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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

AGENDA

Tuesday, September 12, 2000, at 1:30 PM in 112 Kern Graduate Building

          [In the case of severe weather conditions or other emergencies, you may call the Senate Office at (814) 863-0221 to inquire if a Senate meeting has been postponed or canceled. This may be done after normal office hours by calling the same number and a voice mail be heard concerning the status of any meeting. You may also leave a message at that time.]

A.  MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -

      Minutes of the April 25, 2000, Meeting in The Senate Record 33:7

B.     COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets) of August 29, 2000                                           

                                                                        Seating Chart for 2000-01                                 

C.     REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of August 22, 2000

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

            Awards and Scholarships                                                                                              

            Summary of Petitions for Waiver of the Ten-Credit Limit for Non-degree Conditional Students                                                                                    

      Libraries

            Comparison of PSU Libraries to National Trends                                                           

      Outreach Activities/Libraries

            University Libraries Resources for Students at a Distance                                              

      Undergraduate Education

            Update on the Schreyer Honors College (SHC)                                                              

      University Planning

            Construction Programs Status Report                                                                            

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, October 24, 2000, 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) 863-6012 – fax

Date:   August 22, 2000

To:      Cara-Lynne Schengrund, Chair, University Faculty Senate

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

The Senate Curriculum Report, dated August 29, 2000, 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 September 28, 2000.

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 ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING

AND STUDENT AID

Awards and Scholarships

(Informational)

            This committee is charged with selecting the recipients of those awards and scholarships that come under the jurisdiction of the University Faculty Senate.  Awards were made based the following guidelines:

1.      Scholarship and need were the primary criteria.

2.      In the selection of recipients, the committee follows the donor’s specifications as approved by the Board of Trustees.

3.      Awards were made beginning with those students with the highest cumulative grade point average and most substantial need.

            The following is a summary of the committee’s work.  It should be noted that the committee awarded all available funds.  A list of the students receiving awards is on file in the Senate Office.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID COMMITTEE

Deborah F. Atwater

JoAnn Chirico, Chair

Kevin R. Cheesebrough

Steven de Hart

Lynn E. Drafall

Peter D. Georgopulos, Vice Chair

Anna Griswold

Geoffrey J. Harford

Terry P. Harrison

Amanda Hudnall

Victor Nistor

P. Peter Rebane

John J. Romano

J. James Wager

Roger P. Ware

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Summary of Petitions for Waiver of the Ten-Credit Limit for Non-degree Conditional Students*

(Informational)

            Students who have been dropped for poor scholarship are commonly called non-degree conditional students.  These students are limited to ten (10) credits per semester/session while working to improve their cumulative average for reinstatement to degree candidacy.  Exceptions to the ten-credit limitation may be requested of the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid.  Exceptions might include: difficulty scheduling courses to stay in sequence for the student’s program; or, the student has shown evidence of improved academic performance.

            A summary of the actions of these petitions follows:

            For the Period                 Submitted          Granted         Denied

            08/01/98 - 07/31/99              37                    34                 3

            08/01/99 – 08/31/00             29                    26                 3

 

            A detailed breakdown by college, unit or location is attached for your information.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Deborah Atwater                                                 

JoAnn Chirico, Chair                        

Kevin R. Cheesebrough                    

Steven deHart                                                          

Lynn E. Drafall                                                         

Peter D. Georgopulos,V-Chair   

Anna Griswold                                                         

Geoffrey J. Harford  

Terry P. Harrison  

Amanda Hudnall  

Victor Nistor  

P. Peter Rebane  

John J. Romano  

James Wager                              

Roger P. Ware                           

*Please note that the Senate has changed this limit to twelve (12) credits effective fall semester 2000.

 

Summary of  Ten-Credit Limit Petitions

1998-99                 1999-00

College or Unit                                             Approved   Denied Approved   Denied

Agricultural Sciences                                         7                                  5                1

Abington                                                          3                                  1

Berks-Lehigh                                                    1                 1               6                1

Communications                                               2                                  0

Division of Undergraduate Studies                     2                                  0

Earth and Mineral Sciences                               1                                  0

Eberly College of Science                                 0                                  1

Engineering                                                       0                                  1

Health & H. Development                               2                                  2

Liberal Arts                                                      0                1                0

New Kensington                                               1                                  0

Penn State Harrisburg                                       2                                  2

Registrar’s Office*                                            6                                  3

Scranton                                                           1                                  3

Smeal College of Business Adm.                       6                 1               2              1

*Referred to the Registrar’s Office for consideration.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

Comparison of PSU Libraries to National Trends

(Informational)

At the request of the Faculty Senate Committee on Libraries, the following financial picture has been prepared to update university faculty on how the University Libraries (UL) compares to other national research libraries and to summarize trends in the allocation of funds over the last twenty years. 

The University Libraries includes the libraries at all 23 campuses. Budgets for Dickinson Law Library and Hershey Medical Library are completely within those college budgets. Budgets for all other libraries are partly or wholly under the jurisdiction of the Dean of University Libraries. Only Penn College is excluded, due to its legal structure. The summary data includes all but Penn College, regardless of reporting relationships. Charts 1 and 2 summarize the current organizational and reporting relationships.

The 1999/2000 budget, for which we have the last full year of data, is summarized in Chart 3.  Total budget for the University Libraries, including all sources of funds (state, income-generating, private, fees, grants and contracts), totals $32,119,520.  The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranks the UL 13th among North American research libraries, 10th among members in the United States.  This is based on a formula that covers size of collection, staff, budget, number of serials received, number of monographs purchased, etc.  This is up from 19th place five years ago.

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Charts 4, 5, and 6 summarize reallocation of expenditures for the UL from 1978 through 1998 and compare those trends to those for all ARL research libraries.  Those comparisons indicate the following budget trends:

Salaries:

  • Salaries for ARL libraries were 50% in 1978 and 1988 and 48% in 1998.
  • Salaries for UL were 59% in 1978, 54% in 1988, and 49% in 1998.
  • Conclusion:  UL has reallocated 10% of its budget to collections and operations in the last 20 years and now is in line with national norms.  Given the number of sites we have to staff and the number of students we serve, we are below average staffing norms.  (See also Chart 18 for CIC staffing comparisons)  Operating is slightly higher than norm due to information technology investments.

Collections (serials, monographs, other materials):

  • ARL serials represented 23% of budgets in 1978 and 1988, 25% in 1998.
  • UL serials budget has increased from 17% of budget in 1978 to 21% in 1998.
  • ARL monographs represented 14% of budgets in 1978, 12% in 1988, and 10% in 1998. 
  • UL monographs represented 14% of budget in 1978, 12% in 1988, and 11% in 1998. 
  • ARL “other materials” (AV, microfilm/fiche, electronic, etc.) represented 1% of budget in 1978 and 1988, 2% in 1998.
  • UL “other materials” represented 1% in 1978 and 1988, 4% in 1998.
  • Conclusion:  UL has increased its proportional expenditure on serials and other materials (primarily electronic publications) and exceeds the national average for monographs.  These funds have come from a combination of new university allocations, reallocation of staff salaries, and fundraising (endowment income).

Charts 7 and 8 compare ARL unit costs, expenditures, and titles added (Chart 7) versus UL unit costs, dollar expenditures, and titles added between 1986-1998 (Chart 8).  These charts are broken down further in Charts 9-13 for clarity.  Trends are:

  • ARL:  Monograph unit costs rose 66% between 1986-1998; expenditures rose 33%; and number of monograph titles added annually decreased by 25% by 1998.
  • UL:  Monograph unit costs rose by 49% (due to type of publications purchased); monograph expenditures rose by 106%, and number of titles added increased by 39% by 1998.
  • ARL:  Serials unit costs rose by 175% between 1986-1998; expenditures rose by 152%; and number of serial titles purchased annually decreased by 7%.
  • UL:  Serial unit costs rose by 189% (due to types of serials purchased) between 1986-1998; expenditures rose by 221%; and number of titles purchased annually increased by 11%.
  • Conclusions:  UL has made major progress in increasing support of serials and has done better than the national averages for research libraries for increased funding.  The number of titles purchased has increased by 11% since 1986, compared to a 7% decrease for ARL libraries generally. 

Electronic resources:  Chart 14 compares ARL and UL data on purchase of electronic resources, a growing area of demand for information delivery.  We are ahead of the average for electronic serials and electronic indexes and reference tools but below the average for computer files and full text periodicals.  These numbers change monthly, since this is an area of growing demand and availability.

Fundraising:  Charts 15 and 16 summarize our progress in fundraising.  Our number of collection endowments has grown from 17 in 1979/1980 to 70 in 1999/2000 and continues to increase.  Endowment income, which is 5% of the principal annually, has increased from $20,997 in 1979/1980 to $496,850 in 1999/2000.

Service trends:  Chart 18 compares staffing levels for CIC libraries versus UL.  The impact of reallocating salary funds (Chart 20) to collections and operations over the last 20 years is dramatically illustrated.  We are at the bottom of the CIC for professional staff per FTE students at the same time that service demands are increasing.  Chart 17 shows growing demand for interlibrary borrowing by PSU faculty and students compared to ARL.  Chart 19 shows the increase in electronic classrooms that MediaTech has to support compared to staff increases.  Instructional demands on librarians are increasing as well. 

Finally, Chart 21 summarizes the impact of these budget trends – efforts to share resources and services across research libraries and to streamline operations, given the budget picture.  Even with progress that PSU has made in supporting the libraries, current funding will not be sufficient to meet demand for collections and services unless significant re-engineering takes place.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

James B. Anderson

Richard N. Barshinger

Aida M. Beaupied

Christopher J. Bise, Chair

Charles L. Burchard

Ralph H. Colby

Lee D. Coraor, Vice Chair

Alan V. Derickson

Nancy Eaton

Dale A. Holen

Melissa K. Landis

Bonnie J. MacEwan

Alissa J. Shirk

Stephen M. Smith

Dagmar Sternad

Adrian J. Wanner

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

SENATE COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

University Libraries Resources for Students at a Distance.

(Informational)

As the potential for distance education and web-based instruction increases, faculty and students will have an increasing need to rely on University Libraries resources.  This report will provide information on and evaluate library resources that support off-campus programs including, but not limited to, those of the World Campus.  We have tried to address three basic questions in this report. What is the library’s model and vision for supporting distance learning efforts? What resources does the library have in place to assist with distance learning programs? And, what issues are the University Libraries facing in the future in this arena?

The University Libraries (UL) basic philosophy is to provide the broadest access to the greatest amount of information for all Penn State users. The UL has strived during the past several years to increase electronic accessibility for all users. The UL has been steadily increasing on-line access for Penn State users to electronic indexing and abstracting resources as well as to electronic journals and information in full text.

The UL is moving toward a “just in time” philosophy regarding access to some materials rather than a “just in case” philosophy that they had in the past.  That is, some Library resources are obtained when requested by users rather than the Library purchasing all resources in anticipation of user needs.  With this philosophy the libraries can provide access to materials without actually owning the materials.  This is a cost effective method for our library system to maximize the accessibility to a wider range of materials for the user.  Thus the development of easy electronic access to resources combined with the ability of the libraries to provide on-line service fits well with the use of the library resources for distance education programs. Generally, as the electronic access to library resources increases, more of what is available to resident students is available to distance learners. The UL makes no distinction among remote users except for the purposes of authentication as Penn State students, faculty, or staff.  A remote user may be a student resident at a Penn State campus, a distance learner, or World Campus student.  Costs [UL1] of providing additional electronic resources, therefore, serve resident and non-resident/non-traditional students alike.

The University Libraries system has numerous resources that can be utilized by faculty developing distance education courses or programs.  In our opinion many faculty are not aware of the extent of library’s resources in this area. The on-line Library Information Access System (LIAS) can be accessed via the web to search for library materials at each of the UL locations. LIAS also provides access to a large variety of on-line journal index and abstract services, and full text journal articles; access to the Big-10 libraries and other research university catalogs around the world; and acts as a “gateway” to World Wide Web resources.  LIAS soon will be upgraded with a new system called Unicorn from the SIRSI corporation.  Unicorn is a totally integrated system of flexible software providing a search engine for catalog and database searching, along with circulation functions, interlibrary loan, personal reserves, electronic course reserves, acquisitions, and serials records control. Increasingly, access to databases that contain full text documents are becoming available so that on-campus and distance education students can download resource materials directly to their home computer.  Currently, the UL is subsidizing a service whereby patrons can order articles directly from the British Library and have them delivered to their home or office.  Another similar service will begin shortly through the UnCover Company.  Through LIAS, users can also search the online catalogs of Big-10 university libraries through the VEL, or Virtual Electronic Library system, and submit direct interlibrary loan requests to those libraries. Materials from these other libraries can be picked up at a local Penn State library.

University Libraries can also supply materials to students presently enrolled in Distance Education/Independent Learning or World Campus courses. The Libraries will supply materials to Cooperative Extension Faculty and Staff throughout the State. The Libraries will also supply materials to current faculty, staff or students in education or research at a distance.  A web page is maintained to describe this service at: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/iasweb/ill/demain.htm.  The materials that can be requested by patrons who meet these criteria consist of books and photocopies of journal articles. These requested materials are mailed directly to the patron.

In the future the University Libraries will continue to increase the availability of full text databases of information.  Much of this information is costly, however. The actual costs of providing full text on-line will depend upon licensing agreements negotiated with individual private vendors. The UL will continue to be a repository of print information. Even with the tremendous increase in electronic publishing, the availability of printed materials continues to increase as well.  The UL will continue to try to improve accessibility to the public but will likely need to develop policies that recover costs from other for-profit educational institutions, such as the University of Phoenix, that use the library’s extensive resources.  In [UL2] the future, the UL will see growing competition from commercial Internet-based information resources providers that could be used for distance education programming and will need to secure its niche in the new “information market place.”  Currently, the UL’s strengths in this marketplace are its access to large, well-organized and authoritative databases, the [UL3] services to the user that its staff can provide, and the integrity of its collections and databases.  Cost will be another issue the UL will continue to deal with.  Currently, maintaining electronic access to on-line databases for students costs approximately $27 to $30/student. In the future, as enrollments in distance education courses increase, a cost recovery mechanism will need to be developed to meet additional demands on library resources and services. The UL is currently testing a cost support mechanism in partnership with the World Campus.

The UL is represented on the University Coordinating Council for Outreach and Cooperative Extension (CCOCE), and cooperates closely with the Office of the Vice President for Outreach and Cooperative Extension. 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES     

James B. Anderson                                          

Richard N. Barshinger                         

Aida M. Beaupied                                           

Christopher J. Bise, Chair                                

Charles L. Burchard                                        

Ralph H. Colby                                               

Lee D. Coraor, V-Chair                                  

Alan V. Dickerson                                           

Nancy Eaton                                                   

Dale A. Holen                                                 

Melissa K. Landis                                            

Bonnie J. MacEwan                                         

Stephen M. Smith                                            

Dagmar Sternad                                              

Adrian J. Wanner                                            

SENATE COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

Theodore R. Alter

John F. Bardi

Craig A. Bernecker

Patricia A. Book

J.       Christopher Carey

Irene E. Harvey

Julia C. Hewitt

Kane M. High

Winand K. Hock

Donald E. Kunze

George A. Lesieutre

Harvey B. Manbeck, Chair

Salvatore A. Marsico, V-Chair

Quinn D. Morton

David E. Roth

James H. Ryan

Karen Wiley Sandler

Subcommittee

L. Coraor

F. Holt

D. Kunze

G.     Roth, Chair

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Update on the Schreyer Honors College (SHC)

(Informational)

            The Schreyer Honors College was created on September 13, 1997 by President Graham Spanier and Penn State's Board of Trustees with the extraordinary gift of $30 million dollars from Mr. and Mrs. William A. Schreyer.  It was created to build on the excellent reputation of Penn State's University Scholars Program, but also to broaden and extend its vision and role in the university, and indeed, in the nation.

            The purpose of the SHC is two-fold.  Like the honors program that preceded it, one purpose is to attract and educate the highest caliber undergraduate students at Penn State.  Its second purpose is to improve educational practice and be recognized as a leading force in honors education nationwide.  With this in mind, internationalization (or development of a global perspective) as well as the development of leadership, social and civic responsibility was added to the original mission of academic excellence in the SHC.  Curricular and co-curricular programming supports the mission.

            The SHC is a faculty-based, advisor-intensive unit that extends across all university undergraduate academic programs and locations.  The administration is advised by a Faculty Advisory Committee and an External Advisory Board.  It is currently the most comprehensive honors program/college in the country, admitting students from all majors and offering more in- and out-of-classroom experiences.  Another unique aspect of the SHC is its close relationship with the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning.  The two units work closely together on a semi-annual national conference and on innovative teaching/learning projects across the university. 

            The following is a thumbnail sketch of the College's history, student profile, and accomplishments.  Please see our web site (http://www.scholars.psu.edu) for more information.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg

Richard L. Ammon

Theresa A. Balog

Dawn G. Blasko

Richard J. Bord

George J. Bugyi

John J. Cahir

William J. Campbell

Paul F. Clark

Rebecca L. Corwin

Cheng Dong

M. Margaret Galligan

David J. Green

Lynn Hendrickson

Gary L. Hile

Larry J. Kuhns

Jamie M. Myers, Chair

Laura L. Pauley

Robert D. Ricketts, Vice-Chair

Thomas A. Seybert

Carol A. Smith

Jane S. Sutton

Eric R. White

Jenny Zhang

Schreyer Honors College

History

 

1975    PSU designated 40-60 partial scholarships for students each year.

1979    Paul Axt chosen as Director of an honors program one full year before it was inaugurated.

1980    University Scholars Program approved by Faculty Senate.

1981        800 active students in the USP; new selection process initiated.

1984        Atherton Hall designated as honors housing

1985        Academic Excellence Scholarships established.

1986        1400 active students in USP

1994    External Review of USP

1996        Schreyer gift and establishment of the Schreyer Honors College.

2000        1800 active students in SHC

Comprehensive Program

 

·           Residence halls

·           Integrated living/learning environment

·           Honors coursework

·           Thesis research

·           Extra curricular activities - leadership and service

·           International opportunities

·           Scholarships

·           Research grants

·           Advising

·           Internships

Typical SHC Student

Freshman Entrant Profile

 

H.S. GPA                                                  > 4.0

SAT                                                           1425

Foreign Language                                       4+ years          

Math                                                          AB Calculus

English                                            AP English

History                                           AP American

                                                                  AP European

Science                                                      2 yrs (Biology, Chemistry)

Music, Drama, Debating                             3+ years

 

All have public service record

All in national Honors Society

Most in student government (or School Board representative)

   or varsity athletes

   or college course credits

 

On average, students come in with one semester college credit

International Experiences

 

~ 200 students per year

 

Sample Courses:

Health Care in the New Russia

London Study Tour

Literary Berlin

Globalization and Family Change - Viet Nam and Japan

Seeds of Change - Peru

 

Sample Individual Study/Service:

Peru - Tuber production in peasant agriculture

Finland - Volunteers for Peace - refugee work

Norway - rocket research for NASA

Romania - Global volunteers/refugee work

Nicaraugua - Labor issues

Capetown, S.A. - Study abroad

Scotland - Biomolecular Biology research

Germany - Cancer research

Japan - Methane research

 

International Thesis Research Grants

·        Comparison of Art of Four East African Cultures - Kenya

·        Demographic and Health Issues - Cameroon

·        Factors Influencing Exploitation in Women - Yunnan, China

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

101 Kern Graduate Building

University Park, PA  16802

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

E-mail address: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/

Date:   August 22, 2000

To:      Cara-Lynne Schengrund,  Chair, University Faculty Senate

From:  Peter Deines, Chair, Senate Committee on University Planning

Re:      Construction Programs Status Report

The attached report by W. J. Anderson, Assistant Vice President of the Physical Plant, summarizes the status of the Department of General Services and Penn State University's major construction programs.

Senators interested in reviewing any particular item should contact the Senate Office for more detailed information.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

P. Richard Althouse

William Anderson, Jr.

Anthony Baratta, V-Chair

Micharl J. Cardamone

David Chao

Peter Deines, Chair

Peter B. Everett

William M. Frank

Daniel R. Hagen

Ali R. Hurson

Ernest W. Johnson

Daniel G. Kiefer

Rodney Kirsch

Robert N. Pangborn

Louise E. Sandmeyer

Michael C. Saunders

Gary C. Schultz

Marley W. Watkins

Beno Weiss

Daniel E. Willis

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

MINUTES OF SENATE COUNCIL

Tuesday, August 22, 2000 ----1:30 PM -----102 Kern Graduate Building

MEMBERS PRESENT

A. Chellman

W. R. Curtis

W. T. DeCastro

P. Deines

G. F. De Jong

C. D. Eckhardt

R. A. Erickson

D. S. Gouran

E. A. Hanley

R. L. McCarty

J. W. Moore

M. R. Nelson

J. S. Nichols

I. Richman

A. B. Romberger

C. L. Schengrund

S. R. Smith

L. L. Snavely

B. B. Tormey

T. T. Turner

G. J. Bugyi

V. R. Price

ACCOUNTED FOR

C. D. Baggett

R. P. Crum

P. C. Jurs

W. L. Kenney

A. E. Leure-duPree

A. W. Scaroni

G. B. Spanier

GUESTS

C. Bise

J. Bolin

J. Cahir

N. Eaton

T. Jones

J. Landa Pytel

H. Manbeck

J. Myers

J. Romano

G. Roth

R. Secor

Chair Schengrund called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2000, in Room 102 Kern Graduate Building.  The minutes of the meeting of April 11, 2000 were approved as distributed on a Gouran/Richman motion.

Dr. Schengrund introduced the new members of Senate Council for 2000-01.  They are Connie Baggett (Agricultural Sciences); Robert Crum (Smeal College of Business Administration); Wayne Curtis (Engineering); Travis DeCastro (Arts & Architecture); Caroline Eckhardt (Graduate Council/Senate Council Liaison); Elizabeth Hanley (FAC member); Ronald McCarty (Erie); Loanne Snavely (representing the University Libraries, College of Communications, Military Sciences, Great Valley, and Dickinson School of Law); Tramble Turner (Abington); and Jean Landa Pytel, an Administrative Fellow on Dr. Erickson’s staff.  She also recognized John Nichols as the new Senate Chair-Elect and John Moore as the new Senate Secretary.  Thanks were also extended to George Franz for serving as parliamentarian again. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Professor Schengrund reviewed the purpose of the Senate Council with a reading of Bylaws, Article I, Section 1 (c).  This section deals with the provision for Council members to review all legislative, consultative, and informational reports submitted for the Senate Agenda.

Dr. Schengrund next announced that the “New Senators’ Workshop” would be on Monday, September 11, 2000, 7:00 PM, Board Room I, NLI.  She asked Council members to encourage new Senators from their voting units to attend.  She also announced that the Senate Constitutions for 2000-01 are being printed and Senators should receive their copy prior to the September 12 Senate meeting.

The Faculty Advisory Committee to the President held a meeting on June 6 and the topics discussed at that meeting were: dean searches; budget update for 2000-01; Hershey promotion and tenure; union relationships; dependence on corporate dollars; academic integrity implementation update; Intellectual Property Task Force report and recommendations by the Senate Committees on Faculty Affairs and Research; Green Destiny Report; General Education (size of undergraduate Gen Ed courses); and faculty representation on the Central Management Group.  FAC met again on August 22 and discussed the following items:  freedom of speech; budget proposal to the Governor; state of the University address; honorary degrees; update on the Center for the Performing Arts; personnel issues; non-tenured, part-time faculty; unionization; computer privacy policy and the network “oath;” and freshman computer ownership follow up. 

The next meeting of FAC is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3.  If anyone has any items you want FAC to address, please contact one of the Senate Officers or one of the three elected FAC members; Peter Deines, Betz Hanley or Gordon De Jong.

Visits by the Senate Officers to locations other than University Park for the fall have been set.  The first visit is scheduled for Thursday, September 7 to Penn State Altoona.  Please view the Senate’s web site (www.psu.edu/ufs) for the schedule of visits.

Chair Schengrund noted some of the committees she serves on as Chair of the Senate –  Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI); Naming Facilities Committee; Alumni Council; Alumni Executive Council; and Martin Luther King Commemoration Planning Committee.

The Senate received several memos from President Spanier accepting Legislative and Advisory/Consultative reports presented to the Senate at our March 28 and April 25 meetings.  From the committee on Faculty Affairs, from the March 28, 2000, meeting, a report entitled "HR-21 – Definition of Academic Rank.”  He is asking the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources to implement the new language in the policy as proposed, and is also informing the dean of the University Libraries of this action.  Also from the March 28 meeting, from the Committee on Committees and Rules, a report entitled “Revision of Bylaws, Article III, Section 5.”  The President asked the Executive Secretary of the Senate to amend the Bylaws and Standing Rules accordingly.

From the April 25 Senate meeting, we heard from the president that – upon receipt of the Task Force Report on Intellectual Property, the Vice President for Research (Eva Pell) will be appointing a small committee to draft a policy on courseware.  Dr. Pell further intends to charge this committee with development of a policy in time for Faculty Senate consultation at the first meeting of the fall semester.  It is hoped to present this policy to the Board of Trustees for approval at the November 2000 meeting.  Dr. Pell intends to discuss with the Faculty Senate leadership the appointment of a committee, which will be advisory to the Vice President for Research, on all aspects of intellectual property. 

The last memo, from the April 25 meeting, from the Committee on Committees and Rules, a report entitled “Revision of Constitution, Article I, Section 1.”  The President is asking the Executive Secretary to amend the Bylaws and Standing Rules accordingly.

Provost Erickson first welcomed everyone back for the new academic year and noted that again this year there were a record number of applications to the University.  There were around 78,000 applications.  There has also been a final look at all of our programs and it was found that we have not been counting all of our numbers of graduate students. We also have this fall, the largest freshman class in the history of the institution and the largest freshman class ever at the University Park campus.  He was pleased to note that we are also continuing to see the trends for greater retention of our students at locations other than University Park.  

Dr. Erickson continued his remarks by indicating that we are in very good shape as far as numbers of students in temporary housing at University Park.  This was primarily due to the efforts of Tom Gibson and his housing staff. 

Professor Erickson stated that we are now in the midst of budget preparations and that we are being very aggressive with the Ridge administration and the State legislature.  We are presently identifying the areas where it is felt we can have the greatest impact on the State appropriations.  This effort is directed at raising our competitive salary increases.  There will be a budget presentation to the Board of Trustees.

The Provost announced a few other items.  The student computer ownership recommendation that was put into place this fall is going very well with minimal disruptions.  In regard to the academic integrity legislation, the colleges have plans in place.  Also, the Council of Academic Deans has approved a very strong statement on academic integrity.

Professor Erickson and Robert Secor have had sessions with the deans reviewing last year’s promotion and tenure cycle.  They have related to the deans the comments made by the University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. 

There are six new deans in place this fall and there was an orientation held for them organized by Bob Secor.  This will help them to make their transition to the institution.  We are in the first round of interviews with the candidates for the Berks/Lehigh Valley College dean’s position, and the search is just getting started for a new dean of the Commonwealth College. 

The Provost concluded his remarks by recognizing that the Faculty Affairs Committee is concerned with the increase in part-time faculty.  Dr. Erickson and the President share those concerns.  One of the issues is the need for guidelines for part-time faculty and the other is the need for appropriate support for those part-time faculty in the form of infrastructure. 

Immediate-Past Chair Nelson announced that the External Matters Subcommittee will  meet on August 30 and thus is getting an early start this year.  Tony Wagner will be giving a report on the status of issues affecting the University in Harrisburg. 

Executive Secretary Bugyi introduced Jane Bolin, this year’s University Faculty Senate Intern.  Jane comes to us with excellent credentials; she has an RN, a JD and is working on her Ph.D.  Dr. Bugyi next welcomed everyone to the new general purpose meeting room of 102 Kern Graduate Building.  He noted that this was the first meeting held in the room and invited everyone to take the time to tour the new Senate offices. 

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

Graduate Council Liaison Caroline Eckhardt informed Council that no Graduate Council meeting was held over the summer, and thus she had nothing to report.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

Informational Reports

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid -- “Awards and Scholarships.”  John Romano presented the report and noted that the number of awards granted for 2000-01 was higher than 1999-00.  This year’s numbers reflect the normal trend with more awards, given at lower amounts, as opposed to the lesser numbers with greater amounts given.  Council accepted this report without question on a Richman/Gouran motion.

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid -- “Summary of Petitions for Waiver of the Ten-Credit Limit for Non-degree Conditional Students.”  Chair Schengrund reminded Council that last year the Senate changed that limit to 12 credits.  A question was asked about why the Registrar’s Office is included on the list of colleges or units.  A Smith/ Gouran motion was offered to place this on the Senate Agenda, which was passed by Council.

Libraries -- “ Comparison of PSU Libraries to National Trends.”  Christopher Bise and Nancy Eaton offered this report, and Council asked for some clarification of the data.  A Turner/Smith motion put this report on the Agenda.

Outreach Activities/Libraries -- “University Libraries Resources for Students at a Distance.”  Harvey Manbeck, David Roth, Christopher Bise and Nancy Eaton were in attendance to present the report.  After several questions of clarification, a  Richman/ Smith motion to accept this report was passed.

Undergraduate Education -- “ Update on the Schreyer Honors College (SHC).”  Jamie Myers asked if there were any questions concerning the report.  Questions were asked concerning the competitors (other institutions with honors programs) we have for the recruiting of students for honors programs.  A Richman/Turner motion was passed putting this report on the Agenda.

University Planning  -- “Construction Programs Status Report.”  Peter Deines offered the report and stated that this was a mandated report given at the beginning and at the end of the Senate year.  Council discussed several of the projects including the funding for the Beaver Stadium expansion.  A Romberger/Richman motion was passed to accept this report.

ACTION ITEMS

Senate Council has two subcommittees.  (1) Subcommittee on External Matters and (2) Subcommittee on Unit Constitutions.  Each year, at the first meeting of Council, the chair asks Council to confirm the membership of these two subcommittees.

In regard to the Subcommittee on External Matters, this subcommittee represents the Senate in seeking information from officials and agencies external to the University that establish policies and control resources affecting University academic programs.  It is also the Senate Advisory Committee to the University on public and alumni relations, public information, general publications, and private fund-raising.  Murry Nelson will chair this subcommittee as Immediate Past Chair of the Senate.  Senate Chair Schengrund asked Alison Carr-Chellman, Peter Jurs, Larry Kenney, Alphonse Leure-duPree, and Brian Tormey to serve on this subcommittee.  Tony Wagner is an at-large member.  A Richman/Turner motion was accepted by Council confirming the membership of this subcommittee.

In regard to the Subcommittee on Unit Constitutions for 2000-2001; this subcommittee examines any proposed changes submitted by the voting units to their constitutions and advises council for ratification.  John Moore, as Secretary of the Senate, will chair this subcommittee.  George Bugyi is a member by virtue of his position as Executive Secretary of the Senate.  Chair Schengrund asked Dennis Gouran (UP) and Sandy Smith (locations other than UP) to be the other two regular members and they have accepted this assignment.  There is also provision for an ad hoc member from the voting unit submitting the constitution to serve on this subcommittee. A Richman/Smith motion was passed accepting the membership of this subcommittee.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no New Business for Council to address.

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Chair Schengrund thanked the members of Council for their attention to their duties as she had described at the beginning of the meeting, and adjourned them at 2:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

George J. Bugyi

Executive Secretary

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

 INTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE

Date:       August 25, 2000

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, SEPTEMBER 11, 2000                  7:00 PM

     New Senators’ Workshop                                Board Room I, NLI

Immediately following New Senators’ Workshop

     Officers' and Chairs' Meeting                            Board Room I, NLI

                                                                        8:30 PM

     Commonwealth Caucus                            Board Room II, NLI

     TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2000                 7:30 AM

     Intercollegiate Athletics                                         205 Shields Building

                                                                                  8:00 AM

     Outreach Activities                                                 502 Keller Building

     Student Life                                                           301 HUB

                                                                                 8:30 AM

     Admissions, Records,
Scheduling and Student Aid203 Shields Building

     Committees and Rules                                          16 HUB/Robeson Cultural Center

     Curricular Affairs                                                   102 Kern Building

     Faculty Affairs                                                       106 HUB

     Intra-University Relations                                      223 HUB

     Research                                                               114 Kern Building 

Undergraduate Education                                      221 Chambers Building

     University Planning                                                322 HUB

                                                                                 9:00 AM

     Faculty Benefits                                                     101-A Kern Building

     Libraries                                                               E510 Paterno Library

                                                                                 9:30 AM                     

     Computing and Information Systems                      201 Kern Building

                                                                                 1:30 PM

     University Faculty Senate                      112 Kern Building

There will be a Commonwealth Caucus meeting at 11:00 AM on TUESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 12, 2000, in the ALUMNI LOUNGE OF THE  NLI.  At approximately 12:00 Noon, a buffet luncheon will be served.

 

The Pennsylvania State University

The University Faculty Senate

Birch Cottage (814) 863-0221

Fax:  (814) 863-6012

Date:  August 25, 2000

To:Commonwealth Caucus Senators (This includes all elected Senators from Campuses, Colleges, and Locations Other Than University Park)

From:Irwin Richman and Sandy Smith

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2000 

THE COMMONWEALTH CAUCUS WILL MEET ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2000 IN BOARD ROOM II OF THE NITTANY LION INN AT 8:30 PM.

DR. JOHN LEATHERS, INTERIM DEAN OF THE COMMONWEALTH COLLEGE, WILL BE OUR GUEST.

TUESDAY, September 12, 2000 -- 11:00 AM --

Alumni loUNGE, NITTANY LION INN

     The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12, 2000, in the Alumni Lounge of the NLI.  A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.

     The tentative Agenda includes:

I.        Call to Order

II.        Introduction of New Senators

III.      Announcements and Reports from co-chairs of the caucus

        (Richman & Smith)

IV.   Reports of Senate Committees

V.        Senate Agenda Items

                       VI.  Other Items of Concern

VII. Adjournment and Lunch