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Southeast Missouri State University

C. Academic Restructuring

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Policy

Southeast Missouri State University must occasionally readjust to changes in funding and student needs, other than during a state of financial exigency. Reorganization or elimination of programs may be needed to balance priorities with resources. Such decisions will be based on sound educational and financial considerations.

The University recognizes two types of restructuring:

  1. Minor academic restructuring: involves reorganization or renaming of departments, centers, or programs which does not involve the discontinuance of tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. Minor restructuring need not follow the longer, major academic-restructuring process.
  2. Major academic restructuring: involves program or department discontinuance, creation, reorganization, or merger of departments, Colleges, and Schools. Major restructuring may involve the discontinuance of tenured, tenure-track, or RNTT positions.

A proposal for Academic Restructuring must be submitted in the approved format as defined in the Procedures section.

If a program is discontinued, the University will make every reasonable effort to assist affected juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the completion of their program degree.

Amended by Faculty Senate Bill 10-A-15 December 1, 2010

Reviewed by President December 2010
Approved by Board of Regents December 8, 2010

Procedures

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Proposal Format:
  1. Rationale, two pages or less: a Statement of Purpose stating the name of the current program, the name of the proposed program, if applicable, the name of the initiator of the proposal, an explanation of the reasons for the changes, and an explanation of costs and benefits of the proposed changes.
  2. Supporting Materials: supporting data up to ten pages that in­cludes impact upon students, personnel considerations, budget, and resource considerations. If the proposal is made by the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review, the affected department's associated impact documents should also be attached.
Procedure for Minor Academic Restructuring:
  1. A minor restructuring proposal may be initiated by a department, chair, dean, or the provost and must be written in the approved format. For purposes of this process, the library is considered a department that reports directly to its dean.
  2. The proposal will be evaluated by the appropriate department, College/School Council(s), and dean(s), and, when appropriate, by the Graduate Council or University Studies Council.
  3. The proposal, in the appropriate format, is posted for a 30-day review.
  4. If no written objections are submitted, the proposal is forwarded to the provost for consideration and action.
  5. If any written objections are filed, the objection and the proposal with its written approvals and dissenting statements is submitted to the Academic Council for deliberation. The Academic Council's recommendation is sent to the provost for his/her decision.
  6. If students are significantly affected, the provost informs students of the changes.
Procedure for Major Academic Restructuring:
  1. A major restructuring proposal may be recommended by the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review as a part of the ongoing program-review process.
  2. A proposal may be initiated by a department, chair, dean, or the provost and must be written in the proposal format. The written proposal is submitted to the provost for distribution to all affected departments. For purposes of this process, the library is considered a department that reports directly to its dean.
  3. Consideration of proposals proceeds from the initiator to 1) the affected depart­ments, 2) their respective College/School Councils and deans, 3) the Graduate School Council or School of University Studies Council, if appropriate, 4) the Aca­demic Council and provost, and 5) the president. Each deliberating body forwards with the proposal a report endorsing or rejecting the proposal, indicating the degree of support and suggestions, and including any separately authored minority viewpoints. Department chairpersons and deans may, if they wish, submit separate reports. Copies of these reports are sent to all affected departments, aca­demic deans, and the provost.
  4. The provost reviews the recommendations and associated data, and makes his/her recommendation to the president.
  5. The president reviews the information, determines the next course of action, and makes his/her recommendation to the Board of Regents, as appropriate.
  6. The Board of Regents takes action on any recommendations presented by the president.
  7. If a student program is affected, the provost informs students that a program is being discontinued. The affected students are advised that provisions have been made to continue to offer courses for a limited period of time so that juniors and seniors enrolled in the program will have an opportunity to graduate from that program. Freshmen and sophomores in the program are advised to move into other related programs at Southeast Missouri State University.
Timeline for Major Academic Restructuring:
  1. In the first week of the fall or spring semester: the proposal is submitted to the provost.
  2. Within 5 working days of the submission date: The provost distributes the proposal to all affected departments. De­partments consider the proposal. The initiator is allowed to present the proposal to each affected department.
