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Faculty Senate discusses creation of school, college

The Faculty Senate on Tuesday began discussion of the proposal to create a School of Education and a College of Community and Public Affairs, which came before the Senate with the endorsement of its executive committee.

The proposal would bring the Master’s in Public Administration, Social Work and Human Development programs under one umbrella. Support for the plan came from each of those programs.

Thomas Sinclair, director of the MPA program, noted the proposal would “give us an opportunity to develop our research, student recruitment and interaction with the community” that the University’s strategic plan calls for.

Jane Connor, director of the Division of Human Development, and Robin Russel, director of the Division of Social Work, echoed his comments.

Karen Bromley, director of the Division of Education, also spoke in support of the proposal, noting that “a standalone School of Education would give us heightened visibility and allow us to bring in additional resources.”

Howard Brown, professor of history, said he is a doubter and asked where the comparative studies are in terms of what else Binghamton could be doing.

“I’m concerned about the process overall,” he said. “A central issue is resources, but my suggestion is essentially that we haven’t considered this in light of what it means to the institution.”

Discussion will continue at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate on Tuesday, April 4.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08