TO:                                  Full Board


FROM:                             Johanna Duncan-Poitier


SUBJECT:                        Master Plan Amendment: The State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi, B.Tech., Architectural Design and Building 


DATE:                              June 27, 2005


STRATEGIC GOAL:         Goal 2




Executive Summary


Issue for Decision


Should the Regents approve the proposed master plan amendment for the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi to offer an Architectural Design and Building program leading to the Bachelor of Technology degree?


Reason(s) for Consideration


Required by State statute.


Proposed Handling


          This question will come before the Full Board on July 21, 2005, on its consent agenda, where it will be voted on and final action taken.


Procedural History


          Approval of master plan amendments by the Board of Regents is required by section 237 of the Education Law.  Because this would be the first baccalaureate level program in the major mission area of engineering and the design professions at the College, a master plan amendment is necessary.


Background Information


          The State University Board of Trustees, at its January 25, 2005 meeting, adopted a resolution to amend the State University Master Plan to authorize the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi to offer instruction leading to the Bachelor of Technology degree in Architectural Design and Building.  


The proposed baccalaureate program is built upon the College’s long history of offering instruction in the construction trades and especially its associate degree programs in architectural technology and construction technology. The College currently offers baccalaureate degrees in hospitality management, golf course management, veterinary technology management, and information technology. The proposed program meets the standards for registration as set forth in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.




The Regents should approve the proposed master plan amendment of the State University of New York, effective July 21, 2005, to authorize the SUNY College of Technology at Delhi to offer baccalaureate instruction in Architectural Design and Building.


Timetable for Implementation


This approval will be effective until July 31, 2006, unless the Department registers the program prior to that date, in which case master plan amendment shall be without term.



The State University of New York

College of Technology at Delhi


          The proposed program supports the mission of the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi to provide education in the design disciplines.  The College offers associate-degree level programs including Architectural Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology – Electronics, Construction Technology, and Carpentry and Building Trades. The College also offers Bachelor of Technology programs in Information Technology, and Bachelor of Business Administration programs in Veterinary Technology Management, Hospitality Management, and Golf Course Management.




The proposed program is an upper-division curriculum that builds upon two related A.A.S. programs (in Architectural Technology and Construction Technology) by offering upper-level courses such as Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Steel Design, Building Sciences, and Building Codes, in addition to studio courses. The 62 upper-division semester-credits would follow the 69-70 credits of the A.A.S. curricula.


Other courses in the B.Tech. program would include Architectural Design III-VI, History of Western Architecture II, Building Environmental Systems, plus social science and general electives. In their lower-division A.A.S. curricula, students are expected to complete Algebra, Trigonometry, and General Physics.




          Admission to the proposed program would require successful completion of an associate-level curriculum such as the College’s Architectural Technology program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. The anticipated initial enrollment is 15 full-time students with a total of 35-50 in the fifth year of the program, to be drawn primarily from Delhi’s own associate degree programs. 




          Eight current, full-time faculty in the College’s Technology Division would support the program. These include two faculty prepared at the doctoral level (in civil engineering and in industrial design), three professional engineers, and two registered architects who possess the Master of Architecture degree. To further support the program, Delhi is committed to hiring an additional tenure track faculty member who holds the M.Arch. degree or is doctorally prepared in construction management.




          Major laboratories already exist on campus that are sufficient to support the proposed program.


Planning Review


          The U.S. Department of Labor and the New York State Department of Labor project a steady market demand through 2012 for professionals and pre-professionals in architecture and construction occupations. There are no other institutions in the Central Region that offer a program similar to the one proposed.


          A canvass was conducted of all institutions in the Central Region. There were no objections to the proposed program.