SENATE From the Senate Office

The following statement is published in accordance with the Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate

discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair Peter Kuriloff or Executive Assistant Carolyn Burdon, Box 12 College Hall/6303, 898-6943 or burdon@pobox.upenn.edu.

Actions Taken by the Senate Executive Committee

Wednesday, March 19, 1997
  1. Benefits Redesign. Discussion continued from the last meeting with a report by the Faculty Senate ad hoc Committee to Review the Benefits Redesign Report (in this issue). SEC members reiterated their primary concerns about grandfathering graduate tuition and changes in health care plans and the jump in cost for some. Present to respond to questions and clarifications were the Deputy Provost, Associate Provost, and representatives of the consultant Towers Perrin. SEC discussed and modified a resolution (in this issue) drafted by the Chair, Past Chair and Chair-elect. The amended resolution was unanimously adopted and forwarded to the administration.

  2. Nominees for Next Year's Committees. SEC added to the lists of nominees recommended by the Senate Committee on Committees. A mail ballot will be circulated to members of SEC.

  3. Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council. It was agreed to defer the report to publication in Almanac.

    Since the last report the Academic Planning and Budget Committee has held seven meetings devoted to the following topics: briefing on West Philadelphia; residences and food services; new professional degrees (e.g., Bioethics and Biomedical Technology); undergraduate retention; responsibility center budgeting; Annenberg Center; and Ph.D. programs.

    Capital Council approved the following projects: Lewis Hall at the Law School; Delta Tau Delta Fraternity renovation; Biomedical Research Building Three; phase II & IV renovation of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library; basement, first & second floors of Franklin Building; and Gateway Building A/E fees.

  4. Deferred Items. The balance of the agenda was deferred. Those items were: Proposed Procedural Principles for School Academic Freedom and Responsibility Committees (Almanac February 25, 1997); Nominations for one 1-year vacancy on the Senate Committee on Conduct; and proposed faculty exit questionnaire.


Almanac

Volume 43 Number 27
March 25, 1997


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