At the Oct. 22 University Senate meeting, Provost Bobby Gempesaw acknowledged Miami's music department and the School of Creative Arts for the performance at Carnegie Hall which concluded the program with the singing of Miami's Alma Mater.
University Senate heard three reports: (1) Responsibility Centered Management, David Creamer, vice president for finance and business services, and David Ellis, associate vice president for budgeting and analysis; (2) Fiscal Priorities and Budget Planning Committee, Rebecca Luzadis, chair; and (3) Process coordinator’s report on the proposed regional campuses transfer of departments, James Oris, process coordinator. Discussion of proposed revisions to the Graduate Handbook, Part 5, Graduate Faculty Information, was tabled to the next meeting of Senate.
Senate received the curriculum report and Senate committee minutes on the consent calendar.
With the approval of the Sept. 24, 2012, minutes, Senate endorsed Senate resolutions SR 13-02 and SR 13-03.
Whereas, the department of botany and the department of zoology have voted to merge the two departments into the department of biology;
Whereas, the merger has the support of the chairs of the departments of botany and zoology, the dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Council of Academic Deans, and the Provost; and
Whereas, the requirements of Senate Resolution SR 08-09, Guide for the Consolidation, Partition, Transfer, or Elimination of Academic Divisions, Departments, or Programs, have been fulfilled;
THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that University Senate endorse and recommend to the Provost that the department of botany and the department of zoology be consolidated into one department, the department of biology; and
FURTHERMORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the consolidation be fully implemented by fall 2013 semester.
SR 13-02 carried by a vote of: Yes: 42; No: 0; Abstain: 6; Absent: 20.
Whereas, the Bylaws of University Senate state that the function of the Academic Program Review Committee, a standing committee of University Senate, are “to initiate and implement a continuing process of review of academic degree programs; to develop and recommend to University Senate a policy specifying the purposes, criteria and standards, and procedures of program review; to periodically re-examine that policy and, if necessary, recommend changes to University Senate…”; and
Whereas, the Academic Program Review Committee has reviewed Miami University’s current process of academic program review and has benchmarked Miami’s process against those of other institutions; and
Whereas, the Academic Program Review Committee recommends that Miami’s academic program review process be thoroughly re-examined and that a proposal for revisions to the process be developed for University Senate’s consideration;
THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that University Senate endorse the concept to revise Miami’s academic review process, making the process a forward-thinking process; and charge the Academic Program Review Committee to propose for University Senate’s consideration specific guidelines by which the academic program review process may be revised for implementation during the 2013-2014 academic year.
SR 13-03 carried by voice vote.
The next meeting of University Senate is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 111 Harrison Hall.
(Twenty-five members of Faculty Assembly can challenge the resolution by filing a petition with the Office of the University Secretary during the ten class days after publication in the e-Report.)