The Local Senates Committee submitted a plan at the 1999 Spring Plenary Session. However, the proposal was not passed by the Plenary Body.
Whereas the original reason for geoclusters has largely been superseded by a variety of electronic communication methods, including e-mail, the Internet, teleconferencing, voice mail, and other means, and
Whereas very few geoclusters meet except as part of their areas, and
Whereas area structure could be enhanced with more area representatives who have specific duties, such as arranging for and conducting meetings, in contrast to North and South representatives, who have no specific duties, and
Whereas local academic senates' need for advice and help seems to be met by electronic means and/or by technical assistance,
Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to develop a reorganization plan to be submitted to the 1999 Spring Plenary Session, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to consider the following as part of that reorganization plan:
1) expand the four areas to six areas;
2) eliminate the positions of North and South representatives, thus keeping the Executive Committee number the same; and
3) eliminate the current geocluster structure but maintain current geographic representation on the Relations with Local Senates Committee.