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3.7 Faculty

Comprehensive Standard:

3.7.5 The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. (Faculty role in governance)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

Policies regarding the role of University of West Georgia faculty in academics and governance are publicly available on the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) website via the "Academic Policies" link [1]. The policies related to faculty roles in governance are discussed in the following University of West Georgia publications: Statutes, University Policies and Procedures, and Faculty Handbook.

Statutes [2]

The University of West Georgia Statutes document authorizes the process by which policies and procedures are created. Faculty responsibilities are outlined in the following:

Article IV - Faculties of the University

Section 1 - General (p.6) discusses faculty participation in academic government.

Section 2 - Faculty Senate, Purpose and Powers covers the responsibilities of the University of West Georgia Faculty Senate.

Both sections are discussed in broader terms in the Policies and Procedures of the University of West Georgia and in the Faculty Handbook.

Policies and Procedures of the University of West Georgia [3]

Article IV - Faculties of the University

Section 1 - Role and Function of the Faculties (p.17) covers the following faculty responsibilities: Faculty Work Load, Role and Function of the General Faculty, Role and Function of the General Faculty, Role and Function of the Several Colleges/Schools.

Section 2 - Faculty Senate organization (p.20) covers: Composition of the Senate, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Past Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Executive Secretary, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Election of the Faculty Senate, Standing Committees (Purpose), Standing Committees (Function), Standing Committees (Membership and Purpose), Standing Committees (Restriction of Membership), Terms of Office for Committee Members, Standing Committee Recommendations, Ad Hoc Committees, Subcommittees, and Task Forces.

Section 3 - Modification (p.28) states that:

"modifications of the above provisions in Sections 1 and 2 may only be made through a vote of the General Faculty which may be taken either at a physical meeting or by means of electronic or other written forms of balloting, notice of the motion to be voted upon shall be posted and distributed to the faculty at least 10 university business days within the Fall or Spring semesters in advance of the vote. Votes outside of meetings shall be cast over a period of no fewer than 5 university business days within the Fall or Spring semesters. The motion will have passed if it receives a majority of the votes cast."

More details on the role of faculty and their specific functions are discussed in the "By-Laws of the Faculties and Faculty Senate" section of the Policies and Procedures Manual:

Article I - By-Laws of the General Faculty (beginning p.31)

"The General Faculty shall hold at least one meeting in each academic semester.

Article III - By-Laws of the Faculty Senate (p.32)

University of West Georgia Faculty Handbook [4]

The UWG Faculty Handbook provides policies regarding the role of the faculty in academic and governance matters. The Faculty Handbook is both posted on VPAA website and is available in hard copy. Hard copies are usually distributed among the new Faculty members at the "New Faculty Orientation" at the beginning of each academic year.

The following Faculty Handbook policies are relevant to faculty role in academics and governance:

101.02 - Minimum Criteria for Appointment: outlines a "Service to Institution" requirement dependent upon faculty rank. Thus, for example, appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor requires: "Demonstration of significant contributions in such service and a strong likelihood of continuing effectiveness as shown by successful, collegial service on departmental, school-wide, institutional or system-wide committees."

103.0302 - Specific Minimum Criteria for Promotion: again includes a "Service to Institution" section that outlines basically the same requirements as 101.02.

103.0403 - Specific Minimum Criteria for the Award of Tenure: the same requirements.

Overall, UWG policies require and encourage faculty to participate in the affairs related to governance of the institution.

The evidence that the policies regarding the role of faculty in both academic and governance matters are actually implemented can be found in the following: Faculty Senate [5], Senate Agendas [6], Senate Minutes [7], President’s Responses [8], and General Faculty Agendas [9] and General Faculty Minutes [10]. The report for Comprehensive Standard 3.4.10 discusses the responsibility of faculty for the content and effectiveness of curriculum.

It should be noted as well that there is a clear distinction between the policy-making functions of the governing board (the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia) and the responsibility of the administration and faculty in the governance matters. More details on this topic can be found in the report for Comprehensive Standard 3.2.6.

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