Consultation

Guidelines for Administration Consultation with the Faculty
 

As per Bylaw 40.11, the Regents have delegated to the faculty, through the agency of the Academic Senate, authority over the conditions for admissions, for approving and supervising curriculum (courses and programs), and for advising on budget, academic resources, and faculty personnel actions.  In general, major changes in policy or practice which affect faculty should – for the sake of good policy making and faculty morale – be developed in consultation with the faculty.  Consultation can ensure that well-intentioned policies do not have unintended consequences.

In the UC system, when we say consultation, we mean:

  1. It is in writing.
  2. It requests opinion that may change a proposal, and does not just inform us. 
  3. It is conducted with due attention to Senate process and protocol.

Any proposal should indicate:

  1. The problem or challenge that is being addressed
  2. How addressing that problem helps meet school or campus strategic needs
  3. The process through which the proposal was developed (discussions, resources, research, etc.).

For matters specific to an individual school, the School Executive Committee is the appropriate body for consultation; it serves as the Senate representative at the school level, and should advise the Dean on policy, including budget and planning, as per each committee’s bylaws.

For matters with institutional ramifications, the Academic Senate is the appropriate body for consultation (senatechair@ucmerced.edu).The Senate will designate specific committees as lead committees for review, but will also send proposals to all committees, as well as (often) School Executive Committees and, as relevant, the School Curriculum Committees.  The usual turnaround time for review is 30 days, but it can be expedited.  

- Academic Senate, November 2016


1 Formerly Standing Order 105.2 of The Regents