Professor proposes new model for University Senate

Alternate plan added to existing two options for re-structuring legislative body

While a vote on changing University Senate's structure is pending from April, an alternate plan was added to the existing two options.

Mark Popovich, a member of the task force created to explore different University Senate models, introduced a Faculty Senate-University Senate Model.

Popovich was in London at the time of the meeting and had another senator read his explanation of the proposal.

The model would abolish the current University Senate councils, which are responsible for guiding most policy to the senate.

Student Senate would have a direct link to the agenda committee and Campus Council, one of three councils. The remaining two councils are a Faculty Council and University Affairs Council.

The University Senate would become a filtering body above Student Senate and the proposed councils.

Sen. Chris Shea, professor of classics, was curious about the origin of the model because the restructuring task force developed the other two models after a year of deliberation. This new model was created in a matter of months.

"This model is a good-faith effort by a faculty member," said Marilyn Buck, chairwoman of the senate.

Buck added the task force was disabled after it introduced the original two models, discussed in April.

The most recently proposed model accommodates aspects from the two models suggested last year. One model suggested disabling the University Senate and establishing a Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate would work in conjunction with Student Senate and a proposed Professional Personnel Senate. Members of each senate would be part of an Executive Committee which would act as a filter to the Board of Trustees.

The Revised Senate Model would change the committees and councils underneath the senate, thus altering the path of legislation. It was designed to create more accountability and help legislation flow more smoothly.

The senate was scheduled to vote on the models in October. That vote has been delayed with the most recent proposal. After the October meeting, copies of the models will be introduced to faculty members, and each department is encouraged to devote an entire meeting to its discussion.

"This body set the date," Buck said. "We can change that date. This is the group that makes the decision."


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