Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: November 21, 2003
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Advani, Agha, Ambar, Atwood, Axelrod, Banerjee, Barone, Baruh, Bathory, R. Bell, Bellinger, Bellino, Blakeman, Blasi, Bodnar, Borisovets, Boylan, Brazier, Brodie, Bronzan, Bucko, Butler, Byrnes, Calla, Cannon, Caprio, Chambers, Cohen, Colaizzi, A. Cooper, Cotter, Crown, Darien, Dayal, DeLisi, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Dess, Deutsch, Dholandas, Diner, Domb, Doshi, Erlichson, Fenster, Fishbein, Flanagan, Foley, Forman, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gillett, Gillis, Goldin, Gould, Hall, Hara, Hawkesworth, Hirsh, Hornichter, Innerfield, Joshua Jackson, Jessen, J. Jones, R. Jones, Kauffman, Kirby, Kirschner, Kressel, Krucher, Laguna-Diaz, Lanza, LaSala, Leath, Lichtenfeld, Lin, Manhoff, Markowitz, Marsh, Mathew, Maudlin, McCormick, McKay, McKeever, Meltzer, Messer, Nedick, Nerurkar, Norville, Novell, O’Connor, Panayotatos, Patel, Plummer, Potenza, Puniello, Rabii, Redd, Rijhsinghani, Rubin, Schaich, Scott, P. Simmons, H. Smith, N. Smith, Snyder, Spero, Sukhdeo, Szatrowski, Szerlip, Taghon, Tandon, Thompson, Tuckman, Vodak, Wadud, Wang, Webb, Weiman, Weis, Worrall, Zaborszky
EXCUSED: Boikess, Bry, Cerulo, K. Cooper, Cronk, Curry, Davidson, Friedrich, Greenhut, Guo, Hallmark, Hamilton, Hodgson, J. Hughes, Karel, Kennedy, Keoskey, Lashley, Lee, Maradonna, Mensah, Ocone, Oren, Pandya, Rabinowitz, R. Simmons, Sofer, Turpin, Winterbauer, Zylstra
ABSENT: Abbasi, C. Bell, Breton, Case, Dadlani, Driscoll, Evans, Gallinar, Glass, Griffiths, Herrera, Hull, Hyndman, Joanne Jackson, Klein, Kokini, Lake, Leontiades, Leustek, Markey, Merritt, Naqvi, Pieczenik, Reed, Roden, Roselle, Schock, Sears, Segers, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Solomon, Stark, Stauffer, Tsurumi
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 92 total: 58 present (63%),
18 excused (19%) 17 absent (18%); Students: Of 50 total: 37
present (74%), 2 excused (4%), 11 absent (22%); Administrators:
Of 38 total: 22 present (58%), 9 excused (24%), 7 absent (18%); Alumni:
Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%)
View Senate attendance record for this year.
NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: Boyer, Holmes, Seto
NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT: Sambolin, Wright
PRESIDING OFFICER: Paul Panayotatos, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order. His chairperson’s report focused on the proposed restructuring of New Jersey’s higher-education system. He urged everyone to look at the three regional reports which have been posted online at: http://ruweb.rutgers.edu/restructure/home.shtml.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: The agenda was approved
as distributed by the Secretary. http://senate.rutgers.edu/1103agen.html
Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the October 24, 2003 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary. http://senate.rutgers.edu/102403se.html
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included his thanks to all Senators for their contributions to shared governance at Rutgers, and comments on: ongoing developments in proposed restructuring of New Jersey’s system of higher education, particularly key issues of governance and funding; the higher-education bond issue; relationship-building activities with New Jersey legislators; student initiatives in voter registration; meetings with student governing association leaders, and planned retreats for students and administrators to focus on ways of improving services at Rutgers; continuing dialog about improving undergraduate education; and recent controversy concerning the Livingston Medium.
NEWARK CAMPUS REPORT: Newark Provost Steven Diner presented the Newark Campus Report, which included comments on: Rutgers-Newark’s historic missions of providing opportunities for bright, non-privileged students to access quality education, providing education for the professions, and conducting research; enrollment growth, parking, and other issues. Provost Diner noted that the Newark Campus Report is available online http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/occ/pubs/annualreport/Provost_02_03.pdf, along with his September 16, 2003 Address to the Campus Community. http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/provostoffice/index.php?sId=sept1603
Senator Szatrowski, on behalf of the Senate Budget and Finance Committee, which he co-chairs with Senator O’Connor, then moved to amend the resolution to include the following: "Restructuring should proceed only when: (1) adequate funding has been obtained for the implementation stage of the merger; and, (2) ongoing state funding equal at least to the average of the top quartile of publicly funded AAU institutions has been guaranteed." The motion was seconded. Following some discussion, Senator Bucko moved to amend the amendment by adding: "(3) the principles for university governance outlined in this report are adopted." Senator Szatrowski, on behalf of the Budget and Finance Committee, accepted Senator Bucko’s amendment as friendly. Following discussion, the full amendment carried unanimously on card vote.
Senator Hall moved to change "local universities" to "three universities" in two places in the report. The amendment was accepted as friendly.
Senator Lichtenfeld proposed amending to include the following: "Each of the colleges within the universities should retain its autonomy in pursuing its mission." Following discussion, Senator Gillett called the question. The call carried. On voice vote, Senator Lichtenfeld’s amendment failed.
Senator Szatrowski called the question on the report and resolution. On voice vote, the call carried. On card vote, the amended Report on Governance of the Proposed Research University System was approved by the Senate, as follows:
"We believe that strong universities begin with governance systems which allow self-determination of purpose, as well as strong local control. Therefore, if the State of New Jersey is to create a system comprising three autonomous/semiautonomous research universities, the following principles of governance should be paramount:
"Whereas, the University Senate's Structure and Governance Committee has considered the issues relating to governance of the proposed restructured research universities; and
"Whereas, the University Senate has reviewed the 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 Report of the University Structure and Governance Committee, and urges the Administration to implement its recommendations."
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Chairperson Panayotatos reported on the November 7, 2003 http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec110703.html Senate Executive Committee meeting. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
There were no open Board of Governors nor Board of Trustees meetings since the previous Senate meeting.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Hirsh, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, presented a report of that body’s recent activities, including a constituency research project of the Board of Governors, and proposed reorganization issues.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:27 p.m.
Secretary of the University Senate