Bylaws

UNMC Education Council Bylaws 

Article I - Name

The name of this group shall be the University of Nebraska Medical Center Education Council, hereinafter referred to as the Education Council.

Article II - Purpose           

The Education Council guides and promotes premier educational programs, supporting the mission of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities. To accomplish this, the Education Council provides to the UNMC Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs proposed goals for inclusion in the UNMC strategic plan, as well as requests, position statements, and other recommendations for consideration by the UNMC Chancellor and the Chancellor’s Council of Deans and Directors as appropriate.  The Education Council also develops, reviews, approves and monitors UNMC policies that affect those seeking admission to or matriculating at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Article III – Objectives

The primary objective of the Education Council is to support the educational mission of the University of Nebraska Medical Center by:

  1. Participating in UNMC strategic planning by proposing goals that foster outstanding educational programs offered in a learner-centered environment;
  2. Advocating for the resources needed to successfully accomplish those strategic goals;
  3. Teaming with the UNMC Office of Accreditation and Assessment to develop appropriate metrics for determining success in achieving strategic goals;
  4. Overseeing the development, review, approval and monitoring of all UNMC student policies, in order to facilitate each student’s development of appropriate professional competencies, and to promote interprofessional education and collaboration among students, faculty and staff of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine;
  5. Ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for students, faculty and staff of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine; and
  6. Promoting best practices for enhancing the learning experience in terms of pedagogy, educational technology, and learning spaces, in order to best meet needs of all UNMC students, whenever and wherever they engage in the learning process.

Article IV – Membership

  1. The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is a non-voting member to whom the Education Council serves an advisory role, and who serves as the liaison between the Education Council and the UNMC Chancellor and Deans.
  2. Regular Members: The UNMC Education Council shall comprise the following Regular Members or their equivalent:
    1. The Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
    2. The Associate Dean responsible for academic affairs from each of the six UNMC colleges, the Munroe Meyer Institute, and UNMC Graduate Studies.
    3. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
    4. One representative of the UNMC Student Senate
    5. The Vice President for Education, Nebraska Medicine
    6. The Associate Vice Chancellor, Clinical Simulation
    7. The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
    8. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs
    9. The Associate Dean for Education & Research Services, McGoogan Health Sciences Library
    10. The Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education
    11. The Director of Faculty Development
    12. The Director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators
    13. The Director, Facilities and Clinical Special Planning
    14. The Director of Academic Technologies
  3. Alternate members: Each voting Regular Member of the Education Council, as specified in section IV.2, shall designate an alternate member who may attend Education Council meetings or retreats and participate in voting if the Regular Member is unable to do so. In cases where an alternate member will be attending or voting in place of a Regular Member, the Regular Member shall notify the Education Council Co-Chairs in advance of the meeting or vote.
  4. Executive Committee: The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the members specified in section IV.2.a-d (or their designated alternates in the absence of those members), along with the other co-chair who shall serve in an ex-officio role, will constitute the Executive Committee of the Education Council.
  5. Voting:
    1. For the specific purpose of voting on UNMC-wide student policies:
      1. Only members of the Executive Committee (with the exception of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, who is a non-voting member) are eligible to cast ballots regarding such policies;
      2. A quorum comprising at least six (6) voting members of the Executive Committee is required to be in attendance for any vote on such policies; and
      3. An affirmative vote from at least six (6) voting members of the Executive Committee is required to adopt such policies.
    2. For the purpose of elections and all votes except for those involving UNMC-wide student policies:
      1. All Regular Members (or their designated alternates), as specified under section IV.2, are eligible to cast ballots;
      2. Votes may be cast in person or by electronic means;
      3. A simple majority of the Regular Members is required for determining the outcome of such a vote; and
      4. A secret ballot may be required at the request of any voting member (or alternate).
      5. For eligible members participating from off-site, a vote on a secret ballot may be cast by calling, texting or e-mailing the person designated to count the votes.
      6. The person designated to count the votes for a secret ballot must not be a member of the Council who is eligible to vote on the matter in question.
    3. No quorum is required for the Education Council to meet for informational purposes or to discuss any other business as long as no formal vote takes place.
    4. For purposes of elections and all votes not pertaining to student policies, no quorum is required for the Education Council to vote electronically.
  1. Leadership
    1. The elected presiding officials of the Education Council will be two Co-Chairs who have equal oversight and responsibility for the Council.
      1. Alternate members are not eligible to serve as a Co-Chair.
      2. The student representative is not eligible due to his or her annual appointment to Education Council.
      3. Should a presiding Co-Chair be unable to complete his or her designated term of office, a special election will be held to replace that person for the remainder of his or her elected term.
    2. One Co-Chair shall be elected from among the members of the Executive Committee, excluding the student representative and the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. That Co-Chair shall also serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee.
    3. One Co-Chair shall be elected from among the remaining Regular Members of the Education Council.
    4. Co-Chairs will serve staggered, three-year terms.
      1. Regular election of the Co-Chair specified in Article IV.6.b will take place in 2019 and each third year thereafter.
      2. Elections of the Co-Chair specified in Article IV.6.c will take place in 2018 and each third year thereafter.
      3. Each election will be overseen by the Co-Chair whose term extends beyond the current election cycle.
        1. The Co-Chair presiding over such an election shall solicit nominees for the other Co-Chair position beginning in March of the election year for that position. Solicitation of nominations will be done by written notice to all Regular Members of the Education Council as well as by inclusion as an agenda item for the March and April meetings of an election year. Nominations may be made up until one week prior to the scheduled date of the May meeting of the Education Council at which elections are to be held.
        2. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by any Regular Member of the Education Council.
      4. Voting in the election of Co-Chairs shall be open to all Regular Members (or their designated alternates in the case of their absence). Voting will be by secret ballot, with that ballot including the names of all qualified nominees for the post who have been duly nominated.
      5. Regular election of a Co-Chair shall take place at the May meeting of the Education Council in the years specified under Article IV.6.d. The newly elected Co-Chair will assume the duties of the office at the June meeting of the Education Council.
      6. Should a special election be required to fill a vacated Co-Chair’s post, it shall be scheduled at the discretion of the remaining Co-Chair, but with the intent of filling that position as soon as is feasible while still allowing a reasonable length of time for the nomination process.

Article V – Meetings

  1. Regular meetings shall be scheduled on a monthly basis, with the day, time and duration agreed upon by a majority of the Regular Members.
  2. Special meetings and retreats may be scheduled, with the consent of the majority of Regular Members, in lieu of or in addition to regular monthly meetings.
  3. Agendas, minutes and supporting documents related to all regular and special meetings shall be provided in a timely fashion to all regular and alternate members of the Education Council, the Deans and Curriculum Committee Chairs of the six UNMC colleges, the Dean for Graduate Studies, Dean of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library, and the Director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Article VI – Committees

  1. Standing Committees
    1. Executive Committee (as defined in Article IV.4). This committee votes on all matters concerning UNMC-wide student policy. The Education Council Co-Chair specified in Article IV.6.b shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee.
    2. Student Policy Committee. This committee is responsible for developing, revising and ensuring periodic review of all campus-wide student policies, and for presenting new and revised policy proposals to the Executive Committee for approval. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success shall serve as the Chair of this committee and appoint members from the Education Council and the University community. 
  2. Ad hoc Committees may be appointed or disbanded with the approval of a majority of the Regular Members of the Education Council.

Article VII – Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended or repealed, or new Bylaws adopted at any meeting of the Education Council, or via electronic voting, by the affirmative vote of no less than two-thirds of all Regular Members (or designated alternates) as defined in Article IV.2, provided notice of the proposed change is distributed to all Regular Members and alternates no less than three (3) business days prior to such vote.

 

Adopted 1/19/2017

Amended 3-15-18

Amended 5-1-20