New Provost introduced at Faculty Senate
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
The members of Faculty Senate began the new school year with remarks from new provost Domenico Grasso, followed by a dialogue in which Grasso took questions from the senate during Monday’s meeting in Gore Hall.
Grasso discussed the importance of open lines of communication between himself and the senators, and said three key recommendations for the administration are “to educate, foster and equip.” He also spoke about correlation between diversity and making the university a success.
“I have seen enormous potential that’s been hidden away, and I look to uncover all that potential,” Grasso said.
The question and answer session that followed had senators like physics and astronomy professor John Morgan revealing concerns regarding high tuition costs that may hinder diversity, and others focusing on noticing intellectual diversity, not just physical diversity, as well as the issue of degradation of programs due to government sequestration of funds.
Grasso, along with the senators, also discussed the idea of differential tuition in the open dialogue session. Differential tuition is a program that bases tuition costs on major, and Grasso said that University Connecticut, University of Michigan and several schools in Canada and England have employed this program.
Following the interaction with the new Provost, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution to change the adjunct and affiliated titles of professors as of January.
Senate president Deni Galileo said he wanted to introduced the new “3-3-3” Committee as well.
“The committee will work to figure out how best to incorporate the terms of employment for continuing non-tenure track faculty track members, and they will begin work on Oct. 31 and make their recommendations within a year,” Galileo said.
Looking forward, the senators discussed learning more about the data breach that occurred this summer and how to prevent it in the future. In addition, the issue of students taking online courses through other universities was also brought up with an emphasis on devising approaches to bring students back to university affiliated courses. The senators said these future issues will be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee and the Undergraduate Studies Committee, respectively.