College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 7
November 18th 2002

Contents

      

Announcements:                      
Fall Senate Meeting Listing
Call for nominations: Campus Awards
Fall elections
Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee, 22 October 2002
Minutes of the Research Council, 16 Oct 2002
Minutes of the College Senate, 12 November 2002
Minutes of the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee




Correspondence:  Terence Bazzett, Department of Psychology,

Sturges 34; e-mail: bazzett@geneseo.edu; phone: (245)-5248

Announcements:

Fall 2002 College Senate Meeting Schedule:
December 3 - ALL COLLEGE MEETING

Call for Nominations:

Campus Awards
 Two Foundation Supported Professorships
Presidents Award for Excellence in Academic Advising
President's Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching
President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors
Carol Harter Mentoring Award

 
Nominations for all of the above listed awards 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 4:15 p.m. on Monday, December  16, 2002.

 

Criteria for Awards

Supported Professorships -Lockhart, Geneseo Foundation, Alumni, Roemer, MacVittie

 

Rights and Responsibilites

1) A $6000 annual grant from the Geneseo Foundation for the 3 year 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 Foundation 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 sabbaticals, 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.

 

President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

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, and

·         Developing mentoring relationships with advisees

 

 

Presidents Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching (Inspired by the teaching contributions of Joseph O’Brien)

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

 

Harter Mentoring Award (Endowed by former President Carol Harter and Dr. Michael Harter)

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 encouraging research, scholarly work, and/or creative activities

 

President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors

Eligibility

·         Minimum of six 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 to the discipline

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

 

Past Recipients

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ADVISING

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 and Literature

2002                Margaret Stolee                                History

 

JOSEPH 0’BRIEN 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

 

CAROL HARTER 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

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS                                                                                              

2002        William Cook        History

 

SUPPORTED PROFESSORSHIPS

1994-97           Gary Towsley                               Mathematics                         Lockhart Professor

1995-98           Robert O’Donnel                          Biology                                  Lockhart Professor

1995-98           Stephen Padalino                         Physics                                  Alumni Professor

1997-00           Celia Easton                                  English                                   Lockhart Professor

1997-00           David Geiger                                 Chemistry                              Geneseo Foundation Professor

1998-01           Kurt Cylke                                     Sociology                              Lockhart Professor

1998-01           Robert Beason                              Biology                                  Alumni Professor

1999-02           Laura Doan                                   English                                   MacVittie Professor

1999-02           Isidro Bosch                                 Biology                                  Roemer Professor

2000-03           D. Jeffrey Over                             Geological Sciences             Lockhart Professor

2000-03           Daniel Strang                                Business Economics           Geneseo Foundation Professor

2001-04           Kurtis Fletcher                              Physics                                  Alumni Professor

2001-04           Harold Hoops                               Biology                                  Lockhart Professor

2002-05           Donald Marozas                           Education                              MacVittie Professor

2002-05           Christopher Leary                        Mathematics                         Roemer Professor

Fall Elections:

Fall elections will be conducted electronically using e-mail and a voting link set up by CIT.  A list of candidates for the College Personnel Committee and for the Committee on Nominations will be sent to each member of the teaching faculty.  Included with those lists will be instructions for voting.  The election web site will close at 4 P.M. on November 22nd.  Thank you Maryann Stopha for the terrific job putting this site together. 

 

Minutes:

Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

October 22, 2002

Committee Members Present: M. Lynch, M. Fratto, J. Tang, L. Zoller, W. Freed, C. Tang, C. Annala, C. Geiger, J. Principe, J. Garvey, J. Sergio, T. Conklin

Committee Members Absent: K. Davies, G. Gouvernet, R. Holthaus, P. Simmons

 

The meeting was called meeting to order at 4:05 pm

 

Chair's Report

M. Lynch:  Reviewed highlights of his meeting with Vice President Bonfiglio.

Sexual Assault:  Reviewed status of activities of the Sexual Violence Awareness Committee.

 

Alcohol Use:  Discussed a “white paper” written Dr. Bonfiglio addressing incidence of alcohol-related violations and current college policy.  Paper is in process of being revised.  A group from the college was to attend a conference focussing on developing alternative late-night activities.

·         Discussion:  Interest in having Geneseo merchants, college officials, and students work together to create more things for students to do off campus in the evening.

 

Parking: There is a parking committee.  Parking capacity is unlikely to see increase

·         Discussion: Should freshman be allowed to park on campus; could permits for more favorable lots be assigned starting with upper classmen and working downward; could use of lots be regulated by increasing cost of permits for more desirable lots; would closer surveillance of lots reduce parking by those without proper permit

·         J. Tang: Commented on difficulty faculty have parking after certain times of the morning

 

Meal Plan:  There are mechanisms in place for student input to CAS, including student representatives on the CAS executive board.

·         Discussion:  Hardships created by change in CAS meal plan – both in terms of hours and cost; potential reasoning behind CAS's shift in hours and services; need for data to support request for a change in service.

·         T. Conklin:  Suggested getting students to go as a united front to present a specific request for change.

·         C. Tang: Commented having dining halls open on weekend nights could provide an opportunity to alcohol-free social interaction.

 

New shuttle-bus service: Cost per student is 50.00 added to student activity fee.  Cost to college (and thus to students) could be deferred with increased use of the bus by community residents who would pay a nominal fee per trip.

·         D. McPherson:  Suggested need to encourage community to utilize the bus more often

 

Report on Jeremy Byrnes case:  A statement from the college reiterating that the college’s policies and procedures effectively promote a safe environment for students might be useful.

 

Student Liaison Report

M. Fratto:  Provided updates on several items.

UP Website overview:  Link allowing someone to report a crime could be made more clear (e.g., by stating “If you wish to report a crime or assault, click here.”).  Other parts of the website that make references to policies outlined in the student handbook could provide links to the on-line version of the handbook.

·         D. McPherson: Suggested that we speak to Joe VanRemmen about our suggestions.

 

Student Priorities: Meal Plan and Parking are the main concerns.

 

General Discussion

Parking:  see comments above

 

CAS meal planSuggestions included attending a CAS meeting, speaking to Dr. Bonfiglio about possibility of conducting a survey of student opinions, identifying key points to address, and focussing concerns on specific tasks and goals.

 

Tasks in Progress

CAS Meal Plan:  Students members of SAC are going to prepare a focussed request for specific changes in meal plan services.  This request will be presented and discussed at the next SAC meeting.  Students working on this task: T. Conklin, M. Fratto, J. Principe, J. Sergio.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Lynch, Ph.D.

Chair, SAC

Minutes of the Research Council,

Oct. 16, 2002

Members Present: Ganie DeHart, Doug Baldwin, Karla Cunningham, David Meisel, Doug Harke, Paul Pacheco, Ming-Mei Chang, Nader Asgary, Anne-Marie Reynolds, and Susan DioGuardi.

Members Absent: Lynette Bosch, David Johnson, Anne Eisenberg, Liz Hall.


Ganie DeHart called the meeting to order at 3:35 PM.

Ganie DeHart welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Provost Barbara Dixon for accepting to come to the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was for the Provost to report on the state of research at Geneseo, especially the expected impact of budget issues, and to give the research council the chance to ask the Provost questions about research-related issues.

 

The Provost reported that research council has had significant positive impact on the number and the amount of grants that have been submitted over the past 6 years.  The dollar amount of the grants that the College has received up to this time reached our 2005-targeted goal. More and more faculty are doing research and submitting grants to private and public organizations.

 

Provost Dixon stated that the current Budget shortfall would not impact internal funding (e.g., travel grants) and will be the same as before because it is coming from the Geneseo Foundation.  However, the departmental budget allocations were reduced by approximately 7% last fiscal year and that cut will be in effect this year.  She added, that the College would continue its grant matching funds within the resources available.

 

The Provost reported that her meeting with the Geneseo Foundation Board went very well.  Two student researchers and one faculty member made presentations to the Board and left a very favorable impression about the impact of the Undergraduate Research Grants.

 

Ganie DeHart stated that the College culture regarding grant writing has changed in the last 10 years and more and more faculty are writing grants. Currently, in her department three faculty members have grants from NIH, and another has just applied for one.

 

The Provost also reported that two new research awards have been instituted, partially in response to the efforts of the Research Council and its advocacy for recognition of research.  These awards are in addition to the several awards already available for college teaching, advising and mentoring. 

 

Nader asked the Provost, “given the number of grant proposals written by faculty is increasing, is there any support or organizational changes in the Sponsored Research office?”   The Provost said that if grant writing continued to increase Dr. Harke obviously would need some assistance.  The first approach would most likely be in the form of release time for a faculty member who can assist in this matter.   Doug Harke said that in 2001-02 the school received a total of $102,000.00 in indirect costs and in the first three months of 2002-03 an amount of $93,000.00 has already been recovered.  It is possible that some of the indirect costs can be reinvested into support for additional grant writing.

 

Ganie DeHart expressed concern about the difficulty of replacing computers used in faculty and student research, especially given that NSF and NIH are increasingly unwilling to include the cost of computer acquisition in their grants, and some faculty need to have good quality computers for their labs.  The Provost said her tech sub-committee advisor is evaluating the usage of computer labs in the College and asked if student laptops would help with the problem. Ganie responded that because of confidentiality concerns student laptops would not be a good solution in her lab. The Provost suggested that computers for student research use could be requested under the technology funding program. She said she would talk to the committee about the issue.

 

Doug Harke said that the school has become a member of Rochester Grantmakers Forum and provided both a notebook and access to their on-line information. The book can be borrowed from Doug’s office.  Ganie DeHart noted that a member of the Anthropology Department has recently received a grant from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation in Rochester. The Rochester area is particularly rich in foundation funding, but faculty have not sought much funding from this source in the past.

 

Student Grants Subcommittee report:

Sixty-one student applications were received, of which 55 were funded for a total of $25,301.96. One applicant needs to re-submit with a more detailed description and another one is contingent on IRB approval. Four applications were denied (One because the student’s GPA did not meet the requirement).  If the applicant above resubmits and the IRB approval goes through for the other, then the total number of applications supported will be 57, for a total of $26,343.96.

 

Travel Subcommittee report:

Sixty-six travel grants were funded for a total of $30,120. 

 

Research Support Subcommittee report:

Three incentive grants of $500 each and one Senate Small Grant for $277.00 were supported.

 

Doug Harke asked the committee for a motion to approve $10,300.00 from indirect costs recovered by the college to be distributed to Principal Investigators of grants.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 PM.

 

Minutes submitted by Nader Asgary.

 

Minutes of the College Senate

12 November 2002

Newton 204

 

Present: D. Anderson; C. Annala; S. Bailey; P. Barber; T. Bazzett; J. Bearden; R. Bonfiglio; T. Book; T. Buggie-Hunt; J. Bushnell; W. Cook; J. Cope; K. Cunningham; C. Dahl; G. Dingeldein; B. Dixon; G. Drake; A. Eisenberg; K. Farrell; W. Freed; C. Freeman; C. Geiger; R. Gifford; E. Gillin; W. Gohlman; G. Gouvernet; D. Granger; L. Hall; K. Hannam; R. Hartman; A. Herman; D. Johnson; A. Kline; K. Levison; M. Lima; M. Lynch; R. McEwen; D. McPherson; D. Metz; D. Norris; N. Paternostro; S. Salmon; E. Savellos; P. Schacht; M. Schmidt; A. Sheldon; R. Spear; M. Stolee;; M. Sutherland; C. Tang; J. Tang; G. Towsley; A. Weibel; B. Welker; C. Woidat; R. Young; T. Zollo; J. Zook; A. Conklin; J. Colosi; M. Fratto; J. Garvey; A. Hassid; J. Lieberman; K. O’Neill; N. Passer; J. Principe; J. Remy; J. Rice; J. Sergio; C. Whalen; J. Winkler; P. Wong; L. Zoller.

 

Guests: J. Boiani; R. Pagliocca; E. Spicka.

 

Call to Order

Chair Bazzett called the Senate to order at 4.05 PM.

 

Adoption of the Agenda

The agenda was adopted without corrections.

 

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

he minutes of the previous meeting (8 October 2002, Senate Bulletin 5, pp. 43-45) were approved unanimously without changes or corrections.

 

Senate Reports  

President’s Report

1.        President Dahl reported that the status of the State Budget for this year and the next was no clearer than a month ago. Next year, he said, would certainly not be a good year. So the College was being very careful at this point, not conducting searches and taking other cautious measures to  avoid layoffs and serious interruptions to service. We would not know much about the Budget until the Executive Budget arrived in late January 2003 (with a newly elected government, the State Constitution would permit the Governor extra time to reorganize). Dahl said that SUNY would need to address regularizing and rationalizing the tuition system; the Budget in general would need flexibility in bad times.

 

The College Budget Committee from Senate and the College Administration has met to talk about the process of putting together the Budget in future years. The Committee thought that, before any economizing, the College community have a comprehensive briefing on the entire College Budget and how it worked. Dahl said that the Committee would call an all-Campus informational meeting on the same date as a Senate meeting to explain the Budget.

 

  1. Dahl was also replacing expired seats on the Strategic Planning Group (SPG) as well as adding Faculty and additional Professional Staff to cover changes in the College Constitution. The SPG would be discussing the revision of a document based on last year’s six priorities, adding a seventh based on physical plant and facilities. The revised document would then be presented to the College as a whole. Some objectives have risen to the top of the list for the coming year, but Dahl wanted to make sure that the College knew about all seven objectives.

 

  1. The College had pledged $37, 762 to the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Campaign, but this was $1800 less than last year. This was an opportunity for the College to show concern for the wider community, and Dahl urged further pledges.

 

Provost’s Report

  1. Provost Dixon reported that most Faculty searches were proceeding. She hoped that all searches started this fall would continue to do so. 
  2. B. Glass in the Teaching Learning Center was planning Faculty Development activities; some might already be on the Teaching Learning Center website.
  3. The Provost reminded the Senate that it was time for Campus Awards nominations in the following categories:

Two Foundation Supported Professorships

President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

President's Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching

President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors

Carol Harter Mentoring Award

 

Chair’s Report

  1. Chair Bazzett thanked M. Stopha (CIT) for developing the Senate’s electronic voting website. There was still one small problem: some of the code numbers began with a zero. Since Excel spreadsheets dropped the zeroes, some voters would have to add the appropriate number of zeroes when voting.
  2. Bazzett attended the University Faculty Senate Plenary Meeting at SUNY Purchase last month, and he came away with a new respect for University Senate. The Plenary Meeting dealt primarily with the State Budget. Financial matters were certainly bleak right now. But Bazzett did note that one SUNY Trustee who spoke at the Plenary Meeting, Randy Daniels, was a very good advocate for SUNY. He spoke very positively about the future (the Bulletin contains a detailed summary of his comments).  In one remark, Daniels characterized SUNY Professors as embarrassingly underpaid; he would like to work within the system to increase salaries. Unfortunately, primary and secondary education have received the major share of State funding. SUNY had been, in effect, last in line, just in time for a financial crisis.

 

Daniels also noted that SUNY had enrolled its highest number of students yet; minority enrollment was high; SAT scores stood at an all-time high; research was high; tuition has held steady.  He felt that when the State’s economy came around, SUNY would get its payback.

 

Chancellor King also spoke, reminding the Senate that New York State had lost 100,000 jobs’ worth of income tax income from September 11— including high-paying jobs that generated larger tax revenues. He was optimistic that jobs would return to New York State.

       

  1. J. Bushnell asked Bazzett why Librarians hadn’t received passwords for Senate elections; Librarians were included in the Teaching Faculty. Bazzett assured Bushnell that Librarians would receive ballots. He reminded the Senate that election ballots were due on 22 November.

 

Vice Chair’s Report

C. Freeman said that, in the absence of his assistant, he would collect the handheld electronic devices at the end of the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

No report.

 

University Senator’s Report

W. Gohlman had not been able to attend the University Faculty Senate Plenary Meeting, but the University Senate did send him the report from the Comprehensive College Sector. There, too, the Budget was the major theme. Buffalo State College, said Gohlman, recently solved a budget shortfall by cutting eighty class sections shortly before fall classes began.

 

M. Lima (English) asked what Buffalo State would do for their students? Gohlman said their College had to increase class sizes, and Bazzett echoed that Chancellor King anticipating problems like this one. In contrast, said President Dahl, Geneseo has handled budget cuts differently. Instead of sudden, drastic changes, we have been sending out gloomy financial memos months ahead of time to avoid sudden class cuts. 

 

Bazzett added that the Plenary Meeting gave him a positive impression about Geneseo. He observed that we had a good reputation across the system. Also, we would be hosting the Plenary Meeting in January 2003.

 

Central Council Report

J. Lieberman said that tickets for the vacation bus downstate at Thanksgiving could be picked up at the College Union Ticket Office. Students could also make reservations for the upcoming airport bus.

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report

J. Bushnell made the following motions on behalf of her Committee:

 

Second Readings: (Summaries in Bulletin 4)

Revision of a Minor Program

Asian Studies: Add —Add ANTH 301 to possible electives (p. 32)

The motion passed unanimously.

Course Revisions

                                COMNX 368 (p. 32)

                                ENGL 222 (p. 32)

                                MATH 213 (p. 32)               

Each of these motions passed unanimously.

                               

First Reading: (summaries in Bulletin 6)

                Revision of a Major Program

                                Program Revision: B.A. in Computer Science (p. 56)

                                Program Revision: B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Biology (p. 56)

                                Program Revision: B.A. in Chemistry (p. 58)

                                Program Revision: B.S. in Chemistry: American Chemical Society Certified (p. 58)

Program Revision: B.S. in Chemistry: American Chemical Society Certified; Biochemistry Option (p. 59)          

Program Revision: B.S. Adolescence Certification (7-12) in Chemistry and General Science (p. 59)

Each of these four program revisions passed unanimously.

New Course

                New Course: BCHM 393 (p. 56)

                New Course: BIOL 128 (p. 57)

                New Course: BIOL 304 (p. 57)

                New Course: ENGL 406/306 (p. 57)

                New Course: ENGL 318 (p. 57)

New Course: CHEM 100 (p. 57)

                New Course: CHEM 352 (p. 57)

(Bushnell explained that the BIOL 302 number listed in the College Senate Bulletin was not available, so 304 was being substituted.)        

Each of these four groups of new courses passed unanimously.

Course Revision

                Course Revision: CHEM 340 (p. 58)

                Course Revision: CHEM 351 (p. 58)

This motion passed unanimously.

 

Policy Committee Report

No report .

 

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Report

D. Metz said that his Committee was discussing proposals from English, Business, and Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Results of these discussions would be forthcoming.

 

Student Affairs Committee Report

M. Lynch said Student Affairs was working with CAS to have Letchworth Dining Hall open on weekends.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee Report

R. Hartman said her Committee had met on 22 October 22 (see p. 52 in the Bulletin) and discussed accommodating students with disabilities. She would be announcing details of the next meeting.

 

Old Business

There was no old business.

 

New Business

M. Lima reminded the Senate of the memorial service for English Department Professor Emeritus Don Watt, on Saturday, 16 November at 3PM at Campus House.

 

Adjournment

Bazzett adjourned the meeting at 4.35PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary

 

Minutes of the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

November 12, 2002

Members present:  K. Dalton, R. Gifford, C. Klima, D. Metz, M. Sutherland

Guests: W. Cotton. B. Howard, D. Gordon, M. Zuckerman

 

Chair D. Metz called the meeting to order at 12:50

 

GAAC discussed three agenda items: (1) a proposal from the School of Business regarding a new MS degree program in accounting; (2) minor course revisions in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, and: (3) a new course in English.  Voting followed discussions of each proposal and each newly proposed/revised course.  The proposals and courses that were discussed are listed below.  GAAC unanimously approved all of the proposals and courses listed below.     

 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS NEW PROGRAM: MS IN ACCOUNTING

 

Rationale:  The accounting profession has evolved in the last 20 years so that its members must be increasingly well prepared in the technical aspects of accounting and provided with a broad business knowledge, grounded in critical thinking and communication skills. To continue to prepare our students to compete in this changing environment the School of Business proposes a M.S. in Accounting degree program. Geneseo’s accounting program has long been recognized for its excellence by the accounting profession. The M.S. program will allow the college to maintain and enhance a high quality program that provides students with the additional knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of the industry and society’s increased expectations of accounting professionals. 

 

The M.S program directly supports the mission of the College, which declares that Geneseo is “a public liberal arts program with selected professional and master’s level programs.” The Masters in Accounting is needed as part of the accounting major, which is one of the selected professional programs of the College. This degree program also supports the College and the School of Business missions of developing lifelong learning habits.

 

The M.S. program is also consistent with the School of Business vision, part of which posits that we will provide our students with an education that allows them to “excel in best practices of business.”  The accounting profession has determined that 150 hours is necessary preparation for a career in public accountancy. This new requirement reflects the evolved best practice standard in accounting.   The School of Business mission declares that we are “committed to continuous improvements;” this program is such an improvement. As a School of Business in a public liberal arts college we are committed to providing access to the best possible education to students who may be unable to afford private institutions, particularly a mandated fifth year. We aspire to be the low cost, high quality provider of this additional year.

 

The NYS Department of Education, based on recommendations from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has set the educational standard for qualifying to take the CPA exam at 150 credit hours. NYS has stated that all registered programs must require 150 credit hours by August 1, 2004 and that all applicants for licensure after August 1, 2009 have completed 150 credit hours.  The M.S. program will fulfill these new educational requirements and allow Geneseo to continue to offer a licensure qualifying accounting program. 

NEW COURSES

ACCT 502: Advanced Financial Accounting

This course will cover advanced aspects of consolidation accounting and additional advanced accounting topics.  Advanced aspects of consolidation accounting will include pre and post acquisition issues, transfers of non-current assets, intercompany transactions, and consolidation ownership issues.  Additional advanced topics will include foreign currencies and entities, SEC reporting, advanced partnership accounting, accounting for investments, revenue recognition, pension accounting and an introduction to governmental and fund accounting.

ACCT 503: Strategic Management Accounting

This course involves an in-depth coverage of selected contemporary aspects of advanced management accounting and strategic cost management, and will be conducted as a seminar/discussion class with extensive use of case studies.  Topics include the historical perspective of management accounting, regression analysis and cost behavior, resource allocation and capacity cost, activity based costing and management, cost based decision making, decentralization and performance evaluation, financial and non-financial measures of performance, the balanced scorecard, advanced aspects of capital expenditure evaluation, and incentive compensation schemes.

ACCT 520: Advanced Auditing Theory

This course is a study of audit theory and the application of that theory to accounting systems (cycles) and financial statements.  Auditing standards, planning, internal control evaluation and evidence accumulation as they relate to the accounting systems and auditor reports are emphasized, along with an exploration of the professional responsibilities and dilemmas faced by independent auditors.

ACCT 530: Accounting Theory and Research

This course involves a study of the theoretical underpinnings of accounting and their application to the practice of the discipline. Material covered will include the nature of accounting theory and measurement, research methods in accounting, institutional issues, the conceptual framework, accounting information and the capital asset pricing model, income measurement systems, political influences on financial reporting, and international issues. The course will include a substantive research paper requirement which will serve as a capstone experience in the MS (Accounting) program.

