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Attendance:
R. Bacha, C. Bare, A. Benharbit, W. Cantor, P. Catina, D. Coho, G. Collison, H. Darling, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, R. Himmer, M. Hoch, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzko, K. Magni, M. Marcus, L. Miller, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, D. Sarafian, S. Shah, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, K. Trout, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, S. Bett, R. Campbell, S. Christ, N. Flesher, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Simonds, S. Werner.

Meeting was called to order at 12:11 p.m. by Chair A. Benharbit

  1. Minutes
    Minutes of the December 2, 2004 meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved without comment.
  2. Communication from administration, faculty, committees, and Chair
    1. CEO - J. Rodney
      1. Enrollment for Spring 2005 is lower than Spring 2004. CWC- and University-wide enrollments are improving for Fall 2005.
      2. Faculty will be solicited again to help with recruiting in the near future.
      3. Sherri Bett, new Admissions Counselor, was introduced.
    2. DAA - J. McCormick
      1. On-line Progress Reporting (O.P.R.)
        The week of February 6th marks week #4 of the semester. All full time faculty are required to make their entries into the OPR system during this time. The DAA will remind faculty via email.
      2. Status of the searches for full time faculty:
        1. The Business search (for a position funded via the Office of the Provost) was concluded in December. Three candidates came to the campus and were interviewed. The search committee made a recommendation to the DAA and to the CEO. This recommendation has been forwarded to the Dean, the division head (Orsay Kucukemiroglu), and to the BSB program director (John Stevens). The Dean has yet to make a final decision on this person.
        2. The CAS search has been completed. A recommendation has been made to both the DAA and to the CEO. The DAA will forward this recommendation to Sandy Gleason, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research.
      3. Academic Advising
        The Campus has received two reports on academic advising. One for all Commonwealth Campuses and one for the York Campus. Rob Campbell has been tasked by the DAA to form a committee made of up of staff, students, and faculty to examine this report and to bring recommendations to the Campus Senate and to the CEO.
      4. Student Satisfaction Survey
        The Strategic Planning Committee has authorized a campus wide student satisfaction survey. An announcement about this survey was sent to the faculty (via e-mail). The DAA has constructed a sampling frame, has selected various courses whose students will hopefully participate in this survey, and has asked permission from the instructors of these courses to survey their students.
    3. Strategic Planning Committee-A. Kara
      1. Deadline for contributions to the Strategic Plan has moved nearer, from March 31 to February 23.
      2. Restructuring (during 2004) of committee participation in the budgetary processes has not changed the reporting relationships and responsibilities--budget submissions must first be made to the Senate and then to the SPC. Committee participation in the budgetary processes are discretionary.
      3. M. Jarrett clarified this point by asking about the TLTAC committee's responsibility to oversee the C&IS budget or the Support Services (S.S.) committee's responsibility to oversee the Business Office budget. Dr Rodney confirmed that participation by TLTAC or SS in these standing budget matters is optional.
      4. A. Hasan requested copies of previous year's committee reports be forwarded to new committee chairs.
    4. Faculty
      1. Faculty Colloquia
        1. V. White announced a Faculty Colloquium by Jacques L. Gibble, D.Ed.,entitled, "Improving the Quality of Teacher- made Tests and Assessments," which will be held in room ISTC 107 on Feb 10, 2005, from noon - 1:00 p.m.
        2. V. White also invited faculty to volunteer for additional colloquia.
      2. Upcoming Speaker, Sujata Massey
        J. Nesbitt announced Detective fiction author Sujata Massey will be speaking in the Community Room on March 1 from 12-1. Her visit is the first of four Women's History Month events to be held in March. The campus bookstore has her novels for sale in anticipation of her appearance, and if you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt (jpn12).
      3. Student Trips 2004
        Suzanne Gladfelter announced presentations by students who traveled to Britain and Guatemala will be shown Thursday, February 17, in Conference Center Rooms 31B & 31C from 11:30am - 1:30pm ('brown bag' format).
      4. "Expanding your Horizons" program for young women
        Suzanne also announced "Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics 2005" will take place at Penn State York on Friday, May 6. Young ladies who currently are in sixth through eighth grade and who are daughter(s) [or granddaughter(s)] of any Penn State York employee are cordially invited to attend this free, day-long conference. For more info please refer to http://www.yk.psu.edu/~sg3/eyh/
      5. Academic Advising Report
        R Campbell, D Eicher-Catt, D Folkers and the ASIC are working together to prepare a report for the full Senate.
      6. ACC Open House
        Advising and Career Center will hold an Open House on Wed., Feb. 2.
  3. New Business
    1. Forensic Session on Campus Organization
      1. Chair Benharbit opened the floor for a general discussion of communicative efficiency at the Campus, considering recent organizational changes and faculty workloads.
      2. Academic Units-Dr Rodney clarified that the Units are not intended to be used for general governance. Primarily, the units offer participation in the budgetary process to faculty.
      3. F. Haag circulated an organizational diagram to aid discussion and understanding of the interrelationship between the Units and the Senate.
      4. The methods of evaluating administrators and the various avenues of communicating with the CEO were discussed.
    2. Reports from the Committee Chairs
      1. Academic and Student Issues-R. Bacha reported that recruiting and retention may be addressed during Spring 2005. No specific recommendation on changes to student mailboxes is forthcoming. The committee is open to student and faculty input and suggestions.
      2. Campus Futures-D Folkers explained the role of the committee. The Campus website has added a feature, "Penn State Stories." A first adult student open house was conducted. This committee is also open to input and suggestions.
      3. Diversity Committee-A Hasan reported on plans for SP05. The budget includes $5k from Campus funds and $5k from Student Activity funds. Unity Day is scheduled for Wed, April 13, 2005. 'Brown Bag' luncheons are being scheduled, one is being sought for the "Intelligent Design" topic, and others are welcome.
      4. Curricular Affairs Committee-W Cantor reported on past activities. A minor in "Environmental Inquiry" was removed from the website because all of the courses were not actually offered. Another minor in "Homeland Security" was reviewed and concerns were addressed to the DAA, who forwarded them to Nancy Herron, Associate Dean for Academic programs, to await her response. The CAC endorsed a tenure-line replacement for Dr Dawson in Math. The committee also made 4 other recommendations: 1) Implementation of the 4-year HDFS program, 2) Full staffing of existing Engineering, Focused Masters, and Science programs, 3) Consideration be given to adding new minors and certificates without adding faculty or courses, and 4) Research of other new programs.
    3. Revised Senate Constitution
      J Sutton, D Van de Streek, D Latzko and A Benharbit labored to revise the Senate Constitution during Fall 04. The changes were approved by the University Senate. The revised Constitution will posted to the Senate web page and be distributed via email.
  4. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:20 p.m.

The next Senate meeting is March 3, 2005, Conference Center, MCB


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