Council on Educational Policy
2003-04 Chair: Edelgard Wulfert

October 17, 2003

Present: Jean-François Brière, Michael Carpenter, Nancy Claiborne, Floyd Henderson, Sung Bok Kim, John Logan, David McCaffrey, Jeryl Mumpower, Christine Pearce, Carlos Santiago, Betty Shadrick, Stacy Stern, Edelgard Wulfert


Jonathan Bartow, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies
Dr. Christopher D'Elia, Biology
Kathryn Lowery, Vice President for Finance and Business
Gottlieb Jicha III, Graduate Student

University's Forensics Initiative:

Dr. D'Elia gave a brief overview of the University's Forensics Initiative: Over the past four years the University has been developing a Master's and undergraduate program in Forensic Chemistry in partnership with the NYS Police Forensics Investigation Center. There is a large student pool available, including existing employees of the NYS Police Laboratory. The Chemistry Department is scheduled to receive a $1.5 million grant for this activity from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The teaching and training activities will remain on the Academic Podium, and the NIJ award will focus the on rehabilitation of classrooms. The teaching departments involved in the forensic degree programs are Biology and Chemistry.

Professor John Welch spoke about the Revised Letter of Intent for the MS in Applied Chemistry. He explained that this is a professional Master's degree focused on continuing education and it will require an internship. This is an applied degree in Chemistry and the department would like it approved with two tracks, Organic Chemistry and Forensics.

There was a question regarding students already enrolled in the organic track. Professor Welch said the Revised Letter of Intent would not delay organic track students already in the program; indeed, students are taking core courses now. Further, if EPC supports the Forensics track, System Administration SUNY will review it promptly. There are faculty available to teach, in addition to several Ph.D. adjuncts from the Forensics Center. There will be personnel costs that will not be covered by the NIJ grant, and the Departments are thus seeking additional sources of funding.

A motion was made that EPC approve the Revised Letter of Intent. It was seconded and the revised motion was approved unanimously. The Letter of Intent will go to SUNY, as only the proposal will later have to be approved by the full Senate.

Approval of Minutes:

The September 12, 2003, minutes were approved as amended.
The September 26, 2003, minutes were approved as amended.

President's Report:

Provost Santiago reported for the President. He had no news to report; he entertained questions from the Council members.

It was asked if there is any update or news on a mid-year budget cut and Provost Santiago said there is nothing definite as of yet. He assured the Council that the University is as prepared as it can be at this time, and that URPAC will discuss the consequences of a mid-year cut at its initial meeting in November.

Chairs Report:

Chair Wulfert had no news to report.

New Business:
  • Rotating EPC representatives to URPAC: Chair Wulfert explained that at the last Council meeting the issue of rotating the Council's representatives to URPAC had been raised. To ensure continuity, URPAC representatives will normally serve three-year overlapping terms. As both current representatives started at the same time, it would either be necessary for one representative to be replaced now or, if both continued to serve, for one to serve an additional year beyond 2003-04 to ensure continuity. Professor McCaffrey said that he would step down if someone else wanted to volunteer; Professor Logan said if Professor McCaffrey was replaced this year, he would step down next year.

    Chair Wulfert noted that Professor Hoff (absent with cause) informed her prior to the meeting that he would like to volunteer. She asked if anyone else was willing to serve, and Professor Logan nominated Professor Jean-François Brière, who accepted the nomination.

    Because not all members were present, Chair Wulfert said she would conduct a confidential vote by email ballot within the next three days.

  • Bylaws Committee: Professor Carolyn MacDonald represented the Bylaws Committee, comprised of Professors Donna Armstrong, Bruce Dudek, John Pipkin, David McCaffrey, Richard Collier, Carolyn MacDonald (Chair), Marjorie Pryse, and Edelgard Wulfert. She noted that the Bylaws Revisions Bill would go to the Senate on October 27th and, if passed, will be voted on by the faculty at a special faculty meeting to be called before the end of the fall semester. The Bylaws Committee's goal is to have the revised Bylaws passed by the spring. Professor MacDonald noted that only the Bylaws, not the Charter, will have to be approved by faculty vote; the Charter only requires approval by the Senate and can be changed at any time by the Senate.

    The Council discussed the contents of the Bylaws Revisions and made some minor suggestions. Professor MacDonald noted that the Bylaws Committee had discussed the revisions with the President who will ultimately sign off on them, and that the President fully supports the Bylaws revision.

    Letter of Intent: Certificate Program in Public Health: Fundamentals and Principles: Professor Shadi Saleh and Carol Young, Director of the Center of Continuing Education from the School of Public Health spoke about the Letter of Intent. Professor Saleh gave a brief introduction of the Certificate Program, noting that this Certificate is primarily intended to target working public health professionals so they can obtain a certificate, and also with the hope of getting them interested in the MPH Degree. The targeted students typically hold BA degrees in Science and Nursing or are professionals in the fields of Health Education. This Certificate Program is patterned after other accredited schools and meets core standards recognized at the national and state level. Part of the Certificate Program can be completed online; currently there are two online courses available and two more are planned for the spring and fall semesters. It was noted that of five online students last semester, one did apply for the MPH.

    Chair Wulfert asked if the proposal was discussed at GAC. Professor Saleh said that indeed it was.

    Chair Wulfert asked for a motion to approve the Certificate Program. The motion was made and seconded, and was passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned 11:55 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder