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Faculty Senate Minutes #5 - October 30, 2012



                                                                    October 30, 2012 

The fifth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2012-2013 was called to order by Chair Joy Hendrick on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hendrick, J. Hartsock, J. Walkuski, R. Grantham, C. Schubert, W. Miller, D. Miller, R. Kendrick, D. West, E. Lind, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, R. Borden, T. Vigars, N. Paley, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, D. Harms, T. Slack, D. Berger, E. Owens, P. Schroeder, E. Durgin, L. Weber, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, M. Gonzalez, K. Pristash, S. Anderson, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  J. Rayle, V. Behr, P. Schroeder, B. Lowe, K. Pietro, W. Shaut, B. Hodges, M. McGuire, A. Fitz-Gibbon

GUESTS PRESENT:  G. Levine, F. Pierce, M. Whitlock, M. Yacavone 

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The Minutes from October 16, 2012 were approved.


The Faculty Senate voted on a motion from R. Grantham “To establish an ad hoc committee to revisit the college and cultural diversity statement on campus.”  (Approved)


 o     A very successful Faculty Senate Sandwich Seminar was held on October 18th.   A number of good issues and suggestions were made and are being discussed by your Steering Committee

 o     The annual report from last year’s Facilities Master Plan Oversight Committee (FMPOC) reporting on the status of the Master Plan was received.  The committee has been extremely active and productive and the college is making progress on the Master Plan.  Additionally, the FMP is being used to prepare the next capital plan (2013-2018).  More information is available from the Senate Chair on request.

 o     Regarding the question raised at the last senate meeting about a social gathering held for non-faculty members of Academic Affairs, the Steering Committee has learned that it was indeed funded by the Foundation much like gatherings that have been held for the staff in other divisions of the college.

 o     Regards to the question raised about the size of the pool to be built in the new Recreation Center, the pool is designed for recreational use and has never been envisioned as a competitive-size pool.  The college already has a competitive-size pool located in the Park Center.

 o     SUNY University Faculty Senate Fall Plenary was held in Oswego last week.  In discussions with campus governance leaders from across SUNY, these issues were raised (the top ones were directly asked to the Chancellor):

           §     The Chancellor’s long term vision for the resource allocation tool

           §     How the Chancellor can you ensure the effectiveness on shared governance on campuses

           §     Concern for “systemness” as a whole when decisions made on individual campuses negatively impact other

            §     The impact of seamless transfer on campus infrastructures (like residence halls and classrooms)

            §     Potential loss of faculty control on curriculum with external initiatives like SUNY-TEN and seamless transfer.  Related to this was also control of course offerings and course instructors.

             §     Shared governance involvement with shared services, shared administration and shared presidency.

             §     Lack of knowledge by campus faculty regarding SUNY pathways.

              §     Importance for campus governance leaders (and shared governance in general) to be involved in many aspects of the college, and specifically in the creating chancellor award and distinguished rank nomination committees.

               o     The first Faculty Caucus is scheduled for November 13th on the topic of Faculty Obligations.  It is anticipated to begin at 1:45 pm at the conclusion of Senate business.  Based on the model used at another SUNY campus, the faculty caucus is for faculty (and in our case professionals) too.  It is an opportunity for us to share and discuss ideas.  Senators were encouraged to inform their constitutions and invite them to attend.  An announcement and agenda will be circulated to the entire campus early next week.

             o     The steering committee discussed the Senate’s meeting with Amy Berg and her staff.  Many of our questions were answered; however there appears to be a lot of misinformation out there among the students.  We are supportive of efforts to help communicate information better which Amy said is already underway.  If Senators still feel that there is action that the Senate should take in this matter, they are urged to bring it forward in the form of a written resolution at the next Senate meeting on November 13 (or preferable to the Steering Committee before our next meeting on November 6).

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Hartsock – The Vice Chair stated that the Review of Governance Committee is conducting its business. He also commented on the campus parking situation and inquired about the ticketing appeal process. 

V. TREASURER’S REPORT:R. Grantham – The Treasurer thanked everyone for their donations towards faculty excellence and awards and encouraged everyone to keep them coming.

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT:J. Walkuski – No report.

VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT:   President Bitterbaum reported on:

 1)     Systemness 

 2)     Hurricane Sandy

  3)     New Budget Allocation Model

  4)     Campaign for Cortland

  5)     "Spring Awakening"


Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – No report.

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbon – No report (absent)

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

Educational Policy Committee – M. McGuire – No report (absent)

Professional Affairs Committee – K. Pristash – No report (absent)


Committee on Teaching Awards D. West - No report.

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski – No report.

Committee on Committees – No report.

College Research Committee – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – No report (absent)

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – M. Gonzalez – No report.  Chair Hendrick announced that the changes to the bylaws of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee that were approved at the last meeting on October 16 are already in the current online college handbook.

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS B. Wodi reported on the inability of a Senator to communicate electronically with their constituency.  Chair Hendrick responded that this issue is also being addressed by the Steering Committee.

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger  The SUNY Senator gave a report regarding the recent statewide SUNY Faculty Senate meeting at Oswego {SEE Appendix 1} Chair Hendrickadded that three resolutions were passed: 1) in support of single-campus presidents. 2) urging SUNY administration to create substantial transition funds to assist campuses during the implementation of the new RAT, and 3) in support of our colleagues at Downstate.  When the resolutions and the other presentations from the plenary get posted on-line, the Senate will be informed.

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS: - L. Weber - This past weekend SGA had their first ever Halloween Party and it turned out to be a huge success. A lot of students came and had a wonderful time. Due to the outstanding efforts of Erin Durgin this will now be an annual event for SGA. She did an amazing job and we are all very proud of her! 

The next event in line for SGA is Karaoke Night. This will be a fundraiser sponsored by Campus Activities and planned by both SGA and BSU. All the money we raise will go  to the American Heart Association in honor of Michael Holland. Entertainment from Bobby K, food catered from MnD Deli and prizes will be provided at this event. It will be held on Wednesday 11/14 from 7-11 in the exhibition lounge. A suggested donation of a dollar is greatly appreciated.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - There was no old business.


      ·     The three-year Academic Calendars (2014 – 2017) were introduced, including questions and answers, and will be an item under Old Business at the next meeting on November 13, 2012.

      ·     The Steering Committee sought input on reviewing of the Cultural and Diversity Statement in the College Handbook.  The statement (see Appendix 2) was created by a committee of the Faculty Senate back in 1995.  A motion made by R. Grantham, “To establish an ad hoc committee to revisit the college and cultural diversity statement on campus” was approved.  The Steering Committee will outline the specifics for the committee and present it to the Senate at the next meeting on November 13.


There were no new announcements.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

The following reports are appended to the minutes in the order they were submitted:

 (1)      SUNY Senator’s Report, submitted by D. Berger

  (2)     The College and Cultural Diversity, submitted by J. Hendrick on behalf of N. Paley

                                                                   APPENDIX 1

                                                             SUNY Senator’s Report

                                                               submitted by D. Berger

As SUNY Senator I attended the Fall Plenary held at SUNY Oswego. In compliance with our Senate Chair’s suggestion, my initial report will concentrate most on SUNY funding issues. A copy of the report from the comprehensive college sector meeting is attached [see below].

In his opening report on October 25th Senate President Kenneth P. O'Brien indicated that SUNY Central administration has prepared a Source Reallocation Tool (RAT) as a model for our state funding allows for multi-year planning. It provides a formula by which state dollars are distributed among the various campuses. As a group large campuses benefit and comprehensive colleges suffer. Over 70% of the RAT model is based on enrollment. There is a reduction is the numbers of high school graduates going on to college, so campuses compete with each other to attract diminishing numbers of applicants.. The cost of delivering educational services differs at the different institutions. The budget will be finalized at the December Board of Trustees meeting. O'Brien also said that SUNY Downstate Medical University is “leaking money”, and that a Senate resolution regarding that may follow.

Later in the day we heard from Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Hutzley, Vice Chancellor and Provost Lavallee. Hutzley explained the RAT model. He said that State allocation will remain the same as the 2012-13 budgets. The process provides a 5 year model that lets every campus plan for change including enrollment and tuition. Changes will be rolled out over 3 years. Special transition support will be provided short-term to certain campuses. RAT model components include enrollment/cost, research/public service, geographic location, mission and transition/small campus assistance.

Provost Lavallee talked about student mobility issues involving “seamless transfer” of AA/AS degrees to parallel baccalaureate programs, a long-time goal that is still unrealized; and full evaluation of issues regarding SUNY-wide general education program requirements. Then Chancellor Zimpher answered questions from the various sector representatives (university centers, medical schools, comprehensive colleges, specialty colleges).  She said the RAT model is a different approach to funding, and that we are not draining comprehensive colleges to feed university centers.  We have short- and long-term issues with medical centers and hospitals.  We have moral obligation to prepare teachers in the best possible way.  We can use presidents’ 3rd year evaluations and beyond to get a look at their efforts on shared governance/services.  She separated shared services (like supplies and resources) from shared governance and presidencies.  There can be a single president for 2 and 3 campuses.  The general education framework should help student mobility (the word “systemness” applies).  We are seeking some private funding for SUNY.

Later in the day the chairs of the various standing Senate committees reported on their current work and progress towards their assigned goals.

Submitted by David F. Berger, Professor of Psychology,

SUNY Senator

                                         Notes from the Comprehensive College Sector

 1.)     How can the infusion of systemness be reconciled with the tradition of faculty control of curriculum on our campuses when SUNY seems to be trying to control the first two years of a student’s curriculum, such as with the infusion of C-TENs (Campus Teacher Education Network Team) into coursework, and with the greater implementation of student mobility? The C-TEN push is to push “clinically rich teacher and leader preparation.”

        1.a.) Can you explain how systemness and the forthcoming student mobility resolution continues to ensure a high-quality undergraduate education over the entirety of every student’s undergraduate career?

          2.)     How does the Resource Allocation Model/Tool value and support the SUNY mission of “broadest possible access” to undergraduate education for state residents when it seems to disproportionately burden the campuses that focus on this aspect of our mission?

          2. a.) What is the philosophy behind the formula since it doesn’t value undergraduate education? Keep in mind that the comprehensive colleges also cover more students in a geographically diverse section of the state.

           3.)     What role will SUNY play in helping the state education department understand that it will be difficult for the state to use impact data from New York classrooms to evaluate how well colleges of teacher education are doing? Many recent grads are teaching out of state and so reporting only data on state teachers is not sufficient to evaluate hoe teachers are taught in the state. Using data older than five years is not a reflection of current programs.

            4.)     Should SUNY object to the insertion of certification requirements into teacher education programs? SUNY has fought to keep the pursuit of a liberal arts education separate from certification or licensure.  So why is the state looking to teacher education programs to impose a system that will virtually require teacher candidates in undergrad and grad levels during a field or student teaching experience.

             5.)     Some people feel that individual campuses are duplicating international programs that fly in the face of SUNY guidelines. For example, two campuses have essentially duplicates of programs in Italy and one campus feels that such an arrangement contradicts SUNY guidelines and regulations. The implication is that it affects every SUNY campus’ international education program because recruitment initiatives at each are confused at the duplicity.

                                                            APPENDIX 2

                                    The College and Cultural Diversity

                            submitted by J. Hendrick on behalf of N. Paley

                                                   The College and Cultural Diversity

State University of New York College at Cortland is dedicated to the affirmation and promotion of diversity in its broadest sense. The mission of the College requires that people of every background be able to study and work here with an expectation of respectful treatment.

 The College seeks to establish standards of behavior that honor the dignity and worth of individuals regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, age, physical or mental abilities, religious beliefs, sexual and affectional orientation, or socioeconomic class.

 A major goal for Cortland is to develop and maintain an atmosphere that supports learning about prejudice and discrimination so that the College community can strive to reduce it not only on campus but wherever it is encountered.

 While open debate on diversity issues can often make discordant viewpoints more highly visible, the College recognizes the need for individuals to become educated about the effects of personal biases within an atmosphere of safety and respect.

 An environment where it is safe to explore differences enables everyone to make more progress toward a campus community that celebrates, rather than simply tolerates, the richness inherent in the pluralism of the College.

 From the College Catalog ( )