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The University Faculty Senate


Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 1:30 PM in
112 Kern Graduate Building

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Minutes of the September 10, 2002, Meeting in The Senate Record 36:1 []

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets) of October 8, 2002 []

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of October 8, 2002








Senate Council

Update on the Dickinson School of Law, Philip McConnaughay, Dean
(20 minute presentation and discussion)

Faculty Benefits

Employee Benefits Update for 2003 - Health Plans (15 minute presentation and discussion)

University Planning

Budget Presentation for 2002-2003, Rodney A. Erickson, Executive Vice
President and Provost



Note: The next regular meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at 1:30 PM in Room 112 Kern Building.

The University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Graduate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-1202 - phone (814) 865-5789 - fax

Date: October 11, 2002

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

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

The Senate Curriculum Report dated October 8, 2002, has been circulated throughout the University. Objections to any of the items in the report must be submitted to the University Curriculum Coordinator at the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building, e-mail ID, on or before November 7, 2002.

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


Update on the Dickinson School of Law


Dean Philip McConnaughay will discuss the place of the Dickinson School of Law among other Big Ten law schools and what steps will be required to improve its rankings. He will also discuss the nature of recent trends in legal training and what Dickinson is doing to incorporate those changes in its curriculum.

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


Employee Benefits Update for 2003



Recent/Current Issues: The health care and health insurance industries continue to be in a state of flux. The composition of provider networks continues to change and insurance companies are fluctuating in pricing, as well as plan design and geographical coverage. Most employers are responding to increasing health costs by eliminating coverages, modifying plan designs to decrease coverages and shifting more of the cost to their employees and retirees.

Plan Design: There will be a number of minor plan design modifications in 2003. After benchmarking, it was found that $10 and $15 copayments are more common in plan design. Given the benchmarking findings and the need to keep premium increases as reasonable as possible, all HMO plans will require a $10.00 co-payment for doctors' office visits. This will increase the cost from $5.00 to $10.00 for certain HMOs. Additionally, Plan A, Healthpass and Maintenance Prescription Drug Plan (MPDP) participants will be eligible for reimbursement for generic drugs, unless brand named drugs are medically necessary.

Rate Increases: Increases to the employee contribution for health plans will be in the double digits. The increase is due primarily to rising health care and pharmacy costs. The increase also incorporates the phase-in of increased employee contributions, as recommended by the Task Force on the Future of Benefits . The seven year phase-in targets employer/employee cost sharing of 80%/20% for employees and 70%/30% for covered dependents (which blended equals a 74%/26% cost share). During the 2003 benefit year, the Plan A Indemnity plan, Healthpass PPO plan and POS plans will be at the targeted cost sharing amounts. HMO plans will be in the fourth year of the seven year phase-in, with cost sharing at approximately 85%/15% for employees and 82%/18% blended for employees with covered dependents.

Monthly premiums for Medicare eligible retirees will increase $1.00 for retirees ($7.00) and an additional dollar for widow(er)s and spouses of retirees ($8.00). Full rate information for other plans is being finalized and will be presented at the Faculty Senate Meeting on October 22, 2002.

Future/Projected Issues: Benefit rate increases and phase-in will continue beyond 2003. Minor plan redesign, such as additional increases in co-payments for doctors' office visits may occur to stabilize costs. The Office of Human Resources will continue to evaluate plan redesign, such as offering pharmacy or mental health coverage which is separate from medical plan coverage for the purpose of improving total coverage and stabilizing cost. The Office of Human Resources will also continue to evaluate defined contribution benefit plans.


Currently, all faculty and staff may make voluntary tax-deferred contributions to a 403(b) Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) with any of five vendors. Beginning January 1, 2003, 457(b) Deferred Compensation plans also will be offered through TIAA-CREF and VALIC. Recent tax law changes now offer the opportunity for most individuals to double their tax-deferred savings when both 403(b) and 457(b) plans are available to them.

Some of the more significant differences between 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans are:

· 403(b) plans allow the distribution of funds as a result of a qualified hardship, as defined by the IRS. 457(b) plans allow distribution only for unforeseen emergencies.

· Distributions from each plan are taxed as regular income in the year that they are received. If 403(b) funds are distributed before the participant reaches age 59 ½, the IRS assesses an additional 10% tax penalty. No penalty applies to distributions from a 457(b) plan, regardless of the participant's age. Participants in a supplemental 403(b) plan may begin to receive income from the plan while they're actively employed at Penn State. Distributions from a 457(b) plan may only begin after employment at the University has terminated.

· If a 457(b) plan participant is within three years of normal retirement, an enhanced contribution limit may be available. This enhanced limit could allow tax-deferred contributions that are as much as twice the normal limit for that year.


Long Term Disability: TIAA-CREF has sold its group plan business, including PSU's Long Term Disability Plan, to The Standard, effective June 30, 2003. The Standard has agreed to honor the current plan design.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The Office of Human Resources recently went out on a Request for Proposals to secure a more active and cost effective EAP provider. Value Options Behavioral Health will be the new EAP provider effective January 1, 2003. The transition is expected to be well orchestrated.


All information regarding employee benefits is available on the Employee Benefits Division's website which is continuously updated based on faculty and staff feedback.

Employees will receive the "2003 Open Enrollment" information through the following:

· Postcard to all eligible faculty and staff
· "Intercom" articles
· Three Benefits Open Houses
· Letter to all faculty and staff
· Employee Benefits Division's website:

Deidre E. Jago, Chair
Dennis G. Shea, Vice-Chair
Keith K. Burkhart
Gary L. Catchen
Michael Dooris
Elizabeth A. Hanley
Robert Heinsohn
Kathleen L. Lodwick
Cynthia M. Mara
Sandra J. Savignon
Cara-Lynne Schengrund
Patience L. Simmonds
Marley W. Watkins
Billie S. Willits


Budget Presentation for 2002-2003


Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present a brief summary of the University's 2002-03 Operating Budget, with emphasis on cost drivers such as salaries and benefits, facilities, and program adjustments. He will also summarize the University's budget plan and appropriation request to the Commonwealth for 2003-04.

Anthony J. Baratta, Chair
William A. Rowe, Vice-Chair
P. Richard Althouse
William Anderson, Jr.
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
Christopher L. Johnstone
Rodney Kirsch
Robert N. Pangborn
Paula J. Romano
Louise E. Sandmeyer
Gary C. Schultz
Timothy W. Simpson
Edward C. Smith
Gregory R. Ziegler

The University Faculty Senate
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 1:30 PM 102 Kern Graduate Building

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
A. E. Leure-duPree
R. L. McCarty
L. Milakofsky
J. W. Moore
J. S. Nichols
J. L. Pytel
P. P. Rebane
W. A. Richards
A. W. Scaroni
J. C. Spychalski
B. B. Tormey

V. R. Price
S. C. Youtz

C. D. Baggett
S. A. Marsico
G. B. Spanier
S. W. Stace

B. Curran
M. Green
J. Jacobs
D. Jago
T. Jones
J. Olian
L. Pauley
E. Reutzel
J. Romano
L. Semali
K. Steiner
S. Stoffels
F. Von Dracek

Chair John Moore called the meeting to order at 1:40 PM on Tuesday, October 8, 2002, in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building. It was moved and seconded (Burgess/DeCastro) that the minutes of the August 27, 2002 Senate Council meeting be approved as distributed.


Chair Moore opened the meeting by welcoming Dr. Janis Jacobs, the recently appointed vice provost for Undergraduate Education and International Programs to her first Senate Council meeting in her new position.

The Faculty Advisory Committee met on October 8 and discussed the following topics: executive searches; governor election; academic integrity; fall enrollment; student bandwidth limitations in residence halls; bookstore issues; long-term strategy on Penn State's budget and tuition; further discussion on the "Student-Centered University"; Circleville Farm; General Education committees (FYS, GI, HPA); student enrollment without tuition payment; reorganization and the December Senate meeting; student behavior at football games and in other situations; status of graduate student unionization efforts.

The next meeting of FAC is scheduled for November 19, 2002. 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 visited Penn State Hazleton on September 17, the Penn College of Technology on September 18, Altoona College on September 30, and the Dickinson School of Law on October 4. The next visits are scheduled for October 10 and 11, when the officers will visit Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto. The Senate's web site ( has the schedule of all campus visits.

The Senate received a memo from the president regarding implementation of a report passed by the Senate at the April 23 meeting from the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education titled "Revision of Senate Policy 60-00: Multiple Majors and Degrees." President Spanier informed the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education of this approval and asked the Executive Secretary to amend Senate Policy
60-00 accordingly.

Dr. Erickson commented on the status of Fall 2002 enrollments, noting that there are approximately 83,000 students enrolled, up 900 students University-wide. Some campuses in economically depressed areas of the commonwealth have experienced a decline in enrollment, while other campuses have an increase in part-time student enrollment. Recruitment for Fall 2003 is currently underway. Provost Erickson expressed concern that the tuition increase may affect recruitment.

Provost Erickson acknowledged the work of the Calendar Implementation Committee under the leadership of Vice Provost John Romano. The Provost expects that the final report will be issued soon.

Dr. Erickson noted the progress being made on the recertification of General Education courses and commented on the positive interaction and consultation occurring across colleges, campuses, and departments. The deadline for submission of recertification proposals is November 1, 2002.

Results of the implementation of the Academic Integrity Policy in 2001-02 show that there were 244 cases of academic dishonesty reported and that 191 were reviewed by College committees, resulting in 69 Fs and 4 XFs (formal University disciplinary sanction). The year prior to policy implementation seven cases of academic dishonesty were reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs.


Dr. Caroline Eckhardt, the liaison to the Graduate Council, reported on the September 18, 2002 Graduate Council meeting. The summary of the meeting is attached. Dr. Eckhardt was asked to make comments on the Graduate Council discussion about the proposal from the Senate Self Study meeting regarding greater integration, cooperation, and enhanced communication between the Faculty Senate and Graduate Council. Dr. Eckhardt observed that the proposal might have been viewed more favorably if there had been a written proposal distributed to Graduate Council members in advance and if potential benefits to the Graduate Council had been identified. Dr. Eckhardt encouraged the Senate Self Study committee to continue the discussion and return to Graduate Council with a written proposal.


Legislative Reports


Advisory and Consultative

Libraries - "Payroll Deduction for Library Fines and Fees." This report was placed on the agenda on a Jurs/DeCastro motion. Committee chair Brian Curran provided background on the history of this proposal, noting that it is a resubmission of a similar proposal presented to the Faculty Senate in 1998. Following are questions/comments on the report:

· Does there have to be a signed agreement for garnishing a paycheck? Must there be a mandatory sign-up for payroll deduction? Is there a University policy that requires a signature/authorization to garnish a paycheck?
· Faculty should be held responsible for returning books to the library. If they don't return books, then the fines and costs of the books should be taken from their paychecks.
· The policy is too lenient and inefficient and could benefit from a shorter timeline (less than 18 months). Ninety-five percent of faculty return books and pay fines, why is this proposal being considered for adoption for only a small number of faculty?
· Do not provide options unless absolutely necessary.
· Have the Libraries tried a grace/amnesty period for borrowers to return overdue books?
· An appeals process must be in place.
· For non-current faculty, staff, and students, utilize a collection agency to recover fines, the cost of the book (if not returned), and the cost of using a collection agency.
· In its current form, the report lacks readiness and should be returned to committee for reconsideration.

Senate Council was asked to vote on the motion, the motion failed, and the report was returned to the Senate Committee on Libraries. Chair Moore asked Council members to provide written feedback to Brian Curran.

Informational Reports

Senate Council - "Update on the Dickinson School of Law." This report was placed on the agenda on a Pytel/Gouran motion. Philip McConnaughay, dean of the Dickinson School of Law will give a status report on the law school. Twenty (20) minutes will be allotted for presentation and discussion.

Faculty Benefits - "Employee Benefits Update for 2003 - Health Plans." This report was placed on the agenda on a DeCastro/Scaroni motion. Committee chair Deidre Jago responded to questions for the need to add greater clarity to the report by eliminating the abbreviations and elaborate on the meaning of some phrasing, including the benefit "phase-in" period for new faculty and referencing a previous Faculty Benefits report in the current report. Councilors requested having greater attention directed to what will most likely be a substantial increase to employee's contributions for health plans in 2003-04. Billie Willits will present the report and 15 minutes will be allotted for presentation and discussion.

University Planning -- "Budget Presentation for 2002-03." This report was placed on the agenda on a Rebane/Spychalski motion. Provost Erickson will discuss the 2002-03 operating budget. He will also summarize the University's budget plan for 2003-04 that was approved by the Board of Trustees at the September 2002 meeting and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


The agenda was approved on a Spychalski/DeCastro motion.




Proposal to phase out the majors in Insurance and Insurance & International Business and Real Estate and Real Estate & International Business.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, Shelley Stoffels, reported that the committee saw no curricular impact with the proposed mergers and recommended acceptance. The chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, Kim Steiner, reported that with a vote of 19 in favor, 1 opposed, and 1 abstention the committee declined to put forward a recommendation on the proposal. The committee raised concern about consultation and inadequate documentation. The chair of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, Laura Pauley, reported that the vote of her committee was 19 in favor of the proposal and 3 opposed. The UE committee wanted to have the following concerns expressed: 1) that one major (B.A. Economics) in the Smeal College of Business Administration would continue not having enrollment controls; 2) that limited degree options without controls could dissuade new minority students from pursuing a degree in business; 3) that students be given ample time to complete degree requirements in the majors being phased out.

On a Gouran/Scaroni motion, Senate Council took the following action:

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 phase out majors: 1) Insurance, 2) Insurance and International Business, 3) Real Estate, and 4) Real Estate and International Business be implemented as described in the documents we have received.


Proposal to merge the Department of Management Science and Information Systems and the Department of Business Logistics to form the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, Shelley Stoffels, reported that committee members saw no curricular impact with the proposed merger in departments and recommended acceptance of the proposal. The chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, Kim Steiner, reported that committee members believe there was inadequate consultation with faculty, and by a vote of 16 to 2, with 3 abstentions, recommends disapproval. The chair of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, Laura Pauley, reported that the committee voted 21 in favor and two opposed. Dr. Pauley also reported that the committee had concerns about the lack of consultation with faculty and that students should not be advised about a new major when a curriculum proposal for a new major has not been submitted.

Senate Council members asked Deans Olian and Reutzel to respond to questions: Is there a new major being proposed? (Not yet); How was the faculty survey conducted? (Electronically); General concerns were expressed by Councilors about the faculty consultation process. (Formal meetings were held in addition to the survey)

On a Gouran/Blumberg motion Senate Council took the following action:

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 merge the Department of Management Science and Information Systems and the Department of Business Logistics to form the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems be implemented as described in the documents we have received.

The actions of Senate Council on the two Smeal College of Business Administration proposals will be communicated to Provost Erickson.


Proposal to change the name of the Department of Nutrition to the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The chairs of the Senate Committees on Curricular Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and Undergraduate Education reported that the proposal was reviewed favorably. On a Gouran/DeCastro motion Senate Council took the following action:

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 Nutrition to the Department of Nutritional Sciences be implemented as described in the documents we have received.

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


Jean Landa Pytel asked a question about the implementation of Senate Policy, citing what she saw was lack of communication on conveying information to all faculty on the recently revised Senate Policy 42:27 "Class Attendance." There was consensus that the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE) associate deans should be conveying any Senate policy change to department heads for dissemination to faculty. It was also noted that if there are questions about interpretation of any Senate policy that the Chair of the Senate should be consulted.


Senate Chair Moore thanked Council for their attendance and participation, and accepted a motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:05 PM on a DeCastro/Burgess motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan C. Youtz
Executive Secretary

The University Faculty Senate
101 Kern Graduate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-0221 - phone (814) 863-6012 - fax

Date: October 8, 2002

To: Senate Council Members

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

The Graduate Council met on Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at 3:30 PM in Room 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 (


Dean Pell reported that it is expected that the GFTEO will have a card drive authorization this fall. For the union to move forward they will need to get 30% of the authorization cards signed. It is not yet certain who will be included in the bargaining unit, whether only teaching assistants or teaching assistants and research assistants. Some of the issues being discussed include stipends, although this is not the biggest concern for students. Dues will be required of all students in the bargaining unit if the union should be approved. Currently, Michigan State University students are paying 1.5% of their salary toward dues. Pennsylvania is a fair-share state, which means that even if a student elects not to join the union, the student will still have to pay dues. Another issue has been health insurance, but changes have been implemented for graduate students at Penn State providing additional coverage. Dean Pell mentioned that the insurance coverage provided at Michigan State was good, but has been eroding. Other issues for students are research conditions and academic issues. However, these are not subject to bargaining.

One of the main issues for students is that of a grievance procedure. Dean Pell reminded Council that a procedure is in place for graduate students and was recently revised and approved by the Graduate Council. She added that, under the union contract the grievance procedure would be run by an independent unit (the union). She noted that graduate education is based on trust between the faculty mentor and student. No matter what grievance procedure is put into place, there is no way to allay all problems that may arise between a graduate student and a faculty member. The grievance process currently in place for students gives students the opportunity to get an independent review.

Dean Pell indicated that all students should be encouraged to vote when the time comes.

In response to a question raised with regard to forums now available to students to raise issues, Dean Pell noted that the Graduate Student Association, which represents all graduate students, has five representatives on Graduate Council and can bring issues to this body. In addition, she meets monthly with the President of the GSA to discuss issues.


Committee on Committees and Procedures: Carla Mulford, chair, moved that the slate of Graduate Council Standing Committees for 2002-03 be approved by the Graduate Council. The slate was approved unanimously.

Committee on Graduate Research: Michael Verderame, Co-Chair, reported that the Committee had nominated faculty representatives to serve on the Faculty Scholar Medal Panels, and that the Committee also discussed tentative plans and a timetable for the Graduate Exhibition in the Spring.

Committee on Graduate Student and Faculty Issues: Michael Eracleous, Co-Chair, reported that the Committee is planning a faculty workshop in February 2003 on topic of the internationalization of graduate education and the World University Network (WUN).


Matthew Newcomb, representing the Graduate Student Association, indicated that the GSA and graduate students are appreciative of the opportunity to have representation on the Graduate Council. He reported that the GFTEO has been a major issue for the association this year, and student concerns differ across the University. He indicated that the debate is more philosophical rather than focused on dollars. Students want to have more power within the University. He also reported that the GSA is working on its strategic plan and goals for the year.


Dean Pell reported that the Faculty Senate is undergoing a self-study with a proposed reorganization of the Senate, to include moving Graduate Council to operate under the auspices of the Senate. Discussion ensued. Dean Pell noted that the discussions are preliminary and that one possible proposal would be the merger of the Senate Committee on Research and the Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research. Dr. Pell asked for a vote on whether she should continue the discussion with the Senate, or whether Graduate Council should not be included in the Senate's reorganization discussions. The majority voted to not consider a reorganization that would include Graduate Council.

There being no further discussion, Graduate Council adjourned at 4:47 p.m.

The University Faculty Senate
Inter-office Correspondence
101 Kern Graduate Building

Date: October 11, 2002

From: Susan C. Youtz, Executive Secretary

To: All Senators and Committee Members

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, OCTOBER 21, 2002 7:00 PM
Officers' and Chairs' Meeting 102 Kern Building

Commonwealth Caucus Penn State Room, NLI

(Speaker, Shelley Stoffels, Chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs)

8:30 PM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2002 7:30 AM
Intercollegiate Athletics 233 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center
  8:00 AM
Faculty Affairs 129A HUB/Robeson Cultural Center
Outreach Activities 502 Keller Building
  8:30 AM
Admissions, Records, Scheduing and Student Aid 203 Sheilds Building
Computing and Information Systems 201 Kern Building
Curricular Affairs 102 Kern Building
Committees and Rules CANCELLED
Intra University Relations 325 HUB/Robson Cultural Center
Undergraduate Education 330 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center
University Planning 322 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center
  9:00 AM
Faculty Benefits 114 Kern Building
Libraries 510A Paterno Library
Student Life 107HUB/Robeson Cultural Center
  1:30 PM
University Faculty Senate 112 Kern Building

There will be a Commonwealth Caucus meeting at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 22, 2002, in the Alumni Lounge of the NLI. At approximately 12:15 Noon, a buffet luncheon will be served. (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE.)