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Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at 1:30 PM in

112 Kern Graduate Building




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      Minutes of the March 26, 2002, Meeting in The Senate Record 35:6


B.     COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets)

                              of April 9, 2002


C.  REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of April 9, 2002












Undergraduate Education


      Revision of Senate Policy 60-00: Multiple Majors and Degrees






      Senate Council


      Tuition Task Force, Rodney A. Erickson, Executive Vice President/Provost of the University


Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid


            Time to Graduation Report

Senate Council

            Statement by Penn State President Graham Spanier on the Penn State Calendar

      Senate Self Study Committee

            Interim Report

University Planning


      Construction Projects – 2001-02

Report of Senate Elections

            Senate Council

Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee

Standing Joint Committee on Tenure

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

            Faculty Advisory Committee to the President

            Senate Secretary for 2002-03

Senate Chair-Elect for 2002-03

Comments by Outgoing Chair Nichols

    Installation of Officers

Comments by Incoming Chair Moore








Note:  The next regular meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday,

           September 10, 2002, at 1:30 PM in Room 112 Kern Building.




The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Graduate Building

University Park, PA  16802

(814) 863-1202 – phone   (814) 865-5789 – fax



Date:   April 10, 2002


To:      John S. Nichols, Chair, University Faculty Senate


From:  Louis F. Geschwindner, Chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs



The Senate Curriculum Report dated April 9, 2002, has been circulated throughout the University.  Objections to any of the items in the report must be submitted to the University Curriculum Coordinator at the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building, e-mail ID, on or before May 9, 2002.


The Senate Curriculum Report is available on the web.  It can be accessed via the Faculty Senate home page (URL  An electronic mailing list is used to notify individuals of its publication.  Please contact the Curriculum Coordinator at the e-mail ID indicated above if you would like to be added to the notification list.





Revision of Senate Policy 60-00:  Multiple Majors and Degrees



[Implementation Date:  Fall 2002]



The terms currently used for multiple majors and degrees are: dual degrees, simultaneous degrees, sequential degrees, and multiple majors.  Faculty and students find these terms very confusing because of the difficulty in discerning the differences in requirements from the titles.  The recent change in Policy 60-40, whereby students who have completed the requirements for multiple majors shall receive a separate diploma for each major, blurs the present difference between multiple majors and simultaneous degrees.


The awarding of separate diplomas for each major creates the appearance of multiple degrees to the casual observer, to those who do not understand the difference, and to anyone who does not refer back to a student’s official academic record, the transcript.  However, the current reality and the manner in which degrees and majors are viewed by society and students need to be acknowledged.  Our society and our students do not make a distinction between a degree and a major.  University graduates describe their baccalaureate as a degree (BA, BS, BFA, etc.) in a specific major.  In fact, a number of institutions and some Penn State departments have incorporated the name of the major into the name of the degree.  It appears therefore that it is no longer useful to try to make a distinction between a degree and a major when referring to multiple major or degree programs.




Because of changes in common usage, the time has come to eliminate the distinction between multiple majors and multiple degrees.  Since every graduation requirement in the University is tied to a major, it would be reasonable to refer to the programs proposed here for Policy 60-00 as “Multiple Majors Programs”.


The possibility of being able to fulfill the requirements of more than one major while at Penn State will meet the needs of many students, especially in this era of rapid change, teamwork and job mobility.  Enabling a reasonable, easily understood, and flexible way of satisfying the requirements for more than one major will help Penn State to recruit and retain good students.  Departments and colleges are encouraged to exercise their flexibility to make exceptions and substitutions in order to meet the educational needs of students without violating the spirit of the requirements for the majors involved.


Clear descriptions of the various options for multiple majors, the differences among them, and distinctive titles are needed.  The following suggested Policy 60-00 for Multiple Majors Programs proposes to use the following terms: Concurrent Majors Program and Sequential Majors Program.


As presently written:


60-00 Dual-Degree Programs, Simultaneous Degree Programs, and Multiple Majors


        Dual-Degree Programs, Simultaneous Degree Programs, and Multiple Majors

        60-20 Simultaneous Degree Programs

        60-40 Multiple Major Programs


Dual-Degree Programs, Simultaneous Degree Programs, and Multiple Majors


Dual-degree programs are those with program entrance requirements and graduation requirements that have been pre-approved by the Senate and published. The Liberal Arts-Engineering program is an example of such programs. Those candidates seeking other combinations may request to be enrolled in either simultaneous degrees or multiple majors.  However, a candidate may not combine a general major or degree with a departmental major or degree within the same college.


Any student requesting a combined program shall, for each major, meet the same acceptance standards and graduation requirements as met by all other students in that major.


60-20 Simultaneous Degree Programs


1.      A candidate receiving approval may complete no more than two simultaneous

      degrees and shall receive one diploma for each degree.

2.      A candidate for simultaneous baccalaureate degrees must earn at least 30 credits

       more than the number of credits required for the degree with the lower total credit

       requirement.  For associate degrees, at least 15 more credits are required.


60-40 Multiple Major Programs


A candidate receiving approval from the colleges involved may gain entrance to more than one major. The candidate successfully completing the requirements for multiple majors shall receive a separate diploma for each major for which requirements have been completed. The final academic record shall indicate the completion of the requirements for each major


61-00 Sequential Degree Programs


A graduate of the University desiring to acquire a second baccalaureate degree or a second associate degree shall be required to re-enroll with advanced standing under the policies of Section 58-00.  If approved for a sequential degree, the candidate shall be required to fulfill the major, college, and University requirements for that degree. A second baccalaureate degree shall require at least 30 baccalaureate credits more than those required for the first degree.  For a second associate degree, at least 15 additional credits shall be required.




The current Senate Policy 60-00, “Senate Approved Dual-Degree Programs, Simultaneous Degree Programs, and Multiple Majors,” and Senate Policy 61-00, “Sequential Degree Programs,” should be replaced with the following:


Proposed Policy 60-00:  Completing More Than One Undergraduate Major Program (Concurrent Majors and Sequential Majors)


At the baccalaureate or associate degree level, students may be approved for admission to more than one major under the Concurrent Majors Program or the Sequential Majors Program.  A Concurrent Majors Program is one in which students take courses to concurrently meet the requirements of at least two majors, with graduation for all majors in the program occurring during the same semester.  A Sequential Majors Program is one in which a student has graduated and then re-enrolls for another major.


Any student requesting more than one major program shall, for each major, meet the same acceptance standards and graduation requirements as met by all other students.  Colleges and departments may identify and should publish any combinations of majors that would not be approved for more than one major program.  In general, an undergraduate student may not combine a general major with a departmental major within the same college.


Proposed 60-10:  Concurrent Majors Program

  1. A candidate receiving approval may complete more than one major concurrently.  The majors must be all at the baccalaureate level or all at the associate degree level.
  2. Approval for admission to each major must be obtained from the colleges and departments offering the majors.  The approval document should include the list of courses that will satisfy the requirements for each of the majors.
  3. Whenever possible and with approval from the departments and colleges involved, courses may be used to meet the requirements of more than one major.
  4. Each major for which the candidate has been approved will be listed on the candidate’s degree audit and transcript at the time of admission to that major.  A separate Degree Audit will be generated for each major.  For the purpose of enrollment and record keeping, each major will be treated equally.
  5. Upon the completion of the Concurrent Majors Program, a candidate shall receive a diploma for each major.
  6. A Concurrent Majors Program may be listed and described in official University publications if entrance and graduation requirements have been identified and approved by the academic units involved.
  7. At the time of entry to major, not more than one of the candidate’s majors may be under administrative enrollment control.
  8. Exceptions to any part of the policy require the approval of all deans and departments involved.

Proposed 60-20:  Sequential Majors Program

  1. Upon completion of the requirements for one major at the Pennsylvania State University and graduation, a candidate receiving approval may re-enroll in another baccalaureate degree major after receiving a baccalaureate degree or an associate degree major after receiving an associate degree for a sequential major.
  2. Approval for admission to the second major must be obtained from the college and department offering the major. The approval document should include the list of courses that will satisfy the requirements for the second major.
  3. Only the second major will be listed on the student’s degree audit.
  4. Restrictions may apply to admission to a sequential major that is under enrollment control.  Such restrictions should be specified by the department and college that offer the major.
  5. Upon completion of the second major, a candidate shall receive a second diploma.
  6. Exceptions to any part of the policy require the approval of the dean and department offering the second major.



                        Cheryl Achterberg                        Richard R. Kennedy

                        Richard I. Ammon                        James L. McDonel

                        Theresa A. Balog                        Laura L. Pauley, Chair

                        Dawn G. Blasko                        Paul A. Ricciardi

                        Thomas E. Boothby                        Robert D. Ricketts, V-Chair

                        Richard J. Bord                        David W. Russell

                        Stephen Browne                        Dennis C. Scanlon

                        John J. Cahir                        Thomas A. Seybert

                        Paul F. Clark                        Terry R. Shirley, Jr.

                        Peter D. Georgopulos                        Teiko Tachibana

                        Gary L. Hile                        D. Joshua Troxell

                        Robert S. Hill                        Eric R. White






Tuition Task Force




            In July, 2001, President Spanier appointed a Tuition Task Force to consider realistic projections of a range of tuition increase options that may be necessary over the next five years to support the continued competitiveness of the University as a premier institution.  Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, Executive Vice President and Provost, chaired the Task Force.


At the April 23, 2002 meeting, Dr. Erickson will share the conclusions and recommendations of the Tuition Task Force with the Faculty Senate in advance of a similar presentation to the University’s Board of Trustees on May 10, 2002.  His remarks will focus on comparisons with peer institutions, funding needs of the University, five-year budget projections and tuition requirements, possible tuition models, and recommendations regarding Penn State’s tuition strategy for the next several years.


John W. Bagby
Connie D. Baggett
Robert L. Burgess
Wayne R. Curtis
W. Travis DeCastro
Gordon F. De Jong
Renee Diehl
Caroline D. Eckhardt
Rodney A. Erickson
Dennis Gouran
Elizabeth A. Hanley
Deidre E. Jago
Alphonse E. Leure-duPree
Salvatore A. Marsico
Ronald L. McCarty
Louis Milakofsky
John W. Moore
Jamie M. Myers
John S. Nichols, Chair
P. Peter Rebane
Winston A. Richards
Alan W. Scaroni
Cara-Lynne Schengrund
Loanne L. Snavely
Graham B. Spanier
Steven W. Stace
Brian B. Tormey





Time To Graduation Report





ARSSA has been asked to investigate the graduation patterns of undergraduate students.  In response to this question, the Office of the University Registrar has completed a time to degree study for the Spring 1999, 2000, and 2001 semesters.


The general trends in graduation rates of students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs are:

·        77% (189) of Penn State four-year undergraduate programs require between 120 and 129 credits.  Of those students, whose total credits completed do not exceed the program credit requirement by more than three credits, 86% graduate within four years.

·        Another 18% (44) of Penn State four-year undergraduate programs require between 130 and 139 credits.  Of those students, whose total credits completed do not exceed the program credit requirement by more than three credits, 84% graduate within four years.

·        An additional 5% (10) of Penn State four-year undergraduate programs (all International Business majors) require 145 credits.  Of those students, whose total credits completed do not exceed the program credit requirement by more than three credits, 25% graduate within four years.


This report summarizes the factors that seem most salient in distinguishing among the three time periods of graduation:  within four years, five years, and more than five years.  Variables related to student circumstances and choices seem to be the pertinent factors in influencing time-to-graduation.




The study examined students who graduated from a four-year baccalaureate degree program.  Graduates from five-year baccalaureate degree programs were excluded from the study.  Only students who were originally admitted as freshmen, regardless of which Penn State campus first enrolled, were included.  All students admitted to the University as an advance standing student were excluded from the study. 


The original cohort was identified by a match of these two conditions (spring graduate from a four-year program, and originally admitted as a freshman).  The student’s transcript was then examined for the first enrolled semester, all subsequent semester enrollments, along with all intervening semesters of non-enrollment resulting from withdrawal, leave of absence, and “no-shows”.  This data file then was used to conduct the analysis presented in this report.


A significant number of freshmen begin during the summer session.  If these students graduated four years (8 semesters) later, they are counted in the “five year” cohort.  Students who enrolled in one or more summer sessions after their initial enrollment are counted in the four-year cohort if they graduated in eight semesters.


To better understand the specific factors that influence these graduation issues, the study actually adopted three time frames:   

·                                Students that graduated within 4 years


It is important to clarify that not all spring graduates were studied.  Students were excluded from the study if they were enrolled in a five-year baccalaureate degree program or if they entered the University in any admission category other than freshman.  The number of baccalaureate degree graduates and the number of students studied during these three Spring semesters were:



Spring 1999

Spring 2000

Spring 2001

Three Semester Total

4 Year Baccalaureate Degree Graduates





Number of students studied







Overall Findings

Of those students in the study, the three-year average of time to graduation distributes as follows:


Students that graduate within 4 years tend to:

  1. Use fewer late drop credits and have a lower incidence of academic withdrawal.
  2. Change majors less and have a lower tendency of completing multiple majors.
  3. Enroll for sufficient credits each semester required to make normal progress and generally do not earn many more credits than are necessary to complete the program.
  4. Have few semesters of non-enrollment and are good students (not likely to be dropped, and have a higher tendency to achieve dean’s list status).
  5. Start at the University Park campus.
  6. Be a traditional age student.
  7. Enroll in fewer semesters in DUS.


Students that graduate after 5 years tend to:

  1. Use a higher number of late drop credits and have a higher incidence of academic withdrawal.
  2. Demonstrate a significantly higher tendency of changing majors.
  3. Enroll part-time or enroll in insufficient number of credits to maintain normal progress.
  4. Be academically weaker (less likely to be on the dean’s list and more likely to have been academically dropped).
  5. Start at a location other than University Park.
  6. Be an adult learner.
  7. Enroll in more semesters in DUS.

Factors Related to Time-to-Graduation



4 Year Graduation

5 Year Graduation

5+ Year Graduation

Total Number of Graduates Studied (Spring 1999, 2000, and 2001)


Total Graduates per Category




Percent of Study Total








The following factors identify the time-to-graduation rates for each of the three time frames.  The percentages that follow are the percent of students from the cohort number at the top of the chart.  For example, Factor 1: Of the 9,308 students that graduated in 4 years, 68% used one or more  late drop credits. 








