Committee on Higher Education and Professional Practice



Johanna Duncan-Poitier


Report on the Public Hearings on The Tentative Statewide Plan for Higher Education, 2004-2012



April 29, 2005



Goals 1, 2, 3, and 4





Executive Summary


Issue for Discussion


          As a result of their public hearings, should the Regents make changes to The Tentative 2004-2012 Statewide Plan for Higher Education before adopting the Plan in its final form?


Proposed Handling


          This question will come before the Committee on Higher Education and Professional Practice on May 16, 2005 for discussion.  Following discussion, staff will prepare the final text of the Statewide Plan.  The Plan then will come before the Full Board for final action on June 21, 2005.


Procedural History


          The Department began preparation of the Statewide Plan for Higher Education, 2004-2012, in October 2002 at the Regents Policy Conference.  In April 2003, the Regents adopted 13 Priorities for Higher Education.  In May 2003, the Department issued the Bulletin of the Statewide Plan to give guidance to the four higher education sectors and individual independent and proprietary higher education institutions as they prepared master plans.  Subsequently, SUNY, CUNY, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), and the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) transmitted sector-wide, long-range master plans to the Department and individual independent and proprietary colleges transmitted their individual plans.

          The Committee on Higher Education and Professional Practice considered drafts of the Statewide Plan in September, November, and December 2004, and in January 2005.  In February 2005, pursuant to §237(4) of the Education Law, it authorized release for public comment of The Tentative Statewide Plan for Higher Education, 2004-2012.  The Board held public hearings on the Tentative Plan in Buffalo on March 23 and in New York City on April 5 and 8.  A total of 52 persons spoke; five other persons provided only written comments.    


Background Information


          The issue before the Committee is whether or not to make any revisions to the Tentative Statewide Plan on the basis of the testimony presented at the public hearings.  A report on the testimony is attached, including lists of the speakers at each hearing.  A copy of the Tentative Plan and a complete set of the written testimony received will be available in the Regents office.  Copies of the written testimony have been made available to the members of the Board of Regents.




          Based on the testimony received at the three public hearings, the Department will modify the Plan to strengthen the following Regents Priorities:


·        Closing Performance Gaps;

·        Preparation for College;

·        Information and Assistance in Preparing for College;

·        Creation of New Knowledge through Research;

·        An Adequate Supply of Qualified Teachers, School Leaders and Other School Professionals;

·        Encouraging a Highly Effective System; and

·        Funding a Highly Effective System


Timetable for Implementation


          Once the Regents adopt the Statewide Plan, the Department will develop a schedule for implementation of the Regents initiatives in response to each of its priorities over the next seven years.  Implementation may involve adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations, adoption or modification of policies, proposed legislation, and budget proposals.  In addition, the Department will continue its collaboration with the sectors as they implement their own long-range master plans.

Report on the Board of Regents Public Hearings on

The Tentative Statewide Plan for Higher Education, 2004-2012



          In February 2005, pursuant to §237(4) of the Education Law, the Regents authorized release of The Tentative Statewide Plan for Higher Education, 2004-2012, for purposes of public comment and scheduled three public hearings. Those hearings were held on:



Chancellor Bennett, Vice Chancellor Sanford and Regents Tisch, Phillips, Chapey, Cofield and Brademas participated in these hearings.  Over the course of the three days, the members of the Board of Regents heard from 52 speakers, including 11 at the Buffalo hearing, 29 at the first New York City hearing, and 12 at the second New York City hearing.  They included:


·        4 sector leaders - President Abraham Lackman of cIcu; Stephen Jerome, Chair of the Association of Proprietary Colleges, Chancellor Robert King of SUNY and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein of CUNY,

·        5 college presidents and representatives,

·        12 sector and institutional administrators,

·        20 faculty members,

·        3 representatives of faculty unions,

·        3 district superintendents, principals, and other school personnel,

·        2 students, and

·        3 representatives of other interested organizations.


Attachment A lists all the speakers, with their affiliations.  In addition, the President of the Association of Proprietary Colleges, one faculty person, one university administrator and two representatives of additional organizations provided only written testimony.


          Speakers at all three hearings endorsed the Statewide Plan or described how their institutions’ plans and priorities fit with the Regents priorities in the Plan.  In New York City, a number of speakers raised concerns about the CUNY Master Plan, which is before the Regents for approval as part of the Statewide Plan, or about CUNY policies, proposed actions, or funding.


          The following recommendations, which have been categorized by Regents priority area of the Tentative Statewide Plan, were suggested by those presenting testimony:


A. Maximizing Success for All Higher Education Students


·        Regents Priority A.2, Articulation:  Strengthen the Statewide Plan’s initiatives related to the ability of students to transfer among institutions.  Staff believe that the Plan now includes the initiatives recommended by the speakers who addressed this issue and that there does not appear to be more that the Department could do in this area within current resources without infringing on institutional autonomy.  Staff recommends that no change be made to the text following Regents Priority A.2.


·        Regents Priority A.4, Closing Performance Gaps:  Encourage continued support for and enhancement of the State’s opportunity programs – HEOP, EOP, SEEK, and College Discovery – that provide essential support for economically and educationally disadvantaged students as well as encouragement for institutional efforts to provide information literacy or Writing Across the Curriculum programs.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority A.4 be modified as needed to assure that the Plan reflects the Regents strong support for these programs and to endorse the CUNY’s Chancellor’s Initiative on the Black Male in Education as described in the CUNY Master Plan.


B. Smooth Student Transition from PreK – 12 to Higher Education


·        Regents Priorities B.6, Preparation for College, and B.7, Information and  Assistance in Preparing for College:  Encourage continued support for and enhancement of support services for middle school and high school students to prepare them to enter and succeed in college, including such initiatives as the development of early college programs and CUNY’s College Now program.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priorities B.6 and B.7 be modified as needed to reflect this support.


C. Meeting New York’s Needs through Graduate Programs and through Research


·        Regents Priority C.8, Strong Graduate Programs to Meet the State’s Needs:  Support the goal of CUNY and SUNY to ensure that a sufficient number of full time faculty are employed to ensure academic quality throughout the university.   Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority C.8 be modified to reflect the recognition of the importance for full time faculty.


·        Regents Priority C.9, Creation of New Knowledge through Research:  Modify this Regents priority to address the continuing need for basic research initiated by faculty as well as research responding to external interests and the need to communicate information and research findings effectively.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority C.9 be modified as needed to reflect these concerns.


D. Qualified Professionals for Every Community throughout the State


·        Regents Priority D.11, An Adequate Supply of Qualified Teachers, School Leaders, and Other School Professionals: Encourage the enhancement of teacher preparation to attract more career changers, improve teacher self-esteem and renewal, and support the public schools’ retention of teachers.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority D.11 be modified to address these recommendations more fully.



E. A Balanced and Flexible Regulatory Environment to Support Excellence


·        Regents Priority E.12, Encouraging a Highly Effective System:  Emphasize the importance of shared governance to the effectiveness of higher education in New York State.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority E.12 be modified to do so.


·        Regents Priority E.13, Funding a Highly Effective System:  Advocate more forcefully for improved funding for higher education, especially for strengthening student aid and assuring greater predictability of attendance costs for students, providing State aid for community colleges that meets the Education Law’s requirements, full funding of Bundy aid, and improved State funding for SUNY and CUNY operations and facilities needs. Speakers from all sectors recommended forceful advocacy, although they emphasized different funding programs.  Staff recommends that the text following Regents Priority E.13 be modified to take into account these comments as well as the recently adopted State budget for 2005-06.




Add a new priority on Workforce Development that would include initiatives that would meet the needs of companies seeking to remain in the State or to relocate from other states.  Staff does not recommend that such a priority be added to the Plan.  The Statewide Plan is focused on the 13 areas the Regents identified as high priority and does not address every aspect of higher education or every area of need. There are numerous economic development activities and initiatives available to help address this need.




If the Regents agree with the recommendations listed above, staff will modify the Plan to reflect these changes and will bring the final Plan before the Board for action at your June 2005 meeting.









Attachment A


List of Speakers- Public Hearings on

The Tentative Statewide Plan for Higher Education


March 23, 2005, Buffalo




Adams, Julius

Associate Dean of Teacher Education

SUNY Buffalo

Bishop, George

Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

Niagara County Community College

Colvin, Dorcas

Senior Advisor to the President

SUC Buffalo

Finley, Lucinda

Professor of Law and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

SUNY Buffalo

Floss, Fred

Vice President of Academics

United University Professions

Glocker, Janet

Academic Vice President

Monroe Community College

Hefner, Dennis


SUC Fredonia

King, Robert


State University of New York

Monroe, Anne


The Community Health Foundation of Western & Central NY

Oglivie, Donald

District Superintendent

Erie 1 BOCES

Richey, Patrick

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Genesee Community College

April 5, 2005, New York City

Barnhart, Michael

Chair, Academic Policy Committee

CUNY University Faculty Senate

Beaky, Lenore


CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Botman, Selma

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Bowen, Barbara


Professional Staff Congress

Ciaccio, Leonard

Director, Discovery Institute

CUNY College of Staten Island

Cooper, Sandi



Crain, William


CUNY is our Future

Fernandez, Ricardo


CUNY Lehman College

Garnett, Kate

Chairperson, Department of Special Education

CUNY Hunter College

Goldstein, Matthew


The City University of New York

Golland, David

Vice Chair, Graduate Affairs

CUNY University Student Senate

Green, Michael

Professor, Department of Chemistry

CUNY City College

Ianniello, Patrick

Director of M.S. in Education Program

Metropolitan College of New York

Jackson, Edison


CUNY Medgar Evers College

Jerome, Stephen


Monroe College

Lackman, Abraham


Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu)

McCall, Carl


New York State Public Higher Education Conference Board

Mellow, Gail


CUNY Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College

O’Malley, Susan


CUNY University Faculty Senate

Otte, George

Associate Professor

CUNY Graduate Center

Price, Susan


CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

Richardson, Kathryn

Professor, Department of Nursing

CUNY NYC College of Technology

Rosa, Chris

University Coordinator - Disability & Veterans Services


Salins, Peter



Scher, Marc


Discovery Institute/CUNY College of Staten Island

Schuler-Mauk, Ellen


Faculty Association, Suffolk Community College

Start, Ruth


CUNY College of Staten Island

Sullivan, Edward


Consultation Services speaking on behalf of St. Francis College

Whittaker, Robert


CUNY Lehman College

April 8, 2005, New York City

Baez, Pedro

Director, College Now

CUNY Lehman College

Bell, Martha

Chair, SEEK

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brind, Joel

Professor, Department of Natural Sciences

CUNY Baruch College

Chase, Lance


City College Academy of the Arts

Dahbany-Miraglia, Dina

Assistant Professor

CUNY Queensborough Community College

Diraimo, Susan

Board Member

CUNY is our Future

Gray, Peter

Associate Professor, English

CUNY Queensborough Community College

Hounion, Morris

Chair, Status of the Faculty Committee

CUNY University Faculty Senate

Merola, Ryan

Member, Student Government

CUNY Honors College

Rorschach, Elizabeth

Associate Professor, English Education

CUNY City College

Schwarz, Steven

Professor, Assistant Dean

CUNY Queens College

Wood, Darrow

Chief Librarian & Professor

CUNY NYC College of Technology