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University faculty senate 166th plenary january 23 25 2014 university at albany

University Faculty Senate166th PlenaryJanuary 23-25, 2014University at Albany

President s report winter plenary 2014 peter knuepfer
President’s Report, Winter Plenary 2014-Peter Knuepfer


  • Shared Governance Conference Albany, NY April 23-24; Call For Papers February 28 (

  • June 8 Orientation for Campus Governance Leaders

  • Need liaison from Oneonta for Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York

    • April 1 in Albany

Suny initiatives
SUNY Initiatives

  • The Chancellor identified 8 programs from 6 campuses as “Open SUNY +” degrees that will pilot centralized 24/7 student (and instructor) support, tutoring, and advising.

  • She announced two virtual groups that will be of particular importance to faculty: Center for Online Teaching Excellence (

    and Open SUNY Scale-Up Lab.

  • UFA Undergraduate Committee report for some additional points and the Open SUNY website ( for further information and participate in discussion.

Seamless transfer initiative
Seamless Transfer Initiative

  • Fall 2013 Plenary, Sense of the Senate resolution asking the Executive Committee to produce a resolution regarding curricular implications of the seamless transfer paths.

  • These faculty, chosen by appropriate departments across the System (both State-Ops and Community Colleges), are using the SUNY Learning Commons as a communication mechanism to determine what (if any) changes are needed to the existing paths.

Start up ny

  • Concern about the lack of consideration of SUNY and academic mission in the public discourse.

  • Pushing for faculty governance groups to be involved in the development of campus plans.

  • Jason Lane, Vice Provost, is co-chair of the System working group that evaluates the acceptability of campus plans.

Teacher education
Teacher Education

  • The Board of Trustees resolution on admissions standards for teacher education programs is not acceptable to the Faculty Senate.

  • The Interim Provost says that a data-driven examination of the relationship between grades and teacher effectiveness will be on the agenda of a Provost’s Advisory Committee on Teacher Education.

  • Still a May 2014 edTPA implementation deadline.

Lich long island city hospital and suny downstate
LICH (Long Island City Hospital) and SUNY Downstate

  • At present, even if SUNY were to exit the operation of the Long Island College Hospital within 60 days, the potential liabilities exceed $600 million.

  • Around half of this can be offset by a sale of the LICH properties, but SUNY would still be left with potential liabilities of at least $300 million.

  • Governor considering possible “tax” on campus budgets, on available IFR funds, or even through a student fee.

What does this mean for us
What does this mean for us?

  • Unclear yet, it will depend on what happens with a SUNY appeal to the court case initiated by de Blasio (Mayor of NYC) that prohibits SUNY from laying off employees from LICH, which currently has 1400 employees.

Governor s initiatives
Governor’s Initiatives

  • Most prominent is the call to establish a SUNY College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity.

  • He also announced the intention to offer full scholarships to SUNY to students who have graduated in the top 10% of their class, major in a STEM field, and agree to work in New York for at least 5 years after graduation.


  • Resolution on Seamless Transfer Paths

    • Request for broader review of “core courses”

    • Passed unanimously

  • Proposed Resolution on the Status of the New York State College of Ceramics

    • Passed unanimously

  • Resolution requesting participation of Alfred University and Cornell University in the process of recognizing SUNY faculty for distinguished achievement

    • Passed unanimously

  • Resolutions link

Sector sessions university colleges
Sector Sessions: University Colleges

  • Issues that were mentioned by various campuses included:

  • Teacher Education standards-unclear about requirements and assessment process, how do you balance diversity (racial, socioeconomic) with standards.

  • Most commonly: Seamless Transfer.

    • Some campuses have completed Gen Ed changes, some have done surveys on their campuses to see how seamless transfer will effect their majors.

    • So, many still working on gen ed and seamless transfer, but most campuses have a general education committee in place and we are starting from scratch.

  • Concern about Open SUNY and how it will affect residential campuses.

Suny board of trustees chair carl mccall
SUNY Board of Trustees Chair:Carl McCall

  • Mission to provide high quality education services: oversight, policy, advocacy. Principles of transparency and accountability (meetings are web cast).

  • Nine board committees (for example):

    • Academic Affairs (Seamless Transfer, General Education, Stem initiative, Open SUNY),

    • Academic Medical Centers and Hospitals (Long Island City Hospital purchased under Patterson)

    • Union and NYC Mayor court action that prohibits lay offs, but argues that SUNY needs to convince Mayor to find a solution-i.e. sell hospital and it would offer some services but bulk of buildings would be sold and made into condos.

Diversity matters noelle chaddock paley suny cortland and phillip ortiz empire state college
Diversity Matters – Noelle Chaddock Paley, SUNY Cortland and Phillip Ortiz, Empire State College

  • Report sent out Spring 2013

    • Making Diversity Count

  • Suggestions for campuses:

    • Establish a Standing Diversity Committee in your Governance Body

    • Establishing an Office of Diversity that reports to the campus President and Executive Governing Body

    • Develop a campus diversity plan central to the Strategic Plan

    • Mapping and assessing diversity outcomes (course and degree programs, student life, etc).

  • Conference in fall to work with faculty on increasing diversity in classrooms.

  • Grant of Excellence in Diversity and Academic Excellence (SUNY Diversity Office)

Suny networks of excellence timothy killeen president suny research foundation
SUNY Networks of Excellence– Timothy Killeen, President SUNY Research Foundation

  • Networks of Excellence- one year old, adopted by Governor to network faculty across campuses for research and development.

  • Five Networks: 4E-Energy, Economics, Education, Environment ($1M in seed funding for this area), Health (accelerate drug design), Brain (revolutionize approaches to brain activity), Materials and Advance Manufacturing (medical health, military, transportation), Arts and Humanities (bridge the gap between research in Arts and Sciences).

  • Social Scientists will be involved in all five of the networks-not as a sixth network, but as a co-designers.

Suny budget report robert haelen interim cfo
SUNY Budget Report – Robert Haelen, Interim CFO

  • Asked for $98m state support for contractual costs, fringe benefits; $12m to cover initiatives ($6m for OPEN SUNY, $2m for SUNY Innovators, $2m for university-life programs).

  • In addition, $95m in tuition revenue; $15m for stabilization – 11% increase in state support and $9.4m for statutory college costs.

  • In executive budget: didn't receive additional $$ for contractual costs; did get $95m for tuition and $15m for stabilization appropriation.

Budget con d
Budget, con’d

  • Put in robust capital plan, and tried to get funding for multi-year basis. For state op campuses, $500m in critical maintenance (bonded, subject to cash disbursement);

  • Last year, in budget process, expected $1.7 gap for 2014-15.

  • Closed gap through debt-savings, unexpected cash revenues

    • Governor has identified where to spend this: universal pre-K, property tax exemption; STEM scholarships.

  • Will ask for $$ for additional capital funding.

Provost report elizabeth bringsjord interim provost
Provost Report - Elizabeth Bringsjord, Interim Provost

  • Seamless Transfer collaborative-MTP, waivers, policy FAQ, Transfer Paths (added 1153 faculty for further vetting of paths-SUNY Learning Commons-opened Friday), deadlines for full implementation for fall 2014.

  • Degree Planning and audit-100% offering customized track through Degree Works.

  • Teacher and Leader Education Network (S-Ten), funding campus pilots of clinically-rich practices, also serve educators already in the field, ed-tpa exams,

    • Provost’s advisory council on teacher preparation-model guidelines for teacher preparation programs.

Interim provost report con d
Interim Provost Report, con’d

  • Graduate Education-Data Brief (on website-January 2014)

    • Graduation Data 40% health professions

    • Stem 25%

    • Growth in minority 11%

    • Collaborative programs-modest, but growing

    • 10% in top 50 of U.S. News and World Reports

  • Student Achievement Measure (SAM)

    • Online tool for student retention and completion, outcomes of students who attend multiple institutions.

  • Power of SUNY Refresh

    • Setting goals for next 5 years

    • Initial, Trustee-led conversations have begun

Faculty council of community colleges tina good president
Faculty Council of Community Colleges - Tina Good, President

  • Voluntary Framework Accountability (SAM)-looking into it for community colleges.

  • Issue of childcare-working with Student Assembly, lobbying for childcare at community colleges, which was cut in recent budget (educating two generations at one time).

  • Academic freedom statement-some faculty and administrators are unclear of what is academic freedom and what is not.

  • Lots of turn over of Presidents at Community Colleges. Working on evaluation of presidents.

  • Concern about credit limit on AAS degrees, shouldn’t have limits in seamless transfer.

Jamie dangler vice president for academic affairs
Jamie Dangler, Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Funding for basic operating held flat, about 2m in cuts such as EOP, Advanced Technology Training labs, etc.

  • Hospital situation is bad, not just in Brooklyn, pilot program to privatize hospitals.

  • State not funding our raises, so it has to come out of campus operating budgets.

  • edTPA-certification requirement for student teachers, performance assessment, May 2014 implementation date.

    • Developed a UUP task force for teacher education. It is estimated that 40% of students will fail the exam. Not enough time or clear criteria given in time to prepare students for the exam. One campus had students take it in the fall and 50% failed.

Committee reports
Committee Reports

  • Diversity Committee – Noelle Chaddock Paley

  • Ethics Committee – Carlie Phipps

  • Governance Committee – Shelly Mozlin

  • Graduate and Research Committee – Rebecca Marinoff

  • Operations Committee – Ed Warzala

  • Programs and Awards Committee – Dennis Showers

  • Student Life Committee – Kelley Donaghy

  • Undergraduate Committee – Barbara Brabetz

  • Link to Reports