THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
T H E S E N A T E R E C O R D
Volume 34-----JANUARY 30, 2001-----Number 4
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Final Agenda for January 30, 2001
A. Summary of Agenda Actions
B. Minutes and Summaries of Remarks
II. Enumeration of Documents
A. Documents Distributed Prior to January 30, 2001
Door Handout – Undergraduate Education
Committee - FYS
Corrected Copy – Faculty Affairs Committee –
Report on the Impact on Faculty Development
Of Hiring Faculty off the Tenure Track
Corrected Copy – Faculty Affairs Committee -
Recommendations for Emeritus/Retired Faculty
III. Tentative Agenda for February 27, 2001
FINAL AGENDA FOR JANUARY 30, 2001
A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -
Minutes of the December 5, 2000, Meeting in The Senate Record 34:3
B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report
(Blue Sheets) of January 16, 2001
C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of January 16, 2001
D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -
E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -
F. FORENSIC BUSINESS -
G. UNFINISHED BUSINESS -
Committees and Rules
Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership)
H. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS -
Committees and Rules
Revision of Bylaws, Article III, Section 4
I. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS –
Report on the Impact on Faculty Development of Hiring Faculty off the Tenure Track
Recommendations for Emeritus/Retired Faculty
Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University
J. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS –
A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign, Rodney Kirsch,
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid
Reserved Spaces Program
UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation
University Faculty Census Report – 2001-2002
Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location
1999-2000 First-Year Seminars: The Inaugural Year in Review
Non-Returning Students Report, Spring 1998 to Fall 1998
Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University
K. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS -
L. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY -
M. ADJOURNMENT -
SUMMARY OF AGENDA ACTIONS
The Senate passed one Legislative Report:
Committees and Rules - "Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1 Membership).” This report redefines the electorate of the Senate to include persons who are candidates for degrees at Penn State. (See Record, page(s) 7-8 and Agenda Appendix "B.")
One report must lie on the table until the February 27, 2001, meeting because it involves a bylaws change:
Committees and Rules – “Revision of Bylaws, Article III, Section 4.” See Record, page(s) 8 and Agenda Appendix “C.”)
The Senate passed three Advisory/Consultative Reports:
Faculty Affairs – “Report on the Impact on Faculty Development of Hiring Faculty off the Tenure Track.” This report makes a series of 6 recommendations prompted by concerns over the potential negative effects of hiring faculty off the tenure track in both full-time or part-time positions. (See Record, page(s) 9-13, Agenda Appendix "D," and Corrected Copy Record Appendix III.)
Faculty Affairs – “Recommendation for Emeritus/Retired Faculty.” This report makes 9 recommendations to help build a greater rapport between the institution and Emeritus and retired faculty members to help the former faculty remain a part of the University community and to utilize their valuable expertise. (See Record, page(s) 13-17, Agenda Appendix "E," and Corrected Copy Record Appendix IV.)
University Planning – “Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University.” This report makes 10 recommendations as a follow up of the 1998 “The Penn State Indicators Report” which examined the institution in regard to sustainability indicators. (See Record, page(s) 17-18 and Agenda Appendix "F.")
The Senate heard eight Informational Reports:
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid – “Reserved Spaces Program.” This document reports the reserved spaces comparisons over the span of time from 1984 through 2000. (See Record, page(s) 21 and Agenda Appendix "G.")
Faculty Affairs – “UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation.” This report recognizes the three missions of the University (teaching, research, and service) as a continuum of scholarship. After this presentation the Committee on Faculty Affairs will examine the UniSCOPE report for implications in promotion and tenure process and report to the Senate. (See Record, page(s) 21-28 and Agenda Appendix "H.")
Senate Council – “University Faculty Census Report – 2001-2002.” This report was presented to establish the representation (number of Senators, by voting unit) on the 2001-2002 Senate. (See Record, page(s) 28-29 and Agenda Appendix "I.")
Undergraduate Education – “Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location.” The report provides a summary of student petitions for exceptions to the academic policies over the last two years and their sources by colleges and campuses. (See Record, page(s) 29 and Agenda Appendix "J.")
Undergraduate Education – “1999-2000 First-Year Seminars: The Inaugural Year in Review.” This report presents an initial assessment of the First-Year Seminars and the plans for continuing assessment. (See Record, page(s) 29-34 and Agenda Appendix "K.")
Undergraduate Education – “Non-Returning Students Report, Spring 1998 to Fall 1998.” Each spring semester, a portion of student body chooses not to re-enroll for the following fall. This report indicates the statistical information on these Non-Returning students. (See Record, page(s) 34-36 and Agenda Appendix "L.")
University Planning – “Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University.” This committee reviews (at intervals) the status of Penn State’s indebtedness, it size, purpose and the expanse of the debt service. This report indicates the conclusions reached by the committee. (See Record, page(s) 36-37 and Agenda Appendix "M.")
University Planning – “A Grand Destiny: The Penn State Campaign.” This was an oral informational report by Rodney Kirsch, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, and included a summary of the capital campaign that is presently underway. (See Record, page(s) 18-20 and Agenda Appendix "N.")
The University Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building with Cara-Lynne Schengrund, Chair, presiding. One hundred and eighty-five Senators signed the roster.
Chair Schengrund: It is time to begin.
MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING
Moving to the minutes of the preceding meeting, The Senate Record, providing a full transcription of the proceedings of the December 5, 2000 meeting, was sent to all University Libraries, and posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page. Are there any corrections or additions to this document? All those in favor of accepting the minutes, please signify by saying, "aye."
Chair Schengrund: Opposed? The minutes are accepted. Thank you.
COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE
You have received the Senate Curriculum Report for January 16, 2001. This document is posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page.
REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL
Also, you should have received the Report of Senate Council for the meeting of January 16, 2001. This is an attachment in The Senate Agenda for today's meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR
Chair Schengrund: The Faculty Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, January 16, 2001, and discussed the following topics: we had a legislative update; we had a discussion of the aims of the Black coalition; we had a response by the president to legislative and advisory/consultative reports; we discussed the number of credits for baccalaureate degrees; we discussed the university academic calendar; we discussed degree audits; we discussed tuition discounts for faculty/staff dependents; and we discussed PSU principles.
The next meeting of FAC is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2001. If anyone has any items for FAC to address, please contact one of the Senate Officers, or one of the three elected FAC members; Peter Deines, Peter Rebane or Gordon De Jong.
The Senate Officers began their spring visits to colleges and units at University Park and the first one was on January 15, 2001 when we visited the College of Engineering. We visited the College of Education yesterday (January 29, 2001) and we will be visiting the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences tomorrow morning (January 31, 2001).
The Senate Office has received several memos from the president regarding implementation of reports passed by the Senate. Please refer to my announcements in the Senate Council minutes, attached to your Agenda packet, regarding the details on the implementation of these reports.
I did receive another memo from Dr. Spanier since the Senate Council meeting and the printing of those minutes. This memo referred to a report presented last spring, March 28, 2000, by the Senate Committee on Research entitled “Report of the Committee on Postdoctoral Fellows.” The president has “asked the Office of the Vice President for Research to take responsibility for oversight of all postdoctoral appointments and implementation of these recommendations. To date, the recommended definition for a postdoctoral appointment has been adopted. We are asking that all appointments be made with a letter of appointment following the guidelines spelled out in the report. We have established a minimum salary for postdoctoral fellows and scholars equivalent to the zero level recommended by the National Institutes of Health. Postdoctoral fellows will continue to be included in all the professional development programs currently offered for our graduate students. Additional actions will evolve over time.”
At this time I’d also like to update the Senate on what’s happened since our last Senate meeting with regards to the visit by the Coalition of Students. After that Senate meeting, you received an email that was sent out by the Senate Office that indicated that we did meet with the students, and that we did sign a two-page document, not as officers of the Senate, but just as members of the University Faculty Senate. Since that time one of the requests in that document was that the students be allowed to form a committee. They would appoint the members of the committee and that that committee would meet to discuss what changes they might like to recommend be made to the curriculum. The Senate Officers, especially John Nichols and John Moore have met with the students, and they’ve had three meetings. The first two meetings were primarily to organize the committee. One meeting was held before the holidays, and two meetings have been held since that time. They’ve appointed several faculty members to the committee. There are between eight and ten student members, and we are meeting with them and discussing possible agenda items with them. There was an article in the Collegian that indicated that we were nearing…the way I read it, it indicated that we were nearing consensus on a mandated three-credit course on racism. That article was somewhat premature, as those discussions have not come anywhere near reaching consensus on that point at this time.
COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
Chair Schengrund: At this point in time I’d like to call on President Spanier to make comments. As we begin our discussion of reports, I will remind you to please stand and identify yourself, and the unit you represent before addressing the Senate.
Graham B. Spanier, President: Thank you Cara, and good afternoon everyone. Next Tuesday, Governor Ridge will release his budget proposal for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are hopeful there will be a line in there suggesting an amount for Penn State. We are even more hopeful that it will be a number we like. Unfortunately, there has been no word whatsoever from the governor’s office this year about what we might expect, and given the state’s revenue collections for the month of December, which is the most recent month that they’ve reported on, of course we’re not optimistic that it will be a number that matches the request that we made earlier. But we hope it will endeavor to come close. Anyway, that will become known next Tuesday, and we’ll have an opportunity at the next Senate meeting to give you an update about where we stand, and what position the university might likely find itself in for this coming budget year which begins on July 1, 2001. Meanwhile, between now and the time of our next Senate meeting I believe our appropriations hearings are scheduled. What is the date of the next Senate meeting? Is it February 27?
Chair Schengrund: February 27, 2001.
President Spanier: Okay, well I may not be here for that meeting because that is the day for our House appropriations hearing. So I probably will be in Harrisburg for that. I’d much prefer to be here. Our Senate appropriations hearing is the day before, and for those of you who enjoy good theatre you could watch it on TV or catch the re-runs at some point after that. But I will try to represent us as well as possible, and to make a strong case.
Meanwhile, unfolding on a somewhat earlier agenda than our appropriations, are discussions about how Pennsylvania will allocate its share of the tobacco settlement money. And as you may know Penn State has a very keen interest in this multi-million dollar pot of funds because some portion of those funds are likely to be designated for health related research, and Penn State would be a key player we hope, in the receipt of some of those funds that would be targeted for health related research. And there could be as much as several million dollars a year for the next 20 years associated with that project. So I, and other colleagues in the Penn State administration are spending quite a bit of our time these days working on that particular issue, and we do hope and have some degree of confidence that members of the legislature will put some degree of emphasis on the research side of the picture, and that Penn State will be treated fairly in the distribution of those research funds.
I have on many occasions spoken to the Senate on my thoughts about the broad issue of intellectual property, ownership and protection for faculty members, and I have expressed my gratitude to I think, the three different Senate committees who have been working on that for a couple of years now. I believe that we are getting very close to the point where that policy can come to the Faculty Senate for your approval. I’m hopeful that that will occur at the next Senate meeting and I want to lend my strong encouragement to the passage of that document. We feel at somewhat of a disadvantage right now, and a little bit awkward that we do not have a policy in place. This is an area that is rapidly evolving, and almost certainly every couple of years we’re going to need to go back and take a look at that policy and make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest developments in technology and intellectual property. But it’s important that we move that policy that’s been drafted forward as soon as possible.
I’ve had an opportunity recently to review with Provost Erickson and the deans and others, what I consider to be a remarkable success story, and I want to take this opportunity to particularly thank those of you who represent our campuses across the state. I want to recognize and thank you for achieving what five years ago we hoped to achieve, but knew it would be tough to get there, and that’s namely the enrollment distribution pattern that has evolved at Penn State generally and particularly, as it affects our campuses. We hoped through our reorganization of the then Commonwealth Educational System, that we would move towards providing greater upper-division baccalaureate degree opportunities at our campuses, give our faculty at those campuses greater opportunities to interact with upper-division students, to meet the needs of the communities and the regions in which our various campuses find themselves, to allow students who are place-bound, who work in the communities, or for other reasons simply prefer to finish their degrees on a campus other than University Park, an opportunity to do so. And we expected our upper-division enrollments would gradually increase and that we would deploy more upper-division degrees without encroaching on the enrollments and the progress that other colleges and universities in the state wish to make, and that this would decrease the number of students competing for scarce spots on the University Park campus and allow more students whose first choice was the University Park campus to enroll here at the campus where we’ve been turning away a huge number of students. All of these things have not only turned out to have occurred but really have exceeded our expectations. The percentage of students who were transferring from a commonwealth campus to University Park five years ago, was 77 percent. This past year it was 51 percent. That is a huge shift. So we will soon be in a mode where the majority of students starting at a campus other than University Park will probably finish their degrees there, and they are doing that by choice, of course because the option still fully exists for any student to move to another campus if he or she wishes. This has been a shift of about 2,000 students over that period of time, and it’s a very positive development. It has allowed our campuses to admit very high quality freshmen students to the campuses. All of our campuses as far as I know have increased their retention rates and of course, all campuses have increased their graduation rates. This is a very small number of provisional students compared to what we once had, and enrollments have increased at I believe all of our campuses as well, with the lion’s share of that enrollment increase being at the upper-division. So it’s a very positive development all around. It just didn’t happen on its own. A lot of people did a lot of different things to bring that about, and I think it’s worth mentioning.
Just a few plugs that I would like to make before I take your questions. This spring I noticed that both at University Park and at our other campuses we have an unusually rich array of performing arts events. On this campus, productions that are being done under the sponsorship of the Center for the Performing Arts, productions of students in our theatre and musical theatre programs, concerts and recitals from our School of Music. It is a wonderful opportunity to see what’s going on, on campus, and I must admit that I try to go to as many of these things as I can and I don’t see an awful lot of our faculty there. And I don’t know if you are aware that all this is going on and I know everybody’s busy but take a look at these things. They are usually published in the Intercom. Try to get out to see some of them. Probably most of you don’t know that I play the washboard in a Dixieland jazz band. I was performing in Pittsburgh this past Saturday night, and in the same jazz venue where we were performing was one of the great trombonists in the United States who was playing there that evening on another floor. He and his manager mentioned that they are doing a tour of nine of our commonwealth campuses during the month of February. And I saw the schedule there, and it is part of a program we have, that funds performances at all of our campuses. So I encourage those of you on the campuses to get out and see talent like that as well.
I’d also like to make another plug. One thing that I try to do absolutely every weekend, either on Friday or Saturday night is stop in for at least an hour or two to attend the Late Nite Penn State events at the HUB. We’re up to about 5,000 students a weekend participating in those events. And I think in the two and a half years I’ve been doing that each weekend, I’ve seen a total of about three faculty members who have appeared. I wish that you could go out and just see what is happening and what’s evolved with the social life on campus, the programming that’s available and what it means to the students. Usually you have about six different kinds of entertainment available to them at any given time--food service and the entertainment going well into the wee hours, past the bedtime of most faculty members. But the other thing that will be happening this spring is, we will gradually be opening up as parts of it are completed, the new expanded and renovated White Building, which will be tied into the Late Nite Penn State program where 24-hours a day on the weekend, students can have fitness activities available to them and all kinds of other fun stuff, and refreshments and food service available there as well. So it’s a great thing to get out and see. And the ultimate thing that I would encourage all of you to think about seeing and I know many of you have done this once along the way, (and I wish everyone would just do it once) is to stop in at sometime during the Dance Marathon, which is coming up in couple of weeks. It starts at 7:00 p.m. on a Friday night and goes until 7:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. Go and support the students who are out there and see what goes on. The massive amount of effort that thousands of our students put into this and the product of what they do and the thousands of people who come to watch them, it’s really quite amazing. And they have been raising over $3 million a year for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center. It is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. It is something we should be very proud of and I hope we would see some faculty support for that. I should point out that many of our campuses are involved in Dance Marathon now, and have parallel programs and fund raising efforts going on at the same time. And that’s been one of the areas of the most rapid increase in support of the Dance Marathon is what we’ve been seeing on our campuses. So if you happen to be on a campus where there’s some significant associated activity, I would encourage you to lend your support as well. Okay, with those comments then I’d like to open it up for your questions and comments.
Howard G. Sachs, Penn State Harrrisburg: I’m sorry to raise it because I know this is your favorite subject, it’s a parking issue. It was brought to my attention by one of my colleagues at Harrisburg, but it concerns many of the Senators who come from campuses other than University Park who have meetings such as the Senate, the Senate committees in particular, this one was for Graduate Council meeting. They encountered some resistance parking in the parking garage closest to Kern. In fact, one of them was told to go park out by the stadium and take the bus. Well, for many of my colleagues coming up here is at least a two hour drive and a two hour drive back if you’re teaching before or after as I am today, it’s a bit of a chore. Both of these colleagues, one from Hershey, one from Harrisburg were so incensed by the reception that they got that they offered to turn around and go home rather than attend the meeting. There must be a simple solution, such as a one-day parking permit for the parking garage that would solve this issue. Because it really does make the campus up here less than inviting.
President Spanier: I’m sorry you’ve had that experience. On the one hand I should confess that when I first got involved in university administration and was asking leaders in the field nationally for advice they gave me lots of advice and said, “by the way there is only one issue you should never get involved with and that’s parking.” Once word is out that you are willing to entertain questions about parking you will be the appeal mechanism for all parking tickets. But seriously, I’m troubled by what you have to say. We should certainly do our best to welcome not only visitors to campus, but our own employees. Parking is a complex matter and if something is not working with regard to your attendance at meetings on this campus then we need to get that taken care of. What I’d like to do is to ask that any of you who have encountered parking related issues in fulfilling your university duties, send all of those complaints to George Bugyi. And then George and the members of the Faculty Advisory Committee can kind of figure out what the issues are and bring them to the next meeting with Rodney Erickson and me and we will then at that point get the parking authorities involved and try to fix whatever is wrong. But seriously, if you wouldn’t mind George, it would be helpful just for George to have that information because I mean one thing can go wrong with one person and it may just have been a mistake. But if ten people had exactly the same problem, and if ten people had the same problem on three different dates then there is a dysfunction in the system and we ought to fix it.
James E. May, DuBois Campus: Just to follow up on that. It seems that today I was told there is a policy of the local parking that those attending the Senate meeting in Kern are not allowed to park there anyway. They should come with a floating permit. So one very specific initiative might be that Senators coming from non-University Park locations for the Senate might be allowed to park on the ramp right outside Kern Building.
President Spanier: Okay, you got that, George? Other questions, besides parking? All the hands went down.
Tramble T. Turner, Penn State Abington: President Spanier you recapped a number of successes, many of them associated with the HUB, like the Late Nite program or “THON,” which indeed a lot of locations have lent their support to. Using the example of the newspaper readership program, which had great success at UP, and then I think, three years later it was indeed available in Abington and been quite a success I’m glad to say, at our location. I wonder if that might be a model for similar programs--Late Nite at HUB at other locations? Partly I’m asking whether those programs at HUB are funded out of student tuition, student affair funds but principally for programs here at UP, and if perhaps some support might be lent to similar programs at other locations?
President Spanier: Well, yes certainly that could happen. A good deal of the support for the Late Nite program actually comes from student fees that are attached to each campus. And all of those kinds of student fees go directly to the campus and can be decided on locally. Now at some of our campuses there are variations in programs. It varies a lot depending upon whether we have residential...whether it’s a residential campus or not, and the demographic profile of the students. At some of our campuses, there wouldn’t be a very strong interest in that, but at other campuses there would be. So I would be supportive of that happening anywhere at which the students themselves, and the local student affairs people thought that that would be beneficial. And I’m a great advocate of it. I’ve seen what it has done on this campus for a lot of our students. It still hasn’t reached all of our students, but for many it is a very positive development.
Brian B. Tormey, Penn State Altoona: As you were plugging your jazz thing, I thought that if you could put me in touch with your agent, I might be able to get you a really closer venue than Pittsburgh.
President Spanier: Okay, well if there were more time I’d play more often actually. It is a lot of fun.
Chair Schengrund: Are there any other questions? Seeing none, thank you.