Borough of Manhattan Community College
The City University of New York
October 26, 2011
I. CALL TO ORDER at 2:45 pm.
II. ATTENDANCE A quorum was achieved. The following senators were absent: Scott Anderson,
Felix Apfaltrer, Rawle Chichester, Jon Dash, Jane Delgado, Robert Diaz, Howard Entin, Paula Field,
Joyce Harte, Joel Hernandez, Helen Huff, Howard Meltzer, Kanu Nagra, Kelvin Obasuyi, Antonio
Perez, Shirley Rausher, Barry Rosen, Jocelyn Samuels
III. THE MINUTES OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE FIFTH SESSION on October 5, 2011
were unanimously approved.
IV. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES
A. CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
a. A new Math course: MAT 041 Quantitative Literacy I was approved with four nay votes:
Prof. Hachey, Levin, Wiseman, Wolfson and Zaitsev and one abstention: Prof. Vozick.
This developmental course provides an alternative and accelerated pathway to the college
level liberal arts mathematics courses. The course will focus on application of numerical
reasoning to make sense of the world around us. Applications of arithmetic, proportional
reasoning and algebra are emphasized. This course cannot be used as a pre-requisite for
MAT056 and MAT206 (pre-calculus) and is not suited for Science, Technology,
Engineering or Math (STEM) students. The changes in the Math curricula resulted in
significant discussion of student preparation in Math, their ability to change majors if
they take the wrong math courses and the validity of the Compass exam.
b. Revisions to the prerequisites for PSY 200 Social Psychology from PSY 100 General
Psychology or SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology to PSY 100 only were passed
unanimously. Introductory Sociology cannot be used as a prerequisite because it has little
to offer students in terms of their preparation for a social psychology course. Crucial
concepts including history of psychology, methods and principles of learning, cognition,
and personality among others, that every student has to know before taking a course in
social psychology, are not taught in Soc 100. Course description change - The old course
description does not reflect current common learning objectives for the course. The new
course description is aligned with the material taught in corresponding courses offered by
senior CUNY colleges.
c. Teacher Education department course revisions were passed unanimously. Revision of all
Teacher Education course descriptions and selected titles to update the language based on
changes in the profession and to create a standard format across courses in the four
program sequences: EDU( Education) 201, 202, 203; EDB( Education Bilingual) 202;
and ECE (Early Childhood Education) 102, 201, 202, 204, 301, 302, 303, 304, 401, 403.
d. Nursing Department Discussion item on admissions policies was discussed. (See Exhibit
A) A recommendations was made to amend the policy for greater transparency (the
admissions g.p.a. criteria stated in the policy is significantly lower than the actual g.p.a.
required for admission to the program).
B. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
a. Online registration is available for Faculty Development Day, to be held 11/30 from
C. INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE
a. The instruction committee requested that senators remind their colleagues to complete the
b. The committee is still gathering data on facilities needs.
c. Dean Wong has requested that the Instruction Committee review credit for life
experience, AP exams, portfolios etc. and recommend a policy to the body.
D. ACADEMIC STANDING COMMITTEE
a. The resolution (see Exhibit B) was passed unanimously.
E. COMMITTEE ON STUDENT AFFAIRS
a. The committee is exploring volunteer opportunities for our students.
F. ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
G. ACADEMIC FREEDOM
a. The committee is enhancing the Academic Freedom Manual and focusing on its
V. AD HOC COMMITTEES
A. STUDY ABROAD
B. FACULTY EXPERIENCE
a. The committee is drafting a report for presentation at a future meeting.
VI. CHAIR’S REPORT
VII. NEW BUSINESS
a. Gen Ed/Pathways
i. Mike Fabricant, PSC CUNY representative, presented the Union’s plan to sue CUNY
over the Pathways process. A discussion ensued.
ii. A meeting of the Standing Committee chairs will be held on Wednesday November 9th at
4 pm to discuss the Pathways intiative.
b. Prof. Michael George has been appointed to complete the term of Seantor Alex D’Erizans (who
will continue to serve but previously held two seats).
VIII. OLD BUSINESS
a. The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm.
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
City University of New York
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
Revised Admission Policy Effective Fall 2011 *
All student records are compiled by the Academic Advisor in the Nursing Department and reviewed by the
Department’s Students/Admissions Committee in order to determine eligibility into the Nursing Program.
Students must meet the following criteria:
Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5; the lowest acceptable grade in any one of the required prerequisite course is a
“C”. The department has a limit on the number of matriculants allowed into the nursing program. While a GPA of
2.5 in the required prerequisite courses and an overall GPA of 2.5 are the minimum requirements for consideration
of an application, these do not guarantee admission into the nursing program.
scores from other nursing schools will not be accepted. This examination may be taken for a maximum of two
times but NOT in the same semester.
documentation for one of the following categories:
1. U.S. citizenship
2. Permanent residency
3. International student with F1 status
4. Granted asylum, refugee status, temporary protected status, withholding of removal, deferred enforced
departure, or deferred action status by the U.S. government.
Academic Standing Committee
Motion: As a matter of procedure, all appeals that are submitted to the Registrar's office must be given to and
reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee.