FACULTY SENATE AND OTHER COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORTS

2007-2008

 

 

Faculty Senate Budget Review Committee

Annual Report, 2007-2008

 

The Committee’s purview includes the review of past all-funds budget expenditures and the discussion of future budget priorities for the University.  The nature of the accounting and budget reconciliation process is such that the review of all-funds expenditures for a given fiscal year (which runs July 1-June 30) can begin only during the following fall.  In general, final budget reconciliation does not occur until the end of October, and the committee reviews the expenditures at the end of the fall semester.  The committee usually reports to the Faculty Senate on the prior year’s budgetary expenditures during a Faculty Senate meeting in the Spring Semester.  However, that was not done in Spring 2008.  Thus, this report includes a summary of the 2006-07 budget year as well as the remainder of the committee’s activities during academic year 2007-08.

            The committee met five times during the 2007-08 academic year.  Our principal activities were:

Reviewed incremental increases to campus budget implemented for 2007-08 and planned for 2008-09.  The committee also had an initial discussion of budget requests and incremental increases for 2009-10.  Vice Presidents had identified some $36 million in incremental (additional) budget needs for 2009-10, of which the University hopes to fund up to $5 million, depending on the budget situation.  Plans for increases in funding for ’08-’09 include an additional increase of $800,000 to base for hiring new faculty, funds for library digital and print resources, additional expenses related to the Downtown Center, and expenses related to web-site and Banner upgrades.

Examined the budgetary implications of the proposal for a Binghamton University Law School and how BU hopes to fund the initiative.  The Administration assured us that the project would not move beyond the planning stage in the absence of identified new funds (whether from the State, other sources, or a combination).  This provided key information for the Senate to consider in approving the proposal.

Discussed the re-allocation of budgetary funds within Academic Affairs to support Harpur College.  Overall, some $1 million was re-allocated to Harpur’s base.  The net effect of this for the University was to reduce its ability to respond to any fluid short-term issues, but it did not otherwise change budgetary commitments for the ’07-’08 budget year.

Reviewed the 2006-07 budget expenditures.  The all-funds budget expenditures for 2006-07 were nearly $238 million, an increase of 28% since 2002-03.  57% of this is from “State Purpose” funds, including $61.5 million in General Operating (State tax) funds and ~$75 million campus-generated (tuition).  Academic Affairs expenditures totaled some $119 million, including $2.7 million increase in mandated (contractual) salary increases and about $2 million in new money.

Discussed the proposed and enacted SUNY-wide budgets for 2008-09 and the implications of budget cuts for the campus.  While initial budget proposals looked promising, the changes in the political situation in Albany and the economic downturn resulted in a much less favorable budget allocation to SUNY.  Subsequent State budget uncertainty has left the SUNY budget for 2008-09—and, as a result, BU’s budget—uncertain through the summer.  The University intended to honor its commitments in strategic budgetary initiatives for the ’08-’09 year, and at least for the short term expects to be able to use one-time funds to cover the reductions in the State budget.  Furthermore, the University received $3 million to plan for the new Law School.

 

Respectively Submitted,

Peter L.K. Knuepfer, Committee Chair

 

Committee members:  Serdar Atav, Howard Brown, Shelly Dionne, Robert Emerson, Nancy Henry, Peter Knuepfer, Sean Massey, Ed Shephard, Gary Truce; Student members Chris Powell (undergraduate) and Monazir Khan (graduate); Ex-officio members James Van Voorst (Vice President for Administration), Mary Ann Swain (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Michael McGoff (Vice Provost for Strategic and Fiscal Planning)



Faculty Senate Bylaws Review Committee

2007 – 2008 Annual Report

 

 

The Faculty Senate Bylaws Review Committee met once to consider proposed changes to the Faculty Bylaws as charged by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee:

 

1. Membership of AUPC (deletion in red)

 

Art. VII, Title D.  The All-University Personnel Committee

 

2. Conditions of Service.  Only voting faculty on continuing appointment and holding the rank of associate or full professor, including Bartle Professors in those titles who agree to serve within the five-year limit stipulated in Article I.e. above (Voting Faculty), (Approved by faculty in mail ballot in April 1997) shall be eligible to serve on the AUPC.  No Chairperson, Dean, or Director shall be eligible to serve on the AUPC.  No member of the AUPC shall participate in the review, nor read files, on a case emanating from his/her academic sub-unit (or unit when no sub-unit exists) (Approved by faculty in mail ballot in February 1989) or which he/she has previously heard as a member of an IPC.  Members will be elected for two-year terms, and no member shall serve two consecutive terms.  Approximately one-half of the members shall be elected in each academic year.  No member of the AUPC shall be required to serve on any standing committee of the Faculty Senate.  When any member of the AUPC resigns or can no longer serve, his/her unexpired term shall be filled by the person who receives the next highest number of votes in the previous election.

 

2. Membership of Senior Personnel Committee (addition in red)

 

 

Art. VII, Title B.  Initiating Personnel Committees

 

            3. Types and Composition of Initiating Personnel Committees.

 

a. Personnel Committees of Academic Subdivisions.  All departments, non- departmentalized Schools, Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and the Library shall have a Junior and Senior Personnel Committee.

 

b. Minimum Size.  The minimum size of an IPC shall be five voting members.

 

c. Membership of Senior Personnel Committees.  All full professors on continuing appointment shall serve on the Senior Personnel Committee to consider cases of professors and associate professors, except when their own case is being considered.  Bartle Professors holding the title of full professor who agree to serve on this committee during a given academic year, and within a five-year limit from the date of appointment as Bartle Professor, shall do so. (Approved by faculty in mail ballot in April 1997)   In instances where at least three but less than five voting members of the Senior Personnel Committee cannot be drawn from within the academic subdivision, the remaining seats will be filled by full professors from other academic subdivisions at this University appointed by the Provost after consultation with the faculty of the academic subdivision in which the case is being heard and the appropriate UPC (see Title D).  In instances where three members of the Senior Personnel Committee cannot be drawn from within the academic subdivision, the committee shall be constituted to provide a minimum of three from a combination of full and associate professors from within that academic subdivision who are on continuing appointment with at least two semesters of academic service at this University; the associate professors to be elected by the faculty of the academic subdivision; the remaining seats to be filled by full professors from other academic subdivisions at this University appointed by the Provost after consultation with the faculty of the academic subdivision in which the case is being heard and the appropriate UPC (see Title D).  The Committee shall be formed by the Provost after consultation with the faculty of the academic subdivision in which the case is being heard when the inclusion of the sum of full and associate professors eligible to serve is less than three.

 

3. Faculty Senate Representation (correction in red)

 

Art III, Title B. Faculty Senate

 

3. Representation.  Representation shall be by academic unit and by academic sub-unit.

 

b. Election of senators shall be by academic unit in non-departmentalized units, and by academic sub-unit in departmentalized units.  Administrative officers with concurrent academic rank shall be counted as members of the respective academic units or sub-units to which they have been assigned, and are eligible for election as senators.  Units or sub-units having at least 5 and fewer than 11 members shall elect one senator.  Units or sub-units having at least 11 12 but no more than 19 members shall elect 2 senators.  Units or sub-units having more than 19 but no more than 27 members shall elect 3 senators. Units or sub-units having more than 27 but no more than 35 members shall elect 4 senators. Units or sub-units having more than 35 members shall elect 5 senators. (Approved by faculty in mail ballot in November 2007)  Units or sub-units having fewer than 5 members may elect one senator or may, by mutual agreement, combine with another sub-unit for the purpose of representation on the Faculty Senate.  If either option is chosen, the sub-unit must notify the Secretary of the Faculty Senate, in writing, of its decision to exercise this option; this notification must be given prior to the next scheduled election.  (See Article III.B.6.b. below.)  Such sub-units that do not choose one of these options will not be represented on the Faculty Senate.  (See Article I.h. above.) (Approved by faculty in mail ballot in December 2004)

 

 

 

The Bylaws Committee was also asked to examine the language in Art.  VII, Title D, 1. a. for clarity.  After review, the committee determined that the language was deemed sufficiently clear as not to need modification.

 

 

 

 

Committee members:  Howard G. Brown, Chair; William Heller, Sara Reiter, Sandra Michael, Alesia McManus, Matthew Johnson and Nancy Stamp



memorandum

to:           kathy Bowman                      

from:      a. serdar atav, chair convocations committe      

subject: convocations committee aNNUAL REPORT

date:      12/3/2008

 

The committee used its charge as the major guide for funding decisions: “bringing programs to campus that enhance and support the intellectual, cultural, and artistic aspects of the academic curriculum, and to focus our efforts toward as diverse a university community as possible”.  The committee traditionally has not funded events that did not fit the criteria above or requests for food, receptions, or parties.  Publicity, speakers’ fees, or transportation are items that were specifically funded.  In addition, events that cater to a variety of groups on campus in general, and undergraduate students in particular, were looked upon favorably by the committee.

The funding came from the Presidents’ Office ($3,881) and the Student Association ($5,375) for a total of $9,548. Our available funds for the year, including the carryover from 2006-2007 ($4,283) and new allocations, totaled $13,831. It has been the practice of the committee over the years to try to maintain and grow a surplus for occasional more costly events. Allocations this year totaled $9,950 leaving a remaining balance of $3,881.00 forward into the 2008-2009 academic year.

The convocations committee is comprised of 3 faculty members, 3 administrative members (President’s office, Campus Life, and Provost’s office designees), 3 Student Association representatives, and a Graduate Student Organization representative.  Each new funding request is discussed during monthly committee meetings.  Final decisions are made through voting by the committee members.  In a great majority of cases, decisions are unanimous. Student members' contributions are invaluable during discussions. As SA representatives, they are closely familiar with most events that request funding and provide unique perspective and insight that contribute to funding decisions.

 

The Convocations Committee awarded funds to support 18 separate events, 17 of which took place during the 2007-2008 academic year and 1 of which will take place during the coming year.  Allocations ranged from a minimum of $100 to maximum of $1,500. Only one application was denied by the committee, because the committee unanimously felt that this particular activity did not meet the committee’s criteria for funding.  In addition, there were 3 inquiries without formal applications.

Traditionally, the charge of the committee is not advertised.  Word of mouth as well as student, faculty, and staff representation on the committee together provide advertising.

A detailed documentation of funding sources and allocations is presented below.


