Guide for all Standing Committee of the Academic Senate

Committee on Budget Advisement Guide

Table of Contents – Each topic hyperlinked

  1. Welcome and Introduction

  2. Committee Composition and Charges

  3. Committee Transition-mentoring a new Chair

  4. Primary Power of the Senate and Committee Jurisdiction

  5. Committee Tasks

  6. Documents to be Archived and Stored

  7. Meeting Operations

  8. Recommendations and Policy Proposals from a Committee to the Academic Senate

  9. New Member Preparation

  10. Committee Chair Preparation

  11. Chairperson's Presentation to the Academic Senate

  12. Additional Contributions and /or Activities from specific Committee members-what you need to know-concerns and cautions

  13. Final Remarks

Attachment 1 – Sample Request of Information from other campus committees

Attachment 2 – Committee documents

Attachment 3 – Distribution List

Attachment 4 – Template for an Annual Report to the Academic Senate

Attachment 5 – Sample Policy Statement


END of GUIDE

  1. Welcome to the Standing Committees of the Academic Senate.

The Academic Senate approves of College policies; determines the goals of the academic programs and approves of all curricular matters including new courses, certificate, and degrees and all changes thereto; and generally oversees all aspects of the College.

The Academic Senate standing committees function to perform many necessary activities of the College. All the committees conduct an oversight of the areas under their charge and forward recommendations for changes to the administration and, at times, proposals for consideration of the entire Senate, including policies that govern the College. Some committees perform absolutely necessary acts such as processing admissions applications, changes in academic status of students, and curricular changes.

Faculty members who have concerns about any aspect of the College may bring them to the attention of the relevant committee for its consideration and possible recommendations for action and changes.

The Bylaws of the Academic Senate (Article VII – Committees) describe the membership and charges for each of the standing committees.

The Steering Committee of the Academic Senate consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. The Chair of a Standing Committee will be guided by and work with the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate.

This specific Guide is an introduction to the nature and operation of the Academic Senate Committee on Budget Advisement. This Committee is charged with making a Report to the College Advisory Planning Committee (CAPC) and the Academic Senate concerning budgetary conditions, and any recommendations regarding the budget and/or the budget allocation process at Queensborough Community College. In addition the Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to the President on matters of the College budget in its entirety including the Resource Allocation Process.

An important function of the Committee is to serve to fulfill the CUNY requirement in the Budget Process of providing opportunity for the administration to consult with the elected leaders of the faculty and student bodies on the budget request submitted to the Chancellery. In this regard the committee should receive and review and comment on the basic annual request and the quarterly reports.

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  1. Committee Composition and Charges

Composition

The membership of each committee is based on the amount of work of the committee – this is listed on your respective committee website. Once these members (i.e., faculty/HEO and Student Reps) are appointed and identified by the Committee on Committees or SGA, they are entitled full rights as members of the committee. The committee composition is as follows:

  1. A set number of faculty/HEO represented from different departments (there shall not be more than one member representing a department)
  2. Set number of student representation from SGA (Chair of the Committee should post their meeting times on the committee website so that student senators can select which committee meetings they can attend)
    1. Keep in mind that getting student reps to attend meetings may be challenging for two reasons:
      1. Committee changes their meeting time throughout the year and
      2. Interruptions in ratifying student clubs and student Senators delays appointing student senators onto clubs
    2. Ex-officio members without a vote are:
      1. President or Liaison to the President (administrative designee)
      2. Chair of the Academic Steering Committee or Liaison from the Steering Committee (SCD) which is assigned either by the Steering Committee or in collaboration with the CoC
  • Liaison from the Committee on Committees which is assigned from the Chair of the CoC

New faculty members are elected in the spring to a three-year term.

Committees have other attend its meetings as invited guests. Others who express an interest in attending the committee's meetings are also sent notices of its meetings. Any member of the instructional staff may be present and request permission to speak at a meeting of any Academic Senate committee. [Article VII, Section 2.4.]

