CAPRA MEETING, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
Attending: Ora Bouey, Larry Witte, Norm Goodman, Bill Godfrey, Kane Gillespie, Daria Semegen, Joan Kuchner, Alan Calder
II. Election of chair and co-chair
Norm Goodman and Bill Godfrey were unanimously elected to serve another term
III. Discussion of suggested carry-over items from last year
Norm provided a handout of suggestions for possible agenda items for the committee to consider.
A. Library issues: Bill Godfrey noted that the there are several entities including a “blue ribbon panel” working on this issue, and the University Senate Library Committee, on which he serves, is being kept “in the loop.” Therefore, he will be in a position to bring any relevant issues to CAPRA’ s attention. Consequently, he recommended that we scrap this as an item. The committee agreed. However, with respect to a library issue not previously discussed, there was some concern expressed about the lack of adequate “educational materials” (e.g., educational theory, adult education) in the Melville Libraries that are relevant to some of our academic programs. Bill Godfrey was asked to communicate this concern to the University Senate Library Committee.
B. Flow of money: Larry Witte did a fantastic job of acquiring and processing budget data from the Provost’s sector. The key to his success was agreeing that CAPRA would handle this sensitive data responsibly. The committee asked Larry to continue to analyze these data and to try to expand the data base by acquiring similar data from other sectors of the administration.
C. College of Business: Last year’s subcommittee report detailed the lack of accreditation of the degrees emanating from this College and the deleterious effects that it has on the students in the program. In following up this issue, it is important that CAPRA should detail specifically what it believes needs to be done for the College to be accredited even though the current budgetary situation will make it difficult to do so in the next few years. In short, at least a plan that moves the College toward accreditation needs to be the focus of CAPRA’s work in this area.
D. Distribution of IDC: At a meeting with CAPRA last year, Provost Kaler indicated that he believed that the formula for distributing IDC funds should be changed. Specifically, he said that a greater share should be returned to departments that generate these funds. While the primary responsibility for this issue lies with the University Senate Research Committee, CAPRA should keep abreast of it, and Alan Calder agreed to follow this up and report back to CAPRA.
E. Southampton: Alan Tucker chaired the University Senate ad hoc Committee on Southampton, which submitted its final report to the University Senate President. At this point, the members of CAPRA should read that final report (a copy of which is attached to these minutes) to consider whether there are any issues that CAPRA should address.
F. MA/MS programs: There is a new ad hoc University Senate committee on MA/MS program expansion. Alan Calder and Joan Kuchner are on this committee, and they will serve as liaisons between it and CAPRA. Norm Goodman said that he would forward to the committee the e-mail that Michael Schwartz, President of the University Senate, sent to Provost Kaler on the issue of expanding MA/MS programs on the campus (a copy of this e-mail is attached).
IV. Discussion of suggested new agenda items
A. Mid-year budget cuts: There is considerable speculation that New York State, and, thus, SUNY, might be subject to a midyear budget cut. CAPRA needs to know if the SBU administration is anticipating such a cut, what plans if any they are formulating to deal with such an possibility, and what role CAPRA will play in the necessary deliberations.
B. SBU Korea: Brent Lindquist will present a preliminary report on this initiative to the University Senate on Monday, September 14, 2009. We will invite him to attend a subsequent CAPRA meeting to flesh out the details of this initiative. Also, there are other international programs that have both academic and resources consequences, and we agreed to invite Bill Arens (Dean for International Programs) to a subsequent meeting to discuss these programs.
C. Rumors of restructuring. There have been rumors circulating on campus of a possible restructuring of academic programs, particularly in the College of Arts and Sciences. Any such restructuring would obviously have both academic and resource allocation consequences and thus would be relevant to CAPRA. Consequently, we need to ascertain the validity of such rumors. The most appropriate and direct way of doing so , we agreed, is to invite Provost Kaler to our next meeting to discuss this issue—and the issue of possible mid-year budget cuts.
D. Stony Brook Manhattan: It was agreed that CAPRA needs to understand the costs involved in maintaining Stony Brook Manhattan and the range of commensurate benefits to doing so.
V. Other business
A. Health insurance for faculty and staff: Concern was expressed about an e-mail from Charles Kentros that several Stony Brook medical services will not be accepting the health insurance provided by United HealthCare that is used by many (most?) members of Stony Brook University’s faculty and staff to meet their health needs. Though this is basically a union issue, it was pointed out that there are consequences to such actions (e.g., affecting the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff) that are of relevance to CAPRA. Kane Gillespie will meet with Charles Kentros, and has agreed to report back to CAPRAon the results of his meeting.
B. Undergraduate program in Basic Health Sciences: Some concern was expressed that there is a need to better integrate this program into the undergraduate experience. Norm Goodman indicated that this issue is an important one but is primarily the responsibility of the Undergraduate Council. Joan Kuchner will write to Scott Sutherland, chair of the Undergraduate Council, about the issues involved.
C. Suggested daters for CAPRA meetings this semester: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/30, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11 (if necessary).