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  Faculty governance
Senate Assembly to vote on evaluation committee

The Senate Assembly today (April 19) will consider a motion that lays out the details for a committee to carry out faculty evaluations of the University's top administrators.

On March 15, the University Senate passed a resolution to adopt a system of periodic (every two-three years) evaluation by the faculty of administrative officers, including the president, provost, deans and department chairs, with the results to be reported to the Board of Regents and the faculty.

The Senate resolution charged the Assembly with creating a standing committee, the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC), and stated that it would be chaired by the secretary of the University Senate, John Lehman, professor of biology.

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) discussed the AEC during the past month before endorsing the motion April 12. SACUA's motion will be discussed and voted on today during the final Assembly meeting of the academic year.

"SACUA is supportive of administrative evaluation, but there are varying opinions on how it should be accomplished," says Dr. Charles Koopmann, SACUA chair and associate chair of the Otorhinolaryngology Department. "I think this process is important enough that it needs very detailed study."

Part of the motion states: "The evaluating faculty participants shall be comprised of all (but also only) those faculty having a legitimate constituent relationship with the evaluated administrator. The AEC shall provide a reasonable and specific means to allow each evaluating faculty participant group the option to decline having the evaluation process of its administrator occur."

During its March 15 meeting, the University Senate assigned the AEC the following responsibilities:

• Development, in consultation with the regents, of the final version of evaluation questionnaires

• Implementation of the evaluation process as a Web-based procedure with the first evaluations to be carried out in fall 2004

• Reporting to the Board of Regents and the faculty the results of the evaluations.

"The evaluations need to be done in the most scientific and best fashion possible," says Koopmann, who also chairs the Senate Assembly. "I am not sure if it can be done under the current timeline. But it is the will of the University Senate to move forward, so we want to put forth a motion."

Along with Lehman, an ex-officio member, the AEC would comprise six additional members chosen from current and retired members of the University Senate. One member each would come from LSA, the Medical School, College of Engineering, and the combined campuses of U-M-Flint and U-M-Dearborn.

The Assembly would elect the final two members from the Ann Arbor campus's remaining schools and colleges. All members would be responsible for the evaluations in their respective units.

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