Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate

Campus Planning and Finance Council

This page contains the role statement and council charges.

Role statement

The Campus Planning and Finance Council functions as a body to:

  1. Develop and recommend guidelines or review existing policies that provide a framework which campus agencies may use as a benchmark in making decisions related to campus planning and finance matters;
  2. Review major plans for the University’s physical facilities, including on- and off-campus facilities, transportation and infrastructure, and how they impact safety, security, aesthetics, finances and the surrounding environment. The goal of such reviews is to advise the administration with the views of the faculty and determine how well those plans fit into the framework referred to in the first item above;
  3. Review budget and financial issues of the University and make recommendations to the administration as appropriate; and
  4. Conduct such special studies as the executive board of the Faculty Senate may request, including ongoing charges.

Council Standing Committees

  1. Agenda Committee—Prepare the agenda for meetings of the Campus Planning and Finance Council.
  2. Transportation Committee—Monitor on- and off-campus transportation and parking systems at the University and develop recommendations for modifications as needed.



Richard Gershon will serve as the Senate Executive Board representative on CPFC.

In addition to the four specific responsibilities specified in the Campus Planning and Finance Council’s role statement and the work of the CPFC’s standing committees, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the CPFC to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate sub-committee or task force, the following issues:

1. Periodically review University financial status and/or budget.

2. Develop procedures to be adopted by the CPFC to facilitate information sharing and enhance capability to identify relevant campus resources for planning. Focus on developing a procedure for addressing different (and sometimes competing) stakeholders on campus who have varying priorities in terms of how the campus is used and developed. Revisit approaches (possible standing committee) to look at how we fast track certain projects on campus and the corresponding results from such efforts in the past.

3. Evaluate the progress of planning for any capital campaign activities and seek information related to such activities on behalf of the Faculty Senate.

4. Review and provide input into the annual Capital Projects Priority list and the single project request from the State.

5. Periodically review status of campus safety (emergency preparedness, notification, etc.)

6. Continue discussion of "finishing touches" initiative.

7. Look at main entryway corridor leading into campus on West Main Avenue.

8. Clarify purpose and approach to WMU Medical School / Faculty Senate Liaison Committee.

9. Review WMU athletics on campus, in terms of cost, facilities, future planning, graduation rates etc.


The CPFC will seek information from the office of the Vice President for Business and Finance and maintain communications with that office as well as the offices of Campus Facilities and University Budgets and Financial Planning on issues directly related to them. The CPFC is expected to keep the Senate Executive Board apprised of progress, especially in connection with any MOA it may develop and to give advance notice of any action the CPFC seeks to place on the Senate agenda, including the final text of any proposed MOA, report or resolution. The Executive Board should also be notified of substantive procedural issues addressed by the CPFC. The CPFC shall provide a written summary of its progress on the above charges and any other activities undertaken no later than June 30, 2013.



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