QCC Academic Senate Bylaws Article VII. Section 13. The Committee on Budget Advisement

The Committee on Budget Advisement shall consist of one (1) representative from the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate; one (1) representative from the Budget Committee of the College Personnel and Budget Committee/Committee of Chairs; one (1) representative from the Faculty Executive Committee; and one (1) representative from Student Government; and

Steering Committee Designee (non-voting)

President's Designee (non-voting)

In addition the Committee will meet regularly with College's chief officer for Finance and Administration to discuss college budgetary matters;

Charges

Charges may be given to the committee in a variety of ways:

(1) the charges for the committee as contained in the Bylaws of the Academic Senate

(2) specific items referred by an action of the Academic Senate

(3) activities consistent with (1) that result from :

  1. A) CUNY Master Plan
  2. B) QCC Mission Statement
  3. C) QCC Strategic Plan
  4. D) Middle States Association Recommendations
  5. E) Annual report of the committee from the previous year
  6. F) Items referred by the Senate or one of its Committees
  7. G) Items requested by the Faculty Executive Committee
  8. H) Items suggested by the President, Student Government, or Alumni representative to the Academic Senate
I. The primary responsibilities of each committee is stated in the Bylaws: Article VII. Section 3. Committee's Jurisdiction ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES

The primary function of an Academic Senate committee shall be: to study the subjects referred to it by these bylaws or by the specific action of the Senate: to formulate appropriate policies thereon: and to propose such policies to the Senate for action. Every Academic Senate committee shall maintain a continuing review of College policy in its area.

II. The specific responsibilities of the Committee on Budget Advisement

QCC Academic Senate Bylaws Article VII. Section 13. The Committee on Budget Advisement

The Committee on Budget Advisement shall:

  1. Meet, on at least a bi-annual basis, with the College's chief officer for Finance and Administration to discuss college budgetary matters;
  2. Serve in an advisory capacity to the President on matters of the College budget in its entirety including the Resource Allocation Process;
  3. Hold any college budget documents circulated in meetings as confidential;
  4. Report to the College Advisory Planning Committee (CAPC) and the Academic Senate concerning budgetary conditions, and any recommendations regarding the budget and/or the budget allocation process at Queensborough Community College

III. The general responsibility of the Committee is in what it does as it shares in the powers of the Senate as given by the CUNY BOT in the QCC Governance Plan, C. POWERS

Through its Steering and Standing Committees, the Academic Senate shall have the power to request and receive information appropriate to or necessary for the performance of its duties, from the President and members of the administration, from students and student organizations, and such other sources as may be appropriate. It may address communications to the Board of Trustees transmitted by the President in some document whether it be a Chancellor's Report or some other report in which the vote must be recorded. As the policy making body of the College, the Academic Senate shall adopt policies not inconsistent with BOT Policies and Bylaws and shall be the voice of the academic community of Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York in all matters which shall appropriately be brought before it, including:

  1. Intercollegiate athletics and cultural, fine and performing arts programs.
  2. Educational objectives of the College.
  3. The establishment and location of new units of the College.
  4. The periodic review of all departments of the College. The Senate shall have the power to recommend to the Board of Trustees the creation, deletion, or restructuring of departments of the College in consultation with the department(s) in question.
  5. The formulation of the policy relating to the admission and retention of students, subject to the guidelines of the Board of Trustees, and curriculum, awarding of college credits, and granting of degrees. In granting of degrees student members of the Senate shall not vote.
  6. The recommendation of search and evaluation procedures.
  7. Such other areas as affect the welfare of the institution.

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  1. Committee Transition- mentoring a new Chair

In the last year of service on a committee as committee Chair, an attempt should be made to identify another member of the committee who will continue on and is willing to accept the position of chair. If this is accomplished, then during that final year the potential successor should be made aware of all that the chairperson is responsible for doing.

In the event there is no identified potential successor, it is all the more important for the current chair to prepare documents to be turned over to whomever is elected to serve as Chair the following year. It is optimal that conversation occurs between the outgoing and new incoming Chairs and that a transfer of documents takes place at that time. If such a meeting cannot be held then it is very important that the outgoing chair place all such documents for the transition and any other relevant documents in the filing cabinet for the committee in the Academic Senate archive section of the Library. Chairpersons are encouraged not to retain original committee documents in their own office.

According to the Bylaws Article VII section 3:2:

“Members of the Academic Senate standing Committees shall function from the date of election until the first day of the Fall Semester following their election. During the changeover period from the April Senate meeting to the first day of the following Fall Semester, the various Committees shall consist of members of both the retiring Committees and the new Committees. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the committee size as of the first day of the Fall Semester. Those who will constitute the new committee shall elect one chairperson before the last day of classes of the semester in which the committee is elected. The new chairperson shall serve beginning the first day of the Fall Semester; the retiring chairperson shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of the annual report as stipulated in Article VII, Section 7b, of these Bylaws.”

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  1. Primary Power of the Senate Article III section 1 & Committee Jurisdiction Article VII section3

“Through its Steering and Standing Committees, the Academic Senate shall have the power to request and receive information appropriate to or necessary for the performance of its duties, from the President and members of the administration, from students and student organizations and from such other sources as may be appropriate. It may address communications to the Board of Trustees by the President in some document whether it be a Chancellor's Report or some other report in which the vote must be recorded. As the policy making body of the College, the Academic Senate shall adopt policies not inconsistent with BOT policies and Bylaws and shall be the voice of the academic community of Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York in all matters which shall appropriately be brought before it:

  • Extracurricular programs: athletics and cultural, fine and performing arts.
  • Educational objectives of the College.
  • The establishment and location of new units of the College.
  • The periodic review of all departments of the College with the power to recommend to the Board of Trustees the creation, deletion, or restructuring of departments of the College in consultation with the department(s) in question.
  • The formulation of the policy relating to the admission and retention of students, subject to the guidelines of the Board of Trustees, and curriculum, awarding of College credits, and granting of degrees. In granting of degrees, student members of the Senate shall not vote.
  • The recommendation of search and evaluation procedures.
  • And such other areas affecting the welfare of the institution.”

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  1. Committee Tasks

Read the charges set for your specific committee bylaws

The committee serves as an intermediary party between individual departments/offices and the administration. It may arrive at recommendations to the Academic Senate that are impartial and in the best interests of the College as a whole. Although the faculty members are appointed into particular academic departments they do NOT represent those departments at the Committee meetings. This should be made clear by the Chairperson to both the committee members and their respective department chairpersons. Committee members should not be relied upon as sources of information from or conduits to communications to their departments.

There are standing committees of the Academic Senate that have committees of the College (formed by the administration rather than the formed by the Academic Senate) acting in areas related to their charge. Such committees are expected to send a communication to those College committees requesting information such as the following: (See Attachment 1- Request of Information from other Committees)

  • current membership of the College committee
  • current charges assigned to the committee
  • date of the last meeting of the committee
  • any information the committee cares to share with the standing committee of the Academic Senate that may be helpful to the work of the standing committee.

Refer to “Addendum to the General Committee Guide" which are additional contributions and/or activities specific to each Committee and posted on your respective committee website.

The Committee should seek input from the College community concerning the matters related to its charge. This can be done in a variety of ways including email and other methods of communication. The Committee should seek input from the parties who are involved with or related to matters under its consideration. It may be prudent to invite such parties to attend committee meetings on matters of possible controversy or where faculty, departments, and the administration may not agree.

The President's designee regularly attends committee meetings to address any concerns the Administration has and serve as a liaison between the committee and the administration. The committee may also receive information from other offices, committees, and/or departments on campus to address collaborative work related to the bylaws of the committee.

General Operations

The Committee will serve as to provide the College with the opportunity to satisfy the CUNY requirement for consultation with the elected faculty and student leaders on the submission of the College Budget. This Committee will have need to work with the administration and committee of Department Chairpersons as well as the Academic Senate. The Committee will meet regularly with College's chief officer for Finance and Administration to discuss college budgetary matters.

Ordinary Matters

In order to fulfill its charges the Committee will need to receive and request information from the various offices of the College that relate to the formation, revision and submission of the College Budget to the University and other sources.

The Committee must create and maintain strong working relationships with the chairpersons of the academic departments and the Academic Senate Steering Committee if it is to Report to the College Advisory Planning Committee (CAPC) and the Academic Senate concerning budgetary conditions, and any recommendations regarding the budget and/or the budget allocation process at Queensborough Community College

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  1. Documents that will be collected and archived

The list below indicates the documents that the QCC Academic Senate Advisory Committee on the Budget would like to have and will store in a non-public secure location for future use by the Committee when making comparisons or multi-year reports. Most of these have been furnished in the past and others should be readily available once they are completed.

  1. The most recent annual financial report of CUNY, which includes a very useful “dashboard” on each campus summarizing enrollment, employment, revenue and expenditure trends;
  2. The latest draft of the QCC financial plan or drafts of the plan, including the supporting tables;
    1. Table I - Revenue Projection
    2. Table II - Multi-Year Plan
  • Table III - Anticipated Additional Funds
  1. Table IV - Multi-Year Hiring Plan
  2. Table V - IFR/Fund Code 11 Program Summary
  3. Table VI - Procurement Plan
  • Table VII - Community ACE Cash Deposit Schedule
  1. Quarterly reports related to the QCC financialplan
  2. A multi-year table of full-time positions, identifying faculty lines separately from other positions or QCC Fact books reports;
  3. QCC Auxiliary Enterprises, Inc. budget, recent annual financial statement, bylaws, and most recent IRS 990 return.3
  4. QCC FUND budget, recent annual financial statement, bylaws, and most recent IRS 990 return.
  5. QCC Student Activity Association, Inc. budget, recent annual financial statement, bylaws, and most recent IRS 990 return.
  6. QCC Student Tech Fee Plan
  7. Report on funds made available to faculty for travel and research from all sources such as the PSC contract, QCC Fund and the College itself over a three year period and by academic department.

Should there be any other supporting entities then their budget, bylaws, and most recent IRS 990 return. These are separate corporations that in some campuses and included in the auxiliary enterprise corporation and in some campuses are separate, like performing arts centers or child care centers.

Reports of allocations of indirect funds associated with your campus from the Research Foundation;

Budgets associated with facilities and capital projects plan for QCC;

Any requests for city council Resolution A funds for capital projects.

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  1. Meeting Protocols (Meeting times, agenda, minutes, documents, voting, electronic vote, notice to the public)

The Committee should establish a fixed meeting time and list it on the Academic Senate site where such information is given so that prospective faculty members would know if they can attend the meetings or they might request a teaching schedule that would so permit their attendance. The Chairperson generally schedules the meetings and they are announced in advance, including during meetings, although others may be called as needed.

The committee meets several times each semester in order to accomplish its various charges coming from the Bylaws, Senate actions, and the Steering Committee. The committee operates by general review and consensus.

The committee must prepare an agenda, take minutes of the meetings, and prepare an annual report (See Attachment 2 – Committee Documents & Attachment 4 – Template of Annual Report to the Academic Senate.)

Meetings should follow Robert's Rules of Order that can be accessed at http://www.rulesonline.com/

Documents generated by and received by the committee should be forwarded to others on a timely basis (See Attachment 3 –Distribution List). Therefore all committee meeting dates, agenda, meeting minutes, and documentation for review should be sent to the distribution list. Once approved, documents generated by and received by the committee should be uploaded to the committee web page via the college's CMS (trainings available during the semester).

When the committee votes, even when electing a new Chairperson, members are to vote via closed ballot and submit their ballot to the committee Secretary, who at that time can announce the outcome. The ballots are then put in a dated sealed envelope (with a note as to what the vote was for) and forwarded to the Senate Archivist.

Senate committees may use electronic voting for Committee resolutions, recommendations or other deliberative matters, as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:

compliance with Robert's Rules of Order, relating to electronic voting in order to provide, at a minimum, simultaneous aural communications between all meeting participants.

compliance with open meeting laws pursuant to New York State v. Perez.

compliance with all other committee meeting regulations provided for under this section. [Article VII, Section 2.5.]

The public has the right to attend any meeting of committees, subcommittees, and special committees. Any time a quorum of any such committee gathers to discuss business, the meeting must be held in public, subject to the right to convene an executive session under certain limited circumstances. In addition, there must be prior notice of the meeting; the business of the meeting must be recorded in written minutes; and a record must be obtained of the final vote of each member of the committee on all matters on which a vote is formally taken. Non-members must conform to the usual requirements of parliamentary procedure; the Parliamentarian will interpret and enforce the rules, which include that non-members of the body may speak without the permission of the body.

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  1. Recommendations and Policy Proposals to the Academic Senate (See Sample Documents #5)
  • Either form of report (monthly or annual) might contain recommendations that would be made to various units of the college, including other Senate bodies. Committees should send these recommendations directly to the units involved as well as reporting them to the Senate.
  • Recommendations made to units of the College are to be followed up by the committees who make them, and responses reported in subsequent reports to the Academic Senate. If there is no response or no adequate response, as determined by the committee, the committee may report this to the Academic Senate after consultation with the Steering Committee. The current disposition of each recommendation should be noted in a monthly report and also in a summary of all items in the annual report. See Attachment 4 – Sample Annual Report.
  • From time to time, the Committee may determine that it is necessary to have the Academic Senate consider a policy for the College. In this case the committee frames a proposal and sends it to the Steering Committee. See Attachment 5 – Sample Policy Statement (policy statement from 2005 can be used as an example), for an example of a policy statement. Actions for the Academic Senate to approve, including policies of the College, are to be so designated in reports sent to the Senate. Such actions, recommendations and policies as are approved by a vote of the Senate are to be followed up by the committees of origination and the Steering Committee. If there is no response or no adequate response, as determined by the Steering Committee, the committee may report this to the Academic Senate for a further discussion of the matter and a determination by the Academic Senate as to the appropriate course of action for the Senate to take on the matter. Of course, at any time, any member of the Senate may request a report on the status of previous Senate resolutions and policies.
  • Through the process of making and reporting on recommendations, the role of the Academic Senate in governance is effectuated.

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  1. New Member Preparation

What new members should do to prepare to work on the Committee:

Faculty members of this committee should be familiar with the Guide for Academic Senate Committee members and with this guide and familiarize themselves with the pertinent policies and documents.

Contact the current Committee Chairperson

They should speak with the current Committee Chairperson and ask their department chair not to schedule classes for them to teach during the regular fixed Committee meeting times and it is also advisable, but not required, not to be scheduled to teach during the Academic Senate meeting time [Tuesdays between 3 and 5pm].

Review the committee's web page for prior agendas and minutes

Refer to “Additional Contributions and/or Activities for each Committee” posted on your respective committee website.

They should also be familiar with Best Practices for Budget Consultations of the University Faculty Senate (UFS) Budget Advisory Committee .

It would also be helpful if they were aware of the budget process at the College and within the University and with both the City and State of New York.

Note: Workshops on the CUNY, City and State processes are sometimes offered by the UFS.

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  1. Committee Chair Preparation and Tasks

The Committee Chair should become familiar with this General Committee Guide for standing committees.

At the beginning of each academic year, all Senate committee Chairs will receive a guidance email from the Steering Committee. The guidance should be reviewed with the Steering Committee and then reviewed with your respective committee as a starting point for the new academic year. The guidance is a result from consideration of a number of items including:

Charges for the committee as contained in the Bylaws of the Academic Senate

Specific items referred by an action of the Academic Senate activities consistent with and as a result from:

  • CUNY Master Plan
  • QCC Mission Statement
  • QCC Strategic Plan
  • Middle States Association Recommendations
  • Annual report of the committee from the previous year
  • Items referred by the Senate or one of its Committees
  • Items requested by the Faculty Executive Committee
  • Items suggested by the President, Student Government, or Alumni representative to the Academic Senate

Refer to “Addenddum to the General Committee Guide" posted on your respective committee website. Edit this section as needed.

Refer to the next section to propose new policy and/or make revisions to your committee bylaws.

The chairperson of this committee should hopefully have served on the Committee for at least one year during which time this member would become thoroughly familiar with the charges and operation of the committee and the protocols for the Academic Senate and the operation of shared governance at the College. If the Chairperson is a faculty member that member will need to ask their department chair not to schedule classes for them to teach during the regular fixed Committee meeting times and not to be scheduled to teach during the Academic Senate meeting time [Tuesdays between 3 and 5pm] because the Committee may need to present or explain its reports to the Academic Senate.

As the Committee sends its reports and recommendations to the Academic Senate, the Chairperson of the Committee should be prepared to present the matter to the Steering Committee and be prepared to answer questions concerning such reports and recommendations.

If the Steering Committee submits a matter to the Academic Senate, the Chairperson of the Committee should arrange with the Steering Committee the manner in which the Committee Chairperson would participate in the presentation to the Academic Senate. The Committee Chairperson might make the principle presentation or simply respond to questions. If the Chairperson is in dissent from the matter forwarded from the Committee to the Academic Senate, then the Chairperson might ask to present a dissent, as is the right of any member of the minority faction of the Committee. The Committee Chairperson should be present to answer questions from the Academic Senate concerning the matters placed before the Academic Senate by the Committee. The Committee Chairperson might invite other members of the Committee or the college faculty or staff to be present at the Academic Senate meeting in order to respond to specific matters. If they are not members of the Academic Senate, either the Committee Chairperson requests permission for the nonmembers to speak, knowing that they want to do so, at the start of the Committee presentation or when nonmembers raise their hands to respond to or question the report, they need to have permission to speak.

It is best for the Chairperson to prepare the way for the Academic Senate to act on whatever measures are being sent to it. The Chairperson should contact the principle parties and apprise them of the matter. If there is opposition to the measure expected, the Chairperson should discuss this with the Steering Committee and those affected.

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  1. Chairperson's Presentations to the Academic Senate
  • As the committee sends its reports and recommendations (see Sample Documents) to the Academic Senate, the Chairperson of the committee should be prepared to present the matter to the Steering Committee and be prepared to answer questions concerning such reports and recommendations.
  • If the Steering Committee submits a matter to the Academic Senate, the Chairperson of the Committee should arrange with the Steering Committee the manner in which the Committee Chairperson participates in the presentation to the Academic Senate. The Committee Chairperson might make the principle presentation or simply respond to questions. If the Chairperson is in dissent from the matter forwarded from the Committee to the Academic Senate, then the Chairperson might ask to present a dissent, as is the right of any member of the minority faction of the committee. The committee Chairperson should be present to answer questions from the Academic Senate concerning the matters placed before the Academic Senate by the committee. The committee Chairperson might invite other members of the committee or the college faculty or staff to be present at the Academic Senate meeting in order to respond to specific matters. If they are not members of the Academic Senate, either the committee Chairperson requests permission for nonmembers to speak, knowing that they want to do so, at the start of the committee presentation or when nonmembers raise their hands to respond to or question the report, they need to have permission to speak.
  • It is best for the Chairperson to prepare the way for the Academic Senate to act on whatever measures are being sent to it. The Chairperson should contact the principal parties and apprise them of the matter. If there is opposition to the measure expected, the Chairperson should discuss this with the Steering Committee and those affected.

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  1. Additional Contributions and/or Activities for each Committee

The committee is respectful of all constituencies of the college community and open to concerns and makes every effort to address issues in a timely manner. Other concerns may be subject to individual committees – please refer to your committee's additional contributions section.

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  1. Final Remarks: Concerns and Caution

The committee occupies a position between several offices of the administration and the academic departments. As such it must be careful to create and sustain good working relationships with the College Officers and Staff and the Chairpersons of the Academic Departments. Accomplishing its charges will often require effective communication skills and much diplomatic skill. It must remain clear to all and at all times that the Committee will serve to fulfill its charges.

If at any time the Committee determines that it is experiencing any difficulties in so fulfilling its charges this should be reported to the Steering Committee and a plan should be developed for how the situation might be resolved.

In its reports to the Academic Senate and College Community and elsewhere the Committee must always present the facts and document them. It need not always report on all occurrences and communications if doing such will not serve to forward the work of the Committee.

This guide is a live document and should be updated on a continuous basis. The goal of this guide is to provide committee members and committee leaders' guidance on how to conduct committee meetings and how to proceed with committee tasks and projects.

Work on the Standing Committees of the Academic Senate is acknowledged as service. Therefore, all members who are elected to participate on a standing committee of the Academic Senate have additional responsibilities to carry out. If you are unable to participate/attend or follow through with performing tasks given to your committee, it is advisable to resign from the committee by informing the Chair of the Committee on Committees or the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate in writing. We hope that you find the work on the committees of the Academic Senate rewarding and a valuable contribution to shared governance at Queensborough Community College.

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Attachment 1 – Sample Request to other committees on campus

QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The City University of New York

ACADEMIC SENATE

COMMITTEE ON [NAME]

TO: _________________________, Chair, _________________College Committee

FROM: _________________________, Chair, Committee on _____________________

SUBJECT: Request for Information

DATE:

I am writing in my capacity as Chairperson of the Committee on ….

The Steering Committee of the Academic Senate has directed us to secure information concerning those areas of the college related to our charge from the Academic Senate. As your committee is related to those areas and as we are charged with making reports and recommendations to the Senate concerning those areas it behooves us to learn about the function and work of your committee. Toward that end we wish to establish communication with you and the members of your committee.

Article III. POWERS OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE Section 1. Through its Steering and Standing Committees, the Academic Senate shall have the power to request and receive information appropriate to or necessary for the performance of its duties, from the President and members of the administration, from students and student organizations and from such other sources as may be appropriate.

Article VIII. The primary function of an Academic Senate committee shall be: to study the subjects referred to it by these bylaws or by the specific action of the Senate; to formulate appropriate policies thereon; and to propose such policies to the Senate for action. Every Academic Senate committee shall maintain a continuing review of College policy in its area.

I am therefore writing to inquire:

  • Who are the members of your committee?
  • What charges has your committee been assigned?
  • When did your committee last meet?
  • Do you have any information to share about the activities of your committee that you believe might be helpful to us?

I apologize for any inconvenience these queries may impose, and offer my thanks, on behalf of the Committee on… for your time, trouble, and attention.

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Attachment 2 – Committee Documents

Committee Agenda

An agenda should, as far as possible, be prepared and distributed prior to the meeting. The contents of the meeting agenda should follow the following format:

  • Approval of the Agenda
  • Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting(s)
  • Chair's Report
    • Communications from Steering Committee
    • Communications with Administration
  • Items in Process (or pending)
  • Items for Current Agenda
  • Old Business
  • New Business,
  • Set Date, Time, Location for next meeting

Committee Minutes

Minutes shall be taken at each meeting:

  • These should indicate actions taken and/or recommendations made for Academic Senate consideration and for subsequent implementation by the College community.
  • They may also include a limited description of the areas discussed.
  • Minutes should be sent out to all members on the committee and those present during the meeting (guests) for approval (see Attachment 2 – committee documents).

The contents of the meeting minutes should follow the following format:

  • Date, Time and Location of meeting
  • Approval of Minutes- if any
  • Notation of Chairperson's report
  • Report on Actions taken by the Committee
  • Setting of the Date, Time, Location of next meeting.

Reports

Committees of the Academic Senate send both occasional monthly and annual reports to the Academic Senate. In both forms of reports, there may be contained recommendations being made by the committee. The Academic Senate receives these reports and may decide to discuss items contained therein. These reports should be sent to the committee's distribution list (see Attachment 3- Distribution list) for approval and prior to submission.

Monthly Reports

All recommendations for action must be reported to the Academic Senate for their consideration/vote.

Any item for consideration by the Academic Senate must be sent to the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate in the form of a monthly report at least 18 days prior to the next scheduled Academic Senate. It would be advisable to have a representative attend the Academic Senate meeting where the recommendation is being discussed/voted upon.

Note: The dates for submission to Steering Committee for placement of an item on the Agenda, and the dates of the Academic Senate Meetings can be found at: Senate Calendar

Annual Report – is considered an official document

Following the Bylaws, it is the responsibility of each standing committees, subcommittees, and special committees of the Academic Senate must make annual reports to the Academic Senate.

The Committee may call upon the assistance of the Steering Committee designee and/or the President's designee in the preparation of that report. The intention behind the preparation and content of the annual reports is the positive goal of having the work of the committees completed. The reports will serve both to inform on what has been done and to make known what might be done to further the work of the committee. These reports will assist the Steering Committee and the Administration in ascertaining what needs attention and where clarification is in order and possibly where more support must be given.

These reports will contain:

  • events of the year
  • activities in fulfillment of the committee's charges: bylaws, specific annual charges from the Steering Committee
  • issues related to the work process of the committee
  • description of what might be done to support and further the work of the committee.

See Attachment 4 - Sample Annual Report template

Those who prepare these reports should feel free to indicate what additional resources or forms of assistance might better enable them to complete their work including aid from the Steering Committee and the President's designees. Involving the committee chair and the Steering Committee and the President's designees in the preparation of the annual report should make the basic task of preparing the report more manageable and provide the information needed by the administration and the Steering Committee to assess the needs of the Senate.
It is the responsibly of the current Chairperson of each of the Standing Committees to draft the Committee's Annual Report.

