View Bill 22-23-23

Senate Bill 22-23-23

Bill ID: 22-23-23
Name: Proposal to Increase CUSF and CUSS Senate connections
Proposed: 12/14/2022
Sponsor: Rochelle Newman, Professor, Senate Chair, Department Chair
Proposal: The purpose of CUSF is to advise the Chancellor and report regularly to the Board of Regents. It has a responsibility to consider and make recommendations on matters of System wide professional and educational concern to the faculty and matters to which faculty bring special expertise. The purpose of CUSS is to provide a voice for non-bargaining Staff employee concerns in reference to basic decisions that affect the welfare of the University System of Maryland (USM) and its employees.

Currently, faculty and staff can be elected to CUSF/CUSS to represent UMCP with limited information about UMCP shared governance and decision processes. This is detrimental to their effectiveness as a representative. Although Senate Chairs serve in an ex-officio role on CUSF, this is often a one-way flow of information, and the workload of Senate Chairs can preclude their attendance at these meetings. A two-way flow of information is needed for connections between the campus & system levels.

Two changes are needed:
1) To increase the effectiveness of the CUSF and CUSS representation the requirement should be added that to run for election, individuals must have prior experience on a Senate committee or council.
2) At the end of the elections cycle, the UMCP primary members for both CUSF and CUSS will designate which primary member will serve as an non-voting ex-officio at SEC meetings and designate an alternative backup ex-officio member for each of the councils.

These changes will help facilitate a two-way flow of information by effective member representation on CUSF and CUSS that can regularly attend SEC meetings. Since the Senate already runs the elections for CUSF and CUSS, participation the elections could be limited to those with prior Senate committee or council experience.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Plan of Organization Review Committee (PORC)
Received: 01/27/2023
Next Step: SEC review


Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 12/14/2022
Decision Date: 01/25/2023
Actions: SEC voted to amend the PORC charge-Senate Doc#21-22-30 to include a review of the proposal.
Next Step: SEC voted to charge PORC with a review of the proposal
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