View Bill 14-15-19

Senate Bill 14-15-19

Bill ID: 14-15-19
Name: Review of the University of Maryland Plan of Organization
Proposed: 10/01/2013
Sponsor: Plan of Organization Review Committee
Proposal: The University of Maryland Plan of Organization (Article 6.3) stipules that "review of the current Plan of Organization shall be undertaken at least every ten years by a committee composed of members elected by the Senate." However, the Plan gives the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) the authority to "institute a review of the Plan by such a committee in the fifth or subsequent year following a review if in its judgment there have been changes in the University significant enough to justify a review." In April 2011, the Senate and President Loh approved a recommendation from the Elections, Representation, and Governance (ERG) Committee to initiate the Plan review in year seven (Senate Doc. No. 09-10-38). Accordingly, the Senate Executive Committee developed a slate of candidates as defined in Article 6 for the Plan of Organization Review Committee (PORC) for Senate approval in Fall 2013.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 03/09/2015


Institution-Wide Referendum: 03/02/2015
Presidential Approval: 03/09/2015
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/04/2015
Decision Date: 02/11/2015
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the revisions to the University of Maryland Plan of Organization.
Next Step: Institution-Wide Referendum
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/14/2015
Decision Date: 01/21/2015
Decision: The SEC voted to place the report on the Review of the University of Maryland Plan of Organization on the February 11, 2015 Senate Meeting agenda.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Plan of Organization Review Committee (PORC)
Received: 10/01/2013
Decision Date: 12/15/2014
Decision: The committee approved its final recommendations and revisions to the University of Maryland Plan of Organization.
Actions: -The Plan of Organization Review Committee began its review in October 2013 and subsequently held 15 meetings of the full committee to complete its review.
-The Committee focused on those issues raised by the SEC, other committees of the Senate, reports from other campus bodies, and the Senate staff.
-The Committee reviewed the University System of Maryland (USM) Policy on Shared Governance to gain a broader perspective of shared governance principles.
-The Committee met or consulted with the Director of Athletics, the Chair of the Athletics Council, representatives of the Office of Institutional Research Planning and Assessment (IRPA), and the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove.
-The Committee reviewed relevant senate legislation since the last Plan review, which was referred to PORC, approved or rejected by the SEC, and approved by the Senate.
-The Committee reviewed data on election results and voter counts, constituency population trends, and peer institution data.
-The Committee also considered suggested revisions to the Plan and Bylaws that would align the documents with current practices and administrative structures.
-The Committee created a subcommittee to propose revisions to the Bylaws that would conform the Bylaws to changes made to the Plan.
-The Committee considered changes to all of the standing committee memberships in order to streamline and make them more effective.
-The full Committee reviewed the subcommittee's proposed changes to the Bylaws and agreed to make recommendations to the Senate Executive Committee for Senate approval following approval of the Plan.
-The Plan of Organization Review Committee approved its final recommendations on December 15, 2014.
Next Step: Senate Executive Committee (SEC) Review
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