Appendix F

12/4/18

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

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(Shaded areas in [square brackets] reflect revisions made during the Senate meeting. )

Revision to Standing Rules; Article II – Senate Committee Structure,
Section 6(n) Committee on Undergraduate Education

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate

Introduction and Rationale

Recognizing that the Senate has a responsibility for oversight of all educational matters at the University, the Committees on Undergraduate Education and Committees and Rules agree that there is a need for a standing committee that makes recommendations and oversees policies that affect all students at Penn State, undergraduate or otherwise.  With the growth of programs that combine undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as the universality of some policies for all students, this necessitates that the purview of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education be broadened to consider all educational matters at the University.  This will require several changes to be made to the Standing Rules.  First, a name change to reflect the broader role of the committee, the addition of several members both voting and non-voting, changes in the duties of the committee that reflect its new and broader role and lastly, an update of the standing subcommittee structure.

Recommendations

We recommend the following changes be made to the Standing Rules; Article II – Senate Committee Structure, Section 6(n).

  • First, the name of the Committee should be changed to the Senate Committee on Education.
  • Second, the committee should also add one graduate student senator and the Senate representative to the Graduate Council as voting members.
  • Third, the committee add the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Deans of Dickinson Law and Penn State Law, the Vice Provost for Online Education and the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses as non-voting members to the committee. [Add] It is not intended that the committee assume the responsibilities for Graduate, Medical, Law or other faculty units the Senate has delegated authority to for education in their fields.  These members are to help the committee with policy that affects all students whether graduate or undergraduate and to provide a more global view of the University for the committee. [End Add]
  • Fourth, that the language regarding the various modes of instruction be modernized and updated to reflect the different types of instruction that all occur as part of the University’s educational mission.
  • Fifth, the requirements for liaising with other Senate committees should be updated to reflect current practice.
  • Sixth, the former Subcommittee on Academic Standards should have its functions separated into two new subcommittees, a Subcommittee on Undergraduate Petition Review and a Subcommittee on Academic Policy Review. The first of these will be devoted solely to review of undergraduate petitions and the latter will be the subcommittee for initiating recommendations regarding educational academic policies.

Revised Policy/Policies (when applicable)

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

(n) Committee on [Delete] Undergraduate [End Delete] Education

  1. Membership:

(i) At least [Delete] twelve [End Delete] [Add] sixteen [End Add] elected faculty senators, [Add] at least one of which must be graduate faculty [End Add] 

(ii) Two undergraduate student senators

[Add] (iii) One graduate student senator [End Add] 

(iii)(iv) Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, University Park Undergraduate Association

(iv)(v) Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education [Add] or their designee [End Add] *

(v)(vi) Executive Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies [Add] or their designee [End Add] *

(vi)(vii) Dean of the Schreyer Honors College [Add]  or their designee*

(viii) Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School or their designee*

(ix) Dean of the College of Medicine or their designee*

(x) Dean of Dickinson Law School or their designee*

(xi) Dean of Penn State Law or their designee*

(xii) Vice Provost for Online Education or their designee*

(xiii) Senate representative to the Graduate Council

(xiv) Vice President for the Commonwealth Campuses or their designee* [End Add] 

  1. Selection: By the Committee on Committees and Rules
  2. Duties: The Committee on [Delete] Undergraduate [End Delete] Education shall make recommendations on policies relating to all [Delete] undergraduate [End Delete] instruction offered for credit by all delivery systems including Resident Instruction, [Add] Hybrid Instruction, Online Instruction, [End Add] Continuing [Delete] and Distance  [End Delete] Education, and Independent Learning. [Add] Furthermore, the Committee oversees activities related to advising. The Committee [End Add] [Delete] It [End Delete] shall serve as an advisory body to the University Faculty Senate on matters that may affect the attainment of the University’s [Add] educational mission [End Add] [Delete] undergraduate instruction and research objectives by all methods of delivery including all University services aiding teaching and learning including but not limited to the Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Schreyer Honors College, the Academic Assistance Program, the Instructional Development Program, and other student advising programs. [End Delete] It shall be the Senate’s review body for the academic standards in all areas of [Delete] undergraduate instruction [End Delete] [Add] education [End Add] including all proficiency and placement tests offered by the University. It shall make recommendations to Senate Council on the establishment, reorganization, or discontinuation of organizational units and areas [Add] of the University’s educational mission [End Add] [Delete] in undergraduate education[End Delete] The [Delete] committee [End Delete] [Add] Committee [End Add] shall maintain liaison with [Add] other Senate Committees (including, but not limited to, ARSSA, Curricular Affairs, [End Add] the Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology Committee, [Add] and Student Life [End Add]. Liaison will also be maintained with the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Schreyer Honors College[Add] the Undergraduate Advising Council [End Add] and the University [Add] Academic Measures Committee [End Add] [Delete] Committee on Testing and Assessment. [End Delete] It shall be the University Faculty Senate advisory body to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, [Add] the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, the Deans of the Penn State College of Medicine, Dickinson Law, and Penn State Law [End Add].
  3. Standing Subcommittees: The membership of the subcommittees shall include at least five members and shall be designated by the [Delete] Undergraduate [End Delete] Education Committee with a majority of the members of the subcommittees also holding membership on the parent committee.

