CALL TO ORDER,
DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
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
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
SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the
Standards, Regulations and
Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Follow-Up
to Charge S-1003A on Academic Calendar, Part 2
NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS REPORT
[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
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
- Interim New Brunswick Chancellor
Interim New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards presented a New
Brunswick campus report, which included comments on:
- addition of a New Brunswick chancellor position to Rutgers'
- Robert L. Barchi being named president of Rutgers University;
- the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act,
and integration of Rutgers University with the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ);
- Rutgers' strategic planning processes, and opportunities for the
Rutgers community to participate in those processes;
- Rutgers contracting with Pearson to help Rutgers grow its online
- Rutgers' responses to recent weather-related emergencies,
particularly Hurricane Sandy, and how those response processes and
general preparedness can be improved;
- achievements, awards, and honors of faculty and students;
- rankings of Rutgers programs;
- structural and administrative transitions;
- Rutgers' move into the Big Ten athletic conference, and joining
the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC); and
- areas of Rutgers New Brunswick in which improvement is needed,
particularly relative to other members of the CIC, such as size of
endowment and number of chaired professorships.
Edwards then responded to questions on topics including:
OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS
OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
- campus-specific administrative positions and related
- benefits of CIC membership; and
- makeup classes following Hurricane Sandy.
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.
CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS:
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
There was no old business.
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:
- the administration has embarked on a comprehensive strategic
planning that has the potential to make major changes in many areas of
- the Senate, in a report of the Budget and Finance Committee,
called a year ago for a strategic planning process to make clearer the
bases on which resource allocations are made.
- that report stresses that active deliberation by stakeholders is
a key ingredient of successful strategic planning in universities.
- the Senate is the University's principal body for stakeholder
deliberation. It is the only place where all the major constituencies -
students, staff, faculty and administrators - come together for
discussion of critical issues, and plays an important role in building
trust and consensus throughout the University.
Therefore, We Ask That:
- the Senate make discussion of strategic planning a top priority
for the Spring 2013 semester.
- 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
- 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:
Executive Secretary of the University Senate