24 September 1999
|Upcoming Senate Committee Meetings|
|Commission on Diversity & Community URL|
|Message from the Chair|
|Nominations Needed for the Committee on Nominations|
|64 - 71||Minutes|
|College Senate Meeting (21 September)|
|72||Membership of Intersession & Summer School Study Group|
|72||Membership of Technology Planning Board|
|73 - 75||Updated List of Senate Standing Committee Memberships|
Correspondence: Becky L. Glass, Department of Sociology, Sturges 122C
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 245-5336
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Faculty Affairs Committee will meet Tues, Sept. 28, at 4:00 pm in South 209.
Student Affairs Committee will meet Tues, Sept. 28, at 4:00 pm in Sturges 109. Dr. Bonfiglio and Rich Farquharson will speak to the committee about Community and Diversity.
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet Tues, Sept. 28, at 4:00 pm in Sturges 112.
President's Commission on Diversity and Community URL
The full report of the President's Commission on Diversity and Community is available on the web at:
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Nominations Needed for the Committee on Nominations
Nominations are still being accepted for three positions that will become available on the Committee on Nominations December 1, replacing Ellen Kintz, Dan Repinski, and Patrice Case. Please give your nominations to one of the members of the committee: Kintz, Repinski, Case, Randy Bailey, Wendy Pogozelski, or Anne-Marie Reynolds.
The task of the committee is to create slates of candidates to run for elective offices in Senate, including the officers, Faculty Personnel Committee, Nominations Committee, University Faculty Senator, and At-Large Senators.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
21 September 1999
Present: Bailey, Ballard, Bazzett, Bonfiglio, Bosch, S.,Bosch, L., Broikou, Bulsys, Bushnell, Case, Cleeton, Crosby, Cylke, Dahl,Derne', Dixon, Feeley, Filice, Fletcher, Freeman, Gillin, Glass, Gohlman,Greenfield, Gridley, Hartvigsen, Hill, Hon, Howe, Iyer, Jones, Kaminski,Kaplan, Kirkwood, Kirsh, Koch, Landes, Leary, Levison, Lima, Liu, Lovett,Mason, McCoy, McEwen, Metz, Miller, Mohan, Morse, Nicodemi, Over, Pacheco,Putman, Reynolds, Salmon, Sancilio, Schacht, Schiavetti, Stolee, Sullivan,Teres, Vasiliev, Waddy , Watt, West, Barnes, Eisenberg, Emhoff, Falk, Hahn,Happ, Haskins, Henshaw, Kupper, Lee, Sander, Seymour, Spillman, Belois,Coleman, Lobsinger
Call To Order: Chair B. Glass called the meeting to order at4:00 pm., and she welcomed new and returning student and faculty senators.
Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was moved, seconded, and approvedas printed.
Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the final 1998-1999 SenateMeeting, held on May 4, 1999, were approved unanimously as printed on pp.400-402 of the 1998-99 College Senate Bulletin. The minutes of the first1999-2000 Senate Meeting, held on May 4, 1999, were approved unanimouslyas printed on pp. 403-404 of the 1998-99 College Senate Bulletin.
President’s Report (C. Dahl): The President echoed the Chair’swelcome to new and returning senators, and then reported on four items:
Provost’s Report (B. Dixon): The Provost reported on four items:
B. Glass informed the Senate of recent events involving Old Westbury College (OWC), and of the actions taken by the Geneseo Executive Committee in response to those events. The Faculty Senate at OWC and Joe Flynn, President of the University Faculty Senate (UFS) contacted all Campus Governance Leaders 12 days ago about a highly irregular presidential search at Old Westbury. The notice indicated that the search lasted only 8 days, was not nationally advertised, involved only 2 candidates, and included no participation on the search committee by the faculty or the OWC provost’s office. The notice asked the faculty senates of each SUNY school to pass resolutions supporting the OWC faculty in their protest about the search process. This request was discussed at the September 10th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Geneseo Senate, and the members of the Exec. Comm. agreed to seek further information before acting. At the UFS meeting on September 16-18, B. Glass and J. Bulsys found that there apparently was not "another side to the story," and that the presidential search appeared to violate the Trustees’ own guidelines for conducting a search.
B. Glass then described the sequence of events at Old Westbury College. In May of 1998, an Interim President was appointed to serve at OWC. The faculty expected that six faculty members would be asked to serve on the search committee (as the SUNY Board of Trustees’ guidelines call for). The Senate chair compiled a list of 16 faculty who were willing to serve, notified the College Council and the Chancellor that the Senate would hold an election as soon as the search process got underway, and waited through the Spring of 1999 for notification that they should proceed. On July 6, 1999, the Chair of the OWC College Council informed the outgoing Chair of the OWC Faculty Senate that he planned to advertise for the position in August, conduct interviews in September, and hire a new president by October. On July 14, 1999, the incoming Chair of the OWC Faculty Senate read in the newspaper that the Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees was advocating Rev. Calvin Butts as the leading candidate for President of OWC. [B. Glass read selections from the newspaper article, which suggested that T. Egan, BOT Chair, strongly supported Rev. Butts.] On July 27, the first meeting of the search committee was held. The OWC Faculty Senate Executive Committee members attended as observers, and continued to remind the College Council that the BOT guidelines and policies were not being followed. On the same day, the search committee interviewed Rev. Butts. On August 4, the Chair of the OWC Faculty Senate resigned from the search committee. The search committee interviewed Interim President Keen, and then went into executive session to nominate Rev. Butts.
B. Glass noted that the OWC Faculty Senate has been diligent in communicating with the Chancellor, the Chair of their College Council, the Trustees, and even legislators about concerns with the search process. They repeatedly noted that the search did not follow the guidelines that the Board of Trustees wrote themselves. When B. Glass was in Albany for the UFS meetings, three OWC delegates and the President of UFS met with the Chancellor, who told them that the search was "seriously flawed" but that Butts would be good for the college. When pressed for more information, he responded, "Trust me."
The Board of Trustees is meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22, 1999, and the approval of Rev. Butts as President of OWC is on the agenda. The UFS composed a resolution at the planning meeting on Sept. 16-18, which noted the irregularities of the presidential search at OWC and ended with the following: "Therefore be it resolved that the University Faculty Senate urges the SUNY Board of Trustees: to table the appointment of a president at the College at Old Westbury; and, to direct the Old Westbury College Council to initiate a presidential search consistent with the Board of Trustees Guidelines and Policies; and, to ensure that all future presidential searches in SUNY are conducted in a manner consistent with the Guidelines and Policies of the Board of Trustees." The UFS also composed a resolution about recent legislation that appears to allow commercial development of OWC land, but this issue is murkier and the Geneseo Executive Committee did not address it. All the above information was conveyed to the Geneseo Executive Committee, who unanimously agreed that Geneseo should support the UFS resolution and should forward our support to the UFS, the Chancellor, the Trustees, and the OWC Senate. Although we agreed that it would be valuable to have the entire Senate act on the resolution, time was of the essence because of the BOT meeting tomorrow. The Executive Committee therefore forwarded the following statement: "The SUNY Geneseo College Senate Executive Committee unanimously supports the University Faculty Senate resolution regarding the presidential search at Old Westbury College." B. Glass noted that 13 campuses had approved the UFS resolution as of last Saturday.
Treasurer’s Report (M. Mohan): Account balances are $4274.43 in the College Senate Fund; and $1069.52 in the Roark Award endowment (principal). Get-well greetings are being sent to Linda House, who is recovering from surgery at home. M. Mohan asked Senators to keep her informed of any member of the Geneseo community who is ill or bereaved. Solicitation letters will be sent in October to request donations for the Senate Fund and/or the Roark Award Fund (supporting the Richard Roark Faculty Memorial Award).
University Faculty Senator’s Report (J. Bulsys): The University Faculty Senate (UFS) met at SUNY System Administration, September 16-18, 1999, for the Faculty Senate Planning Conference. This first meeting of the year is traditionally devoted to planning sessions by the Senate’s standing committees and by Campus Governance Leaders, with an executive report by the UFS President (Joe Flynn). At this year’s meeting, Chancellor Ryan and Dave DeMarco (chief budget officer of SUNY) also were present for remarks and discussion. In addition, the Old Westbury issue was discussed.
Three items were noteworthy from Chancellor Ryan’s remarks:
Dave DeMarco’s comments on the budget were confined to:
The Old Westbury issue also was addressed at UFS, as described by Chair Glass. J. Bulsys noted that it is unusual for the Executive Committee, or for USF, to issue resolutions as it did at a planning meeting, but the seriousness of the issue and timing led to the action. As of Saturday, 12 SUNY campuses had issued supporting resolutions, and the Campus Governance leaders also drafted a strongly worded motion of support.Finally, Joe Flynn, President of UFS, addressed the USF and provided an update on the Chancellor’s Search. He, four trustees, 1 president, and one student will comprise the search committee. Phase 1 of the search is completed, with criteria developed, a position announcement prepared, and a firm expert in such searches hired to assist. Phase 2 will include interviews to be conducted during September, October, and November. These interviews will be highly confidential. However, Flynn has had full access to all meetings pertaining to the search.
Flynn also commented on the General Education Guidelines drafted by the SUNY Task Force. He would like to see a close connection with the Undergraduate Committee of USF as discussion and implementation of the guidelines occur. He also noted that SUNY campuses must file responses to the draft guidelines between September and December. Flynn is considering having a panel at the spring plenary session of UFS to "see how things are going on the campuses."
Flynn also noted that the Campus Presidential Review Process emanating from the Chancellor’s Office is well underway. It is expected that campus presidents will undergo review on a 3- to 5-year cycle. As the process continues, local governance leaders and senate officers should be made aware of the schedule and guidelines.
At the end of the UFS planning meeting, each of the UFS standing committees gave summary planning reports. J. Bulsys will share notes with interested persons. Highlights include:
Central Council (A. Gridley):
Reports of the Standing CommitteesUndergraduate Curriculum (T. Bazzett): UCC moved the following for approval.
First Readings:Biology: New Course Proposal for Biol 334, Biology of Cancer, was seconded and approved unanimously as printed on pp.38-44 of the Senate Bulletin.Communicative Disorders and Sciences: New course proposal for CDSc 320, Manual Language Systems, was seconded and approved unanimously as printed on pp. 45-50 of the Senate Bulletin.
Education: New course proposal for Educ 365, Cultural Pluralism and Education in the United States, was seconded and approved unanimously as printed on pp. 51-58 of the Senate Bulletin.Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review (B. Gohlman): No report. Policy committee members should have received an email from B. Gohlman. The committee will meet later this semester.Graduate Academic Affairs (J. Bushnell): No report.
Faculty Affairs Committee (N. Schiavetti): FAC will meet at 4:00pm on September 28, 1999, in South Hall, Room 209. Topics of discussion will include: 1) Continuation of the SOFI’s; and 2) Criteria for Promotion and Tenure. The second topic was carried over to this year’s FAC by last year’s Senate. These two topics will take priority, but others will be discussed as time permits.
Student Affairs (E. Crosby): The committee will meet at 4:00 pm on September 28th in Sturges 109.
Provost Dixon presented a draft of the report prepared by the SUNY Provosts Advisory Task Force on General Education. Statements in the report are in terms of learning outcomes, unlike the original mandate from the Board of Trustees, which was in terms of credit hours. However, the Task Force report states that the General Education requirements must include 30 credit hours overall. The Task Force report deliberately leaves definitions of some items to the individual campuses. Provost Dixon credited B. Swain (SUNY Binghamton) with continually reminding the Task Force and the other chief academic officers of the need to leave some vagueness in these definitions. Provost Dixon also noted that Dean Greenfield has commented that our class syllabi are usually not stated in terms of learning outcomes. We may therefore need to change the way we present course objectives.
The Task Force report identifies several categories of learning outcomes. Each is prefaced by the statement, "Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles of…" Provost Dixon displayed the categories, and noted the components of the current Geneseo core requirements that will probably or possibly meet each requirement:
S. Iyer (Physics) noted that the learning outcomes in some categories specified demonstrating understanding in "at least one area," such as in the arts. Since Geneseo currently requires more than this minimum in some core areas, is it likely that we will redistribute credit requirements from those areas to others we do not currently require? The Provost replied that she hoped not. Dean Greenfield stated that he was not inclined to go in that direction either, and that the Curriculum Task Force had recently reaffirmed the current emphases. The Provost noted that more evaluation was needed to determine the potential effects on majors and electives of adding another 3-credit requirement.
B. McCoy (English) has heard Distance Learning mentioned as an option for meeting Gen. Ed. requirements. How do the Board of Trustees and the SUNY Provosts feel about Distance Learning? Provost Dixon noted that the BOT are very interested in Distance Learning options. Geneseo has a good DL facility it would be nice to use, but our more traditional student body more likely prefers interacting with a real person. Provost Dixon would like to see us explore options for DL rather than be unnecessarily afraid of it. President Dahl commented that the Democrat & Chronicle recently reported that almost no Distance Learning courses are going on through the SUNY Learning Network. Brockport offers very few such courses, and New Paltz offers only six. The fears about massive proliferation of DL appear unfounded. President Dahl advocated taking a strategic view: our school may attract students because of the opportunity of working closely with faculty. Provost Dixon noted that the Curriculum Task Force recommendations about incorporating diversity issues into more courses should be reviewed to determine whether DL courses might help meet those goals.
J. Bulsys (University Faculty Senator) noted that no one item on the Provosts’ Task Force report was particularly troubling, but that the whole list of recommendations seemed to require redistribution of academic resources, which would be difficult at a dollar-and-cents level. Provost Dixon replied that the Board of Trustees realizes funding will be required. The campuses have been asked to submit lists of new resources we would need to meet the Gen. Ed. requirements. Just as when the new Writing Core requirement replaces the old Critical Reasoning Core, some shifts will be needed. But major shifts will probably not be needed. J. Bulsys noted that the problem of working as a system began well before the Provosts’ Task Force began their efforts. President Dahl stated that the Task Force has been clear about the potential costs involved in implementing the Gen. Ed. requirements, and that they have attempted to confront the Board of Trustees on these issues. Provost Dixon particularly noted the efforts of the five faculty senate representatives on the Task Force, and of Swain (Binghamton).
Provost Dixon reported that the question of how community colleges will be affected by the BOT requirements is unclear. They are not required to follow the requirements, but they will probably want to so that their students will be able to transfer their credits to four-year institutions.
R. McEwen (Foreign Languages) noted her department’s concern about the potential need to hire many new faculty in a short time. However, a long term view suggests that the foreign language requirement may enhance the national perception of the quality of SUNY schools.
Provost Dixon ended her remarks by noting to students that none of this will affect current students. The Bulletin in effect when a student enters the school is the one that governs the student’s graduation requirements.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5:24 pm.
Respectfully submitted,Joan C. Ballard