1.  Late Drop Credits Used




2.  Part-time Semesters Attempted




3.  Change of major




4.  Enrolled in DUS




5.  Semesters started as Full-time, but ended as Part-time




6.  Semesters Withdrawn




7.  Completed Multiple majors




8.  Academic Drop




9.  Semesters of non-Enrollment




10. Campus of Admission Not University Park




11. Typically enroll in 1/8 of the program’s credit requirements each semester.




12. Achieved Dean's List




13. Credits Completed External to Penn State




14. Traditional Age Student




15. Adult Learner




16. Enroll in one or more Summer Sessions








The following data is limited to Spring 2001





17.  Total Credits Completed Within 3 Credits of the Requirement




          a) Programs requiring between 120-129 credits




          b) Programs requiring between 130-139 credits




          c) Programs requiring 145




18.  Total Credits Completed Exceeded 3 Credits of Requirement




          a) Programs requiring between 120-129 credits




          b) Programs requiring between 130-139 credits




          c) Programs requiring 145















Deborah Atwater
Edward W. Bittner
Ingrid M. Blood
JoAnn Chirico, Chair
Peter Deines
Anna Griswold
Geoffery J. Harford
Luen-Chau Li
Victor Nistor
Molly A. Powell
Ronald W. Propst
P. Peter Rebane
John J. Romano
Carol A. Smith, Vice-Chair
J. James Wager


Statement by Penn State President Graham Spanier

on the Penn State Calendar



The University’s academic year calendar has been a concern and a source of discussion for faculty and students for several years.  Two years of discussion culminated in a February 26, 2002   University Faculty Senate recommendation suggesting a change to a somewhat shortened, simplified calendar.  Faculty need a calendar that is adaptable to their approach to teaching and learning.  Students expect a high-quality educational experience within a calendar format that accommodates their summer job schedules, internship placements, co-op experiences, and an occasional break in the schedule of classes to study, see their families, and refresh themselves. I am most appreciative of the hard work and good thinking of the special Senate Committee, and I am grateful for the interest of USG and for the scores of emails I received from faculty and students.


Issues of concern to me have been widespread absences and class interruptions after Labor Day, before Thanksgiving, and both before and after the current break in the fall semester, as well as a general sense that the start of the fall semester is so early that it results in disruption of summer internships and student work, faculty hiring and orientation, family activities, and proper preparation of facilities between the summer and fall terms.  In addition, our early start date is a competitive disadvantage in student recruitment at many of our campuses.  Comparisons with other universities show that the class attendance issue may be related to Penn State’s scheduled number of class days being the greatest in the Big Ten and a full week longer each semester than those of the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and the State System of Higher Education.


The special Faculty Senate Committee, along with other senate committees, has worked thoughtfully to arrive at its recommendations.  In addition to addressing the situation related to breaks, they noted the desirability of a calendar that would be responsive to the substantially changed teaching and learning strategies employed in many courses.  They consulted widely and brought useful focus to a complex issue.  Of special value was their emphasis on some fundamental principles, including:


·     The University calendar should provide flexibility in serving the academic interests and needs of

      students and faculty.

·     The calendar should provide appropriate time for examinations and other assessment activities as

      part of the fall and spring semesters and each summer session.

·     There should be an appropriate break during each semester.

·      A post-Labor Day start is highly desirable

·     The fall semester should end before the traditional December holiday season.

·     Arrival day (UP) should occur on a Saturday.

·      Commencement (UP) should occur on a Saturday.

·     There should be provision for orientation time at the beginning of each semester.


These principles are useful, and I have taken them carefully into account in my decision for a new calendar.  I add to them only a few considerations:


·     The calendar should be straightforward, stable, and predictable, such that plans can be made by all interested persons, within and outside the University, for up to several years in advance, without needless uncertainty or recourse to complex formulas and listings.

·     The calendar should be forward-looking, toward new methods of course delivery and teaching, including greater use of on-line techniques and new approaches to partial or intermittent residency. After much discussion and thought, I have concluded that a simplified calendar best promotes flexibility.  Simplification does not convey rigidity, nor does rigidity about such matters as seat-time convey quality.

·     The calendar must be observed.  Callers, visitors, parents and friends of students and those with whom we do business should find us open and fully functioning when we say that we are.  Students should be expected to always attend class except as provided for in University policy.  Similarly, faculty should be expected to conduct all scheduled classes.

·     The University calendar applies to all campuses, save The Dickinson School of Law, Penn State Great Valley, the College of Medicine and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, but modest excursions to allow for locally important conditions can certainly be approved when circumstances warrant.


In addition, the Special Senate Committee noted two other principles:


·     The fall and spring semesters should be as symmetrical (i.e., equal in length) as possible.

·     National holidays should be recognized if possible.


All calendar deliberations immediately introduce the necessity to accept trade-offs, notably because there are simply not enough days in the fall to meet all conditions.  In the case of holidays, the only way we can accommodate many of the calendar constraints is to hold classes on certain days that other organizations might indeed observe as holidays.  Further, benchmarking shows us that many fine universities do not observe a symmetric fall-spring calendar.  If we are to meet the principles discussed above, a perfectly symmetrical calendar is not possible.


Accordingly, the Penn State calendar for the upcoming years, beginning in Fall 2003, will have the following properties:


·     Each fall semester will span 16 weeks, including 14 weeks of classes, one 5-day week of finals and assessment activities, and 5 days without classes.  During the assessment period, final exams will be scheduled for Monday through Thursday.  Friday will normally be a conflict make-up day for those classes that schedule final examinations.


·     The five days without classes include Labor Day and the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Thanksgiving week.  In addition, the Friday at the end of the sixth week will be a study day, thus creating a three-day class break in the fall calendar.  The University will be open on this day so that faculty and students will have the opportunity to take full advantage of university facilities and academic opportunities.


·    To balance class offerings and laboratories, so that there are an equal number of Mondays through Fridays, the first day of classes, a Tuesday, will offer a Friday schedule.  This one-day trade has worked well at other institutions where it has been used and, given that many lab and discussion sections are regularly scheduled on Tuesdays, the day swap may create an improved introduction to many classes in which the Tuesday sections might not ordinarily meet during the first week.


·     Over the rest of the decade, classes begin as early as August 30 or as late as September 5, but never earlier than the week before Labor Day.  Looking at the decade ahead,

in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013, classes start the day after Labor Day; the other years classes would start the Tuesday before Labor Day. 


·     The fall commencement ceremony is on Saturday, the day after the last day of finals, falling between December 17 and 22, except that on December 22, 2006, undergraduate commencements would be on Friday evening.


·     No alteration in the length of class times is anticipated, nor will any change be introduced for spring semester calendars.  Thus, Penn State's academic year will consist of 145 class days and 10 assessment/exam days, which is very close to the average for the Big Ten, and 4-5 days more than the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and the State System of Higher Education.


·     It is desirable to have an orientation period for new students that, at the University Park campus, is somewhat increased in scope.  Consequently, it is recommended that the arrival time frame for new students at University Park be between noon on Friday and noon on Saturday.  This will allow formal orientation activities to begin following lunch on Saturday.  This will provide for significantly increased continuity in our programming for new students.


·     Exam/assessment periods will be available for the principal summer session.  This can be achieved by a combination of strategies, and the Registrar will be asked to develop a plan that does not unduly lengthen the summer session.


With any calendar, there are always matters that require special attention.  Several are discussed below, and I invite readers to bring to the attention of John Cahir ( or Susan Youtz ( any relevant questions that are not addressed here.


·           Classes on days before and after breaks.  All deans and department heads are reminded that faculty will be expected to meet all scheduled classes.  Any exceptions must be approved by the dean of the college offering the course or his or her designee; a report of such exceptions will be reviewed by the Provost’s Office.  Moreover, students are urged to avoid asking faculty members to cancel classes. Classes will be held when scheduled.  Only by doing this can we be honest with ourselves and with the students and preserve the integrity of the new calendar.


·           Arrival Day at University Park.  On those years when classes begin on the day after Labor Day, Arrival Day for new students could conflict with football traffic.  On such years, arrival will be distributed between Thursday and Friday.  Those responsible for the logistics and planning for arrival and orientation should begin planning for 2003 immediately.


·            Campus College calendars.  Modest departures from the standard University calendar can be considered, but must be approved by the Provost.


·            Alternative assessments.  Active and collaborative learning, on-line modules, research activities, and group presentations are increasingly part of a Penn State education.  This calendar encourages those practices, and faculty should begin plans to adapt their courses to the new calendar.





Interim Report






The University Faculty Senate Self Study Committee met for the first time on

December 3, 2001.  Since then, the committee has met on eight occasions and invited the following individuals/groups to meet with the Committee:  the current and three former chairs of the Senate; four chairs of Undergraduate Education; three members of the 1991 Special Committee charged to Review the Senate; the former Executive Secretary of the Senate; and current Senate Committee Chairs


The Self Study Committee has reviewed similar self-studies from the Senate at Ohio State and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 


Following are the topic areas currently under consideration by the Senate Self Study Committee.


The Senate Self Study Committee invites feedback and reaction to the topics under consideration and other areas not in the above list.  Please direct comments to committee chair George Franz at DE-DAA@PSU.EDU.


Mark A. Casteel
George W. Franz, Chair
Amy K. Glasmeier
Harvey B. Manbeck
John W. Moore
Jean Landa Pytel
Robert Secor
Valerie N. Stratton
Susan C. Youtz




Construction Projects – 2001-02





Twice a year, Bill Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant, presents an overview of construction projects to the Faculty Senate.  The spring presentation is devoted to projects at Campus Colleges.  The fall presentation is devoted to projects at University Park.  Below is a list of projects that are included in this spring’s review:


Recently Completed Projects:


·        Junker Center, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

·        Smith Interfaith Chapel and Belltower, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

·        Perkins Student Union Addition, Penn State Berks

·        Safeguard Scientifics Building, Penn State Great Valley

·        Lares Building Addition, Penn State Abington

·        Eberly Building Renovation, Penn State Fayette


Projects under Construction:


·        Student Union Building, Penn State McKeesport

·        Harrisburg Housing, Penn State Harrisburg

·        Extramural Research Facility, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

·        Franco Building Addition, Penn State Berks


Projects in Design:


·        Research and Economic Development Building (REDC), Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

·        Administration Building, Penn State Beaver

·        Classroom Building, Penn State Altoona

·        Library and Performing Arts Center, Penn State York


In addition, a preview list of projects that will be reviewed at the fall meeting will be given.


