THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The University Faculty Senate
Tuesday, December 7, 1999, at 1:30 PM in
112 Kern Graduate Building
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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -
B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets)
C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of November 16, 1999
D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -
E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -
F. FORENSIC BUSINESS -
G. UNFINISHED BUSINESS -
H. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS –
I. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS -
J. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS -
K. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS -
L. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY -
Note: The next regular meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday,
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Date: November 19, 1999
To: Murry R. Nelson, Chair, University Faculty Senate
From: Louis F. Geschwindner, Chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs
The Senate Curriculum Report, dated November 23, 1999, 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, Birch Cottage, e-mail ID firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before December 22, 1999.
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 were 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.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY AFFAIRS
Revision of Policy HR-21: Definition of Academic Ranks
[Implementation upon passage by the Senate]
Recommendation 1: The Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs recommends that the following changes be made in Policy HR-21.
The title of Senior Instructor, with the following definition, be added to the Academic Ranks described in Policy HR-21:
Senior Instructor. The senior instructor should possess at least a master's degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to his/her teaching specialization; must have demonstrated ability as a teacher and adviser; and must have shown evidence of professional growth, scholarship, and mastery of subject matter.
In 1987, the title of Senior Lecturer was added by the Faculty Senate. The terms of 'lecturer' and 'instructor,' while their definitions in HR-21 have slightly different wording, have been used interchangeably in the University for fixed-term faculty, with different colleges preferring one or the other. Since instructor faculty do not have the opportunity of being promoted to a senior rank, while lecturers do, the addition of a senior instructor rank to parallel the senior lecturer rank should be added to HR-21. The definition of the expectations for a senior instructor in this proposal are the same as those that the Senate voted in place for senior lecturer, as currently stated in HR-21.
Recommendation 2: Change the definition of 'instructor' to that for 'lecturer.' The two definitions would thus read as follows (with the 'lecturer' definition staying the same):
Lecturer. A lecturer should possess at least a master's degree or equivalent, or be an active candidate for an advanced degree, in an academic field related to his/her teaching specialization.
Instructor. The instructor should possess at least a
the bachelor's and master's degree s and at least two years of graduate work (or equivalent) in the field of his/her specialization. Experience in teaching, while desirable, is not necessary. or equivalent, or be an active candidate for an advanced degree, in an academic field related to his/her teaching specialization.
Since the titles of 'lecturer' and 'instructor' have been used interchangeably by our colleges, the definitions of the two should be the same. Moreover, the Committee felt that the fuller description of the instructor position was unnecessary: e.g., a masters degree assumes a bachelor's degree, as well as at least two years of graduate work, and there is no need to state the absence of a requirement (teaching experience is desirable but not necessary).
Note: It may be asked why there should not be a single title, if the lecturer and instructor titles are interchangeable. This question was posed to the college deans, who felt that the cultures of the different colleges would make it impossible to agree on the use of one or the other title.
Recommendation 3. Reorder the lecturer and instructor titles as they are currently listed in HR-21 and insert the senior instructor title so that the comparable titles are adjacent to each other. For ease of focusing on the lecturer and instructor titles they are bolded in both the current and proposed listings below:
2. Affiliate Librarian
3. Assistant Librarian
5. Research Assistant
6. Senior Lecturer
7. Senior Research Assistant
8. Assistant Professor (or Research Associate)
9. Associate Librarian
10. Associate Professor (or Senior Research Associate)
12. Professor (or Senior Scientist)
1. Affiliate Librarian
2. Assistant Librarian
4. Senior Lecturer/Senior Instructor
5. Research Assistant
6. Senior Research Assistant
7. Assistant Professor (or Research Associate)
8. Associate Librarian
9. Associate Professor (or Senior Research Associate)
11. Professor (or Senior Scientist)
Since the terms 'instructor' and 'lecturer' are to be seen as equivalents, as are the terms 'senior instructor' and 'senior lecturer,' they should be listed adjacent to each other, and a more rational order would have all of these titles grouped together.
