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January 31, 2012

                                      FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #8

                                                January 31, 2012

The eighth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2010-2011 was called to order by Chair Timothy Phillips on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in the Park Center, Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  T. Phillips, J. Hendrick, R. Grantham, D. West, W. Miller, D. Miller, R. Kendrick, J. Walkuski, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, L. Lin, R. Borden, T. Vigars, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, E. McCabe, D. Berger, P. Schroeder, J. Piperato, E. Durgin, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, S. Anderson

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  C. Schubert, J. Hartsock, J. Alemzadeh, A. Dearie, J. Rayle, M. Chandler, T. Slack, E. Owens, J. Reardon, R. Franco, W. Shaut, P. Ducey, A. Kuiken, R. Spitzer, G. Clarke


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

II. SENATE ACTIONS:   There were no Senate actions.

III.  CHAIR’S REPORT:  Chair Phillips reported on several items from the Steering Committee:  Shared Services, a future Library search, the UFS Plenary meeting at Cornell, the upcoming Middle States visit on 4/15-4/18/12, the Long Range Planning Committee and ROTC.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Hendrick gave a report on the SUNY Plenary held at Cornell last weekend which she attended. The report is appended in full in Appendix 1. 

V. TREASURER’S REPORT  R. Grantham –  The Treasurer thanked everyone for their Senate dues of ten dollars and encouraged people to continue sending them.

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

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


Student Affairs CommitteeJ. Walkuski – Due to scheduling conflicts, Mark Connell will not be able to attend the Steering Committee meetings and has asked Jeff Walkuski to take his place to represent the Student Affairs Committee at all Faculty Senate meetings.  The Chair also reported that the Student Affairs Committee will be reviewing a campus-based fund raising proposal to increase the money available for the Faculty Senate Scholarship.                                                                                                     

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee  – E. McCabe – E. McCabe gave a brief report.

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

Educational Policy Committee –  R. Spitzer – No report (absent)

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



Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski – the committee will be meeting within the next week to discuss the current teacher evaluation system and teacher evaluation systems utilized at other SUNY campuses.  The plan of the committee is to present a report to the Faculty Senate in late March. 2012.

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

 Committee on Committees – The Committee on Committee report is appended in full as Appendix 2.

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


General Education Committee – A. Thomas –  The GE committee met on January 27th.  They are reviewing one course for the GE designator and plan to have the syllabi review, for the semester, accomplished by 4-1-2012 .

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – J. Alemzadeh – No report.

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


XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT –  J. Hendrick gave a report regarding the SUNY Plenary which she

attended at Cornell last weekend. D. Berger was unable to attend due to illness. 

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS:  J. Piperato gave a brief report which is appended as Appendix 3.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS:  There was no Old Business.

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:  President Bitterbaum gave a brief report regarding the request from Cornell ROTC for classroom space to accommodate one class of 10 cadets to meet on Tuesdays from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM. This item will be an agenda item under Old Business to be discussed and voted on at the next meeting on February 14, 2012.


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)    SUNY Senator’s Report, submitted by J. Hendrick

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

 (3)    Student Senator Report, submitted by J. Piperato

                                                         APPENDIX 1

                                                    SUNY Senator’s Report

                                                   submitted by J. Hendrick


Winter Plenary SUNY Faculty Senate – January 27-28, 2012

Report to the SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate

President’s Report

  • Ed Alfonsin memorial by Joe Hildreth and Ken – replaced by Sharon Cramer as parliamentarian
  • Stem Conference – (put on by Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) in October and the importance of this for our future and therefore for our students.  Everyone was encouraged to attend one of these in the future. 
  • Student artwork displayed in the SUNY Administration Building in Albany.  Diverse across SUNY and then displayed at the State Museum in the summer.  Encouraged to stop and see if in Albany during the summer
  • Buffalo hosts McNair Conference focusing on 1st generation college students focusing on graduate work.  Over 40 colleges across the northeast attend the conference. Superb work by our undergraduate students.
  • Discovery: An Undergraduate Showcase – February 29th - 38 campuses are sending students; Close to 100 students will be presenting.
  • General Education seamless transfer and systemness – CUNY administration mandated Pathways curriculum changes without including shared governance process.  SUNY is in a better place in including faculty governance than CUNY.
  • Ken and Tina Goode (FCCC President) are both on the transformation team on shared governance for the SUNY system and discussions are continuing.  Program review for programs that are struggling; they are concerned that their program could be eliminated.  This is an individual campus issue.  Administration controls the shared governance agenda – they control who is at the table. 
  • All the CGL’s in attendance and commended them on the important work they do.
  • Evaluation of Ken as President of UFS – He received some feedback that he was too much of cheer leader for Chancellor.  In the past, the State director of budget was appointed as chancellor, who had no connection with higher ed.  Before the current chancellor, a person who did not have a PhD put a threat on the table relaying that he was in charge.  To have a chancellor with academic stature, political skills, someone who is not quiet if administrative folly is thought to have not represented news well.  She has allowed Ken to be at the table and tries not to jeopardize that.  Shared governance needs to be ready to make a stance, if necessary.  Try to find common dialogue to come to reasonable compromise.
  • Question on Cornell’s Owen library now charging other campuses $20 for interlibrary loans.  Is that systemness? 

o     Ken suggested this brought up in sector report and mention it to the Chancellor

  • Question relating to concern of campuses feeling little impact on passed resolutions

o     Our resolutions are directed to Chancellor and appear on SUNY Senate web site.  Communication on all levels is key and this speaks to the effectiveness of group discussion into action.  Part of work of SUNY Senators and CGLs is to communicate what we do to their campus. 

  • Comment by Carl Wiezalis (past President) – We need to remember we are an advisory body.  We need confidence in our leaders that they will work effectively with our issues.  Obviously, we will not speak negatively to each other in front of this body.  Some senators and CGL’s do a better job than others in taking our messages home.  He encouraged everyone to communicate and bring our messages home.
  • Question regarding what the Chancellor’s responses were to the fall resolutions.  She did respond and they will appear on the senate web site at: 
  • Presidential Search Process – The proposed faculty representative selection process was not originally acceptable and by our input this has been changed (along with some other points).  The section on president searches for two campuses has been removed.  This was been approved by BOT yesterday.
  • In regards to the Chancellor’s strategic planning for SUNY, we have a public mission tied to public universities.  We know that higher ed. is more than job training and we need to educate the public about that.
  • In regards to the State of SUNY and Systemness, there will be a push for greater levels of integration across the system relating to efficiency and productivity.  We need to do more for students with the limited resource base that we have now are will likely have in the future.  The performance-based budget – not completely decided on now, but it will be 5% of the state allocated money. 
  • Student mobility will be the next step so that all AA and AS degrees will transfer seamlessly across the system in terms of GE – this will be the attempt – to see how we can better do this for the students.

Concerns brought up at the Comprehensive Colleges Meeting

  • General Education – what did the Chancellor mean about seamless GE transfer for AA and AS
  • Impact of Shared Presidents and vice presidents
  • The effects of economic forces driving curriculum
  • The impact of shared services
  • Lack of clarity on the Chancellor’s vision of strategic enrollment management- Does it include more than New Yorkers?
  • In regards to the education pipeline, there is concern for continual decrease in H.S. preparation for college as the number of HS students decreases
  • Cost of interlibrary loan charged by some larger campuses
  • Open SUNY – what does it all mean?

Executive Committee Report

  • Meeting with CUNY in December–

o     Discussed and provided feedback on Presidential Search procedures. 

o     With CUNY – Major concerns were: corporatization of the university, political interference into academic policy issues, administrators taking control of curriculum

  • After State of University address meeting earlier in January

o     Discussed the address

o     Had some questions on the ambiguity of some of her statements

o     What is it we want for characteristics of the President of this body

o     Accreditation issues with Upstate (trying to appeal)

  • Meeting on January 26, 2012

o     Discussed letter from CUNY to their administration re: pathways

o     Presidential search procedures – most suggestions were included

o     Chancellor’s comments on GE in her address

o     What is meant by strategic planning in Chancellor’s address

o     Discussed performance-based budget

o     SUNY Budget

o     Two resolutions will be proposed

o     SUNY Senate – how can it be more effective?

Resolutions – Two were presented – For vote tomorrow

  • SUNY University Faculty Senate Resolution on CUNY’s Failure to Use the Principle of Shared Governance in Establishing a New Curriculum
  • Resolution Supporting the Board of Trustee’s January 25, 2012 Resolution “Equitable Financial and Educational Access to Higher Education for New York’s Undocumented Immigrants” (The DREAM Act)

“Disruptions in Higher Education” - Carey Hatch, Associate Provost for Academic Technology & Information Services.  He gave an excellent presentation and enlightened everyone on the direction that education is likely going as a result of technology innovations; ideas coming from a book by Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring on the Innovative University.  He shared numerous websites with information ranging from DIY U (do it yourself University) and on-line learning, iTunesU (there is a free App), free and open college textbooks, free college-level courses, tuition free on-line programs, badges versus college credits. Is one good on-line course better than a lot of bad courses? Carnegie Mellon is investing large amounts of money into creating top notch (and somewhat self-paced) on-line courses.  Southern New Hampshire is using on-line for revenue. Relating all this to the Chancellor’s message, as a system we can do better and should expand the with an iTunes network (Open SUNY).  Empire College will likely be playing a role in this.  The NMC Horizon Report was mentioned which referred to learning analytics (among other things) - getting data from your students to gauge how you are teaching.  Information is everywhere on the internet – what is our role then?  SUNY is not standing still on this.  The F.A.C.T. committee is working on some of these issues, including intellectual property issues.  They will report at the CIT conference at Stony Brook the end of May.  CAP dollars will be available for innovative teaching ideas. 

Finance Budget Report – Brian Hutzley, Vice Chancellor for Financial Services & Chief Financial Officer

He gave an overview of the budget in his powerpoint presentation.  By shifting 5% administrative costs savings to instruction over next 3 years, there should be $100M more for instruction.  The savings will come from four areas – 1) Strategic sourcing (this is the biggest category), 2) IT Transformation, 3) Transaction Processing, and 4) Campus Alliance Network.

Provost Office Report – Given by the Vice Provost Elizabeth (Beth) Bringsjord

  • Provost sends regrets but was unable to attend the meeting.
  • SUNY Master Plan 2012-2020 requirements

o     Plan for the state education every 8 years, but SUNY and CUNY are still on 4 year cycles and 2-year mid reports

o     We will be submitting the power of SUNY as our plan

o     Due to Governor, Commissioner and Regents by June 1 (BOT must approve in May)

o     A draft will be circulated in mid February for review and comment (by end of March)

  • John Porter has retired and an active search going on
  • Student Mobility coordinator will be hired soon
  • Strategic Enrollment management – was a planning group in the strategic planning process – Need to bring in strong analytic strength – Actively searching for this analyst – just announced
  • Degree planning and audit initiative – It is beginning – scribing curriculum - lots of different interpretation of curriculum are being discovered.  Like, what does GE mean? Hope to reconcile discrepancies and educate colleagues as a result

o     (note from Ken – seamless transfer has been in effect since 1971)

  • Strategic Enrollment Planning – Facilities Master Planning on each campus.  The focus of the next round is to link this with academic

o     High needs funding is available

  • Innovative Instruction
  • Deactivation and Discontinuances – As a result of UFS, a statement for deactivation regarding a signature saying that shared governance was involved
  • Office of the Professions – trying to improve time for approving new programs.
  • Middle states Accreditation – There are 15 SUNY campus up this year.  There is a web-site to support this on the Provost web-site.

o     Shelly Mozlin– Governance committee just finished a document to support Middle States accreditation concerns about shared-governance.  It will be electronically distributed next week.

