EDUCATIONAL POLICY COUNCIL
April 5, 2002


Present: V. Aceto, J. Bartow, C. Bischoff, S. Coon, J. Delano, C. D'Elia, M. Dougherty, F. Hauser, R. Highfield, S. B. Kim, D. McCaffrey, R. M. Range, C. Santiago, B. Shadrick, S. Sherman

Guests: R. Gibson, S. Roche

Professor McCaffrey called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. He announced that he would change the order of the Agenda to accommodate the discussion of the Letter of Intent for the Graduate Certificate in Autism.

Ms. Roche explained that the parents and the professional staff would be taking the same courses. The program is web based. If parents take all three courses for graduate credit, they will receive graduate credit. Most parents take the courses for information purposes. Undergraduates also will be taking these courses. All students admitted to the program will go through graduate admission.

Professor Delano asked if there were any criteria for what constitutes credit for a certificate. Credit hours align with hours in order to sit for an examination, Ms. Roche said. There is no standard expectation of the number of hours for a graduate certificate, said Mr. Bartow. The Graduate Admissions Office would process the proposal for the Certificate as it would process a degree program.

Professor Hauser noted that there is no indication of funding for this program. There is mention of an internal allocation, but nowhere does it specify the source of the reallocation. Ms. Roche noted that the program cost $91,000 last semester. Provost Santiago stated that the program had been running for two semesters and it is in the black. It should be clarified in the proposal that the courses have been offered successfully in the past, said Professor Range. He also noted that this proposal deals with just the Certificate program. What is the relationship to the certification for professionals working in the area in New York State? He interprets this to mean that a person takes the courses and should be able to sit for the examination. Ms. Roche indicated that this is correct. The bulk of the graduates taking these courses already have their Master's degree, said Ms. Roche. The Certificate would give them the specific skills to work with the autistic population and related behavioral problems. It is applicable to any regular classroom teacher. They will have a certificate in autism and get certification in ABA. It is a benefit to have both.

Dean Highfield stated that generally a person needs to show that they are prepared to sit for a State licensing examination, and that the Certificate program likely would be an entry ticket to the examination. The difference between a certificate and certification, Professor Aceto said, is that one is State-mandated and one is University-based. Interim Dean Durand spoke with SUNY and the ABA Board as to what is required to sit for the exam. Professor Delano noted that this information should be included in the proposal. Ms. Roche noted that there is no formal connection with this program and the School of Social Welfare. The question was asked if the School of Education had been consulted. The proposal talks about a link with special education. The proposal was developed in the Department of Psychology, and there was no indication of extensive consultation with the School of Education. Professor Kim stated that there should be a letter from the School of Education. Provost Santiago noted that the courses have been offered since Fall 2001 in the College of Arts and Sciences. All agreed that most questions have been answered about this proposal, although some improvements could be made in it. The appropriate consultation with the School of Education should take place, and the proposal should state that the courses have been operating and that they are fiscally sound.

Mr. Bartow stated that if EPC members are content with the proposal other than these concerns that could be addressed by additional material, the EPC could take action on the Letter of Intent and communicate with the author that he should incorporate the additional material into the proposal.

Professor Hauser wanted to be assured that there is no duplication of effort, and thus the need for consultation with the School of Education. Provost Santiago answered that if the Council supported this proposal, the Provost's Office will make sure that all corresponding units will be consulted.

It was moved, seconded and approved to end discussion on this proposal. It will be discussed at the next meeting.

1. Approval of Minutes
On page 2, the third paragraph, the first sentence should read: "Professor Range asked about the controversy reported in the press that week regarding " There being no further corrections, the February 22, 2002, EPC minutes were approved as amended.

2. President's Report
Provost Santiago reported for the President. The State budget has not yet been passed, reported the Provost. URPAC will meet this month and will be briefed on the situation. The University at Albany's biggest challenge will be to fund negotiated salary increases if the resources have not been added to our budget allocation for 2002-2003.

The Provost is asking the Deans to review their spending plans in light of a possible budget shortfall this coming academic year. Once the planning process is completed, the schools/colleges will know what resources they will have in the coming year. The University received a reduction in our Budget Allocation Process (BAP) allocation and in our graduate stipends funding. There is no guarantee that we will get State funds that were promised to support the Schools of Public Health and Nanosciences and Nanoengineering, the Provost said. We should prepare for the worst-case budget scenario and this will be discussed in an upcoming meeting with the members of URPAC. The Provost indicated that we are particularly interested in knowing the implications of these potential budget cuts. On a positive note, our revenue streams are more diverse than they were in the early 1990s. Research proposals and awards and fundraising are crucial to the financial health of the institution.

Provost Santiago reported on the Governor's announcement of discussions regarding the Harriman Campus. This has historical implications for our campus. The University would look to expand our research and academic spaces on the Harriman Campus using a similar model to that of the East Campus. The development of the Harriman Campus will represent a public/private partnership. Provost noted that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees are supportive of Albany's potential role in the future of the Harriman Campus.

Professor Delano asked if a pilot project could be started where energy conversation is done on a department-to-department and building to building-to-building basis. Can energy costs be part of our contribution? That is in keeping with our intent, said the Provost, but there is no one set model on how departments can expend revenue. Creative ideas are welcome and the reduction in energy costs helps. Vice President D'Elia noted that departments are not metered. It does seem sensible for departments to encourage faculty to save energy. There is a system to report grant activities for each department and there is a substantive increase in activities.

3. Chair's Report
Professor McCaffrey announced that the EPC minutes are on the web site. URPAC reports are either on the web site now or will be shortly.

4. Report from Representatives to URPAC
Professor McCaffrey reported that URPAC would meet on April 25.

5. Old Business

  1. Letter of Intent for MS in Applied Chemistry. The Letter of Intent will be discussed at the next meeting.
  2. Letter of Intent for Graduate Certificate in Autism. Discussion was held earlier in the meeting. The Letter of Intent will be revisited at the next meeting.
  3. Discussion of EPC Charges. Professor McCaffrey reported that discussion on the charges would be taking place over the next month. He distributed copies comparing two draft revisions of the charges. Professor Logan earlier provided comments on the comparison. The key issue is the scope of EPC's charge and specifically whether it should focus primarily on teaching and instruction or on a broader set of strategic issues.

If it is our charge, said Professor Hauser, we are the only group that is supposed to have an oversight mission. The Logan memo is thoughtful, Professor Range said. Moving away from the strategic planning focus of the EPC's current charges would be a major change and he said that the Council should not approve such a step.

Professor McCaffrey noted that EPC would meet on April 26. In the interim, there should be discussions of the EPC charges via e-mail. The EPC as a whole will discuss the charges at the next meeting.

6. New Business

  1. Academic Calendars. Mr. Gibson reported on his meeting with Vice President Doellefeld on the timing of the Spring 2004 break. Vice President Doellefeld responded that over the years waiting too long for a break has caused problems with the students. Mr. Gibson revised the calendar by dropping the March break and inserting a four day-long weekend in February (President's Day). This would match the break in the public schools.

Professor Range asked if there was a reason that examinations couldn't be held on Saturday. There would have to be an alternative day for examinations for religious reasons, said Mr. Gibson.

It was moved and seconded, to vote on the full academic calendar. The calendar was approved.

  1. 2000 Student Survey. Professor McCaffrey distributed a document at the last meeting. Provost Santiago liked the initial suggestions and but would like to see them go further. Professor McCaffrey said that the suggestions tried to target points of leverage that would be manageable but that potentially would have substantial impact, and set the stage for further improvements.

EPC members commented on the need to convey to faculty the importance of teaching, both generally and as part of the promotion and tenure process; on the need to build more classrooms; and to pay attention to activities within the residence halls and the impact of these activities on academic life on campus. Professor Range noted that it is important to not overstate CPCA's impact on the promotion and tenure process, as CPCA is an advisory body to the Provost and the President. He would like to see more emphasis on the lower level of the promotion and tenure process, such as activities within the departments. The subgroup made the point that the importance of teaching to the promotion and tenure process could be conveyed on campus more convincingly, as a first step in an attempt at cultural change on campus.

  1. Professor McCaffrey received notification from Professor Dalton, Chair of UAC, that UAC received a proposal for forensics emphasis in the B.S. degree in chemistry. EPC has not received the proposal. UAC raised the question of whether EPC should be involved, as there are resource implications of the proposed curriculum. The proposal states that expensive instrumentation is needed. Professor Hauser noted that there is already a B.A. program. The B.S. program will have substantial resource implications. He suggested that EPC work with UAC on this. It was also recommended that EPC defer this issue until it is more settled and that EPC members review the proposal. The cost to start this program would be $1-1.5 million. The letter should go to the President first with a resource implication statement.

Vice President D'Elia reported that this program would attract more students. Instrumentation is expensive, but the investment needs to be made. Professor McCaffrey noted that this is a new specialization in an existing degree. UAC will discuss the proposal in terms of the consistency of the proposal with the campus academic program as specified in the EPC's charges.

Professor Hauser recommended that EPC table this until more information is received. Professor McCaffrey will distribute copies of the proposal to EPC members. EPC will work with UAC on the proposal.

7. Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Madelyn R. Cicero
Secretary