Retention discussed, items approved at University Senate

Taylor Harrison

At the University Senate meeting on Thursday, Kelly Madole announced that Kelly Reames will be replacing Patti Minter as the head of University Benefits Committee. Francesca Sunkin is now the Senate representative for Parking and Transportation.

Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, talked about the retention task force. Also, numbers have been sent out detailing what students are at risk for as far as retention goes and may need extra help. Another set of information sent out regards what students need to graduate within a year and a half to count towards WKU’s six year approval rate.

All of the committee reports passed, with the exception of one item from the Graduate Council report concerning the Master’s in public health.

All of the consent items were passed.

All of the action items were approved, except for the senate charter change which needs a second read and will be voted on at next month’s meeting. Two policies were passed, one regarding administrative increments and one regarding summer-winter teaching.

Two resolution items were passed, one about grant faculty release time for service as Faculty Regent and University Senate Chair and one regarding the Kentucky Museum.