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Academic Senate

Long Range Planning and Environment Committee's Charges


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The Long Range Planning Committee shall prepare and review strategic planning initiatives of the university and review progress in achieving those goals. The Long Range Planning Committee shall consist of eight collegial representatives, each to be elected by his or her college, one member of the educational development faculty elected by that group, and three members at large elected by the Academic Senate.

  1. Suggest inclusion of all governance groups in the formation of the Master Plan. Recommend process and membership of a task force that would begin the creation of a Campus Master Plan that addresses the various kinds of space across campus, academic and otherwise. The master plan should include our natural resources, taking into account a data-driven assessment and adaptive management of our natural areas.

  2. We have a campus cyber-infrastructure plan as required by the NSF. Investigate whether we could modify it to take into account big data mining, infrastructure experimentation, protocol design, etc. Many questions will have to be addressed: What are the benefits of utilizing campus data? What are the risks? Privacy concerns? How engaged is the CIOís office?

  3. Is it feasible to include representation from each governance group on the Board of Trustees and all of its subcommittees?

  4. Explore mechanisms for the faculty, staff, and students to evaluate the Ombuds office.

  5. Explore whether the Ombudís office is adequately staffed, especially since Lee Twyman noted that we no longer have a mediator on campus. Should additional resources be considered given the increased demands and importance of this position?

  6. What are steps that we can take to make RIT the most attractive place possible to work for top tiered faculty? Lines of inquiry might begin with determining whether or not RIT loses potential top job candidates, and if so, whether there is anything that the university could do to rectify the situation.

  7. Study the percentage of non-tenure track faculty we have at RIT (by which is meant adjunct instructors AND lecturers) and compare this percentage to that of our peer and aspirant institutions of higher learning and recommend appropriate percentages of non-tenure track faculty.

  8. The previous Campus Environment Committee determined that the best practice for improving coordination and communication among sustainability-oriented groups and activities on campus, particularly those related to academics where we currently fall short, is to establish a rotating Faculty Fellow in Sustainability. To that end, define the job description and logistical considerations for this position.