Global Citizenship Project Committee

Purpose of the Committee

The Global Citizenship Program Committee (GCPC) oversees the Global Citizenship Program. The GCPC reports to the Faclty Senate, and apprises the Provost of its recommendations and decisions. The handbook identifies the functions of the committee (Appendix A) which are summarized below:

The Committee

  • Keeps the Senate and university informed of its actions
  • Approves the inclusion and removal of courses in the Global Citizenship Program.
  • Makes recommendations for factors that relate to the Global Citizenship Program, such as academic standards, assessment, requirements and coding.
  • Provides forms and directions for preparing proposals for consideration in the Global Citizenship Program
  • Provides two summary reports at the end of the academic year. One is a short report to the Senate indicating the major activities of the year. The second is a University report to Academic Affairs with detailed information on all proposals and changes.

Committee Membership and Meetings

The committee meets throughout the fall and spring semesters. The meetings are open. There are 11 voting faculty members. Ex-officio members serve as a resource, but do not vote. The Chairperson is responsible for the smooth operation of the committee. Several days before the meeting voting and ex-officio members are provided with the materials to be discussed. Deadlines for submitting course proposals to the GCPC will be published in the annual Webster calendar.

Responsibilities

Chairperson

  • Presides over meetings
  • Assists presenters with questions of process (prior to and during the meeting)
  • Plans the agendas
  • Writes the year-end report for the Faculty Senate
  • Supervises the preparation of the detailed year-end report for Academic Affairs
  • Works with an assistant, provided by the Faculty Senate

Administrative Assistant

  • Prepares the schedule of meetings and arranges for rooms
  • Attends each meeting and takes minutes
  • Writes, with guidance from the chairperson, the draft of the minutes
  • Prepares, with guidance from the chairperson, agendas for meetings
  • Distributes packets of materials to voting and ex-officio members
  • Makes sure all paperwork is signed and properly filed
  • Prepares the detailed report of the committee
  • Supports the chairperson in additional ways

Members

  • Read proposals prior to attending the meetings
  • Do special work as needed

Appendix A

University Handbook Global Citizenship Program Committee

Mission

The Global Citizenship Program Committee (GCPC) oversees the Global Citizenship Program. The GCPC reports to the Faculty Senate, and apprises the Provost of its recommendations and decisions.

Membership

Voting Members:

  • Eleven members of the Faculty Assembly, one from each of the schools / colleges and five atlarge shall be elected for three year terms, and arranged so that three or four terms end each year. The eleventh member is a member of CIS, selected by the CIS.
  • The voting members of the Committee shall elect a Chairperson from among the voting full-time faculty on the committee. The chairperson shall be elected at the start of the fall semester and shall serve until the start of the following fall semester.
  • In the event that a voting member of the committee cannot regularly attend meetings, the Chairperson shall request that the Senate appoint a substitute for the remainder of the term.
  • Quorum shall be defined as the presence of fifty percent or greater of voting members of the committee (six voting members).

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

  • Director of the Global Citizen Program
  • Director of FRSH 1200
  • Director of the Keystone Seminar
  • Provost or designee
  • University Registrar or designee
  • Director of Academic Advising or designee
  • Director of Institutional Effectiveness or designee
  • Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee or designee
  • Faculty Development Center or designee
  • Dean of the University Library or designee

Functions

  • The GCPC shall develop and publish criteria for acceptance of courses into the Global Citizenship Program, in accordance with the definitions articulated in the GCP plan approved by the Faculty Assembly.
  • The GCPC shall approve the inclusion of courses in the Global Citizenship Program. In the case of denial of a proposed course, the GCPC shall provide a rationale for the decision.
  • The GCPC shall approve the removal of existing courses from the Global Citizenship Program. In such cases, the GCPC shall notify the respective department or program chair in advance, and shall outline the rationale for the deletion.
  • The GCPC shall be responsible for ensuring that the program content is delivered with fidelity to meet the approved Global Citizenship Program goals and learner outcomes.
  • The GCPC shall make strategic recommendations to the Office of Academic Affairs for a comprehensive array of courses that meet the goals and outcomes of the Global Citizenship Program.
  • The GCPC shall be responsible for the overall assessment of the program, in accordance with the Global Citizenship Program Assessment plan. The GCPC shall report the findings and recommendations of the annual program assessment to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Senate, the Faculty Assembly and the Provost.
  • The GCPC may initiate and develop amendments related to matters impacting the entire Global Citizenship Program or may develop such proposals if the Committee is so charged by the Faculty Senate.
  • The GCPC shall solicit candidates and send recommendations to the Provost, who shall make the final appointment, for the following positions:

    • The Director of the FRSH 1200 Seminar Program, who shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee and have a three year term.
    • The Director of the Keystone Seminar Program, who shall will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee and have a three year term.
    • The Director of the Global Citizenship Program, who shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee and have a three year term.

Procedures

  • The GCPC shall meet on a regular basis, and at least once per semester. Announcement of date, time and location, and the meeting agenda shall be distributed to the Faculty Assembly prior to the meeting. Minutes of the meeting shall document committee decisions, and shall be posted on the Webster intranet.
  • The GCPC shall annually publish a schedule of deadlines for the conduct of business.
  • The business of the committee shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.
  • Decisions of the committee shall require a majority (51%) of positive votes of those members attending the meeting.
  • The GCPC shall distribute the guidelines for consideration of prospective courses, including the criteria for course acceptance, recommended rubrics, deadlines, and syllabus requirements.
  • The GCPC shall annually publish a summary of the committee decisions and activities.