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Faculty Senate Recommendations

Approved Recommendations and Resolutions of The Faculty Senate

Regarding Summer Salaries-

The Faculty Senate is currently engaged in drafting proposals regarding proposed changes to the summer pay schema. Inputs from faculty are greatly appreciated.

Regarding Program and Course Assessment:

 “Texas A&M University-Texarkana faculty members develop course and program assessment means and measures.  Other than collecting, analyzing, and reporting assessment data, an administrator, director, staff member, or any other employee of A&M-Texarkana may not determine, change, or obstruct faculty-driven curricula assessment.”

Regarding the role and function of the UCC and GC:

Amended the Constitution of the Faculty Senate thus:

"9.0 Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Committees

 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and the Graduate Council (GC) shall report directly to the Faculty Senate on all matters related directly to the curriculum. The Faculty Senate representative committee member on each of these committees shall serve as liaison between the Faculty Senate and the respective committees.

 9.1 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) provides general supervision of academic curricula of the university, including, but not limited to, the following:

 9.1.1 New Degrees;

9.1.2 New Programs;

9.1.3 University and Core Curriculum;

9.1.4 Academic rules and procedures

9.1.5 Quality of academic curriculum

9.1.6 Awarding of credit

9.1.7 The UCC shall receive from each College, School, Department, Program, or other academic unit, a list of recently approved un-cataloged courses.  The purpose of this receipt shall be for notification purposes, not approval or rejection.  This notification allows for informed decisions on broader issues of the curriculum. 

 The primary responsibility for the academic curriculum rests with the faculty and their respective colleges.

 The UCC shall consist of: elected representatives from each constituent college, one member elected for every twenty full-time, tenure-track faculty members in each college, no college having less than a single representative; a representative from the Faculty Senate selected from the Faculty Senate; and a Chair, from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee; and the following non-voting members, or their representative: the VPAA, and the Director of Admissions and Registrar.

 The UCC shall adopt its own rules and procedures, subject to the approval of Faculty Senate. 

9.2 The Graduate Council

The Graduate Council (GC) reports directly to the Faculty Senate and makes recommendations concerning graduate academic affairs of the university, including, but not limited to, the following:

9.2.1 Standards and procedures for requirements of graduate programs, including admission, admission to candidacy, comprehensive examinations, and graduation;

9.2.2 Standards and procedures for graduate curricula, including programs, resources, cross-listing of courses;

9.2.3 Standards and procedures for graduate faculty, including membership on the graduate faculty and adjunct graduate faculty;

9.2.4 Standards and procedures for graduate students, including suspension, probation, and appeals for exceptions;

9.2.5 Graduate Council shall receive from each College, School, Department, Program, or other academic unit, a list of recently approved un-cataloged courses.  The purpose of this receipt shall be for notification purposes, not approval or rejection.  This notification allows for informed decisions on broader issues of the curriculum. 

The GC shall consist of: elected representatives from each constituent college, one member elected for every twenty full-time, tenure-track faculty members in each college, no college having less than a single representative; a representative from the Faculty Senate selected from the Faculty Senate; and a Chair, from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee; and the following non-voting members, or their representative: the VPAA, and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.  Members of the GC must be members of the graduate faculty.

 The GC shall adopt its own rules and procedures, subject to the approval of Faculty Senate."

Regarding Metrics, et c.:

"In addition to the Common & Institutional Metrics of Student Success that the Texas A&M University System has produced, The Faculty Senate of Texas A&M University At Texarkana suggests the following seven additional measures; which are predicated upon delivery of high-quality instruction, mentoring, tutoring, and pedagogy so as to produce for the State of Texas, the United States of America, and the world, graduates of Texas A&M University At Texarkana who are themselves of the highest quality.

1)      Non-instructional expenses per student FTE

2)      Number of and percentage of Full-time, Tenure-track faculty who are instructor of record for Core Curriculum courses, mean taken from Fall and Spring courses

3)      Full-time, Tenure-track faculty –to – student ratio for all courses taught by Full-time, Tenure-track faculty, mean taken from Fall and Spring courses

4)      Program rankings, as derived from the results of annual ETS Major Field Exams

5)      Number of and percentage of Adjunct faculty who are instructor of record for upper-division courses, mean taken from Fall, Spring, Summer, and other term courses

6)      The number of courses with student enrollment less than twenty-five, and the ratio of those against those with an enrolment exceeding twenty-five

7)      [a measured writing component]"

Regarding Student Organizations - Non-Discrimination Policy

Proposed Policy for Student Organizations at TAMU-T