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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

AGENDA

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building

Senators are reminded to bring their PSU ID card to swipe in a card reader to record attendance.

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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING     

Minutes of the December 6, 2011, Meeting in The Senate Record 45:3
http://www.senate.psu.edu/record/index.html

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

Senate Curriculum Report of January 10, 2012 - Appendix A
[http://www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum_resources/bluesheet/bluex.html]

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of January 10, 2012

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

F. NEW BUSINESS (Motion to be voted on; approved by Senate Council, January 10, 2012)

“A motion that the independent special committee, referenced in the Senate Resolution of November 18, 2011, be formed and funded to investigate the Board of Trustees’ oversight role within the bounds of their fiduciary obligation and be composed of five individuals who are, in all respects, independent of the Pennsylvania State University, chaired by one of the five independent members of the committee, and four individuals broadly representative of the University community:  one faculty member, one student, one staff member, one member of the administration.  The committee will include members with relevant academic expertise.”

G. FORENSIC BUSINESS

H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Motions to be voted on from the December 6, 2011 Senate meeting)

“I would like to make a motion that the Faculty Senate sends the Board of Trustees a vote of no confidence.  Ask for their resignations and constitute a Board of Trustees that is lean, clean, and probably under these circumstances pretty mean, with no more than nine or ten members.” (Anthony Ambrose-Medicine)

“I would like to make a motion that the Senate leadership put together a subcommittee to take all the comments today, summarize them, and come forward with recommendations to the Senate as to an action plan.”  (Stephen Ross-Medicine)

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid

    New Senate Policy 05-82, Minimum Entrance Requirements
    for Admission to Associate Degree Programs - Appendix B

I. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

Faculty Affairs    

    Consultation Standards - Appendix C

J.  INFORMATIONAL REPORTS (The first five reports are carried-over from the December 6, 2011 agenda.)

Intra-University Relations

Trends and Patterns in the Use of Full and Part-Time                                                  
Fixed-Term Faculty 2004-2010 - Appendix D

Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology

Penn State and Accessibility:  Opportunities and Challenges - Appendix E

Undergraduate Education

Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2010-2011 - Appendix F

Grade Distribution Report - Appendix G

University Planning

Penn State Sustainability Strategic Plan - Appendix H
[15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid

Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program - Appendix I

Elections Commission

University Faculty Census Report for 2012-2013 - Appendix J

Global Programs

Towards the Global Penn State - [Postponed to March 13, 2012]

Senate Council

Report on Fall 2011 Campus Visits - Appendix L

University Planning

Status of University Construction Projects - [Postponed to March 13, 2012]

K.  NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

L.  COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

Senate Committees meeting times and locations
Commonwealth Caucus Agenda

The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m., Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

All members of the Faculty Senate are asked to sit in their assigned seats.  This arrangement permits the Senate Chair to distinguish senators from visitors and to be able to recognize senators appropriately.  Senators are reminded to wait for the microphone and identify themselves and their voting unit before speaking on the floor.  Members of the University community, who are not senators, may not speak at a Senate meeting unless they request the privilege of the floor from the Senate Chair in advance of the meeting.