Minutes of Senate Council (January 10, 2017)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – 1:30 p.m.

102 Kern Graduate Building

Members Present: M. Aynardi, R. Bascom, C. Eckhardt, G. Grimes, N. Jones, E. Knodt, P. Koch, B. Le, J. Myers, J. Miles, S. Nelatury, J. Nousek, N. Rowland,  E. Seymour, R. Shannon, E. Smithwick, J. Strauss, A. Taylor, M. Wilson, D. Wolfe

Guests/Others: B. Bowen, P. Brown, D. Hagen, M. Hanes, Z. Iqbal, R. Pangborn, F. Preciado, C. Lin, S. Sigurdsson, M. Whitehurst

Absent: M. Ansari, S. Geisinger, K. Jablokow, B. Szczygiel, M. Woessner


CALL TO ORDER

Chair Strauss called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in 102 Kern Graduate Building.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2016

The minutes of the November 15, 2016, meeting were approved on a Brunsden/Nousek motion with one correction.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Strauss welcomed all members and guests.

Additional announcements by Chair Strauss:

  • The Faculty Advisory Committee meeting was not held due to a conflict on President Barron’s calendar.
  • Chair Strauss announced that an FAC meeting and Senate Council meeting are scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Senators are invited to send Chair Strauss questions to ask at that meeting.

Executive Vice President and Provost Jones gave an update on several administrative position searches.  Hari M. Osofsky is the successful candidate for Dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs.  The searches for the University Budget Officer and the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College are underway.  Searches for deans of Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences will begin soon.  Holly Beaver has accepted the position of executive assistant to the provost.  Implementation of the strategic plan continues.  A series of regional forums will be held on various campuses to gather ideas on implementing the plan.

Vice Provost Blannie Bowen is seeking nominations for Penn State Laureate.  The Academic Leadership Forum scheduled for February 3.

Vice President Madlyn Hanes announced the new chancellor of Wilkes Barre, Vernon Dale Jones.  The search for the chancellor of Dubois is ongoing.

Vice President Rob Pangborn reported 60,000 applications for fall 2017 have been received to date, about 2% more than this time last year.  University Park offers are about 6% lower than last year, to adjust enrollment.  Paid accepts at other campuses are about 21% higher than last year whereas University Park paid accepts are intentionally lower.  The summer Discovery Grant program is accepting applications.  The Raise.Me program is being updated and improved.

Interim Vice Provost Renata Engel will be invited to future meetings, replacing Craig Weidemann, who has taken on other responsibilities during his phased retirement.

Marcus Whitehurst reminded councilors of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events, particularly the Evening Celebration on January 20 from 6-8 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium.

Senate officers had no comments

Executive Director Hagen announced he will retire on June 30, 2017.  The search process will be conducted by the Provost’s office.

Councilors had no questions or comments.

ACTION ITEMS:  NONE

DISCUSSION ITEMS

On behalf of Vice President Susan Basso, Gerald Henry gave a presentation on proposed restructuring of various university policies.  Counselors provided input on the process and items needing clarification for presentation to the Senate.

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes from the November 16, 2016, Graduate Council meeting and the draft minutes of the December 14, 2016, 2016 meeting are available on the Graduate School website.  Steinn Sigurdsson pointed out some key issues being discussed in Graduate Council.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR JANUARY 24, 2017

FORENSIC BUSINESS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH, Faculty Preparation for Online Teaching.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Aynardi/Eckhardt motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE, Counseling and Psychological Services for Students, This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Rowland motion.  Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY AFFAIRS, Recommendation for Standardizing Fixed Term Titles across Units.  This report was planned to be Advisory Consultative but upon Council recommendation, will first be presented as a forensic discussion at the January 24 meeting.  Chair Strauss will work with the Committee Chair Michael Berube to create questions for discussion.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chair Strauss reminded Council members that the resolution from Abington, introduced by Judy Ozment at the December 6, 2016 meeting, will be open for discussion and possible action at the January 24 meeting.

LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES, Establishment of the Standing Joint Committee for General Education Assessment.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Aynardi/Eckhardt motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES, Revisions to Senate Bylaws Article II Section 1.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Smithwick/Wolfe motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES, Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 11.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Eckhardt/Aynardi motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES, Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 12.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Eckhardt motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, Change to Senate Policy 43-00 (Syllabus).  This report was returned to committee for clarification and potential revisions.

ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID, Endowed Scholarships.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Szczygiel/Brunsden motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT, Addressing Issues of Classroom Climate and Bias in the Classroom.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Eckhardt/Brunsden motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY AFFAIRS, Recommendation for Standardizing Fixed Term Titles across Units.  This report will first be presented as a forensic discussion at the January 24 meeting.  Chair Strauss will work with the committee chair to create questions for discussion. Following input from those Jan 24th discussions, an Advisory and Consultative Report will be developed and presented in the near future.

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.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Smithwick/Aynardi motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY BENEFITS, Recommendations for Third Party Administrator (TPA) Choice for Penn State Medical and Prescription Drug Coverage.   This report was placed on the Agenda on an Aynardi/Rowland motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTRA-UNIVERSITY RELATIONS, Disciplinary Communities Revisited.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Myers/Smithwick motion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTRA-UNIVERSITY RELATIONS, Equivalence of Courses Across the University.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Aynardi/Rowland motion.

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID, Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Wolfe/Rowland motion as web only.  There will be no presentation.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID and EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT, Penn State Veterans – Historical Perspectives.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Eckhardt motion.  Five minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON CURRICULAR AFFAIRS, Update on Assessment and Accreditation.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Aynardi/Rowland motion.  Five minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

ELECTIONS COMMISSION, University Faculty Census Report 2017-2018.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Rowland motion as web only.  There will be no presentation.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL PROGRAMS, Program Goals for Global Penn State: Student Participation, Diversity, and Comparison to Peer Institutions.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Myers/Rowland motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.  The report will be presented as the first informational report at the meeting.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH, Report on the Penn State Facilities and Administration Rate.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Wolfe/Brunsden motion.  Five minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2015-2016.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Brunsden/Rowland motion as web only.  There will be no presentation.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved on a Nousek/Aynardi motion.

NEW BUSINESS: NONE

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Strauss thanked Council members for their attendance and participation.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

Daniel R. Hagen
Executive Director