UNH Faculty Senate

Motion on Academic Approval


1. Faculty Senate Committee: none
2. Committee Chairperson: none
3. Date Submitted to Agenda Committee: April 12, 2000
4. Date of Faculty Senate Discussion: May 1, 2000
5. Committee/Administrator Responsible for Implementation: Provost Hiley
6. Exact wording of motion:

All UNH courses not taught by full-time UNH faculty members must be subject to review and approval by the academic department* offering the course before such courses will count within that department's major or minor curriculum or for general education credit. In addition, all instructors hired by the university to teach credit courses on a per-course basis, including summer courses, should be reviewed and approved by the chairperson in the academic department offering the course. Departments may refuse to accept courses, including summer courses, taught by unapproved instructors for their major or minor programs.

* If the course is not offered through an academic department, the faculty group that normally governs the course will render the approval.

Appendix 1 - The Joint Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.

The Joint Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities was "jointly formulated by the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.... In November 1966, the Executive Committee of the AGB took action by which that organization also ‘recognizes the Statement as a significant step forward in the clarification of the respective roles of governing boards, faculties, and administrations' and ‘commends it to the governing boards which are members of the Association'". This statement says in part that "Faculty status and related matters are primarily a faculty responsibility; this area includes appointments, reappointments, decisions not to reappoint, promotions, the granting of tenure, and dismissal. The primary responsibility of the faculty for such matters is based upon the fact that its judgment is central to general education policy. Furthermore, scholars in a particular field or activity have the chief competence for judging the work of their colleagues; in such competence it is implicit that responsibility exists for both adverse and favorable judgments. Likewise there is the more general competence of experienced faculty personnel committees having a broader charge. Determinations in these matters should first be by faculty action through established procedures, reviewed by the chief academic officers with the concurrence of the board. The governing board and president should, on questions of faculty status, as in other matters where the faculty has primary responsibility, concur with the faculty judgment except in rare instances and for compelling reasons which should be stated in detail."

Appendix 2 - The Preamble of the Constitution of the Faculty Senate: The Faculty Role in University Shared Governance.

The principle of shared governance in universities is long established by tradition and was formalized in the 1966 Joint Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities (jointly formulated by the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges). The Joint Statement affirms that the academic institution is a "joint effort," requiring communication and consultation among all constituencies, and addresses the distinctive responsibilities of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students in university governance.
The distinctive responsibility of the faculty is the academic mission of the university. In particular, the joint statement asserts that "The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. On these matters the power of review or final decision lodged in the governing board or delegated by it to the president should be exercised adversely only in exceptional circumstances and for reasons communicated to the faculty."
This constitution provides for the faculty to exercise this responsibility through an elected Faculty Senate. This Faculty Senate is designed to work in close communication and collaboration with the Board of Trustees, principal administrators and the Council of Deans, the PAT and Operating Staff Councils, and the Student Senate, each of which have their own distinctive responsibilities as well as overlapping areas of concern.

7. Senate Action: Passed on May 1, 2000, with 1 nay & 3 abstentions

Chair's Verification: Pedro de Alba on May 4, 2000

Forwarded to: President Leitzel on May 4, 2000 *

Forwarded to: Provost Hiley on May 4, 2000

* (Note that this motion was returned by the president with a request for clarification.)

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