Annual Report 2003-2004
The Education Committee met eight times, and reviewed,
discussed, and made decisions on a wide range of subjects in its meetings
during the past year. Each Committee member served on at least one subcommittee
Reviews of proposals for new programs and a
Among the regular duties of the Committee is the review of
proposals for new programs, which have been forwarded by the Provost’s Office.
The following proposals were approved by the Education Committee and
resolutions were forwarded for their approval by the Senate:
- DrNP (SON) approved 12/12/2003
This proposal was received in the
spring semester of 2002. It has been the subject of intensive debate in
subcommittee, the Education Committee, and the Senate.
Over a year ago the Senate
directed the Education Committee, collaboratively with the Health Sciences
administration, to develop standards for Clinical Doctoral Degrees that might
serve as guidelines in the evaluation of new programs wishing to offer such
degrees. After receiving the fourth iteration of this document the subcommittee
approved it as an acceptable working document for future program evaluations (see attachment).
Meanwhile, a committee with
representatives of all faculties of the Health Sciences was appointed by the
Executive Vice President of the Health Sciences to revise the original DrNP proposal. The revised proposal, which addressed most
of the earlier reservations and met the new standards for Clinical Doctoral
Degrees, was sent to the Education Committee for review. The Committee
forwarded a resolution to the Senate endorsing the program based on academic
content, while not addressing clinical practice and societal issues that are
not in the Committee’s purview.
in Sustainable Development (GSAS/SIPA/ Earth Institute)
in Climate and Society (GSAS/SIPA/Earth Institute)
MS in Technology Management (SCE)
approval pending 4/30/2004
In Fundraising Management in Non-Profit Administration (SCE)
approval pending 4/30/2004
Two dual degree proposals were reviewed and returned to the
provost’s office: dual MPA/MA in Jewish studies (SIPA/JTS) and dual MPA/MSUP
(SIPA/SAAP). The subcommittees studying the proposals had requested
specific information from the sponsors to assist them in evaluating the program
proposals. After three months of fruitless efforts on the subcommittees’ part
the Committee concluded that it would be better to return the proposals until
such time that needed information is supplied.
Establishment of the Kavli
Institute for Brain Science
This proposal was noncontroversial
and received strong support in the Committee. However, as has occurred on
previous occasions, the establishment of the Kavli
Institute was made public before the Senate vote could take place. The
Committee suggests that either a more timely submission of new proposals be
made to allow for due diligence in the proposal review and a proper Senate
vote, and/or that public announcements be postponed until approval has in fact
full Committee consulted with the following
Provost Alan Brinkley
range of issues that are within the purview of the Education Committee were
reviewed and the role of the Committee especially in its interactions with the
Provost’s Office was discussed. An important topic of discussion was the School of Continuing Education and its proposals for new programs that had been
received during the current Senate session. While several concerns remain about
the lack of full-time Columbia
faculty in the School and about the perceived quality of its programs, there
was agreement that the school, once established, should be able to fulfill its
mission if its proposals did not duplicate existing programs.
Vice Dean Morton Friedman (FFSEAS)
Friedman addressed the Committee to discuss the objections of the Fu Foundation
School of Engineering administration and faculty to the SCE proposal for an
Executive MS degree program in Technology Management. Dean Friedman explained
the history of the development of the proposal and the nature of the objections
to it from some of his faculty.
Deans Henry Pinkham and
Steve Laymon (GSAS)
of its five-year review of new programs the Committee asked Deans Pinkham and Laymon to report on a
group of stand-alone MA programs that have been approved recently. Many of
these new programs are interdisciplinary or professional in nature and some are
offered by Institutes rather than Departments. Statistics were provided on the
programs under review. The program on Conservation Biology was mentioned
specifically, as a very successful model, getting good students, and receiving
good faculty support. Programs that were considered problematic by both Deans
were in fact identified by the subcommittee that had performed the five-year
Dr. Michael Shelansky
Dr. Shelansky had chaired the Health Sciences Committee
responsible for the revisions of the DrNP proposal.
He met with the Committee to review the changes that had been made in the newly
submitted proposal and urged its approval.
During the academic year 2002-2003 the Committee, with
assistance from the Office of the Vice Provost, put into effect a new process
for the “evaluation after 5 years” of newly approved educational programs.
A total of 18 programs approved
between 1/26/96 and 3/27/98 were reviewed. Most of them
were found to be successful and meeting the goals that were set at the time of
One program was no longer extant:
M.A. Degree in Romance Languages.
second program, M.A. Degree in Slavic Cultures, has had no enrollment since its inception. The Committee has
recommended to the Provost that the program should be terminated.
Six additional programs that were approved in the 1998-1999
session were reviewed: four MA programs (GSAS) and two MS programs (FFSEAS).
All programs are successful and meet the goals that were set at the time of
Reviewed and approved in committee
new Standards for Clinical Doctoral Degrees were reviewed and approved as
a working document to help guide the Committee in its review of new
proposals for clinical doctoral degree programs.
certificate programs in periodontics and in
orthodontics (SDOS) were re-instated in an extended three-year format.
Previously these programs had existed as two-year programs. In recent
years, under pressure of their specialty boards, the programs were
extended to three years. At that time they were converted to three-year MS
degree programs. While these programs continue to exist, the need is felt
for three-year certificate programs as well. The Certificate programs are
similar to the MS degree programs in educational and clinical
requirements. The Certificate programs do not have the research components
of the MS degree programs.
The Committee has monitored the implementation of the Dual
Degree guidelines that were approved by the Senate in April 2002. Good progress
has been made especially as the result of efforts by University Registrar John Lenzi and VP for Student Services
The Committee ended its work this
year by nominating four candidates (two students and two faculty)
for the ROTC Taskforce.
The Committee expresses its sincere appreciation to Trustee emerita Anna Longobardo, Trustee observer, and Paul
Thompson, Alumni representative, for their continued interest, efforts on
behalf of the Committee, and participation in the Committee meetings. Their
advice and perspectives have greatly assisted the Committee in its activities
during this year.