The College Governance Task Force presented a proposal for a renewed college-wide governance. Thus it is incumbent upon the Ammerman Senate, the Eastern Congress, and the Grant Assembly to initiate the proper review of that proposal by ther respective campus constituencies.
The President of the Senate Paul Basileo, the Chair of the Congress Laurey Buckley and the Chair of the Assembly Alexander Kasiukov seek the approval of their respective governance bodies to begin that work. A Resolution 2018-09- Approving the Renewed College-wide Shared Governance Process will be put up for a vote at the first Assembly meeting of 2018-2019 academic year.
The Chair of the College-wide Curriculum Committee Janet Simpson and the three governance leaders have finalized the 2018-2019 Calendar. In addition to governance meetings, it includes suggested dates for departmental meetings. We ask the department chairs to use these dates to help aviod scheduling conflicts.
The policies regarding Americans with Disabilities Act are becoming more strict in response to the recent court decisions. I would like to express my gratitude to Ms. Ashley Pope, Deputy General Counsel, for helping me understand the relevant regulatory framework.
Please don't forget to use the Syllabus Statement on Accommodating Students with Disabilities. It is included in my February 20 Chair's Report.
In addition to adopting and implementing college-wide policies that enforce ADA compliance, we as an institution will need to develop internal culture of inclusivity that would allow more people make good use of what we have to offer.
The Committee met on April 5, 2018.
Academic Integrity Subcommittee reported, that events scheduled for Professional Development Day were postponed. There may be some momentum regarding an online reporting form.
The Proposal to Change the 30 Credit Minimum for Certificate Programs was revised and approved by the College-wide Academic Standards Committee, and will now be sent to the campus governance bodies for further voting.
The Faculty-Authored Textbook Subcommittee is temporarily on hold. It will be gathering feedback on current suggestions.
The Technology Committee met on April 10, 2018.
The Committee discussed old issues regarding Blackboard and tab access to student portal. The solutions were found through direct contact to SUNY Blackboard Help Desk and through direct request to registrar.
The committee informed on the new IT Security officer Jason Fried and the upcoming IT security workshop. The Committee introduced 2018 annual IT survey for college employees with the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFLWCM9 and asked the members to share this with their departments.
After the meeting, the committee agreed to organize IT Security workshop in Grant Campus during Fall 2018 semester. It was decided to have the workshop on 09/26/2018 during Common Hour in LRCG 103. College's IT security officer, Jason Fried, agreed to give this workshop and the reservation has been made.
The Committee is inviting applications for the Excellence in Teaching Grant. Please contact Dr. Greg Ryan with any questions. Completed applications must be received by Professor Ryan by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.
The Pedagogy Committee met for the final time this academic year on 5/14/18 @11:00 am in the Teaching and Learning Center.
There is an upcoming scholarship workshop for students: Tuesday 5/15/18 from 11 AM – 12 noon in Captree 113.
The deadline to apply for Grant campus Fall 2018 scholarships is Tuesday, May 29. Please encourage students to apply. Scholarship information can be obtained from the SCCC home page > Quick Links > Scholarships > AcademicWorks web site
The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously adopted the Resolution on Campus Open Access Policies and System Repository at its March meeting. The Resolution calls for the collaborative development of campus-specific open access policies for the scholarship and creative works of faculty, students, and staff, as well as the creation of searchable repositories, by March 2020.
SUNY will host an informational webinar to review the new policy on April 24, 2018, from 12PM – 12:45 p.m. Please see details in the Memorandum.
On Thursday, April 5, the Committee approved(15-0-0) the Proposal to Change the 30 Credit Minimum for Certificate Programs. The proposal will be forwarded to the campus governance bodies to be voted on.
The Council met on April 26. Vice President Pedersen summarized the outcome of the Middle States visit and the report of the Visiting Team. (The report is submitted by the Team, but is yet to be accepted by the Commission on Higher Education.) The Middle States report is exceptionally positive: 14 of its findings are categorized as commendations, 13 as suggestions, 4 as recommendations (which is a subset of the 8 that were part of our own self-study), and none - as requirements.
There was a change in leadership of the Council. Professor Jean Anastasia stepped down from her co-chair position, and Professor Jill Thornton was appointed by the President as a replacement.
The Council will use the results of the Middle States process for introspection and improvement of its own operations. This development is a part of the larger effort to chart future plans of the College and create a new Strategic Plan.
At our last meeting on April 12th VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Beaudin described the new initiative Guided Pathways designed to improve student retention. There were also discussions about holistic approach during placements of incoming students taking into account the Regents taken and Regents scores. The Committee has decided to do some research into how students that would have been placed higher in a holistic way performed in our Fall semester classes. Reps were asked to ask in their departments about what faculty thought of a more holistic placement. The Committee decided to meet again this Thursday, May 10th at 3:45pm. I will report as soon as the meeting takes place so the Assembly has the info before the summer.
College-wide Freshman Seminar Advisory Committee met on May 3.
The committee has not met since the last Assembly meeting.
The deadline to apply for college-wide Fall 2018 scholarships is Tuesday, May 29. Please encourage students to apply. Scholarship information can be obtained from the SCCC home page > Quick Links > Scholarships > AcademicWorks web site
The Council met on April 5. The main focus of the meeting was environmental scan in the context of working on the new edition of the College's Strategic Plan. The members participated in brainstorming session identifying strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
The Council will form four subcommittees over the course of the next month to facilitate the work of creating the next Strategic Plan. These are:
April 5-7, I attended the Spring plenary at Mohawk Valley CC. Attached is a report outlining the major discussions that were held. Please review the information and let me know if you'd like me to give additional information on any of the topics to you.
We passed three resolutions:
None of these resolutions need campus endorsement.
See also the Guided Pathways Resources.
In collaboration with Campus Activities, Diversity Committee, Multicultural Affairs, and Student Organizations: APA, CARES, QUASU, SGA, SVA, #watchyourstep-Step Up Dance Club, the department is sponsoring the First Annual Art for Social Change Festival, which is taking place at the Grant Campus April 23-27. Please see the program of the Festival for details.
You are cordially invited to attend Stuck in Traffick: The Facts About Human Trafficking, April 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Sagtikos Building, Room 259/260.
COL 295 Class along with Professor DiMauro-Brooks is proud to present a panel presentation to educate and raise awareness in our community about human trafficking and how common it is on Long Island.
There will be FREE FOOD and GIVEWAYS!!!
The mission of the COL 295 blue campaign is to educate and raise awareness in our community about human trafficking and how common it is on Long Island. I have attached a copy of the invite.
Panel participants include:
For more information, please contact Professor DiMauro-Brooks at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
COL 295 class presents their Red Sand Project's sidewalk interventions.
Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all invited to join on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m., between the Captree and Sagtikos Buildings.
Red Sand Project is a participatory artwork that uses sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations, and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, to connect and to take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation.
Red Sand Project installations and events have taken place in all 50 United States and in more than 70 countries around the world.
Overlooked populations – refugees, immigrants, girls, and others – are most at risk of being enslaved, spending their lives being exploited for the profit of others. To recognize the overlooked, Red Sand Project's sidewalk interventions invite you to take the time to find and fill a sidewalk crack with red sand and to then document your sidewalk transformation on social media using #RedSandProject.
These interventions remind us that we can't merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric crack. The sand acts as a metaphor, representing victims of human trafficking who are overlooked.
On May 16 during 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Common Hour, COL 295 will host an event to raise awareness about the reality of drug use, misuse and abuse. The event will take place in Captree Commons, Room 113.
There will be three speakers sharing their experiences on drug and alcohol dependency and recovery.