Millersville University, Faculty Senate
To: Faculty Senate
From: Joel Piperberg, Chairman
Academic Standards Committee
RE: Increase in Faculty Membership on Academic Standards Committee
Date: March 4, 1997

Proposal to Increase Faculty Membership on the Academic Standards Committee

MOTION: According to the current Governance Manual, the Committee should include "seven faculty members elected by Faculty Senate for three year terms. Members are elected for overlapping years." I recommend the addition of four more faculty members to the Committee bringing its faculty membership to 11 individuals plus the Committee Chair who must be a Faculty Senator elected from that body. New members should be elected as soon as possible to fill the vacancies that will result from passage of this motion. To balance the Committee, two of the new members should be elected to one year terms ending in 1998, one should be elected to a two year term ending in 1999 and the last should be elected to a term beginning now and ending in 2000 (since it would make little sense to elect someone who will serve in June and then perhaps go off the Committee). If we follow this strategy, the Committee will have a turnover of 4 faculty members per year (including the Committee Chair every third year). For example, in Fall 1997, the terms of two current members will expire as will the term of the present Chair. Elections to fill those vacancies will be held at that time and their terms will end in 2000.

RATIONALE: In its semiannual meetings, the Academic Standards Committee meetings have routinely run late dur to our desire to devote an appropriate and sufficient amount of time to each case. thus, the students awaiting their appeals often must wait for significant lengths of time. since the number of cases that are considered each semester is remarkably constant, we should be able to stay on schedule if we enlarge the Committee. The four additional faculty members will allow us to divide the Committee into three rather than two subcommittees as in previous meetings. All other things being equal, students will consequently not need to wait nearly as long to have their cases decided and the efficiency of the Committee will thus be increased. In recent elections, there have been many more candidates to fill vacancies on the Committee than there have been openings. therefore, it should not be difficult to fill the new Committee slots.