Members present: Brian Colle, Cynthia Dietz, Donna Di Donato, Sarah Fuller, Norm Goodman, Cheryl Hamilton, Joe Mitchell, Scott Sutherland, Joseph Antonelli, Leo Kamenetskiy
The meeting was called to order on April 4, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Brian Colle volunteered to take the minutes. This was an emergency meeting to discussion the deactivation of hundreds of Arts and Sciences courses a few days before Fall registration. The memo below summarizes the Council’s discussions.
TO: Eric Kaler, Provost
James Staros, Dean Arts and Sciences
CC: Shirley Strum Kenny, President
Nancy Tomes (A/S CC)
Gary Marker (CAPRA)
Cynthia Davidson (President of A&S Senate)
Bernard Lane (Senate President)
FROM: Brian Colle, Chair Undergraduate Council
SUBJECT: Supplemental Instuctional Budget (SIB) Cut Impacts
DATE: April 4, 2008
Dear Provost Kaler and Dean Staros:
This Undergraduate (UG) Council met in an emergency session Friday AM (4/4/08) to discuss the proposed budget cuts to Arts and Sciences, which resulted in the deactivation of 388 discrete course sections this week. We understand the tough economic conditions of New York State and the University, but the proposed budget cuts, whether its the full Supplemental Instructional Budget (SIB) or even a fraction, will have negative implications on the university and its mission in several respects:
We do not believe this problem can be solved by simply redeploying the faculty to teach more sections. Even if faculty who are viewed as not teaching enough are assigned to teach more, this will likely result in at most 30-60 additional lectures, not the 300-400 currently required. Even if half of the proposed deactivated courses are made available again next week, there is still a problem, and the university still can not fulfill its mission of undergraduate education.
The Undergraduate Council recommends that the SIB budget be reinstated, so that students can get the courses they need. We hope that the Deans and Administration can meet soon to discuss ways in balancing the budget in more practical way, such that the students, faculty, and university reputation as an AAU institution are not damaged.
Given the importance of this to the students, the Undergraduate Council also recommends that the Fall registration for students, which is supposed to be this Monday (April 7th) be delayed one week, so that all parties can continue to discuss this problem.
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.
Brian Colle (Chair, UGC)