Minutes of Senate Council (June 27, 2017)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 1:30 p.m.

102 Kern Graduate Building

Members Present: M. Ansari, , V. Brunsden, C. Eckhardt, , G. Grimes, N. Jones, L. Kitko, J. Nousek, J. Plummer, L. Posey, N. Rowland, E. Smithwick, J. Strauss, M. Strickland, A. Taylor, R. Troester, M. Woessner, D. Wolfe

Absent: L. Backer, M. Berube, R. Jolly, J. Ozment, R. Shannon, R. Shugala, W. Wenner

Guests/Others:  Blasko, B. Bowen, P. Brown, R. Engel, D. Hagen, M. Hanes, Z. Iqbal, R. Pangborn, F. Preciado, M. Whitehurst


CALL TO ORDER

Chair Woessner called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in 102 Kern Graduate Building.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF April 4, 2017

The minutes of the April 4, 2017, meeting were approved on an Eckhardt/Rowland motion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Woessner welcomed new members, incoming Executive Director Dawn Blasko, and returning members.  Mohamad Ansari served as Parliamentarian in the absence of Larry Backer.

He pointed out that today’s meeting is the final Senate Council meeting for Blannie Bowen and Dan Hagen.

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

  • How the Senate can support the University, both in efforts to combat excesses in Greek life and in managing the expectations for reform.
  • Posthumous Degrees
  • Former President Spanier’s employment status with the University.
  • Potential inconsistencies in faculty search practices throughout the Penn State system.
  • The timetable for implementing the new FT titles, and communications to the faculty.
  • The idea of a Senate-University Issue Initiation Form.
  • Update Searches

Schreyer Honors College Dean
College of Engineering Dean
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Dean
College of Nursing Dean
University Budget Office
Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

  • Update

Admissions
Canvas

Chair Woessner announced that an FAC meeting and Senate Council meeting are scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.  Senate officers will visit 11 campuses in the fall. A new senator workshop will be held on Monday September 11 at 4 p.m.  Councilors should encourage new senators from their unit to attend.

Executive Vice President and Provost Jones announced Peggy Johnson has been appointed dean of the Schreyer Honors College.  Justin Schwartz has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering, pending Board approval.  Lee Kump has been appointed dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, pending Board approval.  Searches for dean of the College of Nursing and the University Budget Officer continue.  The search for the associate Vice President for Affirmative Action (currently a vice provost position) is ongoing.  An interim will be named soon.  Candidates are being interviewed for the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The admissions numbers are strong.  Adjustments are being made in LionPath, but it has now run one full annual cycle and is moving into maintenance mode.  The launch of WorkLion was delayed until December, as announced previously.  The university has responded formally to the recent Auditor General’s audit report on the university.  The response is posted on the Auditor General’s web site. There was discussion about the key findings and interpretation of information in the report.  Strategic planning implementation is going well.

Vice Provost Blannie Bowen reported Middle States Commission on Higher Education has responded positively to the recent report on assessment from the university.  He thanked all who were involved in the assessment efforts.  He pointed out the revised HR21 has been posted.  The conversion of fixed term faculty titles will be phased in as contracts expire.

Vice President Madlyn Hanes announced Kelly Austin has been appointed Associate Vice President; a search to fill Kelly’s position as chancellor of Schuylkill Campus will begin soon.  Jackie Edmondson has been appointed chancellor of Greater Allegheny.  Four more campuses have received funding for Invent Penn State.

Rob Pangborn announced a search to fill the position vacated by Jackie Edmondson will be launched soon.  Student numbers for fall are very good.  The summer enrollment at non-UP campuses was the highest ever.  In response to a question about summer enrollment of international students at UP, he stated that enrollment of international students at UP is stable; Penn State has not experienced the drop reported by many other institutions.

Marcus Whitehurst thanked all who participated in the All In Conference.  He is working on some ideas for first amendment challenges for the fall.

Renata Engel discussed the World Campus’s strategic approach to retention. Enrollment continues to grow; a 9% increase is projected for the next year.  Access and affordability remain a focus of World Campus.

Senate officers had no comments.

Executive Director Hagen thanked Council for their support during his time in the Senate and Senate office and wished everyone well.

Councilors had no comments or questions.

ACTION ITEMS:

Revisions to the Arts and Architecture Constitution were approved on an Eckhardt/Rowland motion.  The college will be notified of Council’s action.

Revisions to the Hazelton Constitution were approved on a Grimes/Eckhardt motion.  The campus will be notified of Council’s action.

Revisions to the Worthington Scranton Constitution were approved on an Ansari/Rowland motion.  The campus will be notified of Council’s action.

A P-4 proposal from Ag Sciences to close the minor in Youth and Family Education was approved by Council on an Ansari/Eckhart motion.  Vice President Rob Pangborn will be notified of Council action.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: none

REPORT OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes from the April 12 and May 3, 2017, Graduate Council meeting are available on the Graduate School website.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR September 12, 2017

A. FORENSIC BUSINESS

B. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

H. FORENSIC BUSINESS

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES. Revisions to the Bylaws, Article III, Election to the Senate, Section 7. This report was placed on the Agenda on an Eckhardt/Ansari motion.

J. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

K. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY AFFAIRS. Faculty Tenure Rates:  2016-17 Annual Report.  This report was placed on the Agenda on an Ansari/Eckhardt motion.  Fifteen minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion. The presenter is encouraged to highlight gender equity issues in the report.

SENATE COUNCIL.  Report on Spring 2017 College Visits.  This report was placed on the Agenda on a Wolfe/Grimes motion. Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Approval of the Agenda will be considered at the August 22 meeting of Senate Council.

NEW BUSINESS 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

Next meeting:  August 22, 2017

Dan Hagen
Executive Director