UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Minutes: Meeting of September 16, 2009

ATTENDANCE
M. Barnhart, J. Cao, B. Colle, C. Davidson, C. Dietz, A. Feldman, S. Fuller, K. Gillespie, N. Goodman, C. Hamilton, R. Kinkade, B. Rivera, S. Sutherland

SELECTION OF NOTE TAKER
Cheryl Hamilton volunteered to take the minutes of the meeting.

ELECTION OF CHAIR OF UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Scott Sutherland was nominated by Norm Goodman and re-elected as Chair of the Undergraduate Council for 2009/10.

MEETING TME FOR 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR
It was agreed that meetings would be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on alternating weeks throughout the 2009-2010 academic year.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBER
Dr. Jian Cao from the Department of Medicine was welcomed as a new member of the Undergraduate Council.

MAJOR ISSUES FOR THE CURRENT YEAR
The following were identified as major issues for the Undergraduate Council for the coming year:

  1. Undergraduate Teaching Assistants( guidelines and restrictions)
  2. Critical Courses
  3. Southampton 

The Committee will invite Dr. Pearl to address group regarding D. E. C. courses (availability and who teaches them) and the articulation between classes.

  1.  Writing Program - How is the Upper Division Writing Requirement being handled by each department?

Kane indicated that he surveyed departments last year. Of fifty departments, thirteen responded. Based on responses received, he determined there is no consistency in how this is being handled.  It was agreed that we should discuss whether there should be a template for departments to use.

  1. Changes to D. E. C.  Requirements
  2. Students on Undergraduate Council

Scott indicated that he received names from both USG and GSO.

  1. Budget and its impact on course availability
  2. Undergraduate Bulletin

CAMPUS LIFE TIME
Scott Sutherland raised the concern of classes being scheduled during campus life time (Wednesday 12:40 – 2:00 PM). Norm Goodman indicated that when legislation was created establishing campus life time, it was agreed that laboratory courses would be the only courses offered during this time. Beverly Rivera agreed to provide a list of courses currently being offered during campus life time.

CRITICIAL COURSES/ COURSE AVAILABILITY
Cynthia Dietz raised a concern regarding critical courses  and the possible impact if courses required for certain majors are cut for budgetary reasons. It was agreed that the Undergraduate Council should make a recommendation to the Deans and Provost that courses mandatory for majors cannot be cut.

Concerns were also raised regarding departments cutting courses that would impact another major. Norm Goodman suggested that the Administration should create an impact statement indicating what would happen down the line if a particular course is cut.

Concerning D. E. C. courses, Sarah Fuller indicated that we should require students to take the first few D. E. C. s (A – D) early on, but we must also ensure that courses are available.

It was mentioned that the Economics Department has had an ongoing problem with high demand for classes and not enough faculty to teach these courses.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH KOREA (IFEZ)
The selection has apparently been made regarding which programs would be offered by Stony Brook in Korea. Stony Brook programs will all be CEAS and business majors, as well as a Korean studies minor. Norm Goodman indicated that the Undergraduate Council should play a role in determining how these programs will be structured.

An alliance of 11 or 12 universities will be participating in this site. Each institution will decide which programs it will offer.

Graduates will earn Stony Brook University degrees.

The University aims to have a small entering class by 2011 (possibly 200 students)

This would be a viable option for students from Asian countries who do not have the financial means to come to U.S. but are still interested in earning a Stony Brook degree

Sarah Fuller inquired about where the resources would come from for this campus.
It was agreed that the courses offered at SB Korea must be of the same academic quality as classes offered at Stony Brook University (main campus).

Norm Goodman recommended that we invite Brent Lindquist to discuss SB Korea.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 4:04 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Hamilton