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125 Kerr Hall
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
Email: senate@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-2086


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Senate Standing Committee Descriptions

ACADEMIC FREEDOM (CAF) 5 members. Monitors and reports on conditions affecting academic freedom in the University.

ACADEMIC PERSONNEL (CAP) 9 members. Makes recommendations to the Chancellor on academic personnel actions. Reviews Academic Personnel policies. (only full professors serve) Meets weekly, Thursdays, 1-4.

ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID (CAFA) 7- 9members. Considers matters involving admissions such as eligibility requirements, financial aid and relations with schools. CAFA considers the weighting of various non-academic criteria in admissions as well as the percent of students admitted on the basis of academic criteria alone. Recent issues include liberalizing general education transfer requirements for community college students and revising eligibility requirements. Meets Bi Weekly, Fridays, 9 -11.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION & DIVERSITY(CAAD) 6 members. Studies and makes recommendations on affirmative action policy. In recent years CAAD addressed issues of spousal hiring, and faculty mentoring and retention. Vets the Diversity Awards Meets Bi Weekly, Wednesdays, 12:00 -1:30

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES (COC) 5 members, all elected. COC appoints members to all Senate committees and Senate Officers, nominates faculty for service on administrative Task Forces, and search committees.

COMPUTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (CCT) 6- 8 members. Advises Chancellor and Division on all matters relating to computers, information systems and electronic communications facilities. Recent issues addressed by CCT are consideration of a laptop requirement, campus connectivity and data capacity for research.  Meets Bi Weekly, Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (CIE) 4 members. Concerned with any aspect of the Education Abroad Program of the University. CIE is expanding its mandate to include new international programs and the campus climate for international students.

EDUCATIONAL POLICY (CEP) 6 members. Reviews quality of undergraduate academic programs, reviews new programs, approves new courses, considers all grading and campus examination matters, including hearing of grievances relating to narrative evaluations/grades. Meets Weekly, Wednesdays, 11:00 – 1:30pm.

EMERITI RELATIONS (CER) 3 members. Makes recommendations concerning emeriti needs, interests and service contributions.

FACULTY RESEARCH LECTURE (FRL) 5 members. Nominates a faculty member for approval by the Santa Cruz Division who has a distinguished record in research to deliver a lecture upon a topic of his or her selection to the campus community.

FACULTY WELFARE (CFW) 6-8 members. Considers any subject concerning faculty welfare such as dependent care, health care, salaries and housing.  Meets Bi Weekly, Thursday, 10 - 11:30.

GRADUATE COUNCIL (GC) 10 members. Coordinates procedures and establishes policy bearing on higher degrees, reviews current programs and proposals for new graduate programs. Recent issues for GC include grad student support, the new environment created by union representation of TAs, grad enrollments, grading policies and developing graduate programs. Meets Bi Weekly, Thursdays, 2-4 pm.

LIBRARY (COL) 5 members. Advises president and chancellor on administration of the Library and relevant local and Systemwide Library policy. Recent issues for COL include issues of scholarly communication, and the McHenry remodel project.Meets Bi Weekly, Tuesday 2:30 – 4:00

PLANNING AND BUDGET (CPB) 9 members. Confers with and makes recommendations to the administration regarding budget policy and all planning matters; reviews proposals for academic program changes and recruitment requests. Issues for CPB include managing enrollment growth, faculty salaries, developing accountability measures for planning.  Meets weekly Thursdays, 8:30 -12:00.

PREPARATORY EDUCATION (CPE) 3 members. Considers any issue regarding undergraduate preparatory education and its administration.

PRIVILEGE AND TENURE (P&T) 7 members. Considers matters jeopardizing rights, privileges, or tenure, and conducts hearings in some individual cases. Reviews policy revisions.  Meets Bi Weekly, Wednesday, 8:30 – 10:00

RESEARCH (COR) 9 members. Considers research policy, reviews faculty research grants and scholarly meeting travel applications. Recent issues for COR are technology/distance learning, technology transfer, indirect cost recovery/overhead and reviewing targeted research opportunities. Meets Bi Weekly, Tuesday 2 - 3:30.

RULES, JURISDICTION, AND ELECTIONS (RJ&E) 5 members. Interprets divisional legislation; reviews and reports on proposed changes and additions to Bylaws and Regulations of the Santa Cruz Division.

TEACHING (COT) 5 members. Makes recommendations regarding evaluation of teaching, programs to foster good teaching, instructional support activities, and use of Instructional Improvement funds. COT selects the convocation on teaching topic, and reviews nominations for Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Meets Bi Weekly 10 – 11:30


Updated:  11/19/08