RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
M I N U T E S
February 4, 2005
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barone, Borisovets, Cotter (Chair), Curry,
Darien, DiVito, Panayotatos (Immediate Vice Chair), Rabinowitz (Vice Chair),
Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
EXCUSED: Blasi, Hirsh
ALSO ATTENDING: Adam (Newark Faculty Liaison), Furmanski
(Administrative Liaison), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative), McCormick
(Administrative Liaison), Miller (New Brunswick Faculty Council Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held
on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 1:10 p.m. in the Cap and Skull Room, Rutgers
Student Center, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Chairperson Cotter’s report included comments on the following:
2. Secretary's Report
- She asked the committee if there were any objections to her asking
Michael McKay and Brian Rose to report at the March 11, 2005 Senate meeting
on progress made toward discontinuing use of Social Security numbers as
student identification numbers.
- She has sent to Provost Diner a list of potential Newark faculty
members for Dean Kennedy’s evaluation committee.
- Some standing committees are working well; others need encouragement
to complete their charges.
- She was recently contacted by two Criminal Justice faculty who requested
Senate intervention in regard to changes made to the Administration of Justice
major, which was made an interdisciplinary FAS major. They assert that
the changes were so drastic that the Administration of Justice major has
essentially been eliminated. The Executive Committee, noting that this
is not a University-wide issue, declined to issue a charge to a standing committee.
Instead, Chairperson Cotter will suggest to the concerned faculty that they
submit this to the Executive Committee as a request for appeal.
Minutes: The Minutes of the January
7, 2005 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Communications: The following communications were presented
by Secretary Swalagin, and acted upon as noted:
3. Administrative Report
- Student Senator Claudia Volk (Law-Newark) has agreed to co-chair
the Student Affairs Committee, and Senator Nicole Smith will remain as co-chair.
- The schedule of
2005-2006 Senate and Senate Executive Committee meetings was reviewed.
[Withdrawn until the next meeting. Secretary Swalagin will revise
the September meeting date if such change is requested by the President’s
- List of Newark faculty members sent by Chairperson Cotter to Provost
Diner as potential members of Dean Kennedy’s evaluation committee.
- Numbers of full- and part-time faculty, from EVP for Academic
Affairs Furmanski [Footnotes to be added to the document already posted
online, and thereafter included as a communication to the full Senate.]
Executive Vice President Furmanski delivered the administrative report,
which included comments on:
Executive Vice President Furmanski then responded to questions regarding:
- the five-year review of Dean George Stauffer, Mason Gross School
of the Arts, which is beginning;
- ongoing work, in collaboration with information technology staff,
the University Registrar and others, to establish a complete, online University
catalog, as well as a degree-audit system;
- status of the ongoing search for Vice President of Research and
Graduate and Professional Education;
- status of the ongoing search for Student Ombudsperson, including
comments on the nature and requirements of the position;
- the search for Vice President for Enrollment Management, which is
about to begin; and
- naming of a Dean of Cook College, which is expected soon.
4. Standing Committee Reports and Charges
- student fees, the likelihood of an increase in those fees, the process
by which those fees are changed, opportunities for discussion and input on
increases, and efforts to simplify the currently complex fee structure;
- the state budget and Rutgers funding, a rumored $7.5 million state
budget shortfall, funding for mandated salary increases, and concerns regarding
the current fiscal year budget; and
- administrator Senator attendance, and their participation in the
activities of Senate standing committees, on which President McCormick requested
a report from Secretary Swalagin.
Student Affairs Committee Nominations for Student Charter Trustee:
The Executive Committee reviewed the list of nominations for the Student
Charter Trustee 2005 vacancy, which the Student Affairs Committee had agreed
to forward to the Board of Trustees. The nominees were:
A fifth nominee, Joy Boyo, submitted by the Newark College of Arts and
Sciences Student Governing Association, was ruled ineligible by the Student
Affairs Committee. Senator Darien and Secretary Swalagin commented
on the Student Affairs Committee process for, and discussions of, this action,
including concerns regarding the six-year term length, its spanning of the
period during the transition from student life to the beginning of a career
and/or graduate school, and the requirement that some Student Charter Trustees
be from Newark or Camden.
- David Cole, College of Engineering (now Rutgers College)
- Kara McKenna, Rutgers College
- Joshua R. Truppo, Cook College
- Curtis Williams, Camden College of Arts and Sciences
Proposed Charge to Budget and Finance Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics
Fees: The Executive Committee considered the following proposed
charge to the Budget and Finance Committee (B&FC), which was submitted
by Senator Adam Cooper:
Examine the Intercollegiate Athletics fee paid by all Rutgers-New
Brunswick undergraduates. Determine whether this money is used
only for varsity sports, as is intended, or if this money is also sometimes
used for revenue-generating sports (for which this fee money is not intended).
Also, review the amount of student fee dollars used to fund club sports at
Rutgers, and consider the disparity between the fee amounts. Recommend
best practices for the appropriate use of this fee money in light of these
findings. Respond to Senate Committee by March 24, 2005
Senator Borisovets noted that inclusion of “New Brunswick undergraduates”
in the proposed charge made this a campus issue, and was therefore not appropriate
for a Senate committee as drafted. Senator DiVito suggested looking
at all fees, and how they are used. President McCormick agreed with
that suggestion, and said that he has asked Vice President for Student Affairs
Blimling to draft a process for fee review and consultation with students,
which he has shared with student governing association leaders. Senator
DiVito will draft a charge to be brought to the next Executive Committee
session. Secretary Swalagin will inform Senator Cooper that the Executive
Committee is broadening the charge, and will act soon.
Proposed Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee on Faculty
Retirement Incentives: The Executive Committee issued to the Faculty
Affairs and Personnel Committee (FA&PC) the following charge proposed
by Senator Panayotatos, co-chair of the FA&PC:
Evaluate the desirability and feasibility of faculty retirement
incentives, in particular of phased retirement plans such as the one that
was being negotiated by the new Brunswick Faculty Council and the Lawrence
administration in the mid-1990s and the one recently proposed by the AAUP
under their Proposal
for a Faculty Retirement Transition and Renewal Program. Report
to Senate Executive Committee by May 2005.
Charge Deadline Extension: FA&PC Co-chair Panayotatos
requested and was granted an extension of the deadline on Charge A-0410 on
Clinical Professorships to May 2005. Senator Panayotatos explained
that the FA&PC wants to speak with deans of units which currently have
clinical faculty, as well as those which have recently requested clinical
Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee (US&GC)
on Faculty- and Student-Caucus-Based Election of Board Representatives:
The following charge, proposed by Senator Hoekzema, was issued to the US&GC:
Consider the suggestion that faculty and student board representatives
be elected by their respective caucuses of the Senate, rather than by the
full Senate, as proposed in Senator Hoekzema’s Draft Resolution
Supporting Caucus-Based Elections. Solicit input from the Student
Affairs Committee before making final recommendations on this charge.
Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by March 24, 2005.
Senator Blasi, co-chair of the US&GC, said that he has invited Senator
Hoekzema to present his proposal to the US&GC, and has also asked the
Student Affairs Committee for input on this issue.
5. February 18, 2005 University Senate Meeting Agenda
President McCormick agreed to provide funds for the bus and lunch for
the February 18, 2005 Senate meeting in Newark. The following items
were docketed for that University Senate meeting agenda:
The Executive Committee requested, and President McCormick agreed, that
the Senate Bylaws Review be the first item of business on the Senate’s February
agenda. Time limits of ten minutes each were set for questions and
answers following the Newark Campus Report and the Administrative Report.
- University Structure and Governance Committee Response to Charges
S-0324, Senate Bylaws Review, and Charge S-0320, Election Procedures for
At-Large and PTL/Annual Appointee Senators (Carried from January meeting
after quorum was lost.)
- Newark Campus Report – Provost Steven Diner
6. Old Business
There was no Old Business.
7. New Business
Chairperson Cotter noted a recent Home News Tribune article on the cost
of textbooks, as well as a letter she had received requesting that the Instruction,
Curricula and Advising Committee (IC&AC) be charged with reviewing that
issue. Chairperson Cotter will draft a charge to be issued to the
IC&AC. Senator Miller, who is also chair of the New Brunswick Faculty
Council (NBFC), said that student Senator Curtis had asked that the NBFC
explore this issue, and that Senator Curtis will give a five-minute presentation
on the subject at an upcoming NBFC meeting.
Senator DiVito suggested that the Senate institute a procedure through
which Senators with unsatisfactory attendance at Senate and committee meetings
could be removed. Senator Curry suggested that the Senate’s quorum requirement
of one-third of the roster be changed to the average of the previous five
meetings. It was suggested that Senators DiVito and Curry forward their
suggestions to the University Structure and Governance Committee for consideration
during the ongoing review of the Senate Handbook.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:58 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.
Executive Secretary of the Senate