From the Senate Office

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Actions Taken by the

Senate Executive Committee

Wednesday, April 21, 1998

A special meeting was called to discuss the following:

1. Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility Chair Larry Gross noted that while SCAFR does not report to the Senate Executive Committee it is appropriate to apprise SEC of work of the committee. He reported that the committee's activity had been light this year. In the fall semester SCAFR members met with chairs of school committees on academic freedom and responsibility to explicate Procedural Principles for School Committees (Almanac February 25, 1997) developed by the 1996-97 SCAFR. Professor Gross stated the meeting was beneficial and recommended that it be an annual occurrence.

In relation to a SEC request to examine matters of post-tenure review from the perspective of academic freedom and responsibility SCAFR requested information from the deans. (See SCAFR's annual report)

2. Discussion continued on the draft report of the Committee on Students and Educational Policy that incorporated suggested changes made at the last SEC meeting. Following discussion and minor amendments SEC adopted the report.

3. Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty Chair Ed Boe presented various recommendations by the committee for its report. Several were approved by SEC. Discussion on final recommendation was postponed to the May 6, 1998 meeting.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 31, April 28, 1998