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Senate Summary | December 2022

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on Dec. 5, 2022, or need a refresher, then keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.

Debate Calendar

Undue Influence Policy in Admissions and Student Financial Assistance

Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for enrollment management presented on the proposed Undue Influence Policy in Admissions and Student Financial Assistance. The proposed policy expresses the university’s commitment to admissions and student financial award decisions free of undue influence.

New certificates

Education in Health Professions

Rebecca Wilson and Wendy Hobson-Rohrer presented the following proposal:

This proposal is for a new certificate in Health Professions Education. This certificate is based on the M.Ed. in Health Professions Education and is targeted to students who are on time-limited fellowships, unsure about committing to an M.Ed. or are currently matriculated health professional students. This certificate will provide preparation for teaching in their health profession, knowledge to analyze education scholarship for use in practice and build education leadership skills. The coursework consists of six core courses (11 credits) and four selective credits, including an option for teaching practicums. Credits taken in fulfillment of the certificate will transfer to the M.Ed. in Health Professions Education.

Implementation Science

J.D. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, presented the following:

Implementation science is the study of methods to close the gap between best available health research and health care practice. The promise of implementation science is making the investment in medical and health care discovery a reality to improve health outcomes for all. The proposed Certificate in Implementation Science is a 15-credit hour curriculum comprised seven credits from three new courses and nine credits from existing complementary courses. A certificate in implementation science provides University of Utah students and faculty with an opportunity to develop a discrete and transferable set of research skills across diverse areas of clinical and translational sciences, health services research and related areas. The certificate is for students and faculty seeking to acquire critical skills in implementation science methods, theories and applications. Current medical, master's and doctoral students may elect to pursue the certificate. The Certificate in Implementation Science is critical to Utah-based workforce development in this ever-growing field.

Clinical and Translational Investigation

Drs. Anthea Letsou and Julie H. Shakib detailed a newly developed 15-credit Clinical and Translational Investigation Certificate program of study that provides a more flexible route for junior faculty and graduate students committed to pursuing academic careers in clinical and translational research and provides an opportunity to develop a set of transferable and focused research skills. The certificate also provides individuals seeking career development awards with the option to tailor a formal program of training focused on specific skills required to successfully complete their proposed research. Upon completion of the certificate trainees will have knowledge in the core competencies of clinical research and investigation such as study design, research implementation, statistical approaches, responsible conduct of research and community engagement.

New Academic Unit: The Division of Games

Richard Brown, Ph.D., and R. Michael Young, Ph.D., presented the following:

The nationally ranked EAE interdisciplinary teaching program requests permission to transition to a freestanding division named the Division of Games. The proposed transition will enable EAE to attract tenure-track faculty, strengthen the unit’s faculty governance, bring innovative scholarship into the classroom, transform the relationship with local, national and global employers and enable intrinsic games scholarship. The status change will have effectively no other administrative, budget or curricular impact, while enhancing EAE’s contribution to the U’s institutional mission by advancing scholarship, teaching and engagement.

Information & Recommendation Calendar

Athletics update

Promoting a Culture of Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics
Director of Athletics Mark Harlan presented data and rankings highlighting the academic accomplishments of the nearly 600 student-athletes across 20 intercollegiate athletics programs. In addition to tremendous success in competition and in the community, Utah’s student-athletes continue to perform at the highest level academically. Record-setting grade-point averages and best-ever performances in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate metric highlight the academic achievements over the past four school years.

Day of Collective Action Update

Dr. Bryan Hubain and Dr. Sheena McFarland presented updates on the Day of Collective Action, taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, including the keynote speaker, Dr. Ann-Marie Núñez, director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success.