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K-State Today

March 23, 2011

Highlights from the March 8 Faculty Senate meeting

By Candace LaBerge

Here are the highlights from the March Faculty Senate meeting. Meeting minutes will be available on the website as they are approved by Faculty Senate.

Faculty Senate minutes for the February 15 meeting have been posted to the website: http://www.k-state.edu/facsen/facsenate/2011/minutes.htm

March 8, 2011:

  • Marty Courtois, Beth Turtle and Jenny Oleen from Hale Library presented information on Open Access and its benefits for faculty.
  • Sue Peterson gave an update to senators on the Legislative session in process.

Standing committee reports:

  • Academic Affairs: Various course and curriculum changes were approved, including dropping the Associate of Arts in Military Personnel. 
  • Faculty Affairs: The committee has been continuing work on several items. They are getting close to completing draft anti-bullying language; language and definitions regarding clinical faculty; and a possible promotional path for non-tenure track faculty. Several other items are being addressed by the committee as well.
  • FSCOT: Four policies are being reviewed at their meetings: student financial information, eID Policy, password requirements and credit card information.    
  • FSCOUP: K-State 2025 theme committees are meeting and making progress. Kelli Cox visited the March 3 meeting and gave a brief presentation on the campus master plan. 
  • Student Senate: Cats in the Capital was on February 16 and it was a success; elections are underway and turnover will happen mid-April; and a brief overview was given to senators on how funds are distributed by Student Senate. 


  • Faculty Senate elections are in process. Nomination ballots have been completed.
  • Provost Mason will attend the April 12 Faculty Senate meeting.

For the Good of the University: 

  • Senator Potts mentioned a conference she is attending in Madison, Wisc., that will be informative on AAUP, collective bargaining and how this can enhance the strength of the university. She encouraged senators to support the AAUP.