P. Richard Althouse
William J. Anderson
Anthony J. Baratta, Chair
John P. Boehmer
Michael J. Cardamone
Eric C. Cowden
Gordon F. De Jong
Peter B. Everett
Joseph Ferenchick
William M. Frank
Daniel R. Hagen
Ali R. Hurson
Rodney Kirsch
Karen H. Morin
Robert N. Pangborn
Paula J. Romano
William A. Rowe, V-Chair
Louise E. Sandmeyer
Gary C. Schultz
Paul J. Tikalsky
Daniel E. Willis
Gregory R. Ziegler



The University Faculty Senate


Tuesday, April 9, 2002     1:30 PM   102 Kern Graduate Building


C. D. Baggett
R. L. Burgess
W. R. Curtis
W. T. DeCastro
G. F. De Jong
C. D. Eckhardt
R. A. Erickson
D. S. Gouran
E. A. Hanley
D. E. Jago
S. A. Marsico
J. W. Moore
D. Evensen (for J. Myers)
J. S. Nichols
P. P. Rebane
W. A. Richards
A. W. Scaroni
C. L. Schengrund
L. L. Snavely
S. W. Stace
B. B. Tormey

B. Hockenberry
V. R. Price
S. C. Youtz

J. W. Bagby
R. Diehl
A. E. Leure-duPree
R. L. McCarty
L. Milakofsky
G. B. Spanier

A. Baratta
J. Cahir
J. Dutton
G. Franz
D. Gold
T. Jones
B. MacEwan
A. McGregor
L. Pauley
L. Pierce
J. Romano
A. Romberger
R. Secor


Chair John Nichols called the meeting to order at 1:40 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building.  It was moved and seconded (Tormey/DeCastro) that the minutes of the March 12, 2002 Senate Council meeting be approved as distributed. 




Dr. Nichols announced that the Faculty Advisory Committee met that morning and discussed the following topics: Budget and Tuition Task Force; Model for Public/Private Research Universities; Calendar; Dean Searches; Undergraduate Education Restructuring; Use of Security Cameras; Lack of consultation with the Senate regarding AD-29 and AD-42; General Education Recertification; Program Closures; Late Drop Policy; Graduate Student Unionization; Accolades for PSU Scholar-Athletes; Miscellaneous.  This was the last meeting of FAC scheduled for the 2001-02 Senate year.


Dr. Nichols reported that he and Executive Secretary Youtz visited the University of Minnesota on March 28 and 29 in order to further cooperation and collaboration with other CIC faculty governance bodies.  Drs. Nichols and Youtz attended a Senate meeting and met with other Senate groups.  This visit was a reciprocal visit following Dr. Joseph Massey’s (chair, University of Minnesota, Faculty Consultative Committee) visit to Penn State in December, 2001.  In the fall, the Senate expects to host additional visitors from Minnesota, including staff from their Senate Office.  


Dr. Nichols noted that while progress is being made in the recertification of General Education courses, that there is still much to be accomplished to reach the goals that were presented in the original college plans.


Dr. Nichols introduced Dr. David Gold, University Ombudsman, who provided a general overview of the nature of the grievances reviewed by all college ombudsman in 2001-02, current status of referrals, the agenda of ombudsman workshop and general comments related to case consultation and resolution.  Dr. Gold commented on the positive working relationship that all ombudsmen had with Dr. Robert Secor, vice provost for academic affairs. 


Provost Erickson commented that, by the end of the fiscal year, the Commonwealth will be almost $1 billion below forecast for revenue collections and early reports from Harrisburg suggest that the state’s “rainy day fund” will be depleted by the end of the year.  He observed that this situation does not bode well for Penn State’s appropriations for the 2003-04 year.  Dr. Erickson noted that the University leadership continues to make a case for support for Penn State and higher education in the Commonwealth.


Provost Erickson gave an up-date on Dean searches and noted that Philip McConnaughay will become the new dean of the Dickinson School of Law on July 1.  It is expected that the Board of Trustees will act on the appointment of the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the May, 2002 board meeting.  Dr. Erickson announced that the Penn State Erie--The Behrend College dean’s search committee will be re-constituted in the fall to begin a new search and that Dr. John Burke will continue providing leadership as provost and dean on an interim basis. 


Dr. Erickson announced a reorganization of several units related to the strengthening and resourcing of teaching and learning initiatives at Penn State.  The Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University Testing Services and the Teaching and Learning Consortium will, effective July 1, come under the umbrella of the Schreyer Institute led by Dr. Renata Engel.  This reorganization will place these units as integral components of the office of the vice provost and dean for Undergraduate Education. 




Dr. Caroline Eckhardt, the liaison to the Graduate Council, reported on the April 5, 2002 Graduate Council meeting.  The Graduate Council adopted the “Statement of Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Post-Baccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.” 


Dr. Nichols requested that the agenda be reordered to accommodate Dean John Dutton’s schedule, and to permit him to make introductory comments and answer questions on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences departmental phase-out proposal. 




On a Gouran /Scaroni motion, the following was passed by the Senate Council -- In accordance with our duties as prescribed in Bylaws, Article II, Section 1(d), it is the advice of Senate Council that the proposal to phase out the Department of Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences be implemented as described in the documents we have received.


