Education Committee
Annual Report 2013-2014


The committee completed its usual schedule of eight monthly meetings, as well as a joint meeting with the Information Technology and Libraries committees. Much of the work of the committee involves reviews of new program proposals and surveys of recently approved programs. All members of the committee have served in one or more subcommittees to review the program proposals that are listed below.  These reviews, depending on the questions that are raised and the meetings needed to resolve these questions, generally require one to three months of subcommittee work. We greatly appreciate the commitment of all members of the Education Committee in this endeavor.

The following proposals were approved by the Education Committee (plenary approval dates in parentheses)

Under review

Approved for online delivery of existing programs

Certifications of Professional Achievement (approval by Education Committee)

The number of proposals for these programs appears to have peaked last year when twelve proposals were reviewed .These programs originally were designed for graduate engineers, who required additional education in a specific new area of knowledge and/or skills and needed to present proof of such additional education to their employers. This year, three proposals have been approved

Name change

Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies to Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality:  approved by plenary on 10/25/2013

Five-year reviews were completed for the following programs:

M.S. in Business Research 
Actuarial Sciences 
Information Management

Questionnaires have been sent to four programs, which will be reviewed during the summer.

New program application website 

A link to this site, which is published by the Vice Provost’s Office of Academic Affairs, may be found on the home page of the senate website at It provides information on the requirements for degree and non-degree programs offered by Columbia University, as well as the documents that are required for approval (both internal and those needed to comply with the more complex rules of NYSED).

The functionality of this website will be enhanced in the near future by providing proponents of the new program proposals information about what steps have been completed in the approval process (university administration, senate review). 


Guidance Document for Degree and Certificate Proposals
Academic Credit Applied Toward Multiple Graduate Credentials

A document is being drafted by the Education Committee that addresses situations where a Columbia faculty offers an academic program where successful completion results in the receipt of more than one credential (i.e., degree or certificate), either within its own faculty, with another Columbia faculty, or in partnership with an external institution. There are often unwritten practices where this situation has arisen, but also differences in understanding and assumption as to what would be acceptable.

Historically the Education Committee has applied the following internal “rules” in its reviews of proposals for multiple graduate credentials:

The document that is now in its draft stage will be shared with all stakeholders during the summer and should provide general guidelines for new proposals.


The committee wishes to express its sincere appreciation to trustee emerita Anna Longobardo, trustee observer, for her continued interest and efforts on behalf of the committee, as well as for her active participation in the committee meetings.

J. H. Applegate
L. Moss-Salentijn


Education Committee 2013-2014

(N-s = non-senator)

Letty Moss-Salentijn, Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine, CO-CHAIR
James Applegate, Professor of Astronomy, CO-CHAIR
Peter Awn, Dean, School of General Studies
Judith Burton, Professor of Art Education, Teachers College
Matthew Chou, student, Columbia College
Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts n-s
Philip Genty, Birch Clinical Professor of Law
Bette Gordon, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, School of the Arts
Venkatesh Hariharan, SEAS graduate student
Matthew L. Jones, Barker Associate Professor of Contemporary Civilization
Jeffrey Kysar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Carol Lin, Lecturer in Biological Sciences
Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology, MSPH
Anna Longobardo, Trustee Observer n-s
Alex Ma, student, School of the Arts
Raquel Munoz of Stephen Rittenberg’s office (Observer) n-s
Stephen Rittenberg, Senior Vice Provost n-s
Samuel Silverstein, Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Tao Tan, alumnus, Columbia College and Business School n-s
Pieter Vanhove, student, GSAS/HUM