March 10, 2006


MEMBERS PRESENT:  Boikess, Borisovets, Cotter (Chair), Darien, DeLuca, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED:  Curtis, LaSala, Panayotatos

ALSO ATTENDING:  Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), Leath (New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair, and Faculty BOT Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Conference Room, Administrative Services Building III, Cook Campus. 

1.             Chairperson’s Report

Chairperson Cotter said that the Board of Governors had voted to approve President McCormick's recommendations for transforming undergraduate education in New Brunswick/Piscataway based on the report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education (TFUE) and input from the Senate and the Rutgers community.  Chairperson Cotter received praise and thanks from those present for her work in bringing the Senate's TFUE recommendations to completion.

2.             Secretary's Report

Minutes:  Secretary Swalagin had been unable to attend the February 3, 2006 Executive Committee meeting.  By agreement with Chairperson Cotter, there were no minutes produced for that meeting.

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

3.             Selection and Charge of Nominating Panel for April 28, 2006 Election of Officers

To enable nomination and election of Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives for next year, suggestions were made for membership on the Senate's 2006 Nominating Panel. The Charge to the Senate Nominating Panel was also reviewed.   Senator Daniel O'Connor was again suggested as chair of the panel. Secretary Swalagin will contact all suggested panel members to determine if they are willing to serve, and will begin scheduling panel meetings.  The Senate election will take place at the April 28, 2006 Senate meeting.

4.             Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee regarding Proposal for Establishment of a School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark.

The Executive Committee reviewed Executive Vice President Furmanski's January 26, 2006 letter transmitting a proposal for establishment of a School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark, as well as the proposal itself.  The proposal had previously been approved by the following groups on the Newark campus:

The proposal was discussed. The University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) was then charged with responding to the request to establish the school. The USGC's deadline on this charge was April 5.

5.             March 24, 2006 University Senate Meeting Agenda

Items were docketed for the Senate's March 24, 2006 meeting on the Newark Campus, as follows:

6.                 Old Business
There was no old business

7.             New Business

There was no new business.

8.             Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate