October 31 Minutes

Faculty Assembly Minutes                  October 31, 2011

Chair: Susan Camp                  Recorder: Stephanie Bischoping


Members Absent: J. Lei, C. Clabough, L. Fuller, A. Johnson, L. Brown, E. Basualdo, J. McDonald


                        The meeting was called to order at 3:07 PM.


I.              Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with the change that a Faculty Senate report will immediately follow the Chair’s Report. 


II.            Approval of October 17, 2011 Minutes

The minutes were approved as distributed.


III.         FA Chair’s Report – S. Camp

At today's meeting of the President's Council, the group unanimously approved a free speech public forum designation, delineating use of the campus for this purpose by members of the public outside the campus community. The policy formalizes in writing the college's past practice and designates the academic quad, commonly known as the "sundial" quad, as the public forum for third-party free speech. For more information, contact Jim Scharfenberger.

There is a new proposal for revision of the Deactivation process—distributed today.  Last year there was deactivation occurring within SUNY without consultation of the faculty, therefore a UFS resolution went to Chancellor Zimpher and resulted in a new form. The form includes a statement that the president’s “signature affirms that the proposal has met campus administrative and governance procedure for consultation”.  At our last meeting in May we approved a proposal for a process.  President Stanley was not completely in favor of the proposal.  Therefore the Provost and FAEB revised the proposal.   The newly distributed proposal will be voted upon in two weeks. 


IV.          Faculty Senate Report—Gwen Kay

UFS at Purchase College, October 2011, UFS President’s Report

1. SUNY system personnel changes

2. SUNY system committee organization

3. “The power of SUNY”

4. Work with FCCC and CUNY UFS

5. The 2 Components of Shared services:

-a series of alliances (regional, in initial understanding)

-a set of 3 shared presidencies Potsdam and Canton, Delhi and Cobleskill, and SUNY IT and Morrisville


The SUNY IT president has asked for comm. to look at shared services.  In addition the VP admin is retiring within the next calendar year and the assumption is that this will be consolidated across campuses. Likewise HR dir; sig admin vacancies (student aid) exist that seem likely to be targeted for shared services. The president has kept governance involved in procedure thus far and at Morrisville, Pres Yeigh was officially named officer in charge, they are now waiting to see what’s happening.  Potsdam currently has a joint search for CFO (6 Potsdam, 6 Canton).   


            Legislative agendas

There was discussion about legislation to increase tuition $300/year with votes each year, with an emphasis on reducing the TAP.  The discussion went to hospitals where a $1.3billion subsidy given to hospitals last year, then taken away, then given some back and now it is underwater and they are facing cuts from PH program.  NY collected $640 per year per student but we get 40% of it – bad public policy


Resolutions Discussion

1. Governance Committee Resolution: change to by-laws regarding special meetings and having special meetings electronically -Resolution passed allowing special meetings be conducted electronically.

2. Resolution on Shared Services (UFS Executive Committee, August 26, 2011)- passed

3. Resolution on Evaluation of Shared Services (UFS Governance Committee)-passed

4. Resolution for Rose Rudnitski, SUNY New Paltz-passed


Provost’s Office Report- David Lavallee, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

            Following up on grading policy:

The chancellor has responded to President O’Brien positively.  They will write up a policy, including a mechanism for appeal.  Grading policies are still a campus prerogative but there needs to be a policy guiding each institution. 

                        College readiness:  

What the State Education Dept thought would be solution, to raise cut rates on Regents exams, is not satisfactory so they are working on ways to improve education which will translate into more skill sets for students to do well in college  60% of students on CC campuses don’t pass mathematics courses and this keeps them from progressing further. Developmental mathematics classes will lead them through to algebra, maybe calculus but many of them actually need statistics for majors and need to know how to apply mathematics, statistics. 


This is a staff problem, and will hopefully be resolved soon. Also working on update on how website functions including audio tutorials  

Degree Works:

A consistent SUNY-wide method of  progress toward degree being available to students.  This system cannot capture information on second majors.  SUNY campuses are being encouraged to accept SUNY lower level general education courses from elsewhere, and keep requirements for upper-level courses at new campus. 

Shared Services:

As a system, they are trying to find ways to save on administrative overhead and have those savings go into the classrooms and faculty lines.  The administrative overhead is larger in institutions with less than 5000 students and it tapers off at about 10,000 students.  Trying to couple up campuses.  The Governor is looking carefully –NYS has most overlapping school systems (1200+ school districts) in the country so they are trying to do right thing for faculty, students and taxpayers (streamline system = people have to give up power).


