CAPRA MEETING, FEBRUARY 12, 2010
MINUTES

Attending:  Paul Bingham, Ora Bouey, Bill Godfrey, Ashley Gosselin-Kdari, Gene Katz, Joan Kuchner, Alan Tucker, Larry Wittie

1. Stony Brook Manhattan subcommittee

The 28th street facility was discussed.  It appears that it will never be a revenue generator or even break even financially, but there are many other considerations that may favor its continuation.  The lease on 401 will not be renewed at the end of the year, and 387 will be the main facility because it is smaller and less expensive to operate.

2. College of Business subcommittee

Given the current budget crunch, it seems quite unlikely that it will be impossible to hire enough tenure/tenure-track faculty to meet accreditation standards.  Consequently, the subcommittee  recommended that at this point it merely update its previous report for submission to the University Senate Executive Committee.  The College, however, generates many FTEs through its undergraduate program though a BBA is not necessarily seen as a useful degree.  In fact, some concern was expressed that the College’s MBA degree may not be of the same level of quality as other degrees at the University and, consequently, it might diminish the stature of the University’s other offerings.

3. Songdo Initiative subcommittee

This proposal seems to be on hold due in part to concern over its financing.  There is some turmoil in South Korea due to the fact that there is a proposal to move the capital further south, out of the range of North Korea’s missiles.  In addition, a new industrial and educational complex is being established and may draw South Korean funds away from the proposed Songdo Initiative.  Also, it is reported that some of our former “partners” in the proposed consortium have pulled out and will be operating in a more traditional manner.

4. Flow of Funds subcommittee

There was no new information from this subcommittee, which continues to review the massive of amount of data it has already collected.

5. Other Business

There was a discussion of Governor Paterson’s proposed “Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA) and the possible implications for CAPRA.  The objections of UUP were summarized and were generally seen as somewhat shallow.  It was pointed out that at the Winter Plenary of the SUNY University Faculty Senate, a straw poll overwhelmingly favored supporting PHEEIA as does Chancellor Zimpher and the Board of Trustees.   Without any new revenue from a modest increase in tuition and the use of differential tuition that could be obtained through PHEEIA, it seems likely that Stony Brook could lose hundreds of staff positions.