RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY
OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: October 27, 2006
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose
Room, CamdenCampusCenter, Camden
MEMBERS PRESENT:Adelman, Allen,
Allender, Alonso, Bernstein, Boikess, Borisovets, Bosotov, Bravo, Bynes,
Caprio, Carbone, Carey, Chabal, Cole, Cooke, Coppolo, Cotter, Cowen, Curtis,
DeLuca, R. Dennis, Edwards, Eldreth, Friedrich, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gillett,
Gould, Grant, Greenhut, Hall, Heckscher, Hyman, Jackson, Johnson, Keating,
Larmony, Leath, Levitsky, Lippert, Markert, Markowitz, Marsh, Mauroff,
McCormick, McCoy-Carter, McKay, J. Meyer, Mulcahy, Nayyar, Ng, Niederman,
Nolfi, Norville, Obayashi, Oren, Palmon, Panayotatos, Puniello, Samuel
Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Reiss, Rivera, Robinson, Rockland, Rold,
Schantz, Schein, Scott, Shah, Soyosa, Spiegel, Spotacco, Stein, Szatrowski,
Taulane, Tevis, Thompson, Tittler, Toney-Boss, Van Til, Venzie, Wallace,
Williams, Winterbauer, Wright, Wyhopen
EXCUSED: Alger, Barone, Bhuyan, Bodnar,
Boylan, Bubb, Busia, Cohick, Coit, Colaizzi, Covey, Creese, DeLisi, E.
Dennis, Diner, Dutta, Galili, Gigliotti, Gimenez, Gonzalez-Palmer, Goodman,
Gunderson, Guo, Hughes, Jozefczyk, Kalelkar, Kern, Krenos, Laguna-Diaz,
Lehne, McCabe, McKeever, W. Meyer, Miller, Oppenheim, Ozbay, Rankin, Sanders,
Schaich, Schorr, Schwab, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, St.
John, Sukhdeo, Traxler, Vodak
Amirahmadi, Apfel, Atmeh, Barbarese, Bay, Bellany, Blimling, Bosch, Copeland,
Deutsch, Dienst, Dixon-McInerney, Duncan, Finegold, Fowler, Habib, Hart,
Harris, Holzer, Hyndman, Kennedy, Kirby, Kirschner, Klein, Kokini, Koza,
Lashley, Lipman, Livingston, Maher, Marchetta, Murthy, Ocone, Patel, Pedersen,
Pittman, Quinn, Schock, Simon, Sofer, Solomon, Sonariwo, Staples, Stauffer,
Urbaniak, Vera, Wagner, Wang, Whitfield
Faculty:Of 84 total: 34
present (40%), 33 excused (40%), 17 absent (20%); Students: Of
51 total: 31 present (61%), 3 excused (6%), 17 absent (33%); Administrators: Of
35 total: 10 present (28%), 9 excused (26%), 16 absent (46%); Alumni: Of
6 total: 4 present (66%), 1 excused (17%), 1
absent (17%); Staff: Of
10 total: 9 present (90%, 1 excused (10%),
Senate attendance record for this year
OFFICER: Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
- Martha Cotter, Chairperson
Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:23
p.m. After welcoming all to the annual meeting in Camden,
and noting that the Senate is always treated very well on the Camden Campus,
she made a very brief report which included comments on:
continuing Senate committee work on a number of substantive
issues, and the expectation that those issues will begin to appear on Senate
agendas in December;
Senate consideration of, and participation in, the Middle
States reaccreditation process, and strong Senate representation on the
steering committee and various working groups; and
a charge currently in the University Structure and Governance
Committee to assess the current state of shared governance at Rutgers.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY -
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - President Richard L. McCormick
President McCormick, noting that the upcoming Camden
Campus Report by Provost Dennis would include a report on academic developments
and other initiatives in Camden,
and that little had changed since his annual address, made a brief administrative
report which included comments on:
President McCormick then responded to questions on a number
the "harsh realities" of the budget, and continuing efforts to make Rutgers'
budget concerns heard in Trenton;
his request that the entire Rutgers
community communicate with the governor's office and legislature on the
his work with Governor Corzine and the legislature to promote long-term
support for higher education;
discussions in Trenton and throughout New Jersey concerning Rutgers and
its relationship with UMDNJ, Rutgers' expressed desire to be involved in
those discussions, and his solicitation of thoughts and comments from the
Rutgers community on this matter as the process and discussions continue;
ongoing restructuring of undergraduate education in New
Brunswick, including a suggestion that all faculty
consider offering a one-credit freshman seminar.
CAMPUS REPORT - Provost Roger Dennis
Camden Provost Dennis presented a synopsis of the
Report. The report included comments on the following topics:
How the budget situation has affected the Camden Campus
Launching of the Ph.D. program in childhood studies, and other planned
Student achievements, and special aspects of the Rutgers-Camden educational
NCAA championship won by the women's softball team
Relationship with, and support of, the City of Camden,
including waterfront development, business incubation, and physical plant
and Advising Committee - Natalie
to Charge S-0313, Availability of Syllabi during Add/Drop
Original Charge: Review and
comment on the suggestion that Rutgers should require all instructors to
make available final, or at least draft, syllabi prior to the end of the
add/drop period, in order to give students a clear indication of what topics
the class will cover and emphasize (which sometimes differs from what is
indicated in the catalog), as well as the workload and grading structure.
Senator Borisovets summarized the Instruction, Curricula
and Advising Committee's charge and report on Availability of Syllabi During
Add/Drop. Senator Gillett moved that the words "on their departmental websites"
be removed from the report's second recommendation. The motion was seconded
and discussed, but failed on card vote. The Senate then adopted the report,
which included the following recommendations:
It is reasonable to expect that every instructor would have at least
a draft syllabus available, either as a handout or online, by the first
class meeting. While there obviously may be adjustments required
due to the composition of the class or other circumstances as the class
progresses, students should at least be given a clear indication of what
the class will cover and what sort of workload they should expect.
Departments should maintain current course descriptions, including information
on expected work and grading structure (assignments, papers, projects,
exams and other methods of evaluation) on their departmental web sites
and then make those descriptions available via the Course Synopsis System.
The Office of Scheduling and Space Management should be charged with
developing a process by which departments would provide the URL with their
linked course descriptions that could then automatically be attached to
that department's course listings in the Course Synopsis System.
This should then be submitted to the IT Project Governance Committee for
prioritization and implementation.
Regulations and Admissions Committee - Martha Cotter and
Jillian Curtis, Co-chairs
to Charge S-0411, Content of Student Transcripts
Consider and make recommendations regarding the proposal to increase the
information content of student transcripts.
Senators Curtis and Cotter presented the Academic
Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee's report on Content of
Student Transcripts. (Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz assumed the chair
while Chairperson Cotter presented.) Curtis explained that the proposal
submitted for Senate consideration found little or no support in the ASRAC,
and that the committee had therefore decided not to recommend any change
to the content of student transcripts. Cotter spoke to why the committee
did not support the proposal to make the change, noting that the New Brunswick
Faculty Council had also considered and rejected the proposal as mandatory,
and also that the arguments in favor of the proposal were largely contradicted
by the consensus in the ASRAC. There was no discussion and no vote
on this report, as no changes to the status quo were recommended.
There was no old business.
There was no new business.
Samuel Rabinowitz, Vice Chairperson
Senate Vice Chair Rabinowitz welcomed everyone to
the Camden Campus, and reported on the Executive Committee's activities.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES
TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES
Senator Curtis, Student
Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the board's October
13 meeting, which included "some disturbing statistics and comments about
budget cuts and personnel losses." She urged everyone to contact the state
legislature to voice their concerns regarding the budget cuts.
Senator Scott, Faculty
Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on the board's October
28 meeting, which began with induction of new and returning members, and
which also included updates on the budget and implementation of restructuring
of undergraduate education in New Brunswick, as well as a report from the
Investments Committee and a resolution to divest holdings in the Sudan.
The meeting adjourned at 2:38 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University