Dr. Nichols then requested an additional re-ordering of the agenda to permit Dr. Baratta to present the University Planning Committee report because he had a class to teach. 


University Planning – “Construction Projects – 2001-02.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a DeCastro/Tormey motion.  Dr. Baratta noted that this report was the second of two mandated construction reports and that it focuses on construction at locations other than University Park.  Council requested that the report be limited to 10 minutes.  It is expected that Bill Anderson will give the report.     

Legislative Reports

Undergraduate Education – “Revision of Senate Policy 60-00: Multiple Majors and Degrees.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a Tormey/DeCastro motion.  Dr. Pauley provided background information and the rationale for changing the wording to reflect concurrent or sequential degrees.


Informational Reports

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid – “Time to Graduation Report.”  This report was placed on the agenda on a Snavely/DeCastro motion.  Drs. Rebane and Romano responded to questions about how summer admits/enrollments, co-op students (e.g., engineering), and study abroad students are reflected in the Factors Related to Time-to-Graduation chart.  A recommendation was made to clarify the reference to the International Business program in the Overview section of the report.  

Computing and Information Systems – “Penn State’s Course Management System.” and

 “Technology Classrooms at Penn State.”  Because there was no one in attendance from the Computing and Information Systems Committee to address the two informational reports, no action was taken and both reports will be returned to the committee.  Council recommended that the section on “Other PSU Campus Locations” in the report on Technology Classrooms at Penn State requires greater elaboration and consultation with the University Committee on Instructional Facilities.


Senate Council -- “Tuition Task Force.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a (DeCastro/Scaroni) motion.  Dr. Erickson announced that this report would be done in a power point presentation, and will be approximately 25 minutes in length.  Dr. Erickson indicated that he would like to have 10-15 minutes for questions.  A web site containing the Tuition Task Force presentation will be linked to the Faculty Senate web site

<> at the end of the Senate meeting.


“Final Calendar Report.”  Dr. Nichols requested a contingency motion (DeCastro/Snavely) for the Final Calendar Report to be placed on the agenda and to permit Provost Erickson to stand for questions.  It is expected that the Final Calendar Report being issued by President Graham Spanier will be included in the April 23 Faculty Senate Agenda.    

Senate Self Study Committee – “Interim Report.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a DeCastro/Tormey motion.  George Franz reported that the Self Study Committee is scheduled to meet with Officers and Chairs on April 22 to discuss the Senate committee structure.  Dr. Franz responded to a question about surveying Penn State faculty who are not senators on their perceptions of the Senate and another question about Senate committees having the ability to access data for reports and the flow of information/communication to and from committees.


Dr. Nichols requested a motion (Tormey/Richards) to move the Tuition Task Force Report to the first position in the Informational Report section. 


On a DeCastro/Tormey motion, the Senate Agenda was approved.  




There was no new business.


Prior to adjournment Dr. Nichols stated that this was the last Senate Council meeting that he would chair, noting that he was very pleased with the smoothness of the transition with the Executive Secretary position.  He acknowledged and thanked the Senate Officers and the Senate Office staff for their hard work and commitment over the year.  Chair Nichols thanked Senate Council and extended appreciation and gratitude for the positive and productive working relationship with Penn State’s administration.  Dr. Nichols then quoted from a recent issue of Academe:  "If professors want to safeguard academic freedom and tenure and maintain faculty authority for setting academic standards, then they have an obligation to participate actively in shared governance."  In other words, he said, academic freedom is not free.  It is earned by the hard work of Councilors, Senators, and other faculty who serve the University through shared governance.  But he added that it was a two-way street and that some administrators and units need to do a better job of appropriately rewarding such service.  Noting that "a weak and undisciplined senate badly undermines shared governance," Dr. Nichols emphasized the importance of the Senate Self Study process and applauded that committee for its efforts to improve the Senate.  Finally, Nichols said that because, at least in his case, "longevity was not correlated with conceptual clarity or clairvoyance and often led to confusion," he had not run for re-election and would be leaving the Senate -- with great fondness and respect for the body -- after completing his responsibilities as Immediate Past Chair next year. 


Senate Chair Nichols adjourned the meeting at 2:50 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,


Susan C. Youtz

Executive Secretary




The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Graduate Building

University Park, PA  16802

(814) 863-0221 – phone   (814) 863-6012 – fax



Date:   April 5, 2002


To:      Senate Council Members


From:            Caroline D. Eckhardt, Senate Liaison to the Graduate Council



The Graduate Council met on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building, with Associate Dean Regina Vasilatos-Younken presiding in Dr. Pell’s absence.  This summary concentrates on items that may be of particular interest to Senators.  Complete minutes are available from Mary Hosband in the Graduate School ( 




          Donald Thompson, representing the Committee on Academic Standards, presented the revised document entitled, “Statement of Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Post-Baccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.”  The recommendation will be forwarded to the University Provost jointly by Dean Pell, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and Continuing and Distance Education for further action.


