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Faculty Senate members discussed the importance of faculty being informed about important changes to course capacities during an Oct. 9 virtual meeting after Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David said capacities could increase next semester.

Faculty members express concerns over potential changes in course capacity

October 12, 2020

After being told class sizes may be increasing for the Spring 2021 semester, Jennifer Sadler, an assistant professor in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department, said she was concerned, especially because...

Chief of Staff Laurent Pernot updated faculty senators about developments to Columbia’s Reopening Plan during the first Faculty Senate meeting of the 2020–2021 academic year.

4 need-to-know updates on where Columbia stands ahead of the 2020–2021 school year

August 21, 2020

Updated Sunday, August 23 at 5 p.m. with a correction to the deficit figure. Originally it said Columbia could be looking at a $22 million deficit, but it is actually a $30 million deficit.  In ...

Columbia's Faculty Senate Executive Committee dodge a Zoombomber and welcome college administrators during a discussion on campus reopening.

Administrators address faculty worries on campus reopening

July 31, 2020

With the start of Columbia’s Fall 2020 semester a little more than a month away, faculty are still worried about a slew of uncertainties, like whether instructors can be retaliated against for con...

BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

June 6, 2020

  With the intention of enacting change and offering support, the Faculty Senate is backing a new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group to provide "a space to discuss issues that impact Black ...

Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David said department chairs, deans and associate deans are deciding which courses should be prioritized for in-person learning if classes do not fully resume on campus in the fall.

Provost addresses budget, reopening campus at Faculty Senate: ‘It’s going to be a really bad year for us all’

May 11, 2020

As the Spring 2020 semester draws to a close, Columbia joins thousands of colleges scrambling to provide answers for students, faculty and staff regarding plans for the coming school year. Althou...

Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph said the admissions team has been “aggressively” signaling to prospective students that classes will be in-person in the fall because even entertaining the idea of online courses could negatively impact enrollment.

Columbia ‘anxious,’ while optimistic for Fall 2020 enrollment despite predictions of national decline

April 21, 2020

Across the country, colleges and universities are bracing for expected enrollment declines for the Fall 2020 semester because of the coronavirus pandemic and rocky transitions to remote learning. Wh...

Faculty Senate members react to the clarification that all in-class activity is suspended until April 6, as explained by Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David at the Faculty Senate's Friday, March 13 meeting.

Provost provides clarification on classes and closings for confused Faculty Senate

March 13, 2020

Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David began her address to the Faculty Senate by discussing a January academic summit she attended, but when she shifted to addressing the suspension of in-p...

Faculty Senate to review and edit 'vague' bylaws

Faculty Senate to review and edit ‘vague’ bylaws

February 17, 2020

The Faculty Senate is preparing to review its bylaws to clarify expectations and procedures for future senators ahead of their 2020 elections. During their Friday, Feb. 14 meeting, the Faculty Senate voted u...

Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph said he is optimistic for enrollment numbers for next year during a Nov. 8 Faculty Senate meeting held at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave.

Making Columbia more affordable could increase already-growing enrollment

November 15, 2019

More than a year after Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph updated Faculty Senators on the college’s encouraging Fall 2019 enrollment numbers, he told senators he is expecting ano...

David Worrall, professor in the Audio Arts and Acoustics Department, discusses the logistics of dropping the C- during Columbia's Faculaty Senate meeting, Oct. 11, Stage 2 in 618 S. Michigan Ave.

Faculty Senate weighs ‘confusing’ prospect of eliminating C minus grade

October 15, 2019

The Faculty Senate is weighing eliminating the C minus grade collegewide. Some say the change would bring uniformity to grading, while others argue it could diminish the value of a passing grade. Ilya Levinson...

Provost Marcela David adresses the Faculty Senate members during the Sep. 13 meeting.

EDITORIAL: Faculty deserve space for honest debate, even behind closed doors

September 21, 2019

For years, the Faculty Senate has been a key part in successful communication between faculty and members of the administration. With meetings open to the public, students can actively listen in on co...

Provost Marcela David adresses the Faculty Senate members during the Sep. 13 meeting.

Provost addresses Faculty Senate, senators weigh future closed-door meetings

September 14, 2019

Faculty senators are weighing whether to make Faculty Senate meetings closed to the public amid concerns over keeping sensitive matters private.  The Faculty Affairs Committee forwarded a request to...

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