University Senate Executive Committee Meeting
February 28, 2005
Present:††††††††† S. Chaiken, R. Collier, V. Idone, W. Lanford, A.
Lyons, C. MacDonald,
D. McCaffrey, S.
Messner, G. Moore, J. Mumpower, R.M.
Range, M. Sherman,
G. Singh, L.
Snyder, D. Wagner
Minutes:† †††††† The
minutes of January 24, 2005
were approved with amendments.
of Computing and
MacDonald reported that, since the College will have graduate and
undergraduate programs, discussion on it should go to UPC, UAC and GAC.† It is now being discussed only in
UPC.† Professor McCaffrey reported
that discussion on the College will continue at the next UPC meeting.† Professor MacDonald asked if it Council
discussions could be done in parallel, at UAC and GAC at the same
Range suggested it would be
efficient to have representative members from the various Councils get
together at once and have Dr. Bloniarz do only one presentation.† There were concerns that the different
councils had different issues and that this might not be efficient.
Commons:† †IT Commons has been discussed at COR and will
also be discussed at UPC.† Interim
Provost Mumpower reported that there was an initial discussion of the IT
Commons proposal last spring at EPC where Dr. Bloniarz spoke about hires,
etc.† Professor McCaffrey noted that
there has not yet been a specific proposal.
Honors College:†† The CAS
proposal will be discussed at UPC and UAC.†
In an effort to eliminate duplication, Council Chairs McCaffrey and
Chaiken will try to coordinate discussions.
Center Approval:† †Professor Idone reported that COR will
forward the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics
proposal to UPC.
Freedom Resolution Response:† †Professor Snyder reported that CAFFECoR
is working on a statement related to the academic freedom bill of rights.† The statement will be reported to this
body, and it will be a response to Candace de Russyís proposal.
Provostís Report Ė
presented by Interim Provost Jeryl Mumpower:
- Enrollment:† The University has made a substantial
recovery from the fall enrollment shortfall.† Freshmen admissions are down by about
600 in comparison to this point last year.†
Applications are down in all three groups in which we admit
students.† (Group 1, 2 and some
3.)†† Admission numbers are up in
terms of transfer students.†
Review:† President Hall is reviewing
Chairís Report Ė
presented by Professor Carolyn MacDonald, Senate Chair:
2 Faculty Forum:† Professor
Acker has coordinated with members of the ad hoc University-wide Governance Committee to speak at the
Forum.† Members of the Governance
Councilís Joint Working Group with CNSE will also be present to speak and
answer questions.† Professor Wagner
reported that there have been over 100 responses to the electronic survey
lunch:† Professor MacDonald
announced that President Hall has requested regular brown-bag lunch
meetings with Executive Committee members, the first to be on Friday, March 4, 2005.
Council on Academic
Assessment (CAA), Professor Malcolm Sherman, Chair:† The Council has
been reviewing Italian and Slavic studies and will review Chemistry and
Anthropology.† In addition, the Council
members are refining how they should be working on the process, i.e., where the
reports ultimately should reside.† The
assessment documents will be filed in CETL to be available for review by
anyone.† External reviews will be
reported to the Senate.† Finally, one
issue the Council is working on is how to make assessment an annual operation.
Council on Promotions
and Continuing Appointments (CPCA), Professor Diane Dewar, Chair:† CPCA continues to meet weekly on its many
tenure and/or promotion cases this semester.
and Policy Council (UPC), Professor David McCaffrey, Chair:† †UPC
will discuss the ULC bill on Religious Holidays, the proposal on the CAS
the proposal for the College of Computing
and Information, and the student satisfaction surveys.†
Graduate Academic Council (GAC), Professor Louise-Anne McNutt,
Chair:† Professor McNutt distributed
the draft proposal for an Ombudspersonís Office that will be brought forward at
the next Senate meeting.† She explained
that the model GAC has proposed is completely informal and outside the
grievance process.† GAC does not want to
change any process that is already in place.†
Many students do not want to use the formal grievance process, but do
need advice.† The Ombudsperson will be non-partisan,
and will educate students about the grievance process but s/he will not take
sides.† Organizationally,† the position will be created so that a comparable
undergraduate office may be added in a year or two.†† The office will keep tracking data, but it
will not keep personal information.† GAC
will introduce three other bills at Senate also:† the Proposal to Establish an
Inter-institutional Dual-degree †††††††††† Program
with Albany Medical College, MD/MPH,
the Proposal to amend University Graduate Policy Pertaining to the Certificate of
Advanced Study, and the Proposal to Amend University Graduate Policy Pertaining
to Master's Degree Transfer Credit.
Undergraduate Academic Council (UAC),
Professor Seth Chaiken, Chair:† UAC is continuing to coordinate with the Task
Force on Advisement lead by Dean Sue Faerman and Assistant Vice President Sheila
Mahan; that Task Force has now constituted several working groups.† The UAC is continuing to develop an
advisement policy to be proposed to the Senate and expects to complete it at its
next meeting.† UAC has received the
proposal for the CAS Honor's College and will begin to discuss it its next
meeting.† The UAC is coordinating with
the UPC to identify for discussion the academic issues in this proposal and any
in another proposal now before UPC for the formation of a College of Computing and Information.† The UAC bill for the B.A. Program in Art
History will be presented.† UAC notes
that this bill is for listing as a regular listed major a current faculty
initiated interdisciplinary major that has been conducted for the past 10 years
.† Recent UAC discussions express concern
that available and expected faculty resources are not adequate for continued
viability and stability of many undergraduate academic programs.
Committee on Ethics
in Research and Scholarship (CERS), Professor R. Michael Range, Chair:†† No report.
Council (ULC), Professor Gwen Moore, Chair:†
ULC is considering class suspension for religious holidays and
family leave issues.
(GOV), Professor Steven Messner, Chair:†
The Council is discussing graduate curricular issues in the Joint Working
Group with CNSE.†† Framework has been
developed, and it is planned to coordinate it with GAC input. †It is hoped the Council will have something
specific to submit at the April Senate meeting.
Council on Research
(COR), Professor Vincent Idone, Chair:† †No report.
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.
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder