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November 27, 2017

Highlights from the Nov. 14 Faculty Senate meeting

Submitted by Faculty Senate

These are the highlights from the Nov. 14 Faculty Senate meeting. Minutes become available on the Faculty Senate website as they are approved.

Guest: Chief Information Officer Gary Pratt visited with senators about his vision for Information Technology Services at K-State.

Standing committee and Student Senate reports:

• Faculty Affairs: Proposed changes to the University Handbook, Section F102, F115.1, and F121 were approved. Proposed changes to the University Handbook, Section F83 were on the agenda for a first reading and were sent back to committee for further discussion.
• Professional Staff Affairs, PSA: The committee continues its efforts to become more visible to the campus community. They are discussing the possibility of an awards ceremony for professional staff. They are investigating the dependent tuition assistance program as it relates to professional staff employees who are in term positions.
• Student Senate: Olivia Baalman updated senators regarding various student senate initiatives. She announced appointments to the Tuition and Strategies Committee, which will begin its work in the spring.
• Technology, FSCOT: Michael Raine directed attention to an informational item regarding a retention schedule for Coursework Assessment Records. Cliff Hight and Ryan Leimkuehler were present to discuss this item and answer questions.
• University Planning, FSCOUP: Laurel Littrell reported on Nov. 15 there will be an open house for the consultant who is working on a traffic study. She encouraged attendance as this relates to city/university fund proposals regarding crosswalk improvements. On Nov. 20 in the Student Union, there will be an "EAB @ K-State" workshop to address hot topics in higher education.
• Academic Affairs: A proposal allowing athletic advisors to have an observer role in Canvas, with a specific and limited scope, in order to assist their student athletes was approved.

New business

• A resolution regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was approved.


• President Brian Lindshield presented an informational item to senators regarding the reapportionment of the Faculty Senate every three years.

Brian Lindshield
Faculty Senate President
Associate Professor
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health
Kansas State University
208 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506