June 2, 2006

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

2006-2007 MEMBERS-ELECT PRESENT:  Bodnar, Gould, Mauroff, Szatrowski, Thompson

EXCUSED:  Darien, LaSala, Ng, Panayotatos

ALSO ATTENDING:  Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative), Scott (Faculty BOT Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, June 2, 2006 in the Executive Board Conference Room, Administrative Services Building III, Cook Campus.  The meeting convened at 1:17 p.m.

1.             Chairperson’s Report

Chairperson Cotter began by thanking all Executive Committee members and Senate Committee chairs. She praised, in particular, the committee chairs, whom she noted had done the "heavy lifting" on the Senate's response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education Report. Cotter also commented on:

2.             Secretary's Report

Minutes:  Minutes of the April 7, 2006 Senate Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.  Minutes of the April 28, 2006 Senate Regular meeting were approved on behalf of the 2005-2006 Senate, which does not convene again.

Communications:  The following communications were presented by the secretary, and acted upon as indicated:

3.             Administrative Report

President McCormick's Administrative Report focused on the state budget crisis, resultant proposed cuts to Rutgers' state funding, and plans to respond to the proposed cuts.  He said he would communicate with the University community on the budget situation once again before July. Executive Vice President Furmanski added that a comprehensive and thorough budget-review process was underway, which seeks to spare Rutgers’ core mission of education, research and service. Ensuing questions also brought comments on the UMDNJ situation. Furmanski also reported on the Implementation Committee for Transforming Undergraduate Education in New Brunswick.

4.                 Standing Committee Charge

The Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee was charged as follows:  Consider the New Brunswick Faculty Council’s Report and Resolution Regarding Requiring Course Textbooks to be Placed on Reserve, and make recommendations for review and action by the University Senate on this issue. Report to Senate Executive Committee by November 2006.
5.                 Old Business
Chairperson Cotter noted that committee charges had been reviewed at the April 2006 Executive Committee meeting, and that some charges had been withdrawn, and others assigned new
deadlines. She said that there would be some substantive issues to be addressed by committees next year, including a revised academic integrity policy. She asked all present to send their,
or their constituents’, ideas for issues to be addressed by Senate committees to her or to Secretary Swalagin.

6.             New Business

Senator Szatrowski's request for response from President McCormick regarding implementation of NJ Transit Summer Ozone Passes (available in Newark) in New Brunswick was discussed. Executive Vice President Furmanski said that the passes were being purchased and would be made available at cost through University Human Resources.

7.             Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2:32 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate