Minutes from February 13, 2009 ���������������������� GFEC �������������������� 228 Miller


Attending-Jeff Walkuski, Nancy Aumann, Mariah Gerty, Isa Jubran, Bob Ponterio, Donna Videto, Joy Mosher, Ellen Jampole, Donna Margine ������������������������������� Absent-Pam Summers


Minutes from 1/30/09 approved.


TSD programs � all concerns addressed; all changes which needed to be done were done; J Walkuski signed form and sent it to N. Aumann to be forwarded to the TEC Curriculum Committee.


GEO 600 � according to Scott Anderson, this class is not a program change, rather it is a fulfillment of one of the requirements in the geography concentration.�

-The course received a contingent pass:� While the original GFEC concerns were address in the cover memo, now the department needs to correct the frequency code (to O) on the form and get a new, complete signature page.� The new document is to be sent to J Walkuski for forward movement.�

-The committee also looked at the catalog page for geography and decided that the Geography Department should, in the interest of helping students, identify what the �proof of SED requirements� is by listing CAR and SAVE workshops.� What are the courses that will fulfill the geography concentration categories?� Listing courses even if �such as GRY _[insert appropriate number/course title]__ , GRY ___� giving example of appropriate courses would be beneficial to the students.


MST_PE � may come to GFEC depending on the changes in the UG program.


Accountability � issue has come up all over campus, in various meetings of faculty, clubs/organizations, and administration.� There seems to be an identity issue:�� �We do not know who we are.�� �Are we student focused or are we faculty focused?� �What do we stand for?�� �Are we a community or not?�� �What is the culture; can the culture be changed?� are questions raised about the issue.�� J Mosher�s document is a reflection of the conversation in GFEC at the 1/30/09 meeting of GFEC.

-A discussion in Faculty Senate may be helpful.

-People think administration �runs the show,� and are resigned to this, but they should be a part of the process.

-Shift to research happened in 1998 due to the way SUNY-Central gives out money.� R1 institutions receive more money, so Cortland administration decided we should be more research focused.� Taylor and Sharp came up with the 40-40-20 plan and then Davis-Russell pushed it.� Graduate classes bring more money.� HOWEVER, SUNY-Central does not reward Teacher Education.

-What is the format we need to open this discussion to the whole campus � it is a larger issue than graduate faculty, as it affects everyone here.�

��������������� J Mosher is going to draft a list of questions to be sent to GFEC first; we can put in responses / comments of our own or of those who gave feedback already.� Deans may give to chairs, chairs to departments.� Or it may go to Faculty Senate.


Continuous enrollment� / casual enrollment � graduates do not have to take a leave of absence at the moment.� This is a problem because Albany makes the decision in the fall about how much money to allot to campuses based on the number of students enrolled; we need to know graduates� patterns and be able to code them appropriately so we get credit for them.

-One of the PE programs only meets in the summer and so does not get counted anywhere since they do not show up on enrollment figures taken in the fall semester.�

-We need an enrollment status code.� This will allow us to identify when students are here, when they are not; for students this status will be free.� To be set up will take approximately two years, to get through a real cycle to see when graduate students are here and not.� The enrollment status code will also take a lot of work because we are playing catch up.�

-Departments will need to tell their students about the enrollment status code and make sure the word of the enrollment code gets out within a very short time once the code is established.

-Suggestion:� if students do not tell us they are not coming back for a semester, then they become a �fail to register� and will have to apply for readmission.� There should be a fee for this since there is a good bit of work involved in the readmission process.

-The ability to identify students who are not enrolled makes it very easy for departments to reach out to students, to make sure they know we are concerned and care about them.

Discussion of issue to be continued at a further meeting.


Meeting adjourned.� Next meeting to be Feb. 20, Rm. 228� Miller, 10 a.m.