Council Meeting Coverage
University Council meeting was devoted entirely to reports on the
state of the University and followed by questions and answers about
those presentations. The first topic was the next strategic plan
for the University to carry Penn forward into the next five years,
beyond the Agenda
for Excellence. Provost Robert Barchi outlined what steps
have been taken thus far and what will occur in the next few months.
Next, President Judith Rodin described the new structure for Penn
Medicine, a fully-integrated system combining the School of Medicine
and the Health System into a cohesive entity. Then, President Rodin
asked Landis Zimmerman, managing director of investments, to provide
an Endowment Overview for fiscal year 2001.
and provost's presentations, on the strategic
plan and on Penn Medicine, as
well as the lists of the 14 strategic
planning committees, are online. The presentation on the endowment
will be published next week.
IV.3(c) of the Council Bylaws provides that a University Council
meeting "shall incorporate an open forum to which all members
of the University community are invited and during which any member
of the University community can direct questions to the Council."
of the University community are invited to bring their concerns
Council Open Forum
December 5, 2001, 4-6 p.m.
Lounge, Houston Hall
who wish to speak at Council must inform the Office of the Secretary
(215) 898-7457 by Tuesday, November 27, 2001.
may include issues such as the following: Admissions & Financial
Aid, Bookstore, Communications, Community Relations, Facilities,
International Programs, the Library, Pluralism concerns, Recreation
and Intercollegiate Athletics, Safety and Security, Student Affairs,
Open Expression, etc.
see the format below. Questions may be directed to the Office of
Office of the Secretary
for University Council's Open Forum
University Council will devote a substantial portion of its December
5, 2001 meeting to a public forum, in accordance with
the terms of the University Council Bylaws (Almanac
September 19, 2000). The purpose of the Open Forum is to inform
Council of issues important to the University's general welfare
and of the range of views held by members of the University. The
forum is open to all members of the University community under the
conditions set by the Bylaws, following guidelines established by
the Steering Committee of Council:
- 1. Any
member of the University Community who wishes to do so may attend
the Council meeting. Persons who wish to speak to Council, however,
must inform the Office of the Secretary (215) 898-7457 by Tuesday,
November 27, 2001 indicating briefly the subject of their
remarks. Those who have not so informed the Office of the Secretary
will be permitted to speak only at the discretion of the moderator
of University Council and in the event that time remains after
the scheduled speakers.
- 2. Speakers
should expect to be limited to three minutes with the possibility
of additional time in cases where members of Council engage the
speakers with follow-up questions or remarks. The moderator may
restrict repetition of views. Speakers are encouraged to provide
Council with supporting materials and/or written extensions of
their statements before, during, or after the Council meeting.
- 3. Following
the deadline for speakers to sign up in the Office of the Secretary,
the chair of Steering and the moderator of Council will structure
the subject matter themes, speakers, and times of the Open Forum
session. In the event that there is not enough time available
at the meeting to provide for all those who have requested to
speak, the two officers may make selections which accommodate
the broadest array of issues having important implications for
Council's work and represent the breadth of Council's constituencies.
The resulting order of the Open Forum of University Council will
be made available no later than the Tuesday before the meeting,
to be published in the Daily Pennsylvanian, and posted
on Penn Web on that day and, if possible under publication deadlines,
in Almanac the week of the meeting.
- 4. Speakers'
statements should be framed so as to present policy issues and
directed to University Council as a body through the moderator.
The moderator will have discretion to interrupt statements that
are directed against persons and otherwise to maintain the decorum
of the meeting, as provided for in the Bylaws. In cases where
questions or positions can be appropriately addressed by members
of Council, or where a colloquy would seem to be productive given
the time constraints of the meeting, the moderator may recognize
members of Council to respond to speakers' statements, with opportunities
for follow-up by the speakers.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 12, November 13, 2001
November 13, 2001
Volume 48 Number 12