MEMBERS PRESENT: Barone, Borisovets, Hirsh, Leath, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Scott (Chair), Sims, Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
ALSO ATTENDING: Lawrence (Administrative Liaison), Oren (Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Co-chair), Redd (Graduate Student BOT Representative), Winterbauer (Vice President for University Budgeting), Wozniak (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, April 19, 2002 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order. She said that the process by which part-time lecturers and annual appointees will be elected to the Senate has begun, and that Secretary Swalagin would be sending a letter to those eligible to solicit nominations. She reported that University Vice President Seneca has named the administrator members of the Enrollment Committee (in response to the Senate’s April 2001 resolution on this issue), and that the June 7, 2002 Executive Committee meeting will include issuance of a charge to that committee. Secretary Swalagin noted that he has informed conveners of the Student, Faculty and Alumni Caucuses of the Senate that they should elect their respective Enrollment Committee members at their May 3 caucuses.
2. Secretary's Report
Minutes: The Minutes of the March 15, 2002 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary. [http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec031502.html]
Communications: The following communications were presented and acted upon as noted:
Vice President for University Budgeting Nancy Winterbauer reported on the details of enrollment goals.
4. Report of the 2002-03 Nominating Panel, Arlene Walker-Andrews,
Senator Walker-Andrews, Chair of the 2002-2003 Nominating Panel, was unable to attend the meeting. Secretary Swalagin presented the report of the Nominating Panel on her behalf. The Executive Committee approved the slate of candidates for 2002-03 Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives, as follows:
Samuel Rabinowitz, SB-Camden (F)
Joseph Barone, Pharmacy (F)
Dennis Bathory, FAS-NB (F)
Robert Boikess, Rutgers (F)
Natalie Borisovets, Libraries (F)
Martha Cotter, At-Large NB (F)
Haym Hirsh, Rutgers (F)
Norman Markowitz, Livingston (F)
Thomas DeRosa, Rutgers (S)
Amit Rijhsinghani, NCAS (S)
Bert Manhoff, Alumni Federation
BOG STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Tahirah Cooper, Douglass (S)
Kim Wozniak, Rutgers (S)
BOG FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Joseph Naus, FAS-NB (F)
Arlene Walker-Andrews, At Large-NB (F)
BOT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Michelle Antwi, Rutgers (S)
Ritu Pancholy, Rutgers (S)
BOT GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Jason Redd, GS-NB (S)
BOT FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Kathleen Scott, Rutgers (F)
Mark Vodak, Cook (F)
Report on Charge S-0108, Review of Add/Drop Period - Academic Standards,
Regulations and Admissions Committee, Roger Cowley and Craig Oren, Co-chairs
Senator Oren presented his committee’s report on Charge S-0108, Review of Add/Drop Period. The committee had been charged with reviewing the past year during which the modified add/drop period was utilized. The report recommends "that the seven-calendar-day drop period and eight-calendar-day add period should be adopted, as long as no adverse effects are reported in the future." The report also acknowledges conflicts between the new system and graduate courses, and recommends that "Deans use their discretion in individual cases for graduate students." The report will be docketed for action on the May 3, 2002 Senate agenda.
Report on Charge S-0106, Addition of Plus/Minus Grades to the University’s
Default Grading System - Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions
Committee, Roger Cowley and Craig Oren, Co-chairs
Senator Oren presented his committee’s report on Charge S-0106, Addition of Plus/Minus Grades to the University’s Default Grading System. The committee had been charged with exploring the question of whether plus and minus grades should be added to Rutgers’ default grading system. The report recommends further study on the issue, and is therefore essentially a status report. Several revisions were suggested by the Executive Committee, and accepted by Senator Oren. The revised version will be docketed as an information-only report, without resolution or action, on the May 3, 2002 Senate agenda.
Report on Charge S-0109, Best Practices in Assessment of Teaching,
Revised Recommendation #7 -
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee, Paul Leath and Barbara Lee, Co-chairs
Senator Leath presented his committee’s revision of Recommendation #7 of the Report on Charge S-0109, Best Practices in Assessment of Teaching. The committee had presented the original report on this charge to the University Senate at the March 1, 2002 meeting. At that time, seven of the report’s eight recommendations were approved; Recommendation #7 was sent back to committee for further study. Comments made during the March Senate meeting were considered, and Recommendation #7 was rewritten, to be submitted to the Senate, as follows:
7. Senate Meeting Agenda
The following items were docketed for the May 3, 2002 meeting agenda as noted above. The first meeting of the 2002-2003 Senate, including election of officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives, will also be held on May 3.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:23 p.m. by Chairperson Scott.
Executive Secretary of the Senate