Initiated in Spring 2017, the Senate provides faculty representation from all Schools of the University “in order to facilitate and enhance the effectiveness of the governance of the University and further develop a shared sense of community among its members…”
Major issues focus on university-wide plans and policies. The schools are still autonomous, but issues that may impact/influence faculty at other schools can be brought before the senate for consideration. Its powers are not absolute, but the senate allows a central body in which issues that may be of concern to the entire university can be addressed and faculty can have a voice in these matters. Issues may be introduced from the administration or from faculty at the various schools.