December 5, 2017 Agenda

112 Kern Graduate Building


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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

  • Senate Curriculum Report of November 14, 2017 – Appendix A
  • 2018-2019 Senate Calendar – Appendix B

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

F. COMMENTS BY THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY

SPECIAL INFORMATIONAL REPORT

Senate Committee on University Planning

  • Progress on Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan – Appendix C
    [30 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

G. FORENSIC BUSINESS

H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

  • Revision to Bylaws, Article I –  Officers, Section 1 – Appendix D
    (Introduced at October 17, 2017 meeting)

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

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

  • Updating Language on Conditionally Enrolled Students – Changes to Senate Policies 02-50; 02-80; 05-80; 05-81; 10-00; 12-00; 12-30; 12-70; 32-30; 32-40; 54-40; and 67-10 – Appendix E

Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

  • Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) – Appendix F
  • Revisions to Constitution; Article I – Functions, Section 1 – Appendix G

Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education

  • Changes to Senate Policy 42-27 Class Attendance – Appendix H

J. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

Senate Committees on Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations

  • Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Standing, Non-Tenure-line Faculty – Appendix I
  • Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Provision of Multi-Year Contracts – Appendix J

K. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

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

  • Update on Bulletins – Appendix K
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits and Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits

  • 2016-2017 Annual Report on the Status of Benefit Changes* – Appendix L

Senate Committee on Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology

  • Office 365 Email and Calendar – Appendix M
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Council

  • Penn State Strategic Communications – Appendix N
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on University Planning

  • Biennial Development and Alumni Relations Report – Appendix O
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

*No presentation of reports marked with an asterisk.

L. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

M. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

Senate Committee meeting times and locations
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