M I N U T E S
February 6, 2004
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barone, Blasi, Cotter, Hirsh, Nedick, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
EXCUSED: Manhoff, Panayotatos (Chair)
ALSO ATTENDING: Brazier (Co-chair, Academic Standards,
Regulations & Admissions Committee), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison),
Holmes (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative),
McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Sclar (Newark Faculty Campus Liaison),
Scott (Faculty BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 1:10 p.m. in the Cap and Skull Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Chairperson Panayotatos was unable to attend the meeting. Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz convened and presided.
2. Secretary's Report
Minutes: The Minutes of the December 5, 2003 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Communications: The following communications were presented by Secretary Swalagin, and acted upon as noted:
President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included comments on: the current state bond issue and its focus on enrollment capacity and state economic growth, as well as a suggestion that the Senate’s University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) resolution on the bond issue be tabled (the USGC chairs agreed with the suggestion, and the Executive Committee tabled the resolution); the state budget, the anticipated February 24 governor’s budget message, and Rutgers’ budgetary needs; discussions and efforts to increase collaboration between and among the state and its higher-education institutions; plans for widening Route 18, and formation and goals of related committees.
University Vice President for Academic Affairs Furmanski continued the
administrative report, commenting on: committee work to develop and
refine a funds budgeting process based on academic initiatives and priorities;
goals of enrollment increases; plans to begin broad-based, detailed discussions
of undergraduate education and life; and continuing examination and improvement
of student services.
4. Standing Committee Reports, Charges, Actions and Membership
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Response to Charge S-0326, Academic Calendar: Senator Brazier, co-chair of the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, summarized the committee’s report on charge S-0326, which had been issued as follows: “Consider and report on the default academic calendar for academic years 2005-06, 2009-10, and 2011-12, which call for August 31 start dates.” Following discussion, the report was docketed for action at the February 20, 2004 Senate meeting.
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Response to Charge S-0322, Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics: Senator Brazier, co-chair of the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, summarized the committee’s final report on charge S-0322, which had been issued as follows: “Consider the Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics' (COIA) request for endorsement of its Framework for Comprehensive Athletics Reform, and prepare a response which could be brought before the University Senate for formal endorsement." Following discussion, the report was docketed for action at the February 20, 2004 Senate meeting.
University Structure and Governance Committee Resolution on Proposed Bond Issue and New Jersey Higher Education Funding: A motion to table this resolution was adopted during the Administrative Report, with the acceptance of USGC Co-chairs Blasi and Scott.
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee Response to Charge S-0303, Winter Session Review: Senator Nedick, formerly co-chair of the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, summarized the committee’s report on charge S-0303, which had been issued as follows: “Review the status of recommendations made regarding Winter Session, pursuant to the Instruction, Curricula and Advising (then Educational Policy and Planning) Committee report approved by the University Senate on October 27, 2000. Senator Blasi, noting that the report indicates that some of the Senate’s original recommendations have not been applied university-wide, successfully moved the report back to committee for addition of recommendations for implementation of those as well as any new policies relating to Winter Session.
Replacement for Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee Co-chair: The Executive Committee accepted Senator Nedick’s resignation as co-chair of the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, and voted not to select a co-chair for the remainder of this academic year.
Potential Charge to Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee on Grade-Replacement Policy Proposal: A proposal submitted by University College-NB student LaToya Roberts requesting Senate consideration of a proposal to change the current grade-replacement policy at Rutgers was discussed. Noting that this may be included in the overall activities of the undergraduate education task force discussed earlier by Executive Vice President Furmanski, the committee declined to issue a charge.
5. February 20, 2004 Senate Meeting Agenda
In addition to items docketed above, the following items carried over from failed January 23, 2004 Senate meeting were docketed on the February 20, 2004 Senate agenda:
There was no old business.
7. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz.
Executive Secretary of the Senate