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February 14, 2012

                                                  FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #9

                                                           February 14, 2012

The ninth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2010-2011 was called to order by Chair Timothy Phillips on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM in Park Center Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  T. Phillips, J. Hendrick, R. Grantham, C. Schubert, D. West, W. Miller, D. Miller, R. Kendrick, J. Walkuski, A. Dearie, K. Polasek, L. Lin, R. Borden, K. Pristash, E. McCabe, T. Slack, D. Berger, P. Schroeder, J. Piperato, E. Durgin, L. Weber, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, R. Spitzer, G. Clarke, S. Anderson, J. Hartsock

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  J.Alemzadeh, B. Wodi, J. Rayle, O. White, T. Vigars, M. Chandler, E. Owens, R. Franco, W. Shaut, P. Ducey, A. Kuiken

GUESTS PRESENT:  K. Swab (Cornell University ROTC), B. Lowe (student),  F. Pierce

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:  The Minutes were approved from January 29, 2012.

II. SENATE ACTIONS:   

The request from President Bitterbaum for Cornell ROTC to use one classroom at SUNY Cortland one day a week to accommodate ROTC students was endorsed.

III.  CHAIR’S REPORT:  The chair reported on the President’s request for Cornell ROTC endorsement from the Faculty Senate; issues concerning the Academic Calendar which was determined to be an anomaly and will revert back to the way it was before; and the issue of “Shared Services” coming from SUNY System.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Hendrick – No report.

V. TREASURER’S REPORT  R. Grantham – The Treasurer reported that the Senate Treasury had $536.69 in it and she thanked those who contributed and encouraged others to continue to send their dues in.

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT:  No report (absent)

VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT:   The President gave a brief report.

VIII.  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Student Affairs Committee  - J. Walkuski reported on the proposal from the Student Affairs Committee for a faculty/staff talent show on April 20, 2012 in the Corey Union Function Room from 7 PM – 10 PM to benefit the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship. 

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee  – E. McCabe - No report.

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

Educational Policy Committee –  R. Spitzer – Chair Spitzer introduced a proposal to amend the College Handbook and College Catalog to allow for oral proficiency interview (OPI) as a method for granting and evaluating student language competency (SEE Appendix 1)

Professional Affairs Committee  –.G. Clarke – No report.

 IX. OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski gave a brief report.

Committee on Teaching Awards - D. West, Chair – No report.

Committee on Committees – J. Barry – The committee recommendation was approved by the chair casting a single ballot (SEE Appendix 2)

College Research Committee  – P. Ducey – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – A. Kuiken – No report (absent)

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – J. Alemzadeh – No report (absent)

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS:  There were no Area Senator’s reports.

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger – The SUNY Senator announced that he will be attending the SUNY Plenary at Geneseo in April.

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS:  J. Piperato gave a brief report.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS:  The Old Business item regarding the request from President Bitterbaum emanating from Cornell ROTC that SUNY Cortland provide one classroom to accommodate ROTC students traveling from Cornell one day a week.  The request was discussed and endorsed by the Faculty Senate.

XIV. NEW BUSINESSThere was no New Business.

Announcements – There were no announcements.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

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

      (1) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Proposal, submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair, EPC

      (2) Committee on Committee’s report, submitted by J. Barry, Chair

                                                                          APP ENDIX 1

                                            Submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair, EPC Commitee

AT ITS MEETING ON FEBRUARY 10, 2012, THE EPC APPROVED THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK AND COLLEGE CATALOG TO ALLOW FOR ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW (OPI) AS A METHOD FOR GRANTING AND EVALUATING STUDENT LANGUAGE COMPETENCY.

New text is in bold italics; deleted text is lined through.

College Handbook

Chapter 410.04 Advanced Placement and Credit for Equivalency Examinations

Under “Credit for Equivalency Examinations” section, add heading after “Advanced Placement Program”:

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Credit is granted for OPI ratings based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score of awarding credit.  Credit will be granted for a rating of Novice High to Superior.

Undergraduate College Catalog

1.     Academic Policies/Transfer Credit Policies and Evaluation/Sources of Transfer Credit

[new section inserted after the section on “International Baccalaureate” and before “Military Service Courses”]

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Credit is granted for OPI ratings based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score of awarding credit.  Credit will be granted for a rating of Novice High to Superior.  SUNY Cortland equivalent course information is available on the Transfer Equivalencies Web page. 

2.     Insert in section titled “Transfer Credit Limits and Residency Requirement,” fourth paragraph:

Students may receive up to 64 credit hours of transfer credit from two-year colleges. This maximum credit-hour total includes any 100- or 200-level courses, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews, College Proficiency or International Baccalaureate credits. Transfer students from four-year colleges or universities may receive additional credit hours toward degree requirements atCortland. The maximum number of credit hours accepted ranges from 75-83, depending on the number required for graduation in the chosen program.

3.     Section on “Degree Requirements,” subsection on “Foreign Language Requirement”

Insert in section titled “General Education Requirements”:

All undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in foreign language by fulfilling one of the following requirements:

•     successful completion of a one-semester college-level foreign language course (101) or the equivalent, such as CLEP, the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), or AP credits or

•     having earned a score of 85 or higher on the New York State Regents examination in a foreign language.

Insert in section on “Additional Degree Requirements”:

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science Candidates

Students enrolled in a B.F.A., B.S. or B.S.Ed. program in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies need only one semester of a foreign language with the exception of Speech and Learning Disabilities majors (SLD/SLDW), who must successfully complete the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence.

Students enrolled in the B.S. program in early childhood, childhood, early childhood and childhood, adolescence education, inclusive special education, and, the B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science must

•     successfully complete the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence or

•     confirm proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence through a testing program approved by the Modern Languages Department (such as the CLEP or OPI).

Note: Some departments require specified courses in foreign language in support of their major program requirements in addition to those described above.

Bachelor of Arts Candidates

Students enrolled in a B.A. program must

•     successfully complete the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence or

•     confirm proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence through a testing program approved by the Modern Languages Department (such as the CLEP or OPI).

Students with no previous college-level credit who plan to meet the bachelor of arts foreign language requirements through course work in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish will begin work at a level determined in consultation with an advisor according to guidelines established by the Modern Languages Department. The guidelines are based on criteria taking into account individual academic records.

Students who wish to begin foreign language study at a level below the level indicated by the guidelines may do so on an “audit” (no credit) basis. To begin foreign language study for credit either below or above the level indicated by the guidelines, students need the written consent of the Modern Languages Department chair.

When a student has achieved proficiency in a foreign language other than American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish, the student may arrange for a special assessment by an outside examiner, following guidelines established by the Modern Languages Department. Any financial burden for such assessment must be assumed by the student.

[REVISION OF PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH] Students with no previous college-level credit who believe they have achieved their required proficiency in a foreign language may arrange for assessment through CLEP or ACTFL OPI examination, following guidelines established by the Modern Languages Department. Any financial burden for such assessment must be assumed by the student.)

Students whose first language is not English may satisfy the foreign language requirement by special assessment through successful CLEP or OPI examination or by presenting a transcript that attests to successful completion of secondary study in any language other than English. Contact the associate dean of arts and sciences for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

APPENDIX 2

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate

February 14, 2012

 Submitted by J. Barry, Chair

Item #1

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointment:

College Research Committee, representingSchoolofEducation– Anne Burns-Thomas (spring 2012 sabbatical replacement)

This requires Faculty Senate confirmation.

Item #2

A call for nominations has been issued for the following vacancy:

Professional Affairs Committee, representing Finance & Management – complete unexpired term (2010-13).

Nominations received to date are:

Brenda Chaffee

Phil Connery

Nomination deadline is February 14, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Item #3

A call for nominations for Faculty Senate officers and committee vacancies beginning Fall 2012 will be issued by the end of February.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry

Chair