Faculty Senate introduces new website

The updated page is designed to encourage transparency, response



Chair-elect Greg Crouch talks about the new design of the Faculty Senate website Thursday.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

Faculty Senate announced its new website which is meant to encourage more transparency Thursday at its first meeting of the semester.

The website will allow members of the Senate to receive important announcements and emails efficiently, said Greg Crouch, Faculty Senate chair-elect. One of the features of the website is a page dedicated to the role of the Senate and its functions in the university.

Pages for the Senate roster and committee chairs and co-chairs are also implemented on the website, Crouch said. An online constituent concern form is also one of the new features. The form acts as an aid for concerns that may not be addressed in a timely manner.

One important element on the website is the page on Course Materials Value and Effectiveness Committee, he said. The purpose of the committee is to identify ways to reduce costs of student textbooks while maintaining the quality of the book.

Open Educational Resources is one of the programs WSU provides, which is funded by ASWSU in conjunction with the provost office, he said. However, the quality of the textbooks is low sometimes.

“It’s a huge scholarly endeavor,” he said.

First Day is another program that aims to remedy the cost of textbooks, Crouch said.

According to the First Day website, the pilot program provides access to course materials on the first day of class and charges the student’s account for the cost of the textbook. Courses available in the program this semester are Chemistry 101, Math 220 and Music 163. Crouch said this is in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

“[The goal is] anything we can do to cut the cost, yet provide quality materials,” he said.

Crouch hopes to get more student representation within the Course Materials Value & Effectiveness Committee.

“[ASWSU is] the student government but they don’t represent the entire student body,” he said. “We want broad representation because–– it’s our job to teach classes and to help you succeed.