Faculty Senate talks about campus move

A Faculty Senate meeting held last Wednesday discussed plans of the “Swing Space” move across campus and other key issues affecting the campus community.

The moving consultant company has been selected and has met with the Pray-Harrold advisory team.
Some faculty members will be moving to King Hall and Hoyt Hall, with some storage in Goddard Hall.

Provost Jack Kay has been working to develop a web system to allow students to design a map of exactly where their classes are. The students can develop a “walk plan” that could include where each campus building is and even where students can stop for lunch.

The Higher Learning Commission visited EMU recently. Kay said, “The commission was impressed with EMU.” He also said the commission believes EMU is displaying consistent improvement and should receive good remarks next year.

During the meeting Kay also discussed the culture of EMU. He described the components of the culture as “student academic success, true faculty support, evaluating diversity, and partnering. From that, EMU has wonderful community engagement, though it needs to be better working within EMU.”

Kay wants to create programs to help students, saying, “We can help cooperative programs that help students stay here if they don’t get into a specific section.”

During the meeting, a three-part mission statement for the senate bylaws was put on the floor to be voted on but not passed.

Many argued the senate has run for this long without bylaws and does not need them. The section on responsibilities of the senate was not passed. However, the section of the bylaws on the election of members and alternates was passed.

Elections for Faculty Senate officers such as vice president, secretary and membership secretary are set to take place soon. Campus departments are also scheduled to select their Faculty Senate representatives.

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