The Board of Trustees will hear public comments on Thursday, December 11, 2014, between 8:00-9:30 a.m. University Senate President Robert Kyr and United Academics President Michael Dreiling agree that it is imperative for faculty to express their concern about a proposed policy that would alter radically shared governance at the University of Oregon. Your presence at the Board meeting will express your concern.
If approved, the motion before the Board of Trustees will introduce a new way of developing policies that will transform fundamentally the role of the Senate and shared governance as we know it.
Specifically, the proposal would create a new centralized administrative body—the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)—with sold authority over setting university policy. Appointments to this new body would not involve an election by faculty or other constituencies, as is the current case with the Senate, but would be appointed by the university president.
For the full text of the proposed policy, click here.
Among other things, the new policy could:
1. Remove the Senate Executive Council from its role in determining whether a policy is an academic matter and therefore must go to the full Senate for deliberation;
2. Remove the requirement that the university president respond within a constitutionally-mandated period to policy statements made by the Senate and that the university president make a public accounting to the Senate when s/he rejects a policy;
3. Remove the provision that, in case of a presidential veto, the Faculty Assembly can be invoked; and
4. Require the president to develop a new policy-making process with some requirements, all of which the Board can choose to not follow.
Please join the university community in asking members of the Board to delay consideration of this motion and instead to advise the university president consult the University Senate on the following: a collaborative and transparent process that is consistent with University Constitution; an open discussion that identifies and explains what problems the Board is trying to solve by this repeal; and why the actual process called for by the University Constitution was bypassed in this motion.