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Attendance:
Bruce Babcock, Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, William Cantor, Mark Casteel, Kristin Cole, Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Joe Downing, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Barbara Eshbach, Robert Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Charles Gaston, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Michael Jarrett, Edward Jenkins, Ali Kara, Orsay Kucukemiroglu, Andy Landis, Fulgentius Lugemwa, Michael Marcus, Catherine Moon, Josie Moore, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Jennifer Nesbitt, Larry Newcomer, Duke Sarafian, Samir Shah, Javed Siddique, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Joan Smeltzer, Jean Marie St. Clair-Christman, Stuart Stelly, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Jane Sutton, David Van de Streek, Emily Wenk, Dixie Winters, Anne Vardo-Zalik, James Ziegler, Jane Emery, Jeff Warner, Patrick Tanner, Andrew Caldwell, Holly Gumke, Joe McCormick, Sue Ruch, Suzanne Shaffer, Shaun Turner, Anna Robuccio, Lisa Plowfield, and Adam Chlan.

  1. Meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m.
  2. Minutes from the April 21, 2011, meeting
    1. Minutes were approved as corrected.
  3. Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcement from the office of Chancellor: Dr. Lisa Plowfield
      1. The Core Council letter for our campus has not arrived.
      2. Penn State York's ten-year enrollment history demonstrates a continuing decline. The most recent enrollment numbers provided by Frank Miller indicate a loss of 180 students by headcount. When compared to other Commonwealth Campuses, the majority have also declined this fall; Penn State York, however, has had a greater decline than other campuses when examining headcount and percentages.
      3. She asked the faculty to focus on student enrollment and use their talent and expertise to increase the enrollment at our campus. The campus should also think about offering more blended courses as well as more programs to attract students.
      4. She encouraged the entire Penn State York community to share their comments and suggestions with her.
      5. The history of the declining enrollment rate at our campus can be attributed in part to the expansion of programs at Penn State Harrisburg, strong growth at York College, acceptance of more students at University Park, and the opening of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in our service area.
      6. There is also a need to better market Penn State York in a more collaborative manner. Again, she stressed making stronger links with HACC.
    2. Announcements from the office of Academic Affairs; Dr. Joe McCormick
      1. The director of Academic Affairs (DAA) thanked members of the faculty for making the entries to the Early Progress Reporting system.
      2. The deadline for the submission of Professional Development Grants (PDG) and Teaching Development Grants (TDG) applications was yesterday, Monday, October 3.. There were five PDG submissions and three TDG submissions.
      3. Later this week, the DAA will submit one application dossier for the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching (campus nominee - Dr. Mark Casteel, associate professor of psychology), and one application dossier for the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching (campus nominee - Frederick Haag, associate professor of visual arts). These nominees were properly vetted before the Campus Awards Committee.
      4. A call for faculty marshals will be sent to the faculty for the fall 2011 commencement ceremony. The fall 2011 commencement will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011.
      5. The Office of Academic Affairs has been asked to reduce its 2011-12 budget submission by 10 percent in light of our recent decline in FTEs. NOTE: Since the Senate meeting of October 4, the campus finance officer has asked for an additional 5 percent (total: 15 percent) reduction in the budgets of all unit managers. The DAA has prepared such a budget with no changes in the cost center set aside for faculty development (the cost center out of which funding for conferences and workshops is taken).
    3. University Senators
      1. Deirdre Folkers announced that she will continue to send Senate updates via e-mail.
      2. The next University Senate meeting will be on October 11, 2011.
      3. Bob Farrell indicated there will be some changes regarding the payment plans for health insurance. These payments will be based on your base salary. The details on these changes can be seen in ESSIC.
    4. Faculty Council Representative, Bill Cantor
      1. No report or comments
    5. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Jennifer Nesbitt (on behalf of Ann Fetterman) extended a big thanks to everyone participating in the upcoming National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk.
      2. Kelly Moon introduced herself as the faculty representative to the Enrollment Management Team (EMT). She encourages input from faculty.
    6. Announcements from Staff
      1. Susan Ruch, Finance officer, asked the faculty to direct student workers to Alana Werner to complete their paperwork before they start working for them.
      2. Patrick Tanner, director of Student and Enrollment and Student Services
        1. They are in the processes of finalizing the posting policy (not to affect any of the bulletin boards under the faculty use.)
        2. They are also working on removing issues in travel guidelines to make the processes smoother and let them know before planning any trips.
        3. He encouraged and extended his thanks to those who are planning to attend October 22, 2011, open house and home coming.
        4. Campus Enrollment Management Team has experienced a restructuring and is working ahead along with subcommittees to focus on overall student enrollments.
        5. A survey on summer course offering by Joe McCormick, Jane Emery, and data from Frank Miller shows we are offering top fifteen courses at our campus compared to top fifty across Commonwealth campuses. An active inside class and outside class marketing will be continued.
        6. We did discuss some new initiative for offering three-year degrees thereby compressing one's time here at our campus before going to University Park. This had no traction because of a number of complicating factors. We are looking into more possibilities with our dual enrollment program though.
        7. We are also looking at the admission criteria and decision making for future terms along with director of admission and campus future.
          Shaun has surveyed our new students and is looking to use that data to capture inefficiencies and increase our enrollment.
          We also talked about the brand and quality of the education at our campus and enhancement in degree offering.
        8. Ongoing topics are six-year graduation rate and faculty and staff engagement opportunities.
    7. Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. Anna Robuccio, the new president for this year, introduced herself. She reported that SGA has met four times so far this semester and has students serving on some of the Senate committees.
    8. Senate Chair
      1. Deborah Eicher-Catt announced that a Town Meeting for the campus will be scheduled as soon as we receive the Core Council letter.
    9. Senate Chair-Elect
      1. Emily Wenk announced that the campus leadership team is reviewing the strategic plans and encouraged everyone to share their ideas with her.
    10. Senate Committee Chairs
      1. No report or comments
  4. Unfinished Business
    1. No Unfinished Business
  5. New Business
    1. A motion was brought forward by the Faculty Affairs Committee by Harriet Darling concerning faculty representation on the Strategic Planning Committee. The motion reads:

      That each Academic Unit (AU) elect two members to the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), initially one for a one-year term and one for a two-year term, but thereafter both of the two AU representatives for two-year terms, and that the Senate faculty initially and thereafter elect one at-large member for a two-year term. In carrying out nominations and elections, Unit members and the Senate should keep in mind the many types of faculty ranks and longevity, including new faculty as well as those who've been on campus longer. The motion was approved by a voice vote.

      Deborah Eicher-Catt stated that the elections would take place immediately, asking the unit heads to promptly begin the election/voting process, followed by the Senate "at large" election for the 7th member.
    2. Jane Sutton moved to extend her CAS 475 class into the common hour by fifteen minutes effective spring 2012. This means that CAS 475 meets Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

      The rationale for this extension is twofold: first to have a seventy-five minute class period for a 400 level and second, to avoid conflict with two CAS courses offered on MW afternoons. This is a one-time occurrence. Fred Haag seconded the motion; the motion passed on a voice vote.
    3. Jennifer Nesbitt moved to hold six meetings of her English 184H (The Short Story honors section) during the Friday noon hour for fall 2011. Fred Haag seconded the motion; the motion passed on a voice vote.
  6. Forensic Business
    1. Patrick Tanner and Joe Downing presented the top ten recommendations from communications task force report.
    2. Dianne Creagh presented a faculty technology report survey report.
  7. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:22 p.m.
      1. Motion made by Jennifer Nesbitt.
      2. Motion seconded by Andy Landis.
  8. Next meeting will be held on November 8, 2011, at 12: 10 p.m. in the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (ISTC).