           In discussion, it was reported that currently there is no supervision for certificate programs, other than within colleges.  Council was reminded that the original statement had previously been adopted by Graduate Council several years ago.  However, the Graduate Council has no authority to mandate the policy and guidelines.  Dr. Younken added that the changes proposed will better clarify the procedures and will call for certificate programs to be logged in by the Faculty Senate.  She also noted that the original document called for a joint standing committee (of the Graduate Council and Continuing and Distance Education) to review certificate offerings.  However, this provision has been removed, as such review would not be appropriate by those bodies if there is currently no oversight by either unit.  There was concern raised regarding the recommendation in the document to limit certificate offerings to 15 credits.  It was reported that this credit limit was identified because of the limit on non-degree credits that can be transferred into a graduate program.  It was remarked that it is important, however, for programs to have flexibility to require more credits in order to meet accreditation standards.  Dr. Younken indicated that this limit is intended as a caution to programs and to provide some direction, i.e., in the event students come into the offering with the expectation that admission to a graduate program would be automatic upon completing the certificate program.


           The motion was made, and unanimously approved, that Graduate Council adopt the proposed policy and guidelines, and recommend to the Provost that the statement on policy and guidelines for post-baccalaureate certificates be adopted by the University. 


Ronald Porter, representing the Committee on Fellowships and Awards, indicated that the Graduate School has been notified of 80 fellowship offers to date.  At this point, one confirmed acceptance has been received from the inter-college programs; but no acceptances or declines have been reported by the colleges yet. 


          David Spector, representing the Committee on Graduate Research, discussed plans for the Graduate Exhibition. He announced that a total of 214 exhibitors will participate in this year’s event (194 poster exhibitors, 10 performances, and 10 visual artists) and that 158 judges have been identified, with  $10,000 in prize money to be awarded (approximately one out of every 5-6 exhibitors will receive an award). 


          Michael Eracleous, representing the Committee on Graduate Student and Faculty Issues, reported that the Committee will be assisting the Graduate School in planning faculty and student workshops.  


Mark Wardell, representing the Committee on Programs and Courses, presented the following program proposals for Council consideration:

a.           Program Change:  New Option in Chemical Biology in the Graduate Program in Chemistry

b.           Name Change:  Graduate program in Communication Disorders to Communication Sciences and Disorders

c.               Program Change:  Change in requirements in the M.F.A. degree program in English

d.               Program Drop:  M.Ed. in German

e.               Program Change:  Change in requirements for the M.A. degree program in German

f.                 Program Drop:  M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering (Penn State Great Valley)

g.           Program Drop:  M.Eng. in Engineering Science (Penn State Great Valley)

h.           Program Drop:  M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering (Penn State Great Valley)

i.           Program Drop:  M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering (Penn State Great Valley)


All proposals were unanimously approved as presented. 


The University Faculty Senate

 Inter-office Correspondence

101 Kern Graduate Building





Date:       April 12, 2002


From:      Susan C. Youtz, Executive Secretary


To:          All Senators and Committee Personnel




     Please note the scheduled time and location of your committee.  If you are unable to attend, notify the Senate Office prior to Senate Day -- if possible.



    MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002                            7:00 PM


            Officers' and Chairs' Meeting                                    Faculty Staff Club, NLI

               (with Self Study Committee from 7:00-8:00 PM)


                        8:00 PM


    Commonwealth Caucus Alumni Lounge, NLI



TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002                                  7:30 AM


     Intercollegiate Athletics                                               330 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center


                        8:00 AM


            Faculty Affairs                                                  106 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center


            Outreach Activities                                                      502 Keller Building


            Student Life                                                                  301 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center


8:30 AM


            Admissions, Records, Scheduling and

            Student Aid                                                                   203 Shields Building


            Curricular Affairs                                                          102 Kern Building


            Committees and Rules                                      16 HUB/Robeson Center


            Intra-University Relations                                              233 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center


            Research                                                                     327 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center 


Undergraduate Education                                             Alumni Lounge, NLI


            University Planning                                                       322 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center


                        9:00 AM


            Faculty Benefits                                                            101-A Kern Building


            Libraries                                                                               CANCELLED


                        9:30 AM


            Computing and Information Systems                                    201 Kern Building


            1:30 PM


            University Faculty Senate                                      112 Kern Building



There will be a Commonwealth Caucus meeting at 11:00 AM on TUESDAY,

APRIL 23, 2002, in the Alumni Lounge of the NLI.  At approximately 12:00 Noon,

a buffet luncheon will be served.


The Pennsylvania State University

The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Building (814) 863-0221

Fax:  (814) 863-6012



Date:     April 12, 2002


To:     Commonwealth Caucus Senators (This includes all elected Senators from

     Campuses, Colleges, and Locations Other Than University Park)


From:     Salvatore Marsico and Irwin Richman



  MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002








TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002 -- 11:00 AM --




     The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2002, in the Alumni Lounge of the NLI.  A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.


     The tentative Agenda includes:


Call to Order


Announcements and Reports from co-chairs of the caucus (Richman)


Reports from Committee Chairs


Other Items of Concern/New Business


          Adjournment and Lunch