Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy SCSEP
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The Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy ("SCSEP") oversees and advises the Executive Committee on matters relating to the University's policies and procedures on the admission and instruction of students, including academic integrity, admissions policies and administration, evaluation of teaching, examinations and grading, academic experiences, educational opportunities (such as study abroad), student records, disciplinary systems, and the campus environment. In general the Committee deals with the matters covered by the following section of the University's Handbook for Faculty and Academic Administrators: IV.
Specific Charges, 2022-2023
- (Overarching charge) Address systemic racism and other forms of inequity by assessing and evaluating ways to change University structures, practices, and biases at the University, school, departmental, and individual levels. Examples include eligibility for leadership roles; differential standards for faculty evaluation and compensation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, department-level voting privileges; biases implicit in quantitative methods for evaluating faculty; and evaluation of effectiveness of campus mental health and wellness programs.
- In consultation with SCOF, continue to review and comment on existing methods for eliciting student feedback to enhance learning experiences. Examples include mid-course or ongoing feedback mechanisms available to the instructor to aid in course re-thinking and re-direction and in the identification of students who may need assistance.
- Review and comment on issues related to the care and wellbeing of international students at Penn.
- Review the effectiveness of community-building efforts undertaken by the Second Year Experience program to-date.
- Consider matters related to pandemic recovery and their effects on student wellbeing and recommend ways in which the University and schools can provide support. Evaluate the efficacy and value-added or value-diminished by shifting to remote learning and its implications in the short- and long-term.
- Evaluate the impact of College Houses and Academic Services’ (CHAS’) pandemic response and effect on student orientation, advising, and engagement, and identify ways faculty can provide support.
- Recommend ways in which guidelines and strategies for effective program evaluation for campus wellness programs can be enhanced.
SCSEP 2022-2023 Membership
- Seema Bhatnagar (PSOM/Anesthesiology and Critical Care)
- Gerald Campano (GSE)
- Ted Chinburg (SAS/Mathematics)
- Huda Fakhreddine (SAS/NELC)
- Sara Jaffee (SAS/Psychology), Chair
- Greg Ridgeway (SAS/Criminology)
- Akhilesh Reddy (PSOM/Pharmacology)
- Dylan Small (Wharton)
- Ex officio:
- A representative of the Senate Tri-Chairs
- PASEF non-voting representative