150th Plenary Meeting SUNY Potsdam - October 16-18, 2008
150-03-1 Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation Resolution (7-30-08)150-06-1 Resolution on the support for the mission and leadership of the Office for Diversity and Educational Equity - October 18, 2008
University Faculty Senate
Whereas, SUNY is being treated budgetarily as being similar to other state agencies in the Executive Branch, and
Whereas, contrary to the other state agencies, SUNY is not only a provider of important services but it is also a critical investment in the future of New York State, and
Whereas, the level of budget cuts currently announced will substantially weaken the academic reputation and status of SUNY as an institution of high academic quality by causing a serious loss of current faculty and making the recruitment of new talent (faculty and students) almost impossible, and
Whereas, the current budget cuts are so severe that they will undermine New York State’s investment in its future by making it more difficult for students to have access to the courses and programs they require, which will lengthen the time that they take to graduate and thus delay their entrance as productive members of society and the labor force as well as also incurring greater costs for their education, and
Whereas, the current financial crisis that is gripping New York State and the nation, and which is likely to continue for several years, will lead to increased unemployment that will result in an increase in the numbers of citizens seeking to acquire new or to enhance existing job skills by enrolling in SUNY,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate, as the representative body through which the faculty and professional staff engage in the governance of the University, believes that SUNY should not sustain the same percentage budget reductions as other state agencies, and
Be it further resolved, that the state publicly acknowledges SUNY as a significant investment in its future and as an engine of economic productivity that New York State sorely needs, and
Be it further resolved, that the faculty and academic and professional staff, who define the university, must be preserved at all costs even during periods of budget shortfalls, and
Be it further resolved, that the SUNY adopts a “rational tuition policy” that leads to small, predictable, annual tuition increases tied to a relevant inflationary index such as the Higher Education Price Index, which should not be used as an alternative to required state appropriation, and
Be it further resolved, that Governor Paterson and the Legislature should restore to SUNY a substantial portion of the budgets cuts already made and provide sufficient funds in continuing years to maintain SUNY as one of the premier institutions of public higher education in the country.
University Faculty Senate
Whereas, the final report of the New York State Commission on Higher Education recommended a series of actions that would enhance the value of public higher education to New York State by moving it more firmly into the 21st century.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate urges Governor Paterson and the New York State Legislature put into effect the ten major recommendations of the New York State Commission on Higher Education at the earliest possible time.
Endorsed by the SUNY University Faculty Senate
Whereas the SUNY Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation agrees with the Commission on Higher Education’s recommendation that articulation and transfer policies be strengthened and enforced throughout the system to eliminate all unnecessary impediments;
Whereas the SUNY Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation was charged to “explore ways of facilitating the transfer of students from one institution to another within the SUNY system and the articulation of programs that will facilitate the transfer process;”
Whereas the SUNY Board of Trustees has asked the Joint Committee to provide recommendations for strengthening transfer and articulation throughout the system; and
Whereas current Board policy includes the following statements:
Resolved that the Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation recommends that the current SUNY Board of Trustees policy regarding system-wide transfer and articulation be enforced, beginning Fall 2008; and
Be it Further Resolved that
Be it Further Resolved that there should be at least two liaisons from the Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation (one from the four-year schools and one from the two-year schools) on all committees working to facilitate system-wide transfer.
University Faculty Senate
Whereas, New York State's public higher education system is among the world's largest, educating more than 400,000 degree candidates on 64 campuses in the State University of New York, and
Whereas, New York's colleges and universities must meet the challenges posed by rapidly changing demographic, scientific, technological and economic trends in order to prepare students to be successful in commerce, science, education, government, social sciences, humanities and the arts, and
Whereas, a well educated workforce is a necessity for the success of our state, and
Whereas, the young adults aged 18 to 29 are already the most ethnically and racially diverse segment of the current population, and
Whereas, by 2028, Hispanic, Black and Asian people will be in the majority within that age range, and
Whereas, the State University of New York has an obligation to educate the entirety of the populace of New York state, and
Whereas, a diverse classroom leads to an enhanced learning experience for all students, and
Whereas, the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity (ODEE) led by Dr. Pedro Caban was created with the intention of meeting the needs of our state and our University system, and
Whereas, ODEE has been thus far not been adequately funded to accomplish its mission, and
Whereas, given the current budget crisis, there is a real and present danger of further reductions in funding,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the University Faculty Senate states our unequivocal support for the mission and leadership of the Office for Diversity and Educational Equity, and urgently requests that the Chancellor provide a budget that is appropriate for the importance of its mission.