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Minutes #5 - October 29, 2013

                                 FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #5 

October 29, 2013  

The fifth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM in Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge. 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Walkuski, W. Miller, C. Schubert, D. Miller, M. McGuire, S. Sharma, D. West, E. Lind, R. Grantham, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, M. Seyfried, D. Harms, J. Hendrick, E. Owens, L. M. Weber, J. Figura, M. Prus, M. Dodds, A. Fitz-Gibbon, S. Anderson 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  S. Shi, J. Rayle, R. Borden, A. Dearie, N. C. Paley, H. Kindh, K. Pristash, T. Slack, R. Nauseef, E. Bitterbaum, K. Pietro, G. Sharer, W. Shaut, B. Burke, G. Douglas, K. Pristash, M. Connell 


I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from October 15, 2013 were approved. 


The vacancies for the Committee on Committees were approved (Approved) 

Item #4A from the Amendments to the Bylaws for the SUNY Cortland Graduate Faculty was approved.  (Approved) 

Item #4E from the Amendments to the Bylaws for the SUNY Cortland Graduate Faculty was approved.  (Approved) 

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The chair reported on an issue which was brought to his attention by a constituent regarding parking. He stated that he is looking into the matter and considering inviting the committee that conducts appeals and/or the Chief of UPD as an informational session to the Senate. 

Chair Walkuski further reported regarding the UPD Advisory Committee stating he will be asking for nominations for this committee. B. Wodi self-nominated himself. 

IV. VICE CHAIR’S REPORT  - No report. 

V. TREASURER’S REPORT – W. Miller – The Treasurer reported that there is $397.37 in the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship account. She thanked everyone who contributed and indicated she would be happy to accept dues at any time. 


VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT:M. Prus gave the following report in the absence of President Bitterbaum: 

·     Long Island Hospital situation

·     Shared Services 

·     New faculty searches 


Student Affairs Committee – E. Lind – No report.  

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbons – No report. 

Long-Range Planning Committee – G. Douglas – No report (absent) 

Educational Policy Committee –  M. McGuire – No report. 

Professional Affairs Committee  – K. Pristash – K. Pristash was unable to attend but reported via e-mail that the committee will be meeting on Monday and he will have something to report at the next Senate meeting.  


Committee on Teaching Effectiveness – J. Walkuski – Chair Walkuski reported that the committee was unable to meet last Friday but an e-mail will be going out to arrange to convene another meeting again this week. 

Committee on Committees – J. Barry – J. Walkuski read the Committee on Committees report and vacancies were approved. 

College Research Committee  – No report (absent) 

General Education Committee – No report (absent) 

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee  – M. Dodds – No report {SEE Old Business} 

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – Chair Walkuski reported that the committee met last Friday and will be contacting Standing Committees as part of the review of governance process to determine what has transpired in their committees. They will be meeting again one week from this Friday.  He further reported that the committee will be concentrating on an attempt at instituting an issue of focus which would take place at every other Senate meeting.  The Chair reported that he will be releasing more information after the next Steering Committee meeting. 

X. AREA SENATOR: E. Owens gave a report on two part-time concerns regarding scheduling of classes and academic freedom. 

XI. SUNY SENATOR:  J. Hendrick gave a report {SEE Appendix 2} 


SGA has a big weekend coming up. On Friday 11/1 we will be having our second annual Halloween Party from 6:00pm-9:00pm in Moffett Gym. This year we will have a hypnotist and a psychic.  

Also on Sunday 11/3 will be SGA's Fall Fest from 12:00-3:00pm outside the steps of Corey. Rain site is in the Exhibition Lounge as well as the Lobby of Corey.   

SGA will be sponsoring a Cortaca Bus to the game on Cortaca. Students can come into the SGA office the week of Cortaca and sign up for a seat.   

There was a President's Meeting last Thursday and many of the clubs are content with how things are running. 