(i) Subcommittee on [Add] Undergraduate Petition Review [End Add] [Delete] Academic Standards  [End Delete] 

The subcommittee, chaired by the Vice Chair of the parent committee, and including appropriate resource personnel, shall have responsibility for the Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students (except for Academic Admissions Policy) [Add] as related to petitions. [End Add] [Delete] and shall make recommendations to the parent committee for transmittal to the Senate for changes in the Policies. [End Delete] Unless otherwise specified in the Policies, the subcommittee together with the Executive Director of the Senate shall serve as the final review board for petitions for exceptions to the Policies. It shall make recommendations to the administration on the procedures necessary for policy implementation.

[Add] (ii) Subcommittee on Academic Policy Review

The subcommittee shall make recommendations to the parent committee for transmittal to the Senate for changes in educational policies. [End Add]

  1. Mandated reports: none. The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall send its Informational Reports to the Senate Council.

*nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies


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(n) Committee on Education

  1. Membership:

(i) At least sixteen elected faculty senators, at least one of which must be graduate faculty

(ii) Two undergraduate student senators

(iii) One graduate student senator

(iv) Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, University Park Undergraduate Association

(v) Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education or their designee*

(vi) Executive Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies or their designee*

(vii) Dean of the Schreyer Honors College or their designee*

(viii) Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School or their designee*

(ix) Dean of the College of Medicine or their designee*

(x) Dean of Dickinson Law School or their designee*

(xi) Dean of Penn State Law or their designee*

(xii) Vice Provost for Online Education or their designee*

(xiii) Senate representative to the Graduate Council

(xiv) Vice President for the Commonwealth Campuses or their designee*

  1. Selection: By the Committee on Committees and Rules
  2. Duties: The Committee on Education shall make recommendations on policies relating to all instruction offered for credit by all delivery systems including Resident Instruction, Hybrid Instruction, Online Instruction, Continuing Education, and Independent Learning. Furthermore, the Committee oversees activities related to advising. The Committee shall serve as an advisory body to the University Faculty Senate on matters that may affect the attainment of the University’s educational mission. It shall be the Senate’s review body for the academic standards in all areas of education including all proficiency and placement tests offered by the University. It shall make recommendations to Senate Council on the establishment, reorganization, or discontinuation of organizational units and areas of the University’s educational mission. The Committee shall maintain liaison with other Senate Committees (including, but not limited to, ARSSA, Curricular Affairs, the Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology Committee, and Student Life). Liaison will also be maintained with the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Schreyer Honors College, the Undergraduate Advising Council and the University Academic Measures Committee. It shall be the University Faculty Senate advisory body to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, the Deans of the Penn State College of Medicine, Dickinson Law, and Penn State Law.
  3. Standing Subcommittees: The membership of the subcommittees shall include at least five members and shall be designated by the Education Committee with a majority of the members of the subcommittees also holding membership on the parent committee.

(i) Subcommittee on Undergraduate Petition Review

The subcommittee, chaired by the Vice Chair of the parent committee, and including appropriate resource personnel, shall have responsibility for the Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students (except for Academic Admissions Policy) as related to petitions.  Unless otherwise specified in the Policies, the subcommittee together with the Executive Director of the Senate shall serve as the final review board for petitions for exceptions to the Policies. It shall make recommendations to the administration on the procedures necessary for policy implementation.

(ii) Subcommittee on Academic Policy Review

The subcommittee shall make recommendations to the parent committee for transmittal to the Senate for changes in educational policies.

  1. Mandated reports: none. The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall send its Informational Reports to the Senate Council.

*nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Johnathan Abel
  • Michael Bérubé
  • Renee Borromeo
  • Victor Brunsden (Vice Chair)
  • Ann Clements
  • Beth King
  • Binh Le
  • Richard Robinett
  • Keith Shapiro (Chair)
  • Ann Taylor
  • Rodney Troester
  • Matthew Woessner