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WCSU Faculty Handbook : University Governance (Committee Bylaws)

Online Education Committee Bylaws

  1. Objectives
    1. To ensure that distance education initiatives and programs are consistent with the mission of Western Connecticut State University.
  2. Responsibilities and Powers
    1. To determine the needs of faculty concerning knowledge and training for distance education, and to determine courses that faculty indicate may be suitable for distance education.
    2. To review issues of governance where distance education is concerned and to make recommendations on these issues.
    3. To review available technology, use of vendors for course offering, and other related issues and make recommendations concerning these issues.
    4. To determine requirements and procedures that are used by the four CSU institutions and determine needs concerning an integrated system for distance education.
    5. To determine need for and types of administrative support, training, and technology necessary for effective distance education and make recommendations.
    6. To establish ad hoc or standing subcommittees as needed.
  3. Membership (12)


    Academic Dean: Ex officio/Appointed by VPAA annually


    Information Technology & Innovation Representative: Appointed by Chief Information Officer


    Instructional Designer: Appointed by the Director of Library Services


    Director, AccessAbility Services or designee


    Teaching Faculty (2 at large, 1 from each school and 1librarian): Elected by Teaching Faculty, overlapping for three year terms


    Administrative Faculty: Elected by Administrative Faculty, for three year term

    All members are voting members including the chairperson

  4. Conduct of Business
    1. Meetings
      1. The first meeting of each academic year shall be convened by the previous chair. In his/her absence, the President of the University Senate will designate a committee member to convene the committee.
      2. A quorum shall consist of six (6) members, at least four (4) of whom are elected.
      3. Attendance and participation for meetings may occur either when members are physically present or via audio/web conferencing or a combination of the two.
      4. At the first meeting of the academic year, the Committee Chair will distribute the committee bylaws for review and discussion.
      5. A call to meeting accompanied by an agenda shall be presented to each member at least one week before each meeting.
      6. Concerned parties may come, or be invited, to discuss specific items.
      7. Decisions of the committee are made by majority vote of those members present.
        1. If all members are physically present for the meeting, voting will occur verbally.
        2. If meetings are held via audio/web conferencing, or if some members are on audio/web conferencing and others physically present, a roll call vote will be conducted.
        3. In the event a vote is required between meetings an email vote will be conducted and the motion and results of the voting will be recorded in the next meeting minutes.
      8. Meetings shall be held at least monthly during the entire year, as called by the chairperson, or in the absence of the chairperson, by a quorum of the committee.
    2. Officers
      1. The chairperson shall be elected by a majority vote at the first meeting of the academic year.
      2. The position of secretary shall be filled by each member in turn on an alphabetical rotating basis, unless otherwise agreed upon by the committee.
    3. Reports and Recommendations.
      1. The committee, through its chair, shall report all policy recommendations to the University Senate.
      2. The committee shall submit an annual report to the University Senate.
      3. The committee shall refer to other University-wide standing committees, matters appropriate to their function.
      4. The committee shall refer for action to the University Senate recommendations for University policy change which is outside the responsibility of any standing committee.
    4. Minutes
      1. Minutes of all meetings shall be distributed and posted as appropriate.
      2. Annual report will be approved by majority vote of the committee at the end of the academic year. It will be distributed and posted as appropriate.
    5. Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at any regularly scheduled meeting at which there is a quorum and by the approval of the University Senate and the President of the University.

Senate 4/18/2001; Admin. 5/1/2001 Senate 2/2/2007; Admin. 5/4/07
Senate 11/16/2016; Admin. 1/3/2017 Senate 9/23/2019; Admin. 9/23/2019
Senate 2/3/2002; Admin. 5/10/2002