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April 24, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Mark Dambly, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Two Unfinished Business items, Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1 and Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c), Legislative Reports introduced by Committees and Rules at the March 13 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider six Legislative Reports:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Aligning Policies to Promote Student Academic Recovery and Success: Changes to Policies 47-80 Repeating Courses; 51-50 Cumulative Grade Point Average; 54-00 Academic Progress; 54-20 Academic Warning; 54-40 Academic Suspension; 54-50 Academic Dismissal; 54-90 Academic Renewal; 58-20 Persons to Whom Policy is Applicable; 58-50 Conditions for Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate; New Policies: 51-70 Recovery Points; 58-80 Re-enrollment From Warning, Suspension, and Dismissal; Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Standing Rules; Article I, Section 12 & Article II, Sections 1 and 6; and Revision to Standing Rules; Article II – Curricular Affairs, Section 6-c.

Three additional reports from Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 1, Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Senate Council, Section 3, Revisions to Bylaws; Article X – Amendments will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the September 18, 2018 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on five Advisory/Consultative Reports, Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students from Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid and Educational Equity and Campus Environment; Recommendation for Standardized Support for Senate Officers from Committees and Rules; Revision of AC-80 “Private Consulting Practice” from Faculty Affairs; Retiring AC-24 “Professional Dual Titles for Research Rank Faculty” and Revision to AC-21 “Definition of Academic Ranks” from Faculty Affairs and Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s The Red Folder Initiative; Outreach’s Penn State World Campus; and Senate Council’s Annual Report from the Dean of the Graduate School.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the High School Students Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses; Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s Inclusion of the All-In Video & World-In-Conversation in Classroom Settings; Faculty Benefits’ International Emergency Medical Insurance and 2018 Report on Faculty Salaries in 2016-2017; Global Programs’ Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University;  Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity’s Course Buyout Policies; and Report of Senate Elections.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


March 13, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the 2017-2018 Operating Budget

An Unfinished Business item, Revisions to Bylaws; Article IV – Committees, Section 6, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the January 23 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports:  Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1 and Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the April 24, 2018 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on four Advisory/Consultative Reports that include:  Faculty Benefits’ Recreational Facilities Memberships for Faculty at University Park; Global Programs’ Global Citizenship and Global Competency; Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity’s Proposed Revisions to Penn State Policy RP06, Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests (formerly RA 20); and University Planning’s Dissolution of the Facilities Planning Advisory Board.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Committees and Rules’ Nominating Report for 2018-2019; Senate Council’s Nominating Committee Report 2018-2019; Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates; Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations’ Promotion to the Rank of Professor; Faculty Benefits’ WorkLion Update 2018; and Intra-University Relations’ Interim report on implementation of AC21.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Elections Commission’s Roster of Senators by Voting Units for 2018-2019; Faculty Benefits’ Childcare at The Pennsylvania State University; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Technologies at Penn State: Current Projects, Partnerships with Penn State IT, and Additional Opportunities.

The revised 2018-2019 Senate Calendar is provided as a communication to the Senate.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


January 23, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Two Unfinished Business items, Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) and Revisions to Constitution; Article I – Functions, Section 1, Legislative Reports introduced by Committees and Rules at the December 5 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports:  Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article IV – Committees, Section 6 will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the March 13, 2018 Senate meeting; and Curricular Affairs’ Guidelines for Academic Program Information Appearing in the University Bulletin.

The Senate will vote on one Advisory/Consultative Reports from Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity entitled Proposed Changes to Penn State Policy SY 45, Use of Unmanned Aircraft (“UA”).

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Update on LionPATH Implementation; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s PSU Libraries Collection Budget Report, 2017.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program;  Elections Commission’s University Faculty Census Report 2018-2019; and Undergraduate Education’s  Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2016-2017.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


December 5, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron.  Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the Progress on Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan.

An Unfinished Business item, Revision to Bylaws, Article I -Officers, Section 1, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the October 17 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider four Legislative Reports:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Updating Language on Conditionally Enrolled Students – Changes to Senate Policies 02-50; 02-80; 05-80; 05-81; 10-00; 12-00; 12-30; 12-70; 32-30; 32-40; 54-40; and 67-10; Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the January 23, 2018 Senate meeting; and Revisions to Constitution; Article I – Functions, Section 1; and Undergraduate Education’s Changes to Senate Policy 42-27 Class Attendance.

The Senate will vote on two Advisory/Consultative Reports from Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations:  Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks Standing, Non-Tenure-line Faculty and Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Provision of Multi-Year Contracts.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Update on Bulletins; Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Office 365 Email and Calendar; Senate Council’s Penn State Strategic Communications; and University Planning’s Biennial Development and Alumni Relations Report.

An Informational Report from Faculty Benefits and Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits, 2016-2017 Annual Report on the Status of Benefit Changes, is available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


October 17, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Senate will consider three Legislative Reports:  Revision of the Bylaws, Article III Election to the Senate, Section 7; Update Senate Policies to Replace/Remove eLion/ISIS; and Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1, will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the December 5, 2017 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on three Advisory/Consultative Reports:  The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan; Endorsement of Deferred Rush for Fraternities and Sororities; and Dissolution of the Facilities Planning Advisory Board.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: 2018 Medical and Prescription Drug Plan; Penn State University Press; 2016-2017 University Faculty Ombudsperson Report; and Overview of the Facilities and Administrative Rate Distribution by Colleges, Administrative Units, and Commonwealth Campuses.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu

September 12, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron.

An Unfinished Business item, Revision of the Bylaws, Article I (Officers) Section, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the April 25 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports from Committees and Rules: Revisions to Senate Standing Rules; Article III – Other Functions of the Senate, Section 11 and Revision of the Bylaws, Article III Election to the Senate, Section 7, will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the October 17, 2017 Senate meeting.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include Senate Council’s Report on Spring 2017 College Visits; Faculty Affairs’ Faculty Tenure Rates: 2016-17 Annual Report; Faculty Rights and Responsibilities’ Annual Report for 2016-2017; and Intercollegiate Athletics’ Annual Report of Academic Eligibility and Athletic Scholarships for 2016-2017.

Former Senate Chair and Professor Emeritus, Social Studies Education, Murry Nelson, will address the Senate regarding the potential removal of Rec Hall as a faculty/staff facility.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu

 


April 25, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Senate will receive the results of the 2017-2018 Senate elections for three Senate-related committees. Rosemary Jolly was elected to the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President. The meeting also includes the seating of the new officers, Chair-elect Michael Bérubé, and Secretary Ann Taylor and comments by outgoing Chair James Strauss and incoming Chair Matthew Woessner.

The Senate will announce the recipients of the John W. White Graduate Fellowship.  The fellowships are awarded annually by the Senate to students who are graduating with highest distinction and who plan to enroll in graduate study.

The Senate will consider eleven Legislative Reports: Revisions to Senate Policy 34-68, and Revisions to Senate Policy 06-20 Articulation Agreements, from Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid (ARSSA); six reports from Committees and Rules: Revisions to the Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(f) Committee on Faculty Benefits; Revision of the Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(b), Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid; Changes to the Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(c), Committee on Curricular Affairs; Revisions to the Standing Rules, Article 1 Rules of Procedure (New Section 7, Service Terms for Faculty Senate Board of Trustee Committee Membership); and Revision of the Standing Rules, Article II (Senate Committee Structure), Section 6(i) Committee on Research;  Revisions to Senate Policy 59-10 Requirements for Minors, from Curricular Affairs, Undergraduate Education, and ARSSA; Modification of University Faculty Senate Policy 43-00 Syllabus to Include Report Bias Website, from Educational Equity and Campus Environment; and Curricular and co-Curricular Learning Pathways to Promote the Well-Being and Safety of First-Year Undergraduate Students, from the Joint Special Committee on First Year Students’ Well-Being and Safety. Revision of the Bylaws, Article I (Officers) Section 1, will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the September 12, 2017 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on four Advisory/Consultative Reports: Curricular and Co-Curricular Learning Pathways to Promote the Well-Being and Safety of First-Year Undergraduate Students, from the Joint Special Committee on First-Year Students’ Well-Being and Safety ; Library Space Planning, from Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology; Report on Grade Distribution, from Undergraduate Education; and Course and Classroom Scheduling Recommendations, from University Planning.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include Faculty Benefits’ 2018 Medical and Prescription Drug Plan Design and Cost Sharing, and 2016–2017 Report on Faculty Salaries; Global Programs’ Travel Safety Network; and Outreach’s Penn State Cooperative Extension.  Four informational reports are available online but will not be presented at the meeting:  ARSSA’s Annual Report on the High School Students Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses, and Priority Enrollment; Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity’s New Members Document; and the Report of Senate Elections.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu

 


March 14, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Forensic business items include Faculty roles in Educational Equity, led by Robert Loeb, Chair of Educational Equity and Campus Environment (EECE); WorkLion: Development and Implementation Plan, led by Renee Borromeo, Chair of Faculty Benefits; and Penn State Adult Learners, led by Elizabeth Seymour, Chair of Outreach.

An Unfinished Business item, Revisions to Senate Bylaws Article II Section 1, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the January 24 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider three newly submitted Legislative Reports: Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article II Section 6(k) Committee on Outreach, from Committees and Rules; and two reports from Undergraduate Education: Change to Senate Policy 43-00 (Syllabus), and Change to Senate Policy 43-70 Online Student Progress Report.

The Senate will vote on three Advisory/Consultative Reports: Revision of AD 84 Preferred Name and Gender Identity Policy, from EECE; Proposed Revision to HR21 Recommendation for Standardizing Titles for Nontenured Faculty across Units, from Faculty Affairs; and Office of Educational Equity Middle and High School Pre–College Programs TRIO Upward Bound, Upward Bound Migrant, Upward Bound Math and Science, and Talent Search, from Outreach and EECE.

The Senate will receive nominations for three 2017-2018 extra-senatorial standing committees (Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, Standing Joint Committee on Tenure, and University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee) and nominations for Senate Chair-Elect, Secretary, and the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Senate; senators making nominations from the floor must have the permission of the person they are nominating.

Informational Reports to be presented include EECE’s CLGBTQE Commission Reads; Faculty Affairs’ Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE) Evaluations: Effective Use of SRTE Data; Outreach’s Online Education at Penn State; Senate Council’s Policy Harmonization, presented by Vice President Susan Basso;  and two reports from University Planning:  All Gender Restrooms at The Pennsylvania State University Status Report, and OPP Report: Connecting Operations with Students, Faculty, and Researchers.  Three Informational Reports are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.  They are:  Committee and Rules’ New Member Information; the Election Commission’s Roster of Senators by Voting Units for 2017-2018; Faculty Rights and Responsibilities’, Annual Report for 2015-2016; Libraries, Information Science, and Technology’s PSU Libraries Collection Budget Report, 2016.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu


January 24, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Forensic business items include a review of the Faculty Affairs’ Recommendation for Standardizing Fixed- Term Titles across Units, led by Michael Bérubé, Chair of Faculty Affairs; review of Faculty Preparation for Online Teaching, led by Elizabeth Seymour, Chair of Outreach; and a review of Counseling and Psychological Services for Students, presented by Benjamin Locke, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, with Forensic discussion questions led by Alex Shockley, Co-Chair of Student Life.

One Unfinished Business item, a Resolution from the Penn State Abington Faculty, submitted on their behalf by Senator Judy Ozment at the December 6 meeting, will be discussed.

The Senate will vote on three Legislative Reports submitted by Committees and Rules: Establishment of the Standing Joint Committee for General Education Assessment, Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 11, and Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 12. A fourth Legislative Report from Committees and Rules, Revisions to Senate Bylaws Article II Section 1, will be discussed but voting on this report will occur at the March 14 meeting, per Senate Bylaws.

The Senate will vote on six Advisory/Consultative Reports: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Endowed Scholarships, Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s Addressing Issues of Classroom Climate and Bias in the Classroom; Faculty Benefits’ The Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits, the Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits, and the Health Care Advisory Committee: Coordination of Duties, and Recommendations for Third Party Administrator (TPA) Choice for Penn State Medical and Prescription Drug Coverage; and two reports from Intra-University Relations: Disciplinary Communities Revisited, and Equivalence of Courses Across the University.

Informational Reports to be presented include Global Programs’ Program Goals for Global Penn State; Student Participation, Diversity, and Comparison to Peer Institutions; a report on from Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid, and Educational Equity and Campus Environment: Penn State Veterans – Historical Perspectives; Curricular Affairs’ Update on Assessment and Accreditation; and Research’s Report on the Penn State Facilities and Administration Rate.  Three Informational Reports are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.  They are:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program; the Election Commission’s University Faculty Census Report 2017-2018; and Undergraduate Education’s Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2015-2016.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu


December 6, 2016

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Ira Lubert, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President Eric Barron, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Forensic business items include Embedded Study Abroad Programs, led by Global Programs, and AD88, led by Michael Bérubé, Chair of Faculty Affairs.

LionPATH Resolution, submitted by Senator Keith Shapiro at the October 18 meeting, will be discussed.

The Senate will vote on two Legislative Reports: Revisions to Senate Policy 48-40 and 48-50, and Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article II Section 6(o) Committee on University Planning.

The Special Committee on University Governance will present Follow-Up Report and Recommendations for Improving Governance and Communications and Furthering the Academic Mission at Penn State.  Other informational reports to be presented include Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Articulation Agreement Review, and Scholarship Report 2015-16, Curricular Affairs’ Submission of Curricular Proposals, and Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s Millennium Scholars Program.  Faculty Benefits will present three reports: Third Party Administrative Services for Penn State’s Medical and Prescription Drug Plan, Penn State Employee Health and Wellness Center, and Report on Childcare at Penn State University.  Research will present Drug Testing Program for Penn State’s Defense Related Research Units, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and Electro-Optics Center (EOC).  Informational Reports for new committee members, submitted by Undergraduate Education and University Planning, respectively, are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu


 October 18, 2016

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron.  Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the 2016-17 Operating Budget.

Forensic business items include:  A presentation by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, sponsored by Educational Equity and Campus Environment, and Student Presentations by the Presidents of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) and the Council of Commonwealth Student Government (CCSG), sponsored by Student Life.

The Senate will vote on four Legislative Reports: Establishment of the Standing Joint Committee for General Education Assessment; Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article II Section 6 Committee on Research’ Change to Senate Policy 43-00 (Syllabus); and one Advisory/Consultative Report, Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy.

Additional Informational reports to be presented include Faculty Benefits’ Health Plan Options for 2017: PPO Blue and PPO Savings; and Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid’s Admissions Processes, and Raise.me Scholarships.  Committees and Rules’ will present a Confirmation of Voting Rights for Fixed Term Faculty in Senate Elections, Intercollegiate Athletics’ an Annual Report of Academic Eligibility and Athletic Scholarships for 2015-2016; and JCIB and Faculty Benefits will present the 2015-2016 Annual Report on the Status of Benefit Changes.  Finally, Outreach Committee will sponsor a presentation on the ECoS Science-U Program.

Informational Reports for new committee members, submitted by nine of the fifteen standing committees, are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu


September 6, 2016

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Eric Barron, President, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Forensic business items include:  A Student Diversity Panel, sponsored by Educational Equity and Campus Environment; Changes in the Smoking Policy:  A Tobacco-free University, sponsored by Faculty Benefits and Student Life; Starfish Demonstration, sponsored by Undergraduate Education and Proposed Changes to HR80, submitted by Senator Larry Backer.

The Senate will vote on revisions to Senate Policy 54-10 Good Standing and 54-20: Academic Warning.

Informational reports to be presented at the meeting include Senate Council’s Report on Spring 2016 College Visits and University Planning’s Faculty Senate Construction Report.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

James A. Strauss
Chair, University Faculty Senate
jas43@psu.edu