WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee

Role statement

In addition to annual charges it may receive from the Faculty Senate Executive Board, the WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee oversees the implementation, assessment, and revision of the WMU Essential Studies curriculum.

Subcommittee

WMU Essential Studies Course Approval and Review Subcommittee—reviews and approves courses for WMU Essential Studies credit received from college curriculum committees and deans and forwards its recommendations to the administration; reviews all previously approved WMU Essential Studies courses as least once within a seven-year cycle as determined by the committee.

Charges for 2021-22

In addition to its specific responsibilities listed in the WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee's role statement and the work of subcommittees including but not limited to the WMU Essential Studies Course Review and Approval Committee, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the committee to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate subcommittee or task force, the following:

  1. Create a recognition program/launch event during fall 2021, for all WMU faculty, staff, and students who contributed to the development of the WMU Essential Studies program.
  2. Design a systemic review process for WMU Essential Studies courses. Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.
  3. Coordinate with the WMU Essential Studies Course Review and Approval Committee for the on-going course review and approval process. Include a summary of the results and best practices within the committee year-end report.
  4. Review, in consultation with the WMU Essential Studies Director, the WMU Essential Studies course portfolio in relation to WMU Essential Studies objectives, student enrollment, student interests, WMU Essential Studies learning objectives, and other criteria to find opportunities for additional courses, including courses with the diversity and inclusion, and the planetary sustainability student learning outcomes.
  5. Review the scope and description of the committee's role statement and assess the effectiveness of the committee's practices.
  6. At the annual April WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee meeting, the committee members must review the draft year-end report to include annual objectives and outcomes, to be submitted to the Faculty Senate office, by the committee chair no later than June 30.
  7. Address any continuing or outstanding issues or initiatives as directed by the Faculty Senate Executive Board, members of the committee, faculty, and/or academic administrators. Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.

Approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Board on Sept. 10, 2021

NOTE: The WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee is expected to keep the Senate Executive Board apprised of progress, especially in connection with any memorandum of action (MOA) it may develop and to give advance notice of any action the committee 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 issue addressed by the committee.

The WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee chairperson shall provide a written summary of the committee's progress for the year; list the above charges noting each item's progress and current status; any other activities undertaken; and draft charges for the 2022-23 academic year, no later than June 30, 2022.

Click here for a printable version of the WMU Essential Studies Executive Advisory Committee's 2020-21 Charge

Committee Officers

Jonathan Bush, Chair

Diane Riggs, Vice Chair

Diane Riggs, Secretary

Ex Officio Member

Sarah Summy, Faculty Senate Executive Board

Appointed Faculty Members

Elissa Allen (2023)
Health and Human Services

Jonathan Bush (2022)
Arts and Sciences

Decker Hains (2024)
Engineering and Applied Sciences

Diane Riggs (2022)
Arts and Sciences

Sarah Summy (2024)
Education and Human Development

Brian Tripp (2024)
Arts and Sciences

Andre Venter (2022)
Arts and Sciences

Vacant (2023)
Business

Vacant (2023)
Fine Arts

Appointed Administrative Members

Brian Carnell (2022)
WMUx

Kevin Knutson (2024)
Arts and Sciences (Advising)

Advisory Members

Carrie Cumming
Registrar

Matt Provenzale
Office of Information Technology

Nicolas Witschi
Interim Curriculum Manager/WMU Essential Studies Director