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Meeting of the Board of Regents | January 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 11:00pm

                                                                       Report of

                                     REGENTS HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE


                                                           The Board of Regents

January 13, 2009


              Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on January 12, 2009.   All members were present.


Consent Agenda


Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the proposed master plan amendment of Maria College authorizing the College to offer the Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing. This amendment would be effective until January 13, 2010 unless the Department registers the program prior to that date, in which case the master plan amendment shall be without term.  [HE (CA) 1]


Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents authorize the Art Institute of New York City to award the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.  [HE (CA) 2]


Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the following appointment to the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching: that Jan P. Hammond (higher education member) be appointed to an unexpired term beginning December 16, 2008 and ending June 30, 2010.  [HE (CA) 3]


Your Committee recommends that the Regents approve the proposed permission to operate effective January 13, 2009, to authorize Yale University to use clinical agencies in New York for clinical education of students in its Nurse-Midwifery program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree. [HE (CA) 4]


Your Committee recommends that sections 3.47, 3.48 and 3.50 of the Rules of the Board of Regents relating to requirements for earned degrees, honorary degrees and registered degrees be amended, as submitted, effective February 5, 2009.  [HE (CA) 5]


Action Items


              Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents renew Globe Institute of Technology’s institutional accreditation with condition, effective January 13, 2009, for a period beginning immediately and ending on January 31, 2013, subject to annual reports providing evidence of continued program and financial ability. [HE (A) 1]


              Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents extend Globe Institute of Technology’s temporary authority to confer degrees until January 31, 2013. [HE (A) 2]


              In order to have additional discussion about the proposed program, your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents postpone until March, the authorization of Briarcliffe College – Bethpage and Patchogue campuses to award the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and master plan amendment to authorize the College to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in Criminal Justice.   [HE (A) 3]





              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 January 12, 2009, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.





Revised No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Recommendations – The Committee discussed suggested revisions to the Regents priorities for NCLB relating to higher education, to coincide with recent political changes and the Regents increased focus on school improvement, educator development, growth models, graduation rates and other key issues. Suggested changes and additions were considered.  The Committee agrees that the suggested revisions to the Regents priorities for NCLB need to be discussed in more detail at a future meeting, but are broad enough in scope at this time to allow New York State to be an early participant in the process.   The actual reauthorization of NCLB will not occur until 2010.  [BR (A) 3]


Ability-to-Benefit Tests for Purposes of Eligibility for Awards of Student Aid – The Committee discussed proposed amendments to regulations that would make technical changes to clear up confusion and eliminate unnecessary requirements relating to the ability-to-benefit tests for purposes of eligibility for awards of student aid. [HE (D) 1]


CUNY Master Plan – 2008-2012 – The Committee discussed the 2008-2012 CUNY Master Plan.   Committee members provided input and suggested additions to the plan relating to admissions requirements and curriculum offerings.  A recommendation was made that the Board of Regents conduct a joint meeting with CUNY leadership on how their work coincides with the work of the Department.   The Master Plan will be discussed in more detail next month and will include discussions on the Board’s expectations of the relationship between CUNY and the Board of Regents and a more in-depth discussion on the contents of the Plan.  [HE (D) 2]






Office of Teaching Initiatives:  Proposals to Focus Resources on Core Mission – The Committee discussed a report that identifies planned changes in the Office of Teaching Initiatives that would create greater efficiencies and increased revenue during a time of reduced resources.  Some of the recommended changes would require amendments to regulations and include:  limiting the evaluation services provided for applicants for certification, restoring the fee for issuance of an internship certificate, modifying time extension requirements, and exploring alternatives to the reissuance of Initial Certificates.   The Committee is interested in hearing more regarding the proposed changes for time extensions and the individual evaluation process, as well as other proposals.   Detailed discussions will take place at future Regents meetings for possible amendments to regulations.   [HE (D) 3]


Higher Education Data – Due to time constraints, this item was moved to the February Regents agenda for discussion.  





              That concludes our report.




                                                                                            Harry Phillips, 3rd, Co-Chairperson




                                                                                            Milton L. Cofield, Co-Chairperson