College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C, showers@geneseo.edu, 245-5264

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

 

Bulletin No.4

Bulletin No. 4

Pages 34-55

January 21, 2010


Topic Page

Agenda, College Senate Meeting, 26 January 2010 35

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Proposals for 1/26/2009 36

Corrections to the Minutes of September Senate Meeting 38

Minutes of the All College Meeting 10/20/2009 38

Minutes of the Committee on UG Academic Policies, Core, and Review 10/29/2009 40

Minutes of the Executive Committee 11/3/2009 41

Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee 12/8/2009 45

Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 12/8/2009 48

Minutes of the Executive Committee 12/8/2009 50

University Faculty Senator Report 1/20/2010 52

 

 


Agenda for Senate Meeting on January 26, 2010

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

 

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost Carol Long

Chair Dennis Showers

Vice Chair Chris Leary

Past-Chair David Granger

Treasurer Gregg Hartvigsen

University Faculty Senator Maria Lima

Vice President, Student Assoc. Nicholas Kaasik

 

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Robert Owens

First Reading

New Course (Found in CSB 4, pages 36-37)

CDSC 207, Speech and Language Development and Intervention for ESL Speakers in College

EDUC 363, International Field Experience: Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence Education

HIST 355, Slave Rebellions and Resistance in the Atlantic World

INTD 215, Central European Cultural History

 

Course Revision (Found in CSB 4, page 37)

ARTS 200, 204, 205, 210, 215, 220, 222, 225, 230, 240, 245, 250, 305, 310, 311, 315, 316, 320, 321, 325, 326, 330, 340, 341, 345, 346, 350, 351

CSCI 142, Principles of Computer Science

 

Course Deletion

CSCI 141, Introduction to Computer Science

CSCI 384, Parallelism

 

Program Revision (Found in CSB 4, pages 37-38)

B.A. in Art History

Minor in Computer Applications

Combined Degree Program, BA/MAT in Adolescence English Education

Major in Political Science

 

Second Reading

 

New Course (Found in CSB 3, page 32)

ANTH 237, Art and Material Culture

COMN 349, Advanced Issues in Personal and Professional Communication

CSCI 390, Topics in Computer Science

 

New Core Course (Found in CSB 6, March 17, 2009 and in CSB 9, April 1, 2008)

HIST 111, World History
HIST 163, African American History to 1877
HIST 164, African-American History from 1877

HIST 267, Women and U.S. Social Movements

 

Course Revision (Found on CSB 3, page 32-33)

HIST 322, German Society and Politics since 1945

PLSC 322, German Society and Politics since 1945

 

Course Deletion

HIST 229, German Society and Politics since 1945

PLSC 229, German Society and Politics since 1945

 

Undergraduate Policies Leigh O’Brien

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Justin Behrend

Faculty Affairs James Bearden

 

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

 

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Proposals

 

Go to the “Senate 2009-2010/First Reading 2009 11 17” folder at http://boxes.geneseo.edu/outboxes/DeanOfCollege/doc/ucc/ to view the department proposals. The major major points are summarized below.

 

New Course

 

CDSC 207, Speech and Language Development and Intervention for ESL Speakers in College

This course is designed as a service learning course. It will cover practical skills in intervention with individuals from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The course targets learning strategies for various interventions and modifications needed based on culture, ethnicity and native language. All services will be in an effective, ethical, legal, safe manner, and reflecting Evidence-based Practice. Prerequisites 242 with a minimum grade of B-. 1(0-2). Offered every fall and spring.

 

EDUC 363, International Field Experience: Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence Education

Students in this course will spend two weeks in an enrichment practicum in an elementary school or a secondary school in England or another country. Discussions of classroom observations and seminars on comparative education will be provided in English by faculty from the host university or institute for teacher preparation. Credits: 3 (3???0). Summer session offering.

Prerequisites:

For teacher candidates in Adolescence Education:

(1) Senior standing; (2) INTD 300 or INTD 301 or Foreign Language 320; and (3) INTD 302.

For teacher candidates in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, Childhood Education, or Childhood with Special Education:

(1) Senior standing; and (2) CURR 317.

 

HIST 355: Slave Rebellions and Resistance in the Atlantic World

This course examines slave rebellions and resistance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a wide variety of locales, including the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. Our goals will be to examine what constituted a slave rebellion, how resistance differed from rebellion, how revolts were organized, how they impacted local communities as well as nation-states, and how various forms of resistance altered slaveholder power. This course will give you a sense of what slavery was like in the New World, and how historical events, such as the French and Haitian revolutions, altered slave regimes, and how slave rebels shaped the abolitionist movement. In addition, we will explore how historians have interpreted the fragmentary evidence on revolts and conspiracies. Prerequisitea: HIST 22 and HIST 221 or permission of the instructor. 3(3-0). Course will be offered as a U.S. History or a Non-Western History elective, offered in combination with other 300-level courses.

 

INTD 215, Central European Cultural History

The course will focus on the cultural-historical development of Central Europe. The students will study the different peoples who make up the multi-cultural quilt of Central Europe via readings, lectures, and audio-visuals. Cultural, religious and historical contributions of minorities in Central Europe, such as the Roma, German minority and Jews will also be explored in addition to the majority populations. Prerequisites: INTD 105. 3(3-0) Offered fall of even numbered years.

 

Course Revision

 

ARTS course numbers are: 200, 204, 205, 210, 215, 220, 222, 225, 230, 240, 245, 250, 305, 310, 311, 315, 316, 320, 321, 325, 326, 330, 340, 341, 345, 346, 350, 351.

Changes hours to 3(2-2) to reflect how courses are taught.

 

CSCI 142, Principles of Computer Science

Description change

This course deals with abstract data types and data structures. This course covers recursion, subclasses and inheritance, and the classic data structures such as lists, queues, stacks, and trees. Prerequisite: CSCI 119. 4(3-2).

 

Program Revision

 

B.A. in Art History to become dual track leading to B.A. in Art History Studio Art Program or Interdisciplinary Program

Changes from 1 to 2 tracks and adds 3-6 hours depending on track.

Studio Art Track (39 hrs.)

(General Education, Arts Management, Gallery Work, Museology, Conservation and Restoration)

Two courses for ARTH 171, 172 and 173 6

Art History Distribution Requirement: 18

One course in ancient or medieval (201, 202, or 203)

One course in Renaissance-Baroque (203, 213, 305 or 384)

One course in 19th Century-Contemporary (278, 287 or 285)

One course in non-Western (180, 281, or 284)

At least one must be at the 300 level (300, 305, 310, 378, 379, 384)

ArtH 387 Research Methods in Art History 3

Art Studio Electives 12

Students with an interest in Arts Management (Galleries, Arts Administration, Museology) are advised to add a Business Minor.Students with an interest in Conservation and Restoration are advised to take Chemistry I and II. Study abroad is highly recommended.

Interdisciplinary Track (42 hrs.) (Teaching, Scholarship, Publishing, Art Evaluation, Museology):

Three courses from ARTH 171, 172 and 173 9

Art History Distribution Requirement: 18

One course in ancient or medieval (201, 202, or 203)

One course in Renaissance-Baroque (203, 213, 305 or 384)

One course in 19th Century-Contemporary (278, 287 or 285)

One course in non-Western (180, 281, or 284)

At least one must be at the 300 level (300, 305, 310, 378, 379, 384)

ArtH 387 Research Methods in Art History 3

ArtH 399 Directed Study (Thesis) 3

Interdisciplinary Electives 9

Students must design a series of electives that constitute a cognate area of study, subject to consultation with and approval by the Art History faculty and the Dean of the School of the Arts.

The typical cognate area will consist of 200- or 300-level non-core courses in the Humanities (e.g. English, Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Music History, Dance History, Theater History, or Philosophy), although courses in the Sciences or Social Sciences can be considered if appropriate to the cognate area of study.

Students who plan to go to graduate school in art history are advised to take courses that develop writing and research skills, and to acquire as many foreign language skills as possible. Study abroad is highly recommended.

 

Minor in Computer Applications

It requires 18 semester hours of computer science courses, 12 of which must be from courses numbered CSCI 141 CSCI 142 or above.

Reflects deletion of CSCI 141

 

Combined Degree Program, BA/MAT in Adolescence English Education

New York State initial certification for teaching English in grades 7-12 earned by completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and completing a master’s degree in Education. Students who wish to obtain adolescence initial certification will begin their education course work during their undergraduate program and complete it during the fifth year.

(Rational: Certification program for AD English is currently offered at the undergraduate level. This program provides for completion of an undergraduate English major and certification in a fifth year graduate program.)

 

Major in Political Science (Change is in bold)

Basic Requirements 33 semester hours

PLSC 110 American Politics 3

PLSC 120 Comparative Politics 3

PLSC 140 International Politics 3

PLSC 230 Political Theory 3

PLSC 251 Modern Political Analysis 3

Three courses at the 300-level (one in each of three subfields studied

at the 100-level or PLSC 230, one of the three 300-level courses must

be a capstone or senior seminar, completed during the senior year. 9

Three additional course at the 200 or 300 level 9

 

 

Corrections to the Minutes of September 22 Senate Meeting

 

Patrick Rault was not listed as present in the 9/22 minutes.

 

On page 24, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee is listed as Justin O’Brien. The Chair Is Justin Behrend.

 

 

Minutes of the All College Meeting

20 October 2009

 

Present: J. Aimers, J. Allen, A. Barbarello, J. Bearden, J. Behrend, R. Coloccia, C. Dahl, R. Delgado, S. Derne, J. Elmore, V. Farmer, K. Ferrell, C. Filice, A. Foley, C. Freman, C. Geiger, K. Gentry, S. Giorgis, D. Granger, A. Gu, K. Hannam, D. Hanrahan, B. Harrison, G. Hartvigsen, A. Heap, S.Iyer, M. Jensen, K. Johnson, N. Kaasik, M. Klotz, C. Kreuter, A. Kuntz, C. Leary, J. Lewis, M. Lima, C. Long, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, Y. Massen, C. Matthews, D. McPherson, J. Nathanson, L. O’Brien, B. Owens, G. Park, A. Pridmore, P. Rault, S. Salmon B. Semel, A. Sheldon, D. Simmons, L. Spencer, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, S. Stubblefield, S. Stuppert, A. Tajima, R. Vasiliev, J. Yee

Guests: K. Muller, P. Pacheco, D. Repinski

 

Call to Order

Chair Showers called the All College Meeting to order at 4:05.

 

Adoption of the Agenda

The agenda of October 20, 2009 (College Senate Bulletin #2, p. 10) was adopted with an added item to the published agenda: Patty Hamilton-Rodgers will be speaking on behalf of the SEFA campaign.

 

Agenda accepted as amended.

 

Approval of the Minutes of the All-College Meeting of February 17, 2009 (College Senate Bulletin #8, 2008-2009 p. 109-111)

 

Nomination Committee report: Jan Lovett

 

Presentation of Nominees for Faculty Personnel Committee:

  • Patrice Case, Associate Professor, School of the Arts

  • Kenneth Deutsch, Professor, Political Science & International Relations

  • Anne Eisenberg, Associate Professor, Biology

  • Jennifer Katz, Associate Professor Psychology

  • Jani Lewis, Associate Professor, Biology

  • Douglas MacKenzie, Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences

  • Kathleen Mapes, Associate Professor, History

  • Donald Marozas, Professor, School of Education

  • James McLean, Associate Professor, Physics

  • Robert O’Donnell, Professor, Biology

  • Paul Pacheco, Associate Professor, Anthropology

  • Ray Spear, Professor, Biology

  • James Williams, Associate Professor, History

  • Caroline Woidat, Associate Professor, English

  • Richard Young, Professor, Geological Sciences

Presentation of Nominees for Committee on Nominations:

  • Kenneth Deutsch, Political Science and International Relations

  • William Harrison, English

  • Janice Lovett, Biology

  • Kathleen Mapes, History

  • Melissa Sutherland, Mathematics

 

There were no further nominations from the floor. Nominations closed, all in favor.

 

Budget Update – President Dahl

A couple of items to report before the budget update:

October 23-24, 2009 is Parents weekend. The President expressed appreciation to various faculty and staff for making presentations and would like to remind the College Community of the incredibly rich artistic scene in the Kaleidoscope event on Friday evening.

The Strategic Planning Group met last week to get a sense of the 6 Big Ideas and how they will work for the College. The Committee will be meeting with the Provost and Paul Schacht in the near future.

Budget Report:

About two weeks ago the Governor announced $90 million in further cuts to SUNY – part of a $500 million package. More recently another 1.5 billion across-the-board has been proposed – but those are different (not state agencies). Cuts to CUNY, school districts and community colleges will be $62 million and will require legislative approval.

Brief re-cap of budget thus far:

Note: Vice President Levison will present a full discussion of budget and budget issues at an All-College Meeting in the next few weeks. The Budget Priorities Committee, led by co-chairs David Granger and Ken Levison will meet in the next week or so and the charge to the committee is to : a) Figure out how to allocate the $90 million in mid-year cuts, b) Prepare a budget presentation for 2010-2011 as part of the state budget building process and c) Trying to connect the long range items with strategic plans that emerge from the thousands of representatives travelling around the state to bring ideas together. Genseo reps are Dr. Dennis Showers, Dr. Gregg Hartvigsen and Dr. Linda House.
K. Levison has been appointed to a system-wide Budget Task Force.

 

 


Here are the numbers for 2009-2010:

$3.25 million in cuts for 09-10.

$3.7 million net short fall, when we add essentials and factor in restorations to 09-10 budget.

$1.94 million in savings from OTPS and PSR cuts by freezing lines and 13% cut in OTPS. Transfers to reserves equal $1.77 million (SUNY-wide).

Here are the additional numbers for 09-10:

$1.61 million estimated mid-year cuts from $90 million.

$1.66 million cut on top of the flat budget of $3.7 million.

We’re going to have to tackle the additional $90 million as it is apportioned, but also need to anticipate unfunded salary costs for next year – the Budget Priorities Committee will advise and the Six Big Ideas will be very important, especially in generating revenues. We are already scrutinizing non-instructional lines that may be eliminated.

 

Details, context and some sense of potential actions will be clearer in the full budget presentation

 

Questions?

Doug MacKenzie, CDSC: Has there been any headway in Albany relative to the other strategies regarding the budget that were raised last spring as “talking points.”

 

President Dahl: There IS work on the talking points. Part of the Chancellor’s planning process is designed to generate ideas for moving in the right direction, the Task Force is still making points that are being presented to the Legislature, but with a June-August non-productive Legislature things have not been moving along as they should.

 

Jan Lovett, BIOL: Will the state Bundy Aid to private colleges be cut along with the state support to SUNY?

 

President Dahl: No, I would like to suggest it, but it’s a System decision.

 

Old Business – none.

 

New Business – none.

 

Adjournment: 4:32

 

Minutes of the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review

October 29, 2009

 

Present: A.M. Lauricella, J. Dolce, B. Semel, M. Perrone, S. Giorgis, C. Freeman, D. Hanrahan, and L. O’Brien, Chair

Guests: D. Brown, Registrar

 

Call to Order: O’Brien called the meeting to order at 2:35pm.

 

When students can register; that is, why do students who bring in transfer or Regents courses get to register earlier (and keep that privileged position through- out their time here)? Also, why did Honors students get to register early this fall?

 

-Del said that this is largely an Administrative response based on the current technology; for example, there was a System failure w/ overload of users (600 max for MyGeneseo?!)
- He dislikes the current system based on total credits
-Instead, he believes that % of degree completed is a better option
-Right now, don’t have technology to accomplish this
-Del said he has proposed establishing a Registrar’s Advisory Committee
- The committee discussed the concerns and the Registrar’s proposal, and made the Decision to pass this issue to a Registrar’s Advisory Committee

Pass/Fail Option
Last year Del brought his concerns re the current P/F policy to the Committee for discussion. We never moved on the discussion, so he came back with the following suggestions:

-Discussion regarding wording of possible change to policy: Courses taken with under the pass-fail option cannot be used to fulfill any graduation requirement.
-Discussed discrepancy of 120 credit hours being considered a “graduation requirement” and other challenges under the current policy; we also discussed AOP students and Dean’s List requirements (these have apparently been taken care of “in house”)

-We decided to propose a new policy the gist of which is as follows:

Courses taken under the pass-fail option cannot be used to fulfill any graduation requirement, other than the 120 required credit hours.
-Minimum required grade will be changed to a C- in order to receive a grade of P. D and E grades are translated as Fs. (See full policy change details sent 11/2/09).

-We will propose the change to the College Senate


Repeat Course Policy

-As of right now, if C- met, course may not be repeated
-Also, C is sometimes required for “minimum competence” requirements
-Proposed allowing students to repeat ANY course regardless of grade
-Logistically, hard to accomplish with budget and scheduling issues
-Discussed problems with override policies and students receiving Ds and “squeaking by” through the system and passing a subsequent course
- Del will bring the concerns noted above re the current course-repeat policy to the Dean of College for discussion and suggestions

 

 

Adjournment: O’Brien adjourned the meeting at 3:55 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

M. Perrone

 

 

 

 

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

3 November 2009

 

 

Present: President Dahl, J. Bearden, J. Behrend, D.Granger, G. Hartvigsen, N. Kaasik, M. Lima, C. Long, L. O'Brien, R. Owens, S. Salmon, D. Showers (Chair), B. Morgan.

 

 

Call to Order

 

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

 

Adoption of the Agenda

 

The November 3, 2009 meeting agenda was adopted.

 

Reports

 

President – Christopher Dahl

President Dahl that little has changed since the last Executive Committee meeting other than the work of the system-wide Budget Task Force. This task force is working through two of three major issues:

How to allocate the $90 million in cuts and 2) What to ask for in 2011 budget. The third issue focuses on the Chancellor's support for more flexibility for SUNY.

 

Provost – Carol Long

Reported that she visited SUNY Central and that most of the conversation was about the budget.

 

Provost Long also reported that the interim Provost of SUNY shared insights about devolving assessment to campuses, increasing flexibility on General Education. There is interest in bringing LEAP (Liberal Education America's Promise) conversation to SUNY Central. There was also an examination of the issue of access vs. quality.

The Strategic Planning proceeding to present SUNY as an economic engine. SUNY Geneseo is looking for opportunities in the Strategic Plan.

 

Looking to revise the provost's charge for the technology committee. Mitch Leventhal (Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs) will visit SUNY Gneseo.. Provost Long hopes to draw his attention to our international education opportunities and partnerships. Provost Long will pursue inquiries into what SUNY Central can do to support international education and international partnerships..

 

She also announced that SUNY Geneseo has been approved as a National Writing Project site.

 

Senate Chair – Dennis Showers

 

Chair Showers reported that he met with the Nominations committee to Nominations and Elections. There were some proposals of specifics. The committee does not feel comfortable running the elections for two reasons: access to database of voters and they expressed concern that turnover in committee might interfere with or make carrying out charge troublesome. The Nominations Committee suggested the vice chair of senate have the role of overseeing elections. Granger asked for clarification of roles of senate. The committee suggested that omeone on committee should have right to examine election results to see what positions should be filled but not in a role that includes oversight of the entire election process. Hartvigsen said that power already exists for everyone. Showers indicated that he will respond and that he still thinks that they should do it. Hartvigsen asked if the Executive Committee could not direct them to do so. Showers replied that it would entail a change in the constitution in order to change their charge. It has to be proposed by an ad hoc committee. His intention is to talk to them again and tell them that the Executive Committee thinks they should do it.

 

We have an office and storage room (Room 13 in Wadsworth) for the College Senate. The files have been moved and he can more fruitfully search for the pst resolution regarding the selling of textbooks by faculty.

 

Vice Chair – Christopher Leary

No report.

Past Chair

Budget Prioriities committee will be meeting soon.

 

Secretary – Brian Morgan

No report.

Treasurer – Greg Hartvigsen

The current balance of the Senate Fund is $531.61

University Faculty Senator – Maria Lima

Lima reported the following. The highlight of the 153rd Plenary was the Chancellor’s address on Saturday. Nancy Zimpher charmed everyone there with her opening remarks that shared governance at the system level might warrant a second look—that the days of blaming system for everything are over. “When appointed your 12th chancellor,” the Chancellor added, “I was aware of the expectation to devise a new strategic plan for SUNY. While the Board of Trustees charged me with this, they did not tell me how to do it. I started with visiting the 64 campuses in 95 days, which allowed me to identify patterns at each visit. What is common to all is the importance students place on faculty role and the pride everyone shares in being SUNY.” While Zimpher hopes to launch her plan in April, her ideas will not be kept hidden until then. Her webpage invites our feedback—if you click on the Geneseo Webpage, you will find a link to the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan Site.

The Chancellor emphasized that her main goal is to get SUNY to the 21st century. Our commitment to diversity and social justice is both local and global. We already have a task force on student mobility. We do need an ambitious plan that will light up the policy makers, the donors, the business world—they need to have faith in the system again. SUNY employs 87 thousand people. What if we were to leave the state? We need to make everyone understand how important we are to the state of New York. The Rockfeller Foundation is looking at the way other states have invested on their university systems, so we will have alternative models to compare.

The question that really got Zimpher excited concerned the role of teacher education in her strategic planning. “Teacher Education is at the heart of access and success. Teacher education is an all university responsibility.”

***

The text of all the resolutions unanimously approved at the last plenary will appear in the next Bulletin. The one that I want to share with you—not for a vote—is the Resolution to Reinstate the Faculty Exchange Scholars Designation and Program because if the program is indeed reinstated, we will feel it’s still worth being part of a large system. It is indeed a good time to be part of SUNY. For this reason, I asked Dennis to stay on as University Senator during my sabbatical in the spring. But you should elect at least one alternate for the position of University Senator just in case.

 

University Faculty Senate

Awards Committee

153rd Plenary Meeting

SUNY IT

October 22-24, 2009

 

Resolution to Reinstate the Faculty Exchange Scholars Designation and Program*

 

Whereas, the Faculty Exchange Scholar program was created in the early 1970s with the dual objectives to enrich the intellectual environment in the State University of New York and to recognize faculty prominence among its ranks, and

 

Whereas, the program recognized prominence within SUNY through conferral of the designation of Faculty Exchange Scholar to scholars who had distinguished themselves regionally, nationally and internationally in their respective fields; and

 

Whereas, the program supported the travel-related costs of Faculty Exchange Scholars for inter-campus visits to increase contact and communication between campus faculty and prominent SUNY scholars; and

 

Whereas, the program was discontinued in the mid-1990s because of an interruption in funding;

 

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the University Programs and Awards Committee recommends the re-institution of the Faculty Exchange Scholar program and restoration of its funding; and

 

Therefore, Be it Further Resolved that the practice of recognizing SUNY faculty prominence with the designation of Faculty Exchange Scholar be reinstituted; and

 

Therefore, Be it Further Resolved that the University Faculty Senate recommend to Chancellor Zimpher that she have the program reinstated and that it continue to enrich and stimulate the intellectual vibrancy of the University and enhance disciplinary scholarly growth, both hallmarks of the original program.

 

The University College senators identified four areas of concern at their separate meeting:

 

Assessment streamlining

The University Colleges support the recent proposal for streamlining SUNY assessment procedures. We believe the new proposal will address system redundancies and will allow SUNY to reduce delivery costs of some assessment programs. The streamlined plan will also foster a better sense of local ownership and management of assessment.

 

Changes in General Education

The University Colleges support recently proposed changes in the delivery of general education, vis-à-vis potential diminution in the numbers of required GenEd areas. We feel a rebalancing of SUNY-GER will encourage greater flexibility and curricular integrity in both the two-year and four-year colleges. We also believe that greater flexibility within General Education will promote a decentralization similar to earlier models of General Education, that will yield the same sense of local ownership and management that assessment streamlining will accomplish.

 

Budget Concerns

As responses to the recent 90 million dollar reduction in SUNY budgets are devised, we recommend that the Chancellor and the Budget Task Force avoid repeating the budget reduction implementations of 08-09 that required the University Colleges and Colleges of Technology to bear a disproportionate share of the cuts.

 

Mission Creep and Program Approval

We respectfully request further clarification from the Chancellor concerning 4-year degree options being considered for SUNY’s community colleges. SUNY’s 4-year colleges have long-standing practices of degree proposal and approval. We believe those practices ensure good education and sound pedagogy. What part of the proposal and approval systems should we apply equally to all campuses in SUNY? Specifically, does authorization of four-year degrees at two-year institutions result in mission creep?

*Unanimous prior approval at the 141st Plenary Meeting at Empire State College, October 29, 2005.

Vice President Student Association – Nicholas Kaasik

Kaasik reported that the Student Association is moving forward on budget advocacy. A committee has been formed and meets 3 times a week or so to raise awareness especially concerning Bundy Aid. They have sent 5700 mailers for advocacy.

 

Their goal is to make all students aware of their role in civic change. He also reported about concern about Honors student's early registration. Medical Amnesty is moving forward.

 

Undergraduate Program committee – Bob Owens

Owens reported that many courses will be presented. For example, there are 4 history courses coming through that are core courses. The Dean of the College aked that the first reading be waived. UCC declined. The first reading will be in the next senate meeting.

Undergraduate Policy Committee - Leigh O'Brien

O'Brien reported that Del Brown was a guest at the meeting. Registration questions abounded. Del Brown said in that meeting that a minimum required grade would be C- for pass fail courses. D and E would become an F. Whether a student is taking a course P/F would still be unknown to the professor. Lima says that the policy is not consistent with other courses. Humanities allows D for pass. Long says that this is a conundrum. Hartvigsen asked if this is within the purview of the senate. Showers says policies of college are, so it should be. This motion will be brought to the floor of the senate by the Undergraduate Policy Committee. A grade of C- would prevent students from repeating course.

 

Kaasik asked how can the honors program thing happen by accident? President Dahl reported that this is a policy at many campuses. O'Brien said that the UGC was assured that it would not happen again.

 

Salmon said that many departments already have the C- policy in core courses and that it sounds like a general education issue.

 

Behrend said that many students could not retake a course when they had a D. Wanted to know if this was discussed. President Dahl said that this is common in a variety of departments that are subject to outside body review. Showers will seek further information regarding what is policy and what is practice.

 

Student Affairs Committee – J Behrend

Reprted that the the committee discussed Medical Amnesty policy. They also discussed the course scheduling issue. Student Affairs Committee and the Student Affairs Committee will administer a survey to students to gauge student opinion of scheduling.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee – J. Bearden

Bearden reported that the committee met last week. They developed 12-14 questions that will be read to the Dean. The meeting will be interesting. Has shared drafts with Showers and Long. Hartvigsen wanted to know if Dean Radosh will be getting the questions in advance. Bearden said yes. Executive Committee will be getting the questions as well. Provost Long thought there should be a conversation or discussion of the scheduling experiment. Feels the problem is largely one of communication moe than anything else. The useful outcome would be increasing dialog about the schedule between students, faculty, and administration. Showers said that FAC could go into executive session by vote. Hartv wants to know if guests of the FAC need to be recognized. Lima inquired about the joint committee dealing with the Scheduling. Bearden was to know how clever ideas from the faculty regarding scheduling get proposed and taken up. Showers suggested having first meeting with Dean and then second meeting with faculty guests proposing scheduling ideas and the Dean listening. President Dahl sees the work around this issue as an example and opportunity to do shared governance as a conversation and as a chance to get a communal sense of what works and what doesn't. He felt that this is a productive way to get permanent solutions to problems.

Old Business

None.

New Business

Owens announced three Deliberative Dialogs focusing on The Six Big Ideas are scheduled for Nov. 17,18, and 20.

Adjourned: 5:24 pm

Respectfully submitted,

B Morgan

 

Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

December 8, 2009

 

Present: Justin Behrend, Amanda Barbarello, Tyler Ocon, Jeffery Nathanson, Derek Weng, Kara Johnson, Patrick Rault, Victoria Famer, Chi-Ming Tang, Charles Matthews, Susie Stuppert, Marilyn Klotz, Linda Spencer, Cheryl Kreutter, Andrew Herman, Atsushi Tajima, Cristina Geiger

 

Justin Behrend opened the meeting at 4:00 p.m.

 

1. Chair’s Report

a. Spring semester dates

i. February 9, 2010 – focus on medical amnesty proposal; discussion

with Dean L. Sancilio and T. Kinney

ii. March 9 and April 13 will be other meetings

b. Updated version of medical amnesty proposal is available for consideration

prior to our next meeting

 

2. Old Business – none

 

3. New Business

a. Dean Polly Radosh – issues of registration and scheduling

i. Welcomed by Justin

ii. P. Radosh saw results of informal survey administered by student

government (results available in myCourses community)

1. Some current problems

a. Large number of classes clustered in middle of day

b. Many clustering on MW or TR

c. Departments urged (but not required) to pursue

spreading out course distribution over week

i. Understands the importance of 75 min blocks for

certain courses—preferred 75 min blocks when

she taught.

d. Numerous rumors generated out of current situation

e. Have slowed down process to have more conversations

2. Current situations

a. Some departments offering very few classes on Friday

b. Have one building unavailable (Bailey) and another to

be soon closed (Holcomb)

c. Are a large percentage of students needing waivers to

fulfill graduation requirements.

d. Many students taking courses elsewhere to also fulfill

degree needs—losing revenue—suspect that the

problem is the result of inability to register for

preferred courses at Geneseo.

e. Some data indicate that students are getting blocked

from MWF classes from time conflict with an already

scheduled MW class

f. Recognizes faculty desire to maintain freedom over

scheduling

g. Albany has new report requirements that monitor

scheduling, room usage, credit hour expectations, etc. at

a very detailed level. Conflicts in the report requires

attention and further information given to Albany

3. Passed around data and charts from the Dean’s office.

4. Questions

a. 75 minute classes have been rumored as the “problem”

and are going to be eliminated

i. Not true – these classes will not be eliminated.

The issue is trying to spread out the 75 minute

classes throughout the TR option and save MW

as a special requirement

b. What about using Friday for 2.5 hour, 1 day/week class?

i. That is a definite possibility and is being explored.

c. How many departments like the 50 minute classes

versus departments who wish for 75 minute classes?

i. What individual faculty or departments want is

not always an option – especially given the

restrictions imposed by closed buildings. Some

balance is still needed

d. Are evening courses accounted for in the SUNY reports?

i. They are – but the system still imposes

numerous constraints on the scheduling process

(e.g., a single class can’t be scheduled into two

rooms)

e. What about the All College Hour? Is that on the table?

i. It is not on the table as a possibility for

movement. It was established before the Dean’s

arrival and it is not to be moved.

ii. It was noted that this semester no single all

college event has been scheduled in this hour

f. Who decides the time classes will be scheduled?

i. This is done ultimately by the department chair

g. Problems with Friday classes

i. Students intern; athletes travel; some take bus to NYC area

h. How does this line up with the Six Big Ideas?

i. Some of these issues may get resolved if Geneseo

goes to the four course system, but it is not yet

clear. A discussion regarding this issue has not

yet occurred, but it is hoped the dialogue begins soon

i. What about a flex time, four day work week?

i. Will be difficult to implement on the campus, but

it is not out of the question

ii. Another SUNY campus, perhaps New Paltz, has

gone to a four-day week.

iii. Saturday classes is another possibility, but has

not been discussed much

j. Immediate plans now?

i. Currently in a “holding pattern” until the 6 Big

Ideas is concluded. No sense creating more

upheaval to have to adjust again in near future

k. Were there any improvements since the

implementation of the so-called block scheduling?

i. Progress made—fewer registration difficulties in

recent semesters.

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Minutes for UCC Meeting

December 8, 2009

 

UCC Members present: B. Owens (chair), M. Stolee, G. Park, A. Kuntz, M. Jensen, R. Coloccia, A. Gu, J. Kirkwood, B. Harrison, J. Lovett, and G. Marcus

 

Guests: T, MacPherson, L. Bosch, J. Morse, M. Board, L. House, B. Hartle (for C. Klima), J. Koch, K. Keegan, S. Iyer, L. Bernard, and J. Gondor

 

Chair Bob Owens called the meeting to order at 4:02

 

Owens asked to revise the previously published agenda. Revisions were to switch the designations of two courses (INTD/CDSC) and to drop the graduate level courses that will be considered by GCC. The committee adopted the revised agenda.

 

The committee passed the minutes of the October 27, 2009 meeting.

 

Discussion of Proposals

New Courses:

 

INTD110, ESL Oral Communication. Course was tabled in order to determine appropriate course number and credit distribution.

CDSC 207, Speech and Language Development and Intervention for ESL Speakers in College.

This is a major’s course. CDSC majors will work with ESL speakers. This course formalizes current practice that the department has been following. ESL students get no credit. Major students do meet with faculty director multiple times per semester. The correct credit distribution is 1 (0-2). Passed.

 

EDUC 363, International Field Experience: Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence Education.

Students will take this course between junior and senior years. Most of the time will be spent abroad, but there will be preparatory seminars the spring before. Passed

 

HIST 355, Slave Rebellions and Resistance in the Atlantic World

The rotation is once every two years. Passed

 

INTD 215, Central European Cultural History.

The correct credit distribution is 3 (3-0). Cyndy Klima will teach it. She will offer it both on campus and possibly also abroad (replacing INTD 250). Passed

 

Course Revisions:

 

ARTS 200, 204, 205, 210, 215, 220, 222, 225, 230, 240, 245, 250, 305, 310, 311, 315, 316, 320, 321, 325, 326, 330, 340, 341, 345, 346, 350, 351. The Committee considered these courses as a block. All will now have 3 (2-2) credit distribution. The goal is to standardize, correct, clarify, fix current practice, etc. The master schedule and current bulletin are messy and show the need for this reform. Additional benefit: the new Banner system will be able to handle this course distribution under one CRN. Passed.

 

CSCI 142, Principles of Computer Science

Outdated description has been updated. Passed.

 

Educ 215, Foundations of Literacy in the Secondary School

The committee tabled this course because no one was sure what problem the change was to address or even if there was a problem that needed fixing!

 

Course Deletions:

CSCI 141, Introduction to Computer Science

CSCI 384, Parallelism

Both deletions passed.

 

Program Revisions:

B.A. in Art History

There are now two tracks. The committee clarified that the requirements should read Arth 171, 172 AND 173. The revisions add 3-6 hours to the major per track. Passed

 

Minor in Computer Applications

The revision reflects deletions (above). Passed.

 

Combined Degree Program, BA/MAT in Adolescence English Education.

There were some unanswered questions: Are there 120 undergrad and 30 grad? Do the hours add up to 152 total? All questions were clarified. Passed

 

Major in Political Science

The revision is adding capstone courses. These courses will be taken in the senior year. No change in PLSC credits or courses required for the major. Passed

 

New Business:

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures wants to change its name to the Department of Languages and Literatures, i.e., to drop “Foreign”. Discussion centered on several issues:

--Is this UCC business? The Committee decided “yes” because UCC agrees to new majors and programs that are named, because a department cannot bring a proposal to the Senate but UCC as a standing committee can, and because bringing this motion to the Senate serves the purpose of public notice.

--Can this proposal be defeated or modified on the floor of the Senate, and do we want this to happen? This question arose after many Committee members had questions and foresaw confusion with the name change (e.g., does this title presumably include English?). Bernard from FL described the research and lengthy discussions within the Department before this particular name was picked. The Committee agreed that the name choice was problematic but also well-considered, and concluded that we need to support the department’s choice. There was the question of how to do this effectively in Senate.

--Solution: The Department will write a resolution briefly describing their process and desire to go by the new name. UCC will endorse this resolution and take it to Senate. Chair Owens will ask the full Senate to endorse the resolution.

The issue was therefore sent back to the Department in order to compose the resolution.

 

Old Business: none

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55.

 

 

Respectfully submitted, Meg Stolee

 

 

Minutes Executive Committee Meeting

8 December 2009

 

Present: Chris Dahl, Chris Leary, David Granger, James Bearden, Carol Long, Maria Lima, Susan Salmon, Nicholas Kaasik, and Gregg Hartvigsen.

Excused – Brian Morgan, Robert E Owens, Leigh O'Brien, Justin J Behrend.

 

Call to order 4:07 PM

 

Minutes circulated previously by email. No objection to accepting Nov. minutes.

 

President Chris Dahl

 

The PowerPoint presentation from All-College meeting will be available on budget director’s website. The plan is to make it available via an intranet site.

Then College’s EnCompass will have summary from last Thursday’s All-College meeting on the budget. The Lamron report from last week was very good. The graphics were good, too, and the report was acknowledged as good by the cabinet.

 

Provost Carol Long

 

After announcing the phased retirement plan a number of people have come to discuss this with me. It seems the plan has been well received.

Tomorrow morning the Provost leaves for a Middle States meeting.

The Strategic Planning Group (SPG) met earlier today and had a conversation on receiving reports from Task Forces on Six Big Ideas. The SPG role is to integrate the reports and look for overlap, priorities of suggestions, and to plan communication strategies.

 

Chair Dennis Showers

 

I am planning to have an open meeting of the faculty Jan. 27, 2010 during the All-College hour to discuss creating faculty governance structure. This will allow the faculty to discuss the scope of organization.

The Chair asked members of the Executive Committee to spend five minutes on College Senate website to find something that doesn’t work and report these to him.

The Chair has proposed an addition to the Faculty By-laws, Article III, dealing with electronic voting. He stated that we don’t have authority to conduct business electronically. We should be pro-active and make this change to the by-laws. This topic was brought up latter in the meeting and discussed (see below). He is asking the Executive Committee to act as an ad hoc committee to propose this amendment.

Maria Lima suggested that the dates for 2009 Senate meeting should be fixed.

 

Vice Chair Chris Leary

The Excellence Committee is working and will be coming up with names that will be forwarded to the President for recommendation.

Dahl: I will need to prepare my letters in January.

 

Past Chair David Granger

 

I attended the Budget Priorities Committee meeting on Nov. 20th. Vice President Dr. Levison made a presentation about the budget which was similar to that reported at the recent All-College meeting. David Granger reported that he also is on the SPG and will help make recommendations on the Six Big Ideas, along with timelines and priorities.

 

Treasurer Hartvigsen – no report

 

University Faculty Senator Lima – no report

 

Student Association

 

[last full Senate meeting Nov. 17th]

Since the last full meeting of the Senate (Nov. 17th, 2009) students have been working on various budget advocacy activities and have garnered media attention.

SA appreciates discussions on the Six Big Ideas and students appreciate being involved in process.

SA was disappointed about the few students present at All-College meeting on budget.

Dahl: The President expressed concern about the timing of the meeting, which was right after the Thanksgiving holiday break. The President stated that he and Vice President Levison would be happy to give budget details to students if invited. They will provide anything they want all the way to the magma core.

 

Graduate Affairs Chair Susan Salmon

Salmon requested clarification regarding a cross-listed course. Is it my job to contact Dean’s office?

Chair: Yes.

Salmon: What about Communicative Disorders graduate courses? Should I discuss these with the Dean’s office?

Dahl: The President suggestion Susan have a conversation with Savi Iyer in the Dean’s Office, who might be point person (who replaced Terry Bazzett).

Salmon: Committee will, therefore, meet soon.

 

Faculty Affairs: James Bearden

The Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) met had a successful meeting with Dean. The Dean provided a wealth of information. Lots of graphs. Bearden is in the process of writing minutes on the hour long meeting.

The FAC plans to put together a survey for faculty regarding the new schedule. The plan is that this will be made available early next semester.

The committee is also working on an advisement report and will make this available.

Lima: Should be a faculty interest group to discuss the survey? A discussion ensued regarding putting together an ad hoc committee.

Hartvigsen – Is an ad hoc committee required, or can FAC take care of this matter themselves?

Bearden: Do we need a new body for this?

Showers: We want to avoid having a committee that huddles up and makes some decision in isolation and then presents it. All the parties involved should be involved in a conversation about the issues.

Dahl: This should be with the Provost. We know that unilateral decisions don’t work well.

Long: Del in registrar is interested in forming an advisory committee that can work on this.

Showers: Additionally, the Provost and Senate Chair have discussed the role of the Academic Standards Committee and it may be appropriate that the charge of that committee be broadened to include this topic and others.

 

Old business

 

New business

 

SA rep Nicholas: At last Senate meeting a student brought up not being able to overload into courses.

Chair: We have had some conversation with Del in Registrar about this and related problems.

Dahl: The President suggested that this needs to be discussed with Faculty Affairs Committee. There really are points to consider:

1. There needs to be communication about any changes that get made.

2. Any stress from budget needs to be secondary to the needs of students who are trying to get “through” to graduation but we have to be concerned about overburdening the system.

3. We need to consider a proposed change in practice which controls enrollment and, from the faculty standpoint, does not result in a lot of extra overloading that is a surprise to faculty members. During bad budget times there are many cross-cutting set of interests. The President suggested that such discussion might be most productive if students begin in their own forum and then advise the Provost.

Provost: Del (Registrar) is aware that part of the problem is that seats are held for transfer students. The Provost is happy to discuss this with the students, especially if there is an advisory group.

Chair: The Chair expressed that he has heard faculty concerns about the practice where students “must have” a course and were therefore placed in by the Dean’s office. Some faculty feel the validity of those requests needs to be reviewed. The Chair asked about the responsibility of students if they fail to register when they had time and then at a later date declare that they really need to be in a class that is then full. Questions also came up about faculty not being allowed to process overloads but then that authorization is made through Dean’s office without faculty input.

Lima: Maria Lima shared an example of students who need Humanities during the spring to graduate and might not be able to get into the class.

Dahl: The President suggested this problem could arise every semester and that it is really a management problem.

 

Linda Shepard kindly photocopied and distributed the draft of the proposed addition of Section 6 to Article III Conduct of Business to the Faculty By-laws. The Executive Committee discussed the wording and made suggestions that were adopted in the version held by the Chair. (Final revised text below)

 

Chair: I will present this at the next Senate meeting with the Executive Committee acting as an ad hoc committee and then have a vote of the faculty after 30 days have elapsed.

 

Adjourned 4:42 PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Gregg Hartvigsen

Treasurer

Proposed Faculty By-laws Amendment (revised through discussion described above)

ARTICLE III: CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

Section 6: Committees may act on a motion through electronic means (email, text message, Instant message or other means that produces a record of the vote). For a committee to vote electronically, two-thirds of the members must submit a message that 1) states agreement to vote electronically and 2) casts a vote for or against the motion or abstains. Committees should use electronic voting judiciously as in making refinements to motions already approved by the committee or matters based on recent committee activity that are not likely to be controversial.

 

University Senator Report

 

The Chancellor is indeed going ahead with proposed changes for SUNY. During the break we were given the opportunity to respond to her vision for General Education in the System. Below are Ken O’Brien’s memo which more or less summarizes the stance the University Senate will pursue, and the text of the resolution itself. Please email me any concerns before the Winter Plenary (January28th-30th).

 

Statement of the Expanded Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate on the “Proposed Amendment to Board Resolution 98-241: General Education Requirement”

 

The Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate was asked by SUNY senior administration to respond in December to the “Proposed Amendment to Board Resolution 98-241: General Education Requirement.” To meet the request during intersession, which is an almost impossible time for deliberative faculty consultation, the Committee distributed the document widely, to every Faculty Senator, Campus Governance Leader and the membership of every University Faculty Senate committee, seeking their responses to the proposal. The “process” issue involves more than the awkward time in the academic calendar when the University Faculty Senate leadership received the proposal; coming so late to the process has meant that we have been unable to bring our invaluable on-the-ground experience to this critically important issue.

That said, after analyzing the Proposed Amendment and the responses sent to us from across SUNY, the Expanded Executive Committee endorses the proposal, specifically because of the new degree of flexibility it offers our campuses to implement the SUNY General Education program.

Our support is based on the following assumptions:

  • The proposal will not require campuses to revise their current general education requirements, but it will allow their faculty to reexamine their general education requirements and revise them in light of the new guidelines, if they so choose.

  • The faculty at each campus is responsible for the structure and delivery of general education at that campus. The proposal allows faculty greater flexibility to design campus general education programs consistent with, but not limited to, the minimum identified in the SUNY General Education Requirement.

  • Students will continue to complete the general education requirements as specified by the faculty at each baccalaureate degree granting institution, even when those requirements exceed the minimum contained in the revised SUNY General Education Requirement.

In addition, we anticipate that there will be unforeseen issues that will arise during the implementation of this proposal. To assist with implementation, we are committed to working through shared governance processes with faculty representatives from the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, SUNY administrators, and student representatives to identify and resolve any issues in a collegial, cooperative manner.

Finally, we believe that this revision of Board Resolution 98-241 could be a step toward a more deliberative review of the now ten-year-old SUNY General Education Requirement.

 

(January 8, 2010)

 

M E M O R A N D U M

(Original September 2008, Revised December, 2009)

 

To: Members of the Board of Trustees

From: Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor

Subject: Amendments to General Education Requirement

 

I recommend that the Board of Trustees adopt the following resolution:

 

Resolved that Resolution 98-241, adopted by the Board of Trustees on December 12, 1998, be, and hereby is, amended, effective immediately (additions underlined, deletions in brackets), to read as follows:

 

Whereas the State University Board of Trustees possesses broad authority over the curriculum of its institutions under Section 355(2)(h) of the New York State Education Law; and

 

Whereas the Statue University Board of Trustees adopted a General Education Requirement in 1998 that has been implemented for a decade; and

 

Whereas the State University Board of Trustees has adopted Resolution 2009-138 to affirm and enhance previous Board resolutions to promote student mobility throughout the State University of New York system; and

 

Whereas the State University-wide general education requirement affects both student mobility and time-to-degree; and

 

Whereas the State University Board of Trustees, through its Re-Engineering SUNY initiative, requested that the University identify opportunities to streamline policies and procedures; and

 

Whereas the State University’s chief academic officers and faculty governance organizations agree that streamlining of General Education Requirement would have a positive impact on student mobility and time-to-degree while also maintaining academic quality; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts a General Education Requirement applicable to all State-operated institutions of the State University offering undergraduate degrees which shall require candidates for a [bachelors] baccalaureate degree, as a condition of graduation, to complete an academically rigorous and comprehensive core General Education curriculum of no fewer than 30 credit hours including, but not limited to, at least three credit hours each of course work to instill knowledge and skills in

 

[each of the ten key academic areas to include mathematics, natural science, social science, American history, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, humanities, he arts, foreign languages, and basic communication and overall competency in reasoning, and information management;]

 

mathematics and basic communication as well as at least three credits each in at least five of the following eight academic areas—natural science, social science, American history, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, humanities, the arts and foreign languages—and overall competency in the areas of critical thinking and information management; and be it further

Resolved that implementation of the General Education Requirement be subject to the following principles:

 

1. The faculty of each institution will retain the responsibility for establishing the specific course requirements and content of a General Education curriculum reflective of the best practices in American higher education. Such General Education curriculum courses shall be broad, high-quality courses that provide students with a set of non-specialized, coherent and focused educational experiences aimed at enabling students to acquire knowledge and skills that are useful and important for all educated persons regardless of their jobs or professions.

 

2. Individual campuses are encouraged to allow faculty to develop more than one curriculum which meets the General Education Requirement.

 

3. Each institution’s General Education curriculum shall complement and build on students’ foundation of secondary school or other prior academic preparation, especially with respect to mathematics, science and foreign language.

 

4. Each institution shall devote sufficient resources to the General Education program to assure effective instruction and successful learning.

 

5. Institutions offering Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees shall design their General Education Requirement so as to facilitate the ability of such Associates degree graduates to transfer into State University baccalaureate degree programs consistent with Trustees’ Resolution [90-196, dated September 27, 1990] 2009-138, dated November 17, 2009.

 

6. The Provost of the State University may establish additional guidelines and procedures for implementation of these requirements as appropriate and necessary, which guidelines may permit waiver or modifications of portions of these requirements for the Specialized Colleges, Colleges of Technology, programs awarding two-year vocational degrees and for other special circumstances.

 

7. The requirements shall apply to students entering the State University as freshmen beginning in the fall of [2000]2010; and, be it further

Resolved that in accordance with Section 6306(2) of the State Education Law, the State University Board of Trustees urges the boards of trustees of the community colleges operating under the program of the State University to adopt General Education Requirements and curricula consistent with the aforementioned principles; and, be it further

[Resolved that the Provost of the State University will work with the leadership and faculty of the University's campuses to develop a means for assuring that demonstrable learning in specified General Education subjects is taking place, that a campus' implementation of General Education standards set forth in this resolution is considered in the allocation of resources to campuses and to explore ways to recognize and reward faculty who make major commitments to strengthening General Education at their campuses so as to encourage the involvement of outstanding junior and senior faculty; and, be it further ]

 

Resolved that the Provost of the State University will work with the leadership and faculty of the State University’s campuses to implement this resolution, consistent with the Mission Review process. The Provost will advise the Board of Trustees of any additional steps that may need to be taken to insure the smooth implementation of this resolution in a fashion that enhances access and quality at the State University.

 

Background

 

In support of the University’s commitment to high academic standards, timely degree completion and student mobility, the proposed amendments to Board of Trustees’ Resolution 98-241 regarding General Education will continue to require candidates for a baccalaureate degree to complete no fewer than 30 credit hours in general education, but will change the number of subjects in which candidates must demonstrate knowledge and skills to seven of the ten key academic areas identified in Resolution 98-241.

 

The proposed amendments:

  • continue to ensure that baccalaureate degree recipients have breadth of study in multiple subject areas;

  • provide students more flexibility in selecting courses that satisfy the general education requirement as well as other degree requirements; and

  • give baccalaureate degree candidates more opportunity for in-depth study in a general education subject area.

 

These changes will:

  • facilitate transfer to baccalaureate programs for Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree holders; and

  • support timely degree completion for baccalaureate degree candidates, regardless of where they begin their study.

 

 

Respectfully yours,

 

Maria Helena Lima

University Senator

January 20, 2010