Policies

4.6.4 The Governance Committees of the Faculty

4.6.4 The Governance Committees of the Faculty

4.6.4.1 Faculty Policy Committee

Membership

The committee shall be composed of 7 tenured faculty members. The President, the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty (or designate), one member of the Faculty Trustees, and two students serve as non-voting ex-officio members.

The Policy Committee reserves the right to meet in a closed session in which the ex-officio members would absent themselves.

 Mission

The Faculty Policy Committee oversees the effective administration of the responsibilities delegated to the Faculty in the college’s bylaws. It serves as the primary voice of the Faculty, representing its perspective, views, and wishes to the administration seeking to ensure effective communication between the administration and the Faculty. In keeping with this role, the Faculty Policy Committee may serve as an advisory council for the President and VPAA. The Faculty Policy Committee leads the Faculty in thoughtfully articulating and advancing Central College’s academic mission. Serving as a coordinating body, and in conversation with other committees, the Faculty Policy Committee ensures the planning and implementation of formal and informal programs of instruction of the college. Additionally, it coordinates with the Faculty Trustees to ensure effective communication with the Board of Trustees given the Faculty Policy Committee’s role as advocate for the Faculty.

Responsibilities

  1. In all matters involving communication to and with the college administration, the Faculty Policy Committee: shall serve as the formal representative of, and the advocate for, the collective vision of the Faculty; shall represent minority views in good faith; and, shall invite, receive, and consider comments in matters of concern to the faculty.
  2. The Faculty Policy Committee may serve as an advisory council in partnership with the President and VPAA.
  3. Each member of the committee will communicate regularly with an assigned faculty constituency to share, inform, and gather information. The committee will advance questions and proposals to the Faculty as a whole, when appropriate.
  4. The Faculty Policy Committee will coordinate and oversee faculty committee activities, including ad hoc committees to carry out short term activities, as needed. The committee shall call for nominations and make appointments to such groups, as appropriate. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    1. Consulting with, and making recommendations to, the Senior Leadership Team regarding the academic calendar and other issues relevant to the faculty.
    2. Overseeing faculty elections.
    3. Coordinating the collection and review of data related to policy effectiveness.
    4. Directing proposals or questions to the appropriate faculty committee or other group with faculty representation for study or report.
  5. The Faculty Policy Committee shall set faculty meeting times and agendas. The Committee will publish the faculty meeting agenda a minimum of five calendar days prior to the meeting.

6. The Faculty Policy Committee shall schedule and organize faculty forums.

4.6.4.2 Faculty Personnel Committee  

7 tenured faculty, at least 3 of whom must be at the rank of Professor

  1. Conduct faculty evaluations.
  2. Make recommendations for promotion and tenure.
  3. Make non-binding written recommendations about termination or serious sanctions of tenure-line faculty for Adequate Cause, except in cases involving a violation of the College’s policies related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct or relationship misconduct.
  4. Make recommendations for renewal of appointment or termination of faculty that are reviewed through the evaluation process.
  5. Communicate regularly with Student Senate and solicit student participation in appropriate committee business.

4.6.4.3 Faculty Curriculum Committee

6 faculty, at least 3 of whom must be tenured, no more than one from the same department; 2 students; Registrar (ex-officio)

  1. Represent the faculty in the design and implementation of the Central College curriculum.
  2. Provide guidance and oversight in the development of courses, programs including majors and minors, and the core.
  3. Provide guidance and oversight of policies to ensure that the curriculum is academically sound, comprehensive, and responsive to the evolving needs of the college as stated in its mission and goals for students.
  4. Evaluate, review, make decisions, and implement policy regarding:
    1. Academic credits
    2. Requests for course changes, additions, or deletions
    3. Major and minor offerings and requirements
    4. Core curriculum requirements and core designations
  5. Oversee the curriculum sections of the Central College Catalog and off-campus program catalogs.

4.6.4.4 Faculty Welfare Committee  

5 faculty, at least 3 of whom must be tenured, at least 1 of whom must be untenured

  1. Conduct any appeal, based on process violation(s), of the outcome of a promotion, tenure, or fourth-year (or equivalent) evaluation. Involves only tenured members of the committee.
  2. Review recommendations of termination or serious sanctions of tenure-line faculty for Adequate Cause, except in cases involving a violation of the College’s policies related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct or relationship misconduct. See Section 4.3(c)(3) – Termination and Serious Sanctions of Tenure-line Faculty. Involves only tenured members of the committee.
  3. Make non-binding written recommendations about termination or serious sanctions of tenure-line faculty for violation of the College’s policies related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct or relationship misconduct. See Section 4.3(c)(4) – Termination and Serious Sanctions of Tenure-line Faculty. Involves only tenured members of the committee.
  4. Advocate for faculty in areas of general welfare, benefits, workload, gender equity and other concerns.

4.6.4.5 Faculty Academic Standards Committee

3 faculty, 2 of whom must be tenured, 1 of whom must be untenured; 2 students; Registrar (ex-officio)

  1. Hear student appeals regarding consequences of alleged academic integrity violations.
  2. Monitor, review, evaluate, and compare Central College with benchmark and target institutions, and make recommendations with regard to:
    1. General degree requirements
    2. General academic standards including, but not limited to, admission, honors, grading, transfers and probation
    3. Academic integrity policies, including any statements regarding academic integrity, honor code, and consequences for infractions