UNH Faculty Senate

Motion on Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations


on the Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations


1.  Motion presenter:   Kevin Gardner

2.  Date of Faculty Senate discussion:  2/9/09

3.  Rationale:

This motion expresses general concerns rather than commenting line by line on the report of the President’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Research.  The motion emphasizes that, in accordance with shared governance policy, the administration should bring any policy recommendations, which may result from the panel’s report, to the Faculty Senate for input, prior to a decision.

4.  Motion:

The UNH Faculty Senate applauds President Huddleston for opening a campus-wide discussion on research.  The Faculty Senate affirms the university’s commitment to research and thanks the Blue Ribbon Panel for their thorough report.  The Faculty senate does have a number of concerns about this report.  Since some of the report’s recommendations carry significant financial and structural implications over academic matters for which the faculty has primary responsibility, the Faculty Senate urges and expects the President to implement policy recommendations in a manner consistent with the principles and practices of shared governance when balancing priorities for scarce resources.

5.  Senate action:  passed with thirty-three ayes, no nays, and two abstentions

6.  Senate chair’s signature:  Marco Dorfsman

Forwarded to:  President Mark Huddleston, on February 17, 2009

Forwarded to:  Provost Bruce Mallory, on February 17, 2009


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