SUNY FCCC Updates
4/20/2013:Spring plenary update:
1.) FCCC passed a resolution opposing the new language used on the form for new programs requiring community colleges to link their A.A. and A.S. programs to 2 SUNY schools.
2.) The FCCC passed a resolution requesting an extension on the deadline for waivers for the A.A.S and A.O.S. programs. The deadline for submitting waivers is May but there has not been any time for a discussion at the BOT level looking at whether the 64 credit cap is appropriate for A.A.S. and A.O.S. programs or if a higher credit cap would be more appropriate.
3.) The FCCC passed a resolution requesting a waiver appeals process be created much like the PACGE and ACGE processes used for general education.
4.) The FCCC passed a resolution that requests that since non-credit remedial courses need to be linked to credit bearing courses to receive state aid that each respective campus work with their CAO (Chief Academic Officer) and governance structure to see how these courses might be included in the governance process.
5.) The FCCC passed a resolution that endorses the UFS resolution on the use of edTPA. The Faculty Council felt that the use of the edTPA (Teacher preparation Assessment) is more appropriate for professional certification after teachers had a full time job (not before or prior to certification) and the fees that are associated with this would reduce or limit the field of diverse qualified minorities pursuing teaching. Therefore we support the UFS resolution on this issue.
6.) The FCCC passed a resolution that prior to the collection of data for the use of benchmarking that the specific measures or groups of measures be vetted through the use of shared governance at the campus levels. This is of specific importance as SUNY schools adopt or use ipeds or the VFA (Voluntary Framework of Accountability) to measure outcomes for institutional assessment or Middle States. The Chancellor also made an announcement that she is going to be asking each community college to set benchmarks for their own improvement and that improvement must be linked to specific programs or activities that the campuses uses to improve their rating for different measures.
Budget update: SUNY's lobbying team reported that we were a little surprised this year, usually we are supported more by the State Assembly than the Senate but the reverse happened and so they compromised and met int he middle by giving us a increase of $75 per FTE. This is less than we expected, it was less than we asked for, and is far less than where we were several years ago still. The sad reality though is that there was less money on the table and so we appreciate what we were able to get this year and try harder next year to articulate why we need the money and what we can do with the money. Some schools will see a decrease in funding between the new requirements and approval process for non-credit remedial courses and the general decrease in enrollment that some campuses are seeing. There was also an announcement by SUNY individuals that SUNY will start charging Community Colleges for services rendered by SUNY administration similar to what they do for the State operated campuses. The NYCCAP (New York Community Colleges Association of presidents) are planning on fighting this because community colleges have a different funding structure than the state operated campuses.
Seamless transfer: Now that the pathway discussions are complete and the faculty groups have submitted their recommendations, the Provost office is reviewing the programs and accepting feedback from the COAs and other individuals from campuses. If you have questions about the pathway for a specific major, you can always ask the Chair of the curriculum committee or Mike Boden in Academic Affairs.
10/23/2013: The FCCC Fall Plenary has concluded and the FCCC is still continuing to fight for the Community Colleges on Seamless transfer issues. The FCCC has voted in support of a resolution that requests the modifying of programs to fit the MTP on Seamless transfer to halt until issues can be resolved concerning the pathway courses. Initially the pathway courses were listed as courses assured of transfer and somewhere along the line they got modified to be courses that are required in order for students to transfer. This created a core curriculum that was not approved by a shared governance process. Sadly the Provost and the President of FCCC (who is on the Steering Committee for Student Mobility) have not been able to talk about this issue. To address this issue, the FCCC also passed a resolution on how important written communication is needed from the Provost in responding to the FCCC's letters and requests. There are other issues that we are concerned of such as Performance Based Funding (there has been a lot of talk about the graduation rates of community colleges and how we can measure success of our institution), Open SUNY, and child care funding. Child Care funding has recently been reduced and this affects a lot of students at the community college level because these students tend to be ones who have more child care responsibilities to consider when planning their education.
**8/20/2013: The Summer 2013 has been a busy one for the FCCC, we have received a draft of an MTP on non-credit remediation. The FCCC has also responded to this document and is awaiting the chancellors response and the finalized MTP on non-credit remediation. The FCCC executive committee has submitted a resolution to the Chancellor on Seamless transfer this time focusing on the A.A.S. degrees and the 64 credit limit.
**4/10/2013: The FCCC is focused on the following issues and have been working hard on several topics. First (in no particular order) Seamless transfer. A committee of the FCCC developed a response to the Seamless transfer document that was accepted by the SUNY BOT that all A.S. and A.A. and A.A.S programs be no more than 64 credits. The FCCC felt that this put undo pressure on certain degree programs that currently have credits in excess of 64 and could hurt those programs or prevent programs from being accredited. As faculty teaching and designing these programs, we feel that we are the experts of these programs and therefore design the programs such that they provide the students with the necessary information and credits that are needed by the students to be employed or transfer to other SUNY schools. The FCCC Resolution on 64 Credit Limit recommends to the provost conditions that should be considered when programs are applying for a waiver from the 64 credit maximum.
Open SUNY: Part of the SUNY Seamless Transfer plan is to develop more online courses. The FCCC passed a resolution titled "Resolution Urging Implementation within Open SUNY of Principles of Academic Freedom and Faculty Control of Curriculum." This resolution tries to address that faculty and the local campus governance structures should determine issues of ownership of course materials, who teaches online, policies of who can take online courses, and who decides to accept online course work.
** Governor Budget. The FCCC would like to strongly encourage you to write to your senator or assembly person about the governors proposed budget. The budget will be voted on March 15th and so all letters should be sent prior to this deadline so your elected officials can hear from you. Feel free to use the following as a sample letter but change the date, your name, college name, etc to make it more personal but remember that you CAN NOT use college e-mail, resources, stationary etc. to send your letters to your representatives.
**2/10/2013: The SUNY BOT did pass the seamless transfer resolution. There was hope that the BOT would hear our concerns and add an amendment to the resolution that would protect the current programs of the community colleges but it looks like that is not to be so. Governor Cuomo's budget is something the FCCC is shifting their focus to. The proposed budget has no increase in FTE funding for community colleges, 3 million is specified for community colleges that demonstrate (i.e. performance based funding)
a. The number of students who are employed following completion of their degrees and their wage gains
b. The number of on-time degree completions and transfers to other institutions of higher education
c. The number of degree completions that do not meet the on-time definition
d. The number of degree completions by students considered academically at-risk.
e. The number of students who make adequate progress toward degree completion
and finally that AAS/AOS/Certificate degrees would only be fundable if the program is a partnership between a cc and one or more employers to train students in a specific occupation OR the program prepares students for an occupation that meets current or regional workforce needs based on a list provided by the department of labor and has an advisory committee made up of employers who are committed to employing workers within the region of the community college. The role of the committee is to advise the college on the program's curriculum, recruitment, placement and evaluation so that the program remains up-to-date with employer needs. While the FCCC has spoken out about the importance of restoring community college funding we have not articulated our concerns yet about these other two areas in the governor's budget that will affect programs at the community college.
**12/04/2012:Seamless transfer is big priority for the Chancellor and the Provost is proposing a resolution to the SUNY Board of Trustees that would certify seamless transfer for students transferring in the SUNY system. This resolution addresses students transferring between community colleges, from 4-year to a community college, from a community college to a 4-year institution, and between community colleges. The idea is that if SUNY is really a system then students can move between colleges and not have their education interrupted. While the FCCC supports the idea of students transferring easily between schools in the SUNY system, the application of the idea and the details involved is something that needs to be addressed further still. The FCCC has been working hard to articulate the concerns that the community colleges have with such a policy and have articulated the the concerns regarding this policy to the provost and BOT. I am attaching links below that will provide you with more detailed information about the Provost's resolution which has not changed much from the previous draft, the FCCC's initial response to the Provost about his resolution, and the FCCC's response to the BOT.
Provost Resolution to BOT
FCCC's Response to Provost's Seamless Transfer Resolution
FCCC's Response to SUNY BOT
Couple of things about the seamless transfer document. First transfer pathways refer to the course listed on the provost web site (www.suny.edu/student/transfer/transfer_mobility.cfm). These have been compiled by the provost office to be courses that are required for the major in the first two years of study. While community college students do not have major's, when they transfer they will be choosing a major and in order for them to have junior level status need to have completed these courses for their major. Advising students about possible majors and these transfer pathways will be very important to the successful application of this resolution. The transfer pathways also include cognate courses which are courses required in the major but not in the specific field of major. For example a computer science major will need to take physics and math courses. These are cognate courses. The Resolution used to contain language about the specific number of courses that need to be completed to be considered a junior, (4-5 courses in the pathway to ensure seamless transfer which include cognate and major courses) but this has been removed. It is important to check the pathway link to see what courses are being required for students in the program(s) you are connected with.
**We should be seeing an increased focus on student's code of conduct on SUNY campuses in the next academic year. There have been incidents (mostly involving Greek organizations) where students in organizations have disrespected their self, others or their community. Campuses are being asked to take a closer look at this and try to address the issue.
**12/04/2012-Remediation task force has released it's report and it is important to read their recommendation they make to the SUNY system. The remediation task force was formed in Sept-Oct. and contained members from administration and faculty across the SUNY system.
**FCCC supported the resolution at the Spring 2012 Plenary for President of the FCCC, Tina Good, and others to serve as meditators to resolve differences between the faculty and the president of Nassau Community College . The governance body of Nassau Community College voted a "no confidence" vote of their president during the 2011-12 academic year. He has since left Nassau Community College.
FCCC Spring 2012 Plenary Report delivered to DCC PSO