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January 8, 2019

Highlights from the Dec. 11, 2018, Faculty Senate meeting

Submitted by Faculty Senate

Guest: Charles Taber, provost and executive vice president, discussed and answered questions related to budget modernization, specifically related to entrepreneurial proposals in the future. 

Standing committee and Student Senate reports: 

  • Academic Affairs: Discussion surrounded the new Master of Science in physician assistant studies degree proposal, which was approved. It will need Board of Regents approval as well.
  • Faculty Affairs: The committee worked with the vice president for research on changes to Section G of the University Handbook. These were approved. They are reviewing exit interview data as well as term appointments and representation.
  • Professional Staff Affairs: The committee continues to review data from the professional staff satisfaction survey and will also be looking at term employee benefits and the representation.
  • Student Senate: The Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee finished review of current college fees. They are setting up a college committee to review the Engineering fee proposal. The Tilford conference will be held at the University of Kansas next year; faculty participation is encouraged.
  • Technology, FSCOT and University Planning, FSCOUP: These committees met jointly with the classroom planning committee at their December meeting and discussed the process and plans for updating and upgrading classrooms. A presentation was also given regarding the possible future of ID cards for faculty, staff and students.  


  • Spring open fora with President Myers have been scheduled:
    • Polytechnic Campus — 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the College Center conference room.
    • Olathe Campus — 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Forum Hall, Room 110.
    • Manhattan Campus — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, on the main floor of the Alumni Center. 
  • President Wood announced there will be a tour of the athletics facilities offered to faculty senators in January.  

Open discussion period

  • A statement was read concerning the objection of the Arts and Sciences Caucus to the renaming of the College of Human Ecology to the College of Health and Human Sciences. Senators had discussion regarding the objection.

Spencer Wood
Faculty Senate President
Associate Professor
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Kansas State University
213 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506