The Faculty Executive Committee and Other Institutions of Faculty Governance

Section 1.4 of the Faculty Handbook describes the organization and functions of the Faculty Executive Committee or FEC.  The following passages briefly summarize that description.  They also provide summary descriptions of the following:

  • Standing committees of the FEC
  • Other standing faculty committees at the College
  • Trustee Committees with FEC representation
  • Other standing committees of the College with FEC representation.

In addition, these passages identify the membership of these committees as of the 2015-16 academic year.

  • FACULTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (FEC):The Faculty Executive Committee is the principal instrument of faculty participation in the governance of Scripps College, responsible for policy in matters of curriculum, budget, faculty welfare, institutional planning, and student affairs including admissions and financial aid.   (See Faculty Handbook Section 1.4.)
    The Faculty Executive Committee consists of eight faculty members, each of whom is elected to a two-year term, plus the Dean of the Faculty, ex officio.
    The FEC currently has the following voting members:

    • Julie Liss, Interim Dean
    • Nathalie Rachlin, Chair
    • Andrew Jacobs, Vice-Chair
    • Kersey Black
    • David Cubek
    • Mark Golub
    • Judith LeMaster
    • Sabrina Ovan
    • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor

 

  • STANDING SUBCOMMITTEES OF FEC:Standing subcommittees of FEC make regular reports to the full Committee on their activities, keep FEC adequately informed on questions of policy, and prepare documentary material for the Committee on matters involving their areas of responsibility.  (See Faculty Handbook Section 1.4.)At present, the standing subcommittees of FEC consist of the Academic Policy Subcommittee, the Race and Ethnic Studies Subcommittee, and the Gender and Women’s Studies Subcommittee.Academic Policy Subcommittee (APS)—

    The APS reviews changes to the curriculum and to academic policy, including new course proposals, changes to existing courses (e.g., descriptions, titles, and/or prerequisites), modifications to major requirements, and all other amendments to the Academic Catalog.  APS also receives petitions from students requesting that courses meet general education requirements other than the Race and Ethnic Studies (RES) and Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) requirements.  After an item is reviewed by APS, it is forwarded with a recommendation to the FEC.  If the item is approved by FEC, it is then forwarded with a recommendation to the full Faculty for approval.The APS is composed of two members from the FEC (with one designated as the chair), the Registrar, and a student representative designated by Scripps Associated Students (SAS).

    The APS currently has the following voting members:

    • Mark Golub, FEC (Chair)
    • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor, FEC
    • Kelly Hogencamp, Registrar
    • Tatissa Zunguze, SAS


    Race and Ethnic Studies (RES) Subcommittee—

    The RES Subcommittee reviews courses submitted by faculty members and petitions from students requesting that courses meet the Race and Ethnic Studies general education requirement.  After an item is reviewed by the RES Subcommittee, it is forwarded with a recommendation to the FEC.  Courses approved by FEC to meet the RES requirement are forwarded with a recommendation to the full Faculty for approval.

    The RES subcommittee is composed of two faculty members, at least one of whom is a member of the FEC and serves as the RES Subcommittee chair.

    The RES Subcommittee currently has the following voting members:

    • Mark Golub, FEC (Chair)
    • David Cubek


    Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) Subcommittee—

    The GWS Subcommittee reviews course submitted by faculty members and petitions from students requesting that courses meet the Gender and Women’s Studies general education requirement.  After an item is reviewed by the GWS Subcommittee, it is forwarded with a recommendation to the FEC.  Courses approved by FEC are then forwarded with a recommendation to the full Faculty for approval.

    The GWS subcommittee is composed of two faculty members, at least one of who is a member of the FEC and serves as the GWS Subcommittee chair.

    The GWS Subcommittee currently has the following voting members:

    • Judith LeMater, FEC (Chair)
    • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor

 

  • OTHER STANDING FACULTY COMMITTEES:There are other standing committees besides FEC that have been created by the full Faculty and provided with delegated authority from the Faculty as prescribed by provisions in the Faculty Handbook.  At present these other standing committees are the Committee on Academic Review, the Core Steering Committee, the Committee on Study Abroad, and the Faculty Welfare Committee.Committee on Academic Review (CAR)—The Committee on Academic Review meets regularly to evaluate student petitions requesting exceptions to established academic regulations. CAR is empowered to establish specific probationary terms for any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 6.0 (C) or who, in the judgment of the Committee, jeopardizes her progress toward the degree. The Committee also has the authority to suspend or dismiss any student who fails to meet the terms of her academic probation. (See Faculty Handbook Section 4.2.)CAR is composed of five voting members: one member of the FEC, who serves as chair of CAR; a faculty member at large, appointed to a one-year term by the Dean of Faculty, who serves as chair in the absence of the FEC committee member; a student member, elected or appointed by the Scripps Associated Students (SAS); a member of the Dean of Students staff; and the Registrar.CAR currently has the following voting members:
    • Andrew Jacobs, Chair
    • Morgan Weidner, SAS
    • Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez, Assistant Dean of
      Students
    • Kelly Hogencamp, Registrar

    Note: an Augmented Committee on Academic Review (Augmented CAR) shall be convened on an ad hoc basis to address issues of student academic misconduct.  Voting members of the Augmented CAR include the regular faculty and student members of CAR plus the Chair of the Academic Policy Subcommittee, who shall chair this committee, and the Vice President Judicial of Scripps Associated Students.  Non-voting, ex officio members include the Dean of Students and the Registrar.  (See Faculty Handbook Section 4.4.)

    Core Steering Committee—

    The Core Steering Committee is responsible for academic policy within the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. This includes planning and coordinating course offerings, reviewing proposals for new or revised Core courses before they are recommended to the Faculty Executive Committee, and recommending to the Faculty Executive Committee and eventually the Faculty as a whole any proposed changes in the Program. (See Faculty Handbook 3.10.)

    The Core Steering Committee is composed of the Director of the Humanities Institute; the Core Director; the previous Core Director; and faculty members representing the four divisions of the College (Arts, Letters, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences), customarily appointed by the Core Director. Certain circumstances may make appropriate the appointment of additional members of the faculty to the Core Steering Committee, as described further in Faculty Handbook 3.10.

    The current members of the Core Steering Committee are:

    • YouYoung Kang, Core Director
    • Yuval Avnur, Core 2 and 3 Assistant Director
    • David Roselli, previous Core Director
    • Lara Deeb, Director of the Humanities Institute
    • Kim-Trang Tran, Fine Arts
    • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor, Letters
    • Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, Natural Sciences
    • Mark Golub, Social Science


    Committee on Study Abroad (COSA)—

    COSA establishes and updates a list of approved programs for off-campus study and periodically evaluates these off-campus study programs.  (COSA by-laws, revisions approved in the Faculty Meeting of May 5, 2011.)  In addition, COSA receives petitions from students requesting exceptions from the College’s normal guidelines regarding transfer credit from study abroad.  (See Faculty Handbook Section 4.2.)

    COSA is composed of three voting members: a faculty member at large, appointed by the Dean of Faculty to an indefinite term not to exceed five years, who serves as chair of COSA; a member of the FEC; and a student member, elected or appointed by the Scripps Associated Students (SAS).  The Director of Off-Campus Study and the Associate Dean of Faculty serve (ex officio) as non-voting members of COSA.

    COSA currently has the following voting members:

    • Nancy Macko, Chair
    • Nathalie Rachlin, FEC
    • tbd, SAS


    Faculty Welfare Committee—

    The Faculty Welfare Committee exists in an advisory capacity.  Its duties and functions are outlined in Faculty Handbook Section 1.4.

    The Faculty Welfare Committee consists of two members of FEC plus a tenured full professor elected by the Faculty as a whole to serve a three-year term (renewable indefinitely by election) as Faculty Ombudsperson.  The Faculty Ombudsperson chairs the Faculty Welfare Committee.

    The current members of the Faculty Welfare Committee are:

    • Sara Adler, Faculty Ombudsperson (Chair)
    • Andrew Jacobs, FEC
    • Sabrina Ovan, FEC

 

  • TRUSTEE COMMITTEES WITH FEC REPRESENTATION:The College Board of Trustees maintains a number of standing committee.  Two faculty members serve as members of the Trustee Finance Committee, the Trustee Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Trustee Educational Policy Committee, the Trustee Institutional Advancement Committee, and the Trustee Student Affairs Committee.  (See Faculty Handbook Section 1.2.)  The FEC has regularly appointed its members to serve on these committees.The faculty members currently serving on these Trustee Committees are as follows:
    Trustee Finance Committee—The primary responsibility of the Finance Committee is to oversee the short- and long-term financial health of the College. It oversees all aspects of the College’s financial operations including the development of the annual operating budget, the capital expenditures budget, and cash flow forecasts.The committee develops the policies under which the College may incur debt and monitors adherence to such policies. The committee can recommend but not approve borrowings. The Finance Committee approves the assumptions on which the annual budget process will be based and works closely with staff and faculty representatives of the campus Budget and Planning Committee to develop the operating budget, and monitors actual performance against the budget. It brings the annual operating and capital expenditures budgets to the full Board for approval, normally at its annual spring meeting. In addition, the Finance Committee, working with staff, develops a five-year long-range plan and informs the Board about the financial impact of various policy decisions.

    • Kersey Black
    • Nathalie Rachlin


    Trustee Building and Grounds Committee—

    In order to maintain, enhance, and preserve the historic campus, the Buildings and Grounds Committee concerns itself with the design, utility, andcondition of the College’s buildings, grounds, and utilities, and with the amount and adequacy of funds devoted to their maintenance and repair.

    It is also responsible for:

    Approving the campus master plan;

    Approving the design of new campus facilities;

    Planning for the periodic refurbishment of campus facilities;

    Overseeing the status of current major repairs and renovations;

    Reviewing the five-year projection of recurring maintenance; and

    Monitoring ADA compliance.

    The committee oversees:

    The status of capital construction;

    Additions and renovations to campus facilities; and

    Related real estate acquisitions, transfers, and sales.

    • Kersey Black
    • Sabrina Ovan

     

    Trustee Educational Policy Committee—

    The responsibilities of the Educational Policy Committee are to oversee all matters related to the educational policies of the College and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for its action (College Bylaws Article IV Section 14: Educational Policy Committee).

    Committee goals and objectives include (but are not limited to):

    To ensure the planning of a distinctive, intellectually challenging, and morally engaging liberal arts education through:

    • Interdisciplinary Core Program in the Humanities
    • General education requirements
    • Major requirements
    • Majors offered

    To review the effectiveness of intercollegiate programming and academic enterprises of The Claremont Colleges;

    To review policies that attract and retain the best faculty for the College in regard to:

    • Faculty compensation
    • Teaching, advising, and faculty research
    • Faculty diversity

    To monitor the student/faculty ratio as defined by the strategic priorities of the College;

    To review recommendations affecting the educational policies and activities of the College received from authorized faculty committees:

    • Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)
    • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (APT)

    To monitor the quality of services and resources that support academic excellence:

    • Denison Library
    • Williamson Gallery
    • Humanities Institute
    • Off-Campus Study
    • European Union
    • Writing Program

    For discussions of each of these substantive issues, the committee depends on faculty- and staff-recommended policies, procedures, and current information.

    • Mark Golub
    • Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor

     

    Trustee Student Affairs Committee—

    The Student Affairs Committee has as its central tasks representing students’ interests in the Board’s policy-making activities and supporting adequate resources for student affairs programs.

    The committee’s areas of concern include those issues relating to the improvement of the quality of the student experience and the enrichment of the students’ collegiate experience. These include:

    • Counseling
    • Academic resources and support
    • Issues of attrition and retention
    • Issues of diversity
    • Athletics and recreation
    • Drug and alcohol policies
    • Residential life
    • Student governance (Scripps Associated Students) issues
    • Clubs and organizations (CLORGS)

    The committee receives periodic reports on admission and recruitment from the Vice President for Enrollment.

    • Andrew Jacobs
    • David Cubek


    Trustee Institutional Advancement Committee—

    The Institutional Advancement Committee works to educate the Board and the College constituency (including alumnae, parents, students, friends, corporations, and foundations) as to the role fundraising plays in the life of the College and the importance of the constituencies’ participation not only in fundraising, but also in efforts to strengthen the wider Scripps community.

    The Institutional Advancement Committee works with the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees to achieve and maintain financial equilibrium to enable the smooth functioning of the College and to ensure the long-term financial stability of the College.

    In its work, the Institutional Advancement Committee articulates closely with the Finance Committee on funding capital projects and with the Buildings and Grounds Committee on naming opportunities and other gift strategies.

    Its responsibilities include:

    • Providing financial support to the College;
    • Personally encouraging others’ gifts to Scripps;
    • Ensuring that fundraising objectives align clearly with the key objectives of the College;
    • Setting fundraising goals and priorities;
    • Advising staff regarding fundraising strategies; and
    • Monitoring the operations and results of the Development program, including budget, staff, schedule, and use of counsel.
    • Andrew Jacobs
    • Judith LeMaster

 

 

  • OTHER STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE COLLEGE WITH FEC REPRESENTATION:The College has other standing committees on which FEC members regularly serve.  These other standing committees currently consist of the Facilities Planning Committee, the Information Technology Committee, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Budget and Planning, and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity.The faculty members currently serving on these other standing committees of the College are as follows:Facilities Planning Committee—
    • Kersey Black
    • Sabrina Ovan


    Information Technology Committee—

    • Kersey Black


    Presidential Budget Advisory Committee—

    • Kersey Black
    • Sabrina Ovan
    • Nathalie Rachlin


    Presidential Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity (PACDI)—

    The President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity (PACDI) provides advice and recommendations to develop and support a campus-wide culture of inclusion. The president appoints committee members annually at the beginning of the fall semester. Committee members serve for one year and represent a broad range of constituents including alumnae, faculty, staff, and students.

    Scripps seeks to attract a diverse student body and to build a diverse faculty and staff. The goal is to create a hospitable environment without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, color, beliefs, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

    Scripps believes that learning and teaching create the conditions conducive to freedom of belief, inquiry, and speech, encouraging expression of the broadest range of opinions and beliefs. It is the mission of PACDI to foster a community that reflects the values set forth in the College’s Mission Statement, Diversity and Inclusivity Principles of Community, and Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusivity. The mission includes modeling and advising on ways to increase the level of mindful and thoughtful discourse, prevent bias incidents in and outside the classroom, develop trust within the community, and to formulate a vision and determine what is needed to achieve the vision.

    • Judith LeMaster