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Attendance:
R. Bacha, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, P. Catina, G. Collison, H. Darling, C. Dorworth, R. Dovey, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, D. Harlow, A. Hasan, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, K. Magni, M. Marcus, L. Newcomer, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, E. Wenk, V. White, D. Winters, Y. Beattie, S. Christ, J. McCormick, S. Werner

  1. Minutes

    Minutes of November 10 meeting were approved without comment.

  2. Communication from administration, faculty, and chair
    1. DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick:
      1. asked if anyone had not yet received Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE) forms, to which no one responded; explained that all SRTEs should now in mailboxes.
        Dr. Farrell asked if an SRTE exists for standalone First Year Seminar (FYS) courses. The answer was unknown.
      2. reported that curriculum vitaes for the Human Development and Family Studies faculty search have not been received from the Division Head.
        Dr. Jarrett shared that he had received curriculum vitaes for the English faculty search.
      3. stated that an offer letter had been sent to the Chemistry candidate.
      4. noted that an offer had been outlined to the Business candidate but not formally made.
      5. explained that the campus will need to give back 1% this year, 2% next year to respond to $15 million deficit; reported that the freshman “tuition bump” dollars would probably be returned to campuses in the form of scholarships; stated that actual numbers for givebacks and scholarships are not yet available.
      6. emphasized the importance of recruitment and retention for everyone on at Penn State York.
      7. shared that a VHS copy of Dr. Romano’s most recent address is available from Brenda Stine in the Office of the Chancellor.
      8. suggested possibility of using scholarships to convert Community College students to Penn State York students.
        Dr. Sharon Christ stated she believed new funds would come to the Penn State York campus in the form of grants rather than scholarships; speculated that new grants would likely translate into between $2,000 and $3,000 to each student awarded a grant (per annum).
        Dr. Ali Kara said that Romano had suggested the decline in enrollment resulted from inconsistencies between campuses and asked if, as a consequence, funds would be made available to advertise consistency between campuses as well as intercampus mobility. Dr. McCormick responded in the negative. Dr. Christ offered that the message from admissions has always been intercampus "mobility."
        Dr. McCormick urged individuals with concerns about money and advertising to e-mail Romano directly; to communicate with Senators, Dr. Leonard Berkowitz and Dr. Mark Casteel; or to direct their concerns to Penn State York campus Chancellor Dr. Rodney.
      9. said that Faculty Activity Reports (FARs) would be completed again online; that he would transmit the URL to everyone by e-mail.
      10. stated that an announcement would be forthcoming about faculty Marshals for fall 2005 Commencement.
    2. University Senators:
      1. Dr. Leonard Berkowitz noted that he had already sent summary of last Senate meeting to the campus. No one commented on this summary.
      2. Dr. Mark Casteel conjectured that staffing changes at the Hershey Center might impact initiatives there to restructure professional benefits.
    3. Faculty:
      1. Dr. Noel Sloboda reported the creation of an English Essay Prize and encouraged faculty to have their students submit.
      2. Dr. Deborah Eicher-Catt noted that Larry Barton would be on campus 12/2, 8:30 – 12:00, to discuss Crisis Management Response in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.
      3. Dr. Abul Hasan announced the upcoming 12/11 Grand Indian Buffet event to benefit people who have moved to this region from the Gulf Area. Dr. Hasan also shared concerns of students who are unhappy that group study rooms in the library would be unavailable after 9:00 P.M. Valerie White requested that students contact the library directly to share their desire for extended library hours during exam week.
    4. Student Government representatives:
      1. No representation was present from SGA.
    5. Senate Chair, Fred Haag.
      1. reported a development regarding printing of student papers: in those instances of research by undergraduate students that may result in a paper of publishable quality, the student(s) should forward said paper to her/his faculty sponsor/mentor who can then reproduce the paper. Faculty have no quota on printing. Haag proposed that we let this stand as the "policy" governing student research projects where there are faculty sponsors/ mentors. No one objected. Haag added that the Teaching, Learning Technology Advisory Committee might investigate options for students printing their work with greater freedom in labs, provided work is in the service of academics.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No unfinished business was addressed by the Senat
  4. New Business:
    1. Discussion of Mila Su’s request for feedback for the University Faculty Senate’s Commonwealth Campus Caucus meeting on the "Establishment of the University College Constitution":
      1. Senate Chair Haag requested that ideas or concerns about the Constitution be directed to Senators.
      2. University Senator Dr. Leonard Berkowitz stressed the importance of the University fulfilling tasks previously performed by the Senate as it is reconstituted; asked for feedback from campus before 12/5. Dr. Jane Sutton supported Jarrett.
    2. Discussion of November 30 budget teleconference:
      1. No remarks were made.
  5. Forensic Business: Reports from Standing Committees:
    1. Dr. Winters, Chair of the Curricular Affairs Committee:
      1. noted that much discussion had been devoted to the role of the Committee.
      2. indicated that the Committee needs to discuss Convocation developments.
      3. distributed a statement that reads:

        I. Statement for Faculty Senate

        The process for discussion of programmatic issues and planning and subsequent recommendations to the Faculty Senate should involve the following:

        Program Heads and Program Representatives work within the Curricular Affairs Committee purview to:

            a. CAC evaluate the need for new academic degree programs.

            b. CAC should review the quality of existing programs.

            c. Administration should redirect all programmatic requests to the CAC for discussion and recommendations.

            d. All hiring recommendations should flow from CAC to the senate, then to the administration.

        II. Discussion of five year hiring plan

        This semester’s recommendation The Curricular Affairs Committee recommends based on Dr. Collison’s discussion about the viability of the American Studies Baccalaureate Degree that the administration hire an "instructor" of American history.

      4. reported concerns about individuals representing content areas circumventing Curricular Affairs on issues such as hiring.
        Senate Chair Haag and Dr. Hasan noted the importance of all Committees working through the Senate, not going directly to administration.
        Dr. Michael Jarrett countered that administrators often had flexibility that enabled them to make decisions more efficiently than Committees; added that changing budget situations often made necessary quick decisions.
        Haag asked for the long-term hiring plan to made available to the Curricular Affairs Committee.
        Dr. Jane Sutton asked if anyone knew what kinds of cutbacks would be made in terms of programs and campuses. Dr. Berkowitz stated Central Administration was pushing for cuts but that specific decisions had not yet been made.
    2. Dr. Eicher-Catt, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee:
      1. reported that the committee had met to develop an agenda and schedule of meetings.
      2. solicited input from everyone on campus to inform the conduct of the committee.
      3. said that "action teams" would also be seeking feedback.
      4. reported that the committee’s next meeting would be held on 1/19 in the Community Room.
    3. An open question session was held on written reports of all Committees (available on the campus website).
      1. No comments were made
  6. Adjournment
  7. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:13 P.M.
The next Senate meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2, 12:10-1:10 p.m. in room 107, ISTC


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