Sector Reports to the Chancellor

  • Colleges of Technology

o     Is there some upfront money to help campus with upfront money to save money in the long run?

o     Zimpher response: Systemness for courses and programs is about providing what we need.  Labor statistics for enrollment management – She said she will try to support good ideas – send them to her. 

  • Health Sciences

o     Pleased to work with you on shared governance.  Upstate is fully accreditated, but concerned with challenges of shared governance.  With hospitals the major source of education for nurses and doctors and cut budgets it is a concern.  Regarding the Berger Commission on consolidating in health care, they are concerned on impact in hospitals.

o     Zimpher response: Shared impact – members from faculty and students are on the BOT.  The gap continues to exist on some campuses.  She will try to drill it down at the spring meeting and asked for good examples.  Should those campuses be rewarded, she said.  Going to work on that.  About Berger Commission, it does seem clear we need to do a better job of explaining to NY that our hospitals are important, including educating doctors, etc.  They serve our high need areas.  Happy about REACH – health areas (including Optometry) working together.  Less than 70% are graduating from HS – need to improve.

  • Statutory Colleges

o     Shared services already going on in some of these colleges (Cornell and Alfred).  Universal concern that SED is taking a long time to process new programs and revisions.  This is costly.  All is quiet at the College of Ceramics.  FYI – tension emerging in dual cultures of military and civilian programs at SUNY Maritime.

o     Zimpher response: She said she is no longer referring to these programs “outliers”, but would like a suggestion of how to refer to them.  Setting up a best practices web-site. Outlining of master plan - after it is done a priority will be on how the state of dual review of programming.

  • University Centers

o     Concerns regarding some things still on Presidential Search committees including secretive searches.  Would like her support to keep things as open as possible. Regarding shared services – shared presidents are in fact giving equal efforts to both campuses.  Are dollars going to academic side?  Hopefully student services will not be consolidated.  If new funds are available will they be based on education ando/or job training? 

o     Zimpher response: Presidential search guidelines – Board wanted more impact on making final decision.  About 4-6 searches each year.  Complimented Ken on role he played in continual back and forth in helping to create the guidelines.  Wants good representation on these committees. Shared services – formulae on how to assess.  Difficult – cannot create a rubric that will be acceptable by everyone.  At a certain threshold, staff demand, size does dictate how much it costs to run the university.  In her view, could make more as to the benefits of the soft skills for success in the business place.  Not just about technical skills.  The work sector could be more helpful.  The old adage of education for education sake needs to be reworked to communicate it today.

  • University Colleges

o     General Education - Are campus GE programs needed for transfers anymore?  Elaborate on Open SUNY and how it relates to Systemness?  Shared services have implications on the curriculum.  What are the implications for the campuses?

o     Z: She will defer the GE question to later in her report. 

  • CGLs

o     Howard Reid, sector chair, thanked CLGs for thoughtful discussions. Shared services and shared presidents?  Concept is still on the market.  If those involved now want own presidents, then ok.  Graduation rates could result in decreasing standards.  How would this be detected and corrected?

o     Zimpher response: Campuses will need to provide report at the end of the year regarding their proposed safings.  If not satisfactory, she will then initiate the search.  What might be impeding time to degree completion?  Performance–based is a way of investing in what is important to us.  She wants to put the hard issues on the table.  We need to build trust over time.  She does ask for some patience in trying to reach a common cause.

Zimpher’s Remarks – She reported on her State of University Address

  • Thanked Governor for rational tuition increase, and 2020 initiative
  • SUNY Strategic Plan, and Phase 1, 2 and Year One, 3, Year Two, Report Card, Year Three (Regional showcases)
  • Discovering Systemness – the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  All entities work together to create a greater capacity; there is great strength
  • “A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness”.  John Collins
  • The Iron Triangle – three sides – cost, productivity, access & completion
  • Shared services – Delhi, Cobleskill; regional administrative centers, Strategic sourcing
  • 5% of Administrative spending = $100 million for instruction
  • Performance based allocation – FAST – Finance & Administration strategy Team; will be a cat fight between and within sectors.  It will be difficult and many will not be happy.  No details yet on exactly how this will be measured.
  • Information Technology - If not in IPEDS data, we probably can’t answer the question, yet.  No one wants to give up their system. 
  • Remediation spending at SUNY is $70 million – need to work with colleagues at K12 to get this right.
  • Access & Completion – Transfer mobility – 12 hours in the major. Seamless Transfer for all AA and AS degrees – She is worried that students think they do not need to take any more GE courses.  We never got it right to begin with.  We need to have the conversation to fix it.  It is not a done deal.  [Joy: No answer to the question – yet!]
  • Open SUNY – SUNY needs an on-line university to deal with some of our students.  Need access to distance learning.  Even mentioned COIL.  She will chair this group.  SUNY Learning Network, Empire State College, iTunesU; Working with Carnegie Mellon on understanding how learning occurs.
  • Completion rate targets – Some have asked if it will lead to delusion of standards?  Should be able to still ask, can it be better?
  • Ken and Tina are on groups working on some of the teams

Saturday Morning

Report from Tina Goode – President of FCCC

  • Suggested the we consider how we can be involved with charter schools since the BOT spend a lot of their time dealing with issues on charter schools – which takes away from their time focusing on SUNY
  • Intellectual property laws of suny do not apply to community colleges.  They are looking into what they are, if they have any.  They are trying to educate their faculty on what the issues are relating to IP. 
  • GE – The FCCC wants to study GE – what to included…  They want to review it before work on the seamless transfer of GE.  Want to deal with curricular issues first.  They were told they need to do this quickly. 
  • They have a student mobility committee (Tina chairs and Ken is a member) which deals with issues and/or programs related
  • Working on issues of votes of no confidence (e.g. Nassau CC right now).  Each campus is different.
  • Excited to be included in the undergraduate showcase.
  • Who manages spending of student activity fees
  • Most librarians have faculty rank
  • Plenary last week in March – Gary Roads from AAUP will be keynote speaker. At OCC.

Report from Kaitlyn Beachner – President of Student Assembly

  • Voted on a similar resolution as UFS on shared presidents
  • Awards on for campus initiatives on diversity and on sustainability
  • Conferences have more leadership building focus in their workshops
  • Large strides on advocacy – interacting with legislators. SUNY Speaks to share the words from students about benefits of TAP, aid,…
  • Student Fees issues – have worked with Brian Hutzley and Chancellor are fair use and approved use of these fees.
  • She made an amazing presentation and the student assembly is doing fantastic work.

Two resolutions - Both passed. They will appear on SUNY web-site and be sent to the Chancellor.

  • SUNY University Faculty Senate Resolution on CUNY’s Failure to Use the Principle of Shared Governance in Establishing a New Curriculum
  • Resolution Supporting the Board of Trustee’s January 25, 2012 Resolution “Equitable Financial and Educational Access to Higher Education for New York’s Undocumented Immigrants” (The DREAM Act)

Committee Reports

  • Nominating Committee - For Secretary/VP - Four candidates: Ed Feldman, Maryellen Keefe, Dan White and George Fouron (?) from Stony Brook
  • Diversity Committee- The STEM conference was a huge success.
  • Ethics Committee – Highlighted a workshop they had by Andy Fitz-Gibbon. They are looking into creating a policy on electronic privacy.
  • Governance Committee – Completed evaluation of Ken O’Brien; A document on Middle States accreditation support to strengthen faculty governance will be sent to all senators and CGL’s next week.  They also reviewed the guidelines for campus visitation.
  • Graduate and Research Committee – Sustainability Workshop, May 17-18, 2012.  There is a disparity on graduate student salaries, so they will be conducting a survey.  Looking into planning on next year’s graduate research showcase. Also looking at graduate student readiness survey.
  • Operations Committee – near completion of budget handbook; completed a database of faculty handbooks so campuses can see what others include, working on a survey for librarians to assess status of university libraries.
  • Programs and Awards – Conversations in the Disciplines – march 30th deadline.  Looking at early career award – and then try to recruit them into governance committee.[lots of questions raised and concern about this]. Reminding everyone that Chancellor Award selection be appointed by campus governance structure.
  • Student Life Committee – The latest NSSE data is available and IPEDS data can be found at; Still working on compiling information no campus honor codes;  also investing best practices of using social media.
  • Undergraduate Committee – Discovery: An Undergraduate Showcase is in Albany on Feb. 29th.  [Joy: Two Cortland students will be attending]. GE Survey will be finalized and sent to campuses; finalizing TA guidelines and guidelines for SUNY program evaluation are finished and will be distributed very soon.

Open Discussion

  • Questions/Issue raised on Bundy Aid and Tap
  • Carey Hatch Presentation – Open SUNY  - What is the vision? Technology should be a tool for knowledge, not driving knowledge.  What do they do with technology – They are not writing well, because they text. Use websites as a framework vs. a powerpoint
  • Can we create a taskforce to have an organized way to examine this? Technology drives access (e.g. to the arts).  We need to look at how technology will change what we do.  We need to rethink how we are doing things.  
  • CIT conference – New CAP technology innovation grants will be available soon from FACT.  Karen Volkman from Plattsburgh is on the committee. The CIT conference will be held at Stony Brook from May 29-June 1. For further information, please see:
  • Ken will get the 9 pieces from the Chancellor’s address and ask for names of people with appropriate expertise now so that when he needs to supply recommendations of people, he can give them.

Old/New Business: None


  • Thanked senators from Cornell for hosting
  • Thanked Carol Donato for organizing event and working in Senate office.

Adjourned 11:32 am

Respectively submitted,

Joy Hendrick

Cortland Faculty Senate Vice-Chair


                                                                       APPENDIX 2

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate

January 31, 2012

Item #1

The Committee on Committee ran elections for two search committees:

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (4 members of faculty/professional staff):

*Steve Dangler (154)

*Susan Wilson (148)

*Billie Goff (129)

*Noelle Paley (124)

Tim Slack (81)

John Shirley (2 write-ins)

Cynthia Benton (1 write-in)

Kathy Lawrence (1 write-in)

Kevin Pristash (1 write-in)

Director of Counseling (4 members of faculty/professional staff):

*Regina Grantham (137)

*Steve Smith (124)

*Teri Vigars (110)

*Devin Coppola (108)

Ralph Carrasquillo (95)

Mary McGuire (60)

Robyn Forster (2 write-ins)

Joe Brown (1 write-in)

Amy Dahlman (1 write-in)

Kathy Lawrence (1 write-in)

Judy Ouellette (1 write-in)

*denotes elected (205 ballots cast of 495 eligible; 41%)

Item #2

The full search committee for the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs is:

Four members elected by & from faculty/professional staff:

  • Steve Dangler, Billie Goff, Noelle Paley, Susan Wilson

One member elected by & from the classified staff (within reporting area):

  • Marie Blanden

One student member of the School (appointed by SGA): 

  • Jordan Crouse

HR representative (appointed by the President):

  • Gary Evans

The full search committee for the Director of Counseling is:

Four members elected by & from faculty/professional staff:

  • Devin Coppola, Regina Grantham, Steve Smith, Teri Vigars

One member elected by & from the classified staff (within reporting area):

  • Marie Nelson

One student member of the School (appointed by SGA): 

  • LeighMarie Weber 

Item #3

A referendum will be issued this week to the Graduate Faculty for a change in bylaws.  Information regarding the change was announced to Graduate Faculty via email on January 17, 2012.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry



                                                         APPENDIX 3

                                                Student Senator Report

                                                Submitted by J. Piperato


Student Senate Report:

Yesterday during the Student Senate the body approved the Mike Holland Scholarship. The scholarship entails a $5,000 reward to one student each year. Both the SGA executive board as well as the student senate in general is ecstatic that this scholarship could be created in Mike Holland’s name.