Minutes of Senate Council (November 15, 2016)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:30 p.m.

102 Kern Graduate Building

Members Present: Ansari, R. Bascom, C. Eckhardt, S. Geisinger, G. Grimes, K. Jablokow, E. Knodt, B. Le, J. Myers, J. Miles, S. Nelatury, J. Nousek, N. Rowland, E. Seymour, R. Shannon, A. Sharma, E. Smithwick, J. Strauss, B. Szczygiel, A. Taylor, M. Wilson, M. Woessner, D. Wolfe

Guests/Others: Bowen, P. Brown, D. Hagen, Z. Iqbal, C. Lin, J. Nichols, R. Pangborn, S. Sigurdsson,

Absent:Hanes, R. Jolly, N. Jones, F. Preciado, M. Whitehurst, C. Weidemann


CALL TO ORDER

Chair Strauss called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in 102 Kern Graduate Building.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF OCTOBER 4, 2016

The minutes of the October 4, 2016, meeting were approved on a Brunsden/Szczygiel motion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Strauss welcomed all members and special guests.

Additional announcements by Chair Strauss:

  • The November 15 Faculty Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled for November 29. The agenda for that meeting has not been finalized, so Councilors are invited to submit agenda topics to the elected committee members or any of the Senate officers.
  • Chair Strauss announced that an FAC meeting and Senate Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Executive Vice President and Provost Jones was unable to attend the meeting.

Vice Provost Bowen reported that the second search for the Dean of Penn State Law is underway.  The committee met yesterday and are hoping for success in this round.  The search committee for the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College met.  If anyone knows any interested candidates, please send them forward.

Vice President Rob Pangborn gave an update on applications for the next admissions cycle and reported that the General Education Assessment office is up and running.  Sixteen faculty fellows, nine from campuses other than University Park and seven from University Park, have been identified.

The Senate officers and the Executive Director had no comments.

There were no councilor questions or comments.

ACTION ITEMS

Revisions to the Wilkes Barre constitution were approved, with the comment that the rationale should be removed from the Constitution document. The campus will be notified.

2017-2018 Senate Calendar   On an Ansari/Aynardi motion, Senate Council voted to approve the calendar.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes from the September 14, 2016, Graduate Council meeting and the draft minutes of the October 19, 2016 meeting are available on the Graduate School website.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR DECEMBER 6, 2016

Forensic Business:  Chair Strauss pointed out the item submitted by Global Programs on November 14 and distributed to Council late that afternoon. Questions were raised about the reference to “sli.do” in the report, and it was agreed that the reference should be removed, but that the Chair should inform the Senate that use of Slido.com is being tested for this forensic report.  On an Ansari/Nousek motion the report was placed on the Agenda.  Fifteen minutes was allotted for the report and discussion. The committee will be asked to provide information about the sli.do service prior to the December 6 meeting so that Senators are prepared to use the service.

Unfinished Business:  Chair Strauss pointed out that the resolution presented by Senator K. Shapiro will be discussed as Unfinished Business at the December 6 meeting.

Legislative Reports

Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student AffairsRevisions to Senate Policy 48-40 and 48-50.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Wilson/Brunsden motion.

Committees and RulesRevisions to Senate Standing Rules Article II Section 6(o) Committee on University Planning.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Eckhardt/Wilson motion. Councilors pointed out the need for some editing of the rationale.

Advisory/Consultative Reports

Special Committee on University Governance.  Follow-Up Report and Recommendations for Improving Governance and Communications and Furthering the Academic Mission at Penn State.  This report was re-categorized as an Informational Report on a Wilson/Eckhardt motion.

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.  This re-categorized report was placed on the Agenda on an Ansari/Wilson motion.  Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid.  Articulation Agreement Review.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Grimes/Szczygiel motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid.  Scholarship Report 2015-16.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Grimes/Aynardi motion.  Five minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Curricular Affairs.  Submission of Curricular Proposals.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Ansari/Szczygiel motion. Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Educational Equity and Campus Environment.  Millennium Scholars Program.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Grimes/Geisinger motion. Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Faculty Benefits.  Third Party Administrative Services for Penn State’s Medical and Prescription Drug Plan.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Grimes/Brunsden motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Faculty Benefits.   Penn State Employee Health and Wellness Center.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Wilson motion.  Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Faculty Benefits.  Report on Childcare at Penn State University.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Wilson motion. Ten minutes was 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).  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Wilson/Szczygiel motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

New Member Reports

Undergraduate EducationNew Members Document.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Rowland motion for web-only. There will be no presentation.

University Planning.  New Members Document.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Aynardi/Brunsden motion.  There will be no presentation.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA FOR DECEMBER 6, 2016

The Agenda was approved on a Miles/Grimes motion.

NEW BUSINESS

None

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Strauss thanked Council members for their attendance and participation. The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.

Daniel R. Hagen
Executive Director