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Meeting of the: 
Meeting Date: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Agenda is Below: 

The location for the June retreat is the Thoroughbred Club, at 3555 Rice Road.

Break (10:45 - 11:00)

Lunch (12 - 1:00 pm)

  1. Informal Breakfast (8 - 9 am)
  2. Welcome and Retreat Overview (9 - 9:15 am)
  3. Relations between Senate Council and Fellow Faculty (9:15 - 10:45 am) (PDF) Some discussion points:
    • How can we make the relations less antagonistic and more collaborative?
    • Can there be more transparency in the review process?
    • What tone should we try to set at SC meetings when guests are present?
    • How can we feel 'safe' about speaking freely about a proposal with invited guests present?
    • Should we vote at the end of meeting? Should we adopt electronic voting?
    • Can we do a better job anticipating potential problems during a meeting by contacting a proposer in advance? Or a senate committee chair in advance?
  4. Getting the Best Senators (11 - noon) Some discussion points:
    • University service compensation.
    • University service 'requirement', e.g. in tenure & promotion guidelines.
    • Compensation and reward for Senate committee chairs.
  5. Senate Committee Structure. (1 - 1:45 pm) (PDF) Some discussion points:
    • Do we need all these committees?
    • How do committees fit with parallel university initiatives?
    • Are there essential committees that currently don't do anything?
    • Should all committees report to SC/Senate at least once a year?
    • How do we identify excellent chairs?
    • How do we get the right senators/faculty on the right committee?
  6. Provost Office News (1:45 - 2 pm)
    • Provost Report (PDF)
  7. Strategic Plan (Emphasis on Academic Policy - Goal 1Goal 2 & Goal 3): Wally Ferrier, Chair of Senate's Academic Planning and Priorities Committee (2 - 3:00 pm)
    • Email from Senate's Rules and Elections Chair Outlining the Role of the University Senate in Broad Institutional Academic Policy (PDF)
    • Snippet from Senate Rules 1.2.2 ("Functions of the University Senate") (PDF)