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February 28, 2012

                                             FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #10

                                                    February 28, 2012

The tenth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2011-2012 was called to order by Chair Timothy Phillips on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM in Park Center, Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  T. Phillips, R. Grantham, D. West, W. Miller, J. Hartsock, J. Walkuski, A. Dearie, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, L. Lin, T. Vigars, K. Pristash, E. McCabe, D. Berger, P. Schroeder, L. Weber, E. Durgin, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, R. Spitzer, S. Anderson

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  J. Hendrick, C. Schubert, R. Kendrick,

J. Alemzadeh, J. Rayle, R. Borden, M. Chandler, H. Lindh, T. Slack, E. Owens, J. Piperato, R. Franco, G. Sharer, W. Shaut,  P. Ducey, A. Kuiken, J. Alemzadeh, G. Clarke

GUESTS PRESENT:  K. Gallagher, C. Gascon, F. Pierce

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:  The Minutes were approved from February 14, 2012 as amended, as stated by Chair Phillips, “Anyone with questions or concerns about the College Calendar should contact Ginny Levine.” 

 II. SENATE ACTIONS:   

The Old Business item regarding the proposal from the EPC Committee “College Handbook and College Catalog to allow for oral proficiency interview (OPI) as a method for granting and evaluating student language competency” was discussed and voted on.  (Approved)

There was a nomination from the Committee on Committees (Approved)

III.  CHAIR’S REPORT:  Chair Phillips reported on the Faculty Senate vacancies involving upcoming elections, which are appended to the minutes, and encouraged everyone to participate in the process (SEE Appendix 3)

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Hendrick – No report (absent)

V. TREASURER’S REPORT  R. Grantham – The Treasurer thanked and encouraged everyone for continuing to send in their dues.

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

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

VIII.  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Student Affairs CommitteeJ. Walkuski reported on an attempt being made to find a date and location for the upcoming talent show to benefit the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship.

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee  – E. McCabe – The issue regarding work study students handling confidential documents was introduced as New Business and will be an item of Old Business and discussed and voted on at the next meeting on March 20, 2012 (SEE Appendix 1)

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

Educational Policy Committee –  R. Spitzer – The proposal from the EPC Committee “College Handbook and College Catalog to allow for oral proficiency interview (OPI) as a method for granting and evaluating student language competency” was discussed, voted on and approved (SEE Appendix 2)

Professional Affairs Committee  –.G. Clarke – No report (absent)

IX. OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski gave a brief report regarding the two upcoming Sandwich Seminars in April: 4/12/12 - Assessment on Teaching at SUNY Cortland; 4/25/12 – Models in addition to the Purdue System.

 Committee on Committees – J. Barry – The committee recommendation was approved (SEE Appendix 3)

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

 

General Education Committee – A. Kuiken – No report.

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

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS:  There was one Area Senator report from J. Walkuski regarding a voting process from the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee. After discussion it was decided that this will be addressed at the next Steering Committee meeting.

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger – No report.

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS:  E. Durgin gave a brief report.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS:  The Old Business item regarding the proposal from the EPC Committee “College Handbook and College Catalog to allow for oral proficiency interview (OPI) as a method for granting and evaluating student language competency” was discussed, voted on and approved. (SEE Appendix 2)

XIV. NEW BUSINESSJ. Hartsock reported on a discrepancy in the College Handbook regarding full-time lecturers and reappointment.  After discussion it was decided that this will be addressed at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

 

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)   Confidentiality of Faculty Memos, submitted by E. McCabe, Chair, Academic Faculty             

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

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

 (4)    Student Senator’s Report, submitted by J. Piperato, Student Senator

                                                             APPENDIX 1

                                                Confidentiality of Faculty Memos

                          submitted by E. McCabe, Academic Faculty Affairs Committee

In the fall of 2011 the Academic Faculty Affairs Committee was made aware of the following situation. A faculty member, inquiring about the status of his DSI application heard mention of the DSI memo being handled by a student. He was upset to think that the “confidential” memo had been seen and handled by a student. He was informed that this is the standard operating procedure for such memos. The members of the Academic Faculty Affairs Committee were unaware of this practice.

In view of this the Academic Faculty Affairs Committee presents the following resolution:

Confidentiality of Faculty Memos

Whereas the administration of SUNY Cortland has a policy of using student workers to handle much of the correspondence and other materials in their various offices, and

Whereas confidential memos and materials including DSI award memos and the Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence are handled by said students, and

Whereas a certain amount of concern has been expressed by members of the faculty concerning such handling and the knowledge of such confidential information,                        

Be it resolved that The SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate recommends to the Administration that they insert the following text into section 650.07 of the Cortland College Handbook for informational purposes:  “The faculty and staff should be aware that confidential documents may be handled by work study students that have been trained and have signed a form ensuring confidentiality.”

                                                               APPENDIX 2

                                                    Submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair, EPC Committee

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 3

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate

February 28, 2012

 Submitted by J. Barry, Chair

Item #1

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointment:

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

This requires Faculty Senate confirmation.

Item #2

Attached is a copy of the call for nominations for officers and committee vacancies beginning Fall 2012.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry

Chair

 

Call for Nominations – Fall 2012

Faculty Senate Offices and Committees

The Committee on Committees is seeking nominations for vacancies beginning with the 2012 academic year.  Nominations can be submitted vie email to Joanne Barry (joanne.barry@cortland.edu) or by phone (extension 2302).  Candidates may self-nominate or nominate someone else.  If nominating someone else, please be sure you have that person’s permission to do so.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 9, 2012, 4:00 p.m.  The slate of nominations will be publicized via email on March 13.  The slate will then be presented at the Faculty Senate meeting on March 20, 2012, at which time additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.

 Outgoing members are noted in parentheses.  If you are listed as an outgoing member and you want to continue to serve, you must submit your name for nomination to serve another term.

 There are 50 upcoming vacancies and they are presented according to area as follows:

 At Large (11 seats)

  1. School of Arts & Sciences (15 seats)
  2. School of Education (6 seats)
  3. School of Professional Studies (7 seats)
  4. Library (2 seats)
  5. Professional Staff (9 seats)

  1.  At Large (any member of voting academic faculty or professional staff unless otherwise noted):

 

Seat (outgoing member)

Term

Elected/Appointed

Notes

Vice-Chair (Hendrick)

2012-13

Elected

No more than 2 successive terms

Secretary (vacant)

2012-13

Elected

No more than 2 successive terms

Treasurer (Grantham)

2012-13

Elected

No more than 2 successive terms

SUNY Senator (Berger)

2012-13

Elected

 

SUNY Senator (Alternate) (Chandler)

2012-13

Elected

 

Auxiliary Services Corporation (Curtis)

2012-15

Elected

**see below

Committee on Teaching Effectiveness (McGuire)

2012-16

Appointed

Academic Faculty

Educational Policy Committee (West)

2012-14

Appointed

Academic Faculty

Faculty Representatives to the Student Senate (2 seats) (Babjack, Tobin)

2012-13

Elected

No more than 2 successive terms

General Education Committee (Hokanson)

2012-13

Appointed

Academic Faculty

** ASC holds a NYS Liquor License.  If elected to the Board of Directors, the State Liquor Authority requires the completion of a Personnel Questionnaire and fingerprinting.  For more details, click on the following link:  http://www.abc.state.ny.us/system/files/SLA_(personal-question-011310.pdf)

 

  1. School of Arts & Sciences (seats are appointed unless otherwise noted):

 

Seat (outgoing member)

Representing

Term

Notes

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee (Emam)

Math/Sci.

2012-14

 

College Curriculum Review Committee (Pittman)

Math/Sci.

2012-14

No more than two successive terms

College Curriculum Review Committee (Zimmerman)

Fine Arts/

Humanities

2012-14

No more than two successive terms

College Research Committee (Ducey)

Math/Sci.

2012-15

Qualifications:  should have received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from outside agency.

Committee on Committees (Curtis)

Math/Sci.

2012-14

Elected

Committee on Committees (vacant)

Soc/Beh Sci.

2012-13

Elected (complete unexpired term)

Committee on Teaching Awards (West)

At Large

2013-15

Term runs January through December; min. 5 years teaching at Cortland

Educational Policy Committee (Spitzer)

At Large

2012-14

 

General Education Committee (Kelley)

Fine Arts/

Humanities

2012-14

 

General Education Committee (Schutt)

Soc/Beh Sci.

2012-14

 

General Education Committee (Klotz)

Math/Sci.

2012-14

 

Long Range Planning Committee (Neal)

Fine Arts/

Humanities

2012-15

 

Student Affairs Committee (vacant)

Math/Sci.

2012-14

 

Student Affairs Committee (Barnaby)

Fine Arts/

Humanities

2012-14

 

Student Affairs Committee (vacant)

Soc/Beh Sci

2012-13

(complete unexpired term)

 

  1.  School of Education – At Large (seats are appointed unless otherwise noted):

 

Seat (outgoing member)

Term

Notes

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee (Rayle)

2012-14

 

College Curriculum Review Committee (Sayers-Walker)

2012-14

No more than two successive terms

Committee on Committees (Kudela)

2012-14

Elected

Committee on Teaching Awards (Kudela)

2013-15

Term runs January through December; min. 5 years teaching at Cortland

Committee on Teaching Effectiveness (Shi)

2012-16

 

General Education Committee (White)

2012-14

 

 

  1.  School of Professional Studies – At Large (seats are appointed unless otherwise noted):

Seat (outgoing member)

Term

Notes

College Curriculum Review Committee (Grantham)

2012-14

No more than two successive terms

College Research Committee (Hodges)

2012-15

Qualifications:  should have received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from outside agency.

Committee on Committees (Coffey)

2012-14

Elected

Committee on Teaching Awards (vacant)

2012-14

Term runs January through December; min. 5 years teaching at Cortland (complete unexpired term)

Educational Policy Committee (vacant)

2011-13

(complete unexpired term)

Educational Policy Committee (vacant)

2012-14

 

Student Affairs Committee (Walkuski)

2012-14

 

 

  1.  Library – At Large (seats are appointed unless otherwise noted):

 

Seat (outgoing member)

Term

Notes

Educational Policy Committee (Douglas)

2012-14

 

Long Range Planning Committee (Harms)

2012-15

 

 

  1.  Professional  Staff – (seats are appointed unless otherwise noted):

 

Seat (outgoing member)

Representing

Term

Notes

College Curriculum Review committee (Costell Corbin)

Academic Affairs

2012-14

No more than two successive terms

College Research Committee (vacant)

At Large

2012-13

Qualifications:  should have received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from outside agency.

(complete unexpired term)

Committee on Committees (Ruoff)

At Large

2012-14

Elected

Educational Policy Committee (Jordak)

At Large

2012-14

 

Professional Affairs Committee (Janes)

IA & Pres. Office

2012-15

 

Professional Affairs Committee (Zhe-Heimerman)

Student Affairs

2012-15

 

Professional Affairs Committee (Maroney)

At Large

2012-15

 

Professional Affairs Committee (Lindh)

At Large

2012-15

 

Student Affairs Committee (Zhe-Heimerman)

At Large

2012-14

 

                                                              APPENDIX 4

                                                                      Student Senator Report

                                                                        Submitted by J. Piperato

 

                Elections for the new President, Vice
President, and Treasurer for Student Government will be held on March 29th and 30th, please encourage students to vote. Also, Festivus will be on April 21 from 11-3 in Moffett Gym.