CONSTITUTION OF THE HONORS COLLEGE
The faculty of the Honors College shall consist of the consortial faculty appointed annually from the constituent colleges of the California State University at Los Angeles, hereafter referred to as Cal State LA, to teach in the Honors College. For the purposes of this Constitution, the term "faculty" refers to those persons who are appointed to teach one or more courses in the Honors College during a given academic year.
The consortial faculty of the Honors College shall be appointed annually by the Director from faculty recommended by the Dean or his/her designee of each of the constituent colleges of Cal State LA by the Honors College Steering and Curriculum Committee, or by the Director, after consultation with the Steering and Curriculum Committee. Such appointment shall be distinct and separate from the principal appointment of faculty in their respective college(s).
In addition to Student Opinion Surveys regularly administered at Cal State LA, the Honors College collects course evaluation survey data on courses taught within the college. This data from the Honors College surveys are used only to improve course offerings within the Honors College and is not used for the purpose of evaluating the performance of faculty.
II. COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS
II-1. THE DIRECTOR
II-1.1. The Director of the college is the principal administrative officer of the college. She or he is responsible for developing, updating, and implementing the mission and strategic plan of the college. She or he is the spokesperson for the college on the campus and in the larger community. The Director works with the faculty of the college and the college Steering and Curriculum Committee to formulate and implement college policy.
II-1.2. It is recognized that the Director of the college is responsible to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President of the University, the Chancellor, and the Trustees, as specified in the Education Code and the rules and regulations of this University and the State University system. It is assumed that the authority and responsibility delegated to the chief administrator of the college, where regulations permit, shall be shared by the Steering and Curriculum Committee and other members of the faculty through an appropriate process of delegation and decentralization.
II-1.3. The Director shall be responsible for the administration of instructional policies of the college.
II-1.4. The Director shall be responsible for the administration of admission policies of the college.
III. STEERING AND CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
The Honors College Steering and Curriculum Committee is the official representative body of the college faculty and the primary consultative body on matters of policy, curriculum, admissions, and enrollment management. The duties of the Steering and Curriculum Committee shall be as follows:
- formulate educational policy and develop standards for admission, acceptable academic performance and degree requirements for students;
- establish standards for the appointment and reappointment of faculty consistent with university policy and collective bargaining agreements;
- review and approve programs and curricula;
- consider any other academic matters that pertain to the successful functioning of the Honors College and make recommendations to the Director;
- establish or abolish such standing or temporary committees as it deems necessary and consider reports and recommendations to those committees; and
- recommend revisions to this constitution.
In fulfilling the above formal responsibilities, it is understood that the Honors College Steering and Curriculum Committee will develop strategies to
- promote the success, retention, and graduation of Honors College students;
- assess and improve the curricular and co-curricular programs connected with the Honors College;
- foster faculty involvement in the Honors College;
- establish co-curricular opportunities to support the learning outcomes of the Honors College; and
- promote synergy between the Honors College and Departments, Colleges, and Divisions.
The membership of the Steering and Curriculum Committee will consist of:
- Any faculty member who holds an appointment (or joint appointment) in the Honors College
- 8 faculty who have taught a course in the Honors College, have supervised an Honors College thesis, and/or have collaborated with the Honors College within the two years prior to their appointment on the Committee. Faculty will be selected through an open nominations process by the Honors College Steering and Curriculum Committee.
- Two students elected by the Academic Honors Association
- The Director of the Honors College (Ex Officio, Non Voting, Executive Secretary)
- The Associate Director of the Honors College (Ex Officio, Non-Voting)
- The Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (Ex Officio, Non-Voting)
Appointment to the Steering and Curriculum Committee is at the invitation of the Committee. Faculty can be nominated for appointment (or self-nominate) orally at a meeting designated for the purpose of appointing members or by written notice prior to such a meeting. All nominations will be considered by the committee with vacancies filled based on public voice vote or by private ballot (if called for by a majority of the committee). If no suitable candidates are available, the committee can choose to leave a vacancy unfilled.
III-4. TERMS OF OFFICE
The term of office of each elected full-time faculty member shall be three (3) years beginning with the first meeting of Fall semester. The terms of office shall be staggered so that approximately one-third (1/3) of the Committee's members will be appointed each year.
III-5. OFFICERS OF THE COMMITTEE
The officers are elected by the Committee and shall include the Chair and a Vice-Chair. The Director of the Honors College shall serve as Executive Secretary. The Committee shall convene in an organizational meeting Fall semester and shall elect its officers. The term of office shall be one (1) calendar year. The Committee shall establish, at its first meeting, a consistent meeting time for the year. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Committee. In the Chair's absence, the Vice-Chair shall preside. In the event the Chair is unable to complete the term of office, or is on leave or vacation for a given semester, the Vice-Chair shall assume the powers of the Chair and the Committee shall elect an interim Vice-Chair. If the Vice-Chair is to be absent for an entire semester, the Board shall elect an interim Vice-Chair.
The Director of the Honors College shall maintain a permanent record of minutes of all meetings of the Committee and be responsible for maintaining an archive of such minutes, which will be available to the faculty.
IV. STANDING COMMITTEES
The Steering and Curriculum Committee shall have the power to designate an Admissions Committee and such other committees or subcommittees as deemed necessary to ensure the effective functioning of the college and its effective integration into the larger university community.
All elections specified in this Constitution shall use a secret single-transferable ballot (defined by Academic Senate Document 65-69). Unless otherwise specified, there shall be a minimum of two nominees for each vacancy.
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members present, there being a quorum, at any meeting of the Steering and Curriculum Committee. Prior to any such vote, the text of the proposed amendment shall be sent in writing to each member of the Steering and Curriculum Committee at least two weeks before the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered.