Penn State Intercom......February
to add seats for
By Allison Kessler
Retired faculty members
may soon find representation in the Penn State Faculty Senate thanks
to a constitutional change approved by senators in their first meeting
of the new year on Jan. 29.
moved to add two elected retired faculty to its body, pending approval
by President Graham B. Spanier. The changes provide that one retired faculty
senator will sit on the committee on faculty affairs and the other on
the committee on faculty benefits. There are issues addressed in both
of these committees that have implications for retired faculty. The positions
were created to better serve both the retired faculty population and agenda
issues in the Senate itself.
According to the
new procedures, the senate office will obtain a list of retired faculty
members from the last 10 years who are living in Pennsylvania and contiguous
states. This list will be compared with the names of those who served
on the senate before their retirement. These former senators will be asked
whether they wish to stand for election.
will be listed on the final ballot, along with an option marked "other."
The ballot will be made available to all current and retired faculty,
thus enabling other members of the retired population to participate
in the election.
brought before the Senate included informational reports on the status
of students who change campus locations, the recruitment and retention
of women and minority faculty, and an update on classroom conditions.
were given an update on the World Campus, which completed its third
full year of operation following the 2000-01 academic year. In that
year, course enrollment rose to 5,119, with a student headcount of 2,714.
Currently, more than 150 faculty enable the World Campus to offer 188
courses and 22 certificate and degree programs.
The report showed how the World Campus is reaching new students from beyond the traditional campus environment. More than 80 percent of this student body is 24 years old and older. Unlike the majority of students who attend traditional Penn State campuses, 63 percent of World Campus students are not from Pennsylvania. Students come from all 50 states and 49 countries around the world.
his customary remarks at the onset of the meeting. He discussed the
University's financial status in the wake of a $10 million budget freeze.
"The state of
the University is excellent," Spanier said. "The deans have worked hard
internally in their budget allocations."
He added that his financial concerns rest in the upcoming appropriations hearing at the end of the month.
"We probably won't
get all that we asked for," Spanier said. "Our goal is to maintain the
quality of operations within the University while keeping tuition as low
as possible. We will continue in efforts to make sure no student is denied
a quality Penn State education."
The Faculty Senate next meets Feb. 26.