College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 18  
16 February 2001
 

  Upcoming Meetings



 

Date   Room Time
20 February College Senate Newton 204 4:00 p.m.
27 February SAC South 110 4:00 p.m.
13 March College Senate/All College Meeting 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
Admonition
Agenda
College Senate Meeting—20 February 2001
Minutes 
Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee--6 February 2001
Executive Committee--13 February 2001 

 


Comments from the Chair

Admonition

As I prepare the Agenda for this month's Senate meeting, I cannot help but notice that many of the Senators are actually accomplishing something, thus making more work for the Chair. I would appreciate a little more cooperation from you all. So if you could all return to your important duties in teaching, research, service, taking classes, and doing the important administrative duties that you have been hired to do, and spend less time accomplishing stuff in Campus Governance, I would appreciate it.

I don't want to have to talk with you about this again...


Agenda

College Senate Meeting—20 February 2001

4 p.m.

Newton 204

 
 

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
(Bulletin pp. 170–172)

Senate Reports
 

  Chair's Report Chris Leary
  President's Report Chris Dahl
  Provost's Report Barbara Dixon
  Treasurer's Report Anne-Marie Reynolds
  Vice-Chair's Report Jan Lovett
  University Faculty Senator's Report Ed Wallace
  Central Council Report Eric Kallin

Reports of the Standing Committees

     
  Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Terry Bazzett

 

First Reading

  • New Course

  • English 215 Understanding Poetry (Bulletin, p. 194)

  • New Course

  • History 155 Politics and Power in the United States (Bulletin, p. 200)

    History 264 Immigration in U.S. History (Bulletin, p. 206)

    History 382 Modern China (Bulletin, p. 209)

  • Minor Course Revision

  • History 161 Issues in American History I (Bulletin, p. 204)

    History 162 Issues in American History II (Bulletin, p. 204)

    History 260 Women in United States History (Bulletin, p. 205)
     
     

Second Reading (All passed first reading at the Senate Meeting of 5 December.)

  • Minor Course Revision

  • Comunicative Disorders & Sciences 320 Manual Language Systems (Bulletin, p. 156)

  • New Course

  • English 345 Gay and Lesbian Literature (Bulletin, p. 157)

  • Addition of R/ Credit

  • Political Science 251 Modern Political Analysis (Bulletin, p. 162)

 

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee

Ed Gillin

First Reading:

The Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee moves to delete the following item from the list of Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs in the Geneseo Undergraduate Bulletin (Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 101):

9. Earn a minimum of 45 semester hours outside the general academic area of fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences in which they are majoring. These academic areas are defined below. (Forty two semester hours outside the general academic area are required for students graduating with two majors in the same academic area.)

First Reading:

The Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee moves to delete the following paragraph from the Repeat Course Policy in the Geneseo Undergraudate Bulletin (Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 90):

Seniors who receive a D or E in their final semester may petition the instructor(s) and the Dean of the College to retake the final examination. Petitions must be submitted in writing within ten days after the student receives his or her final grades or two weeks after final grades are mailed from the College, whichever comes first. Petitions are approved or denied by the Dean in consultation with the course instructor(s).

First Reading:

In response to the learning outcomes in U. S. history set forth in the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on General Education (1999), the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee makes the following proposals:

  1. That Geneseo students shall fulfill the SUNY directives by taking one three-credit course from a published list of appropriate courses;

  2. That at least some courses on this list shall also meet other core or graduation requirements;

  3. That a U.S. History Committee be established with power to review, approve, and forward to the Undergraduate Committee on Curriculum courses submitted by academic departments for inclusion on the published list.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee

Maria Lima

 

Student Affairs Committee

JeeLoo Liu

 

Graduate Affairs Committee

Judy Bushnell

 

New Business

The Executive Committee brings the following resolution before the Senate for its consideration.

 

A Resolution of the College Senate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo

Whereas

The long-standing academic tradition of faculty control of the curriculum has contributed to the excellence of higher education at Geneseo; and

Whereas

The Report of the Provost's Advisory Task Force on General Education, Spring/Summer 1999 includes a procedural guideline that states that the "Campuses are charged with devising distinctive and varied ways of achieving the goals of General Education in the spirit of and within the parameters defined by the Trustees' resolution" (emphasis supplied); and

Whereas

The Board of Trustees' Resolution 98-241 on General Education specifies that "1. The faculty of each institution will retain the responsibility for establishing the specific course requirements and content of a General Education curriculum reflective of the best practices in American higher education" (emphasis supplied); therefore, be it

Resolved

That the College Senate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo calls upon the University Provost to discontinue his practice of determining on a course-by-course, rather than programmatic basis the program of General Education required by Geneseo and other campuses of the SUNY system. Furthermore, be it

Resolved

That the College Senate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo calls upon the University Provost to adjust the membership of the Provost's Advisory Council on General Education in such a way that full-time teaching faculty constitute a majority of the body, and that a member of the full-time teaching faculty be a co-chair of the body.

Adjournment



 

 

Minutes

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee--6 February 2001

Present: C. Filice, E. Gillin, B. Golhman, H. Hoops, S. Kirsh, J. Lerch, T. Macula, D. Metz, J. Mounts, J. Over, J. Pacella, C. Truglia

Guest: T. Greenfield

The meeting started with a discussion of the following resolution that was passed by the General Education Committee on 2/2/01:

"Resolved:

I. That SUNY Geneseo adopt a general education requirement in United States History.

Further Resolved:

II. That students shall fulfill this requirement by taking one three-credit course from a published list of courses that satisfy the learning outcomes in U. S. History set forth in the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on General Education.

III. That a U. S. History Requirement Committee be established with the powers to review, approve, and forward to the Undergraduate Committee on Curriculum courses submitted by academic departments for inclusion in the published list."
 

The ensuing discussion revolved around three questions.

1. Should Geneseo have a general education requirement in U.S. History?

2. How should Geneseo students satisfy the SUNY Board of Trustees U. S. History requirement?

3. Since the policies and procedures set forth in II and III above have already been put in action by the Dean's office and will continue regardless of any action taken by this committee, why are we even considering these parts for a vote? Why not just do nothing?

The committee's answer to question 1 was "No." The answer to question 2 was to essentially adopt II above with understanding that at least some courses on this list will also meet other core or graduation requirements. The committee response to question 3 is found in the motion below made by J.Over and seconded by D. Metz

Motion:

"In response to the learning outcomes in U. S. history set forth in the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on General Education (1999), the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee makes the following proposals:

  1. That Geneseo students shall fulfill the SUNY directives by taking one three-credit course from a published list of appropriate courses;

  2. That at least some courses on this list will also meet other core or graduation requirements;

  3. That a U.S. History Committee be established with power to review, approve, and forward to the Undergraduate Committee on Curriculum courses submitted by academic departments for inclusion on the published list."


 

This motion passed 11-0.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Macula