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Minutes #9 - February 18, 2014

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #9

February 18, 2014 

The ninth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM in in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room. 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  J. Walkuski, W. Miller, D. Miller, M. McGuire, S. Sharma, D. West, E. Lind, R. Grantham, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, S. Shi, R. Borden, A. Dearie, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, J. Hendrick, E. Durgin, S. Afari, Finkle, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, M. Dodds, S. Wilson, A. Fitz-Gibbon, K. Pristash, S. Anderson 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT: C. Schubert, J. Rayle, M. Seyfried, N.C. Paley, D. Harms, T. Slack, E. Owens, R. Nauseef, K. Pietro, W. Shaut, B. Burke, G. Douglas, M. Connell 

GUESTS PRESENT:  F. Pierce 

I.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from February 4, 2014 were approved.  

II. SENATE ACTIONS:  

The proposal regarding mid-semester estimates was endorsed. (Refer to Appendix 3 from 2/4/14 minutes, Approved) 

The proposal from the Building Hours Committee was endorsed.  (Refer to Appendix 4 from 2/4/14 minutes, Approved) 

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The Chair reported that at the next Senate meeting on March 4 Carolyn Bershad, Director, Counseling Center, will give a brief presentation regarding data and personal/mental health issues.  After that Senate meeting there will be a break until March 25.

IV. VICE CHAIR’S REPORT - No report. 

V. TREASURER’S REPORTW. Miller – No report. 

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORTNo report. 

VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT:   

  • Long Island College Hospital issue
  • Governor’s Budget
  • Olympics participant Brittany Bowe, daughter of Debbie Starr Bowe ’80 and Mike Bowe '83

VIII.  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – No report. 

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – The chair reported that the committee has been meeting every two weeks and is approving policies and discussing issues. 

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent) 

Educational Policy Committee – Susan Wilson – The Chair introduced the two items on the Agenda under New Business, the proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs and the proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee.

Professional Affairs Committee  – K. Pristash – The chair reported that the committee is trying to schedule a meeting where they will be discussing some issues.  He stated that he would have a report at the next meeting or the one thereafter. 

IX. OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski   The chair reported that due to a change in the Purdue System he has e-mailed A. Berg involving a change to address this. 

Committee on Committees – The report for the Committee on Committees was read.{SEE Appendix 1}  

College Research Committee  – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – B. Burk – The GE committee is currently conducting open meetings on the campus to get feedback and suggestions on the recent memo sent out to the campus including several recommendations for the GE program changes. 

The committee will meet in two weeks and incorporate suggestions from the campus with the aim to draft a proposal to be presented to the Faculty Senate. The timeline and the process for the proposal will also be discussed at the upcoming committee meetings.
 

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee  – M. Dodds – No report. 

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – The chair reported that a doodle poll has been sent out to members. He further stated that a few sections of the handbook have been rewritten and the changes will come back to the Senate for approval.   

X. AREA SENATOR: B. Wodi asked the status of having a representative from the parking committee come to the Senate. J. Walkuski encouraged Wodi to e-mail his concerns.   

XI. SUNY SENATOR:  J. Hendrick – The SUNY Senator reported that the next SUNY Board of Trustees meeting is March 19, 2014. Persons wishing to present prepared testimony to the Board are requested to email the Board of Trustees at trustees@suny.edu or write to Board of Trustees, State University Plaza, T-11, Albany, New York 12246.  These communications must be received no later than noon on Friday, March 14, 2014. 

XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT –  E. Durgin –  E. Durgin reported that SGA had Student Senate that night at 8pm in the Function Room and she offered to announce anything at that meeting.  Elections for the new President, Vice President, and Treasurer are going to be coming up and they will have a meeting within the next week to discuss the details. Individuals interested in running for a "top 3" position will start campaigning on March 17th. 

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - The Mid-semester estimates proposal was discussed, voted on and approved. The Building Hours Committee proposal was discussed, voted on and approved.  {SEE Appendix 3 and 4 on the 2/4/14 minutes, respectively}

NEW BUSINESSThe two items on the agenda, Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs and Proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee were introduced and will be Old Business agenda items at the next Faculty Senate meeting on March 4. {SEE Appendix 2 and 3, respectively}

XV.  ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

S. Wilson reported that two recent graduates from Recreation Leisure Studies who are at the Olympics, Angel Boves and Matthew Oakes.   

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)  Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs, submitted by S. Wilson, Chair, EPC

(3)  Proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee, submitted by S. Wilson, Chair, EPC                                                                       


APPENDIX 1

Committee on Committees - Report to the Faculty Senate

February 18, 2014

submitted by J. Barry, Chair 

Item #1

    • A call for nominations was issued and nominations received for the following search committee.  Ballots are being issued for the faculty/professional staff representatives with a voting deadline of Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:00 pm.

 

Director of Physical Plant search committee:

    • Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff – Matt Brubaker, Mark DePaull, Katie Ingraham, Lisa Kahle, Bruce Kellett, Adam Levine, Brice Smith, Glenn Wright 
    • One member elected by and from the classified staff reporting within the area – Tom Hingher
    • One student member – to be appointed by SGA
    • Special consideration members –  will be recommended by appropriate Vice President

 

Item #2

A call for nominations was issued and nominations received for the following ad hoc committee.  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:00 pm, after which time appointment recommendations will be made to the Faculty Senate for confirmation.

 

Policies for Online Final Exams ad hoc committee:

    • One Associate Dean – Eileen Gravani
    • Three faculty members (one from each school)
      • Arts & Sciences – Mel King, Judy Ouellette, Mark Worrell
      • Education – Chris Widdall
      • Professional Studies – Helena Baert
    • One representative from Information Resources – Hailey Ruoff
    • One representative from Registrar’s Office – Thom Hanford

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry

Chair                        

APPENDIX 2

Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs

submitted by S. Wilson, Chair, EPC

 

MEMO

 

FROM: Educational Policy Committee (EPC)

DATE: February 13, 2014

RE: Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs

___________________________________________________________________

 

On October 28, 2013 Mark Prus, Provost sent a request to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee.   The proposal asked for review of grade point standards in academic programs.    This was in response to SUNY Cortland not currently having a formal process for reviewing and approving changes to grade point standards in academic programs.  EPC was asked to consider a proposal that would clarify a process for such changes.

 

This proposal sent from the Provost’s Cabinet was as follows:

 

(1)Approval of Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs

 

A proposed change to the academic standards of a program is a Level 1 curricular change and requires review of the Department Chair, Dean and Provost.  These changes include, but are not limited to, minimum overall or major grade point average for good standing in a major, continued progress, and entrance into upper division coursework or fieldwork.

 

The EPC committee met and discussed this proposed change.  The committee agreed that often changes in GPA have an impact on other departments and programs.  Therefore EPC proposes the following policy:

 

(2)Approval of Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs

 

A proposed change to the academic standards of a program is a Level 2 curricular change and requires review of the Department Chair, School Curricular Committee, Dean, College Curriculum Committee, and the Provost.  These changes include but are not limited to, Minimum overall or major GPA for good standing in a major, continued process and entrance into upper division coursework, fieldwork, internship or student teaching. 

 

 

Please review the policy (2) and respond to Susan Wilson, Chair, EPC (susan.wilson@cortland.edu) with your comments and suggestions within two weeks.

 


APPENDIX 3

Proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee

submitted by S. Wilson, Chair, EPC

 

 

MEMO

 

FROM: Educational Policy Committee (EPC)

DATE: February 13, 2014

RE: Proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee and remove it from the SUNY

Cortland Curriculum Review Process

___________________________________________________________________

 

 

On November 25, 2012 Andrea Lachance, Chair of Teacher Education Council (TEC) sent a request to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee.  The proposal indicated that the TEC membership proposed retiring the Teacher Education Council- Curriculum Committee (TEC-CC) from the SUNY Cortland curricular process.   Any curriculum proposal that is related to a teacher education program is reviewed by the TEC-CC after the College Curriculum Review Committee (CCRC) and before approval by the Provost.  TEC proposed that due to our campus’ growth in knowledge and understanding of teacher education regulations and guidelines there is no longer a need for the TEC-CC to review curricular proposals.  Additionally the membership of TEC-CC overlaps significantly with the membership of other curricular review committees in the process, specially the college’s three Associate Deans.  Finally, the TEC feels that elimination of this committee would enable the process to be more efficient.  This proposal has the endorsement of the TEC by vote of 34 yeas to 4 nays. 

 

 

The EPC is in favor of this and proposes that we accept this proposal to “retire” the TEC-CC from the curriculum process. 

 

 

 Please review the policy and respond to Susan Wilson, Chair, EPC, (susan.wilson@cortland.edu) with your comments and suggestions within two weeks.