Faculty Senate approves several motions
May 7, 2014Tweet
The Faculty Senate was all business at its fourth and final meeting of the 2013-14 academic year, approving a number of agenda items, most unanimously, and electing a slate of officers for the upcoming academic year.
First among its many action items, the Senate approved degree candidates for spring Commencement. In addition, the following motions were approved:
• Syllabus statements on credit hours and course expectations
• Reactivation of the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BFA) degree
• Deactivation of the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development degree
• Creation of a major in Russian Studies
• Revision to a policy for assessment of General Education
• Revision to Guidelines and Learning Outcomes for the General Education C requirement
• A proposal for use of AP, CLEP and IB/HIB for General Education
• A proposal for a new Office of University-Wide Courses and Programs
Alistair Lees, professor of chemistry and current chair of the Faculty Senate, was re-elected as chair for the 2014-15 academic year. Sandra Michael, distinguished service professor of biological sciences, will serve as vice chair, and Sara Reiter, professor of management, will serve as secretary.
Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) Chair Howard Brown, professor of history, and University Faculty Senator Randall McGuire, distinguished professor of anthropology, gave reports of activities during the academic year.
Brown reported that the FSEC met with numerous administrators, assisting in designing the process for vetting START-UP NY proposals, discussing plans to attract graduate students, weighing in on the Campus Climate Survey and discussing shared governance and budget issues, among other topics.
McGuire highlighted a number of activities discussed or acted upon by the University Faculty Senate:
• A resolution on textbooks and textbook costs and resolution for libraries to stock textbooks might come back to us.
• Passed a resolution noting concerns about timeline and implementation of a program for evaluating K-12 teachers
• Provided input to the chancellor on how to evaluate presidents
• Completed an elaborate procedure to collect information on seamless transfer paths with final outcomes released
Finally, McGuire said that SUNY will be applying new metrics to campuses to which they will be held accountable. Campuses will set goals for the following four outcomes:
• increases in college readiness
• increases in the number of degrees conferred
• strengthening the value of SUNY degrees
• increases in external investments