 

Convocations Committee Funding and Allocations 

Fall 2007 –  Spring 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance forward into 2007-2008

 

$4,283

 

New Allocations

 

 

 

President’s Office

$4,173

 

 

SA

$5,375

 

 

TOTAL07-08 ALLOCATIONS

 

$9,548

 

TOTAL AVAILABLE FUNDS

 

$13,831

Fall 2007

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Prof Sobejano

500

 

CCPA/HD Mothering Class

Sally Dear

100

 

African Student Organization - Crossing Boundaries

Frank Okyere

500

 

Habitat for Humanity  -Patch Adams

C. Regadazzi

1500

 

Art History Graduate Student Union - Trading Places -

Jennifer Kennedy

500

 

Law Conference  -  Thorgud Marshall Pre Law Society

Dorothy Knight

800

 

GSO - Parenti Lecture

M. Aly

600

Spring 2008

 

 

 

February

GSO – Understanding Crises in Africa M Carney

M Aly

300

 

CEMERS – Venus and the Venereal

Karen-Edis Barzman

800

 

BSU – Malveaux Lecture

Tarnasia Lundy

500

 

International Student & Sch. Services – Int. Stud. Fest

Ellen Badger

1000

 

Chabad - Purim Carnival

D. Zenilman

250

March

 

 

 

 

College Republicans (D’Souza Lecture)

Adam Shamah

500

 

Multicultural Resource Center (Building our Beloved Community)

Linda Morales

250

 

Intercultural Awareness Comm (Multicultural Banquets)

David Rebord

0

 

Binghamton Political Initiative (Welfare Poets)

M.T. Starzman)

500

 

 

March Total

$1,250

April May

Biomedical Computing

Susannah Gal

$500

 

Nadag Nahash – HILEL

Jonathan Alter

$500

 

Tyrone Krohne Comedy Night – Chabad House

D. Zenilman

$350

 

 

May Total

$1,350

 

 

Total spending for the year

$9,950

 

 

Balance forward

$3,881.00


 

SUBJECT:       Annual Report of EPPC

 

DATE:             June 10, 2008

 

 

The members of the EPPC for 2007-2008 were Al Vos (English) as chair; Herbert Bix (History); Susan Hanes (Economics), replacing Bix in Fall 2007; Benjamin Fordham (Political Science); Wayne Jones (Chemistry); Patrick Madden (Computer Science); George Catalano (Mechanical Engineering); Elizabeth Brown (Library); Jen Mora (undergraduate representative); Matt Landau (undergraduate representative); Vice-Provost Stephen Straight; Provost Mary Ann Swain.

 

The Committee met twice in Fall 2007 and twice in Spring 2008.

 

The agenda items for the year were the following:

 

1) Letters of Intent (as sent to Albany) for a Masters and Ph.D. in Africana Studies were received for information, as required by Senate rules.  When specific program proposals have been drawn up, the EPPC and the Senate will be part of the review process.

 

2) Assessment of General Education. The Committee asked for a presentation by Sean McKitrick, Asst. Provost for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  With respect to Gen Ed, Sean is actively supporting efforts by the Assessment Category Teams as part of the faculty-review process put in place by Senate legislation for General Education, and the Committee encouraged him in his support of those efforts.

 

3) Analysis of the results of the campus’ administration in Spring 2007 of NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement).   On this topic the Committee again had the active support and input of Asst. Provost McKitrick.  In response to NSSE data as an agenda item, the EPPC had communications, proposals, and (sometimes passionate) calls for action from the Faculty Masters, Larry Greenfield as Director of Harpur Advising, a special committee of the Student Association under the leadership of its academic vice-president, Dean Don Blake of Harpur College, and Wayne Jones from the Center for Learning and Teaching.  Another campus leader who has studied the data spoke of the institution being at a “tipping point,” and called for strong and creative leadership to address the issues.  After discussion the Committee wrote to the Chair of the Senate and the Chair of the FSEC, with copies to the Provost, the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Asst Provost for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, to advocate for the creation of a joint Faculty Senate/Administration committee (“taskforce”) to address the challenges arising from an analysis of the NSSE data.  The idea had the strong support of the Provost and of the EPPC as a whole.

 

4) Proposal for a new Master of Science degree program in Student Affairs Administration, to be housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs.   The proposal came to the Committee after approval by the Graduate Council.  The Committee heard from Dean Ingraham and from Professor Sharon Holmes, director of the program.  The proposal was approved by the Committee, and forwarded to the FSEC for Senate action.

 

5) Proposal for a Mechanical Engineering Combined BS and MS program.  The standard procedure, worked out some years ago, is that the Graduate School notifies EPPC about combined degree proposals that are approved by the Graduate Council; the agreement has been that EPPC normally requires only notification about combined degrees.  Proposals for such combined degree programs require no action on our part, unless the committee has concerns. The Committee was satisfied with the proposal, and gave its tacit approval.

 

6) Proposal for the creation of a Department of Asian and Asian American Studies   This proposal had been unanimously approved by Harpur College Council.  The committee heard from the Chair of the German, Russian, and East Asian Department (GREAL) and from Professor John Chaffee, Chair of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program.  The proposal was exemplary, and quickly received unanimous approval of the Committee.  It was forwarded to the FSEC for Senate action.

 

7) Proposal for a new Law School.  After discussion, with substantial input from the Provost, the Committee approved the proposal, and forwarded it to the FSEC for Senate action.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Al Vos, Chair, EPPC

 


 


 

M E M O R A N D U M

 

 

 

TO:                  Faculty Senate

FROM:            Marilyn Gaddis Rose, chair, EOP Advisory Committee

RE:                Report of Committee Activities, AY 2007-2008

DATE:                        5/2/2008

 

 

The Committee met three times, instead of the customary four, because of staff changes in the EOP office.  The Committee continues to be impressed by the progress and growth of this program and wishes to commit to the record its appreciation of Vanessa Young, who took over the interim directorship during James Pogue’s leave of absence.  Ms. Young assumed all the additional duties without letting go any of her own.  The Committee believes that the University is deeply indebted to Ms. Young for her service to the EOP.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilyn Gaddis Rose

Chair

 

Members:

Masha Britten - Decker School of Nursing
Marilyn Gaddis Rose - Comparative Literature
Kelvin Santiago - Sociology
Nancy Um - Art History
Leo Wilton - Human Development
Dina Maramba - Human Development
Andre Mathis (undergraduate student)
Yohansa Fernandez (undergraduate student)
Soranun Krisnajinda (undergraduate student)
Hanna Reyes (undergraduate student)
1 graduate student vacancy
Don Blake - Fall 2007

   Jennifer Jensen - Spring 2008
Cheryl Brown
James Pogue - Fall 2007
    Vanessa Young - Spring 2008
Francine Montemurro
H. Stephen Straight



 

 

Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

2007- 2008 Report to the Faculty Senate.

 

Binghamton University continues to be committed to being an increasingly recognized NCAA Division 1 institution.  Along with the Intercollegiate Athletics Board (IAB) which makes recommendations directly to the President, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) of the Faculty Senate seeks to gain specific understanding of the impact of intercollegiate athletics on academic standards and practices, and to provide reports which may include recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

 

The Activities of the IAC - 2007-08.

 

This past year, the committee met three times, once in the fall semester and twice in the spring.  At the fall meeting, we spoke in general terms in regards to the charge of the committee, and established an agenda for the two meetings that were to follow.  And at this meeting, a member made note that they had responded with a concerned Interim Progress Report for an athlete in one of their courses, and suggested that further feedback would be useful.  This was quickly attended to by the Center for Excellence, a program, facility and staff dedicated to academic support of student athletes.  And in the spring, we met first with a group of student athletes, then with a selection of coaches.  For both groups, "revenue" team members and coaches were requested and were present at the meetings: six students and then three coaches.  The inquiries, responses and conversation were open and productive, as a collective opinion by the members and quests of the committee related and recognized a dedication to maintaining and improving balanced standards of quality and achievement in academics and athletics.  It was also reported that there is concern and structured support for the personal adjustments required of student athletes as they strive for balanced achievement as both students and Division 1 athletes.  Also, the attention of vigilant coaches and the effective academic support of the Center for Excellence were repeatedly mentioned by the students and then their coaches.  It was demonstrated that there has been a positive culture established which requires this balanced "best effort" performance when and wherever possible.  The staff, coaches, and students related a dedication to this position, and an ambition for continued improvement.

 

This report has been reviewed by the committee, and the conclusion is that Intercollegiate Athletics here is consistent with the qualities and expectations of the University as a whole.  We see no need for making any specific recommendations, other then to continue this connection between the Faculty Senate and BU Athletics.

 

 

Members:   Jim Stark, Chair                                                       Suzi Howell

                   Karen Bromley - School of Education                        Dennis Lasser

                   Richard Pastore – Psychology                                 Joel Thirer

                   Michael Lewis - Computer Science - spring 2008

                   Stephen Boehm - Psychology

                   Bradley Small (undergraduate student)

                   Karen Galan (undergraduate student)

                   Ryan Asher (graduate student teaching assistant)

 

 



Annual Report 2007-08

Faculty Senate Library Committee

 

 

A listing of significant events can be found in the Binghamton University Libraries’ newsletter, “LibraryLinks”, available at http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/librarylinks/LibraryLinks_Fall2007-Spring2008_final.pdf.  As can be seen in the summary of activities, demand for library services has increased substantially over the past academic year, with demand causing increased operating hours at the new downtown library and many other changes intended to accommodate the increased needs of campus library users.

 

The Libraries Committee spent time this year reviewing an ongoing issue, the question of allocation of resources between periodicals and permanent collection items.  It was not expected that conclusive recommendations would be made, and indeed these proved elusive.  The goal of a student-and faculty-oriented response to the various issues outlined in the report of the Binghamton University Libraries Collections Budget Allocation Review Committee (May, 2007)  was pursed in 2007-08, will be again in 2008-09.

 

It should be noted, however, that current global fiscal situation (including, importantly, the impact of the falling dollar on purchasing power for publications from European companies) has arisen as a significant issue over the summer of 2008.  This will likely necessitate re-visiting the primary issue, untenable increases in prices for scholarly journals, that initially promoted the discussions and report on collections budget allocations.

 

Members of Faculty Senate Library Committee, Fall 2007-Spring 2008:

Corrine Bertram, CCPA Human Development

Carrol Coates, French and Comparative Literature, Romance Languages

Jennifer Gordon, SEHD Division of Education

Gerald Kadish, History

Michael Lewis, Computer Science; Watson School of Engineering

Sara Maximiek, Libraries

Chris Motley, Std. Assoc. Representative

Ryan Wilichinsky, Std. Assoc. Representative

Seokyung Han , Grad. Std. Org. Representative

Michael McGoff, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

John Meador, Director of Libraries

Peter Gerhardstein, Psychology, Library Committee Chair


 

 


 

 

 

To:                   Faculty Senate

 

From:               Mary X. Britten  (Masha)

                        Chair, Professional Standards Committee

 

Subject:            07-08  Annual Report

 

Date:                September 10, 2008

 

 

A total of five inquiries came before the Professional Standards Committee. In four cases, after conferring with the chair, three individuals were referred to other more appropriate committees. One person upon further reflection decided not to submit a formal request.

 

One case came before the full committee for review. After much discussion with all parties involved, recommendations were made in an effort to prevent a similar situation from arising in the future.

 

I wish to thank all of the committee members for their valuable support and work. I also wish to thank Kathy Bowman for her support to the committee.

 

 

 

 

Committee Members:

 

Marilyn Gaddis Rose (Comparative Literature),

Sandra D. Michael (Biology),

Arieh Ullmann (Management)

John Vestal (Theatre)

 

 



Report of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2007-2008

During the 2007-08 academic year the UUCC continued its normal work of certifying courses that meet the Binghamton University General Education requirements and deciding on student petitions related to General Education.

 

Additional activities of the committee included:

 

1.         The Committee met with Sean McKitrick regarding assessment of General Education.   He informed us about plans to conduct an assessment of writing as required by SUNY central.  The committee asked if writing samples collected for this exercise could also be assessed for critical thinking.

2,         The Committee co-sponsored a workshop with the Assistant Provost for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in October 2007 entitled “Facilitating Meaningful Revision:  A Workshop for Teachers of “C” Courses.”  Kelly Kinney designed and presented the workshop.

3.   The Committee spent considerable time discussing the implications of HPEA’s decision to stop offering one credit activity courses and replace them with two credit courses carrying the B general education designation for both activity and wellness.  In addition to examining the new courses submitted for B designation, the Committee also surveyed past and proposed course offerings to be sure that this change would not affect students’ ability to fulfill general education requirements in a timely manner.  We also note that many of the former activity courses will continue to be available to students (with general education designation) through the office of Continuing Education.

 

The Committee would like to express its gratitude to Liz Abate, the University's Coordinator of General Education and Assistant for Undergraduate Education, for the essential assistance and coordination she constantly provided to the committee over the course of the entire year.

 

The 2007-08 Report on University-Wide (UNIV) Course Offerings, required by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, is attached to this report.

 

2007-08 UUCC Committee Members:

 

Liz Abate                                

Don Blake/ Jennifer Jensen

Kate Bouman

Masha Britten

Lisa Hrehor / JJ Van Hoff

Matthew Johnson                                                        
Les Lander

Andrew Leavey (student)

Rosmarie Morewedge

Sara Reiter, Chair                                            
Jim Stark 

H. Stephen Straight

Anna Tan-Wilson      

 


Report on University-Wide (UNIV) Course Offerings

2007-08 Academic Year

 

Attached please find a complete listing of all courses offered during the 2007-2008 academic year.

 

 

Courses offered under the UNIV rubric

 

One course was offered under the University-wide (UNIV) rubric during the 2007-2008 academic year – UNIV 150, Writing for Results: Thought into Action.  It was offered on a one-time experimental basis and enrolled 16 students. 

 

Courses offered under the SCHL rubric

 

The Binghamton Scholars Program offered numerous courses under its own SCHL rubric during the 2007-08 academic year, under the following procedures for the use of the SCHL rubric:

  • Any new SCHL courses that are created need to be approved by the UUCC, using the same mechanism and process used for UNIV courses.
  • Once courses are approved by the UUCC, the Binghamton Scholars Program needs to submit the following information prior to building courses in CICS/Banner each semester:
    1. For approved regular courses SCHL 127, 227, and 395, each semester the program is required to send the UUCC a list of the courses they plan to offer.  No descriptions are necessary.
    2. If the program plans to offer SCHL 280 topics courses, the UUCC will review a course description and approve it for offering.
    3. Finally, once the courses have been approved by the UUCC, the Binghamton Scholars Program handles all course-building.

 

Courses offered under the GLST rubric

 

In February, 2003, the Faculty Senate approved an amendment to the guidelines for University-wide policies to allow the use of additional rubrics for University-wide courses.  Under this policy, the Global Studies Integrated Curriculum (GSIC) was allowed to use the rubric "GLST" to identify its cross-listed courses that have a home in an existing school or department.  The Global Studies Integrated Curriculum was recently redesigned as the Global Studies Minor, administered through the Office of International Programs. Courses offered under the GLST rubric will be offered only as cross-listings of courses in other departments and are subject to similar procedures as those listed above for SCHL courses:

  • Any new GLST courses that are created need to be approved by the UUCC, using the same mechanism and process used for UNIV courses.
  • Once courses are approved by the UUCC, the Global Studies Minor Program needs to submit the following information prior to building courses in CICS/Banner each semester:
    1. For approved regular courses such as GLST 390, 392, etc., each semester the program is required to send the UUCC a list of the courses they plan to offer.  No descriptions are necessary.
    2. Once the courses have been approved by the UUCC, the Global Studies Minor Program handles all course-building.

 

For the 2007-08 academic year, GLST courses were offered in Winter Session and Summer Session, with the parent department for all courses being Anthropology. 


 

Semester

Course

Cross-listing

Title

Instructor Last Name

Instructor First Name

Enrollment

20079

SCHL127

 

DISCOVERING THE SCHOLAR WITHIN

STAFF

 

47

20079

SCHL127

 

DISCOVERING THE SCHOLAR WITHIN

STAFF

 

19

20079

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Chester

Milton

16

20079

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

McCaneSaunders

Bridget

11

20079

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Robinson

Tanya

18

20079

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Horowitz

Jeffrey

10

20079

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Montemurro

Francine

5

20079

SCHL280A

 

WOLVES AND MYTHS

Catalano

George

22

20079

SCHL280C

 

ENERGY AND...YOU!

Fillo

John

7

20079

SCHL280D

 

GREAT IDEA OF PHYSICS

Pompi

Robert

14

20079

SCHL280F

 

PLATO AND ARISTOTLE

Preus

Anthony

3

20079

SCHL280G

SCHL280G

TRUE STORIES

Rosenberg

Liz

12

20079

SCHL395

 

SCH. III: WORLDS OF EXPERIENCE

STAFF

 

11

20081

GLST390

ANTH390

STUDY-ABROAD PRE-DEPARTURE SEM

Straight

H

13

20082

GLST392

ANTH392

IN-COUNTRY STUDY-ABROAD SEM

Straight

H

0

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Robinson

Tanya

15

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Horowitz

Jeffrey

18

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Chester

Milton

17

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Johansen

Gerard

12

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Catalano

George

8

20082

SCHL227

 

LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Montemurro

Francine

14

20082

SCHL280A

 

THE OTHER AMERICA

Catalano

George

24

20082

SCHL280B

 

A COMMUNION OF SUBJECTS

Catalano

George

7

20082

SCHL280D

 

GREAT IDEAS IN PHYSICS

Pompi

Robert

15

20082

SCHL280E

SCHL280E

MODERN SATIRE

Conlon

Michael

15

20082

SCHL395

 

SCH. III: WORLDS OF EXPERIENCE

STAFF

 

7

20082

UNIV150

 

WRIT FR RESULTS:THGHT INTO ACT

Stclair

Ute

16

20086

GLST390

ANTH390

STUDY-ABROAD PRE-DEPARTURE SEM

Straight

H

13

20086

GLST394

ANTH394

STUDY-ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Straight

H

0

20086

GLST394

ANTH394

STUDY-ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Straight

H

0

20086

GLST394

ANTH394

STUDY-ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Straight

H

14

20086

SCHL280E

 

CLASHING VIEWS/ENVRMNTL ISSUES

Catalano

George

9


 

  



Academic Computing & Educational Technology (ACET) Committee Annual Report: AY 2007-8

The following issues were considered during the 2007-8 academic year.

ACET considered the major recommendations of the CTG Consultants Report on Information Technology Services (ITS): The ACET reviewed the major recommendations and findings of the consultants report, and the security and academic computing sections of the recommendations. The ACET commended ITS for its work on trying to improve communications about the services available for faculty and students (which has been a long-term initiative of the ACET and ITS), and supported the recommendation of working to improve campus technology support for research (next item) which has also been a long-term initiative of ACET.

How should technology support for campus research be improved? A subcommittee of Stephen Gilje (Research Foundation), Nancy Stamp (Graduate School) and Jim Wolf (ITS) met throughout the year to consider this issue. Based upon models implemented at SUNY Albany and suggested by EDUCAUSE and higher education technology literature, the subcommittee suggested that the acquisition of hardware to facilitate high-performance computing, increased electronic storage for research projects, and technical support personnel to assist researchers in putting together projects using these and existing resources would be of benefit to campus research. This model was presented to the ACET, but without funding estimates or operational costs. The model is of interest to the ACET, but will need further consideration in the Fall of 2008. The subcommittee report is attached, entitled “IT Support for Researchers”.

ITS distributed the results of its Fall semester satisfaction survey, issued to faculty, students and staff. The results are quite positive, and are available at http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/%7Ejwolf/ITSSatisfactionSurvey.ppt

“Horizon Report” Distributed: The “Horizon Report”, issued annually as a joint venture by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative was distributed to the ACET by Jim Wolf. The report summarizes key, technology-based, emerging trends in teaching and learning, and technology challenges for institutions of higher education in the 1-5 year time-frame. The report is available at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/ELI/2008HorizonReport/45926. \ACET considered progress and problems related to “new media” delivery on campus, specifically the video and audio recording of classes and subsequent distribution via streaming video. (Note: Psychology and Enginet are the biggest users on campus; EdComm and Enginet are the providing organizations, and LH-1 and Studio B are the available classrooms with installed equipment). The end of the year saw a lively discussion developing over the perceived needs of the involved programs, the operational difficulties of delivery, and suggestions concerning approach from the “Horizon Report”. The discussion will be continued during the Fall 2008 semester.

The Provost requested a recommendation on classroom feedback systems and “clickers” from the ACET. This issue was taken up by the Learning Environment Committee (LEC), which deals directly with design and equipping of classrooms and learning spaces. The LEC noted the difficulty of recommending a single system, as the publishers of textbooks selected by faculty often deliver materials specifically compatible with only the publisher’s preferred system. So far, faculty have preferred to use the publishers’ systems as they require no further adaptation “out of the box”. The problem, of course, is that it follows that many faculty want different systems set up in the classrooms they use; classrooms then cannot be set up with “standard” equipment, and students cannot plan to acquire just the “standard” clicker. The LEC plans to continue consideration of this issue in the Fall, 2008.

Recommendation from the GSO to provide laptops to teaching assistants. The GSO President and an adjunct faculty member attended an ACET meeting and made the plea that there are not adequate laptops for teaching assistants or adjunct faculty members, which makes use of the “laptop ready” classrooms impossible. After discussion, the ACET noted that departments are responsible for supplying the resources needed for instructors and faculty for teaching. Requests for equipment or resources for teaching have to begin at the department level, and make their way to Deans, Provost, and budget committees from there.

ACET considered and rejected a request from Information Technology Services (ITS) to discontinue modem service (as being expensive to support for the few remaining users, and obsolete in terms of speed that can be supported). Based upon usage numbers that show that modem usage rarely reaches 20 simultaneous users, the ACET agreed to let ITS reduce the numbers of modems to one bank of 22 modem lines, but asked ITS to maintain that number for at least another year.

ACET considered a proposal from ITS to add wording to the “Acceptable Use Policy” to prohibit users or departments from extending the campus network with routers or wireless access points without the consultation and agreement of ITS. This is both a security measure (to prevent users from setting up access points to the network that allow non-authenticated users from accessing the network) and a performance issue (involving ITS on decisions to provide services that may add significant network traffic or provide paths into the network for malicious code). The ACET wanted to consider this issue with more involvement from the departments, and so the wording will be reconsidered next year. In the meantime, ITS has added draft language to the AUP so that incoming students will be warned that adding routers or wireless access points is prohibited.

Members: Mary Ann Swain, Chair; Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, David Belsky, Sandra Card, Kenneth Chiu, Stephen Gilje, Srinivasan Krishnamurthy, Kenneth Kurtz, Mark Reed, Karen Salvage, Rumiko Sode, James VanVoorst, John Vestal



COMMITTEE FOR THE UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENT

ANNUAL REPORT 2007-2008

 

            The Committee held 5 meetings this year.  Active members included Don Brister, Joseph Graney, Holly Horn, Sarah Lam, Ralph Miller, Julian Shepherd (Chair), (faculty members), James VanVoorst (VP Administration and Vice Chair),  Juliet Berling (Environmental Ombudsperson), Rene Coderre (Residential Life), Grace Hoefner (Professional Staff ), Dylan Horvath (Natural Areas Steward), Wayne Schneider (Physical Facilities), Theresa Florindi, John Roby, Eric Katz, and  Mary Leonardo (students).  Invited guests were: Kelly Donovan (Envi Health & Safety), Katie Ellis (Univ Communications), and Sandy DeJohn (Utilities Manager).

 

            Our major business this year included:

 

1.        Parking Options/Automobile Use.  The Committee reviewed a proposal presented by John Schwartz and Dan Chambers (University Police) for encouraging commuters to use high-occupancy vehicles.  The plan included the issuing of special permits for parking in areas reserved for high-occupancy vehicles.  The Committee also discussed and encouraged response to DeJohn’s on-line survey of automobile use on Campus.

 

2.        Review of Energy Usage on Campus.  Sandy DeJohn, Utilities Manager for the University, gave a presentation and periodic updates on energy usage, conservation strategies, and energy aspects of construction by the University.  The Committee will revisit this in subsequent years to track progress.

 

3.        Review of Recycling/Sustainability Efforts on Campus.  Juliet Berling, Environmental Resources Manager for the University, kept the committee up to date on recycling matters, the University garden, the Earth Day Event, Spring Campus Cleanup and other matters concerning sustainability.

 

4.        Review of the East Campus Housing Plan/Construction Projects.  The Committee reviewed plans for the construction of the new dorm complex on the east side of campus.  Several other small projects were brought by Wayne Schneider, Assistant Director of Operations.

 

5.        Presentation by Visiting Professor James Hamlett on Sustainability Efforts at Penn State.  This included strategies for storm-water management, use of green roofs, and measurements of the effectiveness of these methods.

 

Submitted by Julian Shepherd, Chair

 

 

 



Report for the Committee on Committees 2007-08

 

The committee members met twice, once near the beginning of each semester. The chair was selected at the first meeting. All other committee business was conducted via email. Kathy Bowman used the Survey Monkey tool for the first time to generate the committee interests survey, which generated a good response. All essential committee appointments were made for the coming academic year but a few positions have been perennially unfilled.

 

 

The members of the committee for 2007-08 were:

Manoj Agarwal (Fall)/ Nan Zhou (Spring), School of Management

Beth Burch, School of Education

Angelique Jenks-Brown, Libraries

Celia Klin, Harpur, Psychology

Nicholas Kaldis, Harpur, GREAL

Leslie Lander (chair), Watson, Computer Science


 


 

Date: June 12, 2008 

 

To: Faculty Senate Executive Committee  

 

From:  James M. Pitarresi, Chair, Faculty Senate Evaluation Coordinating Committee 

 

Subject: 2007-2008 Annual Report 

 

The Faculty Senate Evaluation Coordinating Committee (FSECC) met four times during the year (with numerous additional meetings conducted electronically via e-mail).  Its initial meeting was held on November 16, 2007.  At this meeting, the FSECC elected James Pitarresi chair of the committee.  As discussed by last year’s FSECC, the committee followed the working rule that administrators should be reviewed within three years of being appointed to an administrative post, and thereafter, reviews should be conducted on a three-to-five year interval.   

 

Applying the above approach, the FSECC identified four administrators to be reviewed during the 2007-2008 academic year.  These included: 

 

John Meador, Director of Libraries

Nancy Stamp, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Joyce Ferrario, Dean of the Decker School of Nursing

Joel Thirer, Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics  

 

The FSECC elected to use the on-line survey web site SurveyMonkey to conduct all surveys.  From each of the above administrators, documents summarizing their accomplishments as an administrator were collected.  From these documents, the FSECC constructed a survey that was administered electronically by Kathy Bowman, Secretary to the Faculty Senate.  The surveys for John and Nancy were conducted in the Fall, while those for Joyce and Joel were conducted in the Spring.  For each survey, the data were collected and summarized in a written report that was sent to the administrator being surveyed, his or her supervisor(s), and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. 

 

Faculty Senate Evaluation Coordinating Committee Members (2007-2008): 

 

A. Serdar Atav

Anne Bailey

Cassandra Bransford

Sandra Card 

H. Richard Naslund

Sara Reiter

Andrew Scholtz

James Pitarresi (chair) 



INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC BOARD

2007 –2008 Annual Report

 

            The Intercollegiate Athletic Board met twice during the 2006-2007 academic year.  As is customary the athletic director and his staff kept the board abreast on the progress of the athletic teams, recruiting of athletes and coaches, on facilities management and improvements, the operating budget and team performances.  Enclosed are the minutes from the November 2007 meeting. The spring 2008 meeting was short with nothing of particular significance discussed. Brief reports were made by academics and budget committees. 

 

 

IAB, 2006-2007

James Norris, Associate Director of Athletics (ex officio without vote)

Kim King, Senior Woman’s Administrator (ex officio without vote)

Kris Yelverton, Student (2007-2008)

President Student Association (ex officio) (2005-06)

Gayathri Balasundar, student male athlete (2006-2007)

Dennis Lasser, SOM, Faculty rep to the NCAA (Chair)

Steve Dickman, Geology (2004-06)

Dick Pastore, Socialogy (2006-08)

Mike Lewis, Faculty (2005-2007)

Financial Vice President, Student Association (ex officio)

Norman Spear, Psychology (2006-08)

Terry Webb, Vice President of Administration (ex officio)

Joel Thirer, Director, PERA (ex officio without vote)

Sandra Michael, Biology (2006-2008)

Chris Powell, Student )2007-2008)

 

 


 

Intercollegiate Athletics Board Meeting

November 6, 2007 – Events Center

 

Present:  Terry Webb, Kim King, Dennis Lasser, David Bass, Sandra Michael, Steve Dickman, Kris Yelverton, Skip Spear, Gayathn Balasundar, Chris Powell, Joel Thirer

 

 

Dennis Lasser gave the group a report on academics within Athletics.

-                     The Academic Review Committee did not meet yet this semester, but Dennis spent time with assistant Athletic Director, David Egan, to discuss the academic progress of student-athletes. 

-                      

-                     Firstly, the APR report showed that there was only one team that had a single year APR below 925 and that are no team was  currently in danger of falling below the 925 minimum level for a multi-year average. (A 925 multi-year average is needed in order to prevent a possible loss of scholarships) All totaled there were 28 lost APR points for the 2006-07 academic year, of which 16 were from lost retention and 12 were from ineligable   This compared to 20 lost points in the 2005- 2006 academic year from which there were 11 and 9 lost points from retention and inelligabality respectively.

 

In response to a criticism from the NCAA certification report from the previous year, Dennis also reported that he surveyed the SAT/ACT scores of all 92 scholarship freshmen entering the University in the fall of 2007. He found that 24 students has scores that were over 1200 which indicated that the program was doing a good job at finding a significant number of athletes that were representative of the student body as a whole.

 

Finally, Kim King reported that the GPA for all athletes for the 2006-07 academic year was 3.02. That was an increase from the previous year and was third best in the America East Conference.   

 

 

Kim King then described several student welfare initiatives that are currently taking place.  They included several community outreach programs, an APR Improvement plan, a new method for a smoother analysis of transfer credit, as well as a Scholar Athlete Leadership meeting in the spring. Kim also reported that the study area in the west gym continues to be an great avenue for academic improvement.  

 

Joel Thirer then spoke about America East Conference news and gave fall sports teams updates.

 

Finally, subcommittees were formed to meet in the spring in the spring semester

 

-                     Committee membership:

o       Academic Review:        Dennis Lasser, Skip Spear, Sandra Michael, Steve Dickman, David Bass

o       Gender Equity:  Dennis Lasser, Terry Webb, Dick Pastore

o       Budget Review:  Dennis Lasser, Joel Thirer, Sandra Michael, Chris Powell