CAPRA MEETING, DECEMBER 2, 2011
Present: Paul Bingham, Michael Chiarello, Jackie Collier, Debra Dwyer, Kane Gillespie, Bill Godfrey, Norm Goodman, Stalin Mafla-Trujillo, Pamela Wolfskill
Norm Goodman had previously sent to all members a request from Fred Walter, president of the University Senate, to review a proposed arrangement for an Army ROTC program on the campus. After considerable discussion, it was agreed to request more specific information about what is actually under consideration. The AROTC document mentions a “partnership,” but exactly what that means in terms of any commitment of university resources and the development of an academic program is unclear. Also, the request from Fred Walter suggested the possibility that at some point what would be required was the establishment of a Department of Military Science within the College of Arts and Sciences. If that is the case, then the proposers would have to follow the procedures outlined in the Guidelines for the creation, modification, or elimination of departments, programs, institutes, schools and colleges, which includes the development of a detailed proposal regarding the academic program, curriculum issues, and resource needs including library resources. Until CAPRA receives clarification of what it is involved, it cannot do an adequate review. Consequently, Norm will request this clarification from Fred Walter.
Satellite campuses subcommittee: It was agreed to include the developments of the SUNY-Korea initiative, which is primarily a Stony Brook University program, in this subcommittee’s responsibilities. This is a graduate program that involves several departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Business. At present, this initiative is moving ahead rapidly, with the expectation that it will be functioning by March 2012, following the academic calendar of South Korean Universities. At present, the program is geared at the Master’s level and enrolls a small number of students though it is expected to expand to about 200 students at some time in the near future. There is also a research connection with CEWIT.
Shared services center subcommittee: As a consequence of his experience with a program like the SSC at the University of Michigan, Provost Assanis is very enthusiastic it. However, the SSC initiative at Stony Brook has met with considerable opposition from a number of academic departments as well as the Arts and Sciences Senate. Dean Squires has been moving on this initiative with deliberation, increasing the consultative process with departmental administrators and staff of those units likely to be affected in the program’s further development.
Strategic plan, responsibility management center model, faculty resources: There is as yet no overall campus strategic plan, which makes it difficult to construct an appropriate campus budget. Provost Assanis has the task of melding the strategic plans of the various schools and colleges into an overall campus plan, which he is expected to do by the end of this academic year. Considerable questions were raised about the RCM model and its implementation, among these were: Will it lead to a “race to the bottom”? What is the algorithm for the distribution of resources and how was it chosen? Paul Bingham distributed a paper on “Models of Centralized and Decentralized Budgeting within Universities” by John Douglas Wilson of the Department of Economics at Michigan State University for background reading by members of CAPRA.
There is a serious problem looming over the effects of the impending rehabilitation of room 100 in the Javits Lecture Center. The effect of this rehab on classroom availability for large courses will be considerable, though as yet there does not seem to be any satisfactory method of dealing with this problem. Paul Bingham will continue to follow this problem for CAPRA and seek further information as to what is being contemplated to deal with it.