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February 22, 2012

Recap of University Senate's Feb. 18 meeting

A recap of the University Senate's meeting held Monday (Feb. 18).

* The Senate approved an Educational Policy Committee proposal to modify regulations and procedures regarding scholastic records. The change puts in place a process for requests for duplicate diplomas; current policy addresses only replacements for lost or damaged diplomas. 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.

* Dennis Savaiano, interim dean of the Honors College, provided an update on the college's proposed curriculum, recruitment plans and enrollment goals. Savaiano also discussed how the college plans to use campus space and how its graduates could receive special recognition during commencement. The presentation is available at https://www.purdue.edu/senate/meetings.cfm. A Purdue Today story on the Honors College is at www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2013/Q1/honors-college-curriculum-nearly-complete.html.

* Senators heard an update on Purdue's Foundations of Excellence initiative by Jared Tippets, director of Student Success at Purdue, and Brent Drake, assistant vice provost and director of enrollment management analysis and reporting. Purdue's FoE initiative aims to help Purdue design an academic environment and student experience that will enhance first-year students' learning, engagement, and degree completion. Tippets provided details on the initiative's progress, including the creation of the www.purdue.edu/tutoring website to coordinate academic help around campus and redesign of the Purdue Promise program to focus more on academic success instead of just campus fit and climate. The presentation is available at https://www.purdue.edu/senate/meetings.cfm.

* Keith Cherkauer, co-chair of the Child Care Task Force and associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, presented an update on the task force's progress. The task force has distributed a survey to faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus. The survey will be open through March 8. The presentation is available at https://www.purdue.edu/senate/meetings.cfm.