2009-2010 SPD Report:
Dean Edelson indicated that as a result of the President’s University Council meeting, the staff will have to incorporate aspects such as space and fiscal needs projections, as well as topics such as distance learning and outreach activities into the strategic planning process. Our plan will be a component of the University-wide strategic plan. Previous plans only addressed traditional classroom activities. This will be important to the future growth of SPD. It is critical that the Council, Curriculum Committee as well as students be part of the planning process.
SPD Online – Linda Unger reported that the online program is healthy. The number of available seats remaining is the lowest it has been. At the last Council meeting it was reported that we were presenting a video of the differences between face to face and online teaching at the TLT Colloquium
The evaluations we received back were very positive. Linda also reported that we were submitting a proposal to present at the CIT conference (SUNY-wide technology in learning) , the proposal was accepted.
These programs are partnerships with academic departments. However, some departments have indicated that they are pulling back based on their own program priorities. The Provost has stated that new masters degrees will get new resources from the university. If academic departments do not step up and provide some support to the MATs, SPD may have to reorder our own priorities as the strategic plans for 2010-2020 is developed.
SPD is also planning the development of a faculty website with faculty biographies for online instructors who are not tied to traditional departments. Biographies will focus on scholarly achievements.
MA in Higher Education Administration Proposal
This program is in the final stage of being approved. On January 12-13, 2010 there was a site visitation by Drs. Joseph Berger of UMass–Amherst and Kevin Kinser of SUNY Albany.
This visit was part of the review process for the program proposal.
One of the foremost concerns was for sustainability of the program. It was suggested that we argue for additional resources from the Provost as they felt that the program was viable and a win-win for the University in terms of enrollment and finances generated. It was also recommended that we set targets for various levels of support, which would serve as milestones for continuation of the program.
The program has a much greater potential than just being a “cash cow” for the University. It was felt that we should set benchmarks not only to sustain the program, but also expand it; that we need to deal with economy of scale versus complexity of scale. There were questions about the practicum as the program seemed to be oriented toward individuals already working in the field rather than toward new students just graduated with Bachelor’s degrees. It was suggested that, due to the fact that individuals would be working full-time in the field while attending classes, other practitioner-related activities be developed in lieu of actual internship hours. These could include grant writing or similar projects that would be invaluable to the home institution as well as the student.
Currently SPD is awaiting the reviewers’ written reports so that it can put final touches on the program proposal before it is forwarded by the Provost to SUNY System Administration for review.
Form the Council Subcommittees:
Curriculum – Carolyn Jankowski indicated that SPD is hosting a table at the Teaching Learning Open House to be held in Manhattan in March. This program has been underwritten by Channel 13.
The Curriculum Committee had decided to vet new courses initially by course concept rather than having professors submit a full proposal. Course proposal concept asks for title, course description, learning objective, major topics and small bibliography. The new approach has worked out very well. We are developing a web site for faculty. Dean sent out letter to face-to-face faculty encouraging them to use Blackboard more frequently. We have approximately 1050 enrollments on campus; will continue Saturday classes as they are popular with students.
We were approved for the Grade 5-6 Extension to all of our MAT and BA/MAT programs. CEP 520 Extension for 1 credit was approved so that aspiring coaches can obtain a license in a second sport. Initially, we exceeded 1600 enrollments.
Non-Credit - Marlene Brennan indicated that there were 61 people in attendance at the last PDK meeting, which dealt with “How to Find a Job in Education.” Program was very well received. We hope to do more focus topics; the next one will deal with technology in the classroom - bookless schools. Eastern Suffolk BOCES seminar series for school business officials begins its ninth cycle Wednesday night. We have received good feedback on this. We are looking to possibly train 450 students, all registered nurses at the Downstate Medical Center, through the public service workshop program. They have chosen Stony Brook University, and SPD, because the standard we hold to is so high.
TPDI – Craig Markson reiterated that, as reported at the last meeting, the ARRA funding crisis created a problem for our SUTRA programs and we are continuing to work collaboratively with various teacher centers and school districts to resolve the difficulty. Last year we had 812 students at this time, and now we have 847, but the crisis is ongoing. The Governor has threatened to cut teacher centers out of the budget altogether. We have some new partners – Roslyn and Copiague school districts, as well as Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
Educational Leadership - Robert Moraghan discussed the recent grant from the Wallace Fellows Program – a three year, one million dollar grant to work with 19 high need school districts on Long Island. The grant will demonstrate what Stony Brook can do for high needs school districts. Most of the classwork will be completed during the first two years; third year is a one-year internship. Very high interest has been expressed for the study by the State Education Department. Helen Carrano indicated that President’s office may be very interested in this program and will contact Bob to arrange a presentation.