M I N U T E S
March 13, 2009
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bodnar, Gould, Greaux, Greenhut, Leath, McArdle, Nolfi, Pignatiello, Panayotatos, Rabinowitz (Chair), Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Borisovets, Bubb
ALSO ATTENDING: Cotter
(Faculty BOG Representative), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison)
1. Chairperson’s Report
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, March 13, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of
Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Samuel
called the meeting to order at 1:20 p.m. There was no chairperson's report.
Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The February 6, 2009 Senate Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
President McCormick presented an
administrative report which included comments on:
President McCormick and Executive Vice President Furmanski heard and
responded to comments and questions from the Executive Committee which
were related to the budget.
- the state and university budget, particularly the cuts for next year;
- the state's withdrawal of funding for the current year's
contractually obligated salary increases, and a meeting that morning
with academic leaders, union representatives and administrative
leadership aimed at responding to the situation; and
- the federal stimulus package, and New Jersey's management of the portion of that package earmarked for higher education.
4. Standing Committees
The Budget and Finance Committee Response to Charge S-0709, InterCampus Shuttle Service was
summarized by Ken Swalagin (BFC Chair Menahem Spiegel was unable to attend the meeting), discussed by the Executive
Committee, and docketed for action at the March 27 Senate meeting.
A Student Affairs Committee Response to Charge S-0802, Policies on Participation in Blood Drives, which had been tentatively docketed, was withdrawn because the report was not completed.
The University Structure and Governance Committee Revised Response to Charge A-0810, Including Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration as Administrator Senator was
discussed at some length. Questions were raised about procedure going
forth with the report, which had been amended when introduced at the
February 2009 Senate meeting. The Executive Committee voted to proceed
with voting on the amended recommendations contained in the report at
the upcoming Senate meeting.
[President McCormick and Executive Vice President Furmanski left the meeting at 2:47 p.m.]
Structure and Governance Committee Response to Charge S-0805, Senate
Representation by Full-time, Non-tenure-track Faculty
was summarized by USGC Co-chair Tricia Nolfi, discussed by the
Executive Committee, and subsequently sent back to committee at Nolfi's
Request to Drop Charge S-0711: The
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee's request that Charge S-0711, on
Tenure-Track Career Flexibility, be dropped was approved by the Executive Committee.
A proposal authored by PTL Faculty
Senator Won-Jong Rhee, on Rutgers' Food Distribution Systems,
which had been forwarded to Secretary Swalagin for Executive Committee
consideration, was discussed. Senator Greenhut told the committee that
Senator Rhee's intent was actually for the administration to consider
his proposal. Senator Nolfi, through whom the proposal reached
Secretary Swalagin, will respond to Senator Rhee. No charge was issued.
5. Selection of Nominating Panel Members for
Election of 2009-10 Senate Officers, Executive Committee Members, and
Members of the 2009 Senate Nominating Panel were identified by
the Executive Committee. Senator Greaux volunteered to serve, and was
accepted, as chair of the Nominating Panel. Senators Greaux and
Thompson spoke about possible legislation pending which would add
employee and student membership to Rutgers' Board of Governors. Senator
Greaux will contact Sharon Ainsworth and/or Jeannine LaRue about the
matter, and will report to the Executive Committee at the next meeting.
6. March 27, 2009 Senate Meeting Agenda: The
March 27, 2009 Senate meeting will be held in New Brunswick, and will
include a committee-of-the-whole discussion on academic integrity
policy (led by Senator Cotter), and the two
committee reports docketed above. The Executive Committee agreed on a
time limit of 20 minutes for the academic integrity policy discussion.
[An additional report was docketed for the March Senate meeting under
"Old Business." See section 7 of these minutes, below.]
7. Old Business:
There was no old business.
8. New Business: Senator Cotter, who co-chairs
the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, said that
her committee had agreed on a general outline for assessing financial
aid, and that she was drafting a Response
to Charge S-0605, Admissions and Financial Aid Assessment, which she asked to have docketed for the March 27 Senate meeting. The Executive Committee agreed to docket the report.
9. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 3:52 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate