1. Chair’s Report - Peter Gillett, Senate Chair
2. Secretary’s Report - Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the Senate
3. Administrative Report - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
4. Office of Student Affairs Report- Anne Newman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
5. Senate and Executive Committee Calendar
The SAC has been charged as follows:
Evaluate and make recommendations on how Student Senators are elected. Consider if there should be a requirement for direct election of senators. Report to the Senate Executive Committee by January 2019.
Instruction Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-1803 on A Policy Relating to Student Posting of Faculty-Owned Documents - Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair
The ICAC has been charged as follows:
Investigate and make recommendations on University Policies relating to students' posting of syllabi, slides, tests, examinations, and other professor-created documents to sites such as Course Hero. Consider similar issues related to student-created documents. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by February 2019.
Instruction Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-1802 on Online and Hybrid Course Support - Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair
The ICAC has been charged as follows:
Investigate and consider how online and hybrid courses are supported at Rutgers. How are courses created and delivered and how are faculty supported? Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by November 2018.
Issues and Proposed Charges:
Unit Merger Process and Follow-Up Review - Michael Kelly, At-Large Faculty Member of Executive Committee
After reflection on an email sent to RBHS faculty and staff on December 20, 2018 by Chancellor Brian Strom, citing:
With the resignation of Dean Sherine Gabriel from RWJMS, Dr. Strom announced: "Now is the perfect time for a rigorous, structured exploration of the optimal level of integration between our two medical schools that will best achieve our missions of research, education, patient care, and community service and fulfill their potential for greater national recognition and accoomplishment."
Senator Kelly has proposed the Senate Executive Committee consider the following:
- follow-up on the consequences of unit mergers have thus far been limited to reports to the EC from the relevant deans, often in the short-term after the actual merger;
- given that proposed benefits of the mergers may take longer to realize, there may be value in longer term follow-up (2-3 years), focusing on proposed/realized benefits, administrative changes/savings, faculty retention/recruitment, grant/philanthropy support, alumni preception. This review would be of benefit in assessing future proposed mergers;
- with the current structure of the two medical schools currently under review, this may be an opportune time to determine if such long-term follow-up should be standard by reviewing the law school and/or nursing school mergers;
- thus, the EC should determine if a follow-up review of a unit merger should be done, if so by which committee, and that review should include a recommendation as to whether such long-term reviews should be a standing element of the Senate's review of proposed unit mergers.
Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Response to Charge S-1808: Code of Student Conduct Policy Review - Regina Masiello and Robert Schwartz, ASRAC Co-Chairs
The ASRAC has been charged as follows: Review the new University Policy 10.2.11 on Code of Student Conduct, identify any concerns and, if appropriate, recommend further changes or other courses of action. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by December 2018.
Senator Robert Schwartz, ASRAC Co-Chair, and Senator Babu Dasari, ASRAC EC Liaison, discussed the work of the committee and the proposed recommendations at the November 30, 2018 Executive Committee (EC) meeting. It was suggested the committee review the tracked changes version of the Code of Student Conduct Policy to enhance their report and resubmit for the January 11, 2019 EC meeting.
8. New Business
RGPEC request for a deadline extension from March 2019 to April 2019 for Charge S-1810: Facilities and Infrastructure.
9. University Senate Agenda