College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 8
November 7, 2003


Announcements
Fall 2003 Senate Dates
Fall Elections
Professional Leave Review Committee Membership update
Call For Nominations: Two Supported Professorships, Campus Awards
Minutes: Student Affairs Committee, October 21, 2003
Minutes: Executive Committee, October 28, 2003
Minutes: College Senate Meeting, November 4, 2003
Memo from President Dahl regarding Change to Faculty Constitution: Membership and Charge of General Education Committee

Correspondence: Charlie Freeman, Department of Physics,

Greene 202; e-mail: freeman@geneseo.edu; phone: 245-5286


Fall 2003 College Senate Meeting Schedule

December 2

Fall Elections

Ballots for the Fall 2003 elections have been distributed. Detailed instructions for casting votes electronically are included in the ballots, sent out to each member of the teaching faculty. The deadline for submitting ballots is November 21, 2003. Thanks to Maryann Stopha for setting up the electronic voting this year.

Professional Leave Review Committee Membership Update

Darrel Norris (Geography) will replace Ray Lougeay as the Social Sciences representative on the Professional Leave Review Committee. Dr. Norris' term will expire in May of 2004.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Two Supported Professorships

and

Campus Awards

The success of the Campus Award Program is dependent upon faculty and students’ willingness to participate in the nomination process. Please read the following criteria for each of the awards and consider nominating deserving faculty members for one or more of the awards. In addition to the criteria, you will find a list of all past recipients of the awards. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 245-5531.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the awards listed below will be accepted from faculty, staff, and students and should consist of a narrative of no more than two pages describing the nominee’s fulfillment of the criteria specific to each award.

Nominations should be submitted to the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o Provost’s Office, Erwin 205, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2003.

On behalf of the Campus Awards Selection Committee, I thank you in advance for your participation in this important process.

2004 – 2007

JAMES AND JULIA LOCKHART SUPPORTED PROFESSORSHIP

AND

GENESEO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SUPPORTED PROFESSORSHIP

THE AWARDS

Rights and Responsibilities

1) A $6000 grant from the Geneseo Foundation for the term of the appointment.

2) The privilege, as a part of their normal teaching load, to design and teach one course of their choosing during one year of the Professorship. This course will be designated as a Lockhart or Geneseo Alumni Association course.

3) The responsibility of delivering one College-wide lecture on a topic of their choice during their term.

4) Individuals selected for either Professorship must commit to continuous service, uninterrupted by leaves of absence, other than an approved sabbatical, for the duration of the appointment.

Criteria

1) Rank of at least Associate Professor with continuing appointment;

2) A demonstrated record of superior teaching and involvement of students in the learning process;

3) A demonstrated record of superior advisement, both formal and informal;

4) A visible and meaningful involvement in campus life; and

5) An active scholarly life.

Note: Previous award recipients may not be reappointed within a 10-year period.

CURRENT AND PAST RECIPIENTS OF SUPPORTED PROFESSORSHIPS

1994-97 Gary Towsley, Mathematics

1995-98 Robert O’Donnell, Biology

1995-98 Stephen Padalino, Physics

1997-00 Celia Easton, English

1997-00 David Geiger, Chemistry

1998-01 F. Kurt Cylke, Sociology

1998-01 Robert Beason, Biology

1999-02 Laura Doan, English

1999-02 Isidro Bosch, Biology

2000-03 D. Jeffrey Over, Geological Sciences

2000-03 Daniel Strang, Business/Economics

2001-04 Harold Hoops, Biology

2001-04 Kurt Fletcher, Physics

2002-05 Donald Marozas, Education

2002-05 Christopher Leary, Mathematics

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

Eligibility

· Three years of continuous service as a full-time member of Geneseo’s teaching faculty

· Three years of service as a faculty advisor at the College

· An advisement load equal to, or greater than, the mean for their department

· Previous recipients are not eligible within five years of receiving the award

Criteria (evidence that the nominee performs superbly in three essential areas of advising)

· Communicating knowledge of College and program requirements

· Communicating knowledge of campus resources

· Developing mentoring relationships with advisees

PAST RECIPIENTS OF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

1988 Thomas J. Conlon, Education

1989 Archibald Reid, Biology

1989 Lynn Zimmer, Sociology

1990 Robert Goeckel, Political Science

1990 Jerry Reber, Physics

1991 Ellen Kintz, Anthropology

1992 Sharon Bossung, Business

1993 Stacey Edgar, Philosophy

1994 Gary DeBolt, Education

1995 Donald Trasher, Mathematics

1996 Jane Hogan, Education

1997 Melvyn Yessenow, Psychology

1998 Jack Johnston, Performing Arts

1998 Daniel Strang, Business

1999 George Briggs, Biology

2000 Linda House, Communicative Disorders and Sciences

2001 Gerard Gouvernet, Foreign Languages

2002 Margaret Stolee, History

2003 Celia Easton, English

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY

Eligibility

· Minimum of 6 years of full-time service at Geneseo

Criteria (evidence must demonstrate)

· Consistent and ongoing record of research for the past six years

· Relevance or importance of the work within the discipline

· Impact of the work on the candidate’s teaching and work with students

PAST RECIPIENTS OF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY

2002 William Cook, History

2003 Nader Asgary, Business

DR. CAROL C. HARTER FACULTY MENTORING AWARD

Criteria (evidence must demonstrate)

· Commitment to teaching that goes beyond the classroom to the student’s intellectual and/or creative development

· Substantial work with students by encouraging research, facilitating scholarly work, and/or creative activities

PAST RECIPIENTS OF FACULTY MENTORING AWARD

1997 Stacey Edgar, Philosophy

1998 William Edgar, Philosophy

1999 Ganie DeHart, Psychology

2000 Stephen Padalino, Physics

2001 Mary Mohan, Communication

2002 Chi Ming Tang, Mathematics

2003 Thomas MacPherson, Art

JOSEPH M. O’BRIEN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PART-TIME TEACHING

Eligibility

· Six recent semesters of teaching at the College

· Must be teaching during the semester being considered

Criteria (adapted from the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching)

· Superb teaching performance over time

· Setting high academic standards for students and helping them attain academic excellence

· Commitment to students, including accessibility outside of class

PAST RECIPIENTS OF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PART-TIME TEACHING

1997 Amelia Braun, Education

1998 Weston Kennison, English

1999 Luvon Sheppard, Art

2000 Pamela Kurau, Performing Arts

2001 Jonathan Kruger, Performing Arts

2002 Virginia Jurkowski, Business and Communication

Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee, October 21, 2003

Committee Members Present: Michael Lynch, Lacey Zoller, Sanjar Enam, Josh Hyman, Jasmine Tang, Chris Annala, Joe VanRemmen, Roxanne Holthaus, Cristina Geiger, Kim Davies, Emilie Bock, Brian Nash, Jenn Principe

Committee Members Absent: Walter Freed, Duane McPherson, Cristina Rowley, Theresa Zollo

Guest: Charles “Chip” Matthews, Associate Director College Union and Activities

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 pm, and started with an introduction of the members present and our invited guest

New Business:

Late Night Programs: Chip Matthews spoke to the committee about “Geneseo Late Knight”, which takes place from 10pm – 2am on Friday and Saturday nights. This service is aimed at providing quality opportunities and programs for students as an alternative to parties and/or bars. The programming is student driven and funded by the SA. Criteria for programs include that they are alcohol free and free to students. Chip is putting a call out to faculty and staff to participate in programming – applications for funding can be made through the SA. Chip reported that they are working on improving advertising strategies and may be starting a GLK (Geneseo Late Knight) reception, which would be a weekly opportunity for students to submit ideas for programs, fill out grant applications etc. E. Bock discussed low visibility of the program. C. Geiger suggested distributing fliers to each department for posting. K. Davies suggested having the promotional Werewolf visit the library. J. Principe suggested more posters for the residence halls. M. Lynch offered Chip the ongoing help and support of SAC in the future.

