December 6, 2016 Agenda

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 1:30 p.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building


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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

  • Senate Curriculum Report of November 15, 2016 – Appendix A
  • 2017-2018 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

G. FORENSIC BUSINESS

Global Programs

  • Embedded Study Abroad Courses:  planning, resources, challenges, implementation – Appendix C
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Faculty Affairs

AD88

The following questions will be addressed:

  1. How are faculty to understand, and act on, tensions between the ideals of “academic freedom and freedom of expression” and the need to “maintain a respectful workplace and educational environment”?
  1. How can faculty anticipate, and seek to mediate, tensions between the ideals of “academic freedom and freedom of expression” and the need to maintain a respectful “educational environment” in the classroom?

[15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
(Motion to be voted on at the December 6, 2016 meeting)

  • LionPATH Resolution – Appendix D
    (Keith Shapiro, Arts and Architecture)

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid and Undergraduate Education

  • Revisions to Senate Policy 48-40 and 48-50 – Appendix E

Committee on Committees and Rules

  • Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article II Section 6(o) Committee on University Planning – Appendix F

J. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

K. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

Special Committee on University Governance

  • Follow-Up Report and Recommendations for Improving Governance and Communications and Furthering the Academic Mission at Penn State – Appendix G
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Student Aid

  • Articulation Agreement Review – Appendix H
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Scholarship Report 2015-2016 – Appendix I
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Curricular Affairs

  • Submission of Curricular Proposals – Appendix J
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Educational Equity and Campus Environment

  • Millennium Scholars Program – Appendix K
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Faculty Benefits

  • Third Party Administrative Services for Penn State’s Medical and Prescription Drug Plan – Appendix L
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Penn State Employee Health and Wellness Center – Appendix M
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Report on Childcare at Penn State University – Appendix N
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Research

  • Drug Testing Program for Penn State’s Defense Related Research Units, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and Electro-Optics Center (EOC) – Appendix O
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

New Member Reports

*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 24, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

Senate Committees meeting times and locations
Commonwealth Caucus Agenda

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