UNIVERSITY PLANNING AND POLICY COUNCIL
March 7, 2005
Bartow, R Baum, N. Claiborne, R. Geer, K. Hall, F.
Hauser, F. Henderson,
T. Hoff, G. Kamberelis, S.B. Kim,
J. Langer, K. Lowery, C. MacDonald,
D. McCaffrey, J. Mumpower, G.
Paul, S. Stern, J. Wick-Pelletier, E. Wulfert
Guests: D. Andersen,
P. Bloniarz, S. Chaiken, C. Doll, N. Murray
President’s Report: Presented by President Kermit L. Hall:
President Hall reported that since his arrival to UAlbany he has been spending
time meeting students, staff members and Senators. He and the Senate officers are scheduling a
series of sessions involving students and faculty called The Voice of the Student. He
will ask students to speak about what works well and what does not work well
within the University at these sessions.
A Voice of the Parents session
will be held in Long
Island, and he is
hoping that faculty and members of the administration will join him for that
The SUNY system as a whole is up 4%, although UAlbany is down about
- Student Satisfaction Surveys:
President Hall reported that he met with the Senate Executive Committee
and discussed the survey results.
He hopes that giving more attention to undergraduate student issues
will bring better results.
Professor McCaffrey noted that the Senate is working on these
issues, but assertive leadership from the President is needed in order to
help with the issues resulting from the surveys. President Hall assured the group that he
will be very involved along with faculty and Senate members in resolving
student issues. He reported that he
has consulted an outside expert in undergraduate issues, Laura Coffin Koch
from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Coffin Koch has dealt with issues similar to that at UAlbany
and is scheduled to be here in April.
Some members from UPC have been asked to sit in on meetings with
her. Professor Wulfert noted that
since there is a new President on board, this is the moment to work on
student satisfaction. The survey
group has asked students to put identifying information on the surveys, so
the students can be individually interviewed. To this point, they have offered their
personal information, which is very encouraging.
- Provost and Vice President of Academic
Affairs Search: The search is ongoing. It is hoped that there will be a
permanent appointment by next fall.
- Vice President for Advancement Search:
This search will start this week.
There will be some changes made to the position; for example, communications
responsibilities will be moved from the Advancement Office into the Office
of Governmental Operations.
- “Ask the President” – President Hall reported that he is
receiving very interesting questions, mostly from students. Topics include, among others, parking,
food, and course availability.
University Facilities Committee (UFC), Frank Hauser, Chair: The Facilities Committee held its first meeting on February 7, 2005. Following a brief discussion of the Senate's
mandate to the committee, John Giarrusso from the Facilities Department went
over the project on facilities assessment outlined on the sheet that has been
handed out. John noted that a facilities assessment had been conducted
and projects totaling roughly $860 million were identified as being needed and
in some cases critical to the maintenance of the facility. Not having
$860 million, the list was culled to 41 projects that fall into three
categories that are to be accomplished over a three-year period (04-07). Each project
was briefly described in scope, content, selection decision and
status. As indicated on the
handout, State Construction Fund Appropriated projects totaling $79 million
that will be performed. Funds for these
projects were raised through proposals to The State Construction Fund. A Residence Hall capital plan will cost $5.6
million and will be paid from student fees.
Selected Campus-initiated projects will be paid from funds culled from
other projects. Some of the projects
were discussed in some detail, especially those dealing with renovations of the
lecture centers. This will likely be further discussed in future
meetings. Another project that was discussed in some detail was the planned
move of the grounds maintenance shed from across Fuller road to the Indian
parking lot beside the Police Department. The committee was assured that
it would not interfere with the aesthetics of the pond and also would not be
visible from the road.
Other issues that were briefly discussed, which will likely be addressed in
future meetings include ongoing efforts to improve signage, changing the
Washington Avenue main entrance to reduce accidents, parking around the new
Administration Building (formerly know as the admissions building) and the
cutting of trees on the campus. There was also a beneficial exchange in how to
get faculty to respond to facilities requests for input to various projects. There was particular discussion relating to
the remodeling of the lecture centers and which ones, as well as campus center
activity and partitioning of the old main student dining area in the campus
A second meeting of the committee is planned for March 14. Dean Paul
Leonard will present the School
of Business's Plans to construct a new School of Business
Building. Another topic will be the renovation of Earth Science
classrooms ES 241 and ES 245. John Giarrusso contacted Professor Hauser about
this project and he reported that he contacted faculty who teach in those rooms,
requesting suggestions for improving those classrooms.
Professor Hauser came away feeling very good about the initial committee
meeting and that there is a strong sense of working together to improve the
and Planning Committee (RAPC), Nancy Claiborne Chair: Professor Claiborne met with Professor
MacDonald to discuss RAPC direction and decided that first, RAPC members need
to understand the budget. They will
review past budgets and identify trends.
RAPC has scheduled a meeting with Vice President Lowery so she can answer
questions on the budget.
University Resources and Priorities Advisory Committee (URPAC)
- (Representatives Tim Hoff and Edelgard Wulfert): Professor Wulfert reported that URPAC
continues to meet with the Deans and Vice Presidents and continues to discuss
the potential implications for their units if the University faces further
budget reductions. URPAC met with Vice
President for Research Videka to discuss the process in which money flows
through research. Professor Hoff added
that Interim Provost Mumpower and Vice President Lowery have been extremely
helpful in providing information to URPAC members and he thanked them.
Update on Analysis of Survey on Student Satisfaction: Professor Wulfert reported that the
survey process has begun and it will be completed in March. Interviews with students that identified
themselves on the survey will begin in April.
Proposed College focused on Information and Computing (CIC): Guest:
Dean of the School
Science and Policy Peter Bloniarz: Dean Bloniarz explained that the
proposed College is similar to efforts at other universities across the country. Three units at UAlbany (SISP, Computer
Science and the interdisciplinary doctoral program on Information Science) will
be merged to create a core of teaching and research on information and computing. After a brief discussion of the proposed new
College, it was decided that UPC members will direct further questions to Dean
Bloniarz via email and Dean Bloniarz will answer them before the next
meeting. The Council hopes to be ready
to vote on a recommendation regarding the proposed College at the next meeting.
Bill No. 0405-11 -
No Suspension Of Classes For Religious Holidays - Professor MacDonald suggested that the bill be
delayed for a year in order to do more research on its affect on the external
constituents of the University. A motion
was made to delay the bill and continue
the status quo for one additional year.
The motion passed unanimously, UPC will report the recommendation to delay
the bill to the Senate.
College within the College of Arts and Sciences – Dean Joan Wick-Pelletier introduced the proposal and there was
discussion. Due to a lack of time, it
was decided that UPC members will direct further questions via email to Dean
Wick-Pelletier and she will answer them before the next meeting. The Council hopes
to be ready to vote on a recommendation regarding the proposed Honors College at the next meeting.