University of Pennsylvania
October 5, 2004
Dickey Hall Auditorium
Nelson convened the meeting 4:06 PM.
I. REPORT FROM THE
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION . . .
Mr. Abraham Hoff,
Jr., SGA President Mr. Hoff expressed his gratitude to those professors who help
students academically outside of the classroom. He also praised those professors
who made textbooks available in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library on reserve.
In addition, Mr. Hoff highlighted the students' involvement in the fundraising
campaign for victims of the recent hurricane in Grenada.
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT . . .
Dr. Ivory Nelson Dr. Nelson
noted the approximate $300,000 decline in operational funding from the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania and that Lincoln University was working very assiduously to restore
this funding and increase it to the level of $15,000,000 this fiscal year. He
also highlighted his efforts to obtain the same state funding obtained by Cheney
State University in a Civil Rights settlement that Lincoln University's previous
administration had failed to obtain, which brings Lincoln University request to
the legislature to $21,000,000.
Dr. Nelson then focused on
technology: Lincoln University has 136 new computers, 106 of which will go to
the Urban Center and 30 of which will go to the LLC. Dr. Nwachuku asked about
the availability of software for disabled students. Dr. Nelson said that would
be worked into the budget.
Drs. Prigg and Herring mentioned
the condition of the campus' lawn. Dr. Nelson explained that Physical Plant's
resources were stretched thin, but that this issue would be addressed.
Dr. Nelson directed the body's attention to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department
of General Services Memoranda authorizing the renovation of University Hall and
the War Center and the construction of the New Science and General Classroom High
Technology Building and the International Cultural Center.
Action Item Grant D. Venerable, II, Ph.D., Vice-President for Academic Affairs
The minutes from the September 7, 2004 meeting were approved.
IV. Discussion Items
A. Modeling the Fall 2005 Teaching
Dr. Venerable explained that the Office
of Academic Affairs would make up the Fall 2005 schedule of course because we
would be down two buildings and that we would have to teach during a larger expanse
of the day.
B. Upcoming Planning and Assessment Workshop
Dr. Venerable: Strategic planning is done in order
to implement policy. All the new construction came from earlier recommendations
from faculty and students.
Dr. Prigg asked if the homework
for PAWS would come from chairs or the faculty and the department.
Venerable: It will come from the faculty and the department-faculty need to be
in the loop; they need to give input.
Dr. Dade: I think that
some of the concern among faculty is with regard to the level at which faculty
input is solicited
Dr. Nelson: The policy directions of Lincoln
University is the responsibility of the board. They tell me the policy issues
that would they like to address. There are some boards that will not only give
you the policy direction but they will become very prescriptive. The classic example
of avoiding detailed policy directives is when we changed our tenure guidelines.
The board did not change one word of the document on tenure that came from the
faculty. Some faculty and students expressed the concern that projects such as
PAWS would take away from the focus on the classroom. Dr. Venerable emphasized
the importance of faculty input in the process.
emphasized that any restructuring of curriculum recognize the importance of critical
languages, which are those languages designated as such by the U. S. government.
of Woodrow Wilson Lecturer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Melvin Leaman: Miss Callie Crossley will be at Lincoln University from February
28 to March 3, 2005 as a 2005 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Educator. Some of the
topics Ms. Crossley will address include media literacy, race and media, women
and media, and documentary film making.
The meeting was adjourned
at 5:28 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Donald J. Bradt Faculty