January 11, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Borisovets, Hirsh, Leath, Manhoff, Scott (Chair), Sims, Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED:  Barone, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Saniefard

ALSO ATTENDING: Hamm (Co-chair, Budget and Finance Committee), Redd (Graduate Student BOT Representative), Seneca (Administrative Liaison), Wozniak (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.

1. Chairperson’s Report

Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order.  She asked all Executive Committee members to work with the standing committees to which they are liaisons to bring reports on their charges to the Executive Committee before April.

2. Secretary's Report

Minutes:  The Minutes of the November 16, 2001 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.  

Communications:  The following communications were presented and acted upon as noted:

3. Administrative Report

University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca presented the administrative report, which included comments on:  a $5.3 million grant to the Graduate School of Education to establish an Early Childhood Research Center; renaming of the College of Pharmacy, as well as establishment of an endowed chair and scholarships; other grants and awards; and the state budget outlook.
4. Standing Committee Reports, Potential Charges, and Requests for Information

Committee Reports:

Report on Charge S-0111, Tuition Increases, Budget and Finance Committee, Michael Hamm and Ted Szatrowski, Co-chairs
Senator Hamm presented his committee’s report on Charge S-0111, Tuition Increases.  The report compares tuition increases over the past ten years at Rutgers to those at other AAU public institutions in the region.  The report concludes that, last year, as well as over a five-year period, Rutgers’ percent increase was below all the other institutions listed, and that over the same period the dollar increase at Rutgers was lower than all other institutions except New Jersey City University.  The report will be docketed on the Senate agenda for information purposes only.

Report on Charge S-0110, Healthcare Insurance for Graduate Students, Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee, Paul Leath and Barbara Lee, Co-chairs
Senator Leath presented his committee’s report on Charge S-0110, Healthcare Insurance for Graduate Students.  The report recommends that “the University establish a goal of providing the insurance program currently available for individuals with ‘nationally competitive external fellowships’ to ALL graduate students holding fellowships.”  It further recommends that “these fellows be eligible to purchase group health for coverage in the same group plan for their depends,” and that “the funds for this insurance generally not be deducted from the pool of funds currently used for fellowships, but that new monies be found for this purpose.”  The report will be docketed on the January 25 agenda for Senate action.

Potential Charges:

5.  Old Business

Chairperson Scott reported that Vice President Caprio has informed her that a new CAPS Proposal will be available soon.  The Executive Committee approved transmitting that new proposal to the Senate’s University Structure and Governance Committee as soon as it is received.

6.  Senate Meeting Agenda

The following items were docketed for the January 25, 2002 meeting agenda:

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m. by Chairperson Scott.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate