If you are interested in serving on one or more of our eight Senate Standing Committees, please fill out the form . The form will be available on July 1st 2018.
STANDING COMMITTEE INTEREST FORM tba July 2018 (doc)
Members of standing committees are appointed to serve two year terms of office.* Ideally, terms of committee members are staggered, so some continuity can be maintained. When a committee roster is presented to the Senate (by tradition, committee rosters are presented at the first meeting of the Senate, for approval), the following information should be included: name, unit the individual represents, office address and phone number, e-mail address, specific years of term of service on the committee.
* A committee member is not prohibited from serving multiple consecutive terms as a member of a standing committee.
Standing Committees of the Senate
There are eight (8) Standing Committees of the Senate in addition to the Agenda Committee. The Committees, as specified in the By-Laws are:
Budget Staff & Allocations
By-Laws & Elections
Instruction & Research
Standards for Students
Function and Charges
Their function and charges were developed by the Committees themselves and approved by the Senate; they are found in the Standing Rules of the Senate. The Chair of each Standing Committee must be a Senator (unless it is impossible to identify a senator to serve in this capacity, in which case a non-senator may serve). Each committee must have at least one (1) other Senator serving as a member of the committee.
The Agenda Committee is chaired by the Chair of the Senate and includes the Vice Chair, an elected student senator, the Senior University (UFS)Senator and at least three (3) other members of the Senate appointed by the chair. The duties and obligations of the Agenda Committee are addressed in both the Standing Rules and the College By-Laws. The President and or Provost of the College are also in attendance.
Annual reports are made by each of the committees and presented to the Senate at the end of the spring semester each year. These reports are posted below and maintained for archival purposes.
SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES 2016-2017 FINAL REPORTS
ACADEMIC PLAN-Charge for the Academic Plan Committee
It shall be the charge of the Academic Plan Committee to assist in the intermediate and long-range planning of the overall academic functioning of the college. The Committee shall study the important matters affecting the academic development of the college and recommended changes and/or new proposals. The Committee shall seek the cooperation of faculty, students, administration, professional staff and off-campus consultants. Some of its relevant areas of concern include:
Mission of the College
Recommendations of accrediting agencies
Academic Plan Committee Roster 2017-2018 (pdf)
BSAC-Charge for the Budget and Staff Allocation Committee
The Budget and Staff Allocation Committee shall gather and analyze all data and policies needed to determine budget and staff allocations. Recommend criteria for all phases of theses allocations; transmit data to other appropriate Senate Committees; generate student and faculty input at all policy levels prior to decisions, and recommend to the Senate appropriate action on budget and staff allocations.
BYLAWS & ELECTIONS
By-laws and Elections Committee Overview
Assumes leadership in the intermediate and long-range planning of the overall academic function of the college. Areas include the mission of the college, master plan, regionalism, enrollment projections, and accreditation.
Charge for By-laws and Elections
The By-Laws and Elections Committee has the responsibility for considering and recommending changes in the By-Laws designed to facilitate the democratic governance of the college, consistent with the policies of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and other binding legal agreements. In addition, the By-Laws and Elections Committee shall conduct the necessary elections provided for in the By-Laws. The rules for conducting these elections and other germane considerations related to elections shall be recommended to the College Senate by the By-Laws and Elections Committee.
Curriculum Committee Overview
Receives, reviews, and recommends approval or non-approval of all courses and programs offered by the college, consistent with Senate policies and procedures.
Charge for the Curriculum Committee
I. Curricular Charges
The College Senate Curriculum Committee shall:
A. Review every curriculum program on a regular, periodic basis to ensure its visibility, educational need, and adherence to college policy.
1. Recommend to the faculty, or appropriate instructional unit concerned, the need for updating or major revision of a program.
2. Recommend to the Senate the need for phase-out of any programs that are of questionable need or value to the overall goals of the college.
B. Recommend to the College Senate each year the priorities for new programs. These priorities are to be consistent with the academic plan of the college as well as with budgetary restrictions placed upon new programs.
C. Develop, with the College Senate approval, appropriate structures and procedures for curriculum development and review.
D. Develop structures, guidelines and procedures whereby the faculty may recommend revision of existing programs or propose new programs in conformity with college policy.
E. Receive and review all proposals for revisions of existing programs or creation of new programs; and make recommendations concerning these to the College Senate in a manner consistent with the college and College Senate policies and procedures.
F. Review and recommend approval or non-approval of all courses offered by this college.
II. General Charge
The College Senate Curriculum Committee shall:
A. Carry out all mandates directed to the Committee from the College Senate.
B. Work cooperatively with any and all Standing Committees of the College Senate on matters that are the concern of this committee as well as that of another committee or other committees.
C. Work cooperatively within the developing Western New York Regional SUNY structure in reviewing and recommending joint programs sponsored by this college and other campuses within the region.
FACULTY & STAFF WELFARE
Faculty and Staff Welfare Committee Overview
Responsible for matters concerning faculty and staff welfare and well-being.
Charge for Faculty and Staff Welfare
The College Senate Committee on Faculty/Staff Welfare shall be responsible for all matters concerning faculty and professional welfare; it shall function in conformity with:
The current contract negotiated by the bargaining agent for the State University of New York;
The current policies of the Board of Trustees; and,
The By-Laws of the College Senate of Buffalo State College.
INSTRUCTION & RESEARCH
Committee on Instruction and Research Overview
Concerns itself with aspects of policy that relate to the improvement of instruction and the development of services and resources necessary to carry out or enhance instruction and research.
Charge for the Instruction and Research Committee
The committee on Instruction and Research shall concern itself with those aspects of policy that relate to:
The improvement of instruction and the development of services and resources necessary to carry out or enhance this function;
The use of time and resources (e.g., scheduling, registration, and the college calendar);
Evaluation of student progress and teaching effectiveness;
Grading, withdrawal from courses, experimental and special instructional methods, innovative practices, and maintenance of quality education; and
The stimulation and support of research, scholarship, and creativity.
STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS
Standards for Students Committee Charge
In support of Buffalo State College’s vision, mission, and core values, the committee on Standards for Students shall review and recommend policies and procedures dealing with but not limited to:
1. The admission and readmission of all students.
2. The retention of all students in regard to academic policies, student conduct, and institutional programs and initiatives.
3. The graduation of all students.
If you have concerns with current policies you can fill out the Standards for Students Submission form below. It is a writable form online, then just print it and mail it to the address listed on the form. Heather Maldonado, Chair of the Standards for Students Committee
The Student Welfare Committee examines matters and recommend policy concerning student life. Such matters include all aspects of the college as a total learning and living environment as it: may be affected by the student's intellectual/academic, cultural, social, psychological and physical well-being -- including academic matters, college and student services, and faculty-student-administration relations.
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