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Meeting of the Board of Regents | November 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 8:00am

                                                                       Report of

                                     REGENTS HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE


                                                           The Board of Regents

November 18, 2008


              Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on November 18, 2008.   All members were present.



Action Items


Consent Agenda


Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents confer upon the individuals listed in the Regents item, who have completed the requirements for their registered degree programs at Taylor Business Institute, the respective degrees as listed.  [HE (CA) 1]


Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents authorize the City University of New York, Brooklyn College of New York to award the Master of Arts in Teaching degree on students successfully completing registered M.A.T. programs at the City University of New York, effective November 18, 2008. [HE (CA) 2]




              Your Committee discussed the request for Board of Regents authorization for Briarcliffe College – Bethpage and Patchogue campuses to award the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a master plan amendment to authorize the College to offer a B.S. degree program in Criminal Justice.   The Committee requested additional information on comments received from other colleges and postponed action on this item until next month.  [HE (A) 1]





              Mr. Chancellor and Colleagues:  Your Higher Education Committee recommends, and I move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on November 18, 2008, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.









Requirements for Earned Degrees, Honorary Degrees and Registered Degrees – the Committee discussed proposed amendments to regulations that create a new degree title, Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in the category of Professional Degrees and Specialized Degrees; delete the phrase “specialized study” from the definition of the liberal arts core content; and add a new section of law authorizing community colleges to award honorary associate degrees.  This proposed amendment will be brought back to the Regents for approval in January 2009.  [HE (D) 1]


Professional Development for School Leaders – Conceptual Proposal for Revisions to School District Plans – The Committee discussed a conceptual proposal to update the school district professional development plan for school leaders and teachers.   Suggestions were made that the draft language be aligned with Regents priorities (including closing the achievement gap, teaching in urban settings, and the inclusion of technology training and support).   Staff will draft regulations for discussion by the Committee in February or March.  [HE (D) 2]


Draft Board of Regents 2008 Progress Report on the Regents Statewide Plan for Higher Education – The Committee discussed the draft Progress Report on the Regents Statewide Plan for Higher Education that is required to be submitted to the Governor before the end of 2008 (Section 237 of the Education Law).  Input from SUNY, CUNY, the proprietary colleges and the independent college sector is included in this progress report.   The Committee made suggestions for revisions that would include the incorporation of the P-16 guiding principles and improving the preparation of teachers in urban settings among other issues.  The revisions that the Board requested will be made and a final version of the report will be brought to the Board for approval in December.   [HE (D) 3]


Update on the Regents Work Group on Improving the Preparation of Teachers for Urban Education – the Committee was updated on the Regents Work Group on Improving the Preparation of Teachers for Urban Education.  The Committee made recommendations for possible additional members of the Work Group and suggested a discussion on desired outcomes and that the timeline for the work of this group reflect the urgency of the issues to the extent possible. 



              That concludes our report.




                                                                                            Harry Phillips, 3rd, Co-Chairperson




                                                                                            Milton L. Cofield, Co-Chairperson