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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 11-26-13

 

For Faculty

1. Tips for Syllabus Development

2. Confidentiality of Student Work

3. New Winter 2014 Course Announcement

4. FERPA Reference Request Form

5. Where We Stand—Relationship of State Aid to Tuition

6. Modified Student Summer Scholars Program has received funding for 8 grants for the summer of 2014

 

For Unit Heads

7. Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Tips for Syllabus Development – Mary Schutten

As one semester draws to a close, plans for the next semester are beginning. Creating a syllabus is one of those beginnings. In a past email from the PEW FTLC, there is an excellent page of information for developing a syllabus that also includes sample policy statements that could prove useful. This page builds on the information found in the Faculty Handbook about syllabi (p. 44 in online Faculty Handbook). Feel free to share this link with your colleagues.

http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/B78A66C2-A774-13A2-78CDCF13A1345FC3/f12_dec_calendar_3.pdf

End of Term in a Nutshell

Q.  How do I find out when my final occurs? 
A. http://www.gvsu.edu/registrar/important-dates-39.htm

Q. Must I have a culminating experience?
A. Yes.  As the semester draws to a close here’s a reminder about the policy for final exams.  University policy states that all classes must meet for a culminating experience during final exam week, on the appropriate scheduled exam day and time. In the event that the course structure involves a take home final or is an online course, the due date for submission of this exam should be the scheduled exam day and time. Both the Provost and the Dean expect compliance with this policy. There are no exceptions to this university policy. 

Q. What’s the snow policy during exam week?
A. http://www.gvsu.edu/gvpd/emergency-closing-policy-67.htm

Q. Grades are due when?
A. All grades must be in before noon on December 17.  Please plan to enter final grades prior to noon and leave contact information with your unit’s office in the event of a missing grade or grades. Awarding an I (incomplete) includes filling out a short form in addition to entering the grade. 

Q. Why should grades be posted prior to the deadline?

A. Grades must be entered and run by the Records Office prior to December 19. This takes hours to complete and can impact students’ academic standing, financial aid, and more. Sometimes grades are inadvertently missed.  Also, any grades of F require a last date of academic activity, failure to complete these requirements erases all   grades for that course—not just that one. This is why a contact number is so important.

 

2. Confidentiality of Student Work

A reminder to safeguard student work is also appropriate. While it seems efficient to place graded student work in the halls, this practice breaches confidentiality procedures. Please remind colleagues that all student work should be returned in a manner that ensures confidentiality and reduces the likelihood of student theft of the graded work of other students.

 

3. New Winter 2014 Course Announcement – From Robert Smart

Grand Valley State University is pleased to announce a NEW WINTER 2014 COURSE-- “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR—CMB 480, section 30 -- 1 Credit)”--for undergraduate and graduate students. RCR (CMB 480) is a highly recommended “best practices” course for those desiring to deepen their knowledge of ethical research and responsible conduct. It is also an excellent professional opportunity for anyone interested in furthering a career in research or compliance. The course uses “real-life” case studies to examine basic ethical and regulatory requirements for conducting research. Topics covered include: research and professional conduct; responsible authorship and publication; mentor-mentee relationships; conflicts of interest; peer review; grant writing and budgeting; intellectual property; data acquisition and management; ownership of data and biological samples; and research involving human and animal subjects.

Course requirements include attendance at all lectures, participation in class discussions, and completion of written homework case study assignments. A certificate will be issued to all participants upon successful course completion. This course fulfills NSF and NIH requirements for formal Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) instruction.

 

4. FERPA Reference Request Form (attachment)- Pat Smith and Mary Schutten

Students often request letters of reference from faculty and staff. If the letter will reference student performance in class(es) at GVSU, a FERPA form for letters of reference should be completed and filed. The form is attached for your convenience.   There is also another version of this form on the registrar’s page. http://www.gvsu.edu/registrar/forms-library-6.htm

Look for a merging of these forms some time next semester.

5. Where We Stand—Relationship of State Aid to Tuition

In the media, we hear a lot about the seemingly ever-upward march of tuition.  While often true, it is only one half of the story.  As the scissor-shaped graph below illustrates, at Grand Valley the relationship between state funding cuts and tuition increases is very direct.  Grand Valley’s tuition is just under the state median for the state’s 15 public universities.  Many measures are in place to contain or reduce costs (everything from energy conservation to wise scheduling) and to meet state goals in order to achieve annual state funding that is performance-based. 

 

 

6. Modified Student Summer Scholars Program has received funding for 8 grants for the summer of 2014 –Susan Mendoza

The Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) program provides an opportunity for lower division or first year transfer students to participate in a structured research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This experience varies from the traditional S3 in the duration, as well as the depth/scope of the research project.

The Modified S3 provides two options for the timeframe of the proposed research: full time (40 hours per week) for either spring or summer semester (~6-8 weeks); part time (20 hours per week) for both spring and summer semesters.

The proposed research project might be more exploratory in nature, focus on the development of a technique, or serve as a pilot project. Grants do not exceed $3,750 including $500 in dissemination funding. www.gvsu.edu/ours/s3

 

For Unit Heads

7. CLAS Important Dates

 

Important Dates

Event

Location

Nov. 27

No classes; Offices open

 

Nov. 28-29

Thanksgiving Recess

 

Dec. 4

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Dec. 5

GVSU Service Award Holiday Party

3:00-5:00pm

Grand River Room, KC

Dec. 7

Commencement

Van Andel Arena

Dec. 7

Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition

CLAS Contact is Heidi nicholhe@gvsu.edu

Dec. 9

Banner opens for final grading

 

Dec. 9-14

Final Exam Week

 

Dec. 10

CLAS Holiday Open House

11:30am – 2:00pm; Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC)

Dec. 10

Cook Carillon Tower Holiday Open House

1:30-3:00pm; Carillon Tower Plaza (Allendale)

Dec. 17

Grades due from faculty before noon

 

Dec. 18

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Dec. 23

College Offices Close at 5pm until January 2nd

 

Jan. 2

Offices Open

 

Jan. 6

Classes Begin

 

Jan. 6

Winter Personnel materials are due to units

 

Jan. 7

The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Nominations due

For award details contact Tracy McLenithan

Tracy McLenithan

mclenitt@gvsu.edu

Jan. 8

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Jan. 11

Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition

CLAS Contact is Heidi nicholhe@gvsu.edu

Jan. 18

Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition

CLAS Contact is Heidi nicholhe@gvsu.edu

Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Day; No classes

 

Jan. 21

Glenn A. Niemeyer Award Nominations due to Dean’s Office

For award details: Glenn A. Niemeyer Award

Tracy McLenithan; mclenitt@gvsu.edu

Jan. 22

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Jan. 23

CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD

 

 

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