The following statement is published in accordance with the Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion between the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair William Kissick or Executive Assistant Carolyn Burdon, 15 College Hall/6303, 898-6943 or

Actions Taken by the Senate Executive Committee

Wednesday, December 13, 1995

1. Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council. Past Senate Chair David Hildebrand reported that the main effort of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee this Fall has been refining the proposed University Strategic Plan. He pointed out the plan focusses heavily on external ratings of program and faculty quality. Each program is to strive to be rated in the top ten of its kind in the country; those that already are there are charged to sustain or improve their ratings. This commits Penn to measurable goals. There is concern about who will do the rating and insuring that external reviews of programs and departments are meaningful.

The other focus of the committee's deliberations has been the current budgetary status of the schools. Most of the schools are close to balance, while some will have a deficit. Initial projections for the next budget year indicate non-trivial problems in coming to budgetary balance. The mandated slower growth of tuition plus concerns about State and Federal budget support indicate the potential for substantial problems.

Capital Council met and approved architect's and engineering fees for the Perelman Quadrangle and substantial projects for the Graduate School of Fine Arts and the Law School.

2. Senate Nominating Committee. Professor Robert F. Giegengack was selected to chair the Senate Nominating Committee. [Ed. Note: see right column.]

3. Committee Vacancies. SEC voted on nominees to fill vacancies on the Senate Committee on Conduct and on the University Council Committee on Committees.

4. Fall Report of the Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty. Committee Chair Robert Hornik presented the report. (To be published later in Almanac.) It considers the adequacy of the current salary structure and the history of salary raises relative to those of comparable institutions, and to the Philadelphia CPI, describes existing inequalities among faculty, describes salary policy at Penn, and makes a number of recommendations for Provost action. The committee will submit this report to the Provost, and prepare an additional report during the Spring semester addressing the issue of inequalities of salary. A number of SEC members endorsed the report, while others either raised additional concerns, suggested directions for work in the next semester, or raised specific objections to recommendations.

5. University Strategic Plan. SEC reviewed the plan with the President, Provost, and Deputy Provost. The President outlined the basic themes of the document which had previously been distributed to SEC. She noted that it does not yet point to specific areas for emphasis or de- emphasis, although that will be in the final plan, as the school- specific plans are integrated. The final plan is unlikely to be presented to the trustees for formal endorsement until their Fall meeting in 1996. She noted that despite the emphasis in the strategic plan on external ratings, she well understood the triviality of many such rankings, and that the most important issue was how we judged ourselves. A subcommittee was working on developing procedures for this rating process.

Under the Faculty Senate Rules formal notification to members may be accomplished by publication in Almanac. The following is published under that rule:

To: Members of the Standing Faculty
From: William L. Kissick, Chair
Re: Nominations for Offices Requested

In accordance with the Rules of the Faculty Senate you are invited to suggest candidates for the posts and terms stated below, with supporting letters if desired. Candidates' names should be submitted promptly to the Chair of the Faculty Senate, 15 College Hall/6303, or to the Chair of the Senate Nominating Committee by mail to 369 Hayden Hall/6316 or by e-mail to

The following posts are to be filled for 1996-97:

Chair-elect of the Senate (1-yr term)
(Incumbent:Peter J. Kuriloff)

Secretary-elect of the Senate (1-yr term)
(Incumbent: David B. Hackney)

Four At-large Members of the Senate Executive Committee (3-yr term)
(Incumbents: Louis A. Girifalco, Mitchell Marcus, Martin Pring, Vivian Seltzer)

One Assistant Professor Member of the Senate Executive Committee (2-yr term)
(Incumbent: Kathleen McCauley)

Three Members of the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (3-yr term)
(Incumbents: Frank I. Goodman, Robert F. Lucid, Iraj Zandi)

Three Members of the Senate Committee on Conduct (2-yr term)
(Incumbents: John A. Lepore, Sally H. Zigmond, one to be named)

Two Members of the Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty (3-yr term)
(Incumbents: Charles E. Dwyer, Jerry S. Rosenbloom)

Senate Nominating Committee Elected

The Senate Executive Committee's slate of nominees for the Senate Nominating Committee was circulated to the Senate Membership on November 14, 1995. No additional nominations by petition have been received within the prescribed time. Therefore, according to the Senate Rules, the Executive Committee's slate is declared elected. Those elected are:

F. Gerard Adams (prof economics)
Rebecca Bushnell (prof English)
Robert F. Giegengack (prof geology), Chair
Louis A. Girifalco (prof mat sci & engr)
Nancy Hornberger (assoc prof educ)
Abba Krieger (prof statistics)
Phoebe S. Leboy (prof biochem/dental)
Yvonne Paterson (prof microbiol/med)