Graduate Council Minutes
March 7, 2007
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Attendees: Charles Taber (Political Science and Chair), Andrei Antonenko (GSO), Estie Arkin (Applied Mathematics and Statistics), Debra Caffrey (Graduate School), Beverly Campbell (Pharmacology), Allegra DeLaurentiis (Philosophy), Peter Gergen (Graduate School), Kent Marks (Graduate School), Anne McElroy (MSRC), Susan O’Leary (Psychology), Brian Phillips (Geosciences), IV Ramakrishnan (Computer Science), Arleen Steckel (Nursing School)
Absent Members: Godlind Johnson (Library), Celia Marshik (English), Lawrence Martin (Dean, Graduate School), Marcia Simon (Dental School),
The meeting was called to order at 8:55 a.m. by the Graduate Council Chair, Charles Taber.
Approval of minutes
The minutes from the February 21, 2007 meeting were approved with minor revisions.
Stipends: Charles discussed the ongoing issue of housing for graduates in correlation with Stony Brook’s competitiveness with regard to stipends. Dr. McGrath agreed that this is a relevant issue and is fundamentally connected to the housing situation. Though there is a discussion to hire more tenure track faculty, this issue has not been addressed with the President’s Cabinet. Dr. McGrath noted that an increase in out-of-state students will help address the problem because this kind of student population does not increase cost, only revenue. Reports from the SUNY Chancellor indicate that the executive budget for SUNY is improving, which should lead to administrative action on the ongoing issue.
Graduate Housing: It was discussed that the Chapin apartments still need an engineer’s report, which will take several months. Though there has been enormous progress with Chapin, Dr. McGrath noted that the associated costs of building is still an issue. The Council informed Dr. McGrath that a recent survey of students made clear that they are willing to pay for appropriate housing on campus, which is positive feedback.
Miscellaneous Issues: Dr. McGrath discussed the development of more certificate programs, particularly involving interdisciplinary studies. The Council agreed to add this discussion to a future agenda. Charles brought to Dr. McGrath’s attention the fact that TA allocation notifications were extremely late this year, and the Council is planning to distribute a letter to all parties involved.
Dean’s Report none (Dr. Martin was unable to attend the meeting).
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.
Submitted by Debra Caffrey
Staff Assistant, The Graduate School