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April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty 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 Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943,
or by e-mail at senate@pobox.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Harvey Rubin announced that the May SEC meeting will be held at the University Club, Inn at Penn with a reception following the meeting. 

Dr. Rubin presented the Senate Committee on Students and the Educational Policy (SCSEP) recommendation to revise:  Faculty Handbook Section IV.C. Charter of the University Student Disciplinary System language from:  “if the student has been found not to be responsible for an academic integrity violation, the instructor should assign a grade (which may differ from the grade originally assigned) based on the student’s academic performance in the course” to “if the student has been found not to be responsible for an academic integrity violation, the instructor should re-evaluate and assign a grade (which may differ from the grade originally assigned) based on the student’s academic performance in the course.” SEC members voiced no objections to the new language.

Past Chair’s Report: Faculty Senate Past-Chair Sherri Adams reported on the Academic Planning and Budget presentation on the Penn Course Review, a student-run publication that lists the numerical ratings and general comments for all undergraduate courses taught in an academic year at Penn.

Update on the University: President Amy Gutmann updated SEC on the strategy and philosophy regarding global engagement. She reported in March 2010 she visited China joined by Penn deans and faculty members from across the University to initiate and reaffirm Penn’s academic partnerships with universities in Beijing and Shanghai. Dr. Gutmann reported that Penn is working to create partnerships with the best universities in China and India and that the goal is to increase internship and study abroad opportunities for Penn students, as well as opportunities for global collaboration for Penn faculty. Dr. Gutmann reported on global opportunities for students including the Penn World Scholars program targeted for international students who have exceptional leadership potential, academic achievement, financial need, and career plans. President Gutmann reported on the University’s financial state including the $58 million savings achieved to date, and the steps Penn intends to take in the next year to contain costs. 

Update on the Budget:  Bonnie Gibson, Vice President, Office of Budget & Management Analysis discussed four aspects of the budget process:  budgeting in a decentralized environment, FY 2010 budget overview, Responsibility Center Management (RCM), and undergraduate financial aid.  Ms. Gibson outlined RCM’s design, purpose, and benefits, which include accountability and disciplined decision-making. She reviewed allocation under RCM, indirect cost recovery under RCM and the subvention pool.  

She explained the annual budget planning process:  initial formulation of a financial plan by the Budget Steering Committee; discussion with key committees to set central parameters; development of school budgets; extensive reviews and analysis resulting in production of a final budget plan. She reviewed FY2010 operating budget including the Health System which totals $5.67 billion. Ms. Gibson reported that FY2011 will be the second lowest increase in tuition and fees in 47 years. SEC discussion focused on money available for renewal of the University and University and school-based fees.

Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31