Present:J. P. Abraham, R. Collier, S.
Herbst, V. Idone, W. Lanford, A. Lyons,
C. MacDonald, S. Messner, J. Mumpower, E. Redkey, M. Rodriquez, J. Savitt,
M. Sherman, D. Shub, L. Snyder, D.
Wagner, R. Zitomer
minutes of August 29, 2005
were approved.An amendment to the
Senate Council Summaries for CAA was requested and approved, changing the date
of the scheduled meeting from 9/22/05
Order of Business:Chair S. Messner proposed that the agenda be slightly altered to allow
an address by Laurel Allen, to be presented first.
by Laurel Allen:Director, Office
of Diversity and Affirmative Action:Laurel Allen presented a report that Equal Employment Opportunity,
Affirmative Action and Diversity working together, with “Compact Planning”
can be used in assessment, and directing us to do many things better.Director Allen,
asked that everyone familiarize themselves with the Affirmative Action
plan and also encouraged participation in Search Committee’s.Statistics from a snapshot of October 31, 2004 where
shown.Director Allen said if
diversity in Higher Education isn’t improved we could have a crisis
situation.We can do many things
now to improve things now and in the future, including working with units
and departments to achieve goals.There was discussion about the objective ability of the statistics,
including surveys taken from part time employees.Exit interviews where brought up, as
well as the importance of age, and the tapering pool of employees.Prof. Messner reported that there hasn’t
been an effort made yet to delve into other departments and units.The concentration now is on different
ethnicities essentially, fix the fundamentals.Provost Herbst reported that the search
committee’s will increase the pool of minority candidates and concluded
that even with small pools, it is possible to find the diversity your
Report:Presented by Provost Susan
reported that “Compact Planning” is not going to solve all of our problems;
it can make arguments about future investments.Self studies at unit level and
departmental level should be considered.Make plans, focus on planning, and talk more with committees.
committee Selective Investment Committee:The Selective Investment Committee will included 12 people, including 1 staff 1 student and possibly
a distinguished faculty.
position: will be vacant this winter.A search committee will be hiring an “Executive Recruiter”, to
facilitate the search.
for VP for Research: The search for a Vice President for Research continues.
Students on Search Committee’s: The topic about including students
both graduate and undergraduate on Search committees was raised.Provost Herbst reported that VPR will be
seeking a graduate student for the committee.However there is no search committee at
this time for the Dean of Honors College.The discussion included questions on how we should attempt to
formalize recruitments of students of color.Provost Herbst indicated that there are
slots on the committees saved which could include slots for transfer, slow
start students with faculty recommendations which may fulfill possible
discussion on a possible proposed legislation to create a National Search
Implementer of Faculty.Policy of
the Faculty governing board could have an impact.
Chair’s Report:presented by Chair Steven Messner:
likely to have Journalism Major when Advisement Policy Bill is presented.
Bag lunch with President Hall will be held during the upcoming Yom Kippur
class break.October 13 from --.
Merbler would like to remind everyone that she is collecting donations for
Review of Senate Agenda for 10/10/2005:agenda
items from Councils and Committees:
Messner acknowledged the submission of the reports where all timely, and
thanked everyone for their help.Everyone agreed that it is a good policy, and should be proposed to
the Senate as well.
holidays:There will be a
meeting tomorrow with UPC, however, UPC would
like Administration to propose a calendar.Provost Hersbt, after talking to legal
counsel, has changed position on this issue.The University can only suspend classes
if doing it for secular reasons, celebrations of diversity are
is no bill.If no bill goes forward
the calendar can possibly still be updated.There are some gray areas about what is
allowed, administration must show it would be
inconvenient to assure comfortable safety levels of students.The calendar has been adopted for
06-07.Therefore, a new bill would
be for 07-08.Maintaining community
confidence is an important issue to consider when discussing the calendar.A discussion about requiring students to
self identify there beliefs, and needs, could have an effect on this
decision.Also to be considered are
Alumni relations.The question is
put forth to ULC as to whether they want to put forth a bill.President Hall would like to have a
recommendation made.UPC should
meet and vote on whether they want to bring it to the senate.Provost Herbst said it will still be
brought to the Senate.There are
many Senators that would be interested in this discussion.Prof. Messner would like to hear the
Administrations recommendations and justifications for them.UPC will report back and or take a ULC pole to see if they want a bill on the agenda.
Compact Planning Liaisons:There is a timeline for compact planning, and
it has emerged suggestions that we have liaisons from senate to senior administration
involved in compact planning.The purpose
is to provide a channel of communications. To alert persons about needed
approvals.Also, keep senate informed.There is no precedent to get the board
established.Discussion ensued, and it
was suggested to proceed as needed on each planning event.There should be a case by case evaluation of
the needs for Senate’s involvement.But
the people that are going to be the most helpful and knowledgeable with a plan
should be the starting point.Senate Executive
Committee members should fill roles for lines of communication.Encourage the Deans to take advantage of the
resources of the Executive Committee.Identify presumed expertise of Executive committee, and proceed as
needed on each planning event.
Council Activity Requiring Consultations or Coordination:Nothing currently requires consultations.
Adjournment:The next meeting will be held November
7th, 2005 in the Standish Board Room.
For the September 26, 2005, Senate Executive
Council on Academic Assessment (CAA), Malcolm Sherman,
The Council on Academic Assessments
is scheduled to meet on September 26, 2005.Scheduled agenda items include a proposal (developed over the summer) to
assess not just degree programs, but also courses and sequences that students
may take to fulfill a requirement of their minor, a general education
requirement, or as an elective. The Council will divide itself into two
committees, one that reviews mainly quantitatively oriented departments and one
that reviews mainly qualitatively oriented departments.The schedule of impending reviews will be
announced and future meetings scheduled.The Council (as a result of two resignations from faculty who are on
leave) now has the minimum required number of faculty.The possibility of recruiting new members
will be discussed.
Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and
Community Responsibility (CAFFECoR), Lawrence
CAFFECoR met on September 15th.We have begun an exploration of our
procedures to deal with student grievances on matters other than grades.We will be inviting student leaders and
faculty to join us in discussing these matters.
Committee on Ethics in Research and Scholarship (CERS),
Richard Zitomer, Chair
Council on Research (COR), Vincent Idone, Chair
COR has not met yet (first meeting scheduled on October 19), but nearly
all the subcommittees, standing and otherwise, are fully designated, this
having been done with careful attention to appropriately broad
representation.The Chair also met with
VP Videka to go over relevant agenda items for this year from her perspective,
and will also send out material prior to the first meeting to solicit input
from the COR members as well as to provide background suitable to foster
effective discussion at the meetings.
Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointments (CPCA),
David Shub, Chair
CPCA will have its first meeting on
Graduate Academic Council (GAC), Monica Rodriguez, Chair
full meeting of the GAC has been scheduled for September 29, 2005.At this meeting we expect to elect Chairpersons for the Council
Committees.In addition, two new program
proposals will be discussed, namely, a dual
degree program of MSW/MPH and a Combined BA Judaic Studies / MBA.
Council (GOV), Diane Dewar, Chair
The Council met on Friday, 9/16/05, to review the draft Bylaws
and Charter of the CNSE.Robert Geer of
CNSE was present to present the documents as well as to answer any
questions.Although we will be proposing
a few minor changes to the documents, the documents overall are consistent with
the Faculty Bylaws and Senate Charter.An oral report of our comments will be presented to the Senate in
also formed its Committee on Liaisons and Elections, and Committee on
Assessment of Governance.Current
business of the Liaisons and Elections committee includes filling UAS slots and
adding more CAS members to UPC, as well as offering a forum concerning military
recruitment on campus.Business for the
Committee on Assessment of Governance includes the development of handbooks as
per the Charter of the Governance committee.
Council on Libraries, Information Systems and Computing
(LISC), David Wagner, Chair
LISC held its first meeting of
the year on Thursday, 22 September
2005.New members were
provided an orientation to the Council and its committees.The new Dean and Director of Libraries, Frank
D’Andraia, was introduced to the Council.Although no business was transacted at the
meeting, we did discuss some of the issues that will be matters of concern to
the Council during this academic year.These issues included extensions and clarifications of the recently
approved e-mail policy, the University’s level of involvement in activities
designed to increase open access to journal publications and other periodic
materials, and the prospects for developing one or more institutional
repositories at the University.
Undergraduate Academic Council (UAC), Philippe Abraham, Chair
All of the
Undergraduate Academic Council subcommittees have been configured and will
begin to meet shortly to consider a number of issues that have been brought to
Undergraduate Academic Council is currently discussing the following items:
I)campus-wide honors program proposal
III)SSW standards proposal
IV)Revisiting our S/U policy
two items fall under the category of “Council Activity Requiring Consultation
or Coordination” because consideration by UPC will also be necessary, it seems
possible that either or both of the honors and advisement discussions may
result in a recommendation for change in the Senate charter (for example, the
composition of an honors committee within UAC or advisement committee within
UAC or ULC) and thus would also require approval from the Executive Committee
and review and passage from the Governance Council before being submitted to
the Senate for a vote.
to the journalism proposal, we may have additional items to bring to the
Senate’s October meeting depending on how quickly our discussions progress.
University Life Council
(ULC), Joan N. Savitt, Chair
ULC heard a
presentation from John Reilly about the legalities of making or not making
calendar changes.Basically, no changes
to the calendar can be made on solely religious grounds, since that would be
advancing a particular religion, but the university can make adjustments in
anticipation of otherwise serious administrative disruptions.That is, since we are obligated under
education law to provide make-ups and other accommodations to those who request
time off to make a religious observance, and since we can predict that a large
percentage of students and faculty will ask for such accommodation on major
Jewish holidays, we can make an administrative decision to reschedule those
classes in the first place.Using this
logic, we cannot readily claim that there is a similar need to accommodate far
smaller populations.We can also see
that the law already allows for students who wish to observe their holidays to
observe them, even if the university is already in
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session.What was not
clear was if there was precedent for adjustments to the calendar in recognition
of the fact that certain religious group members might be placing themselves at
risk if they self-identified, which would be necessary if the university did
not already rearrange the calendar to accommodate them.
ULC was firm in its belief that we should not restudy the
issue since both positions--suspend for no one, and suspend in recognition of
the needs of many for accommodations to their religious observances--have been
expressed in the legislation that was drafted last year by ULC and the
ULC briefly discussed the issue of textbook pricing, andquestions about CDTA service defects and
possible over-counting of passengers were raised.
established its standing committees and ad hoc committees, which will meet as
needed.ULC plans to meet as a whole on
a monthly basis, and has scheduled its fall sessions for Mondays that do not
conflict with the Senate or Executive Council meetings.
University Planning and Policy Council (UPC), Carolyn
UPC met on September 6, 2005, to select a regular
meeting time ( on Tuesdays),
organize committees, and select a representative for the university parking
committee and the AlbanyHigh
School program.It was reported that substantial progress had been made over the summer
by the advisement and honors committees and by the group working on the student
satisfaction surveys, and that more information would be forthcoming soon.UPC will meet on 9/27 to discuss advisement,
a proposed journalism major, and whether action is required on religious
SUNY-wide Senate, Richard Collier, Reporter
report.The next meeting is scheduled
for October 27-29 in Saratoga.