CAPRA MEETING, DECEMBER 4, 2009
MINUTES

Attending:  Paul Bingham, Alan Calder, Bill Godfrey, Norm Goodman, Ashley Gosselin-Kdari, Joan Kuchner, Daria Semegen, Jane Yahil

1. Budget update

There is a $13m “hole” from last year’s budget cuts.  In addition, there is currently an additional $90m cut to SUNY.  To deal with this budget reduction, Chancellor Zimpher has established a task force composed of campus and System Administrators to recommend how these cuts should be allocated to the campuses.  She specified that she didn’t want to simply allocate them, as in the past, in an across the board manner.   This task force  considered differences among the SUNY sectors in the allocation of these cuts and, consequently, Stony Brook’s share will be about $8.6m, which is less that would have been the case if the cuts had been simply been allocated on the basis of the usual formula.  However, in addition to these cuts, it appears that each campus will have to absorb the cost of faculty and staff salary increases; this will mean the Stony Brook will have about an additional $12m cut.

There was some discussion as to the SUNY Flex proposal in the Legislature and how it may help in reducing the damage of the budget cuts.  In fact, President Stanley’s plan to hire 400 new full-time faculty over the next 10 years depends on the passing of this legislation.  However, UUP is opposed to this legislation for several reasons:  it believes that it would divide the union, it would create a 2-tier class system, it doesn’t know if SUNY can be trusted to honor its commitment to segregate money to help disadvantaged students from the tuition increases, and it is concerned with giving SUNY authority to lease its land.  It was noted that both Ken LaValle and Deborah Glick, as well as a number of other legislators, are opposed to this legislation, which would make it difficult to pass in its present form.

There was a question as to whether 40% of the tuition generated from summer courses stays on the campus or is returned to either SUNY or New York State.  At this point, no one knew the answer to that question.

2. MA/MS subcommittee

The University Senate will have a panel discussion on the topic of MA/MS programs at its meeting on December 7, 2009.  The panel will consist of Lawrence Martin (Dean of the Graduate School), Mary Remmler (Provost’s Budget Officer), Charles Taber (Chair of the University Senate Task Force on MA Programs) and Dylan Selterman (President of the Graduate Student Organization).  Members of CAPRA are urged to attend and participate if deemed useful in the question and answer period to follow the panel presentations.

3. Flow of funds subcommittee

There was nothing new to report at this time.  The subcommittee is continuing to analyze the data it has received.

4. College of Business subcommittee

The subcommittee is working on a set of recommendations of what would be required to make the College eligible for professional accreditation.  The earlier report suggested that to do so, the College would need to hire about an additional 12-15 tenure and tenure-track faculty at a minimum.    At the present time, undergraduate enrollment is good; “business” is the 3rd largest major on campus.  The subcommittee was asked to check with the College about several items:

  • The placement of their graduates
  • The “concept” of the College:  Is it to be mostly an undergraduate enterprise or an MBA program?
  • Does the dean have an Advisory Committee?  If so, who is on it?
  • Does it have any specialties?  An honor’s track?
  • Consult with Dean Shamash about his experiences with alumni of CEAS
5. Stony Brook Manhattan subcommittee

The subcommittee prepared a table for the full committee for the enrollments in SBU Manhattan for Fall 2008, Spring 2009, and Fall 2009.  The enrollments in all of the courses during these semesters were 408, 304, and 334, respectively.  In the discussion of SBU Manhattan, it was deemed important to find out the long-term trend in projected enrollments as well as the new president’s goal for this facility.  In addition to providing a location for an “extension” of SBU courses into NYC, President Kenny also saw the facility as an important fund-raising site.  Is that also true of President Stanley?  How is/will this facility be connected to the Levin Institute that was established by SUNY with a focus on International Commerce and is also located in Manhattan?  Can space be shared,  thereby reducing costs?  There was a question about whether there is an institutional mechanism that facilitates building programs there since some departments (e.g., biochemistry) could significantly increase their enrollments in the summer if that were possible.  The subcommittee was charged with preparing a list of questions about this facility to discuss with the Administration.