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - Items 4A and 4E from the Amendments to the Bylaws of the SUNY Cortland Graduate Faculty were discussed, voted on and approved. {SEE Appendix 3 from October 15, 2013, Minutes #4}

XIV. NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business. 

XV.  ANNOUNCEMENTS: There were no announcements.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel 

Recording Secretary

The following reports are appended to the minutes in the order that they are distributed: 

(1)     Committee on Committees Report, submitted by J. Barry, Chair 

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


Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate 

October 29, 2013 

submitted by J. Barry, Chair

Item #1 

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointment.  This requires confirmation of the Faculty Senate: 

Professional Affairs Committee (Student Affairs) 2013-16 – Kevin Pristash 

Item #2 

A call for nominations was issued for the ad hoc committee on Start-Up New York.  The Committee on Committees requested each nominee submit a brief statement outlining whey they were interested in the committee and what particular background/expertise they would bring to the committee.  The following appointments are recommended and require confirmation: 

Four academic faculty (at least one from each school): 

·     Kathleen Burke- Arts & Sciences 

·     Teresa Curtis - Arts & Sciences 

·     Joy Hendrick – Professional Studies 

·     Orvil White – Education 

·     One member of the professional staff - Amy Henderson-Harr 

·     One librarian – Anita Kuiken 

·     One student - Erin Durgin (appointed by SGA)

Respectfully submitted, 

Joanne Barry 




                                                                Submitted by J. Hendrick 

University Faculty Senate Fall Plenary 

October 25-27, 2013 at SUNY Maritime 

Friday, October 27 

Welcome – SUNY Maritime began in 1874 with the USS St. Mary’s on the Hudson River.  They currently are at Fort Schuyler and their ship is the Empire State 6.  

Sector Meetings – Issues discussed were 

Open SUNY – 

·     Homogenizing campuses, how to get students to connect to a campus, SUNY is not recruiting the targeted 100,000 new students, campuses are.  How? 

·     Many NY'ers have earned college credit, but not degrees.  Let’s reach out to them. 

·     What about certificate programs that are professional/technically focused? 

·     Many others are already taking University of Phoenix courses because we do not have similar programs to attract them. 

·     No plans for an “Open SUNY” or “SUNY” degree; it will be granted from a campus 

·     What support will campuses get for Open SUNY.  How is revenue shared? 

·     Look at 

Seamless Transfer and Transfer Paths 

·     Transfer paths are not available for all majors – is there any progress on adding more? 

·     Campuses are finding it helpful for some and others are not 

Comments from Chancellor Zimmer in response to our questions: 

·     University Colleges:  Open SUNY questions.  Building a business plan.  Need to know where new students are coming from and what the price points are.  It’s all about educating more people and educating people better.  There are the 6 million NYers who do not have a degree and/or foreigners, and/or those from other states (e.g. California) who cannot meet their needs.  Our current enrollment is flat.  We can’t possibly make it cheaper, but it may be faster.  She is worried that enrollments are slightly down this year.   

·     University Centers: Seamless transfer should create assessment to see how it is doing…  SUNY networks of excellence (there are 5), what does SUNY plan to do as incentives to attract quality grad students?  Importance to evaluate courses for systemness.  Have been working on seamless transfer for decades.  Curriculum is ours to design.  Supports an assessment.  Working to get data in a position to allow this assessment.  She thinks we are underperforming as to our full potential regarding funding.  If increase, can better fund graduate students.  Research Foundation (?) has a 70 million dollar proposal.  Looking at what are most fundable initiatives.  The USF needs to invite Tim Killeen to a plenary again.  

·     Specialized and Statutory Campuses: Alfred College of Ceramics problems with state funding not going to the school but Alfred State and issues with their website.  She is tired of the question and WILL push people to fix it. 

·     Colleges of Technology: Staying on the course with seamless transfer- “Trust me we will have full vetting of where the kinks are”.  Will not stop now. Committed to seeing if the work everyone has done for the last two years will work.  Need to get it done for the students.  Will charge the interim Provost to find public ways of working through this (e.g. the learning commons).   

·     University Centers: No plan on diminishing contributions of hospitals to NYS.  This issue has really consumed the BOT.  Had regular meetings with all four of the hospitals and with crisis management at Downstate.  Downstate cannot afford to run LICH. Have an RFP out to sell LICH.  Has been very difficult to work on.  Deeply engaged in the processes going on down there.  Not a lot of consensus however with all the players (including the governor and the state government) on how to fix that.   

·     Campus Governance Leaders: People want to hear what they want to here.  The state has had several bad years economically, so how can SUNY not be tied to its economy.  If it improves, our funding can improve.  Achieved through research, entrepreneurial and service.  To not see a shift in this administration shift in commitment to shared governance.  She would not be here for 12 times if she was not.  Corporatization of SUNY is foreign to her.  Needs to work to alleviate those concerns.  Part of that are press releases coming from the Governor, not her.  That sends the wrong message.  She assures us that we (SUNY) are running the shop.   

Zimpher’s comments: Need to look ahead to the next 5 years.  We allocate revenue with a 5-year window.  There are high needs areas; we cannot ignore these demands.  What will enrollment growth mean to the state of NY, and about what we do and need to know it now?  Need to use these data to make us better.  Currently, we are handicapped because we were decentralized. We need to  invest into more philanthropy. In 2009, PHEEIA was disastrous .  Today, we have rational tuition, maintenance of effort and ability to engage in private partnership.  

Q&A to the Chancellor: 

·     How are we doing with redistribution of funds to academics from shared services.  She says 200 new faculty members hired.  She will submit a report for the next Bulletin regarding what we have gained. 

·     Need a health care fix for Brooklyn.  She will be at that table to help work on that.  

·     A big nut to crack is for students who get financial credit when students need a course on one campus but has to take it at another campus.  SUNY Central needs to work on how to do this and other.   

·     Need to get a business plan.   SUNY is working on that.   

·     States (governors) are being asked to reinvest in education.  Looking into revenue streams to help fund higher ed.  States will not likely ever invest as much per student as they did in the 70’s.   

Fred Kowal – UUP President 

Need to work together.  Not great times for SUNY or UUP.  Agree on several core principles.  1) SUNY is OUR University.  Think of UUP as allies.  2)  Brooklyn Hospital – UUP plan (physician-led plan); SUNY plans for reduction in staff downstate.  3) Defend quality, 4) Defend the work we do.  5)  Need to be proud of the work we do, because we are educators.  We are building the future through our students.  

Executive Committee Report – Ed Feldman – 

·     Worked on preparing resolutions and heard standing committee reports 

·     President’s report – talked about including a budget report for UFS 

·     Student involvement for the Chancellors’ state of university address 

·     Relationship with UUP 

·     Ad hoc committee for Open SUNY 

Start-Up NY – Jim Malatras, VC for Policy & Chief of Staff 

·     210,000 open jobs in NY, but we have 7.5% unemployment .  So, people are not meeting the demands/skills for jobs 

·     Build industry near universities, where economic growth is

·     Strong academic mission – how do we marry higher education with businesses and industry?  

o     Strong linkage 

o     Strong coop programs, strengthen core education programs, … 

o     Giving students strong experiential learning experience right on/next to campus 

o     Focus on core academic competencies – look at web-site.  What are they? 

o     Collaboration is key – get everyone working together 

o     Based on the law, it needs to be collaborative, not just an announcement made from a college President. 

o     Keys to success include campus outreach and local outreach. 

o     Aggressive timeline – begins January 2014.  Not rigid… plans can be tweaked and fine-tuned.  

o     All about community building. 

o     Look at web-site:  

SUNY Shared Services Report – Brian Hutzley, VC for Shared Services and Regional Economic Development 

·     Must support SUNY’s mission and goals 

·     Best-class customer service in support functions 

·     Increased focus on and resources for core mission activities 

·     More cohesive/coordinated operations across the SUNY system 

·     Many challenges facing higher education (i.e. increase tuition, decrease applicant pool…) 

·     Other university systems across the country are also doing this – can learn from those who are successful and from those who were not successful 

·     Needs to be more campus engaged – work on select activities 

·     Guiding principles 

·     Fourteen priorities – procurement, data centers, end user services, FP 7 A reporting, HR serf-service, admissions processing, … 

·     Setting up process for working towards this 

·     Continue to be mindful of campuses’ individuality, unique culture and specific needs 

·     No one is losing jobs because we are being more efficient 

·     Where are campuses investing their savings – some hire new faculty… some have major deficits and using money to pay bills. 

Open SUNY – Carey Hatch, Asso. Provost Library and Information Services 

·     56% NYers do not have college degrees (6.9 million) 

·     More than 30% of higher ed students in US enrolled in at least one on-line course. 

·     Focus on new groups of learners.  It is all about access, completion and success 

·     Faculty Support – service will be provided for support and pathways for skill development 

·     How do we empower the faculty to drive the ship for 21st teaching and learning 

·     First open textbooks have been released  

·     Several weeks ago, campus President’s were asked to: 

o     Communicate Open SUNY to campuses - hold meetings with admin, faculty and students 

o     Share an asset (45 assets submitted from 21 campuses) 

o     Nominate a program (61 degree nominations from 29 campuses) 

·     Website:   (encouraged to go to and see what is happening) 

Provost’s Office Report – Beth Bringsjord, Interim Provost and VC 

·     Access, Completion, and Success 

·     Shared at President’s meeting: 

o     Less than 50% of students are college-educated 

o     Challenge by Chancellor to increase enrollment by 100K 

o     Minority enrollment 28.3% - statewide 41% 

o     Hispanic cap is decreasing slightly 

o     Strategies to meet enrollment 

§     Align our academic programs to meet state needs and to maximize job opportunities for graduates across the state 

§     Shortages in some areas – Engineers, IT, Engineering Tech 

§     Student completion and success data brief 

·     Less than 50 % graduate with B.S. in 4 years 

·     Less than 15% graduate with A.S. in 2 years 

·     What if we make 5 year graduation rate in 4 years? We get extra 15,891 degrees.. get over 16,000 if use 6-year graduation rate.  (similar increases found for 2-year degrees).  

·     Build a culture of student completion and success! 

·     Scale up completion rate across the system 

·     Need clear expectations (H.S. curriculum) 

·     College readiness, orientation and regular advisement 

·     Clear sequencing and requirements 

·     Clear timelines 

·     Clarity of ramification of course withdrawals, and course repetition 

§     Seamless Transfer 

·     Students moving around a lot and flip flopping back and forth 

·     Let’s work on this together 

·     Common course descriptions for 140 types of transfer path (35 paths) courses 

·     Still needs to be tweaked 

·     Solicit feedback from campuses the right point person for each program – some campuses have done this, but not all across the system 

·     Beth asking us (the Senate) for our help.  Work on it until we get it right. 

·     Some campuses have guaranteed 4-year programs 

·     Look at programs to see if they need a waiver 

Saturday, October 28 

President’s Report (Peter Knuepfer) 

·     Members of BOT will be holding SUNY Impact on Stakeholders Strategy meetings to discuss presidents, provosts, faculty to engage SUNY to help guide the Chancellor for developing the next 5 year plan.  Dates and events are set.  Breakouts.. brain storming   

o     Nov. 13 in NYC topic Student Success; where do we need to go? 

o     Nov 25, location tba; what is changing in the student experience in the 21st century? 

o     Dec 3rd, location tba; the future of research and innovation in SUNY 

o     Dec 4th, what does it mean today and in the future to be a public higher education university? 

·     At next UFS plenary – Report on UFS budget 

·     SUNY’s First Shared Governance Conference – April 23-24, 2014 in Albany. Call for papers will be coming out soon. 

·     Provost Advisory Committee on Open SUNY –  

·     The USF will establish our own ad hoc committee on Open SUNY which will shadow this group.  Looking for suggestions of people to serve. 

·     Milestone for UFS – 60 years ago we UFS began. 

FCCC Report – Tina Good, President 

·     Distributed FCCC Newsletter 

·     Plenary last weekend.   

o     Decided to wait on passing a resolution on teacher education until we act on it this weekend.   

o     Seamless transfer:  passed resolution to support.  But passed resolution to rejected the de facto Core Curriculum way of now saying that transfer paths ARE required … especially if these can change.  When pathways were created, the faculty creating them were not told that these were requirements. They thought they were creating recommend courses, ones they “should” take.  It was never thought of being a core curriculum.  They were just thought of as advising tools for students to better select their electives.   

o     Some issues with general studies type of degrees at the community colleges.  They may create tracks within them toward certain types of programs (i.e. English).   

o     They want an extended timeline for seamless transfer.   

o     They also want their 2-year professional degrees (AAS) to not fall into this.   

o     Passed a budget resolution to get more money per student.   

o     Want to work to increase funding for child care facilities.   

o     Working on white paper for dual enrollment.   

Student Assembly Report - Trey Price, President 

·     Working on best practices for advisement 

·     Seamless Transfer 

·     Services for students who are veterans 

·     Textbook affordability 

·     Child care centers – tuition assistance for child care has been cut for students 

·     Issues relating to organizational structure (no change since the 70’s).  Is it still the most effective and efficient?  Today’s students are more transient. 

CUNY University Faculty Senate Report – Terry Martell, President 

·     Hiring faculty, at least at Baruch 

·     Chancellor has resigned.  Good thing as he imposed “pathways” (watered down GE) on campuses 

·     A priority is Instructional Technology.  He recommends we also make it a priority. 

