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The University Faculty Senate

 

AGENDA

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at 1:30 PM in

112 Kern Graduate Building

 

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A.  MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -

      Minutes of the October 23, 2001, Meeting in The Senate Record 35:2

 

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

       of November 20, 2001                 

C.  REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of November 13, 2001

D.  ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -

E.  COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -

 

F.      FORENSIC BUSINESS –

 

G.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS -

 

H.     LEGISLATIVE REPORTS –

 

      Committees and Rules

 

            Changes in Constitution, Article II, Section 5; Standing Rules, Article II, Section

            6(e)1; and Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(f)1

 

      Undergraduate Education

 

            Revision of Senate Policy 47-20: Basis for Grades 

 

            New Senate Policy 43-00: Syllabus 

 

I.        ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS -

 

J.       INFORMATIONAL REPORTS –

 

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

 

      Reserved Spaces Program    

 

Undergraduate Education

 

Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location                     

 

            Major Accomplishments of the Teaching and Learning Consortium (TLC)

First Two Years, John A. Brighton, University Professor and Chair of the

Teaching and Learning Consortium      

 

      University Planning

 

            Visual Construction Report of Academic Buildings, William J. Anderson, Jr.,

            Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant    

 

            Security Briefing, Thomas R. Harmon, Director of Police Services

     

K.  NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS -

 

L.  COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY -

 

 

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

           January 29, 2002, at 1:30 PM in Room 112 Kern Building.

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Graduate Building

University Park, PA  16802

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

 

Date:            November 13, 2001

 

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

 

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

 

The Senate Curriculum Report, dated November 20, 2001, 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 sfw2@psu.edu, on or before December 20, 2001.

 

The Senate Curriculum Report is available on the web.  It can be accessed via the Faculty Senate home page (URL http://www.psu.edu/ufs).  Since the Report is available on the web, printed copies are not distributed to the University community.  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.

 

Publication of the 2002-2004 Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin
Work is currently underway for the next paper publication of the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin. The cut-off date for changes to the Bulletin is February 15, 2002. Curricular changes that are to appear in the 2002-2004 Bulletin must be through the approval process (academic and administrative) by February 15, 2002.


SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Changes in Constitution, Article II, Section 5;
Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6 (e)1; and

Standing Rules, Article II, Section  6(f)1

(Legislative)

(Implementation Date:  Upon approval by the President)

 

Introduction

The Committee on Faculty Affairs report entitled “Recommendations for Emeritus/Retired Faculty” was passed on January 30, 2001 (Appendix “E”) and approved by the President. Recommendation #7 of the report reads as follows:
 

“The Senate Committee on Committees and Rules should propose the establishment of representation of emeritus faculty in the University Faculty Senate by having a voting member elected from and by emeritus faculty.”

 

Rationale and Recommendations

The recommendation from the Committee on Faculty Affairs suggested that one (1) emeritus Senator be given membership on the University Faculty Senate.  After extensive discussion in the Committees on Committees and Rules, it was decided that not one but rather two new members be included.  It became clear that both the Senate and the retired population would be better served if there were a retired faculty Senator on the Committee on Faculty Affairs and the Committee on Faculty Benefits.  In both cases, there are agenda issues addressed in these committees that have implications for retired faculty. 

The decision to become more inclusive and have these new faculty Senators not only from the emeritus faculty ranks but rather from all of the retired population was based on the fact that there are many retired faculty who would be very effective Senators but were never in a position to be granted emeritus status. 

Recommendation #1

Change Constitution, Article II, Section 5 as follows:

Section 5

(a) The following persons shall be ex officio members of the Senate: the President of the University; the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University; the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School; the Chair of the Academic Leadership Council; the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education; the University Registrar; the Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies; and any elected member of the Faculty Advisory Committee who is not an elected faculty Senator.

(b) The President may appoint other University personnel to membership in the Senate on an annual basis. The total number of appointed and ex officio members (not including any member of the Faculty Advisory Committee) shall not exceed a number equal to ten (10) percent of the elected faculty Senators.

(c) The full-time, degree-seeking students at the University shall be represented by elected student Senators as follows:

 

1.      One undergraduate student from each of the ten (10) colleges at University Park.

 

2.  One student from each of the following locations or units:

Penn State Abington

Penn State Altoona

Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley

Penn State Erie-The Behrend College

Penn State Capital College

Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State Commonwealth College

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University

The Division of Undergraduate Studies

The Graduate School

Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies

Whenever comparable units are added to the University or created through reorganization, each new unit shall elect one student Senator. The term of a student Senator shall be one (1) year.

(D) THE RETIRED FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY SHALL BE REPRESENTED BY TWO (2) ELECTED RETIRED FACULTY SENATORS.

Recommendation #2

Change Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e)1 as follows:
(e) Committee on Faculty Affairs        
1. Membership

(i)     At least twenty (20) elected faculty Senators including at least one (1) faculty Senator from each college at University Park and one (1) faculty Senator from each of the following: Abington College, Altoona College, Penn State Erie-The Behrend College, Berks-Lehigh Valley College, Capital College, Commonwealth College, Dickinson School of Law, The College of Medicine, Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, and University Libraries.

            (ii)    ONE RETIRED FACULTY SENATOR

Recommendation #3

Change in Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(f)1 as follows:
(f) Committee on Faculty Benefits

1.  Membership

(i)     At least seven (7) elected faculty Senators

           (ii)           The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
          (iii)           ONE RETIRED FACULTY SENATOR

 Procedures

It is proposed that the following method for fulfilling these recommendations be used:

1) The Senate Office will obtain, from the Office of Human Resources, a list of retired faculty members from the last ten (10) years who are living in Pennsylvania and the contiguous states,

 

2) This list will be cross-checked with the names of those who served on the Senate prior to retirement,


3) From this list of former Senators, the Committee on Committees and Rules will establish a list of candidates and the Executive Secretary will then contact the individuals and ask if they would stand for election to the Senate,


4) A ballot will be established with the individual former Senators (the order of names on the ballot will be determined by lot) who have consented to serve,


5) This ballot will also have a line marked “Other” for write-in votes so that other members of the retired population can be included in the voting,


6) The ballot will be made available to all retired faculty,


7) A simple plurality vote will determine the winners (the first year of the election two retired faculty Senators will be elected).  In the case of a tie the Committee on Committees and Rules will determine a winner,


8) Two retired faculty members will be elected.   The Senate Committee on Committees and Rules will appoint one to serve on the Committee on Faculty Affairs and one to serve on the Committee on Faculty Benefits,


9) The term of office will be four (4) years.  In the first year of the election, one Senator will be elected to a four (4) year term and one to a two (2) year term,

 

10) If a retired Senator cannot fulfill his/her term, the alternate from the last election will be appointed to do so,


11) The elected retired faculty will be full voting members of the Senate.


SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Joseph J. Cecere

Dwight Davis

Terry Engelder

Joanna Floros

Sabih I. Hayek

Deidre E. Jago

Arthur C. Miller

John W. Moore

John S. Nichols

Jean Landa Pytel, Chair

Cara-Lynne Schengrund

Stephen M. Smith

Valerie N. Stratton, Vice-Chair

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

Revision of Senate Policy 47-20:  Basis for Grades

 

(Legislative)

 

[Implementation Date:  Spring 2002]

 

 

Background:

 

Senate Policy 47-20 establishes the instructor’s judgment of the student’s scholastic achievement as the basis for a student’s final grade in a course. Senate Policy 44-10, General Examination Policy, specifies that the instructor should provide written notification of the course final examination policy to students within the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.  The current Senate Policy 47-20 on grading does not require written notification of course grading policy at the beginning of the semester.

 

Rationale:

 

Given that exam policy and grading policy are highly interrelated, it would clarify grading policy for students if written notification for both the course grading and exam policies were provided within the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.  Such written notification, however, must not bind the instructor to a particular grading policy that might need revision during the semester in response to students’ learning needs and performances. 

 

Recommendation:

 

Senate Policy 47-20 should be revised to read as follows:

 

Policy 47-20 Basis for Grades

Grades shall be assigned to individual students on the basis of the instructor’s judgment of the student’s scholastic achievement as set forth in Section 47-60.  This specifically includes the instructor’s judgment regarding an appropriate academic sanction for academic dishonesty defined in Section 49-20.  THE INSTRUCTOR SHOULD PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF THE BASIS FOR GRADES TO STUDENTS WITHIN THE FIRST TEN CALENDAR DAYS OF A SEMESTER OR ITS EQUIVALENT.  ANY CHANGES IN THAT BASIS SHOULD LIKEWISE BE PRESENTED TO STUDENTS IN WRITING. 

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg   

Rebecca L. Corwin 

Richard I. Ammon       

Theresa A. Balog        

Dawn G. Blasko          

Thomas E. Boothby     

Richard J. Bord       

James E. Brasfield   

John J. Cahir  

Paul F. Clark

Loren E. Filson

Peter D. Georgopulos

Gary L. Hile

Robert S. Hill

Richard Kennedy, Jr.

Laura L. Pauley, Chair

Robert D. Ricketts, Vice-Chair

David W. Russell

Dennis C. Scanlon

Thomas A. Seybert

Terry R. Shirley, Jr.

Reiko Tachibana

Eric R. White

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

New Senate Policy 43-00:  Syllabus

 

(Legislative)

 

[Implementation Date:  Spring 2002]

 

Background:

 

Official Senate Policies 44-10, 49-20, and, if adopted, revised Policy 47-20 require instructors to notify students in writing about course policies on examinations, academic integrity, and grading.  While the course syllabus is most often the vehicle used to provide this written explanation, no Senate Policy exists that requires faculty to provide a course syllabus.  The Faculty Handbook and information distributed historically by the University Office of Student Affairs makes reference to the syllabus distributed by faculty in each course. The Faculty Handbook outlines the many possible points of information that may be included on a syllabus, serving as a valuable resource for faculty in designing course syllabi.

Rationale:

 

While the practice of providing students with a syllabus is almost universal, the addition of a Senate Policy reaffirms the value in preparing such a document to envision and guide course activity.  A syllabus distributed at the beginning of a class helps students to fully understand the course expectations, guide progress, and make decisions during the drop and add period. 

Recommendation:

 

Senate Policy 43-00 should be added to the Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students:

Policy 43-00 Course Syllabus

 

A written syllabus must be distributed to students in each course within the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.  In addition to course content and expectations, the syllabus must include the course examination policy, basis for grades, and academic integrity policy for the course.  Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in writing.

 

Additional information can be found in the following Policies:

  1. General Examination Policy (Policy 44-10)
  2. Non-final Examinations, Evening Examinations (Policy 44-30)
  3. Basis for Grades (Policy 47-20) and
  4. Academic Integrity (Policy 49-20)

 

 

It is recommended that the syllabus also contain:

  1. Information for students with certified disabilities to seek necessary instructional support for their disability as described by the American for Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Student Guide to University Policies and Rules
  2. The principles for “Promoting a Vibrant Learning Culture” or a reference to the website.

           

SENATE COMMITTEE ON                                    UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg 

Richard I. Ammon

Theresa A. Balog   

Dawn G. Blasko                                                                            

Thomas E. Boothby                      

Richard J. Bord                            

James E. Brasfield                        

John J. Cahir                                

Paul F. Clark                                

Rebecca L. Corwin                      

Loren E. Filson                             

Peter D. Georgopulos

Gary L. Hile

Robert S. Hill

Richard Kennedy, Jr.

Laura L. Pauley, Chair

Robert D. Ricketts, Vice-Chair

David W. Russell

Thomas A. Seybert

Dennis C. Scanlon

Terry R. Shirley, Jr.

Reiko Tachibana

Eric R. White

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Reserved Spaces Program

 

(Informational Report)

 

            “Reserved Spaces” represent spaces at the University Park Campus reserved for eligible freshmen with special needs that cannot be met at non-University Park locations.  These spaces are generally for students whose predicted GPAs are below the cutoffs for regular fall admissions for University Park.

 

                In nearly all cases, students admitted at the University Park Campus through the Reserved Spaces Program meet the basic admission standards of the University (categories 1 through 6 on the first of the attached tables/charts).  In some instances, it is not possible to calculate a predicated GPA (there were seven such cases in 2001).  This is sometimes the issue for an international student.  Also, there are special circumstances that warrant dropping below the 2.00 minimum predicted GPA (there was one such case in 2001).

 

            A large number of the reserved spaces (134 or 46 percent in 2001) are for specially talented students in such areas as athletics, the arts and the Blue Band.  Most of these students contribute uniquely both to the educational and cultural life of the entire University Park community.  Spaces are also reserved for veterans, those entering under the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and those entering the recently instituted College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).  These three groups, along with Arts and Architecture talent admits, are Senate approved.  Two other general classifications account for the remaining students admitted through the Reserved Spaces Program.  “Other Academic” admissions involve students granted entrance by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Admissions Review Committee, and students on ROTC scholarships.  Administrative admissions include athletes, members of the Blue Band, and a few additional administrative spaces.

 

            The first table indicates the distribution of admissions through the Reserved Spaces Program by predicted GPA for each general classification.  About 28 percent of the 289 students admitted through the Reserved Spaces Program for the current academic year were at or near the University Park cutoffs.

 

            The second table contains data giving a profile of admissions through the Reserved Spaces Program for six of the years since the program began in 1984.  During this time, the approved maximum for the program has been reduced and the number actually admitted each year through the program has been below the approved limit.  In 2001 about 5.64 percent of the entering fall semester freshman class at University Park was admitted through the Reserved Spaces Program, which is a substantial reduction from 1984, both in absolute number and percentage of new freshmen.  These same data are displayed as histograms in the third attachment.

 

            The last table displays the approved limits for Fall 2001 by specific category.  These limits are the same as those for 1999 and 2000.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Deborah F. Atwater                       

Edward W. Bittner             

Ingrid M. Blood                          

JoAnn Chirico, Chair               

Peter Deines                            

Anna Griswold                        

Geoffrey J. Harford

Luen-Chau Li              

Victor Nistor

Molly A. Powell

Ronald W. Propst

P. Peter Rebane

John J. Romano                                              

Carol A. Smith, Vice-Chair

James Wager

 

 

TYPE

 

1984

 

 

1985

 

 

1998

 

 

1999

 

 

2000

 

 

2001

 

 

 

Limit

Actual

 

Limit

Actual

 

Limit

Actual

 

Limit

Actual

 

Limit

Actual

 

Limit

Actual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE APPROVED

240

222

 

225

183

 

115

91

 

110

105

 

110

91

 

110

114

Arts & Arch Talent

 

40

22

 

25

23

 

15

13

 

15

11

 

15

6

 

15

6

Educ Opp Prog/CAMP

 

130

126

 

130

93

 

50

78

 

85

94

 

85

85

 

85

108

Veterans

 

70

74

 

70

67

 

50

0

 

10

0

 

10

0

 

10

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER ACADEMIC

270

282

 

160

132

 

55

57

 

55

38

 

55

43

 

55

35

ROTC Scholars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

13

 

15

7

 

15

4

 

15

11

Adm Review Comm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

44

 

40

31

 

40

39

 

40

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

 

436

332

 

360

207

 

165

150

 

165

120

 

165

135

 

165

140

Athletes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

130

133

 

130

111

 

130

125

 

130

124

Blue Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

11

 

10

6

 

10

7

 

10

10

VP & Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

6

 

25

3

 

25

3

 

25

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

 

946

836

 

745

522

 

335

298

 

330

263

 

330

269

 

330

289

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FRESHMEN

 

 

2983

 

 

4016

 

 

4109

 

 

4014

 

 

4633

 

 

5126

%

 

 

######

 

 

######

 

 

7.25%

 

 

6.55%

 

 

5.81%

 

 

5.64%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Office of Undergraduate Admissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/17/01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESERVED SPACES BY ADMISSION CATEGORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2001 - UNIVERSITY PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYPE

 

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 6

CAT. 1-6

CAT. 7-10

NO CAT.

TOTAL

 

 

(4.00-3.50)

(3.49-3.00)

(2.99-2.75)

(2.74-2.50)

(2.49-2.25)

(2.24-2.00)

(4.00-2.00)

(1.99-.01)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE APPROVED

0

0

7

20

48

39

114

0

0

114

Arts & Arch Talent

0

0

3

2

1

0

6

0

0

6

Educ Opp Prog/CAMP

0

0

4

18

47

39

108

0

0

108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER ACADEMIC

0

4

25

5

0

0

34

0

1

35

ROTC Scholars

0

0

7

4

0

0

11

0

0

11

Adm. Review Comm.

0

4

18

1

0

0

23

0

1

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

0

4

41

46

24

18

133

1

6

140

Athletes

 

0

3

33

41

23

18

118

1

5

124

Blue Band

 

0

1

2

5

1

0

9

0

1

10

VP & Dean

 

0

0

6

0

0

0

6

0

0

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

0

8

73

71

72

57

281

1

7

289

PERCENTAGE

0.00%

2.77%

25.26%

24.57%

24.91%

19.72%

97.23%

0.35%

2.42%

100.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL FRESHMEN

28

2850

1678

264

83

58

4961

1

164

5126

PERCENTAGE

0.55%

55.60%

32.74%

5.15%

1.62%

1.13%

96.78%

0.02%

3.20%

100.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Office of Undergraduate Admissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/17/01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshmen

Reserved Spaces

1984

2983

836

1985

4016

522

1998

4109

298

1999

4014

263

2000

4633

269

2001

5126

289

 

Reserved Spaces Limits for 2002

 

 

Category

 

Fall Limits 2002

Senate Approved

 

 

A & A Talent*

15

Educ. Oppor. Program./CAMP**

85

Veterans

10

Subtotal

110

 

 

Other Academic

 

 

 

ROTC Scholars

15

Adm. Review Comm.

40

Subtotal

55

 

 

Administrative

 

 

 

Athletes

130

Blue Band

10

VP&D

25

Subtotal

165

 

 

Grand Total

330

 

 

  *   This includes Visual Arts but does not include Music or Theatre which are handled as direct admissions programs.

 

**   In this case, the number may be exceeded as appropriate.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location

 

(Informational)

 

        The Senate through its committees has permitted students to petition for exceptions to the Senate academic rules found in the Academic Policies, Rules and Procedures for Students.  Implementation and exceptions to these policies are the responsibility of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education unless otherwise assigned to another standing committee.

 

        The committee regularly reports to the Senate on number of student petition actions.  This report provides a summary of petitions over the last two years by colleges and campuses.

 

        The petition provides an opportunity for the student to receive consideration on extenuating circumstances affecting his/her progress.  It is composed of a petition letter and transcript from the student, supporting documents from advisors, instructors, physicians or other appropriate personnel and a review statement by the student’s dean or campus executive officer.  The final decision by the committee represents an effort to weigh the personal circumstances of the individual while maintaining the academic standards of the University.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON                                    UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg 

Richard I. Ammon

Theresa A. Balog   

Dawn G. Blasko                                                                            

Thomas E. Boothby                      

Richard J. Bord                            

James E. Brasfield                        

John J. Cahir                                

Paul F. Clark                                

Rebecca L. Corwin                      

Loren E. Filson                             

Peter D. Georgopulos

Gary L. Hile

Robert S. Hill

Richard Kennedy, Jr.

Laura L. Pauley, Chair

Robert D. Ricketts, Vice-Chair

David W. Russell

Thomas A. Seybert

Dennis C. Scanlon

Terry R. Shirley, Jr.

Reiko Tachibana

Eric R. White

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Summary of Student Petitions by Types

                       

 

 

For the Period

        08/01/99 – 07/31/00

                        Submitted                        Granted                        Denied

Drop/Add                        840                        613                        227

 

Withdrawal                              561                                          424                                          137

 

Late Registration                              286                                          284                                              2

 

Miscellaneous:

  Corrected Grades                                     46                                            45                                               1

 

  Other                                     24                                             24                                               0

 

                        TOTALS                    1,757                       1,390                  367

 

 

 

For the Period

        08/01/00 – 07/31/01

 

                        Submitted                        Granted                        Denied

Drop/Add                        778                        647                        131

 

Withdrawal                              560                                          451                                          109

 

Late Registration                              246                                          246                                                 0

 

Miscellaneous:

  Corrected Grades                                     41                                            40                                               1

 

  Other                                     17                                            16                                                  1

 

Totals                        1,642                        1,400                 242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted

 

Submitted

 

% Increase

 

Granted

Denied

 

 

 

1999-00

 

2000-01

 

in Petitions

 

 

 

Abington College

 

88

 

128

 

45%

 

93

35

Agricultural Sciences

 

61

 

49

 

-20%

 

41

8

Altoona College

 

81

 

64

 

-21%

 

55

9

Arts & Architecture

 

53

 

52

 

-2%

 

49

3

Beaver Campus

 

7

 

13

 

86%

 

13

0

Behrend College

 

54

 

71

 

31%

 

68

3

Business Administration

191

 

155

 

-19%

 

132

23

Capital College

 

39

 

34

 

-13%

 

34

0

Commonwealth College

2

 

3

 

50%

 

2

1

Communications

 

90

 

62

 

-31%

 

55

7

Delaware County

 

23

 

25

 

9%

 

24

1

Div. Of Undergraduate Studies

113

 

97

 

-14%

 

79

18

DuBois Campus

 

15

 

21

 

40%

 

20

1

Earth & Mineral Sciences

46

 

37

 

-20%

 

29

8

Education

 

 

42

 

31

 

-26%

 

29

2

Engineering

 

152

 

113

 

-26%

 

98

15

Fayette Campus

 

15

 

22

 

47%

 

21

1

Hazleton Campus

 

15

 

7

 

-53%

 

5

2

Health & Human Development

154

 

108

 

-30%

 

101

7

Information Sci. & Tech.

1

 

9

 

800%

 

8

1

Lehigh Valley (Allentown)

6

 

6

 

0%

 

5

1

Lehigh Valley (Berks)

 

35

 

52

 

49%

 

46

6

Liberal Arts

 

212

 

191

 

-10%

 

140

51

McKeesport Campus

 

25

 

38

 

52%

 

29

9

Mont Alto Campus

 

16

 

10

 

-38%

 

7

3

New Kensington Campus

15

 

18

 

20%

 

11

7

Registrar's Office

Representative

34

 

26

 

-24%

 

25

1

Schuylkill

 

 

36

 

28

 

-22%

 

22

6

Science

 

 

59

 

56

 

-5%

 

47

9

Shenango Campus

 

10

 

20

 

100%

 

20

0

Wilkes-Barre Campus

 

17

 

20

 

18%

 

19

1

Worthington Scranton Campus

20

 

36

 

80%

 

35

1

York Campus

 

30

 

40

 

33%

 

38

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

 

1757

 

1642

 

-7%

 

1400

242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

Major Accomplishments of the Teaching and Learning Consortium (TLC) First Two Years

                       

                        (Informational)

 

From the disparate efforts of faculty, administrators, and learning support units spread across the University, a Consortium has been formed of leaders, and innovators dedicated to improving teaching and learning at Penn State. We have based our strategies on the foundation of exciting efforts already underway, using their past experiences as models and resources and fostering new partnerships to reach into new and fruitful areas for improvement.

 

By following a strategy that approaches the transformation of teaching and learning from many perspectives the TLC, in just two years, has made a number of major accomplishments. From 1999-2001, the following achievements have been realized:

 

·         Established the team-based TLC structure that fosters dialogue about teaching and learning at all levels of the University.

 

·         Promoted conversations about learning that have engaged more than 500 participants through team meetings, annual colloquia, the TLC retreat, and formal and informal discussions with department heads, deans, and administrators. The Consortium has also enhanced communication about teaching and learning throughout the University community by developing a Web site that gives a broad array of information on teaching and learning at Penn State including giving advance publicity of events and gaining news coverage in various Penn State publications.

 

·         Reviewed current and recent teaching and learning accomplishments throughout the University. Working in teams, members of the Consortium gathered information and developed reports of model practices and guiding principles for improving learning. These reports, which have been circulated to faculty and administrators, include: Best Practices for Department Heads and the TLC Teaching Assistant Team Report on Penn State Teaching Assistant Preparation and Development.

 

·         Launched a Provost’s Program for Department-Wide Initiatives for Improved Learning. On the recommendation of the Department Heads Team, the Consortium organized and obtained funding to support coordinated departmental efforts to improve teaching and learning. Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson provided awards of $20,000 and college deans contributed $5,000 each to fund special initiatives in each of five departments. An additional $20,000 was contributed by Art Glenn (an alumnus and member of the TLC Steering Team) to fund a sixth department. The first six department projects are as follows:

 

1.       Physics: A New Approach for Non-Science Majors

2.       Designing a Learner-Centered General Education Course in the Geosciences Department

3.       Mechanical Engineering Case Studies on the Web

4.       A Web-Based Information Tool to Enhance Academic Performance in the Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences at Penn State Altoona

5.       Problem-Based Learning: Instructional Modules Using Web-Based Technology in the Department of Communications Disorders

6.       Interdisciplinary Humanities Education through Creative Expression in the School of Humanities, Capital College

 

This initiative has been underway for only a few months and while it is a little early for assessment, the projects seem to be going well.

 

·         Initiated an Executive Leadership Management Program for department heads. This three-day program designed by the Penn State Executive Management Department was offered twice to approximately 20 department heads per session. The next session, scheduled for Fall 2001, currently has 20 people registered and may also include additional department head participants from other universities.

 

·         Increased knowledge about approaches to active and collaborative learning and technology-based improvements to teaching through workshops with leaders from outside the University.

 

·         Established a Summer Teaching Academy. Informed by a Faculty Team survey of faculty needs and areas of interest, the Consortium organized and held 11 workshops on special topics in teaching and learning during the full week of June 11 (see Appendix C).

 

·         Enhanced coordination of Learning Support Units through team efforts and on-line connections. Through the Learning Support Unit Team, various units are compiling a directory of teaching and learning grants available, including recent awards, through Penn State support units.

 

·         Helped establish the Collaborative and Active Learning Research Institute (CALRI) in the College of Education.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg   

Rebecca L. Corwin 

Richard I. Ammon       

Theresa A. Balog        

Dawn G. Blasko          

Thomas E. Boothby     

Richard J. Bord       

James E. Brasfield   

John J. Cahir  

Paul F. Clark

Loren E. Filson

Peter D. Georgopulos

Gary L. Hile

Robert S. Hill

Richard Kennedy, Jr.

Laura L. Pauley, Chair

Robert D. Ricketts, Vice-Chair

David W. Russell

Dennis C. Scanlon

Thomas A. Seybert

Terry R. Shirley, Jr.

Reiko Tachibana

Eric R. White

 

UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Visual Construction Report of Academic Buildings

 

(Informational)

This report will provide a synopsis of three new academic/research buildings, the designs of which were recently approved by the Board of Trustees.

 

IST Building

 

The new IST Building will house the new School of Information Sciences and Technology and the existing Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The building will contain state-of-the-art classrooms as well as experimental labs and classrooms. As faculty and students experiment with immersive environments and high-end simulation, this facility with enable such work.

 

Chemistry Building

 

The new Chemistry Building, DGS 800-235, will house research laboratories and offices. A physical link to the Life Sciences Building at the upper floors will provide opportunity for collaboration and movement of research projects from one building to the other within the security of enclosed space. The exterior will be clad in brick masonry and precast concrete to compliment the surrounding buildings.

 

Life Sciences Building

 

The program needs of the Life Sciences Building resulted in the design of a physical link across Shortlidge Road to connect the Life Sciences Building with the Chemistry Building in order to facilitate research activities between them. The Life Sciences Building will house interdisciplinary research labs and offices. Links at the upper floors will provide opportunity for collaboration and movement of research projects from one building to the other within the security of enclosed space. Additionally, general-purpose classrooms and a large auditorium will be located on the Ground Floor of the Life Sciences Building.  The basement of the building will contain the new transgenic mouse facility.  The exterior will be clad in brick masonry and precast concrete to compliment the surrounding buildings.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

P. Richard Althouse

William J. Anderson, Jr.

Anthony J. Baratta, Chair

John P. Boehmer

Michael J. Cardamone

Eric B. Cowden

Gordon F. De Jong

Peter B. Everett

Joseph K. 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

Marley W. Watkins

Daniel E. Willis

Gregory R. Ziegler

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

 

Security Briefing

 

(Informational)

 

The events of September 11th have resulted in increased concerns within the University about safety and security.  Thomas Harmon, Director of Police Services, will attempt to review how the terrorist attacks throughout the nation have impacted safety and security procedures at the University.  He will be prepared to discuss what steps have been taken to reduce the risks from acts of terrorism at Penn State.  In so doing he will try to identify those highest risk events, materials and facilities.  He will review internal and external organizational responses to terrorism threats. 

 

Mr. Harmon will review those institution-wide advisories that have been issued to the University community pertaining to suspicious mail, mail handling, and safeguarding hazardous materials by University departments.  He will attempt to explain the role and activities of external federal regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies as they relate to the University faculty and students.  Mr. Harmon will try to assess future institutional needs that may result from the threats of terrorism. 


SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Richard Althouse

William J. Anderson, Jr.

Anthony J. Baratta, Chair

John P. Boehmer

Michael J. Cardamone

Eric B. Cowden

Gordon F. De Jong

Peter B. Everett

Joseph K. 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. Tiaklsky

Marley W. Watkins

Daniel E. Willis

Gregory R. Ziegler

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

MINUTES OF SENATE COUNCIL

Tuesday, November 13, 2001     1:30 PM   102 Kern Graduate Building


MEMBERS PRESENT

J. W. Bagby

C. D. Baggett

W. R. Curtis

W. T. DeCastro

C. D. Eckhardt

D. S. Gouran

E. A. Hanley

D. E. Jago

P. C. Jurs

S. A. Marsico

L. Milakofsky

J. W. Moore

J. M. 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. S. Hockenberry

V. R. Price

S. C. Youtz

 

ACCOUNTED FOR

R. L. Burgess

G. F. De Jong

R. A. Erickson

A. E. Leure-duPree

R. L. McCarty

G. B. Spanier

 

GUESTS

B. Blood

J. Cahir

G. Franz

M. Hetche

T. Jones

K.    Pauley

L. Pierce

J. Landa Pytel

J. Romano

R. Secor

V. Varadan

F. Vondracek

S. Welch


 

Chair John Nichols called the meeting to order at 1:35 PM on Tuesday, November 13, 2001, in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building.  It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the meeting of October 2, 2001 be approved as distributed. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Dr. Nichols announced that the Faculty Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow, November 14.  He will announce the topics discussed at that meeting to the Senate on December 4, 2001. 

The next meeting of FAC is scheduled for January 16, 2002.  If Council members have any items they want FAC to address, contact one of the Senate Officers or one of the three elected members: Gordon De Jong, Elizabeth Hanley and Peter Rebane.

Dr. Nichols asked Jeff Hantz, a Penn State student, to attend the December 4, Senate meeting to be recognized.  Jeff is a student in the Schreyer Honor’s College and participated in the International Paralympic Competition.

 

Dr. Nichols shared that since Council’s last meeting, the Senate Officers have visited the following campuses:  On October 16, Penn State DuBois; October 18, Penn State Lehigh Valley; October 19, Penn State Berks; October 29, Penn State Schuylkill; October 30, Penn State Harrisburg; November 8 and 9, Penn State Abington and Delaware.  On November 19 the Officers will visit Penn State Fayette, and on November 20, Penn State New Kensington and Penn State McKeesport.  This will conclude the visits to locations other than University Park.  Visits to colleges/units at University Park have been scheduled for the spring and they appear on the Senate’s web page.  Dr. Nichols will announce the dates and times at Council during the spring semester.

 

Dr. Nichols reminded Council that George Bugyi sent members an e-mail requesting information on how the Senate Council representatives are selected/elected in their respective units.  Councilors are asked to send this information to Vickie Price.

 

Dr. Nichols has appointed and charged the Senate Self Study Committee.  George Franz was asked to chair this committee.  Councilors were asked to forward recommendations for improving the Senate to Dr. Franz.  Dr. Nichols also asked that the committee’s recommendations be forwarded to him by March 15, 2002.

 

Dr. Nichols announced that he, John Moore and Scott Kretchmar attended a CIC Faculty Governance Leadership Conference on November 2 and 3 at Northwestern University.  The Knight Commission recommendations and strategies to increase faculty involvement in intra-collegiate athletic issues were discussed.  The CIC Senate leaders also discussed tuition exchange programs, civic engagement, and intellectual property.

 

Dr. Nichols announced that he extended an invitation to Dr. Joseph Massey, chair of the University of Minnesota Faculty Consultative Committee, to visit Penn State, December 3 and 4.  Dr. Massey is known for his work in shared governance and will meet with Senate Officers and Chairs, attend the Committee on Committees and Rules and the Senate meeting where he will be introduced.

 

Provost Erickson was not in attendance.

 

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

 

Professor Caroline Eckhardt, the liaison to the Graduate Council, reported on the Graduate Council meeting of October 17, 2001.  Dr. Eckhardt highlighted a new expedited and streamlined review process for programs and courses.  The summary is attached to these minutes. 

 

AGENDA ITEMS FOR DECEMBER 4, 2001

 

Legislative Reports

 

Committees and Rules – “Changes in Constitution, Article II, Section 5; Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e)1; and Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(f)1.”  Dr. Pytel presented this report and provided rationale for having retired faculty senators serve on the Faculty Affairs and Faculty Benefits committees.  Following brief discussion the report was placed on the agenda on a Scaroni/Tormey motion.  Following this report Dr. Pytel requested Senate Council’s assistance in asking their campus/college Caucuses to identify candidates who would stand for election for the University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee; the Standing Joint Committee of Tenure, and the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities committee.  Names may be submitted to the Senate Office or Dr. Pytel by mid January.

 

Undergraduate Education – “Revision of Senate Policy 47-20: Basis for Grades.” Dr. Pauley presented the proposed new policy and responded to questions about the relation of the new policy to current policies 47-60 and 49-20.  The report was placed on the agenda on a Tormey/Jurs motion following re-wording of the recommendation:

 

The instructor should provide written notification of the basis for grades to students within the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.  Any changes in that basis should likewise be presented to students in writing.

 

Undergraduate Education – “New Senate Policy 44-55: Make-Up for Unavoidable Absences.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/Tormey motion.  Dr. Pauley 

presented the proposed new policy and responded to several questions related to: implementation in large classes; the policy being part of preexisting policies, the clarity of proposed legislation; concerns about the examples and make-up procedures.  Following extensive debate, the question was called and the proposed new policy was not appropriate to appear on the Senate agenda.

 

Undergraduate Education – “New Senate Policy 43-00: Syllabus.”  The report was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/Gouran motion.  Dr. Pauley presented the proposed report and responded to several questions regarding the wording and intent of the new policy, how the policies (academic integrity, grading, examinations, etc) will be reflected in the syllabus, i.e., URL or full text of policy, differentiation between course content and course administration appearing in a syllabus.  The recommendation was changed as follows:

 

A written syllabus must be distributed to students in each course within the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.  In addition to course content and expectations, the syllabus must include the course examination policy, basis for  grades, and academic integrity policy for the course.  Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in writing.

 

Advisory/Consultative Reports - None

 

Informational Reports

 

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid – “Reserved Spaces Report.”   The report was placed on the agenda on a Scaroni/DeCastro motion.

 

Undergraduate Education – “Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location.”  Dr. Pauley presented the report that was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/DeCastro motion.

 

Undergraduate Education – “Major Accomplishments of the Teaching and Learning Consortium (TLC) First Two Years,” John A. Brighton, University Professor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Consortium.  Dr. Pauley presented the report and it was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/Tormey motion.  Council asked that the table “Recent TLC Events” be deleted.  The report will be 10 minutes in length, including questions.

 

University Planning – “Security Briefing.”  Dr. Nichols said that Thomas Harmon, Director of Police Services, made a presentation to University Planning Committee following the September 11 terrorist attacks and was invited to repeat the presentation to the full Senate.  Mr. Harmon will discuss the implications of these attacks for security procedures at Penn State.  The report was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/Tormey motion. 

 

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA FOR DECEMBER 4, 2001

 

On a Snavely/Curtis motion, the Senate Agenda was approved for December 4, 2001. 

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

Chair Nichols asked Council to address proposed changes in the Scranton Campus Constitution.  Secretary Deidre Jago reported to Council that these proposed changes adhere to the established criteria for constitutions and recommended that the changes be ratified.  Council voted to approve these changes on the recommendation of the subcommittee. 

 

Dr. Nichols asked Council to address the proposal from the College of the Liberal Arts concerning a proposal to change the name of the ‘Department of Speech Communication’ to the ‘Department of Communication Arts and Sciences.’

 

On a Gouran/Curtis motion, the following was passed:

 

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

change the name of the ‘Department of Speech Communication’ to

the ‘Department of Communication Arts and Sciences’ in the

College of the Liberal Arts be implemented as described in the

documents we have received. 

 

Dr. Nichols asked Council to address the proposal from the College of the Health and Human Development concerning a proposal to change the name of the Department of ‘Communication Disorders’ to the ‘Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.’

 

Dr. V. Varadan, Chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, shared concerns from committee members about both proposals regarding confusion that students could experience in confusing the names of the two departments.  In response, a council member noted that both departments in question and the College of Communications had provided letters of support.

 

On a Gouran/Scaroni motion, the following was passed:

 

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

change the name of the ‘Department of Communication Disorders’

to the ‘Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ in

the College of Health and Human  Development be implemented as

described in the documents we have received. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Professor DeCastro expressed concern about safety issues and international travel for students and faculty.  He was referred to the Department of State web site where travel alerts are updated regularly. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Senate Chair Nichols thanked Council for their attention to their duties and adjourned the meeting at 3:25 PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Susan C. Youtz

Executive Secretary

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Graduate Building

University Park, PA  16802

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

 

Date:            November 13, 2001

 

To:            University Faculty Senate

 

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

 

Re:              Minutes of the Graduate Council Meeting of October 17, 2001

 

            The Graduate Council, chaired by Dean Eva Pell, met on Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at 3:30 PM in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building.  This summary concentrates on items that may be of particular interest to Senators.  Complete minutes are available from Mary Hosband in the Graduate School (meh1@psu.edu). 

 

1.  Communications and Announcements

 

Dean Pell indicated that enrollments University-wide are close to what they were last year.

 

2.  Reports of Standing Committees

 

        a.  Committee on Academic Standards:  Susan McHale mentioned two agenda items for this committee, (a) professional integrity and ways to ensure that all graduate students understand the issues; (b) review of policies pertaining to the resolution of problems.

 

        b.  Committee on Graduate Research:  David Spector reported on plans for the upcoming Graduate Exhibition.  This Spring's event is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2002 (Performance Option) and Sunday, April 7, 2002 (Poster Session).

 

        c.  Committee on Programs and Courses:  Mark Wardell explained a change in the process of review of new courses, course changes, and drops.  To provide expedited review where appropriate, a 3-member rotating subcommittee of the Subcommittee on New and Revised Programs and Courses will review proposals.  This smaller group's recommendations will be presented to the full Subcommittee on New and Revised Programs and Courses for approval.

 

3.  Special Report

 

Subcommittee on Program Review and Evaluation:  Gerald LeTendre and Susan McHale reported on the recent program review process.  This Subcommittee had been inactive for several years but in 1999 it was reactivated and asked by Provost Erickson to identify graduate programs that were either exemplary or in need of attention.  Proxy measures were selected to be easily accessible but to represent faculty and program quality.

 

150 Penn State graduate programs were reviewed.  75% were rated as satisfactory, 10% in need of attention, 10% exemplary (5% could not be rated).  Dean Pell and Associate Dean Vasilatos-Younken met with academic deans to discuss the results.  Recommendations to improve the program review process for the future included:

 

* greater dissemination of information on the objectives, intent, and potential value of the review process

 

* a 3-year rather than 2-year cycle

 

* clarification and consistency about which programs will be reviewed (for example, whether master's and doctoral programs will be reviewed separately)

 

* information will be requested about how the programs rated "in need of attention" have responded to the concerns raised

 

* the rating scale will include only two categories:  "meets expectations" or "needs attention."

 

Core indicators that may be used in the next review cycle include benchmarking data, attrition data, FTE/numbers of graduate students, placement data, and student perspectives on programs.

 

It was reported that the National Research Council's upcoming review will include more objective indicators (rather than basing its rankings largely on faculty reputation, publications, etc., as in the past).  The criteria may be different next time than in the previous ranking.  When the new indicators and criteria are known, Dean Pell will make this information available.  Members of Graduate Council were reminded that the NRC does not rank graduate programs in every field, but only in selected fields.

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

 INTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE

 

 

Date:       November 15, 2001

 

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, DECEMBER 3, 2001     7:00 PM

 

     Officers' and Chairs' Meeting           Faculty/Staff Club, NLI

 

          8:00 PM

 

    Commonwealth Caucus     Alumni Lounge, NLI

 

        TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2001     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 Cultural Center

 

     Intra-University Relations     233 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

 

     Research                                      235 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center 

 

Undergraduate Education     Board Room 1, NLI

 

University Planning     Board Room 2, NLI

 

                                                   9:00 AM

 

Faculty Benefits     101-A Kern Building

 

Libraries                                    E510 Paterno Library

 

                                                  9:30 AM                     

 

Computing and Information Systems     107 HUB

 

                                                   1:30 PM

 

University Faculty Senate                                  112 Kern Building

 

 

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

DECEMBER 4, 2001, it the Assembly Room 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:     November 16, 2001

 

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, DECEMBER 3, 2001

8:00 PM – ALUMNI LOUNGE, NLI

GUEST SPEAKER:  TERRELL JONES, VICE PROVOST FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2001 -- 11:00 AM --

ASSEMBLY ROOM, nli

 

     The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 4, 2001, in the Assembly Room 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 & Marsico)

 

Request from Jean Landa Pytel, Chair, Committee on Committee on

Rules for nominees to run for election for the following committees:

         Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

         Standing Joint Committee on Tenure

         University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee

                              

Reports from Committee Chairs

 

Other Items of Concern/New Business

 

          Adjournment and Lunch