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September 13, 2013

Recap of University Senate's Sept. 9 meeting

A recap of the University Senate's meeting held Sept. 9.

* President Mitch Daniels provided additional details about a range of initiatives at the West Lafayette campus that are designed to broaden Purdue's global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students. The moves fall into four broad categories: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leadership; world-changing research; transformative education; and affordability and accessibility. Daniels unveiled 10 initiatives targeted as priorities under these categories. More information about the initiatives can be found here.

* Charlene Sullivan, associate professor of management, introduced a proposed University-wide policy that addresses clinical and professional faculty appointment and promotion. The policy also spells out requirements for contract renewals, requirements related to contract non-renewals and resignations, and professional development funds. Sullivan, who is also associate dean of undergraduate programs at Krannert School of Management, says the Senate will vote whether to endorse the policy at next month's meeting. If endorsed, the policy eventually would be brought before the Board of Trustees for approval. A copy of the proposal can be found here.

* Kyle Pendergast, president of Purdue Student Government, updated the Senate on a creed the student body is developing to address diversity and inclusion on campus. Work on the creed began this summer and included an online survey to solicit students' opinions. Student government representatives recently sent out a second survey. Pendergast says the goal is to finalize the creed by Homecoming.

* Eva Nodine, director of benefits in Human Resources, gave a presentation about 2014 health care plans and rates. A copy of the presentation, which has previously been given to the Board of Trustees, can be found here.

Writer: Amanda Hamon, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu