- Faculty governance is concerned with issues that influence the basic functions of every faculty member such as the curricular contents, how the educational programs are designed, the conduct of research, academic promotion, and the criteria for students entering and graduating from the School. In addition, the Faculty makes recommendations to the Dean on matters regarding the impact of the educational program, research, clinical practice, and allocation of resources.
- The Faculty Assembly consists of all individuals with faculty appointments in the School.
- The Faculty Assembly has two officers: a chair and a vice-chair.
- The Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall also be the Chair of the Faculty Executive Council.
- The Vice-Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall also be the Vice-Chair of the Faculty
- Each year the Faculty Assembly shall elect a Chair Elect from the members with voting privileges.
- The Chair-Elect shall serve as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Assembly for one year and succeed to the chair of the Faculty Assembly the following year.
- The Faculty Executive Council is the administrative branch of the Faculty Assembly, and acts on behalf of and implements policies for the Faculty Assembly. It also reconsiders matters that have been requested by the Faculty Assembly.
- Coordinates nominations and elections of the members of the standing committees and provides oversight of standing committees. Create and dissolve ad hoc advisory committees.
- Oversee and review the status of any standing or ad hoc committee which fails to meet or to report as required in these Bylaws or as otherwise specified by the Faculty Executive Council and take remedial action, if appropriate.
- Requests and receives reports from the Dean and deal with any other matter of school policy or concern not in the province of a standing or ad hoc committee.
- Recommend amendments or revisions of these Bylaws
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Faculty Standing Committees
Standing committees have the responsibility for recommending policy to the Faculty Assembly according to their charge; for receiving instructions from the Faculty Executive Council and from the Faculty Assembly; for establishing procedures for the conduct of committee business consistent with these Bylaws; and for implementing such policies and instructions.
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee are elected by and from the voting membership of the Committee at the beginning of every academic year
Faculty members serve two (2) year terms, without limit of re-election.
Student members serve a one (1) year term with possibility of re- election for a second year of service
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- The Admissions committee develop the criteria, policies and procedures of preliminary and secondary screening for eligibility and the interview procedure for entrance into the MD program.
- Evaluate and rank qualified candidates for admission
- Evaluate, review and reflect on the effectiveness of the admission process as well as track trends of the admission criteria annually through student performance.
- Recommend to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions improvements to the policies and procedures for admissions to the School.
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- The Assessment and Evaluation Committee monitors the student assessment process and overall performance of students at CUSM by reviewing assessment results, satisfaction, admissions data, and alumni data. Also, reviews educational outcomes related to student parameters to determine the effectiveness of the educational programs and all evaluations regarding satisfaction of learning environment and learning resources.
- Establishes standards for assessment of students to meet academic standards and evaluate the methods of assessment employed to improve assessment quality of student performance. Provide oversight of standards for assessment and examination item review processes.
- Monitors compliance with approving/accrediting agency standards by selecting a set of BPPE, WASC, and LCME Standards to monitor and perform a regular review and report on the compliance status
- Make reports and recommendations available to an appropriate senior administrator of the institution and provide a copy to the Dean.
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- The Bylaws Committee review, approve or reject requests from Standing Committees and present them to the Faculty Executive Council regarding proposed edits to the Bylaws.
- Faculty Executive Council will present updates on the Bylaws to the Faculty Assembly.
- Oversee the process of reviewing the Bylaws annually.
- Ensure changes approved by the faculty are incorporated in the Bylaws and that the updated document is shared with the Faculty Assembly members.
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- The Curriculum Committee design and oversee the curriculum of the School, including the goals, objectives, and structure of the curriculum, and competencies, attitudes, skills, and knowledge expected of each student. As well as review, approve or reject requests for changes to the curriculum.
- Regularly evaluate courses and curriculum periods (pre- clinical/clinical) as well as the whole curriculum for integration, gaps and redundancies and implement necessary changes. Oversee placement of content within academic periods and determine the types of patients, clinical conditions, and appropriate clinical settings for educational experiences, along with the expected level of medical student responsibility.
- Develop and implement policies regarding the amount of time medical students spend in required activities, including contact hours and time in clinical clerkship rotations. Ensure that there is an appropriate learning environment in all settings used for the education of medical students.
- Review information regarding student outcomes and approve institutional policies for
- PreClerkship Subcommittee: All course directors in the pre-clerkship curriculum
- Clerkship Subcommittee: All clerkship directors in the clerkship curriculum
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- The Diversity and Inclusion Committee oversee the programs and initiatives of the School relative to accomplishing the institution’s interest in recruiting, retaining, and assimilating a diverse faculty, staff, and students. As well as monitor the School’s progress towards achieving its diversity and inclusion goals through appropriate assessment and providing direction for improvement where necessary.
- Periodically report, advise, and make recommendations to the Dean on recruitment, advancement, and retention data of faculty from underrepresented groups and recommend any changes of policy or practice, programs to advance and identify excellence in improving faculty diversity.
- Maintain liaison with relevant administrative committees and councils, and with University committees concerned with issues of affirmative action and diversity. As well as proactively engage with other colleges of the University and community organizations to promote a climate of inclusion, seek to increase cultural awareness, respect and inclusion of all groups including those traditionally underrepresented.
- Appoint 2 faculty members to the Faculty Executive Council and up to 2 additional faculty members to each faculty standing committee for the sole purpose of achieving the balance of diversity, inclusion, and expertise among committee members after exercising due diligence to study the committee memberships and faculty body composition.
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- The Graduate Admissions Committee develop the graduate program criteria, policies, and procedures of preliminary and secondary screening for eligibility and the interview procedure.
- Evaluate and rank qualified candidates for admission to the graduate program.
- Evaluate, review and reflect on the effectiveness of the graduate program admission process, and track trends of the admission criteria annually through student performance.
- Recommend improvements to the policies and procedures for admissions to graduate program.
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- The Graduate Curriculum Committee establish the academic standards for the graduate program and discuss and consider recommendations for graduate curricular improvement from the assessment committee
- To design and oversee the curriculum of the graduate program, including the goals, objectives, outcomes and structure of the curriculum. As well as to conduct a comprehensive, annual review of the graduate curriculum and propose changes as necessary.
- To evaluate graduate course syllabuses and course content, to identify areas of redundancy and deficiency and address them.
- To monitor the learning environment and work with graduate course directors to address concerns where appropriate.
- To review information regarding graduate student achievement and approve institutional
policies for course grades (as established by the student promotions committee).
- Members include all MBS course directors
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- The Rank and Promotion Committee apply guidelines on faculty appointment and promotion to assign faculty an academic rank within the school. Receive, review, and recommend action on applications for promotion of rank and establish timelines and guidelines for promotion application submission.
- Recommend programs for enhancement of faculty and staff professional skills appropriate to the School including professional development courses, skills development, and continuing education.
- Review the Guidelines on Faculty Appointment and Promotion and other internal processes for rank and promotion and make recommendations for changes.
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- The Research Committee advise the Associate Dean of Research on strategies to advance Basic, Clinical, Global, Educational and Community- based research.
- Review the policies and practices governing the conduct of research and scholarly activities to establish expectations for ethical standards of research. As well as the allegations of research misconduct and recommend actions to Associate Dean of Research.
- Advise on strategies to enhance the research collaborations between ARMC and CUSM as well as other universities and research institutions and to promote a culture of research excellence among faculty and students through curricular and extracurricular activities.
- Oversee the process of reviewing the internal grants applications and advocate for expanding resources.
- Plan research and professional development activities relating to advancing research and scholarships such as training and workshops, Research day, Seminar series.
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- The SASaP Committee develop, implement, and revise policies and procedures on student promotion, honors, remediation, probation, repeating the year and dismissal.
- Monitor students’ progress through a program. Review achievement of graduation criteria for each student and recommend promotion from one year of a program to the next as well as academic honors and special recognition.
- Identify and deal with all cases of academic deficiency, including issuing warnings, placing students on probation or suspension, granting or denying re-examination, requiring students to take a leave of absence, recommending re-admission, and dismissing students from the School.
- Meet with students whose academic progress, although not failing, is such as to be a cause of concern that future difficulties may ensue and may require the student to modify her/his course of study to ensure a greater chance of success.
- Evaluate all honor code violation reports and professionalism concern reports, and deal with all cases of ethical misconduct including issuing warnings, placing students on probation or suspension, requiring students to take a leave of absence, recommending re- admission, and dismissing students from the School.
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