A big “Thank You” to all who submitted senate updates. I received more than I could fit into this brief column, so I had to prioritize the reports by their relevance to Perimeter College faculty, students, and staff. The next deadline to submit senate updates is Jan. 9.
Mark Flowers (Budget & Athletics)
The budget received updates on police and facilities. Although most of the facilities reports concerned the downtown campus, updates to Perimeter campuses included new fire alarms and roof repairs to several Perimeter buildings (multiple campuses).
Jennifer Duncan (Sustainability and Student Life)
The Senate Sustainability Committee is requesting that the Georgia State University website homepage provide a link to sustainability.
The Student Life Committee met Oct. 21 and approved four new Perimeter College student clubs on the Clarkston Campus: American Sign Language Club, Baha’i Club, Future Medical Professionals Organization, and Panthers Vote. The committee also approved the reactivation of Decatur Campus’s Psychology Club. Also of note:
- Allison Calhoun-Brown, vice president for Student Engagement and Programs, visited our meeting to announce that “Student Affairs” has been renamed “Student Engagement,” which now includes the Advisement Center, Student Success Programs, Student Engagement, and Student Life.
- The Clarkston Campus will be getting new kosher and halal food options.
- The Office of Student Engagement is working to create cocurricular maps to help students identify which cocurricular activities may be beneficial based on their majors/career goals.
Owen Cantrell (Cultural Diversity & Faculty Affairs)
- Cultural Diversity Committee: The Faculty Diversity subcommittee met to work on a response to the Report of the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty and to determine ways to hold the administration accountable for implementing the report’s recommendations. The subcommittee is working on the following tasks: first, to explore recommendations and resolutions related to diversifying administrators’ leadership diversity and enhancing equity lens and approaches/accountability for current administrators and leaders; and second, to identify the latest data on faculty and student diversity. We will revisit the actual definition of “faculty diversity.”
Joe Patterson (Budget & Planning & Development)
At the Oct. 21 meeting of the Planning and Development Committee, Dr. Tim Renick, senior vice president for Student Success, reported on undergraduate enrollments and graduation rates. Perimeter College has seen steady increases in its three-year graduation rates.
Charles Fox (Faculty Affairs & Academic Programs)
The Faculty Affairs Committee is currently developing a syllabus statement that articulates the classroom as a safe place. A subcommittee was formed to explore limiting the open access of student grade information on iPort.
John Redmond (Academic Programs & Cultural Diversity)
The African-American Studies Pathway passed the Committee on Academic Programs and is moving forward toward implementation by fall 2020. Kudos to Dr. Shawn Williams, Dr. Crystal Garrett and the late Mario Bennekin for their hard work on getting this pathway approved. (This is the first pathway proposal from Perimeter College to successfully gain University Senate approval.)
Cultural Diversity subcommittees: Student Diversity discussed a possible student diversity certificate at an associate, bachelor’s and graduate level. Faculty Diversity discussed past and future implications from the Commissions for the Next Generation of Faculty report and presentations and explored next steps.
LGBTQ discussed past years’ work and how to continue the progress, including the possible creation of an online LGBTQIA+ module for Georgia State faculty and staff to increase knowledge of and cultural responsiveness with this community.