Council September 24:

Motion to Lower the Quorum, Other Items for Discussion

At the University Council's first fall meeting, 4-6 p.m. in McClelland Hall, the Quadrangle, the order of business includes, in addition to housekeeping items:

Section IV. Meetings, 5. Conduct of meetings, revise first sentence to read: "[A majority] Forty percent of the full membership shall constitute an actual quorum."

A. Admissions and Financial Aid

B. Communications

C. Community Relations

D. International Programs

E. Pluralism

In order to implement the requirement of the University Council bylaws that constituent organizations having representation on the University Council be democratic in both practice and principle, any such organization shall supply, at the beginning of each year as a condition of its representatives being authorized to sit as members of Council, a clear statement of its current election procedures and a description of its most recent elections and their results.


Schedule of Meetings, 1997-98

University Council meetings will be held on the following dates in 1997-98, from 4-6 p.m. in McClelland Lounge of the Quad, unless otherwise announced. Penn I.D. is required for entry to the Quad, and observers must register their interest by calling the Office of the Secretary, 898-7005, in advance of the meeting they wish to attend.


September 24

October 15

November 12

December 3


January 14

February 11

March 4

April 22


Outline of Agenda, 1997-98

This draft agenda includes the items recommended by the Council Steering Committee and University Council, the routine reporting of Council committees, and the two extended reports from the president and provost stipulated in the bylaws. While focus issues are identified through February, there may be unforeseen matters that arise during the year that will be placed on the agenda. The last two meetings of the year are left unspecified in terms of focus in order to accommodate agenda items that may need to be postponed from earlier meetings.


Selection of focus issues for the academic year

Committee reports remaining from previous year:

Admissions, Communications, Community Relations, International Programs, and Pluralism (see insert in this issue).



Discussion on committee charges for 1997-98

Committee reports remaining from previous year:

Bookstore, Facilities, and Library

Minority Permanence Plan

Followup on audits of dining and residential living

Strategies to increase attendance and make Council more interactive



Extended reports by the president and provost on the "State of the University"

Committee reports remaining from previous year:

Disability Board, Open Expression, Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics, and Safety & Security



Committee reports remaining from previous year:

Personnel Benefits and Student Affairs

Second phase of benefits redesign

Role of postdoctoral students in the University

Open Forum



Oral interim committee reports (as available)



Extended report by the president, the provost and other administrators covering budgets

and plans for the next academic year.

Oral interim committee reports (as available)



Final committee reports (as available)

Unfinished agenda items



Final committee reports (as available)

Unfinished agenda items

Preliminary discussion of next year's focus issues


source: Faculty Senate Office

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