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In attendance:

B. Babcock, R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, B. Broadbent, C. Callahan, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, G. Collison, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, R. Farrell, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, E. Harrison, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, J. Keat, C. Kennedy, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, J. Leece, M. Marcus, L. Miller, N. Mpofu, C. Murphy, M. Nicholas, J. O'Hara, M. Posenau, S. Robinson, D. Russell, J. Smeltzer, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, D. Winters, L. Berkowitz, D. Gogniat, B. Ward, C. Clancy, N. Flesher, H. Gumke, Deb Detzel

Chair M. Jarrett called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. Minutes of the April 11, 2002, faculty senate meeting were accepted.

COMMUNICATIONS

Administration

D. Gogniat: Another DAA candidate will visit tomorrow. Please give him your thoughts ASAP, with a carbon copy to S. Gleason (seg10@psu.edu) and D. Disney (disneyd@psu.edu).

The CEO search committee will be charged next week.

Commencement is May 9.

L. Berkowitz: We have received the paperwork for the English major.

We often have requests for syllabi from people such as former students who are transferring and prospective adjunct faculty. Is it permissible to share the syllabi we have been given? Thus far, we have given them to transferring students, but have suggested that adjunct faculty speak to a faculty member who teaches the class.

There is a new CWC policy on summer contracts. Classes must have a sufficient number of students for the instructor to receive a minimum of 8% of salary. We have a flat $250,000 summer budget regardless of how many students we have. If every course offered this summer were held, it would cost $310,000. Between 15 and 16 students are needed to make it feasible to pay 11% of salary. Faculty who are offering summer classes need to be available on May 3 so he can determine what percentage will be paid for each class. Instructors may email him ahead of time if they indicate the minimum percentage they are willing to accept. Pay will be pro-rated in classes that have fewer students, but at some point it is necessary to cancel the class.

There is a new deferred grading policy. In the past, a special form had to be filled out, but now a grade can simply be filled in if is within 6 weeks.

We are looking for the number of classroom disruption incidents. Cases that were serious, but not reported, are also to be included.

 

University Senators

M. Casteel: There is an interesting message from Provost Erikson on the website.

J. Dawson: He suggests people look at www.budget.psu.edu/tuition

There is an announcement about the President's decision regarding the academic calendar on the website (not the one above). The new calendar will start in Fall 2003. Fall semester will be 14 weeks long.

M. Posenau: Would this be a good time to consider aligning night and day classes?

M. Jarrett: Yes, in the fall, F. Miller will give us a report.

B. Ward: Will school start after Labor Day?

Casteel: Yes, most years.

D. Russell: Intercom tells us that in 2003 we will start after Labor Day, but in 2004 and 2005 we will start before the holiday.

We probably won't start before August 29. We'll get every 6th Friday off instead of a fall break.

F.Haag: So we don't have all Thanksgiving week off?

J. Dawson: No, just Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

D. Russell: Provost Erikson said if someone wanted to have class, it would be OK.

D. Russell: Freshmen and sophomores will be harder hit with tuition increases. Students may be charged extra for going to UP, which makes us more competitive with local schools, but also makes it look like we're not as good as UP.

M. Jarrett: Will students at York realize they're paying less?

J. Dawson: The faculty benefits committee, which discusses TIAA-CREF and SERS, will be meeting next fall.

(A short discussion was then held about the relative merits of investing in particular funds. Faculty are advised to be aware of the performance of funds in which they invest.)

J. Dawson: There is no cap on HMO plan benefits. Raising the other plans from to a cap of $1M from $500,000 would cost 2-5% more. In the only 2 cases in which someone has exceeded this cap, Penn State was able to negotiate to take care of the situation.

 

UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

M. Jarrett: We need a new CWC senator. If you would like to run, please submit your name. The slate of candidates will be announced at the next senate meeting.

 

Student Government Association

B. Ward: Spring week is going well.

He sent an email requesting dunk tank volunteers, but has not received any positive replies. There will be a dunk tank and luau (with catered BBQ) and band tomorrow. Families are invited.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:


DAA Search Committee:

R. Farrell: There is a meeting with another DAA candidate tomorrow at 11:30 in MCB 208. On Tuesday April 30 at noon, faculty are strongly encouraged to discuss the candidates.

Futures:

R. Farrell: We are still looking at the possibility of cable TV advertising. All are welcome at our next meeting on May 28 at noon in the CEO conference room.

K. Knapp and I are visiting a high school tomorrow.

Strategic Planning:

K. Swalgin: We have worked on updating the strategic plan and committee report forms. We extend a special thanks to M. Jarrett for editing the reports, which is a tremendous task.

A. Benharbit: The business minor needs only the approval of the dean and the York Senate. It requires no new resources.

O. Kucukemiroglu: We are asking approval for the business minor approved by University Senate (see O. Kucukemiroglu for handout). This has been approved by Abington, Altoona, and Berks-Leheigh.

D. Russell: Who will be the director?

O. Kucukemiroglu: The coordinator of the business program, which is currently me.

J. O'Hara: This sounds like a good way to integrate different majors such as the LAS. Will it require an additional semester or will some courses meet requirements in both fields?

O. Kucukemiroglu: It depends.

T. Getz: I haven't had time to fully digest this, but I think yes.

J. O'Hara: It would take careful, early planning.

F. Haag: So this could be 1 of the components of a 4 year LAS degree?

O. Kucukemiroglu: Yes.

(A vote was held and the motion passed.)

Honors Committee:

A. Hasan: presented a proposal to set rules to disperse scholarships to sophomore, junior, and senior honors students.

R. Farrell: Nothing has changed for the first year students receiving $1500?

A. Hasan: If they satisfy the requirements, they will receive $1000 for each of the following years. We cannot afford to give $1500 each year.

L. Berkowitz: Eligibility requirements make them eligible. They have to join the honors program and take honors courses to get the money. Many do not do this.

D. Russell: Do we have enough courses?

A. Hasan: Once this is passed, we'll have more.

N. Mpofu: We can't ask a faculty member to teach a full honors course if the numbers aren't there. If there were more students, it could go. It is a function of the numbers.

L. Berkowitz: The short answer (to D. Russell's) question is, "Yes."

A. Hasan: There can be an honors option for any course, so there can be one honors student and many regular students in a class.

N. Mpofu: For a course to be designated as an honors course, the easiest and best way is to do it from the beginning.

C. Heydl-Cortinez: I offered an independent study course to Spain. I had a mix of students and that worked.

N. Mpofu: If the student does the paperwork, it's easy for the faculty.

M. Jarrett: Let's discuss the motion, not the program.

A. Hasan: The honors student fills out the form, which goes to the honors chair.

A vote was held and the motion passed.

Curricular Affairs:

A. Benharbit: We are looking at faculty needs.

1. life science lab technician - the money is not there, so we could have 2 students with full tuition scholarships help out

2. English - continue the search for a tenure track faculty member to replace C. Plumb.

3. Chemistry and engineering - there will be a vacancy due to retirement. The numbers do not justify another full time tenure track person, so a Fixed Term I will fill the slot

4. Physical education - there will be a vacancy due to retirement

 

Transitional Programs:

V. White: A subcommittee is looking at ESL. How do we identify students? Delaware has been successful by offering an optional 30 hour summer program for all kinds of students with low scores on placement tests. This is followed by a cluster of classes in the fall.

Students here have created a proposal that was distributed by email. The students like the current classes and feel they need faculty and Nittany Success Center support, but want to be mainstreamed.

M. Jarrett: I look forward to a fall proposal regarding having an ESL program.

J. Leece: As chair of this subcommittee, I'd like to hear what people think. What are your concerns about a program?

A. Hasan: Is there a need on campus?

N. Mpofu: From interaction with students, do you think the kind of support an ESL program would provide would help you in working with students?

M. Casteel: Support would be great. I require big research papers and it's a touchy situation.

L. Berkowitz: The Nittany Success Center has been and will continue to instruct writing tutors as to their roles.

S. Gladfelter: I thought Valerie said it's open to all.

V. White: Only the summer program.

S. Gladfelter: I suggest not re-inventing the wheel and consulting with those who wrote the Developmental Year program.

M. Nicholas: There is no committee consensus on this.

M. Jarrett: In the fall, these can be discussed.

F. Haag: Did the students want help the whole time?

V. White: They want support.

F. Haag: Other places might provide this better. Is it our obligation to teach them to speak English?

A. Hasan: This issue could also be raised about other things.

N. Mpofu: We use the word "program" very loosely. We want organized assistance for ESL students with problems. They aren't necessarily remedial.

M. Jarrett: How about a student with 800 in math on the SAT, but 150 in English?

D. Gogniat: We have no dorms. Tuition increases and other problems make it hard for non-residential campuses to survive.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherry Robinson

 

 

 


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