Description of Activities: In consultation with the Provost, Vice Presidents, and the Accessibility Resource Center the committee will ensure that information technology and digital content created or distributed is accessible to individuals with disabilities. According to the Accessibility of Information Technology and Digital Content policy, the committee will make available training and resources for faculty and staff. The training and resources will include how to make technology/digital content accessible, how to check for accessibility, and how to request assistance. The Information Technology and Digital Accessibility Review Committee shall be responsible for:
The Information Technology and Digital Accessibility Review Committee members include faculty, staff, students and administrators. The Vice Presidents and the Faculty Senate Executive Board, Associated Students of Fort Lewis College, or their designees, shall appoint committee members.
View the Digital Accessibility website.
Description of Activities: In consultation with the Provost and Vice Presidents, the committee will develop, implement and communicate policies and procedures as necessary to achieve the purposes of Policy 5-5, the Facilities Use Policy. In consultation with the affected parties, the Advisory Committee on Facilities will review all i) uses of new facilities, (ii) changes in uses of existing facilities, (iii) changes to existing facilities, including structural and equipment changes, and common areas, including displays. The committee will make recommendations as requested. The VP of Finance and Administration and the Provost makes all decisions on the use of college facilities. Members are appointed in consultation with the VP of Finance and Administration and the Provost. It has one representative from each of the following departments: Conference Services, Information Technology, Physical Plant Services, Records, and Facilities Scheduling.
Description of activities: This Committee is charged with investigating methods of and making recommendations to the Provost for implementing a sustainable Educational Resources Affordability program at FLC. This program seeks to decrease the textbook cost burden for students through the use of open educational resources (OER), online resources that fall under fair use consideration, and library resources. The task force will focus on three components of a sustainability framework: Infrastructure, Resources, and Culture. The goals for each of these areas are*: 1) Infrastructure – In accordance with existing state and campus policies, building the campus guidelines, processes, and capabilities necessary to support affordable educational resources 2) Resources – Identifying the dollars or faculty/staff time required to support the work, as well as opportunities to conserve resources through efficiency improvements, and 3) Culture – Using affordable educational resources to support broad institutional visions and goals, including measuring and communicating successes.
*From the RPK Group OER Field Guide for Sustainability Planning
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Description of Activities: The Campus Sustainability Committee plays a key role in raising campus awareness and keeping sustainability issues at the forefront of campus culture. Sustainability is the collaborative action of meeting the needs of current and future generations of humans and ecosystems through conservation, regenerative use of resources, action for social justice, and attention to a vibrant economy. At Fort Lewis College, we are committed to an integrated model of sustainability that includes academics and research, student leadership and campus culture, the physical campus and its structures, planning and administration, and service to our community and planet. Recent achievements from the Campus Sustainability Committee include significant reductions in the College’s greenhouse gas emissions and major headway towards our goal of zero waste through improved composting and recycling programs.
This committee is advisory to the FLC Sustainability Coordinator and is charged with the following:
Description of Activities: The Center of Southwest Studies (CSWS) Campus Advisory Committee consists of faculty and staff from a range of fields. The committee is responsible for supporting CSWS staff, students, and volunteers in all museum, archives, and library activities in alignment with the Center’s mission, with particular emphasis on academic engagement and building campus partnerships. Committee duties include, but are not limited to:
This “College Taskforce” structure will answer the need for a short-term committee structure that can address a focused topic within a set timeframe. Taskforces will typically work on a clearly defined topic to provide a clearly defined outcome, such as a recommendation, solution, assessment, set of guidelines, or plan. Rather than create a new standing Faculty or College Committee, or add additional work to an existing Faculty or College Committee, the Taskforce structure allows a short-term working group to be formed quickly, provide valuable service, and disband when the project is completed.
A Taskforce will be defined by the project it undertakes. The parameters of a Taskforce are purposefully flexible, allowing it to meet the needs of the project:
The DLS Advisory Committee was convened in 2023 to fulfill the requirements outlined in the Department of Ed Digital Learning Grant, specifically pertaining to the creation of an institutional digital learning strategy.
Description of Activities: The primary goal of the Digital Learning Strategy Advisory Committee is to create an institutional strategy that includes goals and performance indicators for each of the five DLS elements:
This committee will meet monthly, unless otherwise determined by the members.
Description of Activities: The Faculty/Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee works with the Provost to ensure that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plays a central role in campus activities, with a special focus on Academic Affairs initiatives. The DEI Committee will support campus-wide DEI structures, including the new Diversity Leadership Council. The charge to this Committee will be to work with the Provost on topics of substance that will improve campus DEI, especially in curricular and co-curricular areas. The expectation is that the Committee will undertake specific DEI projects each year, design solution-based and action-oriented plans, and define and enact project implementation. The committee also serves as a resource for faculty and staff who have questions or concerns with regards to DEI at FLC.
