Appendix D

9/15/15

Memo

To: Dr. Mohamad Ansari, Chair, Faculty Senate

From: Michael Büsges, Enterprise Project Director

Date: August 18, 2015

Re: September 15 LionPATH Update to the Full Academic Senate


The LionPATH Update to the full Faculty Senate on August 15 will cover the following topics:

  • Review of the time line and critical milestones throughout the academic year 2015-2016, particularly as it pertains to faculty interaction with and transition to Lion PATH
  • Representative screenshots of the Lion PATH faculty self-service pages, mobile app, and student registration interface
  • Summary of policy changes recommended by the special LionPATH Faculty Senate Committee, including:
    • Recommendation to pilot and implement pre-requisite checking
  • Impact of LionPATH on switching from course suffixes to course attributes
  • Discussion of new vocabulary in LionPATH, its visibility to students and faculty, and cost estimate to customize and maintain Penn State vernacular throughout the new system

cc: David Babb, Bob Kubat, Karen Duncan


Project LionPATH

Michael Büsges, Enterprise Project Director
David Babb, Assistant Professor/Research Associate, Department of Meteorology
Robert A. Kubat, University Registrar

Faculty Senate
Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Review of the time line and critical milestones throughout the academic year 2015-2016, particularly as it pertains to faculty interaction with and transition to Lion PATH

Project Launch: February 2014

Admissions: August 2015

Catalog & Schedule: September 2015 (we are here)

Financial Aid: January 2016

Degree Audit: February 2016

Registration: March 2016

Student Billing: June 2016

Grades, Transcripts & Advising: September 2016


Special Senate Committee on the Implementation of LionPATH

Senate policies currently undergoing review:

  • Policy 34-60: Prerequisites (before the Senate)
  • Policy 37-30: Entrance/Change Major (final approval)
  • Policy 34-89: Course Drop (out for consultation)
  • Policy 34-87: Course Add (out for consultation)
  • Policy 47-80: Repeating Courses (out for consultation)
  • Policy 58-60: Academic Renewal (draft stage)

    Prerequisite Checking and Course Suffixes and Attributes

    Prerequisite checking

    • Four subjects/disciplines identified as early adapters to implement for fall 2016 preregistration — IST, Math, Meteorology, Nursing
    • Long term strategy: Two-tiered system of prerequisites— “hard” enforced prerequisites and “soft” non-enforced prerequisites; timeline TBD

    Course Suffixes and Attributes

    • LionPATH is using course attributes and topics to reduce the dependency on course suffixes
      • Course Attributes
        • General Education
        • Bachelor of Arts requirements
        • Honors
      • Topics
        • Can be used to identify different foci of a course (i.e. Special Topics)

Student Center

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Representative screenshots of the Lion PATH faculty self-service pages, mobile app, and student registration interface.


Faculty Center

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Summary of policy changes recommended by the special LionPATH Faculty Senate Committee, including:Recommendation to pilot and implement pre-requisite checking.