Arts and Sciences Senate
October 19, 2009
I. Approval of tentative agenda: approved.
II. Approval of minutes from September 21, 2009: approved.
III. CAS Dean’s Report (N. Squires)
- Dr. Squires went over 09/10 All-funds Operating Budget (without healthcare). State Tax Support is 24%, Tuition revenue is 18%, Sponsored Research is 17%, etc.
- Personnel Services make up 82% of the 09/10 State Purpose funding.
- Two weeks ago Governor Paterson announced a $90 Million mid-year cut to SUNY.
- SBU share is estimated between 13 and 16 million. Provostial share of new cut probably between 6 and 9 million (CAS 3 to 4 million)
- SBU approaches to save money: Conserve resources and increase efficiency; generate revenue (e.g., new MA programs) and SUNY Flex.
- CAS should scrutinize priorities in course offerings. For example, reduce the number of low-enrollment courses. Move some courses to winter ’10. Reduce expenses. Reduce travel expenses.
IV. Report on the School of Journalism (H. Schneider)
- SOJ has two missions: To educate and prepare the next generation of Journalists and to educate the next generation of news consumers.
- We are the first and only undergraduate School of Journalism in SUNY.
- Our program requires 47 credits of study across multi media platforms and 80 credits outside of Journalism making us the most comprehensive Journalism programs in the country.
- Four areas of concentration:
- Science and the Environment
- Public Affairs
- Global Issues and Perspectives
- Diversity and Society
- We have 266 Journalism Majors as of 2009.
- The SOJ has 5 tenure track professions, 3 Visiting Professors and 17 Adjuncts.
- There were 1,616 students enrolled in the News Literacy Program.
- Have 11 News Fellows for 2009/2010.
- We had a first ever News Literacy Conference in March.
- The SOJ has received a total of $2,275,000 in Grants for News Literacy.
- New initiatives:
- Journalism MBA. A combined Undergrad and MBA Program in Business/Journalism.
- Coming in 2010: A five-year combined undergrad and master’s degree program in Science, Health, Environment and Technology Journalism.
- Study Abroad China. Held the first study abroad program this past summer.
- Held the Bob Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists this past summer with grants from the Roslyn Savings Foundation, Down Jones and JP Morgan Chase.
- Established a Center for Communications Science in collaboration with Old Spring Harbor and BNL with a grant from the Department of Education.
VI. Standing Committee Report Briefs (A. De Chambeau)
- Stressed the importance of the A&S Standing Committees.
- Would like to have the committee chairs give a 2-minute brief at each senate meeting.
- CASA-students are appealing suspensions
- PTC gave a full report at September meeting.
- FRRP – Looking at the balance between research and teaching, Stony Brook Southampton and Songdo Korea.
VII. President’s Report (A. De Chambeau)
- The Executive Committee and the Coordinating Council has met twice this semester.
VIII. Old Business: no old business.
IX. New Business: Quality of food on campus.
Meeting adjourned: 4:35