College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 25
13 April 2001

 

 

 

  Upcoming Meetings

 

 

Date

 

Room

Time

17 April

Executive Committee

South 209

12:50 p.m.

17 April

Faculty Affairs Committee

Welles 111

4:00 p.m.

24 April

Student Affairs Committee

Newton 204

4:00 p.m.

1 May

College Senate

Newton 204

4:00 p.m.

 

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Correspondence: Christopher C. Leary, Department of Mathematics, South 324D
E-mail: leary@geneseo.edu Phone: 245-5383
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Contents

Comments from the Chair
Elections
Presidential Approval
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks Again!!
Minutes
Policy Committee--3 April 2001


Comments from the Chair

Elections

I remind you that Spring Elections are going on, and are scheduled to end on Friday, 13 April, at 4:00 p.m. If you have not yet voted, you can do so by visiting the web site

http://www.geneseo.edu/senatevoting

Results of the election will be published in next week's Bulletin, barring intervention by the courts.


Presidential Approval

I have received a letter from President Dahl, dated 21 March 2001, approving the actions of the March 13 Senate meeting. It should be noted that, as his letter was written before the April meeting of Senate, that his approval does not extend to the addition to the minutes that Senate approved at its meeting of 10 April. I have forwarded that addition to President Dahl for his consideration.


Opportunity Knocks

I have received a letter from the University Faculty Senate seeking individuals who are interested in serving on one of the various state-wide committees of the UFS. If you would be interested in this chance to serve the University Faculty Senate, please contact either Ed Wallace or me.

The Committees of the University Faculty Senate include: Governance, Graduate Academic Programs and Research, Public Information, Student Life, Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies, University Operations (one of three subcommittees: Budget, Library and Information Systems, Personnel and Affirmative Action), and University Programs and Awards.

These standing committees meet at the Fall Assembly in September, and two or three additional times during the year. Appointment is for one year, with reappointment for up to three consecutive years possible.


Opportunity Knocks Again!!

Letters from the Nominations Committee were distributed this week to all members of the faculty who are eligible to run in next fall's Faculty Personnel Committee election. The following ranks are eligible: Associate and full professors, librarians and associate librarians. No one who is a department chair is eligible, and no department may have more than one member on the Faculty Personnel Committee.

Individuals who do not wish to be on the ballot are responsible for communicating that desire to the Nominations Committee. Please respond (one way or the other) to Jim Allen in the Department of Psychology no later than 4 May.


Minutes

Policy Committee--3 April 2001

Attendance: C. Filice, E. Gillin, B. Gohlman, H. Hoops, S. Kirsh, J. Lerch, T. Macula, J. Mounts, J. Over, J Pacella, M.E. Schmidt, C. Truglia, T. Greenfield and special guest M. Oberg

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 by E. Gillin.

Business:

1) Discussion of item one on the agenda, the proposed "Revised Guidelines for the U.S. History General Education Requirement." At first the discussion focused on the following proposal: "Students who score 85 or higher on the Regents Examination in U.S. History must take one course in which they demonstrate: knowledge of the history and development of common American institutions, social structures, and cultural forms, and how they have related to different groups; and knowledge of the history and development of America's evolving relationship with the rest of the world. Students who score less than 85 on the Regents Examination in U.S. History must take one course in which they demonstrate: knowledge of the history and development of common American institutions, social structures, and cultural forms, and how they have related to different groups; knowledge of the history and development of America's evolving relationship with the rest of the world; knowledge of unity and diversity in American society; and knowledge of a basic narrative of American history that includes political, economic, social, and cultural components."

The following issues were discussed:

1) Should Geneseo have an Gen Ed US History Requirement?

2) Should the Policy committee promote a requirement mandated by SUNY, but not supported by Geneseo faculty?

3) For advisement purposes, how should the SUNY mandated US History Requirement be listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin?

4) For advisement purposes, how should the requirement be worded in the Undergraduate Bulletin?

5) Who will determine which courses will meet the requirement if no "policy" for the requirement exists?

A general consensus was reached that the policy committee did not support the above proposal. As a potential replacement, the following proposal was briefly discussed: "Based on the learning outcomes specified by the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on General Education (1999), Geneseo students should demonstrate:[here a listing of the learning outcomes; the phrasing above probably permits either their modified or unmodified form]. Accordingly, students who score 85 or higher on the Regents Examination in U.S. History must take one of the following courses:[list of appropriate courses] Students who score less than 85 on the Regents Examination in U.S. History must take one of the following courses:[list of appropriate courses]." The committee did not express support for this proposal. Overall, the committee felt that approving this proposal (or the previously discussed proposal) would indicate faculty support for a SUNY mandated requirement that does not have faculty support. A motion was made (and seconded) to "not consider item 1 on the agenda." The motion passed.

2) Next, the committee briefly discussed the Laptop Initiative. It was decided that it would be a good idea to meet with either Dr. Padalino or Dr. Dixon (or both) to discuss the initiative. A motion was made (and seconded) to "meet to answer questions regarding the Laptop Initiative." Over the next few days, the committee will discuss the issues to be addressed during the aforementioned meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kirsh