Meeting Notes from the University Faculty Senate Winter Plenary Meeting, Morrisville State College, February 5th-7th, 2009
The University Faculty Senate held its 151stWinter Plenary meeting at Morrisville State College between February 5th and 7th 2009. The Executive Committee and the Campus Governance leaders held their meetings on Thursday, February 5th, while the entire University Faculty Senate began its meeting Friday morning with a welcome from Morrisville State College's Faculty Senator Thomas Hogle and Campus President, Dr. Raymond Cross.
University Faculty Senate President Carl Wiezalis' Report
University Faculty Senate President Carl Wiezalis opened the meeting by delivering his report and announcing a new advisory taskforce on sustainability. President Wiezalis noted that the Board of Trustees, in the absence of a Chancellor was allowing the UFS to take the lead on Sustainability. President Wiezalis asked Senators to take information back and recruit faculty from home campuses to serve on any of the following focus groups. Interested faculty should contact UFS representatives.
Sustainability Focus groups
President Wiezalis provided an update on Chancellor's Search. Confident that SUNY will have a new Chancellor within 2 weeks. President Wiezalis stressed that he could not comment on individual candidates and pledged confidentiality. He did discussion that there was some strong healthy discussion surrounding traditional vs. non-traditional candidates.
Update on the 60th Anniversary of SUNY History Conference (April 3-5, 2009) "SUNY and the Promise of Public Higher Education in America". This conference will be held at the University at Albany.
Harold Silverman -Senior Vice-Provost of SUNY
Harold Silverman discussed New Transfer and Articulation Plan and provided an update on Assessment Initiative
Other notes of interest from Mr. Silverman:
Report from the Articulation and Transfer Committee, Senator Joe Hildreth, SUNY Potsdam
Senator Hildreth delivered a verbal report from the articulation and transfer
Committee. Professor Hildreth noted that nearly all general education courses (93%) were transferring within the system. AA and AS degree holders were being afforded Junior status at four-year SUNY institutions. 300-level courses were not considered.
Component of Transfer Plan
1. Transfer appeals process was being implemented in which students could appeal if a 100 or 200-level course was not accepted. The transfer appeals process must occur within 15 days on the transferring campus. The appeal would be made to a transfer Review Committee, which would be established to review the case and review the course in question on a campus to campus appeal. Campuses would first work with the campus that it has the problem with. For the Fall Semester, this would have to be filed by September 15th, for the Spring semester, this would have to be filed by Feb. 15th deadline. The committee would have one month to render a decision. Decision could then be appealed to SUNY provost Dec. 1st. May 1st. deadline for appeal. SUNY provost will respond within 15 days and this will be final step in process. Website will be changed. This would create a paper trail. This transfer plan will keep the process faculty driven.
2. Conduct a regularly scheduled faculty discipline conference. This would help to align courses that are taught within majors. These conferences should occur every five years and should include presentations on new knowledge, teaching methods, strategies, pedagogies, best practices, etc...
Report from Ethics Committee-Janet Nepkie-Oneonta State College
SUNY Budget UPDATE-Jim Van Voorst, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Van Voorst presented a frank and dim presentation of the SUNY budget picture and noted that Governor Paterson was standing by his plan to cut spending and reduce deficits. SUNY Budget request-"four pillars"
Governor's Executive Budget request for 2009-2010 included 10% cut in aid to community colleges in last 2 quarters of 2008-2009 (failed to pass NYS Legislature)
Governor's budget includes $310 tuition increase. This increase actually reduced SUNY operating budget by $300,000 due to basing projected enrollment on Fall 2008 statistics. Van Voorst called the impact and depth of state cuts "devastating"
Collective Bargaining agreements funded up to $61 million
Items being discussed for 2009-2010 budget cycle
Total Budget Cuts
SUNY SECTOR REPORTS
Health Sciences Center
Statutory and Specialty Colleges
Colleges of Technology
On Saturday, February 7, 2009, Dr. Milton Johnson, president of the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges delivered his report. In his report, he praised the Provost Task force on Nursing Opportunities and also expressed support for the statement on Shared Governance. Noted the large amount of turnover lately of Community College presidents had created some challenges for campus governance. President Johnson noted that the FCCC welcomed new initiatives and opportunities to work with University faculty Senate, particularly on issues like transferability and opportunities for transfer students.
UFS also heard from outgoing SUNY Student Assembly president Jake Crawford who gave a passionate Gave passionate appeal for resources needed to ensure access for education. Crawford stated that SUNY has neglected its mission. Students believe that tuition increase is an excise tax. Students feel like tuition increase has been "stolen from them" Online petition being planned and going to be sent by Student Assembly to all college presidents. Students very unhappy with 90/10 split. Need for unified front in fighting for 100% tuition remittance to campuses.
Resolutions Passed by University Faculty Senate
University Faculty Senate passed three resolutions unanimously during the Winter Plenary meeting.
Jared Yando, Presider