Provost's Council
Minutes for October 13, 2010

Lorrie Clemo (presiding), Michael Ameigh (recording), Mehran Nojan, Shashi Kanbur, Linda Rae Markert, Rhonda Mandel, David King, Fritz Messere, Mary Beth Bell, Cathy Santos, Richard Skolnik, Rameen Mohammadi.

Service Learning Survey:

The Council discussed academic and extra-curricular activities to be included in a survey of service learning opportunities available on campus.  The survey is being conducted by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment in preparation for submission to the Learn and Serve Clearinghouse for possible inclusion on its President’s Higher Education community Service Honor Roll.
Action item:
provide a list of courses designated as service learning to Mehran prior to the December 15th submission deadline.

Program development:
The Council continued its consideration of new academic program ideas that address regional needs and align with institutional priorities. This discussion will continue.

Grant writing priorities:
The Council discussed a list of grant writing priorities identified by deans and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research as having particular institutional significance. It was decided to pursue these opportunities during the current academic year.

Academic Planning and Positioning:
Lorrie introduced a presentation describing a three-phase planning process for maintaining quality curricula and for meeting competitive challenges from other colleges and universities.  These include a consultation phase, a research phase and a vetting process that will lead to so-called ‘greenfield projects’ – initiatives that will serve new constituencies and address urgent regional needs not served by current programs.

Assigned time:
The Council discussed policies regarding reassignment of faculty from teaching to administrative and other duties. This discussion will continue.

Announcements:
- Associate Provost for Multicultural Opportunities and Programs Cathy Santos announced the Office of Learning Support has begun publishing a monthly newsletter.  Copies of the premier issue were shared with the Council.

- Graduate Dean David King announced Graduate Studies Week is underway. The annual Graduate Fair will be held Wednesday, October 20th.

- Dean Richard Skolnik announced the School of Business is once again on a list of the 300 best business schools in the United States.

- Dean Fritz Messere announced the first program in the Ke-Nekt concert series will be held tonight in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom.  The Aviv Quartet, featuring violins and a cello, will perform.

- The Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit will be held tomorrow at 3PM in the Sheldon Ballroom.  The focus will be on new media systems.

- Penfield Library director Mary Beth Bell announced the annual Display to Archives reception will be held November 17th from 4-6 in the Lake Effect Café.

- adjourned

 Last Updated: 10/29/10