Attending: Lorrie Clemo
(presiding); Michael Ameigh (recording). Rameen Mohammadi, Yvonne Petrella, Richard
Skolnik, Linda Rae Markert, David King, Fritz Messere, Timan Nekritz, Cathy
Santos, Rhonda Mandel, Mehran Nojan.
The Council discussed issues
surrounding the reduction of teaching loads through the assignment of faculty
to other activities. Mehran Nojan,
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, presented data collected
during the 2009-2010 academic year. She
proposed that assigned time can be separated into two categories, essential and
non-essential, and indicated the college lacks a clear policy on what is
appropriate activity for such assignments.
- Mehran and the deans will prepare a ‘white
paper’ on the issue to be discussed by the Council in mid-September.
Alumni Survey results:
The Council proposed a number of
program ideas in response to the Alumni Survey discussed at last week’s
meeting. Lorrie indicated it is imperative that we move quickly to transform
some existing and new programs into online and other formats to compete more
directly with emerging competitors in those realms.
- The Council will put together a plan by
September 15th of programs we will develop in online format for delivery by
January 2011 and September 2011.
Mentored Modules presentation:
Rhonda Mandel, Dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, displayed a sample of web-based modular degree programs
currently available internationally.
These include graduate programs available from University at Buffalo and
Stony Brook University that are presented in modules and can be taken at the
convenience of the student. Students are
mentored one-on-one at their own pace as opposed to participating in cohorts.
- Rhonda will follow up with SUNY Stony Brook, ask
for assistance in developing similar programs here, will determine how mentors
- Yvonne will look into the possibility of
developing modularized/mentored programs as non-credit options.
The Council reviewed a draft
agenda for the Academic Summit to be held August 24th with
department chairs and program directors.
A revised agenda will be distributed to the Council for final revisions
Additional Action Item:
- Council members were asked to give access to
Google Mail’s calendar feature in their accounts to Darlene Abrantes, Assistant
to the Provost.
- Rhonda announced the college has
received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue work
on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative.
- David announced an application for
$450,000 has been submitted to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue work
on the professional masters degree initiative he is directing for SUNY.
- Linda Rae announced a $300,000
application has been submitted to continue the School of Education’s Project Blend initiative.
- Yvonne announced that Anna Maria
Mirabito has been hired to manage the Phoenix Education Center.
- The Council will not meet on
August 18th as Lorrie will be away from campus.