View Bill 12-13-37

Senate Bill 12-13-37

Bill ID: 12-13-37
Name: Revisions to the College of Information Studies (INFO) Plan of Organization
Proposed: 12/18/2012
Sponsor: College of Information Studies (INFO)
Proposal: Article 11 of the University's Plan of Organization stipulates that the Plan of Organization of each College/School and the Library, and any revisions thereto, shall be filed with the Senate for approval or disapproval. The College of Information Studies (INFO) is submitting its revised Plan of Organization for Senate review.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Elections, Representation, & Governance (ERG) Committee and Faculty Affairs Committee
Received: 01/22/2013
Actions: ERG Committee:

The ERG Committee briefly discussed the Plan of Organization at its meetings on January 28th and February 21st, 2013. It assessed the Plan in-depth at its meetings in March 2013. It decided to integrate its comments into the Plan and Best Practices Checklist so that it can be sent back to INFO for revision. The committee's comments were sent back to INFO on May 15, 2013.

INFO returned a revised Plan of Organization in December 2014. The ERG Committee reviewed the revised Plan in spring 2015 and sent comments back to INFO in early April 2015. On April 24, 2015, the ERG Committee met with representatives of INFO to discuss the revisions. INFO agreed to additional changes to resolve the ERG Committee's concerns, and agreed to submit a final revised Plan in fall 2015 after approval by the INFO Assembly. In fall 2015, INFO indicated that there had been significant changes in the College and that their College Advisory Committee would be revising the Plan to reflect those changes. INFO indicated their timeline for returning revisions was late summer/early fall 2016.

In September 2017, the ERG Committee’s chair and coordinator met with the dean and the senior associate dean of INFO to align expectations and establish a timeline for completing revisions. The following month, the chair and coordinator also met with an INFO faculty member responsible for revising the draft. In March 2018, the ERG Committee received a new draft Plan. The ERG Committee returned its feedback in May 2018.

INFO submitted a revised draft in October 2018. The ERG Committee formed a subcommittee to review the draft, which returned feedback to INFO. The committee voted to approve the INFO Plan, contingent on the addition of clarifying language and approval by the INFO Assembly, on April 9, 2020.

Faculty Affairs Committee:

The Faculty Affairs Committee received the APT section for the Plan of Organization in January 2013. The section was assigned to a subcommittee, which presented its recommendations to the committee on February 28, 2013. The committee voted to send suggestions back to INFO for revision. The committee's comments were sent back to INFO on May 15, 2013.

A subcommittee of the FAC reviewed the appointment, promotion, and tenure (APT) sections of INFO's Plan, as well as the portion of the Plan dealing with reviews of tenured faculty, in spring 2019. INFO submitted a revised appointment, evaluation, and promotion (AEP) section in May 2019, which will be reviewed in fall 2019. The FAC reviewed the policies and worked with INFO to make minor adjustments. The FAC voted to approve the policies in an email vote concluding on March 24, 2020.

INFO's College Assembly approved the revised Plan on May 1, 2020.

The FAC needs to vote on INFO's post-tenure review policy before the Plan can be finalized and sent forward to the SEC.
Next Step: SEC Review