2004-05 University Senate
Present: J.P. Abraham, J. Acker, J. Bartow, J. Berkowitz, T. Bessette, R. Bromley,
S. Chaiken, R.
Collier, R. Craig, D. Dai, H. Dieter Meyer,
L. Franklin, S. Friedman, R. Gibson, J. Hanifan, C. Hartman, F. Hauser, A. Hildreth, E. Hoscoy, R. Hoyt, M. Jerison, S.B. Kim, W. Lanford, R. Lawson,
C. Lawson, A. Lyons, C. MacDonald, S. Maloney, J. Marler, D. McCaffrey,
L. McNutt, C. Merbler, S. Messner, G. Moore, J. Mumpower, J. Murphy,
O. Pelosi, M. Pryse, L.
L. Schell, M. Sherman, D. Shub, L. Snyder, B. Spanier, J. Stromer-Galley,
S. Turner, J. Uppal, L. Videka, D. Wagner, J. Wessman, J. Wick-Pelletier,
E. Wulfert, R. Yagelski, A. Zonder
Guests: J. Carson, W. Hedberg, J. Neely, B. Szelest
President’s Report – Presented by Interim Provost Jeryl Mumpower:
Provost Search: The search for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs has begun.
Budget: Dr. Mumpower distributed the document containing the Summary of the 2005/06 Executive Budget. He briefly spoke about the proposed $500.00 across-the-board tuition increase, the suggested 50% reduction to the EOP, and the proposed deferral of half of each TAP award until successful completion of the degree program
Enrollment: The campus has taken substantial steps to recover enrollment numbers; it is expected that there will be some recovery, although numbers are still short.
Chair’s Report - presented by Professor Carolyn MacDonald:
· President Hall is committed to being available to the university community, he will have a temporary office on Campus in the New Library until the new entry building is complete, and there is now a button on the home page of the University web site called “Ask the President” for questions directed to him.
· Professor MacDonald urged all to go back to their constituents and discuss governance issues surrounding the Faculty Forum scheduled for March 2nd
· SUNY Board of Trustee Stephanie Gross has offered to meet with Professor MacDonald about UAlbany.
Council on Academic Assessment (CAA), Professor Malcolm Sherman, Chair:
Subcommittees of the Council on Academic Assessment have received and reviewed self-studies from the Departments of Political Science, Economics and Theatre. Reports of external reviewers were reviewed for the two departments (Political Science and Economics) for which they had been completed.
The Council on Academic Assessment has been discussing a number of issues relating to its responsibilities after it has received and evaluated department’s self and outside assessments. Does the CAA merely receive reports or at least sometimes express disagreement with conclusions? Are these public documents that anyone can access?
At its meeting of February 4, the CAA agreed that in the future, departments would be asked to submit full data on the distribution of all grades (A, B, C, D, E, W, S, U) given to undergraduates in the previous two years grouped not by individual courses, but rather according to course level (100, 200 300 or 400). Assessment should be part of a continuous process for improving teaching and learning. In support of this principle, the (current draft of the) Council’s Statement of Procedures recommends that Departments, after they have carried out their first assessment, be asked to file brief annual reports of their assessment activities.
The Council extends congratulations to Barbara Wilkinson upon her appointment as Director of Assessment. (She had previously been serving as interim director.)
Council on Research (COR), Professor Vincent Idone, Chair: COR voted to accept the FRAP – A Review Committee’s recommendation to fund 13 FRAP-A applicants and to accept additions by the IRB Policy Review Committee to recommendations made and adopted by Council in May, 2004 regarding the establishment of a permanent IRB Policy Review Committee, and to dissolve the ad hoc IRB Policy Review Committee.
COR voted to approve a one-year provisional center status for the Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, and to approve permanent center status for the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics and will send those items on to UPC.
Council continued the discussion on IT Commons (ITC); salient points from the discussion included: The concern is how to support this new initiative, yet make sure that it is complementary to, and not competitive with, many disciplinary programs. The decision making base may need to be broadened – it appears that the current decision focus rests primarily with the Dean of Information Science and Policy and his advisory committee (e.g. the substantial number of IT Commons hires over the next few years). The possible IT Commons hires necessarily entail considerable resources, research and departmental implications. Although the assertion is that this enterprise is entirely voluntary, it may not be completely benign in actual implementation, despite the best of intentions. Aspects of accountability, overall oversight of the program, and quality controls are issues that should be considered. Given the fact that the University has made the decision to pursue this initiative, the concern is to ensure that the ITC develops in a manner that both benefits the overall IT infrastructure on the campus while simultaneously allowing the foundational disciplines to thrive.
Graduate Academic Council (GAC), Professor Louise-Anne McNutt, Chair: GAC will introduce two bills today, the Proposal to Revise the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in School Leadership and the Name Change for the Department of Environmental Health and Toxicology. The Council is also working on draft proposal for an Ombudsperson’s Office that will be brought forward soon.
(GOV), Professor Steven Messner, Chair:
In accordance with the charge in the resolution passed at the Dec. 6,
2004 Senate meeting, the Governance Council has begun the process of
identifying any inconsistencies between the Senate Charter and the Faculty
Bylaws and the MOU pertaining to promotion and continuing appointment at CNSE. The Council has solicited input from the
University faculty regarding any such inconsistencies through a Senate
broadcast and will consider this input at a future meeting. Any proposed amendments to the Charter will
be submitted to the Senate in time for consideration at the
Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointments (CPCA), Professor Diane Dewar, Chair: No report.
Council on Libraries, Information Systems and Computing (LISC), Professor David Wagner, Chair: A search committee has been formed to hire a new dean of libraries, and Professor Wagner will serve on that committee as a representative from LISC
Undergraduate Academic Council (UAC), Professor Seth Chaiken, Chair: The UAC has met 1/26 and 2/2 this year. A number of academic program proposals have been passed; they are with Dick Collier for technical correction and forwarding to the Senate. A new Art History major program proposal (which will require State Ed. approval) was referred to our Curriculum and Honors Committee. Information about the Early (admission) Assurance Agreement into Albany Meds Physician Assistant program was received and discussed. The UAC confirmed that such agreements will be documented and publicized to current and prospective students in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Special Opportunities section under Academic Advisement, and by the Pre-Health Advisors. The UAC recommends no other action.
The major current interest of the UAC is to solicit wide faculty comment on the draft proposed policy on academic advisement and the accompanying report from our Task Force, and to foster and continue discussion, communication, assistance, continuation and review of its work. Responses are requested and needed by 2/14 to inform UAC discussions and Senate proposals, which may entail great changes in the philosophy and practice of Undergraduate Advisement in some units. A reference to this material has been included in the recent Senate omnibus emailing, and an emailing to chairs and program directors has been requested.
University Life Council (ULC), Professor Gwen Moore, Chair:
University Planning and Policy Council (UPC), Professor David McCaffrey, Chair:
UPC has been discussing student satisfaction surveys, the 4
credit standards report of 1996 and the proposed
Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Community Responsibility (CAFFECoR), Professor Lawrence Snyder, Chair: CAFFECoR met Thursday, February 4th to work on a "Policy for Recognition of Faculty and Staff Organizations.” Chair Lawrence Snyder reported that Senate Bill 0304-24, "Campus Distribution Policy for Newspapers and other News Periodicals" is about to emerge from the office of Dr. Hedberg. Senate Bill 0303-25 "Campus Policy on Freedom of Expression" is still being worked on there. Committee members were alerted that SUNY Trustee Candace de Russy is requesting that the SUNY Board of Trustees endorse the "Academic Bill of Rights.”
on Ethics in Research and Scholarship (CERS),
University Resources & Priorities Advisory Committee (URPAC): Professor Andi Lyons:
URPAC continues to meet with deans and vice presidents to discuss the potential implications for their units if the University faces further budget reductions.
Election of Senators: A ballot was distributed nominating Senators as follows:
· David McCaffrey, Public Administration - Elected as Chair by the University Planning and Policy Council and nominated as a Senator with a one year term in order to chair the council.
· Bonnie Spanier, Women’s Studies - Nominated to UPC membership in the stead of the outgoing Senator she is replacing.
· Olimpia Pelosi, LLC - Nominated to COR membership in the stead of the outgoing Senator she is replacing.
A voice vote was taken at the meeting; all were in favor.
Senate Bill No. 0405-08: (GAC) Proposal to Revise the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in School Leadership – Professor McNutt introduced the bill on behalf of GAC. The bill passed unanimously.
Senate Bill No. 0405-09: (GAC) Name Change for the Department of Environmental Health and Toxicology - Professor McNutt introduced the bill on behalf of GAC. The bill passed unanimously.
Bill No. 0405-02: (CERS) University at
The bill passed unanimously.
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder