Meeting of the Board of Regents | October 2010
Report of the
REGENTS STRATEGIC PLANNING WORK GROUP
The Board of Regents
October 19, 2010
Your Strategic Planning Work Group held its scheduled meeting on October 18, 2010. All Work Group members were present, except for Regent Norwood, who was excused.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
SED Capacity – The Work Group was provided with a high-level and historical overview of the challenges facing the Department with regards to budget and staffing. The Division of Budget is predicting an $8.2 billion deficit for next year, which means another $4.9 million needs to be cut from the Department’s budget, even after retirements and workforce reduction.
RTTT Timelines/Positions – The Work Group discussed the proposed timeline for implementation of New York’s Race to the Top plan. Senior Deputy Commissioner John King summarized the timelines and discussed the three critical components of each core initiative: (1) steps to be taken, (2) relevant positions to be filled, and (3) RFPs to be developed. The Group also discussed the Department’s communication plan which includes the hosting of a statewide video conference and a webinar on the Scope of Work, availability of an RTTT mailbox, online tools and resources, and field visits, in person and via video conference, to Joint Management Team areas. There was concurrence that communication with the field and development of a strategy for engaging districts is crucial. [SP (D) 1]
Regents Research Fund – The Work Group was provided with a brief description of the Regents Research Fund and its role as a part of USNY.
That concludes my report.
James R. Tallon