The Council will consist of 5-6 faculty and 4-5 exempt staff.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the TS/R committee is to fund research and scholarship, with publication and/or public presentation the expected outcome. The TIPA Committee develops guidelines for faculty grant proposals, reviews proposals, and votes as a Committee to award funding for worthy activities. Historically, the TS/R committee has typically funded requests that facilitate primarily scholarly activities, research, or travel to academic conferences where the faculty member is presenting their work, though grants may be awarded for faculty attending conferences without making a presentation if the proposal has a strong rationale for why attendance at the conference supports the future presentation or publication of their research. This committee also considers proposals that support initial research that may lead to external funding in the future. This committee does not consider proposals that focus on faculty members’ instructional responsibilities (see TIPA). Funding priorities are recommended to the Provost.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the TIPA Committee is to fund proposals that focus on teaching innovation, pedagogy and/or assessment. The TIPA Committee develops guidelines for faculty grant proposals, reviews proposals, and votes as a Committee to award funding for worthy activities. Strong TIPA proposals are new projects that result in sustainable, long-term professional development of a faculty member with respect to teaching innovation, pedagogy, and/or assessment. This fund is not intended to be the source of continuous or on-going funding for any project or activity. Activities should relate to responsibilities in one’s teaching load (assigned courses and other responsibilities that count toward your credits of teaching load). This committee does not consider proposals that focus on faculty members’ scholarly or service responsibilities (see TS/R). Funding priorities are recommended to the Provost.
Description of Activities: The Faculty Support Committee is charged with fostering faculty success by providing faculty with opportunities for professional support, growth, and achievement. The committee oversees the development of comprehensive programming that encourages faculty fulfillment and advancement in teaching, scholarship, and service at all career stages. The committee also collaborates with our faculty governance structure, standing faculty committees, and Faculty Development Grants Committees in order to encourage new ideas and address any concerns relating to faculty development.
As a newly formed committee, its first charge is to focus on creating an innovative, effective, and sustainable faculty mentorship program. The committee is also charged with developing a faculty mediation program, working with HR to develop a new program that aims to resolve faculty concerns and conflicts. Additional projects are defined by the committee, and can include creating guides to successful tenure and promotion, providing workshops for specific career stages and tasks, and generating programming that encourages faculty engagement in career planning.
Description of Activities: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established by the College to implement the Code of Federal Regulations established by the Office of Health and Human Services which provides guidance to ensure that human subjects are protected according to federal (Health and Human Services) guidelines. The IRB works with principal investigators from college departments that do human subject research to ensure that they understand, and are in compliance with regulations regarding protections. The IRB reviews applications for human subject research needed to meet federal requirements regarding the use of human subjects in research. The IRB is also responsible for maintaining IRB application records and documentation on all project applications. The IRB notifies applicants of the disposition of their research proposals in a timely manner.
Membership: Law requires that all Institutional Review Boards have at least five members. Law also requires that each IRB must include both males and females, people from varying cultural backgrounds, people from varying professions, at least one member whose primary concerns are scientific, at least one member whose primary concerns are nonscientific, and at least one member who is not affiliated with the institution. The Fort Lewis College IRB has a self-imposed goal of having a representative from each of the departments that conduct human subject research. All members of the Board are required to take a two-hour online tutorial to help them understand the laws governing the Committee.
Go to the IRB website
Authority, Mission, and Purpose: The Media Center Advisory Board (MCAB) operates under the authority granted by the President of Fort Lewis College and is responsible for advising the Provost and the Dean of Student Engagement on matters related to the Ballantine Media Center and student publications.
The Ballantine Media Center states its mission as “a student-centered, college-community hub for collaborative storytelling that provides access to and space for students to engage with dynamic forms of media.” The MCAB facilitates and supports this mission through its various responsibilities and functions.
The MCAB facilitates communication and addresses issues regarding the Ballantine Media Center and Studio, its occupants and the community at large. The Board reviews and advises the Provost on allocating Ballantine Media Center space, including offices and studio. The Board manages scheduling of the Ballantine Media Center and Studio. The Board will work to resolve local issues at the Media Center and Studio, such as policies for the production lab usage and training.
The MCAB also oversees the appointment of editors-in-chief of The Independent and IMAGES, and it handles complaints and disputes concerning them, if they cannot be resolved internally. The MCAB Chair functions as de facto liaison to the Provost on Ballantine Media Center and Studio issues.
The Staff Council was started in January of 2019. The members represent staff from five areas: President, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Finance & Administration, and Student Affairs.
Visit the Staff Council website.
Description of Activities: The goals of the Teaching & Learning Committee are:
This committee will meet monthly during the academic year, unless otherwise determined by the members.
Description of Activities: The Committee meets as needed to hear student appeals of tuition classification.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the UGR Committee is to equitably provide funding for students to carry out research, design and creative activity projects across campus. The committee oversees the application process, and committee members provide scores and comments on multiple criteria for each proposal narrative and budget submitted. Supply Grant proposals are submitted twice per semester and are reviewed within 10 days of each submission date. In addition to evaluating grants, this committee provides guidance on other UGR activities, including Travel Grants, the Speaker Series, Fall and Spring Research Symposia, the Grad Plus Fair, and the FLC415_Communicating Your Research course.
Description of Activities: The mission of the Wellness Committee is to inspire, motivate, and validate the well-being and morale of the whole self within the Fort Lewis College community. The committee serves as an advocate and advisory group for work-life policies and programs, including those which support a healthy balance between work and family.
Go to the Work-Life Wellness website.