Senate Summary | April 26, 2021

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on April 26, 2021, or need a refresher, then keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.

Consent Calendar

Certificate in Screen Performance

Melonie B. Murray from the College of Fine Arts proposed the following.

The Department of Film & Media Arts and the Department of Theatre are collaboratively proposing a new Certificate in Screen Performance. With focused training in screen performance, the certificate’s required course topics include acting, directing and film production with opportunities for students to choose electives in areas such as script analysis, screenwriting, and cinematography. Fostering opportunities for new student work, the certificate empowers students to continue their art in a self-directed fashion after graduation. This is the first certificate of its kind in the state and will hopefully serve as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration for our peers in the state.

Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship

Jared Rawlings and Melonie B. Murray from the College of Fine Arts proposed the following.

The School of Music is proposing a new Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship. Music entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary field of study that intersects traditional music disciplines and business coursework. The content of the Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship includes coursework from both the School of Music and the Entrepreneurship program within the School of Business. Course topics include entrepreneurial concepts for new enterprises, creating unique business plans, grant writing, and additional funding strategies. This is the first music entrepreneurship program in the state of Utah, and upon approval the U will be the only USHE school offering such a certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management (GCCM)

Chris Dansie from the Department of Operations & Information Systems proposed the following.

The David Eccles School of Business proposes a new graduate certificate focusing on developing leaders in the area of cybersecurity. As leaders, they will design, implement and operate a security program intended to reduce the risk of compromise of the organization's data. A student would obtain this specialized, 15-credit hour graduate certificate in four or fewer contiguous semesters. The courses will be delivered in-person and online to meet global demand. The courses are fully developed and currently available to students with an interest in this certificate.

Master of Healthcare Management

Mark Parker, associate dean, David Eccles School of Business proposed the following.

The Master of Healthcare Management degree is designed for health care executives in international settings through a mix of hybrid (online) and onsite courses. The program consists of 30 credit hours of core health care management courses. Instructors would be faculty from the University of Utah, consisting of tenure-line, lecturers, and adjuncts. The program is targeted to professionals with three to five or more years of work experience in health care.

Debate Calendar

Policy 4-010, University Employee Individual Email Policy

Robert Payne, associate general counsel; Ken Pink, deputy CIO; and David Packham, manager of UIT's UMail and Collaboration team presented the following.

Seeking approval of the proposed new policy that requires all university employees and trustees to conduct university business on the university’s approved email systems. This policy is required to bring the university into current compliance with law and Board of Higher Education policy.

Final report of the Academic Senate ad hoc Committee on Divestment and Strategic Reinvestment Investigation

Allyson Mower from the Ad Hoc Committee for Divestment and Strategic Reinvestment Investigation presented the following.

The ad hoc committee prepared a report focused on a 10-year outlook and based on extensive feedback from the University of Utah community, as required by its charge. The report includes an overall recommendation to reinvest accompanied by eight implementing recommendations.

View the report here.