一道本不卡免费高清The Task Forces exist on a temporary ad hoc basis to address specific policy issues, and are formed by the University Coordinating Committee.
Compatibility of SCU Gift Acceptance Guidelines with SCU's Mission, Vision, and Values
一道本不卡免费高清This task force reviews Santa Clara’s gift acceptance guidelines in relation to the mission, vision, and values of the University, researches best practices in gift acceptance in higher education, and, if needed, recommends improvements in the University’s gift acceptance guidelines.
Ciocca-Koch Gift Oversight and Accountability
This ad hoc committee will advise the Provost’s Office on the maintenance of academic freedom and integrity and the autonomy of the University in decisions related to expenditures of this gift; the committee will report at least annually to the Faculty Senate Council, Staff Senate and Student Senate for the duration of the gift.
Prevention of Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination
The task force will complete a revision and implementation plan of Policy 311 that creates a unified policy addressing sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination and harassment in compliance with federal and state laws.
Lecturers Best Practices
一道本不卡免费高清The Task Force will investigate best practices for Lecturers (Senior Lecturers, Renewable-Term Lecturers, and Academic Year Adjunct Lecturers) at other universities in the areas of hiring protocols, job stability, service expectations, respect, and resources.
The Task Force was formed to continue the work of the Adjudication of Alleged Academic Integrity Violations Task Force一道本不卡免费高清 which was unsuccessful in creating a new University policy due to concerns from the faculty community. The new task force will develop a broad statement of University standards of academic integrity and define protocols for reporting and adjudicating undergraduate academic integrity violations.
Exploring a Staff Housing Assistance Program
The Task Force will propose a Housing Assistance Program benefit for Santa Clara University staff.
Review of Rank and Tenure Procedures
一道本不卡免费高清The Task Force reviewed rank and tenure procedures at other institutions and made best practice recommendations to improve the rank and tenure system. The Faculty Affairs Committee approved some recommendations from the task force and will continue the finalization of other recommendations in the next academic year.
Voluntary Faculty Retirement Support Program
一道本不卡免费高清The task force made recommendations to create a well-designed faculty retirement support plan with the following components: money, education, and retiree connections.
Promoting Informal Approaches to Conflict Resolution
The Provost's website includes documentation on the channels for reporting and resolution of disputes at SCU. Elsa Chen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Charles Ambelang, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, currently work to assist with the resolution of disputes involving faculty and staff members, and the Provost's Office is piloting an effort to engage neutral third parties to resolve conflicts.
Diversity & Inclusion
一道本不卡免费高清In Spring quarter 2018, the Project Manager and Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion engaged with the Planning Action Council (PAC) to discuss and prioritize the Task Force recommendations. The Project Manager compiled the feedback from the discussions with PAC to share with the University President. In Fall 2018, two campus-wide fora were held as part of the comprehensive Campus Climate Study.
Providing Regular Feedback to Academic Administrators, 2015-16
一道本不卡免费高清The Task Force on Providing Regular Feedback to Academic Administrators recommended that Santa Clara University adopt an annual survey for faculty to provide regular, formative feedback to senior academic administrators (Deans and Provost). The following recommendations were submitted by the Task Force:
- An administrator survey should be administered in the spring focusing on the following areas: Communication; eadership in curriculum and teaching; Leadership in scholarship; Alignment with mission and institutional culture; and Overall management and leadership.
- All full-time faculty should provide feedback to their individual Dean each year.
- A random sample of full-time faculty (approximately one-third of the faculty) should fill out a survey about the Provost each year.
- Results of the surveys should be collated and distributed by an office on campus and given to administrators and their supervisors over the summer.
The recommendations were approved by the Provost and implemented in the following years.
Kids on Campus (Child Care Task Force), 2013-14
The Child Care Task Force, appointed by the Vice President for Finance and Administration, studied Santa Clara’s Kids on Campus program and comparable programs. The Task Force recommended that the University:
- continue to offer on-campus child care
- enhance the physical structure for the child care center
- stabilize the financial structure for on-campus child care
- develop a multi-year plan for tuition rates
- agree not to raise the tuition of KOC more than 5% in any given year.
