During the course of the University Faculty Senate Meeting held Tuesday August 28, 2012 (e.g. Faculty Senate August 24 Meeting Agenda) Kim Steiner an eminent former Chair of the University Faculty Senate introduced a "Statement by a Group of Past Chairs of The Pennsylvania State University Faculty Senate Regarding the Freeh Report, the NCAA Consent Decree, and Their Academic Implications August 28, 2012." On motion made at the end of the meeting, the Senate will consider endorsing this statement at its October 2012 meeting.
(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2012)
I have given this Statement sustained and serious consideration, analyzing it critically. There is much in that Statement that is worthy of serious consideration, but there are also important lacunae that weaken the analysis and misdirect its focus. Putting aside questions of the utility of this exercise (e.g. Statement of Senate Chair Made at the Aug 28, 2012 Meeting), I conclude that I will support the motion for Senate endorsement of the Statement at the October 201232 meeting. This post includes a copy of the Statement and my critical assessment.