Meeting of the Board of Regents | February 2009
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
State University of New York, College of Technology at Canton: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree
January 23, 2009
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Board of Regents authorize the State University Board of Trustees to confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree on duly qualified students successfully completing registered programs at the State University College of Technology at Canton?
Reason(s) for Consideration
Required by State statute.
This question will come before the Higher Education Committee at its February 2009 meeting where it will be voted on and action taken. It will then come before the full Board at its February 2009 meeting for final action.
On March 13, 2006, the State University of New York Board of Trustees adopted the following resolution:
Resolved that the Chancellor be, and hereby is, directed to seek the authorization of the Board of Regents for the College of Technology at Canton to award the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
On March 20, 2006, the Department received the State University’s request, together with the proposal requesting registration of an upper-division B.S. program in Nursing.
Paragraph (f) of subdivision (2) of §355 of the Education Law authorizes the State University Board of Trustees:
To grant all degrees, diplomas and certificates which heretofore [i.e., July 1, 948] have been granted or have been authorized to be granted upon the completion of courses of study in any state-operated institution which now is or hereafter may be in the state university, prior to the acquisition of such institution by the state university, and also such other degrees as the regents may hereafter specifically authorize them to grant.
At the State University College of Technology at Canton, the SUNY Board of Trustees are authorized to confer the degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) on duly qualified students successfully completing registered programs.
The State University College of Technology at Canton seeks to offer an upper-division B.S. program in Nursing for students who are licensed as registered professional nurses. It would be the College’s first B.S. program; however, Canton now offers 12 B. Tech. and three B.B.A. programs. Unlike B.Tech. and B.B.A. programs, for which only one-quarter of the work must be in the liberal arts and sciences, one-half of the work in a B.S. program must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
The proposed program will require students to complete 60 credits at SUNY Canton, which includes 27 credits of upper-division nursing coursework, 18 credits of upper-division liberal arts/general education coursework and 15 credits of lower-division liberal arts/general education coursework to complete SUNY general education requirements. The upper-division nursing component includes courses that focus on health assessment, theoretical frameworks, ethical and legal issues, public health, health promotion, management, community health, research and transcultural nursing. A total of 60 lower-division credits will be accepted in transfer from a licensure-qualifying nursing program. Courses will be offered in online format using the ANGEL course management system. Online learning resources are available at the College. Clinical components of 45 contact hours each will be required in the health assessment, health promotion, management and community health courses. There clinical components will be precepted by individuals who have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. In extenuating circumstances, where no one with a master’s degree in nursing is available, a bachelor’s degree in nursing will be accepted as the minimum academic preparation.
The Department has determined that the proposed program would meet the standards for registration set forth in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
It is recommended that the Board of Regents authorize the State University of New York Board of Trustees to confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree on duly qualified students successfully completing registered B.S. programs at the State University College of Technology at Canton effective February 10, 2009.
Timetable for Implementation
If the Board authorizes the Trustees to confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at the State University College of Technology at Canton, the Department will proceed to register the proposed B.S. upper-division program in Nursing and the College will proceed to recruit and enroll students in it.