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President to form task force for digital age

President Lois B. DeFleur addressed the full faculty earlier this week, announcing that she is establishing a Task Force on Undergraduate Education for the Digital Generation. 

“It’s been 10 years since the University’s Task Force on Undergraduate Learning in the New Millennium gathered information about trends and made a series of recommendations that led to the development of Discovery, the Scholars Program and our integrated curricula,” she said.

Appointment letters are expected to go out soon, and the task force will meet throughout 2009-2010.

DeFleur also discussed the self-study for Middle States accreditation which is being overseen by the University’s Strategic Planning Council and which will be made available for comment; continuation of the capital construction program; and the growth in research activity that she noted “is counter to national trends.”

Turning to the recent issues involving the University’s men’s basketball program, DeFleur called them significant, but addressable, and spoke of the 400 student-athletes on campus who are a source of pride.

“It is important to place these recent events into context,” she said. “These were behavioral issues. We have high standards on and off the court.”

DeFleur reiterated that she and the University “fully support the external review and it will be both thorough and fair. I believe that this review will strengthen our athletic programs.”

Fiscal issues will also continue to challenge the University, she said, “but Binghamton is in a good position fiscally and I feel confident in our ability to get through this.” It’s still unclear how recent cuts to the SUNY system will affect Binghamton, but advocacy plans include joining with the other research centers to push for operational flexibility and the opportunity to charge differential tuition, she said.

Following the president’s remarks, the Faculty Senate approved a revision of the Faculty Senate University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to remove its School of Education representative, and received the annual reports of the senate’s standing committees.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08