T H E†† S E N A T E†† R E C O R D
Volume 40 ----- October 24, 2006 -----Number 2
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Final Agenda for October 24, 2006††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
II. Minutes and Summary of Remarks††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Minutes of the September 12, 2006, Meeting in The Senate Record
Senate Curriculum Report of October 10, 2006 and Update on the
Implementation of Uniform Course Abbreviation Legislation
SPECIAL INFORMATIONAL REPORT
University Budget and Planning Report - [Report withdrawn]
Presentation by Executive Vice President and
Provost Rodney A. Erickson
Revision to the Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership)
Integration of Strategic Research Institutes with the Colleges
Report on Access and Affordability at
Report on Faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates
Academic Eligibility and Athletic Scholarships for 2005-2006
NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative Annual Report
Overview of Issues Related to the Administrative
Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics within the University
The Effectiveness of Online Education
New Student Government Report – [Report withdrawn]
The University Faculty Senate
Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at 1:30 PM
The University† Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at 1:30 p.m.
in room 112 Kern Graduate Building with Joanna Floros, Chair, presiding.
Chair Floros:† The April 25, 2006, Senate Record was not approved at the last meeting because of an attribution concern.
Professor Robert Speel of Penn State Erie has asked to have a notation appear in the April 25,2006,
Senate Record to reflect that he is not the author of the e-mail quote attributed to him by Harrisburg Senator Winston Richards at the April 25, 2006, Senate meeting during the discussion of the Disciplinary Communities report.
May I hear a motion to accept the minutes of April 25 and September 12, 2006, please say aye.
Chair Floros:† Opposed say nay.† Ayes have it, motion carried.
The minutes of the April 25 and September 12, 2006, meeting have been approved.
Senate Curriculum Report of October 10, 2006.† This document is posted on the University Faculty Senate Web site: http://senate.psu.edu.
Also included in the Communication to the Senate, Appendix A, is a copy of the letter sent to Deans, ACUE members, Chancellors, and DAAs with an update on the implementation of the Uniform Course Abbreviation legislation.† On the back of the letter is a status sheet giving an overview of where we stand consolidating disciplinary abbreviations.† We have made good progress but have more to do.† There are 22 disciplinary areas where work is in progress and ten that are unresponsive (borrowing Lee Kumpís phrase).† Please urge your colleagues to move forward and submit the expedited proposals by the deadline of December 15, 2006.
Enclosed in todayís agenda are the minutes from the October
10 meeting of Senate Council.† I refer
you to the minutes of Senate Council at the end of your agenda.† Included in the minutes are topics that were
discussed by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President at the October 10
meeting.† At the October 10 Senate
Council meeting a special presentation on
Web site: http:senate.psu.edu/aboutsenate/committees/SC/SC.html.
Chair Floros:† Out of courtesy to our presenters, please turn off your cell phones and pagers at this time.† Thank you.
The Senate officers have completed our fall visits to campuses and will debrief Provost Erickson and Vice President Romano on December 4.
The Senate has received a proposal for the establishment of
Although the Senate is a faculty-driven body of governance, we believe that the Senate functions at its best when there is administrative input.† To this end, we have requested the presence and participation of senior administrators in most of our standing committees.† I want to remind all senior administrators that we value your input and encourage you to please attend and participate in Senate committee deliberations.† If you canít attend a Senate meeting, please ask another administrator in your office to attend.† I want to believe that reports coming to Senate Council and the full Senate are the result of genuine debate where all relevant faculty and administrative points of view are discussed.†
On September 22, Jeremy Cohen, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and I co-charged a work group to examine the academic issues associated with online courses and programs.† Senate Chair-Elect Dawn Blasko and ACUE Chair Dave Christiansen agreed to co-chair this work group.† Also serving are Greg Ziegler, Chris Falzone, Nancy Herron, and Jack Selzer.† This is a fast-track work group and they will make their recommendations to Jeremy and me by the end of November.
Because of questions raised over the last two months concerning student representation on the Senate, at its meeting this morning, the Committee on Committees and Rules has approved the following interpretation:
Based on the Senate Constitution Article 11, Section 5 and Electoral procedures approved by the Elections Commission, the student Senators elected in spring 2006 representing each of the 11 colleges and DUS at University Park are the duly elected student senators and their terms will end following the April 2007 meeting of the Senate.
procedures and elections for college student representatives developed by the
President Spanier is with us today, and I am pleased to ask him to come forward and make his comments.
President Spanier:† Thank you and good afternoon
everyone.† Let me begin by telling you
that within a few days we will have our official enrollment totals for this
fall, and they will end up being pretty much along the lines of what we were
expecting as classes began to unfold.† We
will almost certainly have a record number of students on this campus.† It probably will end up around 42,000
students, maybe a few more, pretty much at the upper limit of what we expect to
happen at this campus going forward.† We
also had within that group the largest freshman class in
Our four Dean searches are well under way.† One of them will be concluded very shortly and the others are into the process. We will continue to give you updates on the progress of those searches along the way.
A campus like this is very large and includes more than 50,000 people on campus on any given day, and tens of thousands more than that on a football weekend.† It is like a small city in many respects and we do have our own special brand of issues and problems.† Over the weekend, we had a very unfortunate violent suicide; I think most of you have probably read about it by now. I mention it now only to take an opportunity to commend our University police, our Student Affairs staff, and our staff at Housing and Residence Life, who did a phenomenal job. Many of these people were up around the clock as we had a bit of a stand-off that went throughout the night.† We had to take care of our students and we had to take care of some public safety issues. We had to coordinate what we did with other law enforcement agencies and with family members of those involved. Our folks really stepped up and did a fabulous job and I am very grateful for the work they did.
The State of the University address that we did a little differently this year in September has now been downloaded and viewed by nearly 50,000 people.† That is quite remarkable given that the fraction of that number saw or viewed the address previously in a more traditional format, so I think we will continue to use that format. I want to take this opportunity to thank many of you here who sent me emails afterwards and followed up with comments about the address.† I think we will probably continue with doing things that way; the only difference will be for those of you that came to Eisenhower Auditorium expecting to get ice cream before the address. We canít transmit that ice cream to you via DVD, but if you bump into me on campus at some point and remind me that you are missing the ice cream, Iíll buy you an ice cream cone at the Creamery.
My television show, To the Best of My Knowledge, is on tonight at 7:00, and I would like to point out to you that the topic this week is todayís college students.† Some of you have written me notes after my speech at the Chautauqua Institution this summer and suggested that it would be a good topic for a television show, so we have a couple of our students who are going to be on.† It will be broadcast on WPSU TV, WPSU FM and the Pennsylvania Cable Network, for those of you who will be traveling back home and might want to tune in or call and ask these students a question.† If you are out of touch with our students today, this would be a good time to tune in and see what some of them are all about.
I want to commend to you the
Finally, let me say that this Sunday morning daylight savings time ends, so change your clocks so you are not late to your classes Monday morning.† With that I will open it up for your questions.
Chair Floros:† Are there any questions for President Spanier?† Please stand and wait for the microphone before you give your name and unit.
President Spanier:† Let me say, first of all, that would be
an excellent question for our athletic director who is going to be making a
presentation here shortly.† That is a
very disturbing episode that we saw and that we occasionally see on the field
in football and in some other sports at other universities.† That would not come close to being typical
behavior that we would see at
Chair Floros:† Any other questions?
College of the Liberal Arts:† President
Spanier, in the packet for todayís Senate meeting is a long report on financial
President Spanier:† I havenít read this particular report; I have been out of town.† It was included in the Senate agenda, I gather?
Thomas Beebee:† Yes.
President Spanier:† I have not looked at that yet, and I
donít know if there is any news. Is there anything new or different in that
report?† Yes, the trends continue. The
trends have been very challenging for us, we give out a very substantial amount
of financial aid at
A major theme of our fundraising efforts right now is
scholarships.† I am on the road the
majority of my time now as we begin the process of getting ready for our next
major capital fundraising campaign.†
Scholarship financial aid for students will continue to be a very
significant part of what we are looking for in that campaign. That campaign
will focus very much on
Chair Floros:†† Any other questions?
President Spanier:† I think we have a pretty good balance at
Chair Floros:† Ray Bryer, an officer of the Student Labor Action Project and member of United Students Against Sweatshops, has asked for the opportunity to ask President Spanier a question.† The Senate Officers support his request.† Ray, would you please stand, wait for the microphone and ask Dr. Spanier your question.
Racquel Scianna:† I am speaking on behalf of Ray.† President Spanier, I represent a growing
student organization at
President Spanier:† Well, letís see.† How many of you were in my office
recently?† Just the two of you, and none
of you here.† And how many of you read my
most recent letter to your organization about this?† You all have?†
I think you know pretty much where I stand right now; let me just
clarify a couple of things.† I just
returned one hour ago from Washington D.C. from the Association of American
Universities Presidentsí meeting where I think all of the presidents of the
institutions you mentioned were represented, and I think, first of al, you have
a bit of a misconception about those schools having signed on to the designated
supplier program; I donít think that is accurate.† Several institutions, including
On September 29, a group issued a statement representing a
designated suppliers approach with a list of suggestions and compromises from
an earlier memorandum that they had issued on the subject.† I have read that document and find that it is
a step in the right direction, but there are still many unanswered questions,
not the least of which is a major anti-trust issue.† In fact, that memorandum concludes saying
that all of the things weíve said here would require the Department of Justice
issuing an anti-trust opinion which would allow us to do the things that we are
proposing.† Until such time as that
occurs, I think it would be very risky for Penn State or other institutions to
sign on to a program that has uncertain legality, at least according to
Chair Floros: †Any other questions. Thank you President Spanier.
President Spanier:† Thank you very much.
Chair Floros:† As we begin our discussion of reports, I remind you to please stand, wait for the microphone, and identify yourself and the unit you represent before addressing the Senate.
Provost Erickson had a family emergency and is not able to be with us today.† His presentation can be viewed at http://www.senate.psu.edu/agenda/2006-2007/oct24-06agn/appb_budget.pdf
We have a Legislative report from the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules.† This report appears on todayís agenda as Appendix C entitled Revision to the Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership).† Committee Chair Deidre Jago will present this report and respond to questions.
Because this legislative report is a proposed amendment to the Constitution, it will be discussed today and then tabled until the December 5 Senate meeting.
Revision to the Constitution, Article II, Section 1 Membership, Appendix C
Deidre E. Jago, Chair
Chair Jago:† Thank you Joanna.† Appendix C lists the request, the legislative item that the Committee on Committees Rules has requested to be made.† The simple change is that the parenthetical phrase is being eliminated.† There are four voting units that will be mostly affected by this: Business, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Health and Human Development, and Science.† Those are the four units that we have identified.† We think that this will probably enable the colleges to more uniformly identify their voting constituents or the representatives who are going to be considered for faculty representation.† Do you have any questions about what this means to you?
Gary Catchen, Engineering:† I donít have any question concerning the content, but I have a comment concerning the word faculty as it is used here.† The word faculty is singular, and in this text it is used as plural, it is not correct. I think it should be corrected.
Chair Jago: Are you looking on Page 2?
Gary Catchen:† No, I am thinking of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution.† Because you are amending it, why not amend the grammatical errors in it at the same time.
Chair Jago:† Ok but on page two under the recommendation thatís where faculty is showing up wrong.
Gary Catchen:† Thatís ok; I am just pointing out that the Article II, as it stands has these errors in it, and we should correct them, being the people in the business of correcting errors.
Chair Jago:† We will make that change.
Gary Catchen:† Thank you.
Chair Jago:† Anyone else?† Again, this will be voted on next month
Inaudible:† This is in terms of representation; itís also in terms of being a candidate for being on the Senate as well.† Does it go both ways?
Chair Jago:† Yes.
Chair Floros:† Thank you Chair Jago.†
We have two Advisory and Consultative reports today.
The first report comes from the Senate Committee on Research and appears on todayís Agenda as Appendix E entitled Integration of Strategic Research Institutes within the Colleges.† Committee Chair Mark Kester will present this report.
Integration of Strategic Research Institutes within the Colleges
Chair Floros: Questions for Mark?† I see none.† This report has been brought to the floor by the Committee and needs no second.† Are we ready to vote?† All those in favor of this report please say aye.
Chair Floros:† Opposed say Nay.†† The ayes have it and the motion carries.† The Senate has approved this Advisory and Consultative Report. It will be sent to President Spanier for his approval and implementation.† Thank you.
The second report comes from the Senate Committee on
Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid, and appears on todayís Agenda
as Appendix D entitled Report on Access and Affordability at
This is a very important report and has been in the making
for almost two years.† I urge you to read
it carefully and discuss the contents with your colleagues.† As
Committee Chair Catherine Harmonosky, subcommittee Chair Milton Cole, and subcommittee member Anna Griswold will present this report.
ARSSA:† Milton Cole is not a senator
this year, and he has a class right now, and the reason why the reports were
switched is we were waiting for him to come, so we will continue without
him.† Iíll just make a few opening
remarks.† There are three other members
of the subcommittee that are here today and will be happy to answer any
questions you might have.† The report
that you have in front of you on Access and Affordability at
We feel that the report contains important information
regarding trends, both in tuition and sources for aid here at
Chair Floros:† Thank you; any questions?
John Selzer, College
of the Liberal Arts:† Thank you for
this fine report; it is very informative.†
Is there a difference in the debt that graduating seniors have incurred
Catherine Harmonosky:† With respect to the debt, I canít recall if we broke that out or if that was University-wide.† I think Anna Griswold can help with that.
Anna Griswold:† I do not have current information about average debt at the campuses.† We did pull that several years ago.† There were some differences but not significant,when you consider that there are a higher percentage of some of our immediate students located at the campuses.† What we do know across all students with average debt, and our most recent data shows average debt across all graduating students that borrowed is right around $23,000.† For students with the lowest income though, that averages $28,000.† My guess is if we ran those numbers we would see on average somewhat higher than the average for the total population of all students.† But again, lower income students are graduating with higher debt than our middle income and higher income students who hover closer to the average.
Catherine Harmonosky:† Let me just also add something which was in the report; this is in addition to any loans that parents might secure.† That is only the student loan information that you were just given, and in addition, many times parents incur loans on their own.
Chair Floros:† Senator Berkowitz.
Catherine Harmonosky:† Right, I think Randall Deike has some information regarding that question.
Randall Deike:† We subscribe to a service through the
National Student Clearinghouse that allows us to actually track students who
Catherine Harmonosky:† Thank you.†
Donald Rung, Retired
Senator:† Maybe I missed it in the
report, is this for baccalaureate students or all students at
Catherine Harmonosky: †Itís for all undergraduate students.
Donald Rung:† Does it include those students at the campuses, for example, that are in two year programs; is that correct?
Catherine Harmonosky:† I believe it does.
Donald Rung:† Yes, so therefore, the various statements about accumulated debt and success rates really have to be modified. I suggest that somehow you could either make notes about that or try to clarify it, because it is comparing apples and oranges.
Catherine Harmonosky:† I think in terms of the loan debt information that we put in the report was a University-wide average, but we will mention it.
Anna Griswold:† I think the loan debt information is for four-year degree students.† Most of the data on the report is about financial aid to all students, associate degree and baccalaureate degree.† The number of associate degree students, Randy, do you recall, enrolled?
Donald Rung:† What I want to argue is that in your tables and in your information you should declare what the cohort is that you are talking about.
Catherine Harmonosky:† Yes, good idea.
Catherine Harmonosky:† Iím not sure of the answer to the second question; I think Anna would have an answer to that. Also with respect to how they would identify sources once they are here, I believe there is quite a bit of information on Web sites and in some cases individual colleges and departments can be helpful and aggressive in that way in terms of letting their students know what scholarships might be particular to their major. I think Anna has some additional information.
Anna Griswold:† I might just add on our Web site for the Student
Aid Office, there are links to major scholarship sites.† In addition, outside scholarships, external
Catherine Harmonosky:† Thank you, are there any other questions?
Chair Floros:† This report has been brought to the floor by committee and needs no second, so we are ready to vote.† All those in favor of this report, please say aye.
Chair Floros:† Opposed nay.† The ayes have it.† The motion passes.† The Senate has approved this Advisory and Consultative report.† The report will be sent to President Spanier for his approval and implementation.† Thank you Catherine, Anna, and other ARSSA members who contributed to this important report.
†Report on Faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to the Undergraduates Appendix F.† Catherine Harmonosky, Chair of Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid presented a report on faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates.
Academic Eligibility and Athletic Scholarships for 2005-2006 Appendix G. Scott Kretchmar, NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative gave an annual report on academic eligibility.† Graduation Success Rate (GSR) rankings, and overall academic performance of student athletes.
NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative Annual Report Appendix
G. Tim Curley,
The Effectiveness of Online Education Appendix I.† This report prepared by Melody Thompson Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Doctoral Studies, Adult Education Program gives an overview of the effectiveness of online education.
The New Student Government Report was withdrawn until the December Senate meeting.
Chair Floros: Are there any comments?
Chair Floros:† May I have a motion to adjourn?
Senators:† So moved.
Chair Floros:† All those in favor, please say Aye.
Chair Floros:† Motion carried.† The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.