on same.
5. To receive reports and recommendations from other Senate committees and to advise and make recommendations to the Senate and its committees, as needed.
6. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee.
Membership:
1. Four faculty members, serving staggered three-year terms
2. Two student-athletes, designated by SAAC Executive Committee
3. One Administrative Professional from either University Housing, Student Financial Services, or Admissions, serving a three-year term
4. One member of the Professional Advisers Council, serving a three-year term
5. One external/community member, serving a three-year term
6. The two Faculty Athletic Representatives, one of whom shall serve as chair
7. The Athletic Director, the Senior Woman Administrator in Athletics, one staff member from the area of athletics compliance, all ex-officio and nonvoting

Budget Review Committee

Charge:
1. To work with the President, vice presidents, and Senate Planning Review Committee in the implementation of university plans, goals, objectives, role, and mission;
2. To receive from the President reports on available resources and their allocation to the university divisions and, jointly with the Senate Planning Review Committee, to advise the President regarding priorities for such allocations;
3. To receive from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost reports on available resources and their allocation to the university's academic programs and, jointly with the Senate Planning Review Committee, to advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost regarding priorities for such allocations;
4. To report to the Senate on the current university budget and its role in advancing university goals and objectives;
5. To advise the Senate concerning the budgetary implications of relevant changes affecting the organization of the university;
6. To report to the Senate and its committees (as needed, UCUI, the Graduate Council, the General Education Committee) on the university-wide budgetary implications of proposed new academic programs or the discontinuance or major reorganization of existing academic programs as may be proposed; and
7. To meet jointly, as needed, but at least once each semester with the Senate Planning Review Committee.

Membership:
Six faculty (one of whom shall be chair) serving staggered three year terms; an administrative professional appointed by the AP Assembly for a three year term; the Director of Budget and Financial Planning.   The chair, whenever possible, will be chosen from among those members with experience on this committee

Campus Development and Environment Committee

Charge:
To consider the aesthetic and ecological effects of both present practices and future plans for the physical maintenance and development of the campus, to recommend policies in these areas, and to advise the administrative officers responsible for campus development. Such issues as new construction, location of utilities and parking facilities, aesthetic accouterments, maintenance practices, and the identification of areas for outdoor education shall fall within the purview of this committee.

Membership:
Five faculty, four students, four administrative professionals; and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (or designee), a representative from Campus Facilities and Operations, and the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management., ex-officio and non-voting.

General Education Committee

Charge:
To recommend to the Senate policies and requirements for undergraduate general education, to function as a curriculum committee for a university-wide program of general education, to respond to petitions of exception relating to that program in accordance with Senate authorizations, to communicate through regular exchange of minutes with the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, and to provide information on petitions of exception regarding General Education to the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction for preparation of a university-wide annual report on petitions of exception.

Membership:
Twelve  faculty members, one of whom shall be chair, appointed to staggered three-year terms by the Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee, and one undergraduate student designated by the University Student Congress.  Ex officio and voting: a faculty representative from the Library. Ex officio and non-voting members include: the Senior Associate Provost, the Assessment Coordinator, and one representative from each: the Professional Advisers Council, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. 

Graduate Council

Charge:
1. To recommend to the University Senate academic policies and procedures concerning graduate education; and, when necessary, seek advice from the Senate Planning Review Committee, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and other appropriate bodies concerning the impact of these policies and procedures.
2. To recommend to the University Senate concerning new graduate programs;
3. To confer with the Vice Provost for Graduate Study about program support or other activities in graduate education, as the Vice Provost for Graduate Study may seek such advice; 
4. To recommend and approve modifications in graduate programs with advice from other appropriate bodies as needed; 
5. To render advice concerning existing programs or alterations in them as the Vice Provost for Graduate Study  may seek such advice; 
6. To review all programs in timely fashion and report findings to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate; 
7. To recommend, when necessary, to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate, with advice from other appropriate bodies as needed, program suspension or discontinuance based on findings from the program review process; 
8. To appoint subcommittees necessary to assist the Graduate Council in the conduct of its responsibilities; 
9. To assist in all evaluations of ongoing and proposed graduate programs for their consistency with the goals and objectives of the University; 
10. To maintain regular communication with the Senate Planning Review Committee through exchange of minutes; and 
11. To approve all candidates for degrees and report this approval to the President of the University.

Membership:

The Vice Provost for Graduate Study, who presides as chairperson; one faculty member from each organized faculty that currently sponsors a graduate degree program; three faculty to be appointed at large by the Vice Provost for Graduate Study. All faculty representatives are voting members. Th Vice Provost for Graduate Study as chair is non-voting.

Honorary Degree Committee

Charge:
To consider and recommend candidates for honorary degrees, according to the attached criteria and procedures.

Membership:
Six faculty, serving staggered three-year terms, one graduate student; and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost  (or designee), ex-officio and voting, who shall serve as chair.

Oakland University Honorary Degree Guidelines

I. Purpose

From time to time Oakland University honors distinguished individuals of outstanding achievement by conferring honorary degrees. In doing so the University reaffirms its scholarly, creative and humanitarian values and its ties to the wider community. Honorary degrees are awarded only to the individuals who have been selected according to the criteria and procedures outlined below.

II. Eligibility and Criteria

No current employee of Oakland University may receive an honorary degree but eligibility is otherwise unrestricted. Thus recipients may be drawn from persons with records of accomplishment in such areas as academe, business, government, the professions, or civic, cultural, humanitarian, or public affairs. To receive an honorary degree, an individual should have a record of outstanding achievement within one or more of the areas previously identified. Examples of such achievements include original and creative accomplishments within one or more academic disciplines or significant contributions to humankind's intellectual, cultural, commercial, aesthetic, social, or civic betterment. Honorary degrees will be awarded only on an occasional basis to individuals of special merit. Consequently, the number and frequency of such awards should reflect their distinctive character.

III. Nomination and Selection

The Board of Trustees confers honorary degrees. Prior to conferring such degrees, it is the desire of the Senate that the Board shall seek the recommendation of the university community through the Honorary Degree Screening Committee, the Senate Steering Committee and the President in the manner described below.

Initial screening of candidates for honorary degrees shall be done by an Honorary Degree Screening Committee. This Committee will be a Senate standing committee and will consist of six faculty members and the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost  (or designee), who will act as chair. The six faculty members will be appointed to staggered three-year terms by the Senate, upon nomination by the Steering Committee. Each fall the Committee will invite nominations from all members of the university community. Letters of nomination should include a clear statement of the outstanding achievements of the individual that justify the conferral of the degree.

Nominators may be contacted by the Committee and asked to assist in providing additional biographical material and supporting documentation. In addition to receiving nominations and additional materials from the community, the Committee may also solicit letters of nomination and develop additional leads. Nominations from such traditionally under represented groups as minorities and women are especially welcomed and encouraged. In developing its recommendations the Committee may consult with other individuals or offices internal or external to the campus, as appropriate.

After reviewing all materials, the Committee may recommend one or more candidates to the Senate Steering Committee. The Committee may also choose to recommend no one. Recommendations will include the type of degree to be conferred, which will be selected from the following list: Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Humanities, Doctor of Sciences, or Doctor of Arts. The degree will usually be conferred at a commencement ceremony. The Honorary Degree Screening Committee will normally conduct its business in the fall semester and forward its recommendation(s) to the Senate Steering Committee by the start of the winter semester. However, in order to respond in a timely way to unusual opportunities, the chair of the Committee may also convene the Committee at other times.

In any case, the Senate Steering Committee will promptly consider the candidate(s) presented to it and forward the name(s) of all of the candidates, together with its recommendation(s), to the President. The President, in turn, will present his or her selection(s) to the Board of Trustees, for its consideration and approval.

Library Committee

Charge:
1. To serve as a liaison between the library and the faculty and students of the University; to bring faculty and student opinion before the library and to interpret library policies to faculty and students;
2. To advise the library and the University Senate in the formulation of broad general policies on collections, buildings, facilities, and services. These policies shall be presented to the University administration by the Dean of the Library;
3. To receive timely and regular reports from the Dean of the Library on current and proposed library plans and policies;
4. To receive timely and regular reports from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on current and proposed university plans and policies which may impact the library and to advise and make recommendations on same;
5. To receive reports and recommendations from other duly constituted committees and to advise and make recommendations to the Senate and its committees, as needed;
6. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee; and
7. To meet regularly, but at least once each semester.

Membership:
Four library faculty, four College faculty (one each from the four faculty groups), one faculty member from each of the other organized faculties, serving two year staggered terms, three students; and the Dean of the Library and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee), both ex-officio and non-voting.

Planning Review Committee

Charge:
1. To work with the President, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, other vice presidents, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and other duly constituted committees in the review of university plans, goals, objectives, role, and mission;
2. To advise the President, jointly with the Senate Budget Review Committee, regarding priorities for university resource allocations;
3. To advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost , jointly with the Senate Budget Review Committee, regarding priorities for academic resource allocations;
4. To make recommendations to the Senate on any changes affecting the academic organization of the university;
5. To advise the Senate on the university-wide implications of relevant changes affecting the organization of the university;
6. To report to the Senate regarding the outcome of organizational changes;
7. To report to the Senate and its committees (as needed, UCUI, the Graduate Council, the General Education Committee) on the university-wide implications of proposed new academic programs or the discontinuance or major reorganization of existing academic programs as may be proposed;
8. To receive reports and recommendations from duly constituted committees, to maintain communication with the Graduate Council, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction through regular exchange of minutes, and to advise and/or make recommendations to the Senate, as needed;
9. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee; and
10. To meet jointly, as needed, but at least once each semester with the Senate Budget Review Committee.

Membership:
Six faculty (one of whom shall be chair) serving staggered three year terms; one student to be named by the University Student Congress for a one year term; and an administrative professional appointed by the AP Assembly to a three year term; also, the Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment,  the Senior Associate Provost (or designee) and the Vice Provost for Graduate Study,  ex officio and non-voting. The chair, whenever possible, will be chosen from among those members with experience on this committee.

Research Committee

Charge:
To encourage and promote scholarship, advanced studies, and research among the faculty and staff of the University. The Committee's responsibilities include, in particular, the evaluation of applications for intramural research funds and the allocation of these funds. More generally, they include the protection and development of practices and policies conducive to scholarly activity.

Membership:
Ten faculty, including two faculty members named by the Graduate Council; and the Vice Provost for Research, who shall be ex-officio and non-voting.

Senate Elections Committee

The Elections Committee of the University Senate shall conduct elections and referenda and make apportionments as described in the various articles of this Constitution. It shall consist of three Senators appointed by the Steering Committee. For the purposes of conducting the elections necessary to the establishment of this constitution, the Elections Committee of the Academic Senate of 1966-67 shall serve. (Senate Constitution, Article  IV, ix)

Student Academic Support Committee

Charge:
To promote the academic success of students by considering, evaluating, and recommending policies and procedures in the areas of advising, financial aid, registration, admissions, student life, career development, and any other areas ofstudent academic interest that may be brought before it. 

Membership: 
Six faculty serving staggered three-year terms, one of whom shall be chair; President of Student Congress; one additional undergraduate student; one graduate student; and ex officionon-voting members: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost,  or designee, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management or designee, Dean of Students or designee, and Professional Advisers Council designee. 

Teaching and Learning Committee

Charge:
To promote the teaching function and the learning process by sponsoring incentives for good teaching and by publicizing within the University significant ideas and approaches to teaching and learning; and to provide for a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching profession.

Membership:
Nine faculty, serving staggered three-year terms, one of whom shall be chair; four students; two administrative professionals; and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost  (or designee), ex- officio and non-voting.

University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction

Charge:
1. To recommend to the University Senate academic policies and procedures concerning undergraduate education and, when necessary, seek advice from other appropriate bodies concerning the impact of these policies and procedures;
2. To evaluate and monitor petitions of exception regarding university-wide undergraduate academic requirements except for university-wide general education requirements;
3. To prepare an annual report on all petitions of exception to be shared with the Office of Academic Affairs, the Registrar, individual Committees on Instruction, and the Senate Planning Review Committee; 
4. To make recommendations to the University Senate regarding proposed and existing undergraduate programs, including recommendations for program modification, suspension, or discontinuance;
5. To advise the Senate Planning Review Committee (SPRC) and the Senate Budget Review Committee (SBRC) concerning proposed new undergraduate programs and to maintain regular communication with SPRC and SBRC through exchange of minutes;
6. To cooperate with the General Education Committee in overseeing undergraduate instruction throughout the University and to maintain regular communication with that committee through exchange of minutes;
7. To schedule and monitor decennial reviews of all undergraduate programs in timely fashion and report findings to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate;
8. To evaluate ongoing and proposed undergraduate programs for their consistency with University academic policies and mission, to monitor catalog copy to ensure compliance with all such policies; and to monitor all catalog changes impacting outside of the Committee on Instruction making the change;
9. To advise the Senate on all matters that body or its Steering Committee may refer to the Undergraduate Committee on University Instruction concerning undergraduate instruction and the general requirements within which the specifics of undergraduate degree programs function.

Membership:
One faculty member from each organized faculty,  with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences, which shall include a total of four members, representing the arts and humanities, languages, natural sciences, and social sciences, appointed to staggered three-year terms by the Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee, each of whom shall represent UCUI to the Committee on Instruction or equivalent group in her/his academic unit; the Director of  Integrative  Studies; two undergraduate students designated by the University Student Congress; the above to be voting members. In addition the following shall serve ex-officio and non-voting: the Senior Associate Provost  as chair; the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (or designee); a representative appointed by the Professional Advisers Council; and the Registrar (or designee).