  3. Within 15 working days of the distribution to departments, with 5 additional working days waiver through permission from the provost: All proposal documents are submitted to the appropriate College/School Councils. College/School Councils consider the proposal. Authors of depart­ment-level reports are allowed to present their positions, summarized in a one-page written document.
  4. Within 15 working days of the distribution to College/School Councils, with 5 additional working days waiver through permission from the provost: All College/School Council documents are submitted to the appropriate deans. The deans consider the proposal. Authors of College/School Council-level reports are allowed to present their positions, summarized in a one-page document.
  5. Within 5 working days of the submission to the deans, with 5 additional working days waiver through permission from the provost: All documents from the department, College/School Councils, and dean levels are submitted to the Academic Council (and Graduate Council and University Studies Council, as appropriate) for recommendations. The affected parties may present their positions to the Council(s), summarized in a one-page document.
  6. Within 10 working days, with 5 additional working days waiver through permission from the provost: Academic Council submits its recommendations, the reports, and all other documents to the provost.
  7. Within 5 working days of responses being submitted to the provost: The provost submits a recommendation and all documents to the president for his/her recommendation.
  8. Within 10 days of the provost's recommendations being submitted to the president: The president informs the provost and the affected parties of his/her response to the provost's recommendations and informs the Board of Regents of his/her recommendation, as appropriate.
  9. The Board of Regents takes action on any recommendations by the president.
Procedure for All Faculty Terminated through Major Academic Restructuring:
  1. When a major restructuring proposal is approved which affects faculty positions, the affected department's full-time tenured and probationary tenure-track faculty, including the chairperson, will convene as a special advisory committee to recommend a phase-out schedule for any discontinued courses and a termination date for any discontinued program. If no Department Advisory Committee is available, the College/School Tenure and Promotion Committee will serve as advisory committee for the department. The advisory committee will determine:
    a. ongoing programmatic needs for unaffected programs (those programs in the department/College/School which are not being discontinued) and the University,
    b. courses which need to remain in the University curriculum,
    c. the frequency, numbers (quantity), and sequence of the retained courses, which leads to a determination of the number of faculty to retain, and d. qualified faculty who have the credentials to teach courses within the unaffected departmental programs or to teach retained courses from the discontinued program.
  2. Prior to any analysis and evaluation by the special advisory committee, criteria for making recommendations regarding programmatic need, courses to retain, and qualifications of faculty to teach courses must be submitted to the university's legal counsel through the Office of the Provost for consideration and advice.
  3. The foremost issue to be considered by the departmental advisory committee will be which faculty are qualified to teach in departmental programs and courses, in adherence to the primary criterion of programmatic need. The individual faculty members' votes will be submitted by secret ballot to the department chair and will remain confidential.
  4. Based upon the Department Advisory Committee's recommendations, the department chair will recommend which faculty positions should be discontinued. RNTT, term contract, and part-time faculty who are not essential to or not qualified for programmatic need will be the first faculty to be released. Following this, should further need remain for programmatically non-essential or non-qualified tenured or probationary tenure-track faculty positions to be discontinued, the department chair will send his/her recommendations for discontinuance and a written explanation to the dean who will forward the recommendations and explanation to the College/School Tenure and Promotion Committee, which will serve as the College School Advisory Committee.
  5. Any member of the College/School Advisory Committee who is also considered to be a potentially affected faculty member, according to the department chair's recommendation, will be replaced during the College/School Advisory Committee deliberations. The dean will appoint a replacement, first from the replaced member's department or, if a replacement is not available from the department, from the tenured members of another department in the College or School.
  6. The tenured and probationary tenure-track faculty under consideration for discontinuance by the College/School Tenure and Promotion Committee will have three weeks in which to prepare their professional dossiers for review by the College/School Committee. The criteria for this review will be teaching effectiveness, professional achievements and qualifications, and service to the university as described in that department's Tenure and Promotion Guidelines for promotion, with an examination period of the previous five years.
  7. Based upon the criteria described in #5 above, the College/School Committee creates a ranking of faculty retention for the affected department. Their recommendation is forwarded to the dean.
  8. The dean reviews the recommendation and forwards his/her recommendation and that of the College/School Committee to the provost. The affected faculty member is notified of the dean's recommendation. Affected faculty members may respond to the notification within 5 working days.
