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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

AGENDA

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 1:30 p.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building

[In the case of severe weather conditions or other emergencies, please call the Senate Office at (814) 863-0221 to determine if a Senate meeting has been postponed or canceled. This may be done after business office hours by calling the Senate Office number and a voice mail message may be heard concerning the status of any meeting.]

VIEW FULL AGENDA

A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

Minutes of the December 5, 2006, Meeting in The Senate Record 40:3
[http://www.senate.psu.edu/record/index.html]

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

Senate Curriculum Report of January 16, 2007 – Appendix A
[www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum_resources/bluesheet/bluex.html]

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL – Meeting of January 16, 2007

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

F. FORENSIC BUSINESS

G. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

SPECIAL INFORMATIONAL REPORT - Appendix B
A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education Implications for Penn State and Higher Education
Presentation by Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney A. Erickson

H. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Committees and Rules

Revision to the Constitution, Article II, Section 5 (c) (3) (Student Representation) – Appendix C

Revision of Senate Council, Standing Rules, Article II, Section 3 – Appendix D

Revision of Senate Committee on Student Life, Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6 (m) 1 (iv) and (v) – Appendix E

Revision of Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6 (n) 1 (iii) – Appendix F

Undergraduate Education

First-Year Seminar – Appendix G
(Door Handout)

I. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

Faculty Affairs

Revision of Policy HR-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Appendix H
(Report postponed until the March 20, 2007 Senate meeting)

Revision of Administrative Guidelines for HR-23: Promotion and Tenure Procedures and RegulationsAppendix I

J. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid

Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program – Appendix J

Computing and Information Systems

Turnitin: A Tool to Assess Student Plagiarism – Appendix K
[ten minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Elections Commission

University Faculty Census Report for 2007-2008 – Appendix L

Faculty Benefits

2007 Yearly Costs of Healthcare Plans – Appendix M
[five minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Undergraduate Education

Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2005-2006 – Appendix N

K. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

L. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

Graduate Council November 15, 2006 minutes
Graduate Council December 13, 2006 minutes
Senate Committees meeting times and location
Commonwealth Caucus Agenda

Notes: The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.