College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences


Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C,, 245-5264

Note: Page numbers indicate pages as per the paper copy of the Bulletins.


Bulletin No. 3


Pages 15 - 35

October 14, 2008



Page Topic

16 Minutes, Research Council, 13 February 2008

16 Minutes, Research Council, 6 March 2008

18 Minutes, Research Council, 24 July 2008

19 Minutes, Senate 23 September 2008

23 Minutes, Senate Executive Committee, 7 October, 2008

26 Minutes, Policy Committee, 7 October 2008

27 Minutes, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 28 October 2008

30 UCC Proposal Descriptions for Senate Meeting 18 November 2008

34 Agenda, Senate Meeting, 18 November 2008

35 University Faculty Senator Report: 150th Plenary Meeting






Research Council Minutes




Present: D.Anderson, A.Baldwin, C.Leary, J.Lewis (chair), M.Lynch (vice chair), J.McLean, P.Pacheco, K.Yokoyama



  • Anne Baldwin announced that we were able to fund all of the recent faculty incentive grants and research development award applications. Approximately $5,000 in Research Development Award funds remains leftover, and Anne indicated that a portion of those funds could be used to fund an additional summer faculty fellowship.

  • Covering the current round of faculty travel grants would result in a deficit of approximately $6,000 for the remainder of the year. Two options were discussed: (1) funding requests at a level of 80% in order to avoid a deficit (which was viewed as undesirable), or (2) using funds from indirect cost monies to cover the difference. Anne favors doing the latter. A question was raised about whether these funds would be available in the future if a similar shortfall was encountered. Anne indicated that she has the money to cover the travel grants overage out of the indirect costs this year, but cannot guarantee that she’ll be able to do it in future years. She said she would speak to Sue Crilly about an increase in Geneseo Foundation funds for travel grants for next year.

  • Anne solicited feedback from those involved in the pilot use of online review of applications for travel grants. Most feedback was positive. There may be some issues for Mac users that need to be clarified. But overall, council members said that reviewing online versions of proposals (as opposed to hardcopies) worked well. There was a brief discussion about considering moving to online submission of grant requests. The issue of electronic signatures would need to be discussed.


Summer Faculty Fellowships:

  • The council voted (7 to 1) to fund 6 rather than 5 proposals for Presidential Summer Faculty Fellowships.

  • The pool of applications for Geneseo Foundation Summer Faculty Fellowships and the Roemer Award was exceptionally strong this year. Deliberations on these awards were not completed before the meeting adjourned. The top 5 applications were identified (based on council member rankings). Discussion was continued via email and the following people were awarded fellowships:

    • Roemer Summer Research Fellowship - Amy Sheldon, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, 4He Dating of Young Groundwater

    • Geneseo Faculty Summer Research Fellowship

Ming-Mei Chang, Associate Professor of Biology

Constructing a Genomic Library of Cynthiana Grape (Vitis aestivalis)

Wendy Pogozelski, Professor of Chemistry

Completion of Three Student Research Projects and Studying Radiation Effects on Mitochondrial Protein Function

Helena Waddy, Professor of History

Hitler’s Passion: Catholic Oberammergau in the Nazi Era

  • Presidential Summer Research Fellowships

Justin Behrend, Assistant Professor of History

“True to One Another”: African-American Politics and Community after the Civil War

Lori Bernard, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages

El Cancionero toledano: Ms. 17.689 de la Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid

Dori Farthing, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences

Geochemical Study of Far Eastern Slag and the Interaction of Slag and Soil

Benjamin Laabs, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences

Extent, Timing and Climate of the Last Glaciation in the Northern Great Basin, U.S.A.

James McGarrah, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Exploring New Parameters in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Leigh O’Brien, Associate Professor of Education

Restoring Community in Elementary School: A Study of the First-Year Implementation of Peace Circles at Avon Primary School

  • The Hurrell/McNaron Award for Scholarly Presentation

James Kernan, Instructor, Department of Geography

Analysis of Drought Effects on the Spatial Variability of Paleo-Fire Regimes in the Cascade Range



Respectfully submitted,

Jani E. Lewis, Chair, Research Council



Research Council Minutes




Present: A.Baldwin, B.Colon, E.Crosby, J.Lewis (chair), M.Lynch (vice chair), P.Pacheco, M.Rozalski, D.Scott



  • Jani Lewis clarified the current policy of the Research Council indicating that council members who have students applying for particular fellowships should recuse themselves from any of the voting and discussion for those fellowships. This point is articulated in the constitution of the Research Council under the section titled “Procedures and Protocol”, paragraph 4.

  • Dori Farthing (Geological Sciences), who will be receiving a Presidential Summer Faculty Fellowships, indicated that her travel plans for the summer have changed. As a result, she will be doing her proposed research in Great Britain rather than Thailand. Betsy Colon suggested that the Council request a brief summary of the changes in Dr. Farthing’s plans and a new budget (for auditing purposes).



After review and discussion of applications, the Council made the following decisions.

  • Undergraduate Summer Fellowships: Four students were chosen to receive $2,500 stipends to support research and creative work this summer.

  • Wendell and Barbara Rhodes Research Award for scholarly research combining a natural science and a social science: One student was chosen as the recipient of this award.

  • Hurrell/ McNarron Award for scholarly presentation at a major conference: One untenured faculty member was chosen as the recipient of this award



Respectfully submitted,


Jani E. Lewis, Chair, Research Council


Research Council Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2008


Present: Jani Lewis (Chair), Lori Bernard, Emilye Crosby, Dan DeZarn, Savi Iyer, Chris Leary, Paul Pacheco, Denise Scott, Anne Baldwin


Not attending: Doug Baldwin, Michael Lynch, Michael Rozalski, Kazu Yokoyama


The meeting was convened at 3:00 PM in the President’s Conference Room, Erwin Hall


Jani welcomed everyone and had Council members introduce themselves for the benefit of the new members. Anne volunteered to record minutes.


The Council members had previously been notified by email of the Geneseo Foundation’s cuts to funding for faculty travel grants and incentive grants. They had also been notified that additional funding had been secured to help offset the travel grants cut: $20,000 from Dr. Levison from the indirect costs and $20,000 in CAS funds from the Provost. Anne had forwarded an electronic version of possible alternative budgets that the Council might consider in order to increase funds available for faculty travel and to fund incentive grants. These alternative budgets involved moving funds from other programs normally supported by indirect costs, including the Presidential Summer Fellowships, Research Development Awards, Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants, small supplements of $400 for the faculty advisors of Undergraduate Summer Fellowship recipients, $500 supplements to Presidential Summer Fellowship recipients who submit an external grant within one year following their fellowship, and travel funds to send faculty to proposal and research development meeting such as those offered by the Council for Undergraduate Research.


Jani explained that the purpose of the meeting was two-fold: to vote on the movement of indirect costs funds from other programs to cover travel grants and incentive grants, and to vote on how the travel grant program would be adjusted in light of reduced funding. Jani also noted that we are waiting for final word from the Provost about the possible availability of additional funding for travel from the Graduate Research Initiative state account, and that we would learn more about these funds in August. She also noted that the Council would submit their recommendations to the Provost for final approval.


The Council began deliberation using the alternative budgets as a guideline, and first considered the Presidential Summer Fellowship program. Lori, Chris, Paul, and Denise all spoke in favor of preserving the Presidential Summer Fellowships, however there was more general agreement that since other programs would be cut, it would be appropriate to also cut one Presidential Summer Fellowship ($3,500) and move those funds to travel. In light of previous year’s activity for the Research Development awards, the Council agreed to cut both of the course release awards ($7,000), moving $3,500 to incentive grants, $1,000 to create a third $1,000 Research Development Award, and moving the remaining $2,500 to travel. The Council also voted to do away with the supplements for the Undergraduate Summer Fellowship faculty advisors ($1,600 total) and supplements to Presidential Summer Fellowship recipients ($3,000 total), and Anne noted that she thought we might be able to cover those our of the indirect cost funds from next year. The Council also voted to decrease the funding for Graduate Student Grants by $800 for the year, in light of the fact that only one award was made last year. Finally, the Council voted to decrease the travel funds for faculty proposal and research development by $4,000 and move that money to faculty travel grants. These recommended changes would result in an additional $15,400 for faculty travel, bringing the total for faculty travel over the next three rounds (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Summer 2009) to $55,400.


The Council then turned to the issue of how the travel grants program might be altered given the reduction in available funding. Chris spoke in favor of giving priority to untenured junior faculty members, creating a two-tiered system of priority. However, the conversation turned to other alternatives and this suggestion did not come up for a vote. Paul suggested that since the cut to the travel funds is approximately 27%, and, given that the Council went significantly over budget in the previous year for travel, that the council should just recommend an across-the-board reduction of 30% to allow for overruns. There was some discussion of giving priority to faculty traveling with student presenters, but Lori and Denise noted that faculty in some disciplines almost never travel to meetings that have venues for undergraduate presentations. Anne also asked if it was rational to request that faculty voluntarily restrict their travel during the coming year, as possible, and the council agreed that this should be done. After much discussion, which included the differences between fields, the Council realized that the only fair solution that they could agree on was the one suggested by Paul, and they voted to decrease the maximum annual awards for each faculty member by 30%, bringing the maximum awards for the next three rounds to $560 for domestic travel (U.S., Mexico, and Canada), and $700 for international travel. Further, they agreed that if requests exceeded funds in any one round, the normal “percentage rule” would apply, whereby awards would be made at the percentage equal to available funds divided by approved requests. It was noted that if additional funding was made available, that the maximum awards could be increased appropriately.


Anne stated that she would forward the Council’s recommendation to the Provost for approval.


The Council then turned to how to best notify the faculty at large about the cuts and they asked that, after the Provost has given final approval, Anne send to all faculty an email that notifies them of the projected new award maximums. Anne should also note in the email the possibility that additional funding might become available, and that if that occurred, the award maximums would be increased. They asked that Anne send this email as soon as possible after the Provost responds to the Council’s recommendations. Anne agreed to do so.


Jani thanked everyone for attending and several Council members noted that although it was a difficult meeting it was also very informative, particularly for the alternative viewpoints of faculty from different fields.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 PM.


End of Report.


Respectfully submitted,

Jani Lewis, Chair, Research Council




23 September 2008


Present: C. Adams, J. Allen, A. Barbarello, J. Bearden, J. Behrend, B. Bonfiglio, C. Brown, K. Conway-Turner, K. Cylke, President Dahl, B. DeGeorge, J. Elmore, W. Eng, V. Farmer, C. Freeman, C. Geiger, K. Gentry, B. Gohlman, D. Granger, A. Gu, K. Hannam, M. Harrigan, W. Harrison, G. Hartvigsen, T. Hoppa, M. Jensen, J. Johannes, A. Jung, T. Kenney, K. Kirkman, R. Lang, K. Lemischak, K. Levison, J. Lewis, M. Lima, N. Lombardo, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, G. Marcus, C. Matthews, S. McDonald, D. McGee, B. McIntyre, J. McLean, B. Morgan, J. Morse, L. O’Brien, P. Pacheco, T. Paradis, J. Parent, J. Patterson, C. Post, D. Raynor, D. Robertson, C. Rowley, S. Salmon, F. Sheikh, Chair D. Showers, D. Simmons, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, S. Stubblefield, C.M. Tang, W. Vasiliev, E. Wallace, M. Whitt


Guests: T. Bazzett, D. Irwin, B. Laabs


Call to Order

Chair Dennis Showers called the meeting to order at 4:09 pm.


Adoption of the Agenda

The Agenda of the September 23, 2008 meeting (College Senate Bulletin 1, page 2) was passed unanimously.


Senate Reports



President Dahl reported:


President Dahl reported on the SUNY and Geneseo budgets. He stated that he would be sending an all-staff email with substantially more detail on the budget in the near future.

Highlights to date:

  • Our state operations budget allocation as of July 1, 2008 was $2.5 million below last year’s adjusted base. In order to close the gap, the following measures were taken:

    • a freeze was placed on almost all searches for faculty and staff lines (except health and safety)

    • a 4% reduction on personnel budgets was imposed

    • a 12% cut on other than personal service (OTPS) budgets was imposed in all departments

Since then, a further 7% reduction in the State budget was mandated by DOB and the Governor’s Office. Dahl stated that the SUNY budget cuts totaled $210 million (according to SUNY Business Officer’s calculations) – a 15% total cut in the SUNY operating budget. As reported at the May 2008 College Senate meeting, Dahl noted that SUNY faced an unprecedented situation in that the Division of the Budget imposed expenditure caps on all our revenue funds (IFR, DIFR, and SUTRA).


With the imposition of the recent 7% cuts, Geneseo’s budget gap will be between $2.89 million and $3.3 million. He noted that such numbers are unsustainable without the ability to expenditures from revenue accounts.


What to do?

  • Insist caps on revenue funds be eliminated and we be allowed to use money to make it through the year to fill in holes from our fee revenues and stabilization funds.

  • Continue advocating for a mid-year tuition increase. Campus presidents will be lobbying the SUNY Board of Trustees to implement a mid-year tuition increase.

  • A massive political advocacy campaign (students, families, staff, faculty and the local community) for the preservation of SUNY and amelioration of the budget. It is too late to pretend that it is business as usual.


Dahl observed that the budget cuts also provide an opportunity to advocate for a rational tuition policy and a new legal relationship between SUNY and the State, giving SUNY campuses the right to control their revenue accounts. Under such a system, SUNY appropriations would be similar to Aid to Localties and therefore less susceptible to mid-year cuts.


Following his presentation President Dahl fielded questions and then concluded by promising to keep the College community apprised of all developments on the budget.



Provost Conway-Turner reported:


  1. Budget – The Provost reiterated President Dahl’s message about the bleak budget and addressed maintaining high quality educational programs during tough economic times. She reminded Senators that this is a time to maintain and not to lose pace with programs already in place. She encouraged staff to write down creative ideas for future programs, tuck them away but to have them ready when Geneseo is in a better budget situation.


  1. Reconvening Curriculum Task Force – many messages have been sent soliciting feedback for the committee. She encouraged anyone having input to either send it to her office or email The committee will continue their efforts to ensure that the Gen Ed program really prepares our students for the future as they continue looking at the program holistically.


  1. Academic Affairs department websites – Conway-Turner recognized Suzy Hume and Paul Jackson for their work with department chairs as all academic websites have been customized to give a unified and academic look.


4. Big Tree Inn –Conway-Turner encouraged everyone to take the opportunity to stop by and look at the renovations that have taken place at the Big Tree Inn.



Chair Showers reported:


Chair Showers shared his mission for this year to look at the structure and function of Senate.

  • First level – as a committee as a whole, use the body of Senate to discuss:

    • How does it fit into the life of the college?

    • What are we doing that doesn’t need to be done?

    • Are there other things that could be done by Senate?


  • Second level – Standing committees:

    • Each chair was asked to meet with their committees at least once

    • review the charge in the plan of governance.

      • Is it the current charge effective?

      • What changes are needed?

      • Should it be dissolved as a standing committee, and moved to another kind of committee?

In preparation for a discussion to be held at the October meeting, Showers asked Senators to go back to their constituencies (department or student groups) and ask them:

  • Why do we need a College Senate?

    • What do they want to be brought into the conversation?

    • What could Senate be doing better?

    • What could we be doing that we are not?

    • How could we better serve the life of the college?

Showers also plans to do look at the committees of the College – involving students, faculty and staff and others that involve only faculty (i.e., College Personnel Committee). He plans to integrate and create more conversation among these separate branches. He has invited Paul Schacht to the October 2008 Senate meeting to give a brief description of the Gen Ed Committee and provide an opportunity between members of Senate and other members of Gen Ed Committee. During the course of the year, Showers plans to invite other chairs and representative of the other committees College and faculty to be invited to come and engage in conversation between Senate and those groups to facilitate communication.

Showers announced that Bill Gohlman has agreed to serve as the Senate parliamentarian.


Showers reported that the process for electing new members of the College Personnel Committee has fallen behind it’s required schedule according to the constitution of the faculty and the nomination committee is meeting on September 24th to move this process along and Showers asked for departments assistance in this process.

Lastly, he announced that he is serving on University Faculty Senate Governance Committee and he shared:

  • Strong move by trustees to get the Faculty Senate to work on improving the system transferability from 2 year colleges to 4 year institutions. It appears that legislators perceive there is a serious problem in SUNY (even though statistics prove there is not). They have told Board of Trustees that if they don’t fix it, the Legislators will fix it. Showers stated that University Faculty Senate wants to begin work on this issue.

Governance Committee:

  • New governance handbook for SUNY University Faculty Senate and Dennis plans to use the governance handbook to prompt discussion among our Senate and he will be sharing parts of it during the year and using it to prompt discussions as we talk about the role of senate.

  • Also reviewing guidelines for presidential searches – guided by SUNY Trustees policies.

  • Working on different kinds of training efforts for campus governance

    • Chairs of Senate

    • Committee Chairs at system and campus levels

    • Training of new Senators for University Senate



Vice Chair

Ed Wallace reported that the Awards Committee has been convened. The Committee is working on Service Awards and received a good response. Due to confidentiality, he will not have much to report until the spring.



David Granger reported that he continues the work that he, Chair Showers and Paul Jackson began in enhancing the voting application and database (password codes, etc.) for the elections process. He will continue addressing issues and working towards making the database easier. Granger plans to report as changes occur and expects to have this in place for the spring elections. Paul Jackson and others will be invited to a future meeting to update College Senate. He encouraged anyone with questions or concerns, to contact him.



Brian Morgan reported that he continues working to update the College Senate website by fixing links and making it more user friendly, especially for navigation. Morgan expects the site to be available after the fall break.



Greg Hartvigsen reported the balance of the account to be $1,325 (as reported at the College Senate Executive Committee on April 29, 2008). He encouraged Senate members to make contributions.


University Faculty Senator

Maria Lima absent – no report.


Vice President, Student Association

Dean McGee reported that he has met with the student senators and he has been asked what is their role in College Senate and committees? He asked that committee chairs address this in their individual meetings.


Showers commended Student Association for having a full complement of student senators to begin the year.


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate


Undergraduate Curricula

Robert Owens was absent but Chair Showers reported that UCC will meet at 4:00 pm on October 7, 2008 in Sturges 105.

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core Review

Leigh O’Brien reported that UAP is to meet on October 7, 2008 and she will be sending out notification soon to her committee.


Graduate Academic Affairs

Susan Salmon reported that the first GAA meeting is to meet on October 7, 2008.


Student Affairs

Cristina Geiger reported that the first SA meeting is to meet next week.


Faculty Affairs

James McLean reported the first FA meeting is to meet on October 7, 2008.


He also reminded everyone of the resolution on guidelines for Form H as presented to College Senate and asked that everyone remind departments of the December 1st deadline.




The departments shall review or create guidelines about which types of activities fall within each category on the H form (Teaching, Contributions to the Discipline, and Service).


Each department or school shall revise or create clear expectations identifying the types and levels of activities falling under each category of evaluation that are appropriate within that discipline’s culture.  There expectations should be clearly defined for each of the various levels of evaluation: contract renewal, continuing appointment, and promotion to Associate and Full Professor.  Information that would help evaluators outside the discipline regarding the relative significance of the different types of discipline-specific activities should be included.


These guidelines should be forwarded to the Provost’s Office by December 1, 2008 for further refinement and approval, and thereafter publicized to candidates and provided to the Faculty Personnel Committee of the College with candidates’ materials.




Old Business



New Business




Chair Showers adjourned the meeting at 5:05 pm


Respectfully submitted

Connie Hurlburt

Recording Secretary



ExecutiveCommittee Meeting Minutes

7 October 2008


Present: K. Conway-Turner, President Dahl, C. Geiger, D. Granger, G. Hartvigsen, M. Lima, D. McGee, J. McLean, B. Morgan, D. Showers (Chair), E. Wallace

Call to Order

Chair Showers called the meeting to order at 4:03 pm

Adoption of the Agenda

The October 7, 2008 meeting agenda was unanimously adopted.


President – Christopher Dahl

President Dahl reported that there was very little to report but that the State budget situation remains the same or marginally worse.  The Budget Priorities Committee will be meeting on October 21, 2008 and he will report back following that meeting.  He noted that while there has been no radical worsening of the budget, Geneseo continues trying to see how the $96 million cut affects us – much as he reported at the September 23, 2008, College Senate meeting.  He concluded by stating that we need to be able to access all of our revenue funds to make it through the year, and we need a mid-year tuition increase to keep things going.  


President Dahl noted that he is convinced that a forceful SUNY advocacy campaign must begin prior to the elections.  Most SUNY presidents share this view, and the system is now prepared to mount a much more elaborate advocacy effort.  Dahl expects we may have some news about additional funds for the Doty project at an upcoming press conference.

Provost – Kate Conway-Turner

The Provost reported:

  1. Lots of activities and programming taking place on campus. She mentioned two movies to be shown on campus about presidential election giving our students other ways to think about the upcoming elections (The Contender and Wag the Dog).

  2. SUNY Chief Academic Officers convening in Syracuse to meet with SUNY Provost Risa Palm to discuss strategies we are all using to handle the current budget cuts and strategies to maintain the integrity of our programmatic offerings. Hope something new and exciting comes out of the meeting.

Chair – Dennis Showers

Chair Showers reported:

  • He and Maria Lima will be attending the University Faculty Senate meeting in Potsdam next week. Showers will attend the Campus Governance Leaders meeting and Lima the actual University Faculty Senate meeting.

  • Paul Schacht, Assistant to the Provost, will be attending the October 21, 2008 College Senate meeting sharing information about the Gen Ed Committee. Showers will continue trying to facilitate other committees of the faculty and of the senate to share information among organizations. Schacht will make his short presentation immediately following the adoption of the agenda for the College Senate meeting.

  • Showers was interviewed by the Lamron concerning College Senate and the role of student senators.

  • Teaching faculty nominees to serve on Provost search committee – four nominees have been forwarded to President Dahl. Showers noted that by using email it allowed faculty members on sabbatical to participate in the process.

  • He is meeting with Dave Gordon to discuss how to work the Assessment Committee into the Constitution so as to institutionalize it.

  • He asked if people would like to try using a “wiiki” and prior to the meetings and look at routine announcements prior to the meeting and asked for input. Following a discussion, Showers stated he will think about this and promised to report on it at the next meeting.

Vice-Chair – Ed Wallace

  • Awards Committee – nominations closed and received good nominations. However, he has found that at least 4-5 nominees are not eligible for various reasons. The committee is in limbo waiting for materials to be returned from nominees. Sub-committees on teaching and service have begun meeting but Wallace is still looking for a student for the teaching sub-committee.

    • 3 for Excellence in Teaching

    • 1 for Distinguished Teaching Professor

    • 1 for Distinguished Service Professor

Past-Chair – David Granger

  • Granger reported that progress is being made on updating voting application for Senate. He promised to keep Executive Senate apprised of progress and he expects to have the program available for spring elections.

  • Chair Showers noted that he expects to have nominees available for the Personnel Committee to present at the All College meeting of October 21, 2008.

Secretary – Brian Morgan

No report.

Treasurer – Gregg Hartvigsen

  • Hartvigsen reported that the current balance in the Senate fund is $740.87.

University Faculty Senator – Maria Lima

No report.

Vice President, Student Assoc. – Dean McGee

McGee reported that he and the SA President will be attending the SUNY Assembly and he hopes to ask President Dahl for direction on budget advocacy and talking points. McGee promised that a tuition increase would be a part of that discussion.

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula – Bob Owens

Absent due to meeting with their committee at this time.

Undergraduate Policies – Leigh O’Brien

Absent due to meeting with their committee at this time.

Graduate Academic Affairs – Susan Salmon

Absent due to illness.

Student Affairs – Cristina Geiger

Geiger will be meeting with her committee. She has met with Vice President Bonfiglio and has ideas for discussion for the SA Committee to work on for the year.

Faculty Affairs – James McLean

McLean reported that his committee has met and began discussing the calendar year about religious observances. He stated that further discussion would be helpful in terms of the future.

He announced that at the next meeting Dave Parfitt from TLC will be the guest. They will be discussing the mentoring program and resources.

Following a discussion about the Advisement Task Force, Provost Conway-Turner promised to forward a paper copy of the report to McLean.

Old Business

Response to parent about calendar issue.

  • Showers reviewed the question about a parent concern about the calendar (i.e., SUNY Geneseo’s Religious Holiday Policy). The parent’s letter addresses SUNY Geneseo’s religious holiday policy, in specific, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays. The observation made by the parent is that other colleges/universities close for these two holidays. The parent kindly requested that SUNY Geneseo have an “open dialogue with the college community to review the current Geneseo policy and/or guidelines on religious holidays and school closings.”

  • Showers will be formulating a response and promised to share with Executive Senate a copy of his response.


New Business

Discussion of article on governance –

  • Keysar and Echo Article


Chair Showers adjourned the Executive Committee Senate Meeting at 5:02 pm


Respectfully submitted

Connie Hurlburt

Recording Secretary


Committee on Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Meeting Minutes

October 7, 2008


Present: Cassie Brown, Dan DeZarn, Charlie Freeman, Kristi Hannam, Karen Lemischak, Leigh O’Brien (chair), Christy Post, Aaron Steinhauer, Steve Stubblefield.


4:07 pm: Meeting called to order


O’Brien asked for input on membership and mission of committee. O’Brien said that students on committee should have an equal role. Hannam said that it might be useful to see how our committee fits into the broader picture of the Senate as a whole. DeZarn said that he has been on committee before and is still unsure exactly what the purview of the committee is. Steinhauer said that it would make sense for entire Senate to review charge for each committee, so that there is no overlap between two or more committees. Stubblefield asked about process for issues to come up to our committee. O’Brien said that her understanding was that we should not tackle issues on our own; the Senate Executive Committee will deal with how issues are handed out to the various Senate committees.


Next, the committee discussed possible topics for the committee to address in the coming year. O’Brien brought up the new academic schedule, as proposed by the Dean’s office. O’Brien said that she and Senate Chair Showers received emails from a faculty member stating that this issue should go through the College Senate. O’Brien said that the plan is that once the proposed new schedule open sessions are complete, then the new schedule proposal will go through Senate through the Faculty Affairs Committee. Other possible issues to address during the upcoming year: O’Brien brought up the possibility of revisiting the policy which prohibits faculty from using class attendance as a factor in assigning final grades. Freeman mentioned the possibility of addressing policies concerning laptop usage in class. Hannam mentioned the possibility of addressing policies concerning granting extra time for foreign students on exams. Because it was brought to her attention, O’Brien asked about the possibility of constructing a policy concerning advertisements written on blackboards in class. The consensus of the committee was that this is a non-issue and should not be pursued further. Brown brought up the possibility of looking into policies concerning course registration.


Next a discussion ensued about how to better clarify the purview of the committee. DeZarn suggested that we may want to consider dropping the “Core and Review” from the name of the committee, since the College General Education committee already handles issues pertaining to the core. Stubblefield said that the word “standards” that appears in the committee description in the Senate Constitution should be clarified. DeZarn stated that he felt the purview of each of the committees should be looked at in a broader context by the Senate at large.


O’Brien summed up the meeting: She will take to Senate Chair Showers and the Executive committee a list of the topics we are considering addressing. The Executive Committee will provide guidance as to what is an administrative issue and what is a Senate issue.


4:47 pm: Meeting adjourned


Respectfully submitted,

Charlie Freeman


UCC Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Present: B. Owens (Chair), N. Lombardo, A. Gu, P. Pacheco, J. Johannes, T. Kenney, A. Stanley, M. Stolee, G. Marcus, D. Baldwin, J. Dolce, K. Hoffman, T. Paradis, A. Jung, M. Jensen


Guests: M. Harrigan, B. Howard


Call to Order


B. Owens called the meeting to order at 4:06 PM.

Motion to adopt Agenda.

Friendly amendment: (T. Bazzett)

Take 399 classification out of the agenda, as clarification is needed and has been put on hold. Keep thinking about it, as it needs to be revisited, but there are Banner issues and Dean’s office is looking to track the information there. This may be as simple as changing course titles, but with further discussion, that doesn’t seem likely.


Proposal: (B. Owens)

399 moves to New Business to continue the discussion.


Revised agenda passed.


Old Business


Course proposal syllabi:

Syllabi come to the committee in a variety of forms and formats. We need to standardize as best we can to make it easier for evaluation.

Dean is looking to tweak the forms, which makes this a good time to talk about and evaluate the syllabus.


New Business


  1. New Course

COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

No discussion



COMN 277, Online Journalism

No discussion



INTD 205, Business Communications

Discussion: Who will be teaching? This has been taught as INTD 288, but needed working review. Faculty will transition from 288 to 205.



  1. Course Revision


COMN 275, News and Specialized Writing

Discussion: Is there reason to take out the media coverage? Components are there, but in different form. Other content addressed in other courses.



COMN 367, Television News



  1. Major Revision

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration

B.A. in Economics

No discussion



  1. Course Deletion

COMN 105, Introduction to Journalism

No discussion



COMN 261, Radio and Television Newswriting

No discussion



COMN 274, Electronic Publishing

No discussion



Will we be seeing a revision in COMN? Yes, it’s coming.


  1. Clarification on 399.

399(L), Lab Assistant

399(T), Teaching Assistant

399(R), Research


Perhaps the Dean’s office should send email to ask how 99 courses are being used. Gather the various features of how it’s being used and craft (O for Other?) new categories. Change is driven by a need to track and report to various agencies.

Listening to conversation about how 99’s are used in various disciplines, might this create a possible problem with an explosion of new classes? Independent research vs. Directed study. Balancing how much do we really need this data and to what degree of specificity? Look for an easy subdivision/categorization.

Are 199 and 299 doing anything more than classic Directed Study? Yes, Psych 299 can be in the lab doing research.

Need to get a handle on how this is being used and craft an over-arching description.

Is Independent Research done under a separate category? Not usually.

Survey chairs to see what is going on.

Address service learning?

Ex. History: X # 300 level classes, often conflict. Place student in 200 level class and use 399 to add to level of work for proper 300 level credit.

Ex. Student to go abroad: need ANTH 110, but it’s only in the spring. Take as 199 in Fall, so the students can get out in time and do what they need for requirements.

Do we need to know Research and nothing else? No.

Dean surveyed about what 99 classes earlier in the semester, but query allowed for 3 options, which didn’t fit the need of that department; Need to send survey open ended.

Open the question at Chairs meeting so that the Dean can explain what she needs to know.




B. Owens adjourned the meeting at 4:26 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Tracy Paradis


UCC Proposal Descriptions


Full proposals available at


New Courses


COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

This course presents the basics of writing for news and public relations which may be delivered by print, radio, television, internet or other electronic media. This is the foundation and prerequisite for other Communication courses which requires students to design, develop and produce messages for print and electronic delivery. Prerequisites: None. Credits: 3(3-0). Offered each semester.

Rationale: Upon approval of this course, COMN 105 and 261 will be removed. COMN 105 and 261 were initially designed for students with an interest in one specific type of media. However, there are numerous areas of study which are important to both fields. This resulted in similar information being taught in both these classes. Due to the convergence of media, it is important for students to learn all areas of study.


COMN 277, Online Journalism

Delivering news and other information through online media uses a powerful communication tool. This course focuses on interactive cyber journalism and how it complements the traditional media. Student journalists will use new media to communicate in quick, interactive, informative and informal settings while continuing to uphold journalistic standards. Prerequisite: COMN 107. Credits 3 (3-0). Offered when demand is sufficient.

Rationale: (My more succinct words) New identified audience with differing informational needs.


INTD 205, Business Communications

Effective communication is a key skill in today’s business world. This course aims to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge required for effective business communication. Students will develop competency in oral, written, and interpersonal communication relevant to business and professional organizations. Prerequisite: INTD 105. Restricted to School of Business majors. Credits: 3 (3-0).

Rationale: This course will be phased in as a replacement for ENGL 205 and COMN 204 in the BS Accounting, BS Business Administration, and BA Economics majors. As such, it will be offered every semester. Additional resources will be needed through the phase-in period with a return to normal section offerings after that time.


Course Revisions


COMN 275 News and Specialized Writing

This course focuses on improving basic reporting and writing skills, crafting in-depth news reports, and exposing students to other types of journalistic writing. Media coverage of current events is an additional component of this course. Students will track press coverage of significant issues and events throughout the semester. Prerequisites: COMN 105 or COMN 261. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered every spring.

Rationale: By making this the second level (Following COMN 107) of the media writing sequence, students will enhance their journalistic skills for different types of writing such as travel, feature , investigative reporting and media beats which may include religion, government, politics, entertainment, sports, business, and cross cultural areas. This is consistent with the employment market.


COMN 367, Television News

Prerequisite change substitutes COMN 107 for COMN 261 to read “Prequisites: COMN 107 and COMN 267.”

Rationale: COMN 261 is being deleted.


399(L), Lab Assistant

This course involves supervised work in students’ major area of study. Assigned work varies by discipline but commonly includes assistance in the labs of the major department. Labs may be scientific, computer, writing, or other discipline-specific organization. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours and declaration of a major. Credits: 1-6, repeatable to 12. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the major.

Rationale: The designation of a separate course title clearly articulates the nature of the work done by students.


399(T), Teaching Assistant

This course involves teaching assistance to the department of students’ major area of study. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours and declaration of a major. Credits: 1-6, repeatable to 12. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the major.

Rationale: The designation of a separate course title clearly articulates the nature of the work done by students.


399(R), Research

This course involves undergraduate research supervised by a faculty member in the department of students’ major area of study. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours and declaration of a major. Credits: 1-6, repeatable to 12. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the major.

Rationale: The designation of a separate course title clearly articulates the nature of the work done by students.


Major Revision


B.S. in Accounting

Consolidate Comn 204, Presentational Speaking in Organizations, and Engl 205, Business and Professional Writing into INTD 205, Business Communication.

Rationale: The School of Business benchmarked several other schools, reviewed course syllabi, and consulted faculty regarding business communications. We believe that it would be more effective and efficient if students complete one integrated written and oral business communications course.


B.S. in Business Administration

Consolidate Comn 204, Presentational Speaking in Organizations, and Engl 205, Business and Professional Writing into INTD 205, Business Communication.

Rationale: The School of Business benchmarked several other schools, reviewed course syllabi, and consulted faculty regarding business communications. We believe that it would be more effective and efficient if students complete one integrated written and oral business communications course.


B.A. in Economics

Consolidate Comn 204, Presentational Speaking in Organizations, and Engl 205, Business and Professional Writing into INTD 205, Business Communication.

Rationale: The School of Business benchmarked several other schools, reviewed course syllabi, and consulted faculty regarding business communications. We believe that it would be more effective and efficient if students complete one integrated written and oral business communications course.


Course Deletion


COMN 105 Introduction to Journalism

Rationale: COMN 105 will be removed when COMN 277 is approved . COMN 105 and 261 were initially designed for students with an interest in one specific type of media…. Due to the convergence of media, it is important for students to learn all areas of study. An


COMN 261 Radio and Television Newswriting

Rationale: COMN 261 will be removed upon approval of COMN 107. COMN 105 and 261 were initially designed for students with an interest in one specific type of media. Due to the convergence of media, it is important for students to learn all areas of study.


COMN 274 Electronic Publishing

Rationale: COMN 274 will be removed when COMN 277 is approved because the existing course focused on providing a basic working knowledge of graphic design and publication layout,…which many students now learn in middle or high school.


Agenda for Senate Meeting on October 21, 2008

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

Senate Meeting of 23 September 2008


Research Council Jani Lewis


Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost Kate Conway-Turner

Chair Dennis Showers

Vice Chair Ed Wallace

Past-Chair David Granger

Treasurer Gregg Hartvigsen

University Faculty Senator Maria Lima

Vice President, Student Assoc. Dean McGee


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Robert Owens

First Reading

New Course

COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

COMN 277, Online Journalism

INTD 205, Business Communications

Course Revision

COMN 275, News and Specialized Writing

COMN 367, Television News

Major Revision

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration

B.A. in Economics

Course Deletion

COMN 105, Introduction to Journalism

COMN 261, Radio and Television Newswriting

COMN 274, Electronic Publishing

Second Reading

New Course

CHEM 119, Introductory Chemistry

New Course for General Education in Natural Science

CHEM 119, N/Introductory Chemistry

Course Revision

PSYC 385, Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 395, Community Internship in Psychology

PSYC 396, Teaching Practicum in Psychology

PSYC 397, Undergraduate Research Seminar

SOCL 217, Urban Sociology

Major Revision

B.A. in Psychology

Course Deletion

SOCL 260, Population Studies


Undergraduate Policies Leigh O’Brien

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Cristina Geiger

Faculty Affairs James McLean


Old Business

New Business




University Faculty Senator Report


150th Fall Plenary Meeting at SUNY Potsdam, October 16-18, 2008


The Meeting opened with a brief address by June O’Neill, SUNY Potsdam’s member of the College Council and Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, emphasizing the importance of shared governance. For her, shared governance includes relationship with the community. According to O’Neill, “We must toot our own horn--

SUNY should not be the best kept secret in the state.”


Since we are talking about governance, at the sector meeting I nominated Chris for a Panel of University Presidents that will address the issue of shared governance at the Spring Faculty Senate Plenary meeting in Buffalo, on May 1st. Each UFS sector [ours is University Colleges) was invited to recommend a panel participant--a SUNY president who is a role model in terms of authentic support of shared governance. I think everyone at Geneseo agrees that Chris qualifies.


The University Senate President’s Report followed. Carl is a member of the Chancellor’s Search Committee: “Contrary to the popular rumor and articles in newspapers,” he said, “our Chancellor Search process continues. Three names were NOT given to Governor Patterson to select from. Without violating my oath of confidentiality regarding this search, I may add that many applications have been received from individuals interested in the position. A small sub-committee of the full Search Committee was appointed by Chair Carl Hayden; Milton Johnson, President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and I have been serving on that sub-committee. The sub-committee has been screening and offering preliminary interviews to applicants of promise, and there have been several promising candidates identified. Most of these promising applicants remain in the active applicant pool. We have not lost many applicants as a result of protracted time, press leaks and/or the gloomy budget situation for SUNY. The mix of applicants has been of traditional academics as well as non-traditional candidates. And I must report that the diverse mix of candidates has not caused an extraordinary split among the Search Committee members, as has been reported in the press. We have been assured that the search has been and will be objective, transparent and without political intrusion. If it becomes otherwise, I would resign from the search committee. Everyone agrees that we are upon difficult times in SUNY, and these times require a strong, experienced leader able to articulate the vision and mission of public higher education and market that mission and vision to all New Yorker-legislators, economic leaders and the taxpayers alike. Our future is dependent upon our recruiting such a person. A meeting of the full Search Committee will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks. I shall keep you updated.”


The President’s next item was the Governor’s budget—how it continues to challenge SUNY in proportion to other State agencies. While Chancellor Clark and Trustee Chair Carl Hayden have diligently tried to re-negotiate the relationship between SUNY and the Governor’s Office, most efforts to date have met with failure. The Board of Trustees Finance Committee, chaired by past New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, is advisory to the full Board of Trustees relative to budget policy and planning. The Finance Committee, together with Carl Hayden and senior System Administration, has been working tirelessly throughout the summer to find a way to manage and mitigate the across-the-board cuts advanced by Governor Patterson. At the last meeting of the Finance Committee, Carl McCall asked all State-operated college presidents to prepare budgets consistent with the proposed cuts. Further, our college presidents were asked to describe, in some detail, what the proposed cuts would mean to campus programs and operations. The only persistent good news is that the capital budget remains intact, as described at our spring plenary. Wiezalis emphasized that Chancellor Clark is set against retrenchment. He and the Board of Trustees will not consider it. Suggestion that tuition increase—a rational tuition policy for SUNY-- is the only solution. Even students, for the first time, are advocating for it. That would only address 30% of the gap, however. An increase in TAP will take care of people who do not have money.


A very detailed power-point presentation on the Budget by Jim Van Voorst, Interim Chief Financial Officer, followed. I’ll share those slides with interested senators, so email me if you want copies.


Provost’s Report—Risa Palm emphasized how important it was that the University Senate endorse the resolution on the articulation of transfers. For her, transfer is a curriculum issue, so the faculty should be in charge. The Resolution that we will be asked to vote on guarantees that.

The Provost gave us a playful warning about what’s coming next: program audits. There will be a random audit of campuses and majors. They want to know whether majors are doing assessment properly. To the question “Can’t seven-year reviews take care of it?” the provost answered that it was a procedural review—not substantive. They want to make sure assessment has occurred. It is a FUNCTION AUDIT--if we have an assessment plan in place. They are very long questions. Auditors will let campuses know when they are coming.

The only optimism in this plenary came from a SUNY librarian--Jason Kramer—and it was refreshing. Kramer presented on a very creative way to approach current budget problems. He told us about NYSHEI (The New York State Higher Education Initiative), an alliance of the public and private academic and research libraries of New York and its main initiative, ARIA, the Academic Research Information Act (ARIA). Because we all acknowledge the correlation between well-funded libraries and academic excellence (library resources and success in obtaining grants and successful faculty recruitment being only two of the factors he singled out), ARIA offers a means to leverage the size of our library community for the benefit of all—for the economic development of the state. The 50 million ARIA is asking for to purchase a consortium of databases/resources--an information infrastructure--(Bill A.9672) is currently in Ways and Means. Because economic development money comes from different boxes in the state budget, with state support we can extend these electronic resources to small businesses--savings to SUNY system alone will be HUGE. Governor Patterson sees such resources as central to his Green Collar Work Force Initiative since they are needed for training that work force.

When asked what we could do to help his initiative, Kramer mentioned the need for faculty testimonials, “two-sentence testimonials to emphasize the importance of what we are doing” and how “Library resources are as important as computers and lab spaces.” Contact Jason Kramer at or 518.443.5444 if you want to add your voice to the Bill.


Janet Nepkie spoke on the Ethics Committee Survey that will happen in the spring.

The Ethics committee has dealt successfully with ethical questions facing students. We have not been good at questions facing our faculty and administration. The survey wants to know what procedures are in place on each SUNY campus. We will be asked to provide links to any ethics policies available on our campus.


An update from Ram Chugh from the SUNY Retirees Service Corps followed the Ethics Committee Report. According to Chugh, there are more than 13,000 retirees when they started counting (the group came together in 1996), but only ten campuses have retiree programs (Geneseo does not have one by the way). Although several campuses have expressed support for a system-wide SUNY Retiree Center, we are far from accomplishing that. What each senator was asked to do is identify four or five retirees interested in starting a program at our campus and send these names to Retirees are “super volunteers” and it is time we all begin to utilize “America’s most wasted resource.” SO, FOLK, EMAIL ME IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED.


Barbara Drago, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business, Industry and Workforce Development, addressed the Plenary next.

There is a great need to anticipate what the state will need in the workforce of the future. The Business and Education Leadership Cooperative is an organization of agency, business and education (public and private) leaders dedicated to preserving and advancing New York through research, education, workforce development and economic development. Drago chairs this informal organization of over one hundred interested parties/organizations. She gave a short presentation describing the activities and aspirations of the Cooperative.


Doug Leavens, Director of Career and Technical Education for the Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton, Essex BOCES, complemented Drago’s talk with a presentation on a recently completed study of future educational and employment needs in Eastern New York. According to him, the data will help drive home the changing landscape of American business, industry and employment and how the schools, colleges and universities must seek to become part of the solution to New York State challenges.


Saturday morning was all about resolutions. Only one failed, the Resolution Permitting the Holding of Multiple Distinguished Faculty Ranks [it was possible for faculty to hold more than one Distinguished Rank until 2005]

After a heated debate, the resolution failed to obtain enough votes, and the main reason was, in the view of the majority, a rank is not an award. Once you are “distinguished,” that’s it.

Approved Resolutions:

Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation Resolution.


The Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation is composed of 18 people who represent the University Faculty Senate, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, the SUNY Student Assembly, the University Provost’s Office, SUNY Registrars, and SUNY Transfer Officers.

One of the best aspects of the resolution is that it builds upon current SUNY transfer procedures. In most cases, individual faculty will not notice any difference between SUNY transfer before or after the adoption of these policies. However, our transfer students will notice the difference. They will benefit from improved advisement via the website, more credit acceptance within the major, and an improved atmosphere within SUNY toward transfer.

Student success has been a major guideline in the Committee’s deliberations. We feel the adoption of the resolution will facilitate transfer, increase transfer efficiency, and improve student success.



The resolution contains four major recommendations:

1. Most first‐year and second ‐year courses within the major will transfer and will fulfill requirements for the major.

2. A SUNY System Transfer website has been developed in order to provide general information and transfer advice to our transfer students.

The website includes the following:

A. Course‐to‐course equivalencies

B. Instructions for transfer

C. Link to formally approved articulation agreements

D. Link to campus transfer offices

E. Background information

3. A Transfer Review Committee will be formed which will resolve issues that prevent a course from transferring. The Committee will consist of four faculty selected from the University Faculty Senate and four faculty from the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. In addition, there will be one non‐voting member from the Provost’s Office and one student non‐voting member.


Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation Resolution (7-30-08)


Whereas the SUNY Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation agrees with the Commission on Higher Education’s recommendation that articulation and transfer policies be strengthened and enforced throughout the system to eliminate all unnecessary impediments;


Whereas the SUNY Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation was charged to “explore ways of facilitating the transfer of students from one institution to another within the SUNY system and the articulation of programs that will facilitate the transfer process;”


Whereas the SUNY Board of Trustees has asked the Joint Committee to provide recommendations for strengthening transfer and articulation throughout the system; and


Whereas current Board policy includes the following statements:

1. New York State residents who are graduates of a State University two-year college, including the community colleges operating within the program of the University, and who possess an A.A. or A.S. degree, shall be guaranteed an opportunity to continue their education on a full-time basis at a baccalaureate campus of the University; and

2. Graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY with an A.A. or A.S. degree, when accepted in parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the University, shall be accorded full junior status and be given the opportunity to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree within four additional semesters of full-time work; and

3. Graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY, when accepted with junior status within parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the University, shall be granted full credit for general education courses taken and not be required to repeat successfully completed courses with similar curricular content; and

4. Only those admissions requirements to institutions or to particular programs applicable to continuing and returning students shall be applied to SUNY A.A. and A.S. transfer students; and

5. These transfer students shall be accorded, as far as possible, opportunities in areas such as housing, advisement and registration comparable to those of returning and continuing students; and

6. Baccalaureate campuses of SUNY in their enrollment planning shall give priority to A.A. and A.S. graduates of State University and City University of New York over other transfers; and

7. Academic decisions on admissions for such transfer students shall be based solely on their previous collegiate record; and

8. Baccalaureate campuses in making these admissions’ decisions shall pay particular attention to applications from A.A. and A.S. transfer students from their region who cannot relocate to another part of the State; now, therefore be it


Resolved that the Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation recommends that the current SUNY Board of Trustees policy regarding system-wide transfer and articulation be enforced, beginning Fall 2008; and, be it further


Resolved that

1. current Board policy be strengthened to include students who successfully complete first- and second-year courses generally offered at four-year institutions in a program or major at one SUNY institution be able to seamlessly transfer those courses into a parallel major or program at another SUNY institution; and

2. an accessible website be developed in full consultation with the Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation that lists all courses at all campuses with their transfer equivalents throughout the system. The website should include but not be limited to the following:

a. Course-to-course equivalencies using existing information

b. Instructions for transferring

c. Links to lists of formally approved articulation agreements

d. Links to lists of campus transfer officers

e. Background and Policy Guidelines, such as SUNY Board of Trustees Resolutions on Transfer; and

3. a standing committee be formed, known as the Transfer Review Committee, which will resolve the transfer status of first- and second-year courses generally offered at four-year institutions and make final recommendations, in consultation with disciplinary groups, to the Provost on the system-wide transferability of a course. Additionally,

a. The Transfer Review Committee should consist of four faculty selected by the UFS and four faculty selected by the FCCC. There should also be one ex-officio (non-voting) member appointed by the Provost’s office, and one ex-officio (non-voting) student member to be selected by the Student Assembly; and

b. The Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation should provide the charge for the Transfer Review Committee; and

c. The Transfer Review Committee should develop guidelines and appropriate forms to standardize a course transfer approval process throughout the system when the transfer status of a course is unclear or contested; and

d. The Transfer Review Committee should use course titles, course descriptions, prerequisites, and, if necessary, sample course syllabi when determining the transfer status of a course; and, be it further


Resolved that the Joint Committee recommends that SUNY System Administration begin facilitating workshops, roundtable discussions, and conferences throughout the state so that faculty from all sectors of the University can have regular conversations with each other about their courses and programs so they may work together to continually improve and align courses and programs throughout the system and serve as a resource to the Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation and the Transfer Review Committee; and be it further


Resolved that there should be at least two liaisons from the Joint Committee on Transfer

and Articulation (one from the four-year schools and one from the two-year schools) on all committees working to facilitate system-wide transfer.


150-03-1 Passed

Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation Resolution (7-30-08)

Endorsed by University Faculty Senate

October 18, 2008


Another resolution that passed unanimously is the one to support the mission and leadership of the Office for Diversity and Educational Equity in light of the current budget crisis—text below:


Resolution on the support for the mission and leadership of the Office for Diversity and Educational Equity


Whereas, New York State's public higher education system is among the world's largest, educating more than 400,000 degree candidates on 64 campuses in the State University of New York, and


Whereas, New York's colleges and universities must meet the challenges posed by rapidly changing demographic, scientific, technological and economic trends in order to prepare students to be successful in commerce, science, education, government, social sciences, humanities and the arts, and


Whereas, a well educated workforce is a necessity for the success of our state, and


Whereas, the young adults aged 18 to 29 are already the most ethnically and racially diverse segment of the current population, and


Whereas, by 2028, Hispanic, Black and Asian people will be in the majority within that age range, and

Whereas, the State University of New York has an obligation to educate the entirety of the populace of New York state, and

Whereas, a diverse classroom leads to an enhanced learning experience for all students, and

Whereas, the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity (ODEE) led by Dr. Pedro Caban was created with the intention of meeting the needs of our state and our University system, and

Whereas, ODEE has been thus far not been adequately funded to accomplish its mission, and


Whereas, given the current budget crisis, there is a real and present danger of further reductions in funding,

Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate states our unequivocal support for the mission and leadership of the Office for Diversity and Educational Equity, and urgently requests that the Chancellor provide a budget that is appropriate for the importance of its mission.

150-06-1 passed without dissent


Resolution on the Effect of New York State’s Budget on SUNY

Whereas, SUNY is being treated budgetarily as being similar to other state agencies in the Executive Branch, and

Whereas, contrary to the other state agencies, SUNY is not only a provider of important services but it is also a critical investment in the future of New York State, and

Whereas, the level of budget cuts currently announced will substantially weaken the academic reputation and status of SUNY as an institution of high academic quality by causing a serious loss of current faculty and making the recruitment of new talent (faculty and students) almost impossible, and

Whereas, the current budget cuts are so severe that they will undermine New York State’s investment in its future by making it more difficult for students to have access to the courses and programs they require, which will lengthen the time that they take to graduate and thus delay their entrance as productive members of society and the labor force as well as also incurring greater costs for their education, and

Whereas, the current financial crisis that is gripping New York State and the nation, and which is likely to continue for several years, will lead to increased unemployment that will result in an increase in the numbers of citizens seeking to acquire new or to enhance existing job skills by enrolling in SUNY,

Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate, as the representative body through which the faculty and professional staff engage in the governance of the University, believes that SUNY should not sustain the same percentage budget reductions as other state agencies, and

Be it further resolved, that the state publicly acknowledges SUNY as a significant investment in its future and as an engine of economic productivity that New York State sorely needs, and


Be it further resolved, that the faculty and academic and professional staff, who define the university, must be preserved at all costs even during periods of budget shortfalls, and

Be it further resolved, that the SUNY adopts a “rational tuition policy” that leads to small, predictable, annual tuition increases tied to a relevant inflationary index such as the Higher Education Price Index, which should not be used as an alternative to required state appropriation, and

Be it further resolved, that Governor Paterson and the Legislature should restore to SUNY a substantial portion of the budgets cuts already made and provide sufficient funds in continuing years to maintain SUNY as one of the premier institutions of public higher education in the country.

150-01-1 passed without dissent

Resolution on the Effect of New York State’s Budget on SUNY

October 18, 2008



Resolution on Implementing the Recommendations of the New York State Commission on Higher Education


Whereas, the final report of the New York State Commission on Higher Education recommended a series of actions that would enhance the value of public higher education to New York State by moving it more firmly into the 21st century.


Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate urges Governor Paterson and the New York State Legislature put into effect the ten major recommendations of the New York State Commission on Higher Education at the earliest possible time.


Respectfully submitted,

Maria Helena Lima

University Senator