M I N U T E S
February 7, 2003
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barone, Borisovets, Cotter, DeRosa, Hirsh, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Panayotatos (Chair), Scott, Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
EXCUSED: Manhoff, Rijhsinghani
ALSO ATTENDING: T. Cooper (Student Affairs Committee Co-chair), Kauffman (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Szatrowski (Budget and Finance Committee Chair), Walker-Andrews (Faculty BOG Representative), Wozniak (Faculty BOG Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order, and asked that the agenda be reordered to place “New Business” immediately after the Administrative Report. The committee agreed to the change. He then updated the committee on actions and processes underway regarding the proposed restructuring of higher education in New Jersey, including formation of, and solicitation of nominations for, the advisory committee and working groups at Rutgers. He said that charges on this issue had been sent to Senate committee chairs via e-mail. Chairperson Panayotatos then moved to the Administrative Report.
2. Administrative Report
President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included comments on: the budget, primarily the impact of recently announced cuts in state funding, efforts to manage and prevent the cuts, priorities in distributing budget reductions, and the need to mobilize every possible resource to speak out against the reductions; ongoing activities related to the proposed restructuring of higher education in New Jersey; and planning for organizational changes in Rutgers’ central administration.
3. New Business
Chairperson Panayotatos led a discussion of planning a Senate response to the impending budget cuts, and distributed a list of “First-Draft Ideas on Response to Budget Issues” to the committee. He said that the New Brunswick Faculty Council Executive Cabinet (NBFCEC) had met that morning, and had discussed the issue. He shared with the Executive Committee the basic points raised during the NBFCEC discussion, and used it as a foundation for consideration of a Senate response. The committee agreed that a Senate response to the budget reduction would be drafted and circulated via e-mail through the Executive Committee for approval and placement as an action item on the University Senate’s February 21, 2003 agenda.
4. Secretary's Report
Minutes: The Minutes
of the January 17, 2003 Executive Committee meeting were approved,
with the following change: Under “New Business,” the words “Big Ten”
were deleted in the first sentence of the second paragraph.
5. Standing Committee Actions, Reports and Charges
Senator Szatrowski, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, distributed his committee’s response to the committee, and summarized it. Senator Borisovets, chair of the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, said that her committee had met and discussed the list of questions, but were reluctant to respond, since the benefits of such response were not clear. Senator Scott, co-chair of the University Structure and Governance Committee, summarized her committee’s response to the charge. Senator DeRosa, co-chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, asked that his committee be charged with questions related to recruitment and Affirmative Action (Questions 49 and 56).
The Budget and Finance, University Structure and Governance, and Equal Opportunity Committees will be charged with exploration of the questions they selected.
The following items were docketed for the January 24, 2003 meeting agenda:
The meeting was adjourned at 3:12 p.m. by Chairperson Panayotatos.
Executive Secretary of the Senate