Charge for Special Senate Committee on the Implementation of LionPATH

Date: May 14, 2015

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From:  Mohamad A. Ansari, Chair, University Faculty Senate

Subject: Appointment of the Special Senate Committee on the Implementation of LionPATH

In a phased rollout between Summer 2015 and Fall 2016, Penn State will replace its current legacy student information system (ISIS) with LionPATH, Oracle’s Campus Solutions Application. In February 2014, a team of Penn State employees and Sierra-Cedar consultants began configuring the new system for Penn State.

LionPATH has as its objective to enable Penn State to improve administrative services for students, faculty, and staff on many levels, including enhanced self-service and mobile functionality. Additionally, it is meant to allow the university to streamline many of its administrative business processes as well as evaluate policies and procedures that were put in place due to constraints of the home-grown ISIS system.

The project team, in collaboration with the executive and steering committees and a faculty advisory committee, has developed recommendations that require review and consideration by the University Faculty Senate. Specifically, these recommendations have identified a number of Senate policies, which require revision for conformity to LionPATH.

To facilitate implementation of these changes that are now required by LionPATH, a Special Senate Committee on the Implementation of LionPATH is being appointed and is charged to:

  • Review recommendations from the Project LionPATH Faculty Advisory Committee (see attached);
  • Consult and maintain liaison with the University Faculty Senate Standing Committees on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid (ARSSA); Curricular Affairs (CA); and Undergraduate Education (UE);
  • Draft legislative report(s) on Senate policy revision, such as the existing policiy 34-89, which pertain to implementation of LionPATH recommendations;
  • Draft new legislative report(s) on Senate policies related to the implementation of the LionPATH recommendations, as needed;
  • Draft progress reports for review by the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE), Academic Leadership Council (ALC), Academic Council for Graduate Education (ACGE), Graduate Council, ARSSA, CA, and UE; and
  • Prior to submission to the Senate Council, forward reports for consideration and approval to the University Faculty Senate Standing Committees on Admissions, Records, and Students Aid; Curricular Affairs; and Undergraduate Education.

The Special Senate Committee on the Implementation of LionPATH is expected to:

Prepare Legislative Reports to revise the current Senate Policies for the University Faculty Senate Plenary meetings of September 15, October 27, and December 8, 2015; and

Prepare New Legislative Reports for the University Faculty Senate Plenary meeting of March 15, 2016.

Please indicate your willingness to serve on the Special Committee to Nichole Schlegel at nxl12@psu.edu by Monday, May 25, 2015. The University Faculty Senate will be in touch with you in the near future to schedule the Charge meeting for the group.

On behalf of the University Faculty Senate, I would like to thank you for your kind consideration of this request.

CC: David J. Gray
Nicholas P. Jones
Robert N. Pangborn
James A. Strauss