Chapter 5 – Standard V: Administration and Financial Support

Introduction

As discussed in Chapter 1, GSLIS strives to maintain a sustainable institutional environment within which to achieve its program goals. In recent years the school has worked closely with Queens College Administration to ensure the resources necessary for the attainment of our Organizational Goals and Objectives related to Standard V.

GSLIS Organizational Goal 5

The GSLIS strives to ensure a sustainable institutional environment. The school is proactive in securing appropriate institutional and administrative resources to adequately support its needs.

The school regularly takes stock of its immediate and long range needs in the areas of personnel, physical infrastructure and technology, in order to better advocate for institutional resources.

Objectives

5.1.      Members of the GSLIS faculty serve on appropriate campus committees to have a voice on budgetary, political and other matters.

5.2.      GSLIS needs for facility upgrades, IT support and IT capability are assessed on an annual basis.

5.3.      QC and CUNY administration understand and support the administrative, faculty, student and physical resource needs of the school and devote sufficient funds for its ongoing maintenance

Standard V.1

Standard V.1

The school is an integral yet distinctive academic unit within the institution. Its autonomy is sufficient to assure that the intellectual content of its program, the selection and promotion of faculty, and the selection of its students are determined by the school within the general guidelines of the institution. The parent institution provides the resources and administrative support needed for the attainment of program objectives.

 

Queens College and GSLIS Governance Structure

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS) is situated within a complex organizational structure. It is an academic department within the Division of Social Sciences at Queens College, which, in turn, is a college within the City University of New York (CUNY) (Appendix V.2). The GSLIS is also a stand-alone graduate school, and is the only academic unit within CUNY offering the M.L.S. degree.

As discussed in Chapter 3, in common with all academic departments within CUNY, the Director/Chair of GSLIS is a faculty elected position and not an administrative appointment. This administrative structure preserves faculty governance and ensures autonomy in all major areas of decision making, including “intellectual content of its program, the selection and promotion of faculty, and the selection of its students” as required in Standard V.1

The CUNY Administration is a highly centralized system. Under the terms of The CUNY COMPACT, a multi-year financing strategy adopted in 2006, responsibility for financing CUNY is shared “among the State/City, the University (through internal efficiencies), philanthropic sources, and the students through enrollment growth and modest, predictable tuition increases” (Appendix V.1).

Queens College functions in an internal environment of shared governance.  It is governed by the Bylaws of the City University (CUNY) Board of Trustees, (Appendix V.8) the Charter and Bylaws of the CUNY Academic Senate, procedural motions of the Queens College Personnel and Budget (P&B) Committee, and contractual agreements between CUNY and various bargaining units. Queens College has 49 academic departments and programs, which are organized into four divisions, each administered by a Dean.  These divisions are: Arts and Humanities; Education; Mathematics and Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences.  The GSLIS is one of nine academic departments encompassing eleven areas within the Division of Social Sciences. The Dean is the Director/Chair's immediate academic supervisor (see Standard V.3, below).  In the Queens College hierarchy, all academic appointments and budgetary issues pass through the Divisional Dean’s office for review before continuing on to the Provost and President. 

The GSLIS is in a special position within the administrative structure of Queens College, as it is both a Department (with a Chair) and a School (with a Director). There are two other such units at Queens College, the Aaron Copeland School of Music, part of the Division of Arts & Humanities, and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, part of the Division of Math & Natural Sciences. To complicate things further, the GSLIS Masters Programs for Library and Media Specialists (LMS) are registered by the New York State Department of Education as teacher education programs. All teacher education programs at Queens College make up the Division of Education; thus, the GSLIS LMS programs are a part of that Division, as well as being programs within the GSLIS, and therefore the Division of Social Sciences. Appendix V.3 provides an organizational chart of the Divisions and Departments within Queens College, and gives an overview of its complex administrative structure.

The position of Acting Dean of Social Sciences is currently being filled by Dean Savage, Professor of Sociology, while a search for a permanent Dean is being conducted. Acting Provost Elizabeth Hendrey served as Dean of Social Sciences before being promoted and has been very supportive of the GSLIS in a number of ways, including infrastructure improvements, faculty and administrative hiring replacements, and support for faculty research. In January 2013, Queens College President James Muyskens resigned and this post has recently been filled by Felix Matos Rodriguez, former President of Hostos Community College/CUNY. (URL)

GSLIS Governance Bodies

Internally, the GSLIS is governed by its faculty, primarily through the actions of its committees. The GSLIS committees include standing committees on Personnel and Budget; Curriculum and Educational Technology (CET); Assessment; Planning; Admissions, Academic Standing and Student Affairs; Professional Development; and Special Events. Adhoc committees are formed as needed. The charges of each of these committees are described in Appendix V.4.

Resources and Administrative Support

The GSLIS has received increased support from QC administration since our last Comprehensive Review, largely as a result of greater advocacy on the part of the faculty and the Director/Chair for recognition of the multiple responsibilities of the GSLIS, which make it a more complex organization than a simple academic department within a Division. Ongoing responsibilities for maintaining ALA accreditation have historically been under-recognized by QC administration, which may have been due to lack of communication between faculty, the Director/Chair, the Dean of Social Sciences and the Provost. Certainly, the GSLIS occupies a unique position with the Division of Social Sciences, in that it is a Graduate School and an academic department. Historically, the identity of GSLIS as academic department has precluded full recognition of its proper role and responsibilities as a professional school. Fortunately, we have made progress in remedying this situation, with recent changes made to the compensation of the Director/Chair; the creation of a Vice-chair position; and allocation for additional resources to support administrative services necessary to ensure that ongoing accreditation activities are  met. A challenge for GSLIS is to convince higher administration that these additional resources are needed on an ongoing basis and not just during the accreditation year.

Standard V.2

Standard V.2

The school’s faculty, staff, and students have the same opportunity for representation on the institution’s advisory or policy-making bodies as do those of comparable units throughout the institution. The school’s administrative relationships with other academic units enhance the intellectual environment and support interdisciplinary interaction; further, these administrative relationships encourage participation in the life of the parent institution.

Faculty play a major role in institutional governance within their individual departments, on the Queens College’s Academic Senate, on the College P&B Committee, and on various committees within the department (GSLIS), Queens College and CUNY. Our faculty are highly visible in College governance and on key committees in the College and in the University. One faculty member has taught in the History Department, as well.

Dr. Brody recently completed her fourth year as Chairholder of the Queens College Academic Senate, comprised of 40 faculty and 20 students. She has served on its Executive Board for a total of eight years and will be continuing on that Committee. Before that, she served as a Senator.  She served on the Undergraduate General Education Steering Committee at the College for three years as well.  On the City University level, she is in her twelfth year as a Senator on the University Faculty Senate, served for four years on CUNY’s Council of Faculty Governance Leaders, and is the UFS representative on the Committee on Academic Technology for the last six years.

Dr. Chelton has been serving as Chair of the Queens College Policy Board on Administration.

Dr. Cool began her first three year term as Director and Chair of the GSLIS in July 2013. She serves on the Queens College Personnel and Budget Committee, and the college’s Graduate Curriculum Committee. She has served as a Queens College Academic Senator and for five years served on the Queens College Institutional Review Board. At the CUNY level, she has served on the University Faculty Senate as a Senator.

Dr. Cooper  is a member of the Queens College Division of Education's ​Professional Educational Council . She was Faculty Team Leader & Convener of the  GSLIS committee participating in the College’s  Division of Education EdTPA Planning Grant  during 2013.

Dr. Li serves on the Academic Senate’s Election Committee. She has served as a Senator on the QC Academic Senate.

Dr. Marcum has taught in the History Department at Queens College.

Dr. Ng served on the Academic Senate’s Nominating Committee for three years.

Dr. Perry serves  ­on the Queens College Assessment Committee. In the past, she served as Acting Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Queens College.

As a department within the Division of Social Sciences, GSLIS has regular opportunities for interactions with members of other departments in the college. These interactions have been productive for the GSLIS, both enriching our intellectual horizons and enhancing opportunities for curriculum expansion. In 2013 GSLIS took part in the development of a Data Science concentration within the sociology department, which offers several tracks related to the emerging area of “Big data.” (Appendix V.5) In spring 2014, GSLIS joined with the History department to forge a joint degree comprising the Master of Library Science and the MA in History, aimed at preparing professionals for positions in academic librarianship and other positions where these two degrees have obvious synergy. The proposal for this joint degree has received approval at all necessary college levels and is moving forward for New York State endorsement (Appendix V.6.) Development of this joint degree has led to discussion of other relevant joint degree programs, possibly including partnerships with the MA programs offered at the CUNY Graduate Center.

GSLIS students have the opportunity to serve on college-wide policy making bodies. Former student Marc Alpert served on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate in 2010. Students also have the opportunity to serve on departmental committees, as well, with the exception of the P&B Committee. The president of the GSLIS Student Association, or another representative, regularly participate in Faculty and CET Committee meetings, bringing valuable input from the student body to the attention of the full faculty. In January 2014, a full time Lecturer, Walter Valero, resigned from the GSLIS on sudden notice, due to personal emergency, leaving much uncertainty among the student body about the gap he would leave. During this time, ongoing communication between students, the QCLISSA representatives, faculty and the Director, provided a means to instill calm and orderly planning. With the full support of the Dean and Provost during this period, GSLIS was able to secure replacement for both the teaching and administrative responsibilities for Professor Valero.

Standard V.3

Standard V.3

The executive officer of a program has title, salary, status, and authority comparable to heads of similar units in the parent institution. In addition to academic qualifications comparable to those required of the faculty, the executive officer has leadership skills, administrative ability, experience, and understanding of developments in the field and in the academic environment needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. The school’s executive officer nurtures an intellectual environment that enhances the pursuit of the school’s mission and program goals and the accomplishment of its program objectives; that environment also encourages faculty and student interaction with other academic units and promotes the socialization of students into the field.

Director/Chair

It is policy at Queens College for all Chairs of academic departments to be elected by the vote of all instructional staff of the department holding faculty rank of Assistant Professor or above. The usual term of service is three years and there is no limit to the number of terms that a Chair may serve. In contrast to other Chairs of academic departments within the Division of Social Sciences, the GSLIS Executive Officer holds the additional position of Director of the School. There are three Schools within Queens College; the Aaron Copland School of Music (Appendix V.7A), the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Appendix 7B) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. The Directors of all three schools hold faculty appointments rather than administrative appointments as Deans.(See Appendix V.7A and Appendix 7B.).

Department Chairs and Director/Chairs have no separate contractual agreements with the Queens College Administration, and their salaries are therefore determined by the scale established under the collective bargaining agreement for faculty. This is in contrast to Deans, who have administrative appointment compensation under the Executive Compensation Plan, which has a salary structure that is not tied to the collective bargaining agreement. The benefit of having elected department Chairs is that it preserves faculty governance in decision making.

Department Chairs receive reduced teaching loads and additional compensation in the form of summer salary.  The GSLIS Director/Chair receives the benefits common to all Chairs: two course reductions each semester and an approximately one-ninth salary supplement in summer. In 2014, negotiations with the Provost and Acting President resulted in additional compensation for the responsibilities of serving as Director as well as Chair. This resulted in an additional one-ninth salary supplement.

The CUNY Bylaws specify the following description of duties of the Chair:

The Chair provides overall guidance on policy matters and works in close consultation with the faculty on setting future directions for GSLIS.  Specifically, the Chair has the following responsibilities, as determined by the CUNY Bylaws (Appendix V.8) . The department chairperson* shall be the executive officer of his/her department and shall carry out the department's policies, as well as those of the faculty and the board which are related to it. He/she shall:

a.       Be responsible for departmental records.

b.      Assign courses to and arrange programs of instructional staff members of the department.

c.       Initiate policy and action concerning the recruitment of faculty and other departmental affairs subject to the powers delegated by these bylaws to the staff of the department in regard to educational policy, and to the appropriate departmental committees in the matter of promotions and appointments.

d.      Represent the department before the faculty council or faculty senate, the faculty, and the board.

e.       Preside at meetings of the department.

f.        Be responsible for the work of the department's committee on appointments or the department's committee on personnel and budget which he/she chairs.

g.       Prepare the tentative departmental budget, subject to the approval by the department's committee on appointments or the department's committee on personnel and budget.

h.      Transmit the tentative departmental budget to the president with his/her own recommendations.

i.         Arrange for careful observation and guidance of the department's instructional staff members.

j.         Make a full report to the president and to the college committee on faculty personnel and budget of the action taken by the department committee on personnel and budget or department committee on appointments** when recommending an appointee for tenure on the following:

a.       Teaching qualifications and classroom work.

b.      Relationship of the appointee with his/her students and colleagues.

c.       Appointee's professional and creative work.

k.       Hold an annual evaluation conference with every member of the department after observation and prepare a memorandum thereof.

l.         Generally supervise and administer the department

The CUNY Bylaws do not specify the responsibilities of Directors of Schools within the individual colleges. Within the GSLIS, the position of Director involves a great deal of attention to long range planning for the growth and maintenance of the school; outreach to constituencies; oversight of the numerous ongoing responsibilities for maintenance of ALA accreditation, including the preparation of regular statistical reports to the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and special reports to ALA’s Office for Accreditation; and, regular participation in ALISE and ALA organizational functions.  

In addition to the responsibilities enumerated above, the Director/Chair serves as chair of the departmental P&B Committee. The Director/Chair has traditionally chaired all faculty searches that the GSLIS conducts.  The Director/Chair is the GSLIS liaison to the Dean of Social Sciences, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and Queens College administration. The Director/Chair also serves as a member of the Division of Social Sciences Caucus and the College P&B Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the Education Unit (Education Division).  The Director/Chair also consults other constituencies, including students, alumni and employers, on matters that may affect them and the GSLIS. 

In 2013, GSLIS added the position of Vice Chair. This is also a faculty position, currently held by Dr. Kwong-bor Ng. Duties of the Vice Chair are not formalized in CUNY Bylaws, as they are quite often specific to the administrative challenges of individual departments. Within the GSLIS, the duties of the Vice Chair include responsibility for course rotation scheduling, in consultation with the Chair, and preparation of the annual ALISE statistical report. The Vice Chair in the GSLIS receives one course reduction per semester.

Standard V.4

Standard V.4

The school’s administrative and other staff are adequate to support the executive officer and faculty in the performance of their responsibilities. The staff contributes to the fulfillment of the school’s mission and program goals and objectives. Within its institutional framework the school uses effective decision-making processes that are determined mutually by the executive officer and the faculty, who regularly evaluate these processes and use the results.

GSLIS Office

 The GSLIS office is supported by two full-time Administrative Assistants and, when needed, the service of part time students (Appendix V.9). Student advising is currently handled by full time faculty appointed as Graduate Advisors, who are compensated by a one course per semester reduction in teaching. The three Graduate Advisor positions are: Graduate Advisor for Admissions; Graduate Advisor for Continuing Students; and, Advisor for LMS students. Detailed description of these roles is given in Chapter IV.

Student advisement, especially Graduate Admissions, has become an increasingly time consuming activity and GSLIS faculty have discussed the need to consider a re-structuring of the Graduate Advisor for Admissions responsibilities. One suggestion for re-structuring considers hiring a full or half time non-faculty employee to handle the responsibilities of Graduate Advisor for Admissions and for Continuing Students. Discussion with the Provost to determine the feasibility of such a hire has already begun, with follow up to take place in the next fiscal year. 

Another important area of administrative restructuring is in the crucial area of assessment data collection. In the fall of 2013 GSLIS received approval to hire a non-teaching adjunct to work 20 hours per week with the Assessment Coordinator, in the establishment of our Assessment Repository, discussed in Chapter 1. During the time of reaccreditation, the justification for such administrative help was clear. GSLIS will seek ongoing support for this position.

Support for Information Technology Services

In recognition of the central role of information technology resources to the effective delivery of the MLS program, Queens College Administration has recently increased support for dedicated technical support personnel services to the GSLIS. Prior to 2014, the Division of Social Sciences employed one Technical Support Assistant, Mr. Aasim Husain, who has responsibility for maintaining the computer labs within the Division as a whole, recruiting, scheduling and supervising lab assistants providing media/computer services for all Division faculty needing these resources for classes and assisting faculty with their individual technological issues. He also works with the Dean to schedule replacement of faculty computers on a regular schedule, and obtains requested software and/or site licenses required by GSLIS classes. In spring 2014 the Provost agreed to allocate 50% of Mr. Husain’s time solely to support of GSLIS Information Technology needs, with the plan that he would, by the end of 2014, be totally dedicated to the services of the school.

Decision Making

Faculty meetings and most committee meetings are held every month, providing a forum for faculty and student attendees to discuss issues of importance. Representatives from the GSLIS student organization (LISSA) and our liaison from the Rosenthal Library regularly attend meetings of the full faculty.  Decisions requiring votes follow Roberts Rules of Order.

Semi-annual faculty retreats provide an opportunity to review and evaluate the year’s activities and accomplishments and plan for the future through extended dialog (Appendix V.15). These retreats generally focus on a broad theme. Since our last Comprehensive Review, GSLIS has focused very strongly on themes of Assessment and Planning. Upcoming retreat topics will address the GSLIS’ continued use of ePortfolios, given the sudden loss of the Epsilen platform, due to bankruptcy of the company (discussed in Chapter 2). At the upcoming retreat in fall 2014 faculty will evaluate the ePortfolio platform currently used in the Division of Education, Chalk & Wire, as well as other options.

Standard V.5

Standard V.5

The parent institution provides continuing financial support sufficient to develop and maintain library and information studies education in accordance with the general principles set forth in these Standards. The level of support provides a reasonable expectation of financial viability and is related to the number of faculty, administrative and support staff, instructional resources, and facilities needed to carry out the school’s program of teaching, research, and service.

Institutional Financial Support

The operating budget for Queens College is determined annually by CUNY, which relies upon funding from the State of New York. The precise formula by which the operating budgets of the CUNY Colleges are determined is not clear. However, it is clear that the colleges are not funded equally. Table V.1 illustrates the total operating budgets for all of the CUNY colleges, for FY2014 and FY2015. Queens College receives less funds than its sister institutions in Manhattan, creating the perception among some faculty and administrators at QC that there is a “outer borough step child status” attached to Queens College. Appendix V.16 provides CUNY memoranda attached to the release of the FY2015 budget figures.

 

FY2014 Base Budget

Base Budget Adjustments

FY2015 Base Budget

Compact Funding

Projected Funding for Centrally Expended Accounts

Projected Total Tax- Levy Budget

Baruch

$110,945

$8,779

$119,723

$7,514

$58,966

$185,951

Brooklyn

$113,615

($1,321)

$112,294

$4,791

$64,326

$181,348

City

$130,368

$2,759

$133,126

$6,430

$73,930

$212,068

Hunter

$147,720

$7,690

$155,410

$9,522

$85,271

$249,757

John Jay

$86,380

$2,115

$88,496

$4,633

$55,016

$148,337

Lehman

$79,963

$2,042

$82,005

$3,520

$43,711

$129,356

Medgar Evers

$48,411

($1,287)

$47,124

$1,391

$24,645

$73,230

NYCCT

$75,197

$5,095

$80,292

$3,934

$45,642

$130,689

Queens

$120,464

($6,665)

$113,799

$6,675

$68,714

$189,365

Staten Island

$83,744

$3,114

$86,858

$3,991

$44,315

$135,442

York

$47,205

$2,164

$49,369

$2,098

$26,787

$78,324

Graduate Center

$97,633

$5,984

$103,617

$687

$56,326

$160,045

Law School

$15,975

$1,007

$16,982

$389

$6,675

$23,999

School of Journalism

$4,446

$664

$5,110

$168

$1,918

$7,152

SPS

$7,996

$2,387

$10,383

$457

$4,141

$14,984

Total

$1,170,062

$34,526

$1,204,588

$56,200

$660,382

$1,920,046

Table V.1 Total Tax Levy Operating Budget ($ in 000s)

As previously mentioned, GSLIS is an academic department within the Division of Social Sciences.  In common with all academic departments, the GSLIS operating budget is divided into four areas: personnel services (PSR, i.e., full-time salaries); other-than-personnel services (OTPS, i.e, tax-levy funds for supplies, travel, etc.); adjunct instruction; and temp services (TS, i.e., part-time salaries other than for adjunct instructors).  It is the practice at Queens College to provide additional adjunct funds, when required, for any course that is well enrolled or that in the opinion of the chair and dean should be offered to insure that students are well served.

Fiscal year 2013/14 budget allocations across these categories, for all departments within the Division of Social Sciences are found in Appendix V.10A The projected budget for FY2015, Division of Social Sciences, can be found in Appendix V.10B.

In order to make meaningful comparisons of budget allocations across departments within the Division of Social Sciences, ratios are calculated to present department spending per FTE (all funds except PSR), and, separately, Adjunct spending and OTPS spending per FTE. Table V.2 below shows that GSLIS is funded on par with, and in some cases better than, other departments in the Division.

Department (#FTEs)

Department spending/FTE

Adjunct Spending/FTE

OTPS Spending/Faculty

Accounting  (1824)

$195.62

$189.48

$89.13

Anthropology  (834)

$238.82

$215.95

$554.44

Economics  (1854)

$261.02

$225.61

$92.96

GSLIS  (292)

$502.95

$382.01

$239.82

History  (892)

$258.02

$250.60

$186.83

Philosophy  (432)

$467.19

$428.06

$280.00

Political Science  (790)

$257.20

$211.47

$302.80

Sociology  (1428)

$646.07

$409.69

$1,284.65

Urban Studies (600)

$542.59

$495.57

$378.95

Table  V.2  FY2015 Budget ratios across Division of Social Sciences

GSLIS is one of the largest graduate programs at the College, and is a unique program in the City University of New York.  Graduate enrollment is a major thrust in the College’s new Strategic Plan.  The College has therefore provided strong budgetary support in the form, for example, of new lines and of faculty release time for program planning and development.  Through the Graduate Investment Initiative, the College has provided staff to maintain the department laboratories for extended hours, and this contribution was recently base-lined in the department budget.  The facilities in the student computer laboratories are supported in part by the Technology Fee, so that computers are automatically replaced on roughly a 5-year cycle, and software licenses are also separately supported.  The College is also in process of renovating several GSLIS spaces, as discussed in chapter 6 (Appendix VI.20). Throughout the College, funds in support of faculty travel are provided by a special PSC-CUNY union fund, with substantial augmentation from the Office of the Provost. 

In sum, the GSLIS budget is highly stable, with guaranteed funding for salaries and a well-managed adjunct instructional budget that is supplemented when needed.  The primary variability in all departmental budgets is the swing resulting from faculty hires and departures.  The College has demonstrated a commitment to maintain staffing levels, and the GSLIS enjoys one of the highest ratios of full-time to part-time instruction at the College

Standard V.6

Standard V.6

Compensation for a program’s executive officer, faculty, and other staff is equitably established according to their education, experience, responsibilities, and accomplishments and is sufficient to attract, support, and retain personnel needed to attain program goals and objectives.

Compensation

Faculty and academic staff at the CUNY are represented by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY). Our most recent union contract covers the years 2007-2010. Typically, negotiations on a new contract lag several years behind the current year, and back pay is then issued when a contract is agreed upon. In addition, The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund provides a range of basic and optional benefits to full-time and adjunct employees, which include dental, drug, optical, disability, extended medical, death and hearing aid benefits (Appendix V.11).  Benefits continue to be provided to retirees provided they have served at the college at least fifteen years.  Further, retirees who remain in New York State are not required to pay state or city taxes, a substantial benefit. Additional funds may be provided for teaching and non-teaching activities during the Summer at the rate of pay for adjunct instructors.  Faculty may choose to participate in a variety of pension plans, especially the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or TIAA-CREF. Details on the contribution requirements and benefits are found at Appendix V.12.

Since the position of Director/Chair is a faculty, rather than administrative, position, compensation for the GSLIS chief executive office, is based on the faculty salary schedule listed in http://www.psc-cuny.org/our-contracts. All departmental chairs, including Directors of Schools, receive additional compensation in summer, equivalent to roughly one-ninth of annual salary. This summer compensation for chairs is paid by CUNY.

As noted in Table V.3, GSLIS average salaries are higher than CUNY overall.. Given the fact that most of our tenured faculty have been employed at the college for ten years or more, these individuals are likely to be at the higher end of the CUNY salary ranges. Despite the high cost of living in the New York metropolitan area, we have been very successful in recent years in recruiting and retaining faculty, as noted in further detail in Chapter 3.

Faculty Rank

CUNY Range (10/20/2009)*

CUNY Average*

GSLIS Range (2014)

GSLIS Average (2014)

Professor

$68,803-$116,364

$92,584

$88,418-$116,364

$101,660

Associate Professor

$55,602-$96,635

$76,119

$76,689-$96,635

$87,247

Assistant Professor

$42,873-$81,645

$62,259

$71,073

$71,073

Lecturer

$41, 435-$74,907

$58,171

NA

NA

Table V.3 Faculty Salary Comparison. *http://www.psc-cuny.org/our-contracts, (these are the latest available figures).

Given the high cost of living in the New York City region, hiring new faculty at the junior ranks is challenging, across all departments. An advantage to QC in negotiating with potential new faculty hires is the automatic annual salary step increase, a generous benefits package and the willingness of CUNY to sponsor new faculty through the process of achieving U.S. citizenship. Most recently, GSLIS has been successful in hiring two well qualified new faculty members from outside of the NYC region (see Chapter 3) with generous start up packages and starting salaries near the top of the contract range for the Assistant Professor rank.

Support staff are Classified Civil Service employees, who must receive a passing score on an civil service exam, be placed on an eligibility list and be interviewed prior to being hired. The Classification and Compensation unit at CUNY “establishes and implements job design and compensation plans that support the university’s academic mission, are competitive, and are consistent with a policy of promoting inclusive Excellence at CUNY (Appendix V.13).  The unit further maintains a Classification Plan as charted under CUNY’s Civil Service regulations and New York State Civil Service law.

Standard V.7

Standard V.7

Institutional funds for research projects, professional development, travel, and leaves with pay are available on the same basis as in comparable units of the institution. Student financial aid from the parent institution is available on the same basis as in comparable units of the institution.

Faculty Support

Funding of faculty travel is part of the PSC‑CUNY contractual guidelines and monies are drawn from the Deans' OTPS/TS allocations and other sources. Currently, according to the Division of Social Sciences practice, untenured faculty members in the division receive an annual $850 travel grant for attending a professional conference within the U.S. Tenured faculty are eligible to receive  $750. For international travel, additional funds are available and are negotiated with the Dean on per case basis. GSLIS faculty have been successful in obtaining supplemental funding for international travel, as noted in Chapter 3. Should there be funds left over towards the end of the academic year, second applications from those already funded can be entertained.

The PSC-CUNY contract provides support for research, professional development and leaves (Appendix V.14).  Additionally the Research Enhancement Grant Program at Queens College awards funding to faculty members from all academic divisions (Appendix V.15).  These awards range from $5,000 to $30,000. Detailed information regarding faculty research support, sabbatical leaves, and teaching release is covered in Chapter 3, Standard III.2.

GSLIS does not have doctoral students to serve as graduate assistants to faculty. Requests for graduate assistants from the MLS student population may be granted through the use of non-teaching adjunct funds made available through the Dean’s office, with approval from the Provost. This is an area of funding that the GSLIS has not exploited in the past and which will be investigated further in the area of help with assessment data collection.

Student Financial Aid

Financial aid from Queens College is available to GSLIS students on the same basis as it is to students in comparable departments. The Office of Financial Aid Services handles all inquiries concerning financial aid (Appendix V.7). Financial aid available through this office includes grants, work study, and loans through Federal and New York State programs. Aid awards for all these programs are based on financial need as determined by standard calculations used for all students applying for the same programs (FAFSA forms). They are awarded to assist with educational expenses. In order to receive payment, students must meet additional eligibility requirements related to registration status (part-time or full-time), citizenship /immigration status and academic progress.

Students may also investigate local and national scholarships. GSLIS students have won scholarships from both the Nassau and Suffolk Library Associations as well as ALA Spectrum and Gates scholarships. Matriculated students are also eligible for the trainee programs maintained by the New York Public, Brooklyn Public, and Queens Borough Public Libraries. These programs offer a matriculated student a paraprofessional position, at least partial tuition reimbursement, experience, and the high probability of employment as a professional upon graduation. Scholarship opportunities for students is discussed in Chapter IV.

Standard V.8

Standard V.8

The school’s planning and evaluation process includes review of both its administrative policies and its fiscal policies and financial support. Within applicable institutional policies, faculty, staff, students, and others are involved in the evaluation process. Evaluation is used for ongoing appraisal to make improvements and to plan for the future.

The school’s planning and evaluation process, discussed in Chapter 1, addresses fiscal support from Queens College and CUNY. Restating these GSLIS Organizational Goals and Objectives relevant to Standard V:

Organizational Goal 5

The GSLIS strives to ensure a sustainable institutional environment. The school is proactive in securing appropriate institutional and administrative resources to adequately support its needs.

The school regularly takes stock of its immediate and long range needs in the areas of personnel, physical infrastructure and technology, in order to better advocate for institutional resources.

Objectives

5.1.      Members of the GSLIS faculty serve on appropriate campus committees to have a voice on budgetary, political and other matters.

5.2.      GSLIS needs for facility upgrades, IT support and IT capability are assessed on an annual basis.

5.3.      QC and CUNY administration understand and support the administrative, faculty, student and physical resource needs of the school and devote sufficient funds for its ongoing maintenance

GSLIS is meeting these objectives and all of the elements of Standard V. An area of uncertainty that will affect the outcome of future institutional support for the GSLIS is the interim and “Acting” status of many key figures in higher administration within the college. CUNY has a new Chancellor, James B. Milliken (http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/chancellor/) and Queens College has a new President, Felix Matos Rodriguez, effective August 28, 2014. Acting Dean of Social Sciences Leonard Rodberg will be replaced by Acting Dean Savage at the end of August 2014, while a national search for a permanent dean resumes.

Summary

Evidence presented in Chapter 5 demonstrates that GSLIS is meeting elements of Standard V. However, there are challenges facing not only GSLIS but Queens College. CUNY receives its operating budget from New York State, and all of the CUNY colleges receive their annual budgets from CUNY. As shown in this chapter, Queens College is not funded at the same level as other senior colleges. This is a challenge for the new President to address. On a brighter note, the school’s annual budget is on par with other departments within the Division of Social Sciences.

Faculty salaries are determined by PSC-CUNY contract on a salary scale  that contains annual step increases. The PSC-CUNY contract expired in 2010 and negotiations are ongoing. GSLIS is able to remain competitive in faculty hiring by offering starting salaries near the top of the salary scale. The compensation of the GSLIS Director/Chair is also tied to the salary scale of all faculty, with additional summer compensation. As discussed in this chapter and in chapter 3, the responsibilities of the Director/Chair extend well beyond the duties of departmental chairs and warrant additional compensation.

Queens College Administration has been supportive of GSLIS by funding new faculty lines, by funding new support services for faculty assessment research and by allocating new resources for IT support.  Improvements to classroom and other facilities are discussed in Chapter 6.