Faculty Senate to discuss undergraduate education, electronic dissertations

John Bravman, vice provost for undergraduate education, Michael Keller, university librarian, and Thomas Black, university registrar, will present reports at today's meeting, which begins at 3:15 p.m. 

The Faculty Senate will discuss the impact of budget cuts on undergraduate education today at its second meeting of the autumn quarter. In addition, the senate will hear a report on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project.

After the meeting, the senate will hold an executive session.

John Bravman, vice provost for undergraduate education, will present a follow-up report to a presentation he gave the senate last spring.

At the May 14, 2009, senate meeting, Bravman said the unit had eliminated 25 administrative and professional positions through layoffs and attrition; reduced the unit's administrative groups to four, from nine; and trimmed the budget for undergraduate research to $4.5 million, a reduction of $1.1 million.

He also said his unit had canceled its Head Peer Academic Coordinator Program and the Peer Mentor Program; reduced programming for New Student Orientation; trimmed funding for the residential and writing tutor programs; and eliminated honoraria for faculty who advise freshmen and sophomores about choosing majors.

Bravman said the unit receives 60 percent of its revenue from the endowment, and a large fraction of that sum from relatively new endowment funds that are now worth less than the original donation, due to the national and global economic crisis.

Today's agenda also includes a presentation on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project by Michael Keller, university librarian, and Thomas Black, university registrar.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. in Room 180 of the Law School.

Discussion is limited to members of the senate, but members of the Stanford community may request to attend the meeting by contacting Trish Del Pozzo, assistant academic secretary, at 723-4992, or delpozzo@stanford.edu.

The executive session, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will be held in the Law School Faculty Lounge.