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February 6, 2002
David Hackney noted that two proposed revised policies would come
to SEC for consideration this semester: Misconduct in Research
and Conflict of Interest in Clinical Trials.
Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget Committee
and Capital Council.
Professor Gerald Porter announced that there have been two meetings
of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee since the last Senate
Executive Committee meeting. Both of those meetings were devoted
to discussions of the draft strategic plan. The first dealt with
undergraduate and graduate education; the second, with lifelong
learning, urban studies and international studies.
was also one meeting of Capital Council. Professor Porter could
only attend a part of this meeting since it conflicted with his
teaching schedule. It was decided at the meeting to recommend
that the Trustees approve the following projects: acquisition
of the Hillel property and a University loan to connect the new
building to Penn utilities, instructional technology for Huntsman
Hall, two projects in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and upgrading
the infrastructure of Hamilton College House. These projects will
be considered by the Trustees at their meeting on February 14,
2002. In addition, there was discussion of a major project to
provide air-conditioning and other infrastructure improvements
to the University Museum.
Senate Committee on Committees.
Professor Peter Kuriloff was elected chair of the committee. The
committee proposes nominations to the Senate Executive Committee
for a range of appointed committees, including the Academic Planning
and Budget Committee, the Senate Committees on Administration,
the Faculty, Publication Policy for Almanac, and Students
and Educational Policy.
Handbook Revision Concerning Departments.
Professor Stephen Burbank, chair, Senate Committee on the Faculty,
presented a proposed revision on Procedures for the Establishment,
Merger and Closing of Departments, Divisions and Similar Entities
within Schools (in
this issue). He stated that these draft procedures bring
together in one place policies and procedures previously contained
in the Handbook for Faculty and Academic Administrators
and in a Provost's Memorandum. They propose to make the same procedures
applicable to the establishment and merger, as well as to the
closing of departments, and to such actions with respect to divisions
or similar entities in schools that do not have departments. At
present only "the establishment of academic departments within
a Faculty" requires authorization by the Trustees (Statute
10.5), and the Trustees act "[u]pon recommendation of the
President." Given that the draft procedures are made "[s]ubject
to the statutes of the University," and in light of what
the committee understands to be past practice, it may be appropriate
to amend the statutes so as formally to include actions merging
and closing departments, to extend the requirement for Trustee
authorization to such actions involving divisions and similar
entities, and to provide that recommendatons come from the President
approved several revisions and adopted the proposal by an overwhelming
Informal Discussion on the Strategic Plan.
Provost Robert Barchi presented an overview of the goals of the
plan: academic, institutional and organizational. He noted that
a draft would be published in Almanac later this month
for comment and that several additional fora will be held. Executive
Vice President John Fry outlined organizational priorities. SEC
members raised questions and made recommendations during the extended
discussion. Professor Hackney invited Provost Barchi to return
to SEC for a detailed discussion of specific elements of the Strategic