News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz

SUNY 2006-07 budget best in years

Old Main Building
The college received $10 million in the 2006-07 budget toward the renovation of the Old Main Building (above).

With the approval of a state budget that has been called the best for New York State higher education in more than a decade, New Paltz can expect to meet its mandatory base costs, such as salary and energy obligations – and then some.

According to President Steven Poskanzer, the college’s number one priority for the additional funds will be hiring full-time, tenure-track faculty.

To that end, Provost David Lavallee has collaborated with the deans and department chairs this spring to come up with a list of 38 faculty searches, which will get under way this fall. The new hires will arrive on campus in fall 2007.

Lavallee said that the number needed for replacement of faculty who retire, resign or are not reappointed is typically 16-18 a year, thus the college expects to add about 22-24 additional faculty lines for fall 2007.

With these additions, the college anticipates the number of classes taught by full-time faculty to go from about 70 percent to nearly 80 percent the following year.

The provost said that the emphasis on having more fulltime faculty on-campus would benefit students, as they are “more available to students in a way that we cannot expect part-time faculty to be,” he said. “Full-time faculty also design courses and curricula, conduct program assessment and are involved with reappointment, tenure and promotion processes.”

Thirty new faculty will arrive on campus this August, which is a meaningful increment above what is typical of the new faculty cohort for the fall.

Although increasing full time faculty is particularly pressing, the college will also consider if it can address other areas, such as hiring support staff where they are required, and offering more robust support for academic programs and physical plant improvements.

Of particular note, New Paltz will receive $10 million toward the $25 million renovation of the Old Main Building. The college is currently selecting an architectural consultant for the complete renovation and restoration of the facility.

JUNE 5, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 11

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