MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: January 25, 2013

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, New Brunswick Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT: Abu El-Haj, Alizadeh, Alvi, Amaya-Fernandez, Angell, Aubry, Baffo, Barcy, Barraco, Beachem, Bell, Berman, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borisovets, Boustany, Buchholtz, Cashin, Cimiotti, Coleman, Cotter, Creese, DiVito, Dowd, Edward, Edwards, Fagley, Farino, K. Fernandez, Figueira, Fiore, Fishbein, Gallo, Gao, Geerdts, Glaser, Gould, Greenhut, Guo, Hackworth, Haibach, Heckscher, Hetling, Hinch, Hughes, Hyndman, Jimenez, Klein, Krenos, Laguna, Lakkaraju, Markowitz, Mazurek, McKeever, Messer, Midlarsky, Minsky, Miranti, Mitchell, Moran, Muse, Naus, Navrot, Niederman, Norville, O'Connor, Oliver,  Otto, Ottomanelli, Panayotatos, Pavlovic, Pirrello, Pottick, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Rodgers, Rosario, Roth, Sahi, Saito, Schantz, Scherrer, Schulman, Seethamraju, Shamshair, Shapiro, Sheflin, Sikorski, Simmons, Sokolov, Sorensen, Spasojevic, Spellmeyer, Spiegel, Stauffer, Stein, Stillwagon, Szatrowski, Taghon, Tancs, Taylor, Tehrani, Thompson, Thuno, Toney-Boss, Tsakalakos, Tursi, Uzun, Vander Hoff, Velan, Vodak, Wagner, Wang, Wei, Winkler, Yabut, Zimmerman

EXCUSED: Bagchi, Balog, Barchi, Barone, Bunch, Burrell, Cachel, Dantzler, Deenamsetty, Dixit, Evans, Fehn, Finegold, Ganesh, Gaunt, Gillett, Gomes, Goodman, Kenfield, Kukor, Lewis, Lindgren, Mullen, Oboh, Padgett, Patel, Redlawsk, Robinson, Saltzman, Schiavo, Schrire, Schurman, Schwartz, Shafer, Shiffrar, Suplee, Trivedi, Weigert, White, R. Williams, Winterbauer

ABSENT: Akinlabi, Ansari, Atkins, Avakame, Baldwin, Bubb, Chant, Clear, Coghlan, Covington, Crowell, DeLisi, Dietrich, Endicott, Falk, Farmer, Farris, L. Fernandez, Goldstein, Grabosky, J. Harris, R. Harris, Holzemer, Holzer, Hudson, Jaloudi, Janes, Karunanithi, Katz, Laquidara, Li, Lindenmeyer, Lynch, Maher, Mao, C. Ortiz, R. Ortiz, Pandey, Pritchett, Reade, Rogers, Schement, Small-Post, Solomon, Sowinski, Takhistov, Van de Walle, Wasserman, W. Williams, Wolf, Yeagle

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 105 total: 65 present (62%), 18 excused (17%), 22 absent (21%); Students: Of 49 total: 26 present (53%), 8 excused (16%), 15 absent (31%); Administrators: Of 35 total: 6 present (17%), 15 excused (43%), 14 absent (40%); Staff: Of 14 total: 14 present (100%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 6 present (100%)
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PRESIDING OFFICER: Paul Panayotatos, Chairperson


Chairperson Panayotatos called the January 25, 2013 University Senate meeting to order at 1:12 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He said that he had met with President Barchi and Executive Vice President Edwards at the beginning of the semester to discuss pending decisions on Senate recommendations that had been submitted to the administration but on which responses had not yet been received..

- Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate


Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Follow-Up to Charge S-1003A on Academic Calendar, Part 2 [Link goes to report as amended and adopted by the Senate at this meeting.] - Martha Cotter and Daniel Schantz, ASRAC Co-chairs
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Co-chairs Martha Cotter and Daniel Schantz presented the ASRAC response and recommendations on Charge S-1003A, Academic Calendar, Part 2, Follow-up. Cotter summarized the report, after which Schantz read the recommendations. Ted Szatrowski moved to amend the recommendations by making the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a Friday class day, to end regular classes on Thursday, December 10, and make Friday, December 11 and Monday, December 14 reading days. The motion was seconded, discussed, and adopted on card vote. The report and recommendations, as amended, were then adopted by the Senate.

NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS REPORT - Interim New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards

Interim New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards presented a New Brunswick campus report, which included comments on:
Edwards then responded to questions on topics including:
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors,  reported on the December 14, 2012 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Martha Cotter, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported that the Board of Trustees had not met since the previous Senate meeting.

Samuel Rabinowitz, chair Camden Faculty Council, reported on recent activities of the Camden Faculty Council. Senator Daniel O'Connor, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on recent plans and activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: Chairperson Panayotatos asked for a motion to move the Senate into committee-of-the-whole to discuss strategic planning. He explained committee-of-the-whole format. On motion, the Senate entered committee-of-the-whole. Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) members Menahem Spiegel (chair), Samuel Berman, and Charles Heckscher presented a "Resolution on Senate Involvement in Strategic Planning" that had been written and adopted by the BFC that morning. Heckscher read the resolution, as follows:

Therefore, We Ask That:
  1. the Senate make discussion of strategic planning a top priority for the Spring 2013 semester.
  2. that the Senate request a meeting between the Steering Committee or its designated representatives and the Budget and Finance Committee, with an open invitation to the Executive Committee, to take place before the next Senate meeting, in order to discuss the strategic planning process.
  3. that Senate standing committees examine the process of the strategic planning under its standing charges and prepare proposals for discussion by the Senate within the next two months.
Parliamentary procedure, as applies to the appropriateness of this resolution, was discussed, and it was ruled out of order for action because the Senate was in committee-of-the-whole, and therefore could discuss, but not vote on issues. There was additional discussion of strategic planning before the above resolution was again brought to the floor. Chairperson Panayotatos said that the resolution would appropriately be brought to the Executive Committee for consideration. [Note: The subsequent Executive Committee meeting was opened to all University Senators for an open forum with President Barchi on strategic planning.] On motion and duly seconded, the Senate rose from committee-of-the-whole. A quorum count was called, and it was determined that a quorum was not present.

Quorum not being present, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m. Discussion of strategic planning and related processes, including those internal to the Senate and its standing committees, continued afterward.

Minutes Written and Submitted by:
Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate