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University Faculty Senate 2010 Winter Plenary Meeting Report—SUNY Cobleskill (January 28-30, 2010)

 University Faculty Senate 2010 Winter Plenary Meeting Report—SUNY Cobleskill (January 28-30, 2010)

To:                   Julee Miller, Presider, College Senate

From:               Terry Hamblin, University Faculty Senator

Subject:            University Faculty Senate 2010 Winter Plenary Meeting Report

Date:                January 31, 2010

Introduction

The University Faculty Senate Winter Plenary meeting took place on Friday January 29th and Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at SUNY Cobleskill. Like the Fall Plenary meeting at SUNY IT in Utica, this was a very busy and productive meeting.  Among the several key issues and concerns discussed were the Higher Education and Empowerment Act, the issue of shared governance, the Governor’s Executive Budget, the role of diversity and accessibility in higher education, and the planned changes to the General Education program.

President’s Report—Kenneth O’Brien, UFS President

SUNY Diversity Report and Update-- Pedro Caban, Vice-Provost for Diversity and Educational Equity

Academic excellence
Social justice
Representation
Education pipeline
Globalization
Workforce development                                                                                 

Provost’s Office Report— David Lavallee, Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Budget Report—Monica Rimai, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

Sector Reports

Most of the sector reports/presentations surrounded questions about the Higher Education and Empowerment Act.  Sector reports expressed some skepticism about general education amendments, shared governance, and mission compression.  Chancellor Nancy Zimpher responded directly to each sector concerns.  Sectors were asked to submit reports in writing and present the Chancellor with two questions for her response. Written sector reports will be posted on the University Faculty website at a future date.

University Faculty Senate Resolutions

Contact Info
Jared Yando, Presider
yandojj@delhi.edu

Last Updated: 2/8/10