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  • Washington State Revenue Forecast Sep 23 2020

    Below is the link to the updated Washington State revenue forecast per President Schulz for the September 24th 2020 Faculty Senate meeting.

    Link Here

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  • Request from Provost Chilton – Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Revision

    On September 24, Faculty Senate Executive Committee received the following memo from Provost Chilton requesting an amendment to the spring 2021 academic calendar to help meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been introduced as a discussion item to Faculty Senate with the intention to vote on it as an action item on October 8. Given the impact of this request, we are collecting comments to pass to the provost prior to the October 8 meeting.
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    Link to memo

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  • Request from James Krueger

    Professor James M. Krueger submitted the following document to Faculty Senate Executive Committee for discussion and comment.

    Whereas chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a common condition caused by playing football and is associated with life-long brain damage and cognitive disabilities.

    Whereas as an institution of higher education our highest goal is to enhance the cognitive abilities of our students.

    Whereas joint injury is caused by playing football and often creates a life-long disability.

    Whereas football is a form of entertainment, not an academic pursuit, and its entertainment value is not part of the WSU mission.

    Whereas the WSU Athletic Program is greatly in debt, approaching … » More …

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  • Executive Policy 2 Draft

    The Washington State University Office of Research is in the process of updating Executive Policy #2. EP2 concerns how Facilities and Administration (F&A) funding from grants and contracts is distributed at WSU. If adopted, the new version establishes a system for reporting central expenditures from F&A (via a Foundational and Strategic Investment Fund), clarifies how F&A will be distributed across campuses, and changes the distribution of F&A returns (prior policy routed 15% to the department and 8% to the dean. The new policy routes 23% to the dean and there is no direct return to the department). The Faculty Senate chair (David Turnbull), chair elect … » More …

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  • Increased demand on faculty during COVID 19 remote work

    Link to Memo

    Over the summer, a memo signed by 123 faculty and staff members from across the WSU system was sent to WSU leadership, with the hope that some policies and changes could be instituted to help faculty navigate the ongoing increased labor demands that have come with COVID-19. The memo posted here is the same as the memo sent to administrators, with the exception of two minor errors that have been corrected. The intention was to circulate the memo quickly and submit it in a timely manner. As there was no discussion of or understanding that the memo would … » More …

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  • Allegations of gender bias/Whitman County Watch

    Dear Faculty Senate and Senate Steering,
    Most of you are likely aware of the allegations that former provost Mitzi Montoya was the victim of gender bias.  These allegations are outlined in the recent news article in the Whitman County Watch ( Faculty senate leadership spoke with President Schulz, who has authorized an external investigation into these allegations. Faculty Senate is also working to understand the context of emails obtained by FOIA requests. One such email details a conversation between Mitzi Montoya and Vice Provost Parks referencing other multi-campus university structure (email linked here:  The white paper … » More …

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  • ORSO / Spring Research Town Hall Update

    The following is an update from Dan Nordquist in the Office of Research Support and Operations based on our April 2019 Town Hall.  Please comment on any or all parts of this update and we will forward.

    I just wanted to let you know that I got the next round of updates in and posted on our Faculty Senate Town Hall “report card” document.  It is now live on the website, and here is a direct link:  Updates include:


    “Clarify policy deadline times for eREX processing in BPPM 40.02” moved to Complete, as the revised BPPM was posted in … » More …

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  • Senate Blog

    Welcome to our new Faculty Senate blog. We will use it to update faculty on broad-reaching issues and events. To start things off for fall 2019, we have three blog entries:

    an update of summer news and projects,
    a separate blog post that addresses the recent faculty pay raise, and
    an update on the strategic planning process.

    As pressing issues arise during the year, we will push information to the faculty with the blog.

    You may email any of us or comment on any post for more information. For more specific issues, please continue to use the “constituent concerns” form on this … » More …

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  • Fall 2019 Senate Update

    To start the year off right, senate leadership pledges to operate with transparency, respect, and civility. We may have some difficult issues to discuss this year as we continue to evolve faculty manual policy (see below). We ask that on this issue, and all others, we focus on policy, encourage respectful discourse (including dissent), and recognize that we are all doing our best to improve the life of faculty and the operation of WSU through shared governance. For those issues that require extended discussion, we will continue to use Town Halls.

    We recognize the heavy load that WSU faculty bear, especially those in service roles. … » More …

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  • Canvas LMS Pilot Update

    ITS, AOI, and Faculty Senate worked together to establish a pilot test of the Canvas LMS in summer 2019. We are currently running an expanded pilot test with 1000 FTE student users fall 2019 with staged increases in FTEs each semester.  By fall semester 2021, Canvas is expected to replace Blackboard.

    This switch from Blackboard to Canvas was based on extensive faculty and student feedback as well as our inability to correct known Blackboard issues.  On this last point, we have worked with ITS to develop My.WSU integrations so that, for example, all mid-term and final grades to be directly ported from Canvas to … » More …

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