April 6, 2007MEMBERS PRESENT: Cotter (Chair), Bodnar, Gould, Mauroff, Ng, Puniello, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Stein, Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Szatrowski, Thompson, Tittler
ALSO ATTENDING: Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative), Scott (Faculty BOT Representative), Spiegel (Budget and Finance Committee Chair)
EXCUSED: Borisovets, Eldreth
The regular meeting of the University Senate
Committee was held on Friday, April 6, 2007 in the Executive Board
Room, Administrative Services Building III, Cook Campus
Chairperson Martha Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:13 p.m. Noting the meeting’s lengthy agenda, she skipped the Chairperson’s Report.
2. Secretary’s Report
3. Administrative Liaison
President McCormick was called away before the meeting convened. Executive Vice President Furmanski delivered the Administrative Report, which included comments on:
Furmanski responded to questions on topics which included:
4. Committee Reports and Actions
Recommendations for Nominating Panel Membership: Potential members of the 2007-2008 Senate Nominating Panel were suggested. Secretary Swalagin will solicit the named Senators’ participation in the panel.
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Response to Charge S-0408, Academic Integrity Policy Review: Martha Cotter, ASRAC co-chair, said that she and the committee are working on an interim report on the Academic Integrity Policy review. She expects the report to include some general comments about what the committee liked about the general thrust of the policy, what areas still need further consideration, and recommendations about the need for greater community input and for establishment of procedures to educate the community about academic integrity and implementation of the policy. Cotter will e-mail the expected report to the Executive committee for docketing on the April 27 Senate agenda.
Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) Response to Charge S-0414, Student Fees: BFC Chair Menahem Spiegel, and BFC Student Fees Subcommittee Chair Edward Ng summarized their committees’ report on student fees. During discussion, they accepted suggestions for clarification of one element, and for minor structural changes. The report was docketed for action at the April 27 Senate meeting.Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-0602, Course-Textbook Reserve Requirement: ICAC Chair Natalie Borisovets was unable to attend the meeting, so ICAC member Gayle Stein summarized the committee’s report. The report was docketed for action at the April 27 Senate meeting.
and Governance Committee (USGC) Response
to Charge S-0604, Shared Governance: USGC
Co-chair Jonathan Tittler
summarized the committee’s rough-draft response to the charge on shared
governance. He said the committee would continue to refine the report,
solicited suggestions for new or improved recommendations. Tittler
Kim Mauroff and Gayle Stein raised issues of
staff representation on university committees and in shared governance,
ways to ensure that those representatives are known to their
are communicating with those constituencies, and are representing them
appropriately. Stein also said that there a large number of
Stein moved the USGC report back to committee. The
was not seconded. Stein objected to the report’s implication “that
not included as part of shared governance.” She also raised general
[At Stein’s request, the Executive Committee took a brief recess at 3:10 p.m. Dr. Furmanski left the meeting during the recess.]
Committee (SAC) Report
on Charge S-0702
(formerly S-0406), Tolerance and Sensitivity: SAC
Co-chair Kimberly Mauroff, noting that the charge had recently been
with the Equal Opportunity Committee, summarized the committees’
Following discussion, the Executive Committee asked Mauroff and Ken
edit the report. The report, with expected revisions, was docketed for
April Senate meeting.
[Senators Ng, Thompson, Leath, and Scott left the meeting during, or just prior to, the above discussion of the SAC report.]
Proposed Charge to USGC on Staff Affairs Committee: Stein’s (on behalf of the Staff Caucus) proposal that a Staff Affairs Committee be added to the Senate’s standing committee structure was discussed. Swalagin will draft a charge to be issued to the USGC on this issue.Proposed Charge to USGC on Institutional Climate Committee: Stein’s (on behalf of the Staff Caucus) proposal that an Institutional Climate Committee or Institutional Culture Committee be added to the Senate’s standing committee structure was discussed. Swalagin will draft a charge to be issued to the USGC on this issue.
Extension, USGC, Charge S-0603, Senate Membership -
Term Extensions for FAS/SAS-NB Faculty Senators: The Executive Committee authorized Swalagin to offer one-year term extensions to faculty Senators currently representing, and elected by, colleges which were restructured into the School of Arts and Sciences-New Brunswick. Cotter noted that there had been some discussion among SAS-NB faculty Senators of campus representation.
Proposed Charge to USGC on Revising Student Charter Trustee Nomination and Election Process: The EC considered a recommendation from Senator Brian Spatocco (Engineering, student) that a charge be issued to the USGC to examine and make recommendations for improving the Student Charter Trustee nomination and election processes. Swalagin will draft the charge for consideration at the June 2007 EC meeting.
6. Old Business
There was no old business.
7. New Business
Stein asked that the retirement of Mike McKay, with whom she works, be recognized by Cotter in her April chairperson’s report to the Senate. Cotter agreed to the request, noting that McKay was a longstanding, involved Senator.
Stein also wanted the Senate to be informed of a new policy limiting the number of pages which can be printed in computer labs, and of a survey asking students to determine for themselves what the threshold number of pages should be. She referred to possible academic freedom implications, and said that the issue would be coming up next year. No action was taken by the EC on this matter.
8. April 27, 2007 Senate Agendas
The format, schedule and agendas for the April 27, 2007 Senate Organizational Meeting and Senate Regular Meeting were discussed and established.
The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.Kenneth Swalagin