·     Two things impacting them 

o     Redoing doctorate program structure 

o     Faculty obligations are maintained - Can’t run a university with faculty involvement.  We need to be actively engaged

Resolutions (approved copies are appended to end of this report) 

o     Resolution on Failure on Consultation and Shared Governance Regarding SUNY Educator Preparation Programs and the New NY education Reform Commission– passed without dissent 

o     Resolution on the Board of Trustees recommendation on the use of admissions criteria for teacher education programs) - passed 

Committee Reports 

o     Diversity and Cultural Competence (Noelle Chaddock Paley) – Co-sponsored conference on Diversity in October 2014 – looking for volunteers for the planning committee 

o     Ethics and Institutional Integrity (Carlie Phipps) – The get several requests each year about dealing with ethical issues on campuses. Remind campus who their ethics officer is, it is not what this committee does.  Looking to create what is good ethical practices.  Also, trying to create a database on academic ethics activities across SUNY.   

o     Governance Committee (Shelly Mozlin) – Governance Handbooks have been finalized and will be out soon. Talking points sent out in email blast to all CGLs and SUNY Senators.  SUNY Voices is the branding for shared governance in SUNY.   

o     Graduate and Research Committee (Anthony Hay) Survey to find why students are attracted to SUNY campuses.  Working to increase various fellowships for graduate students within SUNY.  How can we help faculty to help students with these. Working on creating a workshop on ethics in research.   

o     Operations Committee (Ed Warsala) – Looking at feasibility of libraries to handle all the new students coming with Open SUNY.   

o     Programs and Awards Committee (Dennis Showers) – Reminded campuses to make the call for part-time and adjunct teacher’s awards.  Also Conversations in the Disciplines program proposals will be made in spring.    

o     Student Life Committee (Kelley Donaghy)  - refer to report posted on-line 

o      Undergraduate Committee (Barbara Brabetz) – Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State's Public Higher Education Systemon April 1, 2014 in Albany.  Campuses will be notified within the week.   

o     Working on STEM education; how to do remediation with a low cost    

Hospital’s Report (Henry Flax) – Discussed how Downstate is doing and what is currently happening.  Their sustainability plan is on the web.  Communication is a problem – the president has not had an open meeting since 2012.  Thus, rumors run rampant.  The institution has been put on probation by accreditation body several months ago.  Decisions on campus are being made by few with no faculty input or consultation.  Lost quite a few professionals and thus faculty productivity is suffering.  Demoralized faculty and staff and stress levels are high.  Fear of getting involved. 

President Knuepfer – SUNY Budget report: 

New Business - Sense of the senate was assessed on supporting the FCCC resolution on the de facto CORE curriculum – Senate was in support.

Respectfully submitted, 

Joy L. Hendrick, SUNY Senator

                           Resolution on Failure of Consultation and Shared Governance Regarding


SUNY Educator Preparation Programs and the New NY Education Reform Commission 

Whereas the SUNY Board of Trustees passed “Resolution on SUNY Educator Preparation Programs and the New NY Education Reform Commission” on September 18, 2013 that establishes specific admissions criteria for teacher education programs without appropriate consultation with either the University Faculty Senate or the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, and 

Whereas a core principle of shared governance is faculty responsibility for designing and teaching the curriculum, including setting admission standards for programs, and 

Whereas there is a long history of effective partnership among faculty governance, the SUNY administration and the SUNY Board of Trustees on academic issues, and 

Whereas Chancellor Zimpher has recognized the central role of faculty in matters of academics as well as having repeatedly voiced strong support for shared governance in the past,  

Therefore, Be It Resolved 

The University Faculty Senate decries the passage of said resolution without consultation with faculty governance and requests that in light of this incident the Chancellor and the SUNY Board of Trustees uphold the long-standing principles of shared governance as published in the Policies of the Board of Trustees to produce a comprehensive strategy to continue to ensure the quality of students admitted to teacher education programs. 

Resolution on the Board of Trustees recommendation on the use of  

Admissions criteria for teacher education programs 

Whereas, the SUNY Board of Trustees has proposed specific admissions criteria for teacher education programs; and 

Whereas, we strongly support the need for SUNY teacher education programs to attract and retain highly qualified candidates; and 

Whereas, attracting exceptional candidates depends on many factors, not merely GPA or test scores; and 

Whereas, preliminary data indicate that the emphasis on GPA and test scores will have a significant negative impact on the numbers of candidates in critically-needed areas including STEM students, transfer students and students from underrepresented groups, 

Therefore, be it resolved that System Administration create a Task Force on Predictive Indicators of Teacher Candidate Quality which will include representatives from faculty governance; 

And be it further resolved that this Task Force work with the Provost Office, the SUNY Deans and Directors of Education, and appropriate faculty and staff to gather new data as needed to be combined with existing data and to analyze these data to determine effective indicators of teacher candidate success; 

And be it further resolved that the Task Force be charged to complete its work by June 30, 2014; 

And be it further resolved that the changes to admissions criteria be held in abeyance until the Task Force on Predictive Indicators of Teacher Candidate Quality has completed its work.