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Shared Governance Committees

Shared Governance Committees are those committees that exist outside of any individual Senate, but exist within and between the various offices of UMBC to ensure that the opinions of students, faculty, and staff are all heard and weighed in decision making on campus.

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the GSA.

Responsibilities of any Graduate Student Representative on any of these committees is to attend the meetings and provide reports within three days of the meeting. These reports are short and informal and are only meant to keep the Graduate Senate up-to-speed on UMBC Policies, Issues, & Concerns.

If you are seeking to submit a report on a committee meeting you attended, please use this link.

Athletics Policy

Responsible for reviewing the mission of the athletics programs. The committee may review and recommend the following: changes in policies affecting recreational and intramural programs on campus; policies affecting access to athletic/recreational facilities; recruiting policies, admission standards, and academic progress of intercollegiate athletes; and polices regarding outside fund raising activities to support the athletic program.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Classroom

Charge of this committee: Review the campus classroom scheduling practices and provide recommendations on scheduling policies and practices leading to more efficient use of the classrooms and lecture halls. Provide recommendations for increased utilization of Friday afternoons for scheduling in order to improve campus climate. Provide oversight of the classroom upgrades/maintenance needs on the campus. Provide a forum to discuss the size of classrooms mostly needed. The Classroom Committee meets on a monthly basis during the academic year.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

 

Climate Action Steering Committee

Oversees the implementation of the UMBC Climate Action Plan; work group to reduce campus carbon emissions and energy use- transportation, energy & waste, research, and education or outreach.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-


This group is further broken-down into workgroups, as follows:

Energy

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-


Transportation

Graduate Student Representative

Adam Holden


Research and Education

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-


Waste Reduction and Recycling

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

 

Financial Literacy Workgroup

Committee dedicated to helping the UMBC community navigate resources related to making effective financial decisions. Topics discussed are related to providing timely and relevant resources for managing budgets, bank accounts, assets and debt as students pursue their education at UMBC.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Human Relations (not currently meeting)

This committee is under review by the University Steering Committee. Stay tuned!

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

IT Steering

Discuss ideas surrounding IT infrastructure, new technologies to invest in, new and existing core facilities. IT Administration as it affects students, classes, staff, & faculty. Charge of this committee: Serve as an advisory group to the campus administration providing general oversight on information technology matters; Develop policies and guidelines related to information technology; Develop and update periodically the campus plan for information technology; To accomplish this charge the IT Steering Committee meets monthly during the academic year. The IT Steering Committee includes chairs from campus committees that oversee IT related activities, key administrators and staff members from the units relevant to the committee’s activities, and student representatives.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Landscape and Stewardship Committee

The function of the Landscape Stewardship Committee is to review and recommend polices in regard to natural and protected landscape on campus, ecosystem management, campus beatification and UMBC Landscape Master Plan.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Library Policy

Advisory committee which discusses policies, concerns, and ideas related to the UMBC Library. Members represent main stakeholder groups and the five shared governance senates.

Graduate Student Representative

Deanna Cerquetti

Library Renovation Planning

Planning committee which discusses and works the various phases related to renovating existing space in the library. Phase I will take place this academic year, which will entail writing a report of justification for the needs of the library space. Phase II will take place next academic year, which will expand on all details related to technology, space layout of each room, design, furniture and construction. This entire process from planning to construction and renewal will take place between 2018-2026.

Graduate Student Representative

Deanna Cerquetti

Middle States Accreditation (not currently meeting)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The process of accreditation occurs every 8 years and involves a university self-study of the institution as well as visitation and recommendations from the organization itself. Shared governance senates are usually called upon to participate in various parts of the process during the academic year when the visitation occurs.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Neighborhood Relations

Discuss ideas to build better, lasting relationships with Arbutus, Catonsville, and Baltimore City.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

OCAMocha Internal Advisory Group & Management Group

Group aimed to providing support the overseeing of OCAMocha coffee shop and Office of Community Affairs, this is a joint initiative by UMBC and the surrounding Arbutus community.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Parking Advisory Committee

Committee which meets to discuss concerns and information related to parking services at UMBC.

Graduate Student Representative

Saddan Brown

Research and Creative Achievement Council

Review and recommend policies with respect to the operation of research, scholarship, and creative activity at UMBC.

Graduate Student Representative

GSA GEARS Chair Alex Rittle

Strategic Planning (not currently meeting)

Committee formed during the 2012-13 academic year which informed the UMBC Strategic Plan, comprised of four focus areas: The Student Experience, Collective Impact in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement, Innovative Curriculum and Pedagogy and Community and Extended Connections. A final assessment of the implementation of the UMBC Strategic Plan will occur during the 2019-2020 Academic year.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Student Dining Committee

Members serve as a partner with Chartwells Managers in ensuring a quality dining program at UMBC. Members must attend at least two meetings per semester and be willing to participate in discussions and out of meeting work. Time commitment is about 2.5 hours per month.

Graduate Student Representative

Alex Rittle

Student Regent Nomination Committee

Screens and selects the UMBC applicants for USM Student Regent for further consideration, in conjunction with SGA and David Hoffman.

Graduate Student Representative

-Vacant-

Student Fee Advisory Board

The Student Fee Advisory Board (SFAB) at UMBC is a team of students (undergraduate and graduate) who represent student interests in the annual mandatory fee review process. After hearing presentations from administrators representing the departments who own the six mandatory student fees, SFAB conducts outreach to determine what recommendations students have with respect to the size and specifics of those planned expenditures.

Graduate Student Representative

GSA Treasurer

University Steering Committee

Committee made up of heads of the five shared governance senate which meets monthly to establish rules insuring the proper coordination of the five Senates and to represent the interests of the five Senates to the UMBC Administration, the
University System of Maryland Administration, and the Board of Regent. These concerns are raised before president’s council members as well as other administrators. The committee also discusses the implementation of and any changes to the University’s Plan of Organization.

Graduate Student Representative

GSA President and Vice President