Students with Disabilities: Jasmine Tang spoke to the group about a workshop this past September aimed at providing training for assisting students with disabilities. She distributed several sample statements that could be included in syllabi, which would hopefully make students more willing and comfortable to discuss their specific needs. J. Tang further suggested that it might be advantageous to have a student representative to the Office of Disability Services to act as an advocate for disabled students. There was general discussion regarding: assessing students’ needs and documentation for students with disabilities; the potential for students to “fall through the cracks”; and policy regarding inclusion of statements on the course syllabi. M. Lynch will ask Susan Bailey about whether there is any college policy about specific statements that should be included in course syllabi, as well as any advice she might offer.

System-Wide Assessment: J. Hyman brought this issue to the table for general discussion. He has spoken with the chair of the student assembly, and is looking to do something pre-emptive. M. Lynch reported the university faculty senate will be addressing this issue at their upcoming meeting. After general agreement that this sort of system-wide standardized assessment was not appropriate, the discussion was tabled until a future meeting.

Additional Items:

M. Lynch and J. Principe reported that the Student Health and Safety Working Group met on 10-21 to work on implementation of ideas developed last Spring. The group is developing a curriculum, along with a set of resources and a staffing plan, as it works toward submitting a proposal next Spring for a first year seminar.

J. Principe reported on a concern brought to the attention of the student senators about the lack of designated parking for motorcycles. SAC recommended that the issue be taken up with the college parking committee.

J Principe reported that the renewal of Sundance Bookstore’s contract with the college is up for renewal. Kathy Jones is chairing the committee reviewing the renewal of Sundance’s contract, and currently the committee is looking for input from students and faculty. SAC decided to invite K. Jones to the next SAC meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Lynch, Ph.D.

Chair, SAC

Minutes: Executive Committee Meeting, October 28, 2003

Attendance: T. Bazzett, C. Dahl, C. Faulkner, C. Freeman, B. Gohlman, D. Gordon, R. Hartman, G. Hartvigsen, H. Hoops, M. Lynch, D. Metz, E. Putman,

Approval of Minutes

Last Meeting (Sept 23, 2003), p 36-38, Bulletin 4--approved

Reports

Chair's Report - Charlie Freeman: He and B. Gohlman went to the University Faculty Senate meeting in Oswego. Interesting and fun. Voting for fall elections—Casey now has ballots, she will print and send them to all teaching faculty. Electronic voting will end Nov. 21 at 4 pm. Thanks Gregg Hartvigsen, Dale Metz and Harold Hoops for attending review meeting on President Dahl.

President's Report - Christopher Dahl: At last Executive Committee mtg we discussed proposed changes to the general education comm., which would link assessment outcomes w/ gen ed and revise comm. membership to reflect chairs of gen ed divisions. Schacht brought these changes to attention of D. Gordon and Dahl. Dahl thinks it makes sense to change charge.

New charge—1. To oversee the gen ed curriculum 2. to assess effectiveness of that curriculum and 3. to consider innovations that might further strengthen the congruence of that curriculum with best practices in higher ed and the mission and goals of the college. Dahl prepared to support these changes. Also prepared to support changes to membership, which takes off two provost designees and leaves on students, but also includes people who have been meeting with gen ed comm. for past couple of years anyway. Previous disconnect between administration of gen ed and gen ed committees.

Gordon: this is a response to changes in way we’re thinking about gen ed b/c of assessment and trustees requirements. This integrates our curriculum with the board of trustees’ gen ed program. We can think about gen ed as a totality. Now single group of people will be in charge of gen ed assessment at Geneseo.

Dahl: committee gets large (18 members) but a necessary evil as we want every core requirement present. Also can break into subgroups to do the work.

Gohlman: for past three years, the gen ed comm. has been working this way and it has been working well

Dahl: proposal comes out of experience of gen ed comm.

Charlie: when would changes go into effect?

Dahl: we’re operating this way de facto. Maybe this could be a transition year and committee heads will agree to keep meeting.

Gordon: It is early enough that we can start this year.

Gregg : does this go thru senate?

Dahl: No, just consultation with exec comm. Dahl just writes a memo

Roseanne: do we need to include in current elections?

Charlie: gen ed elections in spring

Dahl: everything in place already. Thinks he will make it effective Nov. 1. Just need to find student reps

Other announcements: 1. integrated sciences building—at least fence—is beginning. Will be most important educational construction project of first half of 21st century. Probably destruction of Blake D and E will begin in Nov., with attention to needs of resident depts. and environment. Part of fencing will insure a paved route to Newton and to Milne. It will be a mess. Construction company is obliged to finish in three years—claim they will do it in 2 ½. Reputable company. Science depts. seem pleased with architects.

Tonight: Joe Klein tonight’s Wadsworth lecture. Should be good. Meeting with students this afternoon. Exec committee invited to reception.

Provost's Report - Dave Gordon: American Democracy project still meeting, almost finished with campus inventory of things that promote civic engagement. Mtg in NYC that Bonfiglio will attend with national project organizers. Started working on room in lower level of library to be seminar room for Intd 105. Room upstairs has been popular (213 experimental classroom)--so popular need more room. Should be done by March. Initiated committee for strategic plan for technology—college has implemented most of CTAG recommendations, time to look forward. Steering committee that crosses college divisions—will recommend working committees that gets others involved across different needs. Intentional rather than ad hoc plans. Need students for steering committee.

Vice Chair - Gregg Hartvigsen—no report

Past Chair - Terry Bazzett—no report

Secretary - Carol Faulkner—no report

Treasurer - Errol Putman: Senate Fund: $1246.43; Richard Roark Endowment principle $1972.02; Richard Roark Endowment income $397.29

University Faculty Senator - Bill Gohlman: Passes out resolutions passed at recent University Faculty Senate mtg. Good discussion of value added assessment and statewide testing. UFS heard report from Prof. Young at Truman State University, which has 30 years of assessment history. She convinced us that it can be done with minimum of fuss and rancor—if done one college at a time. UFS further convinced assessment has to be done college by college. Sense of the resolutions: We’ve been doing assessment, will continue, agree that should be university wide, but don’t see feasibility of a single test. Also note enormous cost of a single standardized test--$1 million per year at Truman State. What would it be at SUNY with so many different campuses? Trustees have given us leeway to design general education curricula that are different from everyone else, shouldn’t assessment be by each college? Trustees want an objective statement of how well we are educating our students—that is why they want value added. At Truman state, they have all students take ACTs on admission and then at end of sophomore year. At Truman State value added difficult to assess b/c they are best liberal arts college in state system of Missouri. Students are so good already hard to test. UFS’s resolutions will be presented to academic standards committee of Trustees today. Chancellor did not try to oppose standardize testing—not a priority.

Dahl: does anyone know what was in proposed draft Memo of Understanding (MOU)? MOU would require approval by senate, which it didn’t get. What is the political/constitutional situation?

Gohlman: some senators brought votes on MOU. Every college that voted, voted no. Clear MOU had to be gotten rid of—wanted to get rid of any accommodation to state wide testing. Resolved that board of Trustees suspend implementation of June 17 resolution.

Lynch: can we refuse to participate? D. Stevens said someone else would assess if campuses refused.

Gohlman—sense of senate is to continue dialogue rather than resist outright. Many questions about statewide testing: test sample or whole freshman class? Will it impact graduation? How to convince students to take the test? If there are essays who is going to read the essays?

Bazzett: no motivation for students to do well

Freeman: how much should the UFS oppose? We ended up taking the high road.

Bazzett: last year strong sentiment of civil disobedience.

Gordon: June 17 resolution called for creation of committee. Will UFS not participate in that committee?

Gohlman: exec comm. of UFS will decide on this

Central Council - Liz Dance—inter-residence council hosted ball frenzy on Saturday—success. Cindy McCafferty planning college bowl on Nov. 15. Schedule for mini-lectures almost set—encourages attendance.

Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee - Rosanne Hartman: fire drills during exam—thought we had worked compromise until Ossont said it wouldn’t work.

Graduate Affairs - Dale Metz: met last Thurs. voted on program changes in school of ed. and new intd course--all approved. Full text versions in print in dean’s office hope to get them on web with help of Burwood.

Policy Committee - Harold Hoops: Bailey proposed to assign midterm grades for first semester transfer students like freshmen—approved—will now go to senate.

Dahl—good idea

UCC - Cyndy Klima excused, C. Freeman reported that UCC had a meeting today at 4:00

Student Affairs Committee - Michael Lynch: health and safety working group is putting together a proposal for first year seminar. Had discussion re: providing for students with disabilities. At next mtg will meet with Cathy Jones looking into contract with Sundance

Old Business

Professional Leave Review Committee Replacement

· Social Sciences Rep: Darrel Norris for Ray Lougeay

Needs formal approval--approved

New Business

adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Faulkner

Senate Secretary

Minutes: College Senate Meeting, November 4, 2003

Present: D. Anderson, C. Annala, S. Bailey, P. Barber, J. Bearden, D. Bicket, J. Boiani, S. Bosch, E. Coloccia, J. Cope, K. Cunningham, C. Dahl, K. Davies, T. Everett, C. Faulkner, W. Freed, C. Freeman, H. Geiger, E. Gillin, B. Gohlman, D. Gordon, G. Gouvernet, D. Granger, K. Hannam, R. Hartman, G. Hartvigsen, T. Hon, H. Hoops, S. Iyer, C. Jadlos, A. Jassawalla, D. Johnson, C. Klima, A. Kline, S. Landes, M. Lima, M. Lynch, D. McPherson, D. Metz, H. Myers, D. Norris, B. Owens, R. Pretzer, E. Putman, J. Remy, C. Rowley, S. Schwartz, D. Sullivan, Y. Tamura, J. Tang, B. Tartick, G. Towsley, C. Woidat, T. Zollo. Students: E. Bock, L. Chatterton, L. Dance, S. Enam, M. Esch, J. Giordano, J. Hyman, M. Levis, B. Nash, K. O’Neill, J. Principe, C. Reilly, A. Shenoy, C. Truglia, C. Youseef, L. Zoller. Guests: E. Spicka.

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda--adopted

Approval of minutes of previous meeting p. 46-49, Senate Bulletin 6--approved

Senate Reports

President C. Dahl: 1. Invitation to groundbreaking on Thurs. Nov. 6 at 1 pm, with dignitaries. Hope for 2 ½ years of construction—foundations should be done by end of summer. 2. Accepted recommendation of general education committee, in consult with senate executive comm., to change charge and membership of gen ed committee. Will have oversight of gen ed and assessment. Membership will consist of 5 elected positions and area chairs for core requirements. Makes clear connections between gen ed and assessment and puts relevant people together. Student and professional staff remains same. 3. On Nov. 18 there will be two important events. During the all-college hour is lecture by Sabrina Romet (sp?) from Norwegian U. of Science and Technology, an international relations specialist and philosopher. Will discuss Bosnia and Kosovo. Also on Nov. 18, panel presentation and discussion on challenges of promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. 5-6 campus reps. went to American Council on Education meeting on diversity. They will be reporting on their trip to Atlanta.

Provost D. Gordon: 1. Update on value-added assessment. Went to meeting of chief academic officers last week, where Don Steven discussed value-added assessment. They have decided to pause process and seek further consultation with Faculty Senate. Provost’s office seems to have given up on uniform measures across university. Will allow us to go ahead with campus assessment. Possible use of external reference—national survey on student engagement. We’ve already been administering this.

S. Bailey: does this mean they will not go ahead with value-added committee?

Gordon: yes. No plan to solicit volunteer campuses for fall. Everything on hold. May refer back to UFS to develop proposal to meet trustees’ resolution.

J. Hyman: who has authority to institute value-added assessment?

Gordon: Board of trustees

Chair C. Freeman: Ballots for fall election have been sent out to teaching faculty. Voting will be on-line, instructions in ballot. Deadline: Nov. 21. If anyone has trouble contact him.

Vice Chair G. Hartvigsen—no report

Treasurer E. Putman: Senate Fund: $1246.43; Richard Roark Endowment principle $1972.02; Richard Roark Endowment income $397.29

University Senator B. Gohlman: Mtg. in Oswego very spirited. UFS agree that we must assess and we must have objective assessment. Don Steven took away clear indication that UFS was angry. See resolutions in bulletin. Academic standards committee has agreed with first resolution, put everything on hold, and will continue dialogue with UFS. Don Steven has been good mediator between Trustees and UFS.

J. Hyman: applauds diplomacy of UFS, which opened path for dialogue. Thanks. If it comes to trustees going ahead anyway, does legislature have power to override?

