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January 2010

1/25/2010
Subject - Academic Calendar

Comment: Your academic calendar is confusing and ineffective. After having spent five minutes trying to get the calendar to show the first day of instruction for winter 2010 quarter, I have given up, and will now be googling it. I hope that the information I find off of google will be accurate, as the information offered through my Wildcat Connection is INADEQUATE!! Please revise or fix this!

Forwarded to: Tracy Terrell - Registrar

Response: There are several places to access the academic calendar:

From the CWU homepage, navigate to Current Students > Registrar Services > Calendars & Classes and then select the appropriate quarterly calendar link.
From the university catalog located at http://www.cwu.edu/registrar/catalogs, click on the catalog Icon in the middle of the page, and then click on "Calendar" from the left hand index.
From http://www.cwu.edu/registrar/, then navigate to page 4 of the book, and that will begin the first quarter calendar of the academic year, and the proceed to the next pages for the following quarters.
Hope this helps.


1/25/2010
Subject - Library

Question: Aren't there universities that have a Director of Libraries rather than Dean? Why does CWU need a dean for basically one unit that does minimal teaching? Why are librarians faculty instead of being admin/exempt?

Response:

Aren't there universities that have a Director of Libraries rather than Dean?
Yes. Library organization and structure varies across the Academic world. The title of Dean is probably the most common, but there are also Executive Directors and Directors. Usually the Dean reports to the Chief Academic Office, as is the case here. Executive Directors will usually have the same reporting structure and will sit on the institutions Council of Deans, if they have one; or else will sit on the Provost's council. Directors more often than not are responsible for specialized libraries at larger universities, for example, the Law Library or Medical Library at institutions with Colleges of Law or Medicine. There is no one structure and you may find a number of titles that represent the individual that is responsible for oversight of the institutions library. Salaries for these positions are market driven, dependent on the size of the institution, and the region of the county where the institution is located.

Why does CWU need a dean for basically one unit that does minimal teaching?
During the Brooks Library Program Review for Central Washington University the following was reported: The lack of a permanent Dean is detrimental to the University as a whole. The Dean of Libraries is an important partner to the University administration in accomplishing the goals of the University. The Library is not a standalone institution, but a critical inter-dependent component. When it is not fully engaged, it is more difficult for the University to reach its desired goals. Everyone suffers: students and faculty alike. There is clear mutual benefit for the University administrators, faculty, and Library personnel when the leadership of the Library is a full participant in the University's program.

Why are librarians faculty instead of being admin/exempt?
The rational for providing librarians with faculty/academic appointments is best articulated by the, Association of College and Research Libraries Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians. The full text can be found at the following link: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/jointstatementfaculty.cfm

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