Accommodations for Student Absences, University Council Rules Changes, and VCU Life Sciences as a Tenure-Granting Unit

Resolutions or statements regarding Accommodations for Student AbsencesUniversity Council Bylaws Changes and VCU Life Sciences as a Tenure-Granting Unit  were distributed for discussion at the March 6th Faculty Senate meeting. Copies of each are linked here above.

Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Database overview

Provost Beverly Warren shared Academic Analytics’ Overview of the Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Database at our March 6th Faculty Senate meeting, noting in her discussion that it may be better suited for use in some VCU programs than in others.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has shared samples of Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index data from 2006 and 2007 on its web site, searchable by areas of study and by institution (including VCU in both years) and adding some explanation of how the index works. There is also an accompanying article, “Faculty-Productivity Index Offers Surprises” from November, 2007.

Inside Higher Ed has also published  January, 2006  and March, 2007 articles featuring this tool also.

What Became of SB 104 – Dependent Children of University and College Faculty Reduced Tuition Program?

Faculty Senate of Virginia President Jim Lollar was recently asked about the outcome of SB 104 (reported here earlier) which created a reduced tuition program for faculty dependent children at state-supporeted colleges and universities. Dr. Lollar sent this reply. on March 25th..

“the tuition waiver bill was tabled in the House Appropriation Committee, and will be carried over to the 2013 session. Since it was a Senate bill with budget implications, the House committee was not willing to recommend the bill from committee since the Senate had not passed a budget bill, thus it was “unfunded.” We will strategize somewhat differently next year to hopefully avoid a similar outcome.”

For more details on the history of this measure in the Virginia General Assembly, see this legislative history of SB 104 from the LIS database.

 

VCU Staff Senate March 29th Walk-a-thon Details

As she said at the March 7th Faculty Senate meeting, VCU Staff Senate President Melanie Boynton encourages all faculty to participate in their March 29th walk-a-thon in support of the Virginia’s Caring University Scholarship and has now provided links to more detailed information (below).

Each spring, the VCU Staff Senate sponsors an annual walk-a-thon to raise funds for the Virginia’s Caring University Scholarship, an undergraduate award for juniors and seniors in financial need with a grade point average of 2.7 or better. Since beginning the program in 2005, the scholarship has helped 70 undergraduate students continue their education and graduate from VCU by raising more than $65,000 cumulatively from the VCU and VCU Health System communities.

Those who know students interested in applying for a Virginia’s Caring University Scholarship, please direct them to fill out the application. past recipients are listed online at http://www.staffsenate.vcu.edu/events/signature.html#walkathon

Online registration/donation is easy at  https://www.support.vcu.edu/2012vcuwalk. Contributions can be made via credit/debit card OR by payroll deduction using this page. Though on-line donation/registration is strongly encouraged, day-of registration will also take place, starting at 11:00.

This year’s Walk-a-thon will take place on Thursday, March 29, 2012. All participants should meet on the Monroe Park Campus, University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms, located at 907 Floyd Avenue at 12:00 noon. A quick warm up with Dr. Eric West, Associate Professor, VCU Recreational Sports will get us started, followed by a fun-filled walk around Monroe Park. Participants will then convene in the Student Commons for a short program, including Dr. David Hanson, Vice President for Finance and Administration. Food, giveaways, and a chance to win raffle items and door prizes, and booths of local vendors/supporters will also be available.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Eleanor Sharp, co-chair, at esharp@vcu.edu or Leetah Stanley at lstanley@vcu.edu.

Fall textbook orders are due to Barnes & Noble @ VCU on April 2nd

In the interest of helping our students save money on textbooks, please note…

From Vice-Provost Laura Moriarty…..

The bookstore will be reaching out to the department book order contacts and sending book request forms this week. 

Please, take a few minutes at your earliest convenience to submit your Fall textbook requests. You can submit your requests using any of the following methods:

As you know, the cost of textbooks continues to rise. Therefore, our students are looking forward to the opportunity to sell their Spring textbooks back to the bookstore in May.  The books they sell back will provide used book stock for students to purchase in the Fall.
The bookstore also offers students the option to rent textbooks, which provides a savings of more than 50 percent. The only way to effectively provide these opportunities is for faculty to submit textbook requests on time.

Because of your efforts last year, students saved more than $1.1 million on textbooks at Barnes & Noble @ VCU, the official campus bookstore. They paid students over $425,000 at buyback and students saved an additional $740,000 with the used book and rental programs. 

Thank you for your help.

Laura J. Moriarty, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs