At the March 1 University Council meeting, after President Amy Gutmann welcomed everyone to the second meeting of the semester, the minutes of the January 25 meeting were approved. The President, Provost, GAPSA, PPSA, and WPSA had submitted status reports prior to the meeting. These can all be reviewed online, at the University Council website, www.upenn.edu/secretary/council/.
Provost Ron Daniels turned to General Counsel Wendy White to explain post 9-11 legislation and its impact, if any, on Penn. This was part of a follow-up discussion of the resolution proposed at the January Open Forum concerning government monitoring. Ms. White described the numerous ways Congress acted to address the threat of terrorism, privacy, immigration, research, and export controls including the USA Patriot Act which amended FERPA; Section 215 of the Library Amendment; section 505 of Electronic Records Act, National Security Letter; Public Health Bioterrorism Act and SEVIS. She said that the University has actually only had requests for information about students from the Record Industry of America. Professor Chuck Mooney said that there was a resolution adopted by Council in April 2003 which expressed concern about such governmental monitoring; the UA agreed to accept it as a friendly amendment to their recent resolution.
Provost Daniels then reported on the work of the Task Force on Global Engagement (Almanac February 7, 2006) that had been chaired by Deans Bushnell and Harker. The provost said that the task force’s recent report was succinct but compelling. He described some of the recommendations they made to improve the University’s international agenda. He said that by next academic year, “the fruits of this committee’s labor should be evident.”
President Gutmann said that she has been talking to alumni and parents around the world about raising money for international students, especially to offer need-based scholarships to international applicants while not decreasing what is available to U.S. students for financial aid. She added that she and the provost would respond formally to the report of the Task Force in the near future.
There was also a discussion about the Campus Development Planning Committee Report (Almanac February 7, 2006) with EVP Craig Carnaroli answering questions concerning affordable housing, location of student health, among others. Later in the semester, there will be a website about the campus development plans, according to Mike Harris, assistant vice president, Office of the EVP.
Mr. Carnaroli said that Penn has to be open to change, dynamic change to address our “strategic adversities” but that there are no plans for dramatic shifts in enrollment. The provost added, that the campus plan is a move to “enhance the quality of campus.”
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 25, March 14, 2006
March 14, 2006
Volume 52 Number 25