March 9, 2009
I. Approval of tentative agenda: approved with changes in order.
II. Approval of Minutes from February 2, 2009: approved.
III. Senate President’s Report (M. Schwartz)
IV. President’s Report (S. Kenny)
V. Learning Assessment Conference (G. Glynn)
VI. Provost’s Report (E. Kaler)
VII. Report on Graduate Tuition Scholarships (C. Taber)
VIII. Change in Charge for Campus Environment Committee (G. Hanson)
1. the Campus Environment committee should be renamed “University Environment Committee” because this committee oversees more than one campus
2. To make it clearer as to what are the different aspects of the environment that we are considering.
IX. Senate Action of Budget Cuts (M. Schwartz)
“Be it further resolved that fully funded graduate students receive full tuition”
Motion to vote on resolution with the delegation to the Executive Committee to fix the language to include Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants and possibly Research Assistants.
Motion made to vote on change: All in favor
Subsequent motion made to have the Executive committee frame a new resolution for further consideration to address returning veterans and retraining people who are out of work.
Motion to vote: None in favor.
Discussion to add the word healthcare to third paragraph, last sentence, to read “role in resolving the current fiscal, social and healthcare crises that are….”
There was a motion to table this. Motion seconded. Motion failed.
Motion to move previous question, motion seconded. All in favor of adding the word “healthcare” to the sentence.
Motion to vote on budget resolution: All in favor of resolution.
Paper ballot was sent around during the Senate meeting on the Constitutional Amendment regarding unit affiliation: 54 for, 4 against. Amendment passes
X. Old Business: No old business.
XI. New Business: No new business.
Meeting adjourned at 5:15.
Submitted by: Laurie Theobalt, Senate Secretary
Proposed SBU Senate Resolution
Effect of the NYS budget cuts
Whereas, the proposed level of budget cuts to SUNY would significantly reduce Stony Brook University’s reputation and standing in the academic world by causing a serious loss of quality faculty that will make the recruitment of new talent (faculty and students) almost impossible, and will undermine its high quality academic programs , and
Whereas, the proposed level of budget reductions would significantly reduce the course offerings available to undergraduate students, lengthen the time they need to graduate, increase the cost of their education, and increase the size of courses to a level that is not conducive to quality education, and
Whereas, the proposed cuts to support graduate education, specifically the reduction in tuition scholarships and failure to cover the cost of the required tuition increase, will rob New York State and the nation of the educated professionals who will be needed to play a significant role in resolving the current fiscal, social and healthcare crises that are likely to last for some time, and
Whereas, the educated workforce provided by Stony Brook University is a necessary investment in New York State’s future and an engine of economic productivity that it sorely needs, and
Whereas, the decision to have New York State retain 80% of the annualized tuition increase is in effect a state tax and an unconscionable burden placed on students to solve the state’s budget crisis, and
Whereas, the introduction of a tithe on Research Foundation funds will curtail the targeted research supported by these funds, which are of great benefit to New York State,
Therefore, be it resolved that the entire tuition increase be returned to Stony Brook that generated these funds, and
Be it further resolved that full tuition waivers be reinstated for university funded teaching assistants and graduate assistants, and for eligible research assistants, and
Be it further resolved that an adequate number of tuition scholarships to support high quality graduate education be provided, and
Be it further resolved that sufficient funds be provided to ensure the availability of an adequate number of courses for undergraduate students to avoid an increase in the time and cost of their education, and that will not require the size of their courses to be increased to a level that is not commensurate with high quality education, and
Be it further resolved that New York State government recognize that public higher education is an investment in its future and is a major engine of economic productivity, and that it needs to provide the resource support necessary for the quality of its academic and research programs.
Change in Charge for Environment Committee
Change name to University Environment Committee
This committee shall examine all aspects of the university environment, including but not limited to conservation of natural areas, ecological preserves and historical artifacts; transportation; parking issues; infrastructure; facilities planning; human health issues; safety and security; energy efficiency; recycling; waste management; and general appearance of all university locations. It will consult with and advise the Vice-President for Facilities and Services and the Vice President for Student Affairs.
It shall examine all aspects of the campus environment, including but not limited to safety, security, facilities planning, state of facilities, and general appearance of the campus. It will consult with and advise the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services