May 2nd General Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 4:27 P.M.


I.              Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved unanimously.


II.           Approval of Minutes of General Faculty Meeting of February 14th, 2011

The minutes were approved unanimously.


III.        President's Report- D. Stanley

            The President began her report by discussing the budget for this upcoming academic year.  She stated that the estimated reductions that the college would have to face for the next academic year would be around 2.8 to 4 million dollars. This would bring the total cost reductions this campus has seen to about 11.7 to 12.3 million dollars. 

            President Stanley continued her report by stating that she is in favor of a tuition increase that is currently in the works though the state legislature. The current bill that is in the works though the state legislature would increase tuition by $100. The bill also states that this money would stay within the college campuses, and not be able to be taken away from the campuses, which happened with the last tuition increase mandated by the state.  This bill has many sponsors and this bill is currently going forward.

            She then continued her report by discussing the SUNY Report Card which will be released on May 17th. She stated that this would include Competitive SUNY, Competitve NY and Diversity Counts for each individual SUNY college in New York.  The different metrics that are used to determine these scores for the SUNY report card include but are not limited to retention rates for each college as well as achievements that each college campus has earned. 

            Her report continued to discuss the Capital Plan re-appropriation that is currently in progress here on SUNY Oswego's campus.  Some of these Capital projects include the renovation of Sheldon Hall.  She then also discussed the other two major Capital projects that are currently underway, which include the Science Complex as well as the School of Education Connection Corridor that are underway on the campus currently.

She then continued to update the Assembly about the Global Lab Update.  She reported that there was a grant of 160,000 dollars through Banco Santander that would enable 30 students from science related fields at SUNY Oswego to travel to Brazil and study abroad for the next two years.  She also reported out that there are over 15 student projects currently underway through the global laboratory, and 11 of those 15 student projects are SUNY Oswego students.

President Stanley then continued her report to discuss the status of Middle States.  She reported out to the Assembly that Chair selection is underway for Middle States.  Also she reported that the self-study draft to campus should be ready for release by Fall 2011, as well as a final self study this fall.  She then discussed the STEM Pipeline, which included the Genius Olympiad that would be taking place at SUNY Oswego over this upcoming summer.  She also discussed how SUNY Oswego is participating in the Carnegie Community Engagement, which only 6 schools out of the SUNY system, including Oswego were invited, and only 311 colleges nationwide are taking part in this.  She stated that SUNY believes that all campuses should have a service learning plan as well as a civic engagement plan.

The President lastly reported out about upcoming events at SUNY Oswego.  The Metro Center had net revenue of $81,000 after operations costs were paid.  President Stanley stated that the Metro Center has had a huge impact of the SUNY Oswego name and reputation within the Syracuse community.  There has also been an extension center approved as well as a Branch Campus for SUNY Oswego.  She then stated that there will be two honorary degree recipients at this year's convocation. This year's recipients include Augustine Silveira, Jr., who is the former Chair of the Chemistry Department, as well as Frank Pogue, who is the President of Grambling State in Grambling, Louisiana.   She then concluded her report by stating that NY Network video is in the works for the celebration of the 150th year of the college, as well as a website set up specifically for the Sesquicentennial year of the Campus.  She also stated that there will be a reunion this June.

IV.  UUP Report- S. Abraham

President Abraham began his report by stating who the new Oswego UUP officer team would be.  This included President Abraham continuing his role as President of the Oswego chapter of UUP. Others included Maureen Curtin being elected to Vice President of Academics, David Kahn as Vice President of Professionals, John MacDonald as Treasurer, Winfield as Secretary, Lori Nash as Part Time Representative, Bruce Altschuler as Academic Grievance Officer and Bill Canning as Professional Grievance Officer.  He thanked the former officers who did not return, which included Steve Rosow and Bill Canning.  He continued his report by stated that there would be a Retirement Party on May 12th, 2011 in the Sheldon Ballroom. 

President Abraham then continued his report by discussing the contract.  He stated that suggestions from members prioritized by negotiating committee and team in January 2011.  There were a slate of proposals drafted by negotiations teams, and a draft was approved by the Negotiating Committee on April 29th.  The initial proposals are to be exchanged, and then they will review, clarify and then resubmit another proposal.  He then stated that in the meantime, to remember that the old contract will last until July 1st, 2011.  This means that there will still be a DSI for the 2011 year, as well as through the Triborough doctrine, benefits will be extended if there is no contract by the time the old contract ends at the beginning of July.  He reminded the Assembly that only Union Members can vote on the contract, and to join the union if you have not already done so.  He lastly stated that CSEA and PEF have already rejected state proposals, so members of UUP should be prepared for a long wait for a new contract. 


V.    Faculty Senate Report- W. Ihlow

Attached is the full Faculty Senate Report.


VI.        Chair Report - S. Camp     

The Chair of Faculty Assembly began her report by stating that the Assembly approved a process for governance consultation prior to requesting program deactivation or discontinuance to SUNY System Administration.  This was in reaction to the Faculty Senate Resolution and the Chancellor's agreement that consultation must occur and meet our procedures.  Dr. Camp then stated that Priorities and Planning Council will be creating a list of criteria in relation to this approved proposal. 

She then continued her report by stating that she has asked Personnel Policies Council to consider giving voting rights to Professional Staff that teach.  She has also asked APC and Graduate Council to address the University Faculty Senate resolution that was approved in April 2011, and was also a handout that was distributed earlier this semester.  These resolutions state:

·         Therefore, be it resolved that the University Faculty Senate urges each campus governance body to ensure that the campus has robust due process procedures by which a student can appeal or grieve a grade, which are clearly publicized to students, and

·          Be it further resolved that the University Faculty Senate urges each campus governance body to ensure that the campus has robust due process policies that address circumstances and procedures under which a grade change can be made by someone other than the instructor of record, consistent with the principles outlined below.

She then continued her report by stating that Instructional Technology Council is piloting an Electronic DSI process for this next round.  Dr. Camp then stated that if you have not heard about this to ask your chair or dean for more details.  She concluded her report by asking the Assembly if there is anything that you would like her to investigate.


VII.     Unfinished Business

                         There was no unfinished business.  


VIII.    New Business

A.    Election of Faculty Assembly Chair- Dr. Susan Camp was elected as Faculty Assembly Chair for the 2011-2012 Academic year by vote of acclimation. 

B.     Approval of Candidates for Degrees:

a.       College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Rhonda Mandel moved to approve 625 candidates for undergraduate degrees, 89 of these for Bachelor of Science Degrees, 536 for Bachelor of Arts Degrees. The motion was passed unanimously.

b.      School of Business: Richard Skolnik moved to approve 371 candidates for undergraduate degrees.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

c.       School of Communication, Media and the Arts: Fritz Messere moved to approve 302 candidates for undergraduate degrees, 252 for Bachelor of Arts degrees, and 50 for Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.  This motion was passed unanimously.

d.      School of Education- Pam Michel moved to approve 17 candidates BS Degree in the Vocational Teacher Preparation department, 55 candidates for the BS Degree in Technology Education, 6 candidates for the BS Degree in Technology Management, 45 candidates for the BS Degree in Wellness Management, 127 candidates for the BS Degree in Childhood Education, 109 candidates for the BS Degree in Adolescence Education, and 11 candidates for the BS Degree in TESOL. This was passed unanimously.

e.       Division of Extended Learning- Yvonne Petrella moved to approve 22 candidates for evening and online degrees. This motion was approved unanimously.

f.       Division of Graduate Studies- David King moved to approve 381 candidates for graduate degrees, 26 of these for Master in Arts, 13 in Master of Arts in Teaching, 68 for Master in Business Administration, 26 for Master in Sciences, 189 for Master in Sciences in Education, 19 for Master in Sciences/Certificate of Advanced Study, and 40 for Certificate of Advanced Study.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:23 P.M.


Report from Univ. Senate meeting at SUNY Fredonia    April 15-16, 2011


Welcomes by Pres. Hefner of Fredonia,


There was supposed to have been a Budget Report by Monica Rimai, University Vice Chancellor and C.O.O.  Unfortunately, she had to cancel.  


Report by Pres. Ken O'Brian was distributed before the meeting.  Some highlights were

budget news, it got a good deal worse.  ... another 10%, which amounted to $88 million.  ... after more than $630 million in reductions over the preceding 3 years, it posed a major problem for our state-operated campuses, greater for some than others. 

Also, the Governor is organizing ... a "summit" that would examine UB 2020

And also, tuition remains to be dealt with in a way that offers both short and near term relief to their state university and tuition remains to be dealt with in a way that offers both short and near term relief to their state university.

We are all encouraged to look at the new SUNY Student Mobility website. (




Pres. O'Brien asked for questions on his written report --

Q:  What about Albany sweeping the tuition money into the General Fund?

            A:  expected not to, and students seem of favor a Rational Plan

Q:  What about "huge university/campus reserves", e.g. reported by UUP $600(m)

            A:  there is some reserve money in various places, but in very dispersed small                                               amounts and nowhere near a total of $600(m)

Q:  What about possible program deactivation and retrenchment ?

            A:  there is guidance and there are institutional checks and hurdles in the way of               these possibilities

When you (we) have time, you (we) should go to Strategic Plan website and browse the committee reports  (


Election of University Faculty Senate

            on Ken O'Brien was running, so elected on a single ballot


Sector meetings -

1.         In the Plenary session, we were handed a document of 4 budget scenarios.  This   was presented a week earlier to campus presidents. 

2.         Discussion of the supposed massive ($600 m) reserves in the system:  do they exist or         not and if they do, could the central administration access them?  SUNY Admin             and UUP each must have their own agenda in this issue.

3.         There is a SUNY Reserve Policy whereby campuses can only hold up to 25% of total             budget in unrestricted reserves.  Excess money can be swept away by Albany.      Also, if a campus does not have at least 10% of total budget amount in reserve,         then that campus might be considered "in trouble".

4.         (K. O'Brien came to our meeting.)  Now is a time when it is difficult to build reserves.              Now is the time when campuses would be dipping into reserves.

5.         The campus presidents should know at the May or June Board of Trustees meeting             what will be the exact budget cuts for each campus.

6.         If there will be any retrenchment of permanent appointments, there will most likely           be a year's notice given to those faculty and staff who are to be retrenched. 

7.         One committee member asked what about governance and branch campuses.


Report by Provost David LaVallee

            a.        Encouraged use of Mobility Website on transfers.

            b.        $5(m) grant from the Feds for a computer product that assists in student                                                       advisement.

            c.         Would like to begin a conversation for coordinating start dates of semesters                                                across campuses, at least regionally.

            d.        Would like to begin conversation about program integrity (quality assurance)

            e.         Wants to look at the Developmental Math Programs that are suppose to bring                               student s up to Pre-Calculus Math.

            f.          Need a way to code on a transcript whether courses with credit are taught by                              actual SUNY faculty members.

            g.        How many credits are students allowed to transfer in credits and earn a degree                            at any particular campus, like 90.  Is that too many?

            h.         Make all course requirements of a degree be productive requirements, and 

                        not too many.

            i.          Tenure:

                        1.         for innovative teaching,

                        2.         for classroom based scholarship,

                        3.         scholarship and research that does not necessarily result in traditional                                                                        research publication.

Questions and Comments from the members:

            1.         What about Advance Placement courses taken in 9th or 10th grade?

            2.         Complimented on the transparency of his work a Provost.

            3.         What about computer software used to facilitate transfer of credits between                                  campuses?

            4.         When students do transfer between campuses, sometimes there is data that                                   students sometimes do not bring with them the required mastery of course                          content in order to continue in course sequences.  This becomes a signal for                                   intercampus communication of faculty to improve mastery in prerequisite                                       courses.

            5.         What about coordinating first two years of college programs, especially in very                             unique programs at the tech colleges?

            6.         What exactly did you mean about "giving a degree too cheaply"?   [Students                              transfer in a large number of course credit, and earn relatively few credits at the                degree granting institution.]


BUDGET REPORT:  by Ken O'Brien

            He gave some explanation of budgeting scenarios that were handed out earlier in the day.


REPORT - Undergraduate committee

            1.         Guide for the Evaluation of Undergraduate Academic Programs 

                        [note:  Jim Nichols was our campus contributor]

                        Interested faculty/staff members can send questions and comments to Joy                                     Hendrick at SUNY Cortland.  The document is to be finished at Fall Plenary.  It will                            be e-mailed to senate members for distribution for questions and comments.

            2.         Best Practice Guidelines for Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships

                        Interested faculty/staff members can send questions and comments to Joy                                     Hendrick at SUNY Cortland.  The document is to be finished at Fall Plenary.  It will                            be e-mailed to senate members for distribution for questions and comments.


Chancellor's Report:

            Regional Economic Development Councils

            Sector Reports -

                        Campus Governance Leaders [presented by Susan Camp]


Health Science Sector

                        Special and Statutory Colleges

                        Technical Colleges

                        University Centers

                        University Colleges -- questions for the Chancellor

                        a.        We would like clarification from the Senate President of the minimum10% -                                                   -- maximum 25% reserve guidelines.

                        b.        What about the perception of our sector suffering disproportionately in                                                                    budget cuts?

                        c.         What about the fog of the budget determination?

                        d.        Please comment upon the large reserve funds lying around the university.


Saturday morning:  RESOLUTIONS:

            1.         Support for a Five-Year-Tuition Plan

                        A rational and predictable plan for tuition increases in the future.


            2.         The Governor's May 2011 "Summit"

                        The Governor and the Chancellor consider and discuss the Five-Year Tuition                                   Plan, as well as considering "additional flexibilities for all campuses".


            3.         Appropriate Use of System-Wide Data

                        Proposes an advisory committee to consider campus wide data collection and                            uses of such data.  ACCEPTED

            4.         Grade Change Authority

                        Campus governance should ensure clear due-process for student to appeal                                  grades, and also a clear due-process for circumstances and procedures for                                   changing  of grades by someone other than the instructor of record .                      


            5.         Bylaws changes to be voted on in Fall Meeting