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Faculty Senate Meeting Overview July 2013

by UofL Today last modified Jul 05, 2013 12:46 PM

The Faculty Senate met in regular session July 3 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Chair Joe Steffen presided.


The senate approved a B.S./B.A. program in public health that would help meet the public health workforce’s need for bachelor-level training. While some Kentucky schools do have bachelor’s programs in public health-related fields, none has a comprehensive program. The proposed degrees would prepare graduates to work within specific sectors of public health, health services or public policy, including health education, health services administration and health research. They also would prepare graduates to work in legal, medical, nursing, dental and other professions and to attain further professional or graduate education in public health, medicine, dentistry, nursing, urban planning and other disciplines. Read the proposal (PDF). The program will go to the Board of Trustees for review and approval.

Report Highlights

President James Ramsey gave a brief report on the upcoming Board of Trustees retreat, which is scheduled for July 11 and July 12. On the first day, the retreat will include training on such issues as NCAA compliance and university conflict of interest policies; a tour of the Health Sciences Center; and the board’s evaluation of the progress Ramsey, Provost Shirley Willihnganz, and Executive Vice Presidents Bill Pierce and David Dunn have made on shared goals. The trustees also will set goals for the coming year. On July 12, the board will hear a presentation from Willihnganz about the results of the 21st Century University Initiative committee work. She will ask the board to approve further exploration of ideas around four broad themes.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz presented an overview of the 21st Century University Initiative work to date and told senators that the full report will be available online after the Board of Trustees receives it on July 12.

Chair Joe Steffen gave a rundown of issues he plans the senate to work on starting in the fall. Among them are a proposed summer session business plan, the excused absence policy, distribution of tuition revenue and a review of the senate bylaws to answer philosophical and practical questions about both membership in and the ability to serve as an officer of the Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers. The senate will meet again Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Prepared for the Faculty Senate by Janene Zaccone, UofL internal communications manager.

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