SUNY Finance Report- Brian Hutzley, Vice chancellor for Financial Services + CFO

Financial issues and opportunities:

$1.4billion in cuts in the system 2008-2012.  596 faculty positions held vacant or eliminated, along with 1341 other positions; 1258 adjuncts hired; 1435 course sections eliminated; $85million in permanent reductions in non-personnel related services.  Gross tuition and fees and budgeted support: $1.7b in tuition and fees, $961m in state support (187k students now) An employee hired 10 yrs ago received 47% in contractual pay increases, energy 300%, supplies inc >35% = equivalent of state support cut in half... tuition up 50% + fees increased 100%



Fiscal challenges remain:

1. Enacted budget did much to realign state revenues/expenditures but budget gaps remain ($2.4b gap at state level);

2. 2% property tax

SUNY trying to combat these challenges: Shared services, Multi-dimensional approach, Strategic sourcing, IT transformation, Shared governance.  The full presentation can be found online (SUNY Faculty Senate website)


CUNY Faculty Senate Report

A Resolution passed by BoT called PATH which gives aid to students transferring from one institution to another but used to change liberal arts faculty and alter general education.


V.            Reports of Councils, Committees, and Task Forces 

·      Personnel Policies Council met on Friday, October 28th and discussed voting rights for professional staff that teach but did not come to a conclusion.  Also discussed representation on Faculty assembly and would be happy to hear any options on the calculations of FTE representation.  It is important to consider that our institution is continually moving toward interdisciplinary appointments.  If you have suggestions bring them to Joan Carroll.   


·      Academic Policies Council met on Friday October 21st.  At this meeting eleven blanket deviations from the School of Education were discussed.   

The council recommended the Department of Curriculum and Instruction put forth changes to the Childhood Education Social Studies Concentration and the Adolescence Education Social Studies Concentration to resolve the issue of a course (SSE 200) which has not been taught since 2008. 

The council recommended C&I consult with the Mathematics department and put forth a change to the Mathematics Concentration to allow a choice between MAT 354 and MAT 350. 

The council Recommended C&I consult with the Mathematics department and put forth a change to the individual case basis unless the numbers are too large in which case a foot note would suffice. 

Two blanket deviations concerning the Adolescence Education English Concentration need to be revisited. 

The other five deviations were “fixable” by better advisement, catalog changes to reflect course renumbering and naming, and changes to a restrictions being put on a course. 

APC meets again on Friday November 4. 


·      General Education Council has not met since the last FA meeting.  Chris LaLonde was badly injured in an accident, he is in the rehab stages and during his absence Rameen will be the number one contact for General Education.   


·      Graduate Council met on Friday, October 21st. We approved the proposal for a new course: SPE 591 – Student Teaching: Special Educator Role (1-6) pending minor revisions. Our next meeting is on November 4th at 8:00 AM.   


·      Undergraduate Curriculum Council met on Wednesday, 10/28 and discussed the following proposals: Approved: ECE 211 - Electric Circuits (Update - modification of prerequisites)
UCC will meet next on Wednesday, 11/9/11.


·      Campus Concept Committee met October 24, discussed phasing of the West Quad projects. The committee will meet next Monday at 11:30 a.m.


·      Assessment Advisory Committee met on Friday, October 21st.  The committee finalized its plan to meet with Barbara Walvoord for dinner on October 26th.  Barbara Walvoord’s visit took place on October 26 and 27th. She met with groups involved with the Middle States Review, with faculty in Communications, Psychology and Human Development, Cinema and Screen Studies and Writing Across the Curriculum.  She also held a general session about assessment, sponsored by the CELT office.  She will be returning to campus on January 18th for a full day of meetings.  Faculty interested in working with Barbara at that time should contact Brad Wray.  The Assessment Advisory Committee continues to work towards creating an Assessment Website for the campus, to review departmental and program assessment plans, and to discuss how best to integrate assessment into our current governance committee work.


·      Writing Across the Curriculum met with Barbara Walvoord about assessment about how to synchronize the outcomes in writing with the general education requirement.  This was a fruitful meeting with lots of good ideas on how to come forward.   


·      Gen Ed Taskforce continues to refine about four different models for general education revision on our campus.  Each model aims to bring the total number of credit hours dedicated to general education closer to the 30 credit hour SUNY system minimum, while finding room for best practices and pedagogical innovation.   


·      UUP

Try to get your applications in for IDAP.  The negotiations team committee met with the state on 10/13 14 and 26 with nothing specific to report.  The next meeting is scheduled for November 6.  Please think about coming out on November 15, State President Phil Smith will be there to answer any questions about negotiations. 


·      Catalogue Coordinator

Changes to draft (both print and on-line) are currently being made to include personnel issues (new hires, retirees, and promotions), new courses and changes to programs that have made it through governance.  The call for changes to blurbs has not yet gone out.  In December through mid-Jan changes to the department descriptions can be made directly to the on-line catalog by department secretaries and reviewed by department chairs. Training videos will be made available.  This new process is still “in the works”


VI.          1st year registration pilot report –Michelle Bandla

This summer the first year pre-registration was run for the first time.  Based on suggestions of this assembly students gave their input on what classes they wanted and any other information which was pertinent to their scheduling such as time preferences, and top three general education preferences.  After their presentations students were told if there were problems with their schedules they could make minor adjustments.  Approximately 27 percent of students made changes during orientation.  93 percent of students thought their schedule reflected their academic needs.  81 percent of students reported their satisfaction as “Good” or “Excellent” for their course schedule for the fall semester. 

As reported, there were fewer opening day schedule changes relative to 2010.  In addition there were fewer changes during add/drop. 


In the past there has been a rush to find seats in the end of July, beginning of August for general education classes.  Because of this first year registration, this rush to find seats occurred in June so there was more time to hire new professors and re-arrange to find more seats. 


Previously in later orientations, it was difficult to find classes that freshman are actually interested in taking.  Since they filled out their preferences prior to orientation, schedules were created based on student interest. 


There were some concerns about new students not knowing registration processes and how myOswego works, but because of First Year Peer advising and students having issues with courses early on this most likely will not be a problem. 


It was brought to the attention of the assembly that students seem to be showing a sort of apathy to their own schedule and feeling very little ownership.  Others believe that this is a better process than it has been in the past. 


Whether to continue this process or to switch to another process will be voted upon in the future. 


VII.       Judicial Affairs report and request for assistance –Lisa Evaneski 

Student Conduct Committee:

Each committee includes up to 3 students, one faculty, and one staff administrator.  These committees deal with AOD violations, violation of probation, assaults, and repeat offenders.  Judicial hearing officers shall determine if a preponderance of evidence exists – whether it is “more likely than not” that the violation occurred.  The committee determines the types of sanctions: warning, disciplinary probation, educational assignments, referral for services, suspension, and expulsion. 

Faculty members are recommended by the FA chairperson: if you are interested, talk to Susan Camp. 

Judicial Advisory panel:

The judicial Advisory panel monitors, evaluates and recommends updates to the campus judicial procedures.  The panel members are appointed by the president of the college and consist of one student, recommended by SA President, one faculty member, recommended by the faculty assembly chair person, one administrative officer, appointed by the president, and one student affairs officer (ex officio) appointed by the dean for student affairs.  If you are interested, talk to Susan Camp. 

Administrative Appeals board: 

The administrative appeals board shall review appeal requests and all relevant materials on which the decision was based, written statements of the process followed, and direct testimony from the parties involved.  Composition of the Administrative Appeals Board is as follows: One Student, recommended by the student association president, One Faculty, recommended by the faculty assembly chairperson, and one administrator, appointed by the president.  This board reviews informal and formal hearing decisions of department level hearings.  If you are interested, talk to Susan Camp. 

Judicial Board of Advisors:

In the College judicial system, students have the right to have an advisor present at judicial proceedings whether they are the complainant or the respondent in the hearing.  The role of the judicial advisor is to help the respondent or complainant organize an approach to a judicial hearing and to lend support, attend the proceeding, and provide follow-up services if needed.  If interested, talk to Lisa Evaneski. 

Title IX Update:

If a school knows, or reasonably should know, about harassment/violence, the school must take immediate action to eliminate and prevent its recurrence and address its effects. 

If you are a witness to, or victim of an act of violence or someone reports it to you, you need to report it!  Tell your supervisor, file a report, and refer victim to university police or other resources. 


Filing a complaint:

University Police: 315-312-5555

Affirmative Action: 315-312-3702

Counseling Center: 315-312-4416

Dean of Students: 315-312-3214

Health Center: 315-312-4100

Human Resources: 315-312-3702

Judicial Affairs: 315-312-3378

Lifestyles Center: 315-312-5648

Services to Aid Families: 315-312-1600


What will happen when it is reported?

Judicial affairs will explain the victim’s options, notify on and off campus resources, and conduct an investigation. 


Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to:

Howard Gordon, Senior Title IX Coordinator; 708 Culkin Hall; 315-312-2213



For more information you can contact Judicial Affairs www.oswego.edu/administration/jucial 

501 Culkin Hall; 315-312-3378




VIII.     Elections for Vacancies on FA Councils and Committees

Glenn Graham was elected to CLAS Social and Behavioral Sciences seat on General Education Council

Tim Baumgartner was elected to a Faculty seat on Student Association Senate


IX.          Unfinished Business 

--Revisions to the Communication BA--Name change to Communication and Social Interaction is

            involved in changing the major.  Approved 37:0

--Revisions to the Communication minor included a name change to Communication and Social

Interaction.  Approved 37:0

--Proposed Graduate Certificate: Health and Wellness.  Developed working with local health

professionals. All courses have been approved. Approved 35:0

--Proposed resolution regarding “no unnecessary travel” orders

Last spring there was a bad storm and there was a no unnecessary travel order but campus did not close campus.  It has been proposed that students and faculty should not travel through these areas when an order is in place to ensure safety.  The resolution needs to me edited in the second paragraph to “no unnecessary travel”. This issue will continue to be discussed at the next meeting.


X.            New Business

There was no new business.

 The meeting was adjourned at 5:02 PM.