Minutes of Senate Council (August 22, 2017)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 1:30 p.m.

102 Kern Graduate Building

Members Present: Ansari, M. Bérubé, C. Eckhardt, G. Grimes, R. Jolly, N. Jones, L. Kitko, J. Nousek, J. Ozment, L. Posey, N. Rowland, R. Shannon, J. Strauss, A. Taylor, R. Troester, W. Wenner, M. Woessner, D. Wolfe

Guests/Others:  Bieschke, D. Blasko, P. Brown, M. Hanes, R. Pangborn, R. Engel, M. Whitehurst.

Absent: L. Backer, J. Plummer, E. Smithwick, V. Brundsen, M. Strickland


CALL TO ORDER

Chair Woessner called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in 102 Kern Graduate Building.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF June 27, 2017

The minutes of the June 27, 2017, meeting were approved unanimously.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Woessner welcomed all new and continuing members and special guests.

The following topics were discussed at the Faculty Advisory Committee meeting:

  • Discuss the new organization and vision for the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs.
  • How will the 5 year Capital Plan, under consideration by the BOT, work within the Education and General Budget structure?
  • Discuss the application of HR 13 (faculty search procedures)
  • Get clarification on how the on criteria for fixed term promotion qualifications are established under HR-21.”
  • Update on the progress of standardizing title for Non-tenure-line Faculty across Units.
  • Where does the University-Toll brothers situation lie in terms of the sale.
  • How one might better convey the limitations the university faces and the options it has in relation to fraternity illegalities related to hazing, substance abuse and sexual misconduct. Are there options for alliances between universities in ousting a fraternity, for example? Is Greek life worth the toll it takes on its own?
  • Smoke-Free Campus
  • Greek Life
  • Update Searches

College of Nursing Dean
University Budget Office
Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action

  • Update

Admissions
Canvas
LionPath
WorkLion

Chair Woessner announced that an FAC meeting and Senate Council meeting are scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Please submit topics to the Senate Officers, the Senate office or to FAC members by October 1st.

Murry Nelson, former Senate Chair and Professor Emeritus of Social Studies Education, has requested ten minutes to address the Senate regarding the potential removal of Rec Hall as a faculty/staff facility. Chair Woessner has approved the request.

Provost Jones gave an update on successful searches such as the appointment of Kathy Bieschke, as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and University Budget officer Mary Lou Ortize. Searches continues for two Assistant Vice Provosts for Faculty Affairs. The search of a Dean of Nursing and the Search for Associate Vice President of Affirmative action continues.

Work Day will be active on December 10, 2017. Those with Monthly payroll will see their first payroll through work day on January 31st.

The restructuring of the Office of Planning and Assessment has brought responsibility for Accreditation to that office.

Angel is now turned off and Canvas is turned on. Course Leaf software has been selected as the software to create and maintain the on-line course and program bulletin for the university.

Units are reviewing their practices for promotion in light of the new fixed term legislation. To help create fixed term promotion committees some units are promoting their best faculty directly to the rank of Professor of Teaching.

Kathleen Bieschke introduced herself and discussed the restructuring of her office.

Madlyn Hanes, Vice President of the Commonwealth Campuses and Executive Chancellor announced that Kelly Austin is now the Associate Vice President for Administration.

Rob Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Enrollment is good; by design, there are 500 fewer paid accepts at University Park than last year. Referrals are up at the campuses. Students can now use tax returns from the previous year for FAFSA which makes it possible to send one letter with the complete financial aid package.

Marcus Whitehurst, Vice Provost for Educational Equity announced a number of events, include Sunday 8-3-17, All In kickoff in the HUB. April 14th 50 year anniversary of Dr. Kings visit to campus.

There was a brief discussion of President Barron’s letter to the community about Richard Spencer not being welcome to be a speaker at Penn State.

Renata Engel, Interim Vice Provost for Online Education announced that summer course availability will be enhanced with some on-line courses offered at a lower tuition.

The task force on Access and Affordability has focused on developing web-based modules for financial literacy and wellness. There is significant online growth in Graduate programs.

Comments by the Senate Officers

None

Comments by the Executive Director Blasko

None

Comments by the Councilor Comments

None

ACTION ITEMS

There are no Action items

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Chair Woessner introduced Sandra Barbour, Athletic Director who gave an overview of Intercollegiate Athletics and their Strategic Plan.

REPORT OF GRADUATE COUNCIL

Graduate Council will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SENATE AGENDA ITEMS FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

FORENSIC BUSINESS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

FORENSIC REPORTS

LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Committees and Rules – Revisions to Senate Standing Rules; Article III – Other Functions of the Senate, Section 11.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Jolly/Ozment motion. Council recommended that the second sentence be removed and the word ‘also’. The report was approved pending those changes by CC&R.

         ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities – Annual Report for 2016-2017.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Shannon/Grimes motion. Past FR&R Chair Blasko will stand for questions.  Five minutes was allocated for discussion.

Intercollegiate Athletics – Annual Report of Academic Eligibility and Athletic

Scholarships for 2016-2017.   This report was placed on the Agenda on a Rowland/Eckhardt motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

            NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Woessner thanked Council members for their attendance and participation.  The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

Dawn G. Blasko,
Executive Director