  • The report should be reviewed by the entire committee prior to being submission to the Academic Senate.
  • The Annual Report is due prior to the September Academic Senate meeting and should be submitted by August 15.
  • It is advisable to review the Sample Annual Report template when writing up the annual report. Once the report has been approved by the committee, the report should be uploaded appropriately (i.e., populate the headings of each section from your annual report) onto the annual report section of Cascade. This will streamline all annual reports and allow certain information (i.e., recommendations/self-generated goals, new chair, meeting dates) to be easily identified in the report.
  • Once submitted the chair needs to inform the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate so that it can be included in the Senate's agenda.

The report should also be sent electronically to the Senate's archivist.

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Attachment 3- Distribution List

Items related to the regular meetings of the Committee (agenda, minutes, memoranda, etc.) should be distributed to:

  • Committee members
  • President's Designee
  • Steering Committee Designee
  • Committee on Committees Liaison
  • Academic Senate Steering Committee
  • Academic Senate Website (webmaster@qcc.cuny.edu)
  • College Archives (cwilliams@qcc.cuny.edu)
  • others present at the meetings

A special distribution may be necessary:

  • When an item under consideration requires the input from individuals/departments, who are not on the general distribution list, these should be notified in advance of the meeting.

Other Materials: annual report, assessment requests etc.:

  • Pertinent parties
  • College Archives

Copies of materials should be sent to the Academic Senate Steering Committee as they are deemed significant and leading to possible actions by the Academic Senate

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Attachment 4- Template for Annual Reports of the Standing Committees of the Academic Senate

Annual reports will be posted on the committee's webpage. Please log in to Cascade, then find your committee area, then click on reports (or ask our Web Director, David Moretti where to find it).

Once you are in the annual reports folder, please complete each section. Below are the subject areas (in bold) you will be filling out as part of your annual report. You may fill out the information on this form and then cut and paste onto the Cascade template.

Membership/officers

  • Text field here- Alphabetical order by last name (department)/position held in committee

Liaisons

  • Text field here- Alphabetical order by last name (department)/position held in committee Include here: Student Representation, Steering Committee Designee, Committee on Committee liaison, President's designee, etc…

Membership Composition Changes

  • Text field here.

Committee Meeting Dates

  • Text field here – how often met? Do you have a regularly scheduled time?

Narrative summary of committee work

  • Include any projects, items acted upon, indicate clearly whether project is completed or in progress, etc…

Assigned Committee work as per Bylaws Charge/Strategic Plan/Middle States Items/ or Actions of the Academic Senate

  • Text fields here -copy and paste the charges- clearly indicate next to each charge whether each charge has been completed, is in progress, or has been deferred. Explain partial completion and deferral.

Responses towards Steering Committee Charges

  • Text field here - copy and paste SC charges- clearly indicate next to each charge whether each charge has been completed, is in progress, or has been deferred. Explain partial completion and deferral.

Recommendations for Next Academic Year

New Committee Members

  • – new elected Chair and Secretary

Acknowledgments

Respectfully Submitted,

Committee on __________, Chair

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Attachment 5– Sample Policy Statement

The City University of New York

Academic Senate Committee on Computer Resources

MEMORANDUM

TO: Academic Senate Steering Committee

FROM: Committee on eLearning, __________, Chairperson

SUBJECT: Monthly Report: Two proposals regarding email and the QCC Technology Plan

DATE: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Proposal 1. TIGERMAIL

Whereas, there are a number of benefits that come to students from the use of their college supplied email system,

Whereas, there are a number of benefits that come to faculty from the students using the college supplied email system,

Whereas, there are a number of benefits for the college administration that come from the students using the college supplied email system,

Be it resolved that: all students of the College use Tigermail exclusively for school related business and be it further resolved that faculty so inform students of this requirement and attempt to enforce it if they have email communications with their students.

Be it further resolved that faculty be encouraged to use the college email in school business.

Proposal 2. FACULTY EMAIL

Whereas, there are a number of benefits that come to faculty use of the college-supplied email system, Whereas, faculty often continue many of their academic activities after they have retired from teaching,

Be it resolved that: all retired faculty members who worked fulltime be allowed to maintain Queensborough email accounts

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END OF GUIDE

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