Gohlman: not directly he doesn’t think. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to inform parents of cost. Thanks for comment.

Hyman: were schools unanimous?

Gohlman: yes.

Central Council L. Dance: 1. Family weekend mini lectures this weekend 2:00-4:00 in South Hall. 2. Next Saturday will be College Bowl in Hunt room of College Union.

Reports of Standing Committees of Senate

UCC C. Klima: Oct. 24 and 28 meetings. 110 courses—will group according to dept.

Second Reading

Revision Dance minor p. 41—carries

Deletion S/anth 110 p. 41--carries

Revision Biol. 381, 382, 395, 399 p. 41--carries

First Reading:

New Courses: Anth 313; Arth 173, 378, 379; Bio 307; Chem 315; Econ 345; Engl 239, 339; Geog 382, 386; Hist 214, 232, 362, 369; Span 314; Socl 376, 377, 378, 379; Thea 347. All carry

Course Revisions: Anth 201, 204, 232, 301, 304, 309, 208, 393; Arth 172, 201, 202; Arts 235, 335, 365; Danc 211; Env 124, 395; Geog 375; Gsci 333; Hist 352; Phys 362, 363, 372; Psyc 340, 360; Span 313, 325, 326; Thea 290, 100, 140, 200, 203, 221, 305, 311, 320, 330, 340, 204; Danc 211--carries

Course deletion: Biol 370, 373; Chem 210; Educ 338, 381; Geog 260;

H&PE 103, 109, 115, 121, 122, 136, 138, 206, 215, 218, 221, 222, 223, 224, 242; Hist 201, 317; Musc 230; Phil 102, 103, 105, 206; Socl 375; Thea 244--carries

Revisions of Major: BA in Art History; BA in Biology; BS in Biology; Early Childhood, Childhood, Childhood w/ Special Ed; Education BS, Spanish Concentration; BA in Geography; International Relations Major; BA in Spanish; BA in Theatre--carries

Revisions of minor: Asia Studies minor, Conflict Studies, Environmental Studies, Minor in Geography, Latin American Studies, Urban Studies--carries

Revised major--Deleting Option: Pre-professional option in the Geography Major--carries

Concentration revision: Theatre, Dance--carries

UCC has no other mtg scheduled yet

Undergraduate Policies H. Hoops

First reading: Proposal for Midterm Grade Reports for First Semester Transfer Students, bulletin p. 67, policy comm. minutes p. 56

Very common for transfer students to suffer academically first year, so think it would be good idea for them to receive grades and meet with advisors

Hyman: warning letter—what is exact letter?

Bailey: not formal notice of probation, just a letter of concern

C. Rowley: letter only sent to freshman? Not clear?

Bailey: need to add in last sentence.

Hoops: will take as friendly amendment

Woidat: this is for first semester transfer students? Only for one semester or full year?

Hoops: only one semester. But if they transfer in in spring will get grades in spring

Motion carries

Graduate Affairs D. Metz

First Reading

Revision of major program

MS in Eucation—Adolescence Education (French)

MS in Education—Adolescence Education (Spanish)

MS in Education—Adolescence Education (Mathematics)

New course

Intd 510 Seminar on Secondary School Mathematics and Pedagogy

All carry

Student Affairs M. Lynch: 1. student health and safety working group is working on curriculum and staffing plan for first year seminar. 2. SAC will be meeting with at least one member of committee on reviewing Sundance contract. If you have any questions/concerns welcome to attend

Faculty Affairs R. Hartman: Still working on fire drills during exam. Working with Capt. Ossont to alleviate. See minutes on p. 56

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

Memo from President Dahl regarding Change to Faculty Constitution: Gen Ed Committee Membership and Charge

TO: Charles Freeman, Chair

College Senate

FROM: Christopher C. Dahl, President

DATE: November 4, 2003

RE: Change to the Constitution of the Faculty

After appropriate consultation and discussion with the Senate Executive Committee, I have approved the following changes to Article X, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Faculty of SUNY Geneseo.

I believe that the General Education Committee and Interim Provost Gordon have made a good case for expanding the charge to the committee, integrating its assessment and oversight functions, and institutionalizing the participation of the Core Area chairs in the work of the committee. I concur with their rationale.

Please replace the previous language in the Constitution with the newly approved language. For your information I attach an item-by-item comparison of the new and old language.

New Language for Article X, Section 2

Membership:

1. A member from the Provost’s Office who will also Chair the General Education Committee.

2. The Chairs of the nine General Education Area committees: Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, Humanities, Critical Writing and Reading, Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning, Non-Western Traditions, U.S. History, and Foreign Language.

3. Five elected members of the teaching faculty who will serve staggered two-year terms.

4. One member from the Student Affairs Professional Staff who is appointed by the President for a two-year term.

5. One student member from the Academic Affairs Committee of Central Council who will serve a one-year term.

6. One student member (sophomore or junior) appointed by the Provost from a list of nominees submitted by the faculty and staff. Appointment term is two years.

Election of Five Teaching Faculty Members:

There will be five elected teaching faculty: One member from Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences with Mathematics and Computer Science, Professional Programs, and Social Sciences. The term of office will be two years. In the spring of even years, starting in 1992, representatives from Natural Science with Mathematics and Computer Science and Professional Programs will be elected. In the Spring of odd years, starting in 1993, representatives from Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science will be elected. The slate of nominees for these elections will be prepared by members of the academic groupings in the manner of their choice.

Functions:

The functions of the General Education Committee shall be (1) to oversee the General Education curriculum, (2) to continuously assess the effectiveness of that curriculum, and (3) to consider innovations that might further strengthen the congruence of that curriculum with best practices in higher education and the mission and goals of the College. In its oversight role, the Committee shall communicate its concerns directly to the General Education Area Committees and to the Dean of the College. In its assessment role, the Committee shall work in conjunction with the Assessment Planning Committee. In its development role, the Committee shall forward recommendations both to appropriate committees of the Senate and to the Provost and President.

Attachment

cc: Interim Provost Gordon

Item-by-Item Comparison of Language

Current Section 2

Proposed Section 2

Membership:

Members hip

A member from the Provost’s Office who will also Chair the General Education Committee.

No change.


Insert: The Chairs of the nine General Education Area committees: Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, Humanities, Critical Writing and Reading, Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning, Non-Western Traditions, U.S. History, and Foreign Language.

Eight members of the teaching faculty who will serve staggered two-year terms.

Revise: Five elected members of the teaching faculty who will serve staggered two-year terms.

One member from the Student Affairs Professional Staff who is appointed by the President for a two-year term.

No change.

One student member from the Academic Affairs Committee of Central Council who will serve a one-year term.

No change.

One student member (sophomore or junior) appointed by the Provost from a list of nominees submitted by the faculty and staff. Appointment term is two-years.

No change.

Selection of Teaching Faculty Members:

Revise: Election of Five Teaching Faculty Members:

Two teaching Faculty will be appointed by the Provost for two-year terms.

Delete.

One member will be a current or past Chair of the former Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee or the current Undergraduate Curricula or Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committees. The appointment will be made by the College Senate Chair for a two-year term.

Delete.

There will be five elected teaching Faculty. One member from Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences with Mathematics and Computer Science, Professional Programs, and Social Sciences. The term of office will be two years. In the spring of even years, starting in 1992, representatives from Natural Science with Mathematics and Computer Science and Professional Programs will be elected. In the Spring of odd years, starting in 1993, representatives from Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science will be elected. The slate of nominees for these elections will be prepared by members of the academic groupings in the manner of their choice.

No change.

Functions:

The functions of the General Education Committee will be to review all issues relative to general education and oversee core area committees. The committee shall make recommendations for action or policy initiatives to the appropriate committee/s of the College Senate and to the Provost and President.

Functions:

Revise: The functions of the General Education Committee shall be (1) to oversee the General Education curriculum, (2) to continuously assess the effectiveness of that curriculum, and (3) to consider innovations that might further strengthen the congruence of that curriculum with best practices in higher education and the mission and goals of the College. In its oversight role, the Committee shall communicate its concerns directly to the General Education Area Committees and to the Dean of the College. In its assessment role, the Committee shall work in conjunction with the Assessment Planning Committee. In its development role, the Committee shall forward recommendations both to appropriate committees of the Senate and to the Provost and President.