Mehran Nojan, Yvonne Petrella, Shashi Kanbur, Linda Rae
Markert, Rhonda Mandel, Fritz Messere, Mary Beth Bell, Cathy Santos, Richard
Skolnik, Rameen Mohammadi, Tim Nekritz, Yvonne Petrella.
Travel policy: The Council approved a faculty travel fund policy for the
current academic year. Full-time
tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible for up to $500 of support for
conference and other professional development travel, and up to $750 if they
include students in conference presentations.
Note: these travel funds are for faculty only; students may solicit
funds as available by following instructions at:
The approved policy is in effect for the current year and
will be reviewed for 2011-2012 in light of whatever budget realities exist at
Small Class Initiatives: The deans will work to increase the proportion of small
sections to be offered by their units during the spring 2011 semester. The goal is to increase the overall
percentage of classes with 19 or fewer students, reduce the number of large
General Education Taskforce: The Council reviewed the Final
Report from the Taskforce on Re-creating General Education. Members were asked to provide feedback after
which the report will go to the General Education Council and from there to the
- Deans will provide feedback at
the next meeting of the Provost’s Council.
Intercultural Certificate Programs: The Council discussed a list of intercultural certificate
programs proposed by Cathy Santos, Associate Provost for Multicultural
Opportunities and Programs. Similar
programs are being offered at Penn State University, among others. This discussion will continue.
Program Review and Assessment: Lorrie asked the deans to assist Brad Wray in interactions
with departments in his role as Director of Assessment. She reiterated the importance of assessment
in all areas of the curriculum as a tool for sustaining and improving academic
- Deans will facilitate
cooperation of department chairs and faculty in the assessment process.
Metro Center Programming: The Council continued its discussion of potential programs
to be offered at the Metro Center.
Graduate Program Priorities: Lorrie reiterated the need for deans to prioritize grant
proposals that would benefit from the assistance of the Office of Graduate
Studies and Research.
- Fritz announced student
run campus media, open to all students, are beginning the process of
recruiting membership. Please encourage students to consider
- Tim announced training on
the new campus web platform, Ingeniux, is in full swing. More training sessions will become
- Cathy handed out flyers
and booklets for the 24th Annual Student Leadership
Conference/ALANA to be held September 18-25th.
- Rameen reminded the Council that Chip Kidd, author of the
ORI reading selection ‘The Learners’ will be on campus on the Wednesday,
September 15th participating in a number of events. See the campus news events calendar for
- Yvonne announced Kim
Armani is the new director of the Metro Center.
- Mary Beth announced that Susaki
Architects will be on campus later this week to begin planning for re-visioning
Penfield Library. Deans, faculty
and students are invited to participate.
Mary Beth will coordinate meetings for Thursday and Friday. All
meetings will be held in LI-2.
- Richard announced that a
feasibility report on the MBA online program will be available shortly.
- Mehran announced the
college will participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
- Linda Rae announced the
School of Education has received word the Building Leadership Excellence for Needs-Based Districts (Project
Blend) grant will be fully funded for the second year of this
three-year $900,000 initiative. The
grant provides free tuition for eight teachers with leadership potential
to take the first two educational administration courses in Oswego’s
certificate of advanced studies program.
- Linda Rae also announced
the two primary accrediting agencies for schools of education, NCATE and
TEAC, will merge to become the Council for Accreditation of Educational
- Rhonda announced the Women
in STEM grant reception will be held Monday, September 20th at 5:30PM
in 114 Campus Center. All are
- Lorrie recognized Rameen
for his success in arranging instructional technical support for spaces
quickly placed in service as classrooms during opening week. The division is acquiring ten portable
‘smart carts’ with computer and display technology for deployment in rooms
not yet equipped with such facilities.