Faculty Assembly President?s Report

November 2006

Tom Napierkowski





1. Monday, November 13, NCA Accreditation Review Meetings with the Faculty

On an item of great importance, I want to remind all faculty of two important meetings. The members of the NCA accreditation team, who will be on campus next week, have requested the opportunity to meet with UCCS faculty on Monday, November 13.


The team will meet with the officers of the UCCS Faculty Assembly and with UCCS representatives to the CU Faculty Council at 2:30 p.m. in UC 303.


Immediately following that meeting, at 3:30 p.m., the accreditation team has scheduled an open meeting for all UCCS faculty in the University Center Theatre.


The accreditation review is critical to the future of this campus; and I urge Assembly officers and the faculty at large to attend these meetings and to ensure a successful review process.


2. Friday, January 26, UCCS Faculty Retreat        

On a different note, I ask all faculty to set aside Friday, January 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for a UCCS Retreat sponsored by Vice Chancellor  for Academic Affairs Peg Bacon and the Faculty Assembly. This retreat, which will be held in the Lodge, will address ?Evolving Faculty Roles and Responsibilities.? In light of new models of funding for universities across the country, adjustments in faculty roles seem inevitable. If faculty member do not take the lead in exploring the possibilities, adjustments may be imposed  on us without faculty consultation. The retreat will also provide an opportunity for faculty to review changes in Academic Policy Statements governing the tenure and post-tenure review processes.


3. UCCS Faculty Representatives Needed on Three System-wide Committees

UCCS is still without full representation on the CU Faculty Council and on two key system-wide Faculty Council standing committees: the Personnel Committee and the Budget Committee. The Council and the committees in question generally meet once a month in Denver. The voice of the UCCS faculty is not being heard in these important venues. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible (tnapierk@uccs.edu or 255-4007).


4. Prof. R. L. Widmann, Chair of CU Faculty Council, Will Attend December Meeting of UCCS Faculty Assembly

Finally, a change in schedule: Professor R L Widmann, Chair of the CU Faculty Council and of the Academic Planning Working Group (APWG), which has worked with the University of Colorado administration in formulating the new Academic Policy Statements on tenure and post-tenure review, was scheduled to attend this Friday?s meeting of the UCCS Representative Assembly to report on last spring?s Report on Tenure-Related Processes at the University of Colorado and on the new Academic Policy Statements developed as a result of that report. Due to an unexpected conflict in her schedule, Professor Widmann has had to cancel her trip to UCCS. She will, instead, report and answer questions at the December meeting of our Representative Assembly.