EDUCATIONAL POLICY COUNCIL

October 23, 2002


Present: C. Bischoff, P. Bloniarz, R. Bosco, J. Doellefeld, F. Hauser, T. Hoff, S. B. Kim, J. Logan, D. McCaffrey, S. Phillips, M. Range, C. Santiago, B. Shadrick, E. Wulfert

Guests: J. Castracane, R. Gear, A. Kaloyeros, J. Wick-Pelletier

Chair Wulfert called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.

1. Approval of Minutes:
Under the President's Report, the second paragraph, delete "School of Nanoscience" and substitute "UAlbany Institute of Materials".

On page 3, make a fourth paragraph beginning with "The funds received from the GENSIS Funds for the Cancer Genomic faculty. Professor Logan suggested that the topic be placed on the EPC agenda. …"

There being no further corrections, the EPC Minutes of September 24, 2002, were approved as amended.

2. President's Report"
Provost Carlos E. Santiago reported for President Hitchcock.

The Boor Sculpture Studio was dedicated officially last week at a formal opening ceremony followed by a reception for all in attendance. Further, Provost Santiago reported on the continuing activities of the American Heritage semester.

EPC members were reminded of the official opening on Friday, October 25th of the Arts and Sciences Building, along with the reception welcoming Dr. Joan Wick Pelletier, the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

This fall the University hosted the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism from the Republic of Cyprus, who signed an agreement of science and technology development with the University.

Dr. Santiago reviewed some of the budget challenges facing the faculty this year, and discussed the retirement incentive program and the incentive-based budget model. He will also be meeting with the Deans Council on the budget-based models.

According to Dr. Santiago, the Budget Allocation Process (BAP) may not be funding enrollment growth. UAlbany does not have the capability to expand the student numbers if the only benefit will be tuition dollars from the additional students. While the enrollment of 20,000 students remains a goal, it is dependent upon a net growth in faculty. Specifically, the increase in enrollment cannot happen without a corresponding increase in faculty lines.

While there has not been a dramatic number of faculty retirements, there is indeed a dramatic upsurge in staff retirements, and these retirements are effective in mid-November. Guidelines will be released next week for filling positions.

3. Chair's Report:
Chair Wulfert noted that she has invited Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Joan Wick-Pelletier and Dean of the School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering (SNN) Alain Kaloyeros today to discuss the SNN curriculum.

4. Report from EPC Representatives to URPAC:
The next meeting of URPAC is scheduled for November 7th.

5. Old Business
There was no Old Business.

6. New Business
New business consisted of a discussion of a potential Educational Impact Assessment Study for the International SEMATECH sponsored research and development center at UAlbany: Professor Wulfert introduced Deans Kaloyeros and Wick Pelletier, gave an overview of what EPC discussed at the last meeting, and asked the two guest deans to respond.

According to Dean Alain Kaloyeros, SEMATECH is a research and development (R&D) organization. In 1988, SEMATECH was created as a U.S. organization with a mission to maintain the nation's competitiveness in semiconductor manufacturing. In 1995, SEMATECH evolved into a global model, instead of only a U.S. centric organization. In 2000, there was another reassessment and it evolved into a nanoscience and nanotechnology R&D entity. SEMATECH'S mission changed from an entity for manufacturing to an entity for research and development. He went on to explain why Albany was selected for the new SEMATECH program from various national and international sites at premier research universities. The partnership is a research and development center contracted to commit $200 million over a five-year period. This is a new model for SEMATECH. The Executive Director will be a UAlbany faculty member and, in addition to Sematech's $200 million investment, New York State is investing $200 million, of which $75millon will be in facilities and laboratories to support the program.

Further, Dean Kaloyeros stated, the curriculum of the school of NanoScience and Nanoengineering will attract and retain students in both new and traditional fields of science. Applications for nanoscience and nanoengineering have quadrupled. Dean Kaloyeros has had discussions with the Dean of Arts and Sciences about creating shared programs. He noted that the partnership is between SEMATECH and the Institute, and the contract should be finalized by the end of this calendar year. The impact will be in terms of resources available. He envisions that the School of Nanoscience and the College of Arts and Sciences will benefit the most during the first year, but by the second year, the benefits will have spread to the School of Business.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Wick-Pelletier stated that this is a boon to those Arts and Sciences faculty doing research in these areas. There will be a need for a strong science program in Arts and Sciences, and certainly these programs in SNN will have a very positive impact on graduate students in CAS as a number of the courses will be cross-listed in the two schools.

Dean Kaloyeros stated that all appropriate academic units in the sciences were consulted for the SNN curricula. Letters from the appropriate departments are included in the proposal, and the proposal was designed to meet the SUNY guidelines, and revised using comments and suggestions from Dean Wick-Pelletier.

According to Dean Kaloyeros, the new curriculum is being called for at the federal level. This also builds on what the University has been doing and, clearly, is in harmony with the Strategic Goals of the University. Mr. Bischoff requested and received assurances from Dean Kaloyeros that the field of Nanosciences & Nanoengineering is not simply a new trend, but a primary building block for future research that will leave UAlbany graduates of SNN w/ highly marketable degrees.

Dean Kaloyeros discussed further the budget revenues from last year concerning the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nanosciences and NanoEngineering. According to Dean Wick Pelletier, Arts and Sciences researchers are working in the Nanosciences centers, and she is trying to work out how funds can come back to the College of Arts and Sciences in indirect costs. Dean Kaloyeros responded that this should be viewed as an opportunity to leverage in costs, rather than a drain on resources from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Logan asked about the use of external funds to release faculty from teaching, and Dean Kaloyeros replied that no funds in his unit would be used for that purpose. According to Dean Kaloyeros, these funds are program driven, and while he did not know the specifics of the distribution, the intent is to use the funding to support everything in the school. Additionally, there will be approximately the equivalent of 17% in indirect costs to pay for utilities and staff.

Professor Bosco suggested that EPC could call for a public forum on the issues of concern and that one could discuss the implications for the University's academic mission and its strategic plan. A forum could involve the Deans of the two schools and could include those from the East campus. He suggested that budget issues be kept separate from a discussion of academic and strategic issues.

Chair Wulfert suggested that the issues are of sufficient concern to the faculty such as to warrant discussion. She stated that they might be an appropriate topic for a faculty forum organized by the Senate. Professor Bosco reiterated that the first part of the discussion should be on concepts and the strategic plan.

Professor Hoff suggested that one might conduct a formal assessment of the implications of SEMATECH on University resources. Professor Bosco felt that a public discussion on the impact on academic goals should come before a resource assessment as many faculty lack information and do not know to whom to address their questions; budgetary issues should not be addressed at this forum. Dean Kaloyeros suggested holding the forum next semester when we are ready to answer questions. Chair Wulfert suggested conducting a forum on the topic; she recommended that a set of questions be formulated that should be addressed by the deans of the two schools and other administrators, and that the forum then be opened up for questions from the audience. Professor Bosco reiterated that the budget should not be part of the forum and that the topic should be the University's academic mission and its strategic plan.

7. Adjournment
There being no further questions, Chair Wulfert thanked the guests for attending. The meeting adjourned at Noon.


Respectfully submitted,

Madelyn R. Cicero
Secretary