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January 31, 2013

Recap of University Senate's Jan. 28 meeting

A recap of the University Senate's first meeting of the spring semester, held Monday (Jan. 28).

* In his first time addressing the Senate, President Mitch Daniels discussed areas of focus for Purdue, including continuing work on the trimester initiative, reviewing and defining what institutional excellence means at Purdue and supporting entrepreneurialism and technology transfer. Other key areas were affordability and resource allocation, and measurement of student growth and the value Purdue brings to students' intellectual talent and critical learning. Daniels stated that Purdue could make great progress in these areas but only with the involvement of faculty, staff and students.

* Senate chair J. Paul Robinson discussed University legal bills for faculty investigations and his findings on the topic based on an open records request. Robinson also touched on Purdue's reporting of faculty and administrator counts. Robinson's presentation soon will be available at https://www.purdue.edu/senate/meetings.cfm.

* Hal Kirkwood, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, presented a proposal to modify regulations and procedures regarding scholastic records. The change puts in place a process for requests for duplicate diplomas; current policy only addresses replacements for lost or damaged diplomas. The proposal states that all duplicates would be marked as such to help avoid fraudulent use of a duplicate as the original diploma. A PDF file of the proposal is at https://www.purdue.edu/senate/meetings.cfm.

* Matthew Thomas, editor-in-chief of The Exponent, spoke to senators about working with the student-run newspaper.