一道本不卡免费高清The recommendations were submitted to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and implemented in the following years.
Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET), 2013-14
The Task Force on Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) developed an instrument to replace the instrument that had been in place at SCU for three decades. The Task Force reviewed the literature, received campus-wide feedback from faculty across the University on three potential models, completed pilot studies, and conducted a poll of the faculty. A new SET instrument was recommended by the Task Force and the Faculty Affairs Committee. The recommendations were approved by the Provost in October 2014 and subsequently adopted by all Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Evaluation of Teaching, 2011-12
The Task Force on Evaluation of Teaching was charged with the development of a flexible set of guidelines for collecting and analyzing evidence of a faculty member’s contributions to teaching and learning. The Task Force recommended the following:
- Evaluation of teaching should be based on multiple sources of evidence.
- Multiple sources of evidence should include at least student evaluations and peer evaluations.
- Peer evaluations should include both classroom observations and teaching materials.
- The University should convene an additional task force focused explicitly on improving the Student Evaluation of Teaching instrument.
- Other recommendations included: providing transparent and timely evaluation criteria and processes; engaging in the development of evaluation practices at the departmental level, developing a shared set of norms for exemplary, excellent, and unsatisfactory teaching; and experimenting with diverse small-scale pilot programs for evaluating teaching.
The recommendations were approved by the Provost.
Communication and Collaboration Tools, 2011-12
一道本不卡免费高清The Task Force on Communication and Collaboration Tools was formed to identify campus needs for communication and collaboration services, identify categories of tools to meet those needs, and evaluate and recommend specific tools and vendors within each category. The Task Force assessed the needs of the community, reviewed several products, consulted widely, and unanimously recommended that the University adopt Google Apps for Education as its communication and collaboration platform. The recommendation was approved by the Provost and President, and the tool was launched the following year.
Executive Task Force on Governance, 2010-11
The Executive Task Force on Governance conducted focus groups, surveys, and conversations, and subsequently developed recommendations to improve the governance process. Recommendations focused on the following areas: UPCs, Communications flow, Successful committees, UCC, Committee appointments, Responses and appeals, Role of Faculty Senate, Relations with Trustees, Orientation, and Staffing support.
一道本不卡免费高清The recommendations were revised by the UCC in 2011-2012. Following a vote of the faculty senate, thirty-two revised recommendations were approved by the UCC and the President on June 19, 2012.
Classrooms and Class Scheduling, 2010-11
一道本不卡免费高清The Task Force on Classrooms and Class Scheduling studied Santa Clara’s classroom availability and scheduling practices. The Task Force recommended the following:
- Some specialized teaching spaces should be made available for general use after they have been assigned for specialized use.
- To align with national practice the University’s master plan should include a commitment to maintaining a classroom utilization rate of 65 –70% during the typical class week.
- Plans for new construction and/or for changing the size of the graduate and/or undergraduate student body should take into consideration the availability of teaching space and the need to maintain appropriate flexibility to meet student and faculty needs.
- Some teaching spaces should be improved or remodeled to better support teaching and learning.
- The University’s Guidelines for Class Scheduling should be revised to support a broader distribution of classes throughout the day.
- The length of each Tuesday/Thursday (TR) class should be decreased by ten minutes to create an eighth class period on TR.
- Two-day per week scheduling options should be expanded by adding a few MF and WF options after 3:00.
- A few more classes that meet once per week on Fridays should be offered.
- A clear method should be established for communicating classroom problems and needs to the Registrar, Media Services, Facilities, and/or Deans, along with a clear strategy for responding rapidly to identified needs.
- Chairs and administrative assistants should communicate to faculty the range of classroom options using a scheduling template listing available times, equipment, furniture, and room options.
The recommendations were approved by the Provost and implemented in the following years.
Adjudication of Alleged Academic Integrity Violation
The Task Force was charged with updating the University's protocols for adjudication, appeal and sanctions for allegations of violations of academic integrity. Due to concerns from the faculty community, the Task Force was not successful in creating a new University policy on adjudicating academic integrity cases.