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Faculty Senate says no to SUNY-wide assessment

By : Katie Ellis

A resolution aimed at sending the message to the SUNY Board of Trustee that the BU Faculty Senate opposes SUNY-wide assessment was overwhelmingly approved by the senate this week at its first meeting of the semester.

With next week’s BOT meeting expected to include student assessment on its agenda, the senate determined it was imperative to communicate its position.

The original resolution before the senate stated that Binghamton faculty remain committed to campus-based assessment and see no need for SUNY-wide assessment.

An amendment to strengthen Binghamton’s stance was approved prior to the resolution’s passage. The amendment, proposed by Richard Pastore, professor of psychology, added an acknowledgement that there are already multiple layers of internally and externally based assessment, and adding an additional layer of assessment will only serve to divert increasingly limited resources.

In other business, the senate approved an amendment to a resolution that would waive the General Education science lab requirement for students who have earned a score of 3 or better in Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics, and who also have a passing grade in the actual course.

Proposed by Jeffrey Barker, associate professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, the amendment would also require approval by a Binghamton University faculty member of documentation of the laboratory activities. Discussion on the resolution will continue at the next senate meeting.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08