University Senate discusses PASSHE changes, IUPatty’s aftermath

Katie Mest Staff Writer

The University Senate met Tuesday to discuss new courses and modifications, PASSHE updates and IUPatty’s festivities.

President Michael Driscoll opened by discussing the State System’s review of its 14 universities. The State System is facing difficulties with state funding and enrollment in the universities.

“I don’t think we’re in a bad position here at IUP,” Driscoll said, “and I hope for results that will improve our position.”

Driscoll also touched on events that took place during the weekend of IUP’s unsanctioned St. Patrick’s Day celebration. He gave credit to law enforcement that handled a number of incidences, including two shootings that took place off-campus, and to the landlords for doing their best.

In other news, SGA President Brian Swatt (sophomore, political science) had his first meeting as a member of the State System’s Board of Governors. He was one of three State System students at the meeting Thursday in Harrisburg.

Also, Caleb King (sophomore, mathematics) was confirmed as IUP’s next student trustee.

A number of new courses were approved in the communications media, history, theater, anthropology and sociology departments.

A teamwork and communications capstone will also be available in the 2019-20 academic year.

With the new courses came course and program revisions for the colleges of Education and Educational Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Fine Arts and Health and Human Services.

The University-Wide Graduate Committee announced a Graduate Fresh Start policy which states that graduate students who received academic dismissal may apply for readmission if they have been away from the university for a minimum of two years.