Graduate Academic Council

2005 – 2006



Minutes of the Council meeting of September 29, 2005

Approved by the Council on November 8, 2005


In attendance:                       M. Rodriguez (Chair), F. Bolton (staff), D. Byrd, V. S. Chinnam, S. Dutta, S. Friedman, L. Kranich, S. Levine, S. Maloney, L.-A. McNutt, O. Ongiti, M. Pryse


Guests:                                   A. Fortune, N. Persily, S. Isser, J. Levato


Unable to attend:                                 J. Bartow (staff), G. Burke, E. Redkey



1.        Minutes of the Council meeting of 5/4/05 were unanimously approved as presented, without amendment.


2.        Dean’s Report – M. Pryse


·         Over the summer the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Integrity met with co-chairs, Sue Faerman and Marjorie Pryse to discuss the campus climate concerning plagiarism in particular at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to revise existing guidelines.  This work is ongoing.


·         An Omsbuds Office has been established.  It is to be a virtual office and is to report in generalities to a committee.  A date for training omsbudspersons is to be determined and after that training they will be set in place to serve.


·         Performance dashboard charts for the Office of Graduate Studies were distributed.  Data in such areas as diversity, enrollment, financial assistantships, etc. was made available for analysis.  Fall 2005 enrollment figures are expected shortly as late registration recently concluded.


·         A newly created Graduate Studies web site is up and running.  Bookmarks with the new site’s address were distributed to Council members.  The Dean requested that the members take particular note of the unit’s mission statement and explore the resources now available for students and faculty.  All were encouraged to give feedback concerning the site.


·         For the first time a campus wide Graduate Student Orientation was held for incoming Fall 2005 students.  Various schools and departments either postponed or cancelled their orientation activities and supported this event which was highly successful.  The orientation was followed by a picnic sponsored by the GSEU and was well attended by 300 to 350 individuals.  Pictures of the event are available for viewing on the new Graduate Studies web site.


·         Dean Pryse expressed concern with the University’s level of GA/TA/Fellow student support and has started to address the issue by engaging in conversations with the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and by gathering assessment information from the Deans of the Schools and Colleges.


·         Initiatives being formulated for the Campus Compact Planning process include:  campus wide support for graduate student funding; strategies for better retention of present students; and an organizational structure for the establishment of a Graduate School to promote a better graduate presence and to create a platform for advocating for excellence in graduate programs.


·         The Council members were asked to begin considering how the GAC membership might be better organized to represent every school and to think in visionary terms about how the GAC can lend greater support and advocacy for graduate programs.


3.        Program Proposal – Dual Degree Program: Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health


Nancy Persily, Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, and Anne “Ricky” Fortune, Professor in the School of Social Welfare, presented the dual MSW/MPH degree program proposal.  Professor Persily introduced the program as the brainchild of and “in memory of” the late Janet Perloff, who was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Welfare with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health.  The program integrates the two disciplines as well as the policy and practice pieces of both.  It concentrates on both population and administrative issues.  It is anticipated that one to two students per year will enter the program in the beginning.  A scholarship has been established in Professor Perloff’s name to assist such students.  Professor Fortune stated that the 91 credit program could be accomplished in three years of study which includes work in the summer.  It is constructed to include Public Health core courses (some of which can be taken online) and Social Welfare core and MACRO concentration courses.  Three valuable internships – one in Social Work, one in Public Health and one combined – will be required.  No additional resources are needed to mount the dual degree.  Professor Fortune noted that knowledge of both fields would be valuable particularly given the recent 9/11 and hurricane disasters.  The Council noted the fine work and detail given to the proposed dual degree program and voted unanimously (10-0-0) to approve the proposal and its introduction to the Senate for further consideration.



4.        Program Proposal – Combined BA Judaic Studies/Master of Business Administration


Professor Stanley Isser, Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Judaic Studies, and John Levato, Assistant Dean in the School of Business introduced the combined BA/MBA program.  Professor Isser explained that students pursuing a BA in Judaic Studies with a minor in Business would be able to accomplish this 150 credit program with proper advisement.  He felt it would be an extremely good recruitment tool for Judaic students who would receive a MBA at the end of their studies.  John Levato stated that he had been the architect of many of the BA/BS/MBA programs that have been offered by the University since the 1970s and that were originally registered with NYS by the Undergraduate Studies Office.  All 90 General Education requirements are accomplished in the first three years.  The 30 additional non-liberal arts credits needed for the BA/BS degree are taken in the senior year.  The remaining 30 credits of the 150 credit program are taken in the fifth year of study.  In their junior year students take the GMATs and apply to the School of Business to which they are early admitted.  In this respect this is not a BA/MA program.  Mr. Levato stressed that the success rate of students being accepted into the MBA program from an Arts and Science background was excellent provided they received good academic counseling.  It is a program for focused, disciplined students.  Students accepted to the University with numerous advanced placement elective credits would be particularly good candidates due to their ability to complete a BA/BS in three years time.  Susan Maloney noted that there were no admission requirements stated in the proposal and raised the question as to whether or not their inclusion was needed before the proposal was sent to SUNY Central for registration.  After a period of brief discussion the Council voted unanimously (8-0-0) to approve the proposal and its introduction to the Senate for further consideration.


5.        Selection of Committee Chairpersons –A listing of proposed council committee memberships was shared.  Chair Monica Rodriguez asked that each of the three committees upon their first meeting nominate and select chairs.


6.        Future Meeting Dates/Times – An informational sheet displaying times that council members stated they were available to meet was distributed.  As everyone’s schedule had not been available for display, Chair Rodriguez stated that Jon Bartow would re-canvass the GAC members to either share or confirm their schedules.