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All faculty urged to vote on new B.S. degree plan March 23 at 3 p.m.

On March 23, CALS faculty will vote on a proposal to restructure the college’s four general undergraduate degree tracks into one CALS B.S. degree. Here are some important details about that vote:

MEETING DETAILS
The meeting will begin promptly at 3 p.m. in the Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building. The vote is expected to take place at approximately 3:30 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted at the B.S. degree proposal web site.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Everyone is welcome to attend, but as this is a curricular issue, university policies dictate that only CALS faculty who meet the voting criteria will be eligible to participate in the discussion and vote (see FPP 3:03). For the purpose of this vote, eligible faculty are those who meet the definition of school/college faculty outlined in FPP 3:02. Faculty on leave (including sabbatical leave) and faculty with zero-dollar appointments in CALS are not eligible to vote.

WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND?
Proxy votes will not be allowed. If you are eligible to vote, you are strongly encouraged to attend. This is a formal exercise of faculty governance that depends on full participation of our faculty, including those who do not have teaching responsibilities. If you are absolutely unable to be on campus but wish to participate, please contact Sarah Pfatteicher to discuss alternative arrangements.

MEETING RULES
The meeting will be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th Edition, and will follow all rules for open meetings. The dean will be the presiding officer and will appoint a secretary of the meeting. A simple majority of eligible voters present will be required to pass a motion.

STATUS OF THE PROPOSAL
The current proposal has been reviewed by the Curriculum Committee, the CALS Student Council and the Academic Planning Council. All three committees voted to advance the proposal to the full faculty. The proposal has also been reviewed by the majority of CALS academic departments and several other campus committees. Please check the B.S. degree proposal web site to review the full proposal and letters of support.

WHAT ABOUT THE ICE CREAM?
Babcock Hall ice cream will be served in the lobby of the Microbial Sciences Building at the conclusion of the meeting.

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