Cost Implications. The possibility of promotion to senior instructor from instructor would involve salary improvements that would need to be borne by the college out of existing funds. These would be borne in the same way colleges currently do for promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer.
Subcommittee on Promotion, Tenure, Appointments, and Leave
Louis Milakofsky, Chair
Shelton S. Alexander
Syed Saad Andaleeb
Robin B. Ciardullo
Renee D. Diehl
James M. Donovan
Dorothy H. Evensen
Margaret B. Goldman
Elizabeth A. Hanley
Sabih I. Hayek
Charles W. Hill
Sallie M. McCorkle
David J. Myers
John S. Nichols, Chair
Amy L. Paster
Jeffery M. Sharp
Stephen W. Stace
Kim C. Steiner
Valerie N. Stratton, Vice-Chair
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS,
SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID
Reserved Spaces Program
"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 predicted GPA (there were 2 such cases in 1999). 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 1 such case in 1999).
A large number of the reserved spaces (118 or 45 percent in 1999) 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 263 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 1999 about 6.5 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 2000 by specific category. These limits are the same as those for 1999.
Please call the Senate Office (814-863-0221) for a copy of the tables.
Senate Committee on Admissions, Records Scheduling and Student Aid
JoAnn Chirico, Chair
Lynn E. Drafall
Renata S. Engel, Vice Chair
Geoffrey J. Harford
Salvatore A. Marsico
Arthur C. Miller
Robert B. Mitchell
Steven M. Paladini
Barbara L. Power
John J. Romano
Adrian J. Wanner
SENATE COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Update on the World Campus
The World Campus provides a new format for the creation and delivery of courses to students located anywhere within the Commonwealth, the nation, or the world. It may be considered as Penn State’s 25TH campus, offering courses through the academic units of the University. In addition to offering individual credit courses, the World Campus provides certificate programs and is developing master's degree programs to be delivered entirely on-line. This oral informational report describes the World Campus and provides current data on course offerings and enrollments. The presenter is Dr. Gary Miller of the World Campus, who is also an affiliate associate professor on the faculty of the College of Education. In addition, two faculty-Barbara Grabowski and David DiBiase-will be present to explain how world campus courses are designed and developed.
World Campus credit courses are essentially the same as those taught at other campuses. Generally, World Campus courses are custom-designed and are unique; the World Campus is not intended to provide a delivery alternative to resident instruction courses. It is a resource enabling Penn State to reach adult learners who would otherwise be unable to study at Penn State.
World Campus courses and programs provide a rich resource base for students. Learners use a variety of materials to support their study such as personal computer CDs, text materials, links to other relevant Web sites, audio clips, art, or graphic materials. This delivery mode allows for repetition of lectures, textual information, and activities anywhere and any time during the course at the student's convenience. This ease of use and repetition can reinforce the learning experience. Some student activities include collaborative learning experiences, self-study options, case studies, and student critique. There is an interactive bulletin board for messaging and students can e-mail instructors or fellow students confidentially.
Students are able to take a World Campus course at their own pace when an entire course is already on-line. Proctored examinations are administered by qualified individuals. In addition, there are on-line assessments such as quizzes and exercises.
World Campus courses are designed and conducted by Penn State faculty members and must be approved by one or more academic departments and colleges.
Students who are interested in learning about the World Campus can get an introduction on-line by accessing World Campus 101, which is available through the World Campus web site at this address:
A comparable faculty development course will be available online in the near future.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
G. Jogesh Babu
Craig Bernecker, Vice-Chair
J. Christopher Carey
Jacob De Rooy, Chair
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WORLD CAMPUS
Visit the Home Page of the Outreach Activities Committee:
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, November 16, 1999 1:30 PM 101 Kern Graduate Building
C. J. Bise
M. E. Broyles
L. A. Carpenter
G. F. De Jong
R. A. Erickson
D. S. Gouran
M. R. Nelson
P. P. Rebane
R. D. Richards
A. B. Romberger
A. W. Scaroni
C. L. Schengrund
S. R. Smith
G. J. Bugyi
G. W. Franz
B. S. Hockenberry
V. R. Price
J. W. Bagby
P. C. Jurs
P. A. Klein
L. P. Miller
G. B. Spanier
Chair Nelson called the meeting to order at 1:32 PM on Tuesday, November 16, 1999, in Room 101 Kern Graduate Building. The minutes of the October 5, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed on a Gouran/Kenney motion.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS
Chair Nelson announced that the Faculty Advisory Committee met on Thursday, October 7 and that he had announced the agenda items discussed at that meeting to the Senate on October 26. FAC is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, November 23. Dr. Nelson will announce those agenda items to the Senate on Tuesday, December 7. He reminded Council that if there is anyone who may wish to add any items to the FAC agenda, they are to contact one of the Senate Officers or one of the three elected FAC members--Peter Deines, Linda Miller or Gordon De Jong.
The Officers visited Abington College and Penn State Delaware on November 1 and 2, respectively. They also visited Penn State DuBois on November 9. The debriefing meeting with Provost Erickson will be on November 23. This concluded the visits to locations other than University Park for the fall. Scheduling is underway for the spring visits to units at University Park. When the arrangements are complete, these visits will be posted on the Senate's web page.
A meeting to charge the Joint Committee on Academic Integrity was held this morning. The Academic Integrity report from the Committee on Student Life was pulled from the October 26 Senate Agenda by that committee so that a joint committee could be formed to further address the concerns of academic integrity.
Provost Erickson spoke to the fall enrollment figures at the University. This fall we ended up just about where we had hoped to be with the University's enrollment essentially flat this year. The upper-division numbers at the campus colleges are up from 4,859 in 1997 to 6,307 this fall. That is, in part, the reason of the decline of about 300 students at University Park. The intent is to keep the enrollment at University Park in the range of 40,000 to 42,000. The Central Enrollment Group has set goals for next year already with a very modest increase in freshmen for the fall of 2000. The objective is to maintain enrollment numbers at University Park and also have a relatively small growth at locations other than University Park. The Provost also noted that graduate enrollment increased for the first time in three years. He announced that there was a significant increase in minority enrollment; this was up 10.5%.
Dr. Erickson added that his visits to locations other than University Park are going well. By the end of December he will have visited 16 locations and there are four more scheduled for January.
He also expressed his thanks to the Senate leadership and the committee chairs for the opportunity to work jointly on the academic integrity issue. In addition, he is hoping to soon have the draft copy of the intellectual property report. This may be one of the most important issues that the University will be addressing for some time to come. The issue of private companies coming in and contracting with faculty to buy their software and other kinds of services puts higher education in a position of not only competing with those for-profit companies but having to buy back the intellectual property of their own faculty members.
The Provost closed with a statement that he was looking forward to the report that is presently in committee on part-time vs. full-time faculty and the credit production of these two groups. This is a national issue that must be addressed.
REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
Philip Klein was not in attendance, but his report on the Graduate Council meeting of October 20, 1999 is attached to these minutes.
AGENDA ITEMS FOR DECEMBER 7,1999
Faculty Affairs -- "Revision of Policy HR-21: Definition of Academic Ranks." John Nichols spoke to the report. He made a few editorial changes and asked if Council had any questions. Without discussion, a Gouran/Romberger motion was passed to place this report on the agenda.
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid -- "Reserved Spaces Program." Jim Wager represented ARSSA and noted that this is an annual report. It is a special admissions program to provide for students that are admissible to the University but not to University Park to come to University Park for special reasons. The report was put on the Senate Agenda with a Gouran/Romberger motion without discussion.
Outreach Activities -- "Courses on the World Campus." Jogesh Babu and Gary Miller presented the report and indicated that the presenter of the report has been changed from Elizabeth Hawthorne to Gary Miller (and the other two faculty members on the revised report). Council made several suggestions to Dr. Miller that might be added to the oral section of his presentation and some editorial changes to the written report were suggested also. After further discussion, the report was passed on a Carr-Chellman/Scaroni motion.
The single action item for Council to address was a proposal to change the name of the Intercollege Materials Research Laboratory to the Materials Research Laboratory. Council moved on this item with a Romberger/Scaroni motion as follows:
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 Intercollege Materials Research Laboratory
to the Materials Research Laboratory be implemented as described
in the documents we have received.
There was no New Business for the Council to consider.
Senate Chair Nelson thanked the members of Council for their attention to the Agenda and adjourned the meeting at 2:18 PM.
George J. Bugyi
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Date: November 9, 1999
To: Members, Senate Council
From: Philip A. Klein, Graduate Council Liaison
Re: Graduate Council Meeting of October 20, 1999
The Graduate Council met on October 20, 1999.
Interim Dean Eva Pell announced that she and Dr. John Cahir had appointed a teaching assistant group which will have as its objective defining and implementing strategies to improve teaching and learning for all teaching assistants. It will implement elements outlined in the report of the International Teaching Assistants Working Group.
The bulk of the meeting was concerned with reports of Standing Committees, among which the following would be of greatest interest to the general Faculty:
1. Dr. Gary Rogers, Chair of the Committee on Academic Standards, reported that his committee was still working on the question of joint appointments of Graduate faculty. They hope to bring this to completion in time to bring it to the Council this fall.
Dr Ronald Porter, Co-Chair of the Committee on Fellowships and Awards, directed the Council's attention to the guidelines for the fellowship program. They provide that the awards will be for new incoming graduate students, with preference being given to students seeking the highest degree available in their field, and to students pursuing research rather than professional degrees.
3. Dr. Kevin Furlong of the Graduate Research Committee, announced that this year the Graduate Exhibition would be in a new venue, possibly Rec Hall.
4. Dr. Raymond Lombra, Chair of the Committee on Graduate Student and
Faculty Affairs, has been discussing the problem of meeting the financial certification requirements necessary for issuance of visas for international students.
5. Dr. Howards Sachs of the Committee on Programs and Courses reported that his committee had been assessing library resources necessary for the offering of graduate programs in the World Campus delivery system. He also moved changes in the Ph.D. requirements in Physics, a name change for the Program in Man, Environmental Relations, and integration of the B.S. in Spanish with the M.S. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. The Council approved all of the changes.
6. Dr. Yahner called the Council's attention to the series, "Conversations in Kern" to be held three times each semester and dealing with topics such as single parenting, cultural diversity, etc.
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY Date: November 19, 1999 From: George J. Bugyi, 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 6, 1999 Officers' and Chairs' Meeting MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1999 Commonwealth Caucus TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1999 Intercollegiate Athletics Outreach Activities Student Life Admissions, Records, Scheduling and
Student Aid Committees and Rules Curricular Affairs Intra-University Relations Research Undergraduate Education University Planning Computing and Information Systems Faculty Affairs Libraries Faculty Benefits
Date: November 19, 1999
From: George J. Bugyi, 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 6, 1999
Officers' and Chairs' Meeting
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1999
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1999
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and
Committees and Rules
Computing and Information Systems
University Faculty Senate
The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 7, 1999, in Penn State Room of the Nittany Lion Inn. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.
The Pennsylvania State University
Date: November 19, 1999
To: Commonwealth Caucus Senators (This includes all elected Senators from
From: Irwin Richman and Sandy Smith
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1999 -- 11:00 AM --
The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 7, 1999, at the Penn State Room, NLI. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.
The tentative Agenda includes:
I. Call to Order
II. Announcements and reports from co-chairs of the caucus (Richman & Smith)
III. Reports of Senate Committees
IV. Other Items of Concern
V. Adjournment and Lunch