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The University Faculty Senate

AGENDA

Tuesday, January 28, 2003, 1:30 p.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building

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

A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING - Minutes of the December 3, 2002 Meeting in The Senate Record 36:3

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets) of January 14, 2003 -- Appendix A

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of January 14, 2003

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

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

Reserved Spaces Program Fall 2002 -- Appendix B
[5-minute presentation and discussion]

Senate Council

University Faculty Census Report - 2003-04 -- Appendix C
[5-minute presentation and discussion]

Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits -- Appendix D
[20-minute presentation and discussion]

University Planning

Status of University Park Construction Projects -- Appendix E
[10-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion]

Proposed Sale of Circleville Farm -- Appendix F
[10-minute presentation and 30-minute discussion]

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, February 25, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Building.

Appendix A

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: January 14, 2003

To: John W. Moore, Chair, University Faculty Senate

From: Shelley M. Stoffels, Chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs


The Senate Curriculum Report dated January 14, 2003, 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 February 13, 2003.

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).

Appendix B

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Reserved Spaces Program Fall 2002

Informational Report

Reserved Spaces are spaces at the University Park Campus reserved for eligible freshmen with special needs that usually cannot be met at non-University Park locations. These spaces are generally for students whose evaluation indices (previously called predicted GPA) are below the cutoffs for regular fall admissions at 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 page 4 of the attached table/charts). In some instances, it is not possible to calculate the evaluation index (there are five such cases in 2002). This is often the issue for an international student. Also, there are special circumstances that warrant dropping below the 2.00 minimum evaluation index; there were two such cases in 2002.

A large number of the reserved spaces (117 or 43 percent in 2002) 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 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 Admissions Review Committee of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and students on ROTC scholarships. Administrative admissions include athletes, members of the Blue Band, and a few additional administrative spaces.

The first 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 2002, about 5.43 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 a bar chart.

Page 4 indicates the distribution of admissions through the Reserved Spaces Program for Fall 2002 by evaluation index for each general classification. About 24 percent of the 269 students admitted through the Reserved Spaces Program for Fall 2002 were at or near the University Park cutoffs.

The last page displays the approved limits for Fall 2003 by specific category. These limits are similar to those of 2002 and 2001.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID
Edward W. Bittner
Stephen Browne
Mark A. Casteel, Chair
Milton W. Cole
Anna Griswold
Geoffrey J. Harford
Luen-Chau Li
Christopher J. Lynch
Paul Neiheisel
Gene P. Petriello
John J. Romano
Thomas A. Seybert
Carol A. Smith, Vice-Chair
Richard A. Wade
J. James Wager

RESERVED SPACES COMPARISON - FALL SEMESTER
UNIVERSITY PARK
(Appendix B - continued)

RESERVED SPACES COMPARISON BY YEAR
UNIVERSITY PARK
(Appendix B - continued)

RESERVED SPACES BY ADMISSION CATEGORY - FALL SEMESTER 2002
UNIVERSITY PARK
(Appendix B - continued)

RESERVED SPACES LIMITS FOR 2003
(Appendix B - continued)

Appendix C

The Pennsylvania State University
The University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Building (814) 863-0221
Fax: (814) 863-6012

Date: January 14, 2003

To: The University Faculty Senate - For Your Information

From: Melvin Blumberg, Chair, Election Commission


The 2003-2004 Census of the faculty for the University Faculty Senate was conducted in the following manner.

Using an information base provided by the Office of Administrative Systems, a Senate census database was created which included all personnel within the definition of the electorate of the University Faculty Senate as defined in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the University Faculty Senate. This electorate includes all persons who hold full-time appointments as of 10/31/02, and who fall into one of the following categories: those holding professorial or librarian titles; those who are full-time instructors, senior lecturers and lecturers or assistant librarians; and those holding research rank (excluding non-continuing). These lists were sent to Deans and Campus Executive Officers of the various voting units for verification. For the Military Sciences, the list was compiled by the Coordinator of the Combined Departments of the Military Sciences at University Park. Military Sciences faculty at other locations were counted with that voting unit. For Librarians, the Dean of the University Libraries compiled the list. The Commonwealth College Librarians were counted with their voting unit.