ECON 525: Managerial Economic Analysis

Managerial economics introduces the basic principles of economic analysis as applied to managerial decisions to determine how an organization can achieve its aims most efficiently.  This course applies statistical and quantitative tools and the methodological approaches commonly used by economists to business problems as demand estimation, product pricing, profit maximizing level of output, cost minimizing level of input use, and forecasting.

MGMT 500:  Leadership in Organizations

This course will provide opportunities for actively engaging in discussion, role-plays, analysis of articles, and participation in teamwork.  Lecture will be kept at a minimum.  A greater emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and applying the concepts and theories as best we can in a classroom environment.  Small group activities and discussion will serve a dual purpose of learning concepts as well as developing your team.  Additionally, you will have opportunities to conduct your own research on Leadership and present your findings and analysis to the class.

MGMT 511:  Financial Management

The course will provide an advanced study of financial management techniques.  It is designed to deal with financial topics not covered in previous finance and accounting classes.  The class will present financial theory, key financial analysis tools, and will investigate the linkage between management decisions and their impact on the financial performance and economic value of the business.  The course will require students to evaluate short- and long-term financing options and assess the implications of financing choices.  It will also investigate issues of dividend policy, financial derivatives, bankruptcy, and mergers and the market for corporate control.  Case studies will be used to provide a link between the classroom and the real world.  Students will solve the cases in groups to help develop the problem solving and communication skills required for success in the business world.

MGMT 522:  Quantitative Analysis

This course will provide a broad overview of advanced quantitative methodologies needed for modern management.  Topics covered will include decision analysis, optimization, risk management, theory of waiting lines, simulation, forecasting, and multiple regression.  Students will be required to work with computer packages for implementing the models taught in this course.

MGMT 550:  Information Systems Theory and Practice

This course covers the treatment of information as a system to be managed.  Topics include a general overview of information systems; managing computer technology; transaction processing; internal controls, systems security; systems planning, analysis, design and documentation; legal and ethical issues; and database management. Students will also be exposed to data communications technologies. 

 

CDSc 541  Adult Language Disorders

Designed to increase understanding of communication characteristics of adults with the primary focus on evaluation and treatment of adults with aphasia.  Course content also includes other selected geriatric communication problems with neurological bases, historical background, current issues, family and patient conferencing, and team approach to staffing adults with communication problems.  This course addresses issues pertaining to normal and abnormal human development and behavior across the life span.  3(3-0).  Offered every fall.

 

CDSc 522  Neurogenic Speech Disorders

Etiology, types, symptoms, and treatment of speech disorders caused by central nervous system diseases are considered in detail.  Special consideration is given to the inter-disciplinary approach to treatment of communication problems of these individuals and to the use of augmentative communication systems.  This course addresses issues pertaining to normal and abnormal human development and behavior across the life span.  3(3-0).  Offered every fall.

 

CDSc 445  Language Intervention with Persons with Severe Impairment

An in-depth study is made of formal and informal language assessment and intervention procedures for preverbal and early verbal individuals.  Severe language delays and disorders are discussed as related to various disabilities, such as autism, mental retardation, and hearing impairment.  Intervention techniques include essential presymbolic, social/communication and language skills, and augmentative modes of communication.  This course addresses issues pertaining to normal and abnormal human development and behavior across the life span.  3(3-0).  Offered every fall.

 

ENGLISH-NEW COURSE

 

Rationale:  The Department of English is committed to helping students enrolled in the MS degree in English and Education, but the handful of students wishing to enroll in graduate-level courses does not currently justify distinct offerings for these students during the academic year.  This course addresses the interests of teachers as well as teachers-in-training; we predict the course will be fully subscribed each semester.  ENGL 406/306 is a writing and writing theory course, not a pedagogy course, but it will supplement instruction in English Education students already receive.

 

 

ENGL 406/306 Writing for Teachers

This course offers writing instruction to graduate students and advanced undergraduates who intend to teach.  Students read writing theory, review English grammar, and write a series of essays over the course of the term.  Graduate students in the course will be required to present their research findings on writing and pedagogy to the class.