January 24, 2017 Agenda

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 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 January 10, 2017 – Appendix A

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

Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs

  • Recommendation for Standardizing Fixed Term Titles across Units – Appendix B
    [20 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Outreach

  • Faculty Preparation for Online Teaching – Appendix C
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Student Life

  • Counseling and Psychological Services for Students – Appendix D
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
(Motion to be voted on at the January 24, 2017 meeting)

  • Abington Resolution – Appendix E
    (Introduced by Judy Ozment at the December 6, 2016 meeting)

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

  • Establishment of the Standing Joint Committee for General Education Assessment – Appendix F
  • Revision to Senate Bylaws Article II Section 1 – Appendix G
  • Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 11 – Appendix H
  • Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 12 – Appendix I

J. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

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

Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment

Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits

    • The Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits, the Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits, and the Health Care Advisory Committee: Coordination of Duties – Appendix L
      President’s Response (PDF)

Senate Committee on Intra-University Relations

K. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

Special Committee on Global Programs

  • Program Goals for Global Penn State; Student Participation, Diversity, and Comparison to Peer Institutions – Appendix P
    [20 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

  • Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program* – Appendix Q

Senate Committees on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid and Educational Equity and Campus Environment

  • Penn State Veterans – Historical Perspectives – Appendix R
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs

  • Update on Assessment and Accreditation – Appendix S
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Elections Commission

  • University Faculty Census Report 2017-2018* – Appendix T

Senate Committee on Research

  • Report on the Penn State Facilities and Administration Rate – Appendix U
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education

  • Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2015-2016* – Appendix V

*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, March 14, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

Senate Committees meeting times and locations
Commonwealth Caucus Agenda

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