Both a copy of the verified list together with a letter informing the academic voting unit of the number of its electorate and the number of Senate seats to be filled were sent to each Dean and Campus Executive Officers as well as to the Coordinator of the Military Sciences and the Dean of University Libraries. A copy of the memo was sent to each Senate Council representative.

The total membership of the 2003-2004 University Faculty Senate will be 289. This total will include 243 elected faculty Senators, 24 appointed and ex officio Senators, and 22 student Senators. The student Senators will include: one (1) undergraduate from each of the eleven (11) colleges at University Park; one (1) from each of the following locations--Abington, Altoona, Berks-Lehigh Valley, The Behrend College, Capital College, College of Medicine, Commonwealth College, The Dickinson School of Law, Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Graduate School, and Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies.

ELECTION COMMISSION
Melvin Blumberg, Chair
Barton Browning
Peter Deines
Pamela P. Hufnagel
Mila C. Su

FACULTY CENSUS REPORT - 2003-04
For the Purpose of Election of Senators (As of November 1, 2002)
(Appendix C - continued)

FACULTY CENSUS REPORT - 2003-04
COMMONWEALTH COLLEGE
For the Purpose of Election of Senators (As of November 1, 2002)
(Appendix C - continued)

Appendix D

SENATE COUNCIL

Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits

(Informational)

Each Fall Semester, the Senate Officers visit half of the campus locations to meet with students, faculty, and administrators. Between September 17, 2002, and November 15, 2002, Chair John Moore, Chair Elect Chris Bise, Secretary Mel Blumberg, and Executive Secretary Susan Youtz visited seven campus locations of the Commonwealth College and four other non-University Park colleges. The campuses/colleges visited were Altoona, Beaver, Behrend, College of Medicine, Dickinson School of Law, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, and York. The Senate Officers also visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology. We are pleased to present this brief summary of the issues most frequently mentioned during our campus visits:

SENATE COUNCIL
Connie D. Baggett
Christopher J. Bise
Melvin Blumberg
Robert L. Burgess
Wayne R. Curtis
W. Travis DeCastro
Caroline D. Eckhardt
Rodney A. Erickson
Jacqueline R. Esposito
Dorothy H. Evensen
Dennis S. Gouran
Elizabeth A. Hanley
Peter C. Jurs
Alphonse Leure-duPree
Salvatore A. Marsico
Ronald L. McCarty
Louis Milakofsky
John W. Moore, Chair
John S. Nichols
Jean Landa Pytel
P. Peter Rebane
Winston A. Richards
Alan W. Scaroni
Graham B. Spanier
John C. Spychalski
Stephen W. Stace
Brian B. Tormey

Appendix E

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Status of University Park Construction Projects

(Informational)

This informational report provides an overview of construction projects at the University Park Campus. It is presented as the first part of a two-part Status of Construction Report. The presentation will cover the following:

Recently completed projects including:

West Campus Housing
Career Services Building
Bathgate Storm Water Detention
Eisenhower Parking Deck Expansion
HUB Plaza

Projects under construction:

IST Building
Chemistry Building
Life Sciences Building
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
EastView Terrace Housing
Nittany Parking Deck

Projects under design:

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Business Building
East Parking Deck Chiller Plant
Forest Resources
Food Sciences

Miscellaneous projects:

Sprinkler Program
Environmental Program

The second half of this report will be presented in April and will cover non-University Park locations.

The Office of Physical Plant web site address noting construction progress is www.opp.psu.edu/cnst/cnst.htm.

In advance of the Senate meeting, the article in the January/February 2003
Penn Stater titled "Building Boom" by Jason Fagone is available at the following Web site: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/buildingboom.pdf.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING
P. Richard Althouse
William Anderson, Jr.
Christopher T. Baker
Anthony J. Baratta, Chair
John P. Boehmer
Dan T. Brinker
Eric B. Cowden
Gordon F. De Jong
Peter B. Everett
William M. Frank
Roger L. Geiger
Daniel R. Hagen
Judith E. Hupcey
Rodney Kirsch
Robert N. Pangborn
Paula J. Romano
William A. Rowe, Vice-Chair
Louise E. Sandmeyer
Gary C. Schultz
Timothy W. Simpson
Edward C. Smith
Gregory R. Ziegler

Appendix F

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Proposed Sale of Circleville Farm

(Informational)

This informational report is a PowerPoint presentation dealing with an overview of the process used by the University for the decision to sell what is referred to as Circleville Farm. The property is located in Ferguson Township and is surrounded by high-density developments. The report covers the deliberations relating to the decision and the process used. Specific issues covered include why the property should be sold, attempts by the University to develop the property in a unique way, and the current plans for sale of the property.

The attached PowerPoint presentation will form the informational presentation. The presentation will be made by Daniel W. Sieminski, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Business.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING
P. Richard Althouse
William Anderson, Jr.
Christopher T. Baker
Anthony J. Baratta, Chair
John P. Boehmer
Dan T. Brinker
Eric B. Cowden
Gordon F. De Jong
Peter B. Everett
William M. Frank
Roger L. Geiger
Daniel R. Hagen
Judith E. Hupcey
Rodney Kirsch
Robert N. Pangborn
Paula J. Romano
William A. Rowe, Vice-Chair
Louise E. Sandmeyer
Gary C. Schultz
Timothy W. Simpson
Edward C. Smith
Gregory R. Ziegler

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The University Faculty Senate
MINUTES OF SENATE COUNCIL
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 1:30 PM 102 Kern Graduate Building


MEMBERS PRESENT: C. J. Bise, M. Blumberg, R. L. Burgess, W. R. Curtis, W. T. DeCastro, C. D. Eckhardt, R. A. Erickson, J. R. Esposito, D. H. Evensen, D. S. Gouran, E. A. Hanley, P. C. Jurs, S. A. Marsico, R. L. McCarty, L. Milakofsky, D. G. Mills, J. W. Moore, J. S. Nichols, J. L. Pytel, P. P. Rebane, W. A. Richards, J. C. Spychalski, S. C. Youtz
ACCOUNTED FOR: C. D. Baggett, G. B. Spanier, S. W. Stace, B. B. Tormey
ABSENT: A. Leure-duPree, T. Jones, A. W. Scaroni
GUESTS: A. J. Baratta, D. H. Monk, R. N. Pangborn, K. L. Peck, J. Romano, R. Secor, L. Semali, C. Smith


Chair John Moore called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, January 14, 2003, in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building. The minutes of the November 19, 2002 meeting were approved as presented on a DeCastro/Esposito motion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Moore announced that the Faculty Advisory Committee did not meet on January 14 due to a limited number of agenda items.

The next meeting of FAC is scheduled for February 11, 2003. Any items for discussion at FAC may be submitted to a Senate Officer or one of the three elected members: Wayne Curtis, Elizabeth Hanley and Peter Rebane.

The Senate Officers first visit for Spring 2003 is on January 27, 2003 to the College of Arts and Architecture. The list of dates and locations for the remainder of the Spring visits is posted on the Senate's web site (www.psu.edu/ufs).

Dr. Moore informed Senate Council of the creation of a George and Judy Bugyi Renaissance Scholarship established by the Mont Alto Campus Alumni Association. The Office of University Development in cooperation with the Senate Office is conducting a targeted solicitation seeking gifts to seed the Bugyi Renaissance Scholarship Fund.


Dr. Erickson encouraged Councilors to review the recently updated Penn State online Fact Book. He called attention to the faculty section and noted that in the last six years 681 new full-time faculty have been appointed, and of that number 216 were minority appointments. In the 2001-02 year, 83 new faculty were hired with 51 of those minority group members. Provost Erickson observed there has been a 63 percent increase in African-American faculty hires over the past six years. Also, of the 83 new faculty hired last year, 72 are women. He expressed concern that there are still too many fixed-term and multi-year faculty hires and that this is a national as well as Penn State trend.

Provost Erickson noted that the shift in grading to an online system worked very well. Vice Provost Romano observed that on the last day of final exams for Fall 2002 (December 20), the number of grades entered was 27 percent ahead of last year at the same time. During the period when the University was closed, over 100,000 grades were recorded and immediately accessible to students. He noted that more than 5,000 faculty submitted their grades online.

Dr. Erickson concluded his comments noting that applications for next fall are up, that the social security number conversion is underway, and that Vice Provost Jan Jacobs will be presenting new data on the Academic Integrity policy at the January 17, 2003 Board of Trustees meeting. He encouraged the Senate officers to invite Dr. Jacobs to present this data at an upcoming Senate meeting.

Immediate Past Chair John Nichols reported on the meeting of the Nomination Committee held earlier this morning. Dr. Nichols noted that the next Nomination Committee meeting is February 11 and that Councilors making nominations should have the consent of the candidate whom they are nominating.
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REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

Dr. Caroline Eckhardt, the liaison to the Graduate Council, reported on the November 20, 2002 Graduate Council meeting. Dr. Eckhardt noted that the December meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. Dr. Eckhardt highlighted the following topics from the meeting: continued discussion of post-baccalaureate certificates, graduate student workload, and credential reviews for international graduate students.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR JANUARY 28, 2003

Legislative Reports: None

Advisory and Consultative: None

Informational Reports

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid - "Reserved Spaces Program for 2002." This report was placed on the Agenda on a DeCastro/Esposito motion. Councilor DeCastro asked Dr. Smith to have the committee investigate the number of reserved spaces students that graduate. Committee Chair Mark Casteel will present the report to the Senate. Five minutes was allotted for presentation and discussion.

Senate Council - "University Faculty Census Report - 2003-04." This report was placed on the Agenda on a McCarty/DeCastro motion. Senate Secretary Melvin Blumberg will give this presentation. Five minutes was allotted for presentation and discussion.

Senate Council - "Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits." This report was placed on the Agenda on a Pytel/Esposito motion. Senate Secretary Blumberg will give this presentation; 20 minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion. Councilor Rebane asked about the presence of faculty/administrator concerns at the campus faculty meetings and noted that it would be helpful to have information about the numbers of faculty attending the meetings. Councilor DeCastro asked about follow-up on the information learned at campus visits. Chair Moore and Secretary Blumberg will provide additional information in the summary. Councilor Marsico requested that the reference to the Pennsylvania College of Technology visit be separated from the other campus locations.

Several Councilors asked questions of Dr. Romano regarding University practices with incomplete student registrations. Dr. Romano noted that following two years of CQI team review, several process improvements were recommended, including no cancellations, but loss of selected services for students in this category, e.g., housing, suspended Access Account, ineligible to register, no add or late drop privileges, some aid cancelled, etc. Dr. Romano noted that if it is suspected that a student is "working the system," registrations have been cancelled (both at University Park and the campuses). Some campus Registrars have implemented a local "purge" date for incomplete registrations. Dr. Franz noted that on the second day of classes for Spring 2003 there were 400 out of 1600 students at Delaware County Campus who have not paid tuition and may be keeping other students who have paid tuition from enrolling in the class.

On a related topic, Provost Erickson expressed concern about the number of late drop credits (16) available to students. Chair Moore commented that ARSSA is studying this issue.

University Planning - "Status of University Park Construction Projects." This report was presented and placed on the Agenda for the December 3, 2002, Senate meeting; however, it was not presented at that meeting. Since the report was approved for the December 3 meeting, it does not require further action of Senate Council and will appear on the January 28, 2003 Senate Agenda. This will be a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation with 10 minutes allocated for discussion.

University Planning - "Proposed Sale of Circleville Farm." This report was placed on the Agenda on a DeCastro/Pytel motion. This will be a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation with 30 minutes allocated for discussion. There was one dissenting vote against placing this item on the Agenda.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA FOR JANUARY 28, 2003

The Agenda was approved on an Esposito/DeCastro motion.

ACTION ITEMS

ESTABLISHMENT, REORGANIZATION OR DISCONTINUATION OF ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Proposal to change the name of the School of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering to the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, Shelley Stoffels, reported that the committee sees no curricular impact and recommends acceptance of the name change.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, Kim Steiner, reported that the committee is supportive of the proposal.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Intra-University Relations, David Richards, reported that the committee voted unanimously in favor of changing the name of the School.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, Laura Pauley, reported that the committee unanimously supported the proposal.

Councilor Marsico asked Associate Dean Pangborn questions about an expanded mission of the renamed unit and the numbers of University Park and Campus faculty in the School. Questions were also asked about the types of consultation that occurred with UP and Campus faculty, especially in relation to votes taken at meetings. Dr. Pangborn disputed the assertion that differential procedures were used in consulting with campus faculty. Dr. Pangborn also noted that in this proposal there is no reorganization of the unit, only a name change.

Peter Jurs moved and Dennis Gouran seconded the following motion:

In accordance with our duties as prescribed in the Bylaws, Article II, Section 1(d), it is the advice of Senate Council that the proposal to change the name of the School of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering to the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs be implemented as described in the documents we have received. The motion was passed with one dissenting vote.

The action of Senate Council will be communicated to Provost Erickson.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Proposal to change the name of the Department of Adult Education, Instructional Systems, and Workforce Education and Development to the Department of Learning and Performance Systems.

Dean David Monk and Department Head Kyle Peck were in attendance to respond to the questions outlined in Chair Moore's November 21 correspondence to Provost Erickson (and reflected in the November 19, 2002 Senate Council minutes).

Dennis Gouran moved and Travis DeCastro seconded the following motion:

In accordance with our duties as prescribed in the Bylaws, Article II, Section 1(d), it is the advice of Senate Council that the proposal to change the name of the Department of Adult Education, Instructional Systems, and Workforce Education and Development to the Department of Learning and Performance Systems be implemented as described in the documents we have received and following the presentation that we have received. The motion was accepted unanimously.

The action of Senate Council will be communicated to Provost Erickson.

CONSIDERATION OF WORTHINGTON SCRANTON CAMPUS CONSTITUTION

Secretary Blumberg reported that the Subcommittee on Unit Constitutions met on January 8, 2003 and supported the recommended change made to the Worthington Scranton Constitution. Dr. Blumberg noted that the change was the addition of a new standing committee for Undergraduate Research. Senate Council members raised no objection to this revision. The revised Constitution will be placed on file in the Senate Office.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no New Business.

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Chair Moore thanked Council for their attendance and participation and accepted an Esposito/DeCastro motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan C. Youtz
Executive Secretary

The Pennsylvania State University
University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-0221
Fax: (814) 863-6012


Date: January 14, 2003

To: Senate Council Members

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


The Graduate Council met on Wednesday, November 20, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. in 102 Kern Graduate Building, with Chair Eva Pell presiding. 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).

COMMUNICATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dean Pell reported that the University's research expenditures for last year have exceeded $500 million. She also reported that she recently attended NASULGC meetings, where much of the discussion dealt with homeland security and international student issues. A new tracking system (SEVIS), to be implemented in January 2003, will involve reporting information to INS. The Graduate School is also considering the potential impact of new government regulations that may categorize some unclassified research as "sensitive," which could limit its publication. The University needs to be responsive to this situation-for instance, it could potentially be determined that dissertation research conducted by a graduate student should not be published.

The Graduate School continues to review credentials submitted by international students and has found 5 cases of falsified credentials to date (out of 178 cases in which credentials were questioned).

Dean Pell reported that funds from the tobacco settlement will be used to develop a program of workshops or other offerings on ethics in research, varying by college. She also provided a brief update on the status of graduate-student unionization efforts. Her office has held meetings with students in each of the colleges. One issue concerns workloads for teaching assistants; her office is preparing a survey to gather information from departments.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Carol Smith, representing the Committee on Academic Standards, presented changes to Appendix II, Procedures for the Resolution of Problems, including editorial changes to the version approved by Graduate Council last year. Questions concerned whether a faculty member such as a college ombudsman should determine whether grievances should be sent to hearing committees; it was decided that this determination could be arbitrary and should not be part of the process. The revised procedures were approved.

Also from the Committee on Academic Standards, Graduate Council discussed proposed guidelines for Post-Baccalaureate Credit Certificate programs. Discussion included the clarification that a certificate may be post-baccalaureate without necessarily being graduate-level; some, but not all, offerings may be marked as graduate level. Questions concerned whether 500-level offerings should be required if a certificate program is to be considered graduate-level, or whether a program could be considered graduate-level if all courses were at the 400-level. The proposal was tabled pending a review of CIC institutions' certificate programs to determine if they offer graduate-level certificates that require only 400-level (upper undergraduate) courses.

Anil Kulkarni, representing the Committee on Fellowships and Awards, reported on the review of college processes for awarding University Graduate Fellowships, which are now distributed to the colleges.

Michael Verderame, representing the Committee on Graduate Research, provided an update on planning for the Graduate Exhibition.

Leslie MacRae, representing the Committee on Graduate Student and Faculty Issues, reported on plans for the February 13, 2003, faculty workshop on the globalization of graduate education. The Committee also noted that it will be recommending an expansion of its membership to include ex-officio representatives of the Student Affairs office, the Financial Aid office, and the office of International Programs.

Mark Wardell, representing the Committee on Programs and Courses, presented the following curricular proposals. All were approved (unanimously, except for item b. where there was one dissenting vote):

a. New Program: Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering at Penn State Harrisburg

b. New Program: Master of Project Management (Penn State Erie) via the World Campus

c. Program Change: Revised Requirements for the Master of Forest Resources

d. Program Change: Revised Requirements for the Master of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management

e. Name Change to Option: from Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity, to Molecular Toxicology, in the Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program

Dr. Wardell also presented a change to the guidelines for Dual-Title Degree Programs, specifying the need for clear delineation of the way in which admission will be coordinated between the student's primary program and the second program. This change was unanimously approved.

The Graduate Council adjourned at 5:07 p.m.


NOTE: The December meeting of the Graduate Council was cancelled when the University closed early because of bad weather.

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-863-0221
Fax: 814-863-6012


DATE: January 17, 2003

TO: All Senators and Committee Members

FROM: Susan C. Youtz, Executive Secretary


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, January 27, 2003

7:00 p.m.

Officers and Chairs Meeting 102 Kern Building

8:30 p.m.

Commonwealth Caucus Penn State Room, NLI
(Speaker: Thomas E. Glumac, Chair, Outreach Activities Committee )

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

7:30 a.m.

Intercollegiate Athletics 233 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

8:00 a.m.

Faculty Affairs 129A HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

Outreach Activities 502 Keller Building

8:30 a.m.

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 325 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

Research 106 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

Undergraduate Education 330 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

University Planning 322 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

9:00 a.m.

Faculty Benefits 114 Kern Building

Libraries 510A Paterno Library

Student Life 107 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

9:30 a.m.

Computing and Information Systems 201 Kern Building

1:30 p.m.

University Faculty Senate 112 Kern Building


There will be a Commonwealth Caucus meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2003, in the Assembly Room (note location change) of the Nittany Lion Inn. A buffet luncheon will be served at approximately 12:15 p.m.

The Pennsylvania State University
The University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Building (814) 863-0221
Fax: (814) 863-6012

Date: January 17, 2003

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, JANUARY 27, 2003 - 8:30 p.m.
PENN STATE ROOM
NITTANY LION INN
(Speaker: Thomas E. Glumac, Chair, Outreach Activities Committee)


TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2003 - 11:30 a.m.
ASSEMBLY ROOM
NITTANY LION INN
(NOTE LOCATION CHANGE TO ASSEMBLY ROOM)
A buffet luncheon will be served at 12:15 p.m.


The tentative Agenda includes:

I. Call to Order

II. Announcements and Reports from Co-chairs of the Caucus

III. Reports from Committee Chairs

IV. Discussion of Nominations for Senate Officers, Faculty Advisory Committee to the President, Committee on Committees and Rules, and Caucus Co-chairs

V. Other Items of Concern/New Business

VI. Adjournment and Lunch