The Faculty Assembly has six working committees work. The four committees below were proposed by Faculty Assembly Chair-Elect Catherine Rigsby in March 2012, and approved and implemented by the 2012-2013 Faculty Assembly Executive Committee in July 2013:
Looks at system-level academic standards and academic policies—including, for example, all of the new policies that are [in Spring 2012] being proposed in the name of the Academics First Student Success Initiatives and any new policies and/or procedures that may result from the distance-education push. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the committee is divided into three sub-committees:
This one focuses mainly on academic-related items, .This committee’s primary charge for the 2012-2013 academic year is gathering academically oriented data that will aid the work of the three ASP Committee subgroups. In addition, the committee will keep current with (and help keep the FA informed about) financial aid issues, tuition and fees structures and processes, and academic budgeting priorities and procedures for setting those priorities.
This committee promotes sound policies and procedures for faculty welfare and nurtures the faculty's voice in external matters and arenas (legislative, public, etc.). This committee will be responsible for developing guidelines describing strategies for effective communication between faculty and our various constituents (legislators, the voting public, parents, board members, etc.). It will also be responsible for keeping track of all changes associated with faculty welfare in general.
The Governance Committee deals with system-level shared governance issues, policies, and procedures. Where needed, it works with campuses to strengthen campus-level shared governance policies and procedures.
In addition to these new committees, two longstanding Faculty Assembly groups will continue to their work in the 2012-2013 academic year:
Historically Minority Institutions Caucus
This group will continue its discussion of issues that are unique to our Historically Minority Institutions (HMIs) and their constituents. In addition, the group gather data that will inform the Assembly’s work, especially as related to impact of new academic policies on their campuses.
Senate Chairs Group
This group will continue its discussion of campus governance issues and will gather information and develop recommendations for best practices that help the Faculty Assembly as a whole and the governance structures in the system and on each of our campuses. They will also take the lead in compilation and maintenance of a database of faculty expertise in academic policy- and governance-related issues.