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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

AGENDA

Tuesday, September 14, 1999, at 1:30 PM in

112 Kern Graduate Building

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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -
Minutes of the April 27, 1999, Meeting in The Senate Record 32:7

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets)
of August 31, 1999

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of August 24, 1999

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -

E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -

F. FORENSIC BUSINESS -

Computing and Information Systems

Issue of Student Computer Ownership

G. UNFINISHED BUSINESS -

H. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS –

Undergraduate Education

Revision of Senate Policy 44-25: Conflict in Final Examinations

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 Nondegree
Conditional Students

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 26, 1999, at 1:30 PM in Room 112 Kern Building.

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The University Faculty Senate
Birch Cottage
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-1202 – phone (814) 863-6012 – fax

Date: August 27, 1999

To: Murry R. Nelson, Chair, University Faculty Senate

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

The Senate Curriculum Report, dated August 31, 1999, has been circulated throughout the University. Objections to any of the items in the report must be submitted to the University Curriculum Coordinator at the Senate Office, Birch Cottage, e-mail ID sfw2@psu.edu, on or before September 30, 1999.

The Senate Curriculum Report is available on the web. It can be accessed via the Faculty Senate home page (URL http://www.psu.edu/ufs). Since the Report is available on the web, printed copies were not distributed to the University community. An electronic mailing list is used to notify individuals of its publication. Please contact the Curriculum Coordinator at the e-mail ID indicated above if you would like to be added to the notification list.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Please go to the Senate's web page to view this report at: http://www.psu.edu/ufs - click on committees - click on Computer Ownership under the Senate Committee
on Computing and Information Systems

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Revision of Senate Policy 44-25: Conflict in Final Examinations

(Legislative)

Effective Date: Upon passage by the Senate

BACKGROUND

Senate Policy 44-25 provides students with a policy to file a request to resolve and reschedule direct and overload conflicts in final exams. Direct conflicts are two or more exams scheduled at the same time, and overload conflicts are when students have several exams scheduled too close together to provide adequate study time. This legislation will redefine overload conflicts as three exams scheduled on any one calendar day, or in three consecutive examination periods.

RATIONALE

The current legislation defines an overload conflict as three or more final exams scheduled within a fifteen hour block of time from the beginning of the first examination to the beginning of the third examination. This definition was intended to provide relief to a student who had late-evening exams followed by two early morning exams. However, with the elimination of late-evening exam periods the fifteen hour limit will no longer include three exams scheduled in consecutive examination periods over two days. A definition that does not rely on a set number of hours will be more applicable over time, and continue to meet the intent of the original legislation.

RECOMMENDATION

The Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education recommends the following change to Senate Policy 44-25:

    1. Direct Conflict. A direct final examination conflict occurs when two or more

    2. final examinations are scheduled at the same time. A student in this situation
      is required to file a conflict examination request. A conflict examination will
      then be scheduled at a different time.

    3. Overload Conflict. An overload conflict is defined as three or more final
examinations scheduled ON ANY ONE CALENDAR DAY OR IN THREE
CONSECUTIVE EXAMINATION PERIODS. in a fifteen hour block of time
from the beginning of the first examination to the beginning of the third
examination.
A student in this situation may either file a conflict examination
request, in which case a conflict examination will be scheduled on a different
day, or elect to take the examinations as originally scheduled.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Cheryl Achterberg
John J. Cahir
William J. Campbell
Joseph Cecere
James P. Crawford
Gregory K. Farber
Erika R. Fullerton
M. Margaret Galligan
Lynn Hendrickson
Gary L. Hile
William C. Lasher
Linda P. Miller
Mark H. Munn
Jamie M. Myers, Chair
Robert D. Ricketts, Vice Chair
Thomas A. Seybert
Carol A. Smith
Jane S. Sutton
Eric R. White
Charles E. Yesalis
Robert Zelis

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

  4. 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

Total Amount Awarded Number of Years

1998-991999-20001998-991999-2000

Alumni Christian

1,097

Not Available Yet

2

 

Wilson C. Baily

2,982

2,802

3

2

Charles W. Borgerding

10,000

11,996

10

12

Louise Carnegie

3,876

4,506

4

5

Class of 1920

5,370

6,228

5

6

Class of 1922

64,500

74,714

129

75

Mary Thompson Dale

886

1,025

1

1

Jay Richard Ellenberger

1,173

1,366

2

1

Theodore & Rita Glou

1,424

1,644

2

2

Harry Huber

1,614

1,860

2

3

Fred Merlin Kecker

1,121

1,296

1

1

Bayard Kunkle #1

25,800

30,614

43

31

Betty J. Lockington

1,208

1,396

2

2

Donald MacIntire

3,300

3,883

3

4

Martin Marietta

8,472

8,598

8

9

Jesse McMannes

741

866

1

1

Murray Meiselman

603

700

1

1

Gordon Edward Myers

1,101

1,273

1

1

Lawrence W. Ostermayer

6, 102

7.056

6

7

Garner Rothrock

642

74

01

1

Edward R. Schwab

6,732

7,720

6

8

C.E. Ray &

R.A. Warnock

2,943

3,390

3

3

Lt. Harry Wagner

5,540

6,412

5

7

         

TOTALS

157,227

180,085

241

184

Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid Committee

Ingrid Blood
JoAnn Chirico, Chair
Lynn E. Drafall
Renata S. Engel, Vice Chair
Hector Flores
Peter D. Georgopulos
Anna Griswold
Geoffrey J. Harford
Salvatore A. Marsico
Arthur C. Miller
Robert B. Mitchell
Steven M. Paladini
Helena Poch
Barbara L. Power
John J. Romano
J. James Wager
Adrian J. Wanner
Ted Ziegunfus

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS,

SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Summary of Petitions for Waiver of the Ten Credit Limit

for Nondegree Conditional Students

(Informational)

Students who have been dropped for poor scholarship are commonly called nondegree 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

       

08/01/97-07/31/98

18

16

2

08/01/98-07/31/99

37

34

3

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

Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

Ingrid Blood
Arthur C. Miller
JoAnn Chirico, Chair
Lynn E. Drafall
Hector Flores
Peter D. Georgopulos
Anna Griswold
Geoffrey J. Harford
Salvatore A. Marisco
Robert B. Mitchell
Steven M. Paladini
Renata S. Engel, Vice Chair
Helena Poch
Barbara L. Power
John J. Romano
J. James Wager
Adrian J. Wanner
Ted Ziegunfus

1997-98 1998-99

College or Unit

Approved

Denied

Approved

Denied

         

Agricultural Sci.

4

 

7

 

Abington

   

3

 

Berks-Lehigh

2

 

1

1

Communications

1

1

2

 

DUS

0

 

2

 

Earth & Min. Sci.

1

 

1

 

Engineering

1

1

0

 

Health & Human Development

1

 

2

 

Liberal Arts

0

 

0

1

New Kensington

0

 

1

 

P. S. Harrisburg

0

 

2

 

Registrar's Office

0

 

6

 

Scranton

2

 

2

 

Smeal College of Business Admin.

4

 

6

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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The University Faculty Senate

MINUTES OF SENATE COUNCIL

Tuesday, August 24, 1999 1:30 PM 101 Kern Graduate Building

MEMBERS PRESENT

W. Bagby
L. J. Berkowitz
C. J. Bise
M. E. Broyles
L. A. Carpenter
A. Chellman
P. Deines
G. F. De Jong
R. A. Erickson
D. S. Gouran
L. Kenney
P. A. Klein
F. Lukezic
L. P. Miller
M. R. Nelson
I. Richman
P. P. Rebane
R. D. Richards
A. B. Romberger
A. W. Scaroni
C. L. Schengrund
S. R. Smith
B. Tormey
G. Bugyi
B. Hockenberry
V. Price
ACCOUNTED FOR
S. de Hart
P. C. Jurs
A. E. Leure-duPree
G. B. Spanier
GUESTS
J. G. Augustson
J. Cahir
J. Myers
T. Peavler
J. Romano
R. Secor

Chair Nelson called the meeting to order at 1:32 PM on Tuesday, August 24, 1999, in Room 101 Kern Graduate Building. The minutes of the meeting of April 13, 1999 were approved as distributed on a Bagby/Richman motion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Nelson first welcomed the members of the 1999-00 Council and recognized Cara-Lynne Schengrund as Chair-Elect and Christopher Bise as Secretary. He also noted the new members of Council for this year. They are Alison Carr-Chellmen (Education); Gordon De Jong (FAC Member); Larry Kenney (HHDEV); Felix Lukezic (Ag Sci); Robert Richards (Comm, Lib, Mil Sci, GV & Dickinson); and Sandra Smith (Commonwealth College). Professor Nelson further thanked George Franz for serving as Parliamentarian and Phil Klein for serving as Graduate Council/Senate Council Liaison.

Next Dr. Nelson reminded everyone that the purpose of Senate Council is to make sure that submitted reports are ready to be received by the full Senate. If there are problems, they should be identified and the report should be sent back to committee. Council's purpose is not to act as a legislative body. There are other duties such as reviewing proposed changes in voting unit constitutions and changes, discontinuation and proposed new programs, departments, etc. He reminded Council that the discussion of the substance of a report is not part of the purview of this body, but rather is the responsibility of the parent body.

The Chair next announced that the New Senators' Workshop will be Monday,

September 13, 1999, at 7:00 PM in the Faculty/Staff Room of the Nittany Lion Inn and asked the Council members to encourage new Senators from their units to attend. He also announced that the Senate Constitutions for 1999-00 are being printed and Senators should receive their copies prior to the September 14 Senate meeting.

Dr. Nelson next addressed the meetings of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President. FAC met on Tuesday, May 18 and Tuesday, August 3 and discussed the following agenda items. On May 18 they discussed Budget Update; Parking and Transportation; the Grand Destiny Campaign; Search Updates; Faculty Raises; a College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Structure Update; and Student Purchase of Computers. On August 3, they addressed the 2000-01 Budget Scenario; State of the University Address; Student Computer Purchase Recommendations; International Teaching Assistant Language Proficiency; Domestic Partners Benefits Update and NCAA Update. The next FAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. If anyone might have any items to be included on the FAC agenda, please contact any of the Senate Officers or one of the three elected FAC members: Peter Deines, Linda Miller or Gordon De Jong.

The Senate Officers met with John Brighton and Rodney Erickson for the debriefing meeting following the spring visits to the units at University Park. This year's fall visits to locations other than University Park are now set. The first visit is scheduled for September 20 and 21. Those visits are to Penn State Fayette on 9/20 and Penn State McKeesport and Penn State New Kensington on 9/21. All of the fall visits are posted on the Senate's web page.

Chair Nelson next mentioned some of the committees he is serving on as Chair of the Senate. They include: University Planning Council; Continuous Quality Improve-ment Committee; Naming Facilities Committee; Alumni Council; Alumni Executive Council and Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Planning Committee.

The Senate received several memos from President Spanier over the summer regarding his action on reports passed by the Senate during the past Senate year. From the March 2, 1999 meeting the report entitled "Addition to Administrative Guidelines for HR-23 - Withdrawal of Promotion Dossier." President Spanier accepted this report and referred it to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for implementation. From the March 30, 1999, Senate meeting he approved implementation for the following Advisory/Consultative reports. First, "Inclusion of Electronic Publications in the Promotion and Tenure Dossier" (which was referred to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for further handling) and second, "Recommendation for Employee Contributions to Health Care Plans" (this was referred to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources for further handling). Also from the March 30 Senate meeting, the President accepts and expresses his appreciation for the resolution presented by the Libraries Committee regarding "Resolution Supporting the Efforts of President Spanier and the University Libraries in SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)." Dr. Spanier also accepted and expressed his appreciation for the "Resolution for Provost John A. Brighton" and the " Resolution in Support of the Grand Destiny: The Penn State Campaign."

Also from the April 27 Senate meeting, the President concurred with the Advisory/Consultative report entitled "Revision of Policy HR-13: Recommended Procedure for Hiring New Faculty." This item is being referred to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for implementation.

In regard to the Faculty Salary report, Dr. Spanier fully supports the spirit of that report and is committed to making sure that Penn State addresses inequities and inappropriate compression to the extent possible, given the constraints we work under. Chair Nelson detailed each recommendation for Council from Dr. Spanier. Recommendation #1 - "Rather than accept the Senate's recommendation that the plan be renewed for another three years, we plan to make use of funds to address issues of inequity and compression as we seek to continue to make progress in these area." Recommendations #2 & #3 - "I will support the Faculty Senate in this desire to study these issues, and I am asking the Office of the Provost to work with the Faculty Senate to support such studies where they can be productive." Recommendations #4 & #5 - "To be realistic, we are not likely to have the resources to make wholesale readjustments of faculty salaries in particular location or disciplines, even if that were warranted. What we can do, however, is, in addition to addressing instances of inequity and compression on a case by case basis, to recognize individual achievement wherever it is found and to reward that achievement as best we can with the resources available to us." Recommendation #6 - "Differences in the budgeting formula for UP colleges and colleges and campuses at other locations have no impact on the percentage raise pool available for faculty. The average percentage raise is consistent for all units in the University."

Finally, the following is President's reply to the Senate's recommendations regarding parking and transportation. In general, the President is supportive of the Senate's recommendations and has decided in particular to adopt the recommended approach to parking fees. But if the report were to be accepted in full, many in the University administration believe that some of the recommendations would detract from our ability to improve the overall transit and parking situation on campus. Thus, the Chair quoted the President on each recommendation. 1) "Central funding will be provided beginning next fiscal year, totaling $235,000 annually, to replace the anticipated loss of parking spaces due to construction and expansion of new academic buildings. By year seven of the plan, cumulative annual funding will reach $1.65 million to pay for the 1,700 replacement parking spaces." 2) "We cannot accept the recommendation from the Senate proposing that parking fees not be utilized to support transit activities. Transit services are directly related to the overall strategy of the TDM plan by providing alternatives to parking in the core of the campus. Since the establishment of the commuter parking lot, east of the Jordan Center, the Parking Office has been providing bus service to those who choose to use it to connect with central campus. Currently, more than 2,800 faculty, staff and students take advantage of the commuter lot and its associated bus services. We hope more will consider this option." 3) "Capital and maintenance costs associated with event parking and all event parking activities are fully funded through event parking revenues and not from vehicle registration fees. In other words, users of the event lot pay for the lot via an event-parking fee. Given that this is the current practice by which event parking is handled, this recommendation is accepted and the practice should continue." 4) "When there are event activities sponsored by a University unit, expenses are deducted from the gross receipts prior to any sharing of net revenue. We are satisfied that this is a sound business practice, representing a collaborative effort on the part of both the University event sponsor and parking. Therefore, the current practice should continue." 5) "The recommendation that parking options be developed in order to better provide for faculty and staff who are occasional users of the parking system is accepted and will be sent to the Assistant Vice President for Business Services, Betty Roberts."

Provost Erickson next commented that he was looking forward to working with the Senate. He indicated that having been an Appointed Senator and having worked so closely with the Senate Committee on Research he feels comfortable in his relationship with the Senate and its structure. He shared that he is getting off to a fast start as Provost. One of the things that he is doing this fall is to visit all 23 locations of the University. He added that he has visited all of the locations at one time or another, but felt that he needed to again visit the other locations in his new position. He is also visiting all of the colleges at UP and looking at facilities and meudents at the colleges.

The Provost next addressed the issue of the number of students in fall enrollment. It appears that we are just about where we had forecasted these numbers to be. There is an increase in the Commonwealth College and at the new campus colleges while University Park is just about at the same numbers from last fall. At this point we don't know about the composition of the students by programs and majors. We will be finding out how much success we are having with our baccalaureate programs at the other campuses in holding on to their juniors and seniors. At this point things look very positive.

Out of our total budget of almost $1.6 billion for 1999-00, there is only about $20,000 in unallocated funds. That does not give Dr. Erickson a lot of leeway with the resources at his disposal. He has already shared with FAC that the 2000-01 budget year may be the toughest one yet. Costs are predicted to go up and resources are not expanding. In our desire to keep tuition as low as possible, and without any expected increases in state funding, it will be difficult.

The Provost continued his remarks by stating that, on the Senate floor, we had a discussion on what we were doing with respect to English language proficiency of international teaching assistants. The Senate had asked him to oversee a process in addressing this issue. He and Vice Provost Cahir put together a committee that captured the balance in this issue. The system for testing international students' language proficiency has been a test where students that scored 250 or better were allowed to go into the classrooms without any additional training. Students that scored 230 to 250 were given provisional status and allowed to serve as TAs under the provision that they concurrently took English 118 and Sp. Com. 118. Students who didn't score 230 were not allowed to teach. The source of some of the problems was the provisional category; this was about 1/3 of the international TAs. This category has now been eliminated and they must score 250 to teach.

Dr. Erickson ended his remarks with some information on the Intellectual Property Task Force. He indicated that this task force is dealing with the most complex of issues. There is progress being made with those issues and he is looking forward to a report that will be sent to the Senate so that we can work collaboratively to resolve these issues.

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

David Gold attended the May 12, 1999 Graduate Council meeting for Phil Klein and a full copy of those minutes was distributed to Council. A summary of those minutes is attached to these minutes.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR SEPTEMBR 14, 1999

Legislative Reports

Undergraduate Education -- "Revision of Senate Policy 44-25 - Conflict in Final Examinations." Jamie Myers presented the report and indicated that this was a simple change and asked if Council has any questions he could clarify. This report was passed for the Senate Agenda, without comment from Council, on a Richman/Romberger motion.

Forensic Business

Computing and Information Systems -- "Issue of Student Computer Ownership." Chair Nelson noted for Council that this report came from a committee which was originated by former Provost Brighton last year to examine whether students should purchase computers. In the transition between Provosts, this report didn't get to the Senate as quickly as it should have. So we are in a position were we must act quickly to be able to inform the student body. The recommendations in the report are that it is "strongly recommended" that students either own or have direct access to a computer starting in the fall of 2000. He asked that Council consider putting this on the Senate Agenda as a forensic session. CIS will discuss the report the morning of Senate and present it in the afternoon. Then the committee will use the session to make any recommendations to the Provost. Terry Peavler noted that his committee had not reviewed this report yet.

Council had a sense of not feeling that the concept of presenting this report in a forensic session was wise since under normal circumstances a forensic session is held and then at a later time a formal report on the issue is presented to the Senate. This would not happen with this format. It was decided that if this report is sent to the floor that the executive summary would be included in the Senate Agenda and the entire report would be put on the Senate web page. Professor Peavler informed Council that his committee would prepare a committee stance on the report in the morning of Senate day so that it can be distributed at the Senate in the afternoon as a door-handout. This report was put on the Senate Agenda as a forensic session on a Tormey/Romberger motion.

Informational Reports

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid -- "Awards and Scholarships." John Romano represented the committee and noted that the GPA of the students that received these scholarships ranged from 4.0 to 3.95. A question was asked why the dollar amounts were up and the number of awards down? Dr. Romano answered that an attempt was made to give more money to a fewer number of recipients to try to offset the raise in a college education. This report was added to the Agenda on a Bagby/Scaroni motion.

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid -- "Summary of Petitions for Waiver of the Ten Credit Limit for Nondegree Conditional Students." This report was passed on a Tormey/Lukezic motion without discussion.

ACTION ITEMS

Dr. Nelson noted that Senate Council has two standing subcommittees. The first is the Subcommittee on External Matters and the second is the Subcommittee on Unit Constitutions. The Chair asked that Council 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 who 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. Len Berkowitz will chair this subcommittee, as Immediate-Past Chair of the Senate. Alphonse Leure-duPree, Brian Tormey, Lynn Carpenter, Robert Richards and Michael Broyles have been asked to serve on the subcommittee. Richard DiEugenio, Helen Caffrey and Joseph Sassani are at-large members. A Romberger/Scaroni motion was passed to confirm the membership of the subcommittee.

The second is the Subcommittee on Unit Constitutions. This subcommittee examines any proposed changes submitted by the voting units to their constitutions and advises Council on ratification. Chris Bise, as Senate Secretary, will be Chair and George Bugyi is a member, by virtue of his position as Executive Secretary. Professor Nelson has asked Sandy Smith and John Bagby to be the other two regular members and they have accepted. There is also provision for an ad hoc member from the voting unit submitting the constitution. Council passed a Lukezic/Tormey motion confirming this membership.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business for Council to address.

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Chair Nelson thanked the members of Council for their attention to their duties and adjourned the meeting at 2:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
George J. Bugyi
Executive Secretary

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The University Faculty Senate
Birch Cottage
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-0221 – phone (814) 863-6012 – fax

Date: August 27, 1999

To: Murry R. Nelson, Chair, University Faculty Senate

From: Philip A. Klein, Graduate Council Liaison to Senate Council

Because I was in England, David Gold represented me at the Graduate Council meeting of May 12, 1999.

Items from the meeting of possible interest to the Faculty Senate included:

1. Note was taken that it was Dr. Erickson's last meeting as Dean of the
Graduate School. The Council wished him well and he, in turn, thanked
the Graduate School for its support during his years as Dean.

2. Dr. Erickson discussed the question of English proficiency among graduate
students and reported that a recent survey showed that among 116 responses,
81 graduate programs do not require higher TOEFL scores than Penn State
while 32 programs do.

3. Dr. Erickson reported that thanks to central savings 50 additional
University fellowships would be realized from a $20 million endowment.
Further funds were being freed to provide better health insurance for graduate students.

4. Dr. Erickson reported that a search is underway for a new Vice President
for Research and Director of Technology Transfer.

  • A. A new program in GeoEnvironmental Engineering was approved.
  • B. A discussion took place based on a motion from the Academic Standards

  • Committee. It would amend the rule concerning the required outside member of a Ph.D. program to deal with the question of cross-listed faculty appointments. The proposal would add a sentence that the "outside member" of Ph.D. committees could not be held by a faculty member listed as a member of the candidate's own department. The motion was tabled to consider a number of points requiring clarification, in the judgment of the Council.

  • C. A discussion ensued concerning the rules governing graduate faculty membership. Questions have arisen in connection with the addition of the new campus colleges. As a follow up to the discussion, the Committee on Academic Standards will continue to work on appropriate ways to involve campus college faculty in graduate faculty activities.
  • The Pennsylvania State University

    The University Faculty Senate

    Birch Cottage (814) 863-0221

    Fax: (814) 863-6012

    Date: August 25, 1999

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

    From: George J. Bugyi

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 19997:00 PM

    New Senators' Workshop/Officers'
    and Chairs' Meeting Faculty/Staff Room, NLI

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 19998:00 PM

    Commonwealth Caucus Board Room II, NLI

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 19997:30 AM

    Intercollegiate Athletics205 Shields Building

    8:00 AM

    Curricular Affairs101 Kern Building

    Outreach Activities502 Keller Building

    Student Life112 Shields Building

    8:30 AM

    Admissions, Records, Scheduling and
    Student Aid203 Shields

    Committees and Rules517 Thomas Building

    Intra-University Relations301 Ag. Admin. Bldg.

    Research 114 Kern Building

    Undergraduate Education213 Whitmore Lab

    University Planning541 Deike Building

    9:00 AM

    Faculty Affairs404 Old Main

    Faculty BenefitsBirch Cottage

    Libraries E510 Paterno Library

    9:30 AM

    Computing and Information Systems101-A Kern Building

    1:30 PM

    University Faculty Senate112 Kern Graduate Building

    The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 14, 1999, in Conference Room D of the Penn Stater. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.

     

    The Pennsylvania State University

    The University Faculty Senate

    Birch Cottage (814) 863-0221

    Fax: (814) 863-6012

    Date: August 26, 1999

    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 NIGHT -- SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 -- 8:00 PM -- BOARD ROOM II, NLI

    Our guest will be Dr. Joseph Strasser, Dean, Commonwealth College

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 -- 11:00 AM -- CONFERENCE ROOM 'D,' THE PENN STATER

    The Caucus will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 14, 1999, at the Conference Room 'D' of The Penn Stater. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon.

    A shuttle will transport you to and from The Penn Stater departing from the Nittany Lion Inn at approximately 10:45 AM.

    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. Other Items of Concern

        VI. Adjournment and Lunch