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ONLINE: Plans to return to a three-School college

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 03:00 pm

Monday, Jan. 30, The College at Brockport held its first senate and faculty meeting for the spring 2017 semester. The business of this senate meeting, which was open to the college's faculty and staff as well as local residents of Brockport, was to give the attendees an overview of what is going on in the Brockport community, what changes are coming and an update from the college's President Heidi Macpherson herself.

During the meeting, those in attendance were able to voice their concerns about some of the changes that are going to take place on campus in the upcoming months.

President Macpherson spoke the travel ban on the seven Muslim countries, the email she sent to the students earlier this week and people's concern on how the travel ban may affect some of the international students. 

Jim Haynes, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, started the meeting with a presentation of his final Academic Affairs Restructuring Plan.

"America and its system of higher education are products of the enlightenment which values education, ideas, principles, ethics, facts and logic," Haynes said.

Haynes also spoke about the Qualtrix Survey he sent out to the school faculty about his upcoming plans.

"There are 316 full time faculty on the Brockport campus, who were the recipients of the Qualtrix survey," Haynes said. "48 percent expressed no strong opinions and 31 percent prefer the three school model which does save us the most money." 

Six years ago, Brockport had three schools. Changes were made and now we currently have five schools; School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Science and Mathematics, School of Health and Human Performance, School of Business Administration and Economics and Schools of Education and Human Services. 

In all of the five schools, there's "One dean, one or two associate deans in each of those schools and one secretary," Haynes said. 

Haynes is currently working on "The 3-school plan" to bring Brockport back to how it used to be before with the only three schools. The plan is to combine the schools. The three schools will be School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, Health and Human Services.

The School of Arts and Sciences will be a combination of the current School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - minus Anthropology, which is moving the science unit of that school, plus the criminal justice department - and the current School of Science and Mathematics. Much of the general education courses that students are required to take will be in one school. 

The new School of Education, Health and Human Services will be a combination of the current Schools of Education and Human Services and the current School of Health and Human Performance.

The current School of business -- which consist of the departments of accounting, economics and finance, business administration and the public administration department -- has some of Brockport's professional programs and a great deal has been invested into it. The president has agreed to leave it free standing. 

He said reorganization beyond saving money is important because "every dollar we don't spend on unnecessary administrative overhead will be invested to benefit more important AA needs."

Going forward, this plan is supposed to save the school around $270K a year. 

"In four years, we'll have over a million dollars in savings," Haynes said. "That money can be used for all kinds of initiatives."

With the money saved, education will be better and students and faculty research will be supported. The college will also be able to invest in its future. 

Haynes has already save approximately $250K in the provost office. When one adds that up to the $270K that the college will be able to safe after combining the school, that's over half a million dollars. 

Haynes wants people to know that the deans, associate deans, and secretaries will still be here and for some of them their work will be divided.