  9. The provost reviews the recommendations of the dean and College/School Committee and forwards his/her recommendation to the president, along with the College/School Committee's and the dean's recommendations.
  10. The president reviews the documents and consults with the provost on a recommendation to the Board of Regents.
  11. The president makes his/her recommendation to the Board of Regents.
  12. The Board of Regents takes action on any recommendations by the president.
  13. The provost determines the possibility of reassignment for affected tenured or probationary tenure-track faculty to vacant tenure-track academic positions for which the affected faculty members are qualified, that would be in the best interests of the receiving academic program and would enhance the educational mission of the University. Reassignment would be at the faculty member's current rank and tenure-track status. Based on review of the proposed reassigned faculty member's professional dossier, the receiving department makes a recommendation to the dean and provost on whether to accept that faculty member.
  14. As part of the process of transfer, the receiving program must review the faculty member's record with respect to future promotions, using the receiving department/program's promotion criteria, and apprise the faculty member of that evaluation. The reassigned faculty member may elect to take up to a 3-year grace period, without prejudice, in which to apply for future tenure or promotion using the receiving department's guidelines.
  15. If reassigned to a tenure-track position, the faculty member will retain his/her current rank and same tenure-track status, receive a salary equal to the average salary listed for that department and rank, or, if none is available, by the CIP code (Classification of Instructional Programs) for that position and percentage of CUPA (College and University Professional Association) at the College/School average for that position, and adhere henceforth to the Tenure and Promotion Guidelines of the program to which he/she is reassigned.
  16. If a tenure-track position is not vacant, but an RNTT position for which the faculty member is qualified is vacant, the tenured/probationary tenure-track faculty member may choose to enter that position. The receiving department will have the option to recommend the tenured/probationary tenure-track faculty member as a tenure-track or RNTT appointment. If the receiving department elects to retain the vacant position as RNTT, the faculty member choosing to accept the RNTT position must relinquish rank and tenure-track status. If the department elects to hire at the faculty member's current rank and tenure-track status, the position becomes tenure-track, retaining all the rights appertaining therein, and the next vacant tenure-track position in that department will revert to an RNTT position. In either case, the starting salary provided will adhere to the salary guidelines described above.
  17. The provost communicates to the affected faculty members his/her decision on reassignment, based upon the receiving program's need, the University's best interests, and the existence of a vacant position.
  18. The provost makes his/her recommendation to the president.
  19. The president reviews the recommendation and informs the Board of Regents of his/her recommendation, as appropriate.
  20. The Board of Regents takes action on any recommendation by the president.
  21. Written notice of the institution's intention to terminate a faculty appointment is given by the provost to the member of the faculty by: (1) March 1 during the first or second academic year of service, exclusive of the summer session; (2) the first class day of the spring semester for the third, fourth or fifth year of service, exclusive of the summer session; (3) the first class day of the fall semester for the remaining years of non-tenured or tenured service, exclusive of the summer session. If the financial exigency is not declared so as to provide tenured faculty notice of termination by the first day of the fall semester, a minimum of one year's notification will be given.
  22. On the recommendation of the Budget Review Committee and the president, the Board of Regents, may determine what, if any, severance payments will be made beyond the effective date of termination, and may take into account the length of service of the faculty member.
  23. The provost will provide a personal letter of reference for each terminated faculty member, stating that the termination is due to financial exigency and is not a negative reflection of the faculty member's performance.
  24. The University will provide career counseling and placement services for the released faculty.
  25. The institution will not hire in the same area of teaching expertise of an involuntarily terminated probationary tenure-track or tenured faculty member for three years following the date that the program is approved for discontinuance by the Board, unless reinstatement at previous rank, same tenure-track status, and salary is first offered to that faculty member, within a one month time period in which the faculty member may accept or decline the offer.
  26. Deviations from the above procedure for faculty reduction or program discontinuance may be appealed. Appeals are limited to claims regarding whether the Procedure for All Faculty Terminated through Major Academic Restructuring has been followed. The Faculty Senate Grievance Committee will provide the opportunity for the affected faculty member(s) to demonstrate a claim of deviation in the procedure.

Amended by Faculty Senate Bill 11-A-2 February 16, 2011
Approved by President February 16, 2011
Posted for 15 Day Review March 7-30, 2011

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