Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: February 21, 2003
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Advani, Atwood, Barnes, Barone, Baruh, Bathory, Blasi, Boikess, Borisovets, Bossard, Bottega, Boylan, Brazier, Caprio, Caruso, Cerulo, Chambers, Cohen, Colaizzi, T. Cooper, Cotter, Darien, Davidson, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, DeRosa, Dess, Diner, Domb, Doshi, Durante, Erlichson, Evans, Fischetti, Flanagan, Forman, Friedrich, Gaunt, Gillett, Gould, Greenhut, Hillman, Hirschmugl, Hodgson, Hornichter, J. Hughes, Hyndman, Joshua Jackson, Jessen, Jones, Karel, Kauffman, Kennedy, Kirby, Kleiman, Kokini, Krucher, Laguna-Diaz, Lashley, Lee, Liberman, Lichtenfeld, Markowitz, Maudlin, Maurer, McCormick, McKay, McKeever, Messer, Naus, Nedick, Obayashi, Ocone, O’Connor, Panayotatos, Pancholy, Parrish, Patel, Pellegrine, Pieczenik, Preston, Puniello, Rabii, Rabinowitz, Ramsay, Abhay Rijhsinghani, Amit Rijhsinghani, Rountree, Salge, Schiavo, Schlegel, Scott, Seneca, P. Simmons, H. Smith, N. Smith, D. Snyder, P. Snyder, Sondahl, Szatrowski, Tandon, Thompson, Tsurumi, Vodak, Wadia, Walker-Andrews, Wang, Weis, Wilkinson, Winterbauer, Worrall, Wozniak
EXCUSED: Ambar, Bell, Berz, Bry, Cronk, Deutsch, El-Shakhs, Gillis, Gossett, Grennille, Hall, Haugerud, Hawkesworth, Jesse, Kenfield, Kenney, Keoskey, Kirschner, Klein, Lanterman, Leath, Leontiades, Leustek, Manhoff, Maradonna, Marsh, Massenburg, Mensah, Miller, Nordstrom, Oren, Penfield, Plummer, Pottick, Saidel, Sears, Shovlin, Swenson, Wasserman
ABSENT: Adelaja, Bay, Breton, Bushnell, Case, Chism, A. Cooper, Cowley, Craft, Dekhterman, Driscoll, Elgallab, Griffiths, Hanlon, Hara, Hirsh, Hull, Joanne Jackson, Johnson, Joo, Kressel, Lehman, Owusu, Perr, Roden, Schock, Segers, Silver, R. Simmons, Solomon, Stauffer, Sukhdeo, Taylor, Tuckman, Webb, Zaborszky, Zylstra
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 94 total: 51 present (54%), 24 excused (26%) 19 absent (20%); Students: Of 49 total: 35 present (71%), 4 excused (8%), 10 absent (21%); Administrators: Of 39 total: 24 present (62%), 8 excused (20%), 7 absent (18%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 2 present (33%), 3 excused (50%), 1 absent (17%) View Senate attendance record for this year.
NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT: Redd
NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT: Sambolin, Wright
PRESIDING OFFICER: Paul Panayotatos, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order, and led a moment of silence in memory of Joseph Whiteside, former senior vice president and treasurer.
Chairperson Panayotatos informed the Senate that a nationwide initiative to have higher-education governance bodies look into intercollegiate athletics is forming, and that Senator Walker-Andrews had been selected as the Rutgers representative to that group. He also said that the Senate website now includes a webpage with links to completed reports and resolutions, and which he hopes will eventually include follow-up information on the resolutions.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed by the Secretary. [http://senate.rutgers.edu/0203agen.html]
Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the January 24, 2003 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary. [http://senate.rutgers.edu/012403se.html]
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included comments on several issues.
On the proposed 11.9 percent cut in state funding, President McCormick said that it would be the largest in Rutgers’ history, and would have major impacts in areas such as recruitment, retention, tuition, offerings, and others, but noted that protecting academic programs is a top priority. He stressed the importance of working together against the budget reduction, and urged everyone to write to Governor McGreevey and New Jersey legislators in support of adequate and predictable funding for Rutgers, and for New Jersey higher education.
RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED AND CONTINUED
AND IN SUPPORT OF EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW JERSEY
Whereas, Rutgers, as the flagship institution of higher education for New Jersey, currently plays a leadership role in training the people of our State and in the overall economic growth of New Jersey, and,
Whereas, continued excellence depends upon sustained, predictable, and adequate funding; and,
Whereas, the projected budget cuts are of an enormous and shocking magnitude, especially following years of underfunding and last year’s significant mid-year cuts; and,
Whereas, the budget cuts will limit access to higher education for many residents of our State; and,
Whereas, academic reputations are built slowly over many years, and once compromised cannot be regained; and,
Whereas, the proposed cuts are unique among those impacting the many other critical areas of the State, in that they compound problems caused by decades of increasingly inadequate funding, and risk putting pushing Rutgers past a threshold that could undo the progress of the last twenty years;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the State prevent the most serious erosion in the quality of higher education in New Jersey by providing sufficient and appropriate funding for higher education; and,
Be It Further Resolved, that the Governor's Review and Implementation Committee of the NJ Commission on Health Science, Education and Training delay recommendations for any significant actions concerning the reorganization of New Jersey higher education until theirthe associated cost for each action has been assessed and the necessary financial commitment to achieve them has been made by the State; and, to achieve them.
Be It Also Resolved, that the State also look beyond the current fiscal crisis and work with the higher education community to develop a plan for predictable, sustained, and adequate funding that can help New Jersey higher education achieve our shared goal of academic excellence, as called for in the report of the NJ Commission on Health Science, Education and Training.
There was no Old Business.
Senator Zowie Barnes asked that a Senate committee be charged with investigating the status of the Ecological Preserve. The Senate Executive Committee will consider such a potential charge.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported on the February 7, 2003 [http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec020703.html] Senate Executive Committee meeting. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Wozniak reported on the February 14, 2003 Board of Governors meetings.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON: There were no reports from campus faculty liaisons.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m.
Secretary of the University Senate