Student Affairs Committee 2019-2020
Mission: The Student Affairs Committee will concern itself with student services and non-academic student programs, including athletics.
The Student Affairs Committee is encouraged to invite a Student Senate observer to its meetings.
Chair Bill Woodward, Psychology COLA
Martha Byam, Social Work HHS
Susan Endrizzi, Theatre & Dance COLA
David Feldman, Mathematics and Statistics CEPS
Gregory McMahon (as proxy for Harriet Fertik), Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies COLA
____________, UNH School of Law
Pam Ikegami (as Fall proxy for Lori Hopkins) Languages, Literatures, & Cultures COLA
Katerina Karaivanova, Psychology COLA
John Miller, Kinesiology HHS
Catherine Moran (as proxy for Nena Stracuzzi), Sociology COLA
Gayle McIntyre (as proxy for Elsa Upham), English COLA
Elza Brechbuhl, Student Senate representative
Lauren Breza, Graduate Student Representative
Corresponding Administrators: Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Services
Recurring Charge 2019-2020
1. Review the actions of the state legislature regarding possible votes on the permissibility of carrying firearms on campus. Report as necessary.
Rationale: The faculty require advanced warning if major changes to campus firearms policies are in the offing.
2. Research and report on the costs and benefits of providing more resources to the Center for Academic Resources (CFAR) taking into account the recent report prepared by ASAC. Please attempt to report by first September Senate meeting.
3. Report to the Senate on mental health services being provided for students, including issues relating to the prevention of mental health crises and the promotion of coping skills. Consult with the director of Psychological and Counselling Services (PACS) as well as with the Dean of Students.
Rationale: As is true of universities across the US, UNH faces the need to address and meet the needs of an increasing population of students with mental health challenges. It is central to the academic mission of the university to facilitate the full and healthy participation of these students in the academic program.
4. Research and provide a report to the senate about whether there are increasing numbers of students coming to UNH with executive functioning challenges; how support services in PACS and CFAR currently work with these students; and if there are best practice models that offer recommendations regarding improvements to our current support systems. Consult work that began last year by SAC.
It is a strategic priority at UNH to enhance student success and well-being. There is growing data to suggest that students are coming to college less prepared to manage their academic lives. An increasing number of students have IEP and 504 plans in high school, which offer important supports for students and create lines of communication between school administrators, teachers, and parents. Many students will lose those supports when they come to college.
5. Report on the support being provided to faculty by the administrative leadership and student support services to help implement the numerous accommodations provided to students in the context of Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
Rationale: As the number of students requiring accommodations increases at UNH, faculty find themselves in the very difficult position of being asked to provide accommodations without the training or resources that are necessary to implement these accommodations. The faculty senate is fully committed to helping these students to the extent that is possible, but also recognizes that in order for faculty to meet these needs, it is necessary for the administration and student services to provide substantially greater training and resources
6. Investigate the purpose and value of standardized student evaluations for instruction, particularly those provided to students in a digital format. Consider alternative means of achieving the goals embedded in student evaluations including 1. going back to the older system of paper-based evaluations, or 2. revising the entire system of student evaluations, so that they become departmentally based with the evaluations designed and administered directly by the individual departments to meet the specific pedagogical and disciplinary concerns of the departments. Rationale: There is considerable concern among the faculty that the movement from paper-based to electronically based evaluations has led to an overall deterioration in the value of these instruments for their stated purpose of providing insight to teachers regarding their pedagogical approach. This is true for several reasons including the decreasing participation of students in these evaluations, and the potentially inappropriate contexts in which evaluations are being completed. Another concern among faculty is that electronic evaluations are being used by administrative leadership for purposes other than for which they were intended. There is a broader concern among the faculty that our current system of evaluations, that provides a one-size-fits-all approach with putatively objective numerical information, does not serve its intended purpose of providing valuable feedback to instructors regarding their teaching. Finally, it is important to know that evaluations may have a role in grade inflation
7. Monitor the current campus climate initiative on diversity and inclusion is working to address the concerns of underrepresented students.
Rationale: As UNH continues its emphasis on student success and retention, it is important that we understand the perspective of all of our students and strive to ensure that all students feel welcome on campus.
8. Continue to work with Terri Winters, assistant vice provost for digital learning and communication, regarding updates to male/female self-identifying question on student evaluation form.
Rationale: UNH has begun to include additional categories beyond male and female to its admissions forms, and there is a concern to provide consistency in all UNH documents that require self-identification.
9. Review and report on the outcome of the four-semester pilot program on changes to GPA requirements for study away programs (See Faculty Senate Motion # XII-M15, dated May 22, 2018)
10. (added on 09/13/19) The Dean of Students office has provided proposed wording for syllabi describing UNH’s chosen name policy. Please review the policy and the wording provided, work with the Dean of Student’s office to address any concerns and questions, and provide the Senate with a recommendation about endorsing this language.
11. (added 09/13/19) Consider proposal to free instructors particiapting in the Early Assessment Pilot from having to complete the mandated mid-semester report. Present motion as soon as possible in order that the change can go into effect this semester.
Charges for Academic Year 2018-2019
1. Report on mental health services for students, specifically what is being done to prevent crises, for example promoting coping skills. Assess whether the restructuring of the Counseling Center into PACS (Psychological and Counseling Services) has benefitted students and their academic performance. Report in March.
2. Analyze and assess the growing issues around Student Accommodation Services. Specifically, there is great concern that there is not adequate support for faculty in terms of the growing number and difficult cases of special accommodations for students. Full report in February.
3. Make recommendations about methods of increasing the percentage of students who complete online evaluations.
4. Review the period when student evaluations are available, including whether a flexible release at the instructor’s direction is possible, and make recommendations about the timing of student evaluations.
5. Review Student Senate Resolutions on universal syllabi and make recommendations to the full Faculty Senate. Report by October.
6. Review the Student Senate motion advocating for students following sexual abuse and, if appropriate, create a motion.
7. Monitor state legislature for possible votes regarding guns on campus. Report as necessary.
8. Follow up on the proposed policy concerning animals on campus. Report as necessary.
9. Monitor how the campus climate initiative on diversity and inclusion is working to address issues of underrepresented students and their ongoing social and classroom struggles.
10. Indigenous Peoples Day: Review the proposal to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day; working with the authors of the proposal (Lana Peshkova, Casey Golomski, and Megan Howey), as well as with other key stakeholders (Monica Chiu and the central administrative leadership), consider the benefits and negatives of such an action. Provide motion or report to Faculty Senate by April.
The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Student Affairs Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.
Student Affairs Committee Membership 2018-19
- Susan Endrizzi, Theatre & Dance, COLA, chair
- Martha Byam, Social Work, CHHS
- Harriet Fertik, Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, COLA
- Katya Karaivanova, Psychology, COLA
- John Miller, Kinesiology, CHHS
- Evangelos Simos, Economics, PCBE
- Richard Smith, Natural Resources & the Environment, COLSA
- Nena Stracuzzi, Sociology, COLA
- Elsa Upham, English, COLA
- Bill Woodward, Psychology, COLA
- Graduate Student Senate Representative
Audrey Getman, Student Senate Representative