Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATENovember 18, 2005

1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Adarkwa, Allender, Apfel, Atmeh, Axelrod, Barone, Bell, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Boyd, Boylan, Bravo, Brazier, Caprio, Capuano, Chabal, Cohen, Coit, Colaizzi, Cole, Colin, Cotter, Curtis, Darien, DeLuca, E. Dennis, Dent, Diner, Downs, Dutta, Edwards, Elkholy, C. Ellis, N. Ellis, Farrell, Feinberg, Finc, Fincher, Fishbein, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gigliotti, Gillett, Goodman, Gould, Greenhut, Hall, Hallmark, Hart, Heckscher, Hmelo-Silver, Hyndman, Jackson, Johnson, J. Jones, Kalelkar, Kirschner, Klein, Klepac, Kokini, Krenos, LaSala, Lee, Liepmann, Lipman, MacArthur, Maher, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Mayer, McCabe, McCormick, McKay, Melwani, Messer, Meyer, Miller, Mulcahy, Muller, Ng, Niederman, Norville, Obayashi, O’Connell, O’Connor, Oren, Ozbay, Palmon, Potenza, Poyznyer, Puniello, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Reed, Rubin, Schaich, Schein, Schock, Schorr, Scott, Shah, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, Smith, St. John, Stroud, Sukhdeo, Tittler, Turpin, Vodak, Volk, Wang, Whitfield, Winterbauer, Wyhopen.

EXCUSED   Alger, Bartosek, DeLisi, Deutsch, Friedrich, Hughes, R. Jones, Kagan, Kirby, Laguna-Diaz, Lashley, Leath, Mandelbaum, Marsh, Mauroff, McKeever, Mohammed, Ocone, Panayotatos, Portilla, Rabiner, Ruiz, C. Simmons, Soren, Van Til, Young, Zaborszky, Zhitkevich

ABSENT:  Aladdin, Ambar, Amirahmadi, Arias, Banerjee, Barbarese, Bellany, Bernstein, Blimling, Boehmer, Breton, Butler, Cannon, Carr, R. Dennis, Deprez, Dhillon, Fleming, Gimbar, Gyenfie, Hankins, Herrera, John, Kanj, Kavanagh, Kennedy, Labib, Leichenko, Livingston, Martin, Nelson, Reynolds, Sherman, Simon, Snyder, Solomon, Spat, Spiegel, Stark, Tuckman, Turner, Whang, Williams

ATTENDANCE  SUMMARYFaculty:  Of 89 total:  61 present (69%), 11 excused (12%), 17 absent (19%); Students:  Of 55 total:  31 present (56%), 8 excused (15%), 16 absent (29%); Administrators:  Of 37 total:  19 present (51%), 8 excused (22%), 10 absent (27%); Alumni:  Of 6 total:  6 present (100%)

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PRESIDING OFFICERMartha Cotter, Chairperson

CALL TO ORDER AND DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM:  Tally of Senators signed in having confirmed presence of a quorum, Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:18 p.m.  With the Senate's approval, she moved the Administrative Report to the first item of business on the agenda.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President McCormick thanked the Senate for rearranging the agenda, then made a brief administrative report, which included comments on:

CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT:  Chairperson Cotter's report included comments on the following topics:

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:  Agenda:  The agenda was approved as amended. 

Minutes:  On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the October 21, 2005 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.


Chairperson Cotter introduced this portion of the meeting, which was to consist of brief presentations by Senate standing-committee chairs on their respective committees' responses to the recommendations and Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education (TFUE), and subsequent panel-format discussion of those committee reports.  Cotter said that the committees' reports had not been distributed because they are working, preliminary documents, but that the comments and input heard on the Senate floor today would be helpful in refining and completing the committee reports.  She added that committee reports would be summarized in groups based on priorities and subject areas (e.g., TFUE recommendations on structure), and would be discussed first in groups, and then all reports could be discussed following the presentations.

Senator Scott moved the Senate to committee of the whole.  The motion was seconded, and carried unanimously.  The Senate now in committee of the whole, Chairperson Cotter, who is also co-chair of the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, joined the other committee chairs at the panel table.  Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz assumed the chair.

The Senate then heard summaries of standing-committees' preliminary reports on the TFUE, in the following order:

Discussion of committee preliminary reports on the TFUE, as well as the TFUE recommendations themselves, continued until 3:36 p.m., at which time, on Senator Scott's motion, the Senate rose from committee of the whole.  Chairperson Cotter resumed the chair.

OLD BUSINESS:  There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  There was no new business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported on the November 4, 2005 Senate Executive Committee meeting.  Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  There had been no Board of Governors meetings since the previous Senate meeting.  Senator Volk, Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on the October 27, 2005 Board of Trustees meeting.

REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS:  John Graham, chair of the Newark Faculty Council (NFC), reported on recent and planned activities of the NFC, including October review and endorsement of a proposal from the Department of Public Administration to create a School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers Newark.  The proposal may come to the Senate in the spring.

ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 3:41 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate