Faculty Senate to discuss campus climate and WorkCyte updates


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(left to right) José Rosa, Professor of marketing, Gary Munkvold, Professor of the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Professor of Kinesiology listen to Paul Fuligni’s presentation on campus facilities. Fuligni, Associate Vice President for Facilities, spoke on critical repairs for Iowa State buildings during the Faculty Senate meeting on Jan. 22 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

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Continuous improvement is the theme for the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday. The Senate will be discussing campus climate, WorkCyte/Workday updates and consistency of student learning outcomes.

The Senate will hear from the Dean of Students Vernon Hurte about the Association of American Universities (AAU) campus climate survey. Campus climate at Iowa State focuses on four core groups: undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, faculty and merit and professional & scientific employees.

According to Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan (2017-22), there are four main goals to go with these groups:

  • Ensure access to the ISU Experience – including an exceptional education offering practical, global and leadership experiences that shape the well–rounded citizens and informed critical thinkers needed in the 21st century.

  • Enhance the university’s research profile by conducting high impact research that addresses the grand challenges of the 21st century.

  • Improve the quality of life for all Iowans through services and programs dedicated to economic development and the promotion of healthy communities, people and environments.

  • Continue to enhance and cultivate the Iowa State Experience where faculty, staff, students and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included and valued by the university and each other.

The Senate will also hear from David Cantor about updates for WorkCyte/Workday.

According to the Iowa State WorkCyte webpage, “WorkCyte is an enterprise initiative to provide: A common set of business processes in Workday, easier access through identity management, streamlined processing through Improved Service Delivery [and] modern recruiting and marketing campaigns for students.”

Workday is a program “designed to deliver better end-user services and empower leaders to focus on growth, strategy, and innovation. With Workday, [Iowa State] will be empowered to meet the increasing need for agility, through modernization and transformation of our legacy systems, to a cloud-based platform,” according to the Iowa State WorkCyte webpage.

Faculty Senate will also wrap up some unfinished business regarding changes to the Faculty Handbook concerning consistency of student learning outcomes.  

The meeting will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Sun Room at the Memorial Union.