RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: September 21, 2001
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student
Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adelson, Antwi, Asaytuno, Baldi, Barone,
Bathory, Bell, Berz, Bhandari, Bittner, Blasi, Borisovets, Bossard, Boylan,
Breton, Bronzan, Bry, Caprio, Chopra, Cizewski, Cohen, Colaizzi, Cooper,
Cotter, Cowley, Darien, Davidson, DeCarlo, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, DeRosa,
Deutsch, Dimond, Diner, Domb, Driscoll, Duncan, Elovitz, Esser, Falk, Forman,
Franklin, Friedrich, Gary, Gaunt, Habib, Hall, Haugerud, Hawkesworth, Hirsh,
Hughes, Jesse, Jessen, Karel, Kauffman, Kennedy, Kenney, Keoskey, Kirschner,
Klein, Laguna-Diaz, Lang, Laurente, Lawrence, Leath, Lee, Leontiades, Maitland,
Manhoff, Maradonna, Markowitz, Marsh, Maudlin, Maw, McKay, McKeever, Messer,
Metzidakis, G. Miller, J. Miller, Millican, Nagarajan, Nordstrom, O’Connor,
Oren, Panayotatos, Pellegrine, Penfield, Perlman, Perr, Plummer, Puniello,
Quinn, Rabinowitz, Ramsay, Rijhsinghani, Rohr, Ross, Saidel, Samuels, Saniefard,
Scott, Seneca, Silver, R. Simmons, Sims, Slawsky, Smith, D. Snyder, P.
Snyder, Solomon, Spencer, Stamato, Stauffer, Stein, Strom, Sullivan, Szatrowski,
Tallau, Theodossiou, Tripolitis, Tuckman, Varma, Vershon, Vodak, Walker-Andrews,
Wallenstein, Wasserman, Webb, Wilkinson, Winterbauer, Wozniak, Wyly, Zaveri
EXCUSED: Bay, Boikess, Evans, Flanagan, Gillis, Griffith,
Hornichter, Krueckeberg, Martinez-Fernandez, Mills, Paris, Pottick, Roth,
Seplaki, Swenson, Toledo, Wadia, Zaborszky, Zylstra
ABSENT: Albers, Boucher, Bushnell, Butwinski, Darkenwald,
Diamond, Fechter, Felson, Gossy, Gross, Hamm, Hara, Hillman, Imani, Jackson,
Keating, Kenfield, LaPadula, Lehman, Li, Mandau, Matsuda, Naus, Schlegel,
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 85 total: 56 present
(66%), 12 excused (14%), 17 absent (20%); Students: Of 49 total:
39 present (80%), 4 excused (8%), 6 absent (12%); Administrators:
Of 39 total: 34 present (87%), 3 excused (8%), 2 absent (5%); Alumni:
Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 0 excused, 1 absent (17%)
NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: Redd, Wright
NON-VOTING MEMBER ABSENT: Sambolin
PRESIDING OFFICER: Kathleen Scott, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Scott welcomed all present,
and thanked new and returning Senators for their involvement with the University
Senate. She asked the assembly to join her in a moment of silence
for victims of the recent terrorist attacks, and expressed sympathy to
the community and all affected.
Chairperson Scott then reviewed the Senate’s charge and responsibilities,
suggesting that all Senators review the Senate Handbook [http://senate.rutgers.edu/handbook.html],
particularly University Regulation 2.2.2, the Senate’s enabling regulation.
Chairperson Scott then summarized action which had been taken over the
summer on several of the Senate’s recent resolutions:
Student Financial Management and Credit-Card Debt: A committee
has been formed, under the leadership of Dean Marie Logue, which will formulate
a consistent policy for on-campus solicitation by credit-card vendors.
Steps are being taken to secure sponsorship for, and to prepare a financial-management
program for students.
School of Law-Camden Grading System: Changes to the School
of Law-Camden grading system recommended by the Senate last year were implemented
by the Board of Governors in July.
Social Security Numbers as Student Identification: Vice President
Emmet Dennis is leading a committee to examine ways to reduce instances
of Social Security numbers/student identification number use throughout
Teaching Assistant Training: Several of the Senate’s recommendations
on this issue have been enacted.
Evaluation of Administrators: A system for evaluation of deans
has been implemented.
Chairperson Scott said that last year was a productive and exciting one,
and expressed hope that the coming year would be equally so. She
reminded the Senate that the quality of the Senate’s work depends upon
its committees. Regarding charges, she said that newly issued or
contemplated charges will be reported by Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz during
his Executive Committee reports to the Senate. She asked all Senators
to convey any comments they may have on those charges to the committee
chair, or to herself or Secretary Swalagin, so that they can be considered
before the committee’s final report on the charge reaches the Senate floor.
She asked those groups which caucus to attend their caucuses, noting that
Senate resolutions, as well as Senate discussions, inform the president.
Online Student Instructional Ratings/Evaluations: A mechanism
by which students can post ratings and evaluations of courses and instruction
is now available online.
Chairperson Scott commented on, and invited participation in, an upcoming
New Brunswick Faculty Council Conference on Undergraduate Teaching [http://teachx.rutgers.edu/council/index.html],
to be held on October 12, 2001 at the Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue
She introduced Secretary Swalagin, noting that the Secretary is the
person to whom all Senate correspondence should be addressed. She
introduced Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz, Parliamentarian Saniefard, and
Linda Mickelsen of the Senate office.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: On motion and duly
seconded, the agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: On
motion and duly seconded, Minutes of the April 27, 2001 Organizational
Meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Communications:
Communications had been distributed by mail, and the text thereof posted
online for Senate review, as follows:
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: Chairperson Scott introduced President
Lawrence, who took the lectern. President Lawrence presented his
annual State of the University address (text attached to the master copy
of these minutes, and available online at
July 10, 2001 Memorandum from President Francis L. Lawrence acknowledging
receipt of Senate advice, and endorsing the Senate resolution on Minimum
Grade Point Average [http://senate.rutgers.edu/fllgpa.html]
July 10, 2001 Memorandum from President Francis L. Lawrence, and August
27, 2001 Memorandum from University Vice President Joseph J. Seneca regarding
implementation of Evaluation of Administrators by Faculty and Students.
July 10, 2001 Memorandum from President Francis L. Lawrence acknowledging
Senate advice on Part-Time Lecturer and Annual Representation on the University
July 16, 2001 Letter from President Francis L. Lawrence to Vice President
for Student Affairs Emmet Dennis regarding establishment of the Ad Hoc
Committee on Student ID [http://senate.rutgers.edu/flldenni.html]
July 20, 2001 Memorandum from President Francis L. Lawrence acknowledging
receipt of Senate advice, and endorsing the Senate resolution on the Add/Drop
August 30, 2001 E-mail from Mark Washington, Associate Director, Administrative
Computing Services, informing that the Student Instructional Ratings Survey
[http://sirs.rutgers.edu] is now
A question-and-answer period followed, during which President Lawrence
responded to questions on issues which included: course registration policies
for National Guard students; ways in which students can help Rutgers work
toward the goals President Lawrence discussed in his address; university-wide
effects of corporate donations; and details of student center expansions.
OLD BUSINESS/COMMITTEE REPORTS:
1. That the University Senate enthusiastically endorses the
report and recommendations of the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes
Curriculum Task Force, and recommends that undergraduate deans and their
curriculum committees consider incorporating intercultural learning objectives
into their graduation requirements.
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee - Natalie Borisovets, Committee
and Equal Opportunity Committee - Pheroze Wadia, 2000-2001 Committee
A Report and Resolution on Charge S-0005, to "Review and comment on
the May 2000 Report of the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes Curriculum
Task Force," [http://senate.rutgers.edu/commpurp.html]
which had been carried over from the April 2001 Senate meeting, was presented
by Committee Chair Natalie Borisovets. The report included the following
2. That the University Senate urges individual faculty in all
disciplines to consider incorporating the intercultural learning objectives
into their course offerings whenever feasible.
3. That the University Vice President for Academic Affairs present
a report at the April 2002 University Senate meeting summarizing the activities
and progress made in incorporating intercultural learning objectives across
The floor was opened to questions and/or discussion; there was none.
On voice vote, the report’s resolution was approved by the Senate as follows:
Whereas, the University Senate’s Instruction, Curricula and
Advising (ICA) Committee has examined and reported on the proposed Committee
to Advance Our Common Purposes Curriculum Task Force Report; and
Whereas, the University Senate has reviewed the ICA Committee’s
Report and its Recommendations, finding those Recommendations to be sound
and in the best interests of Rutgers University;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate
endorses the ICA Committee’s Report on the proposed Committee to Advance
Our Common Purposes Curriculum Task Force Report.
NEW BUSINESS: Senator Markowitz, in the context of his teaching
association with the City College of New York Center for Worker Education
(CCNY-CWE), spoke of the devastating effects the recent terrorist attacks
have had on that institution, and moved a resolution declaring Rutgers
to be a “sister university” to CUNY-CWE. His motion was seconded.
In response to a question from Senator Panayotatos, Senator Markowitz said
that becoming a sister university constitutes an offer and expression of
“support, friendship, connection, moral support.” He suggested that
the resolution should be faxed to CUNY-CWE if approved by the Senate.
There was no further discussion on the resolution. On voice vote,
the Senate approved the resolution, as follows:
"We, The University Senate of Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey, salute the students, faculty and staff of the Center for Worker
Education of the City College of New York, who will resume classes at their
building at 99 Hudson Street in the federal district/World Trade Center
area. We declare ourselves a sister university to CUNY-CWE, who with
us are part of the American family of public higher education, which will
grow stronger and better in the aftermath of the attack on our People and
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported
on the June 1, 2001 [http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec060101.html]
and September 7, 2001 [http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec090701.html].
Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
Senator Walker-Andrews reported on the July 2001 Board of Governors
meeting. Senator Vodak reported on the July 2001 Board of Trustees
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senators Nabil Adam,
M.A. Rafey Habib, and Martha Cotter reported on plans and recent activities
of the Newark Faculty Council, Camden Faculty Senate, and New Brunswick
Faculty Council, respectively.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the
University Senate, Chairperson Scott declared the meeting adjourned at
Secretary of the University Senate