M I N U T E S
January 9, 2009
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bodnar, Borisovets, Gould,
Greaux, Greenhut, Leath, Panayotatos, Pignatiello (conference call), Rabinowitz (Chair), Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bubb, McArdle, Nolfi
ALSO ATTENDING: Blimling (Vice President for Student Affairs), Cotter
(Faculty BOG Representative), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of
Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Samuel
called the meeting to order at 1:14 p.m. He wished everyone a good new year, and welcomed everyone back.
Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The November 7, 2008 Senate Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
President McCormick was unable to attend the meeting. Executive Vice President Furmanski presented an
administrative report which included comments on:
Furmanski then responded to questions, or heard comments from the Executive Committee, on topics including:
- athletics, including the ongoing expansion of the football
stadium and related financing matters, the search for an athletics
director to replace Robert Mulcahy, and Carl Kirschner's placement as
interim athletics director;
- other ongoing searches, including those for Camden chancellor,
vice president for human resources (department to be renamed "Faculty
and Staff Resources"), and deans of Newark Law, Engineering, and the
Graduate School-New Brunswick; and
- Rutgers and New Jersey's budgets, effects of the economic
downturn on Rutgers' revenues and endowment, and Rutgers' efforts in
Trenton and Washington to mitigate negative economic circumstances.
Referendum Guidelines Follow-Up Discussion: Gregory Blimling, Vice President for Student Affairs, had been invited to speak to the Executive Committee regarding the recent Senate recommendations on funding for special student organizations, and, in particular, Targum's response to the recommended revised referendum guidelines
adopted by the Senate and forwarded to President McCormick.
Considerable time was devoted to this comprehensive discussion of
funding for special student organizations, The Daily Targum and NJPIRG
Student Chapters, finances and business practices of those special
student groups, policies for funding special student organizations at
other universities, possible administrative action in response to the
Senate's recommendations, plans for continued dialog between Targum and
the administration, Senate practices and its handling of the discussion
of the referendum guidelines at the November 2008 meeting, legal
considerations, the need for neutrality in assessing educational value
among various special student organizations, and other aspects of the
issue. A proposal on the subject may be forthcoming from the
administration for continued Senate consideration.
- Trenton's receptiveness to Rutgers' messages regarding budgetary issues, the economic crisis, and the economic stimulus package;
- potential economic effects on admissions;
- transfer applications;
- potential increases in first-year-student enrollment, and
solutions to current and future oversubscription, particularly as
relates to student housing;
- Smart Money magazine's ranking Rutgers degrees as sixth most valuable in the nation in terms of earning potential; and
- implications of, and responses to, the recent review of athletics policies.
4. Standing Committees
Discussion of Administrative Follow-Up on Senate Actions: Executive Committee liaisons to standing committees
had been asked in November to review the list of recent Senate reports,
and to submit their prioritized lists of items from their committees on
which they would like the administration to update the Executive
Committee and Senate regarding actions taken toward implementation. The
Executive Committee and those standing-committee liaisons who were
present (or who had sent their items to Secretary Swalagin) itemized Senate reports and recommendations for the first such round of administrative follow-up.
[Note: The list was later transmitted to Executive Vice President
Furmanski and President McCormick by Secretary Swalagin.] Furmanski
said the administration would send responses in writing so they could
be docketed on Executive Committee and/or Senate agendas.
Proposed Charge to Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC): A Proposed Charge to Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee,
submitted by Senator Eric Allender, on changes made to the 2008-09
Academic Reappointment/Promotion Instructions, was discussed. Secretary
Swalagin was instructed to draft a charge on this item and issue it to
the FPAC with a response deadline of October 2009.
5. January 23, 2009 University Senate Agenda:
In addition to the New Brunswick Campus Report, Vice President of
Public Affairs Jeannine LaRue will be asked to update the Senate on
legislative activities in Trenton and Washington, DC.
6. Old Business: Ken Swalagin asked EVP
Furmanski if he had received a response from Parking and Transportation
Services about continued use of employees' Social Security numbers as
parking-permit identifiers. Furmanski said he had received a response,
and would forward it.
7. New Business: There was no new business
8. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate