COUNCIL ON EDUCATIONAL POLICY

2003-04 Chair: Edelgard Wulfert

December 12, 2003 Minutes

Present: M. Carpenter, N. Claiborne, F. Hauser, K. Hitchcock, T. Hoff, S. B. Kim,
J. Koehler, P. Leonard, K. Lowery, D. McCaffrey, J. Mumpower, J. Pomeroy,
C. Santiago, E. Wulfert

Guests: Dean Peter Levin, SPH
Kevin Wilcox, Controller's Office

Approval of Minutes: The minutes of November 14, 2003, were unanimously approved.

Chair's Report:

Chair Wulfert announced that the Faculty Bylaws were passed at the Faculty Meeting held Monday, December 8, 2003, and she read the names of the six faculty members elected to the Presidential Search Committee. These are:

Reed Hoyt, Associate Professor, Music
Sung Bok Kim, Distinguished Service Professor, History
Carolyn MacDonald, Professor, Physics
Steven Messner, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Sociology
R. Michael Range, Professor, Mathematics
Edelgard Wulfert, Professor, Psychology

Report from EPC Representatives to URPAC:

Professor Hoff reported that URPAC has met once this semester. The first meeting included a summary of last year's budget situation and an overview of this year's budget and hiring plan.

President's Report:

Provost Santiago reported for the President, as she was expected later in the meeting. He reviewed last year's budget and indicated that the University will face similar budget challenges this year.

New Business:

  • Proposed merger of the SPH's Departments of Biometry & Statistics, and Epidemiology into a Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Presented by Dean Peter Levin.

    Dean Levin spoke about the merger of the two departments into a single one. He said it is advantageous to merge them, as this will strengthen both departments. He explained that the merger will not affect recruitment to the program; the merger really does not imply any substantive changes to the departments, and that it is very common in Schools of Public Health to have combined departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    There was discussion on the change in the master's program from 30 to 36 credits. Dean Levin explained that the 36 credits were always available.

    A motion was made to approve the merger, it was seconded, and the Council unanimously endorsed the proposed merger.

  • Substitute Motion: Oversight of State and Corporate Research.

    Chair Wulfert spoke about the Substitute Motion, which resulted from Senator Collier's Senate Resolution. She explained that EPC had been charged with providing information on a rather complex issue, and the most efficient way to deal with it would be to first generate a set of questions to help understand what should be examined. Chair Wulfert proposed that perhaps the Council should inquire about the establishment of an organization named NanoTech Resources, Inc. since it has recently been mentioned in the local newspapers.

    Chair Wulfert spoke about the Substitute Motion, which resulted from Senator Collier's Senate Resolution. She explained that EPC had been charged with providing information on a rather complex issue, and the most efficient way to deal with it would be to first generate a set of questions to help understand what should be examined. Chair Wulfert proposed that perhaps the Council should inquire about the establishment of an organization named NanoTech Resources, Inc. since it has recently been mentioned in the local.

    Provost Santiago mentioned that, to his knowledge, NanoTech Resources, Inc. is an incorporated non-profit entity with links to the SUNY Research Foundation. He also believes that it is to be located at the CESTM complex with the purpose of promoting business-university research partnerships. A question was raised about the Fuller Road Management Corporation (FRMC). The Provost indicated that FRMC is a non-profit entity created to manage the facilities on land adjacent to the campus where the CESTM facility is located. FRMC consists of two partners, the SUNY Research Foundation and the UAlbany Foundation. Professor Leonard asked if NanoTech Resources, Inc. has submitted a business plan and if UAlbany knows who is on its Board of Directors. Provost Santiago indicated that the University is still in a fact-finding stage. The Provost is not aware of the business plan for NanoTech Resources, Inc. and has not seen a list of the Board of Directors as yet.

    Chair Wulfert asked Vice President Lowery if she could provide additional information concerning FRMC and NanoTech Resources, Inc. VP Lowery said that, at present, she can provide information on the structure of FRMC, but cannot provide similar information for NanoTech Resources, Inc. since it is still in the process of being developed.

    Professor Hauser questioned the funds going into the School of NanoSciences and NanoEngineering (SNN) through the UAlbany Research Foundation account. According to Professor Hauser, people are not sure SNN still belongs to the University and they are concerned where the money goes; the committee that approved SNN had high hopes that there would be a return on that investment to the UAlbany Campus. Provost Santiago indicated that SNN is indeed a part of the University at Albany and, as any other college or school, it has a NYSED registered curriculum and its research funding flows through the UAlbany Research Foundation account. The campus receives an indirect cost return from this research and is eligible for the 20% BAP research match. In the last academic year alone, $60 million was deposited into the University's RF account from activities of SNN. The School currently has 16 faculty ranging in ranks from Assistant to Full Professor. These faculty are subject to the policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees as any other faculty member on campus. Professor Kim asked Provost Santiago how many faculty members have been borrowed from Physics. The Provost indicated that, excluding the Dean, only one faculty member transferred his line from the Department of Physics.

    Professor Hoff suggested that the Council work on what sort of questions it should frame, and what its expectation is of getting such information. Chair Wulfert asked Provost Santiago if the information could be obtained through his Office. Provost Santiago indicated that his office would be happy to provide information on the SNN and would share information that emerged as NanoTech Resources, Inc. is developing. Discussion on questions that are important to this issue followed and these were proposed:

    1) What are the incorporating bylaws, mission statement, charter, and
    what about those things can affect the Campus?
    2) What is the governance of the Corporation?
    3) Is there a strategic business plan, and is there a part of it that
    relates to UAlbany?

    It was suggested that possibly Professor Carpenter might ask Dean Kaloyeros for some of the answers. Provost Santiago claimed that it would be more appropriate for him to discuss the issue with Dean Kaloyeros. President Hitchcock added that since it is new and may be evolving, it might be difficult to answer questions at this point. The issues should focus on the School of Nanosciences and UAIM and their development in accord with University guidelines and policies.

    Professor Kim questioned when the Council might have answers and Provost Santiago said possibly by the end of January.

    LRPC: Indirect Cost Allocation. Presented by IVP Jeryl Mumpower, VP Kathryn Lowery and Kevin Wilcox of the Comptroller's Office.

    Charts showing the Direct Expenditure Activity and Indirect Recovery, Indirect Rate of Return, and Direct Expenditures by Program Classification were handed out, discussed and explained.

    Meeting adjourned 12:15 p.m.

     

    Respectfully submitted,
    Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder