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In addition to serving as the legislative body for the University of North Dakota, the University Senate also provides a mechanism for constructive dialogue between faculty, staff, students, and administrators. And, through its committees, the University Senate provides the structure through which these four groups collaboratively govern the institution.
The Senate meets on the first Thursday of each month during the academic year at 4:05 p.m. in Room 113 of the Education Building. All are welcome to attend Senate meetings.
Chair Rebecca Weaver-Hightower began a series of conversations on Thursdays when the U Senate was not in session. These presenters have addressed campus; their PowerPoints are hyperlinked.
- 17 September - "The Provost's Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo
- 29 October - "Budget Shortfall" by Vice President Alice Brekke
- 12 November - "Updates on Provost's Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo
- 19 November - "Essential Studies" by ES Director Ryan Zerr & ES Committee Chair Lori Robison
- 16 December - "Updates on Campus Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo, VPRED Grant McGimpsey, & AVPDI Sandra Mitchell
- 13 January - "Updates on Provost's Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo
- 21 January - "Diversity & Inclusion Basics" by AVP Sandra Mitchell
- 28 January - "Academic Deans' Council" by all Academic Deans
- 11 February - "Discussion of Collaborative Governance" by Chancellor Mark Hagerott, Past U Senate Chair Jim Mochuruk, Current NDSU Faculty Senate President Dennis Cooley, and Current NDU President Sarah Mosher, with Past U Senate Chair & NDUS Board Member Jim Grijalva
- 24 February - "Updates on Campus Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo
- 25 February - with VP Alice Brekke
- 10 March - with VP Grant McGimpsey
- 24 March - "Developing a 21st Century Academic Research Library System at UND" with Dean Stephanie Walker
- 21 April - Update on the student evaluation of teaching instrument from ad-hoc U Senate committee SETIC
- 25 April - "Updates on Campus Priorities" by Provost Tom DiLorenzo
- 04 May - Undergrad Admissions with VP Lori Reesor
SETIC on Student Evaluation of Teaching (and USAT 1.0)
Based on recommendations from USAT 1.0, the University Senate formed a USAT 2.0 committee - called SETIC. SETIC work has been ongoing in AY 2015-16.
SETIC has developed a new instrument, the Student Evaluation of Learning & Feedback for Instructors (or the SELFI) that they presented to the campus on 21 April 2016. Click these links to view the SELFI instrument and the SETIC presentation.
For a historical refresher, recall that the University Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the University Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT 1.0) submitted its FINAL REPORT in December 2014. Read their recommendations and research on how to improve the campus SET forms.
Budget 101 & 102
The University Senate's Budget, Restructuring, and Reallocation Committee, under the leadership of chair Margi Healy, offered three "Budget 101" sessions during the Spring 2015 semester to help inform faculty and staff about the budget model that will be in use at UND in the near future. This Model for Incentive-Based Resource Allocation (MIRA) will entail a significant shift in how resources are allocated to the colleges at UND.
The link below is a podcast of the information presented at the Budget 101 sessions.
Faculty Study Seminar
Study Group on Collaborative Governance
Two groups have formed in March 2015 to read Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive (2014). Participants will first read the brief open access book, Shared Governance in Higher Education: Structural and Cultural Responses to a Changing National Climate by William D. Leach (2008).
For more information about the Shared Governance and Leadership Interest Group, contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, 777-6391, email@example.com
Internal Faculty Travel/Scholarly Activity Funding Report
An ad-hoc committee of the Senate Executive Committee gathered information in AY 2014-15 regarding internal funding availability for the scholarly activities of UND faculty.
UND Governance Documents (Fall 2012 to Fall 2015)
The final phase of the multi-year discussion on the formation of a Faculty Senate has arrived. Two ad-hoc committees, the University Senate Revision Committee and the Faculty Senate Development Committee, worked over the summer of 2015 to compose draft language for a revised UND Constitution and a new UND Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws, as charged by University Senators in April. Drafts of all documents will be posted here.
The "Final revised draft" documents (first three in list) are on the agenda for discussion at the December 2015 University Senate meeting.
- Final revised draft of the new Faculty Senate Constitution & Bylaws
- Final revised draft of the new UND Constitution
- Updated Executive Summary & FAQs
- Revised Draft of the new Faculty Senate Constitution & Bylaws
- Revised Draft of the new UND Constitution
- First draft of the new Faculty Senate Constitution & Bylaws
- First draft of the new UND Constitution
- Executive Summary of Governance Documents
Since the fall semester of 2012, the University Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance has been developing and revising proposals for a faculty senate at UND. This process, already well into its fourth year, has involved widespread input from across campus.
The links below allow access to the proposal at various stages in its development. Each revision incorporates feedback generated by the previous version.
AY 2016-17 University Senate Election Results
The results are for all college and university-wide elections for the University Senate and all University Senate Standing Committees. Click here for an overview of all elected for the 2016-17 academic year.
Agendas and Minutes
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