INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Vice presidents outline goals for 2008-09
State budget cuts to the SUNY system have prompted cost-cutting measures on campus this year, with more cuts expected, President Lois B. DeFleur told the Binghamton University Council at its meeting last week.
The University is delaying large purchases, scrutinizing each open job, saving energy and streamlining processes.
“These cuts will impact our ability to meet the goals of our strategic plan in a timely manner,” she said. “But we are continuing to move forward, just more slowly.”
The University’s goals and objectives for the year align with the strategic plan, and “we’re still looking at innovative academic programs and ways to deliver them to our students,” she added.
The Division of Academic Affairs will move forward with its proposal to offer a juris doctor degree, said Mary Ann Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“The program will expand the richness of our expertise and stimulate the economy,” she said.
Doctoral programs in physics (condensed matter) and writing studies are proposed, and the University is working to establish a BS in engineering management and certificate programs in professional skills for undergraduates.
Academic Affairs is also working on a dual-diploma program with Monterrey, Mexico, an expansion of the Discovery Program through the senior year, enhancements of the Banner student services system and implementation of a training program for department chairs.
Building a stronger base and cultivating relationships to keep Binghamton front and center, developing new sources of revenue and enhancing the University’s reputation are goals for the Division of External Affairs, Vice President Marcia Craner said. Initiatives include international alumni events, putting the Binghamton University Magazine online and adding interactive web content to the University’s site.
“We’re also setting up a small task force to assist with the law school proposal,” Craner said.
The Division of Administration is committed to reducing the University’s carbon footprint, Acting Vice President Michael McGoff said. “We’re working on a series of processes to do many things,” he said. “We’re backing off as much as possible in the use of gas and diesel fuel.”
Capital projects will continue and the division will work with Academic Affairs on enhancements to Banner.
Improving programmatic content for orientation while keeping its strategic strengths is one priority for the Division of Student Affairs, Vice President Brian Rose said.
“We need to stay ahead in terms of content and how we spend time with both parents and students,” he said.
Implementation of a Student Development Transcript to document co-curricular and extra-curricular participation is also a goal, in addition to establishing a dean of students office in the University Union, which, along with other team-building efforts, will help more effectively coordinate services for students.
The Division of Research has a continuing goal to grow.
“Our primary growth comes from increasing the number of faculty who are research active,” said Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research. “We have also significantly enhanced the research activity of our existing faculty.”
Sonnenfeld said there has been a 54 percent increase in patent licensure and revenues and the trend should continue: there are planned enhancements to the Center of Excellence; and the Engineering and Science Building and Science 5 will provide the best facilities possible for faculty.