M I N U T E S
September 9, 2011
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barraco, Borisovets, Gillett,
Gould, McKeever, Muse, Panayotatos (Chair), Paterno, Puhak, Swalagin
(by phone) (Executive Secretary), Thompson, Yoon
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bubb
(Faculty BOT Representative), Clarke (Student BOG
Representative), Fehn (Administrative Liaison), McCormick
(Administrative Liaison), Rabinowitz (Faculty BOG Representative),
(Faculty BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, September 9, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of
Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Paul Panayotatos called the
meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. He welcomed everyone to what he described
as a "new, and very demanding year." Before calling for introductions,
he made a chairperson's report which included comments on:
2. Secretary’s Report
- his ex officio membership on Rutgers' Presidential Search
Committee, and his intention to brief the Executive Committee on
whatever discussions are non-confidential from that committee;
- UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and reunification of that medical school with Rutgers;
- Richard Edwards' appointment as Interim Executive Vice President for Administrative Affairs; and
- last year's activities of the University Senate's Task Force on Shared Governance, and plans for:
- a new Senate website;
- efforts to recruit newly tenured faculty in the Senate,
starting with a reception at the upcoming Faculty Caucus to be
sponsored by IEVPAA Edwards, and President McCormick's recognition of
newly tenured faculty during his Annual Address to the Rutgers
Executive Secretary Ken Swalagin was unable to attend the meeting
in person, but participated by phone. Chairperson Panayotatos presented
the secretary's report, which included the following items, which
were discussed or acted upon as indicated below:
President McCormick asked Swalagin to let him and Dick Edwards know
which Senate reports still require a response from him. Swalagin said
he is working with Roberta Leslie on those responses. Panayotatos said
that there are still some pending items that are major policy
considerations, and that he and Senate Vice Chair Ann Gould would like
to meet with McCormick and Edwards to discuss which responses and
decisions may be postponed during the administrative transition.
Panayotatos will contact McCormick's assistant to schedule the meeting.
- The meeting agenda
was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
- The Minutes of May 20, 2010 Senate
Executive Committee Meeting were approved as written by the
2011 Memo from Gregory Blimling, Vice President for Student Affairs,
transmitting Revisions to
the Code of Student Conduct
- Martha Cotter, Chair of the Senate's Academic Standards, Regulations,
and Admissions Committee, who was also instrumental in establishing the
new Academic Integrity Policy, described the process by which the Committee on Student Conduct is constituted, and by which it revises the University Code of Student Conduct.
She explained that the committee, composed of various deans and
student-life personnel, has the right to approve changes to the Code,
and that it has now made changes to the Code that were requested by the
committee that revised the Academic Integrity Policy, but that it has
also made additional changes to the Code which have serious
implications for the Academic Integrity Policy, and had done so without
input from any members of the Committee on Academic Integrity. Most
notably, the standard of proof has been changed. Although Vice
President for Student Affairs Greg Blimling has agreed that the next
Committee on Student Conduct will bring revisions, Cotter feels that
revisions to the Code that have major bearing on the Academic Integrity
Policy should not be made without the Senate and chief academic
officers on each campus being given the opportunity to weigh in. On
behalf of the Executive Committee, Cotter will write to IEVPAA Edwards
on the matter. Panayotatos pointed out that there are actually two
issues: the need for an immediate fix on the most-recent change, and
the policy/process matter. [Note: Before the October 14 Senate meeting,
the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee had, on
its own initiative, produced a resolution responding to this issue, which was docketed for action at the October Senate meeting.]
- President McCormick's acknowledgements of Senate reports and
3. Administrative Liaison
President McCormick presented an administrative report, which
included comments on:
There was considerable discussion of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School issue.
- his thanks for the Senate's continued hosting of his Annual Address;
- appointment of new administrative leaders, including Kriste
Lindenmeyer (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers-Camden),
Glenn Shafer (Dean of the Rutgers Business School-Newark/New
Brunswick), Joanne Robinson (Acting Dean of the School of Nursing -
Camden), Richard Edwards (Interim Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs), Kathleen Pottick (Acting Dean of the School of Social Work),
Susan Shurman (Acting Dean of the School of Management and Labor
Relations), David Finegold (Senior Vice President for Lifelong Learning
and Strategic Growth Initiatives), Alison Bernstein (Director of the
Institute for Women's Leadership), Joanna Regulska (Vice President for
International and Global Affairs);
- enrollment and retention;
- opening and construction of new facilities; and
- three major projects that will be occupying his and his administrations attention this year:
- incorporating Robert Wood Johnson Medical School into Rutgers;
- having a bond issue placed on the ballot in 2012; and
- the capital campaign.
4. Standing Committees
The Executive Committee reviewed the Standing Committee
and discussed potential co-chairs for the Student Affairs Committee and
Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committees. Several
committee chairs noted that the administrative liaisons assigned to
their committees do not attend or participate in committee activities.
President McCormick asked Ken Swalagin to send to him and Dick Edwards
a memo listing the attendance records of all committees' administrative
The Executive Committee reviewed and updated currently Pending Charges and reporting deadlines.
5. University Senate Agendas
The Executive Committee was not scheduled to meet again before the
October Senate meeting, so agendas were discussed, and items docketed
for the September 16 and October 14, 2011 Senate meetings, as follows:
16, 2011 Senate Meeting:
October 14, 2011 Senate
- This meeting hosts the President's Annual Address to the Rutgers Community,
which is the primary agenda item.
- Dick Edwards will host a reception for newly tenured faculty at the Faculty
- Committees to meet, but the Executive Committee does not meet again before
October 14. If committee reports are prepared in time for the October Senate
meeting, they should be circulated to the Executive Committee by email for
possible docketing for Senate action.
6. Old Business
- October 14 meeting will be held in New Brunswick. The November 4 meeting is
scheduled for Newark [The Senate will meet in Camden in February.]
- Election of Newark Student Member of the Executive Committee [There were no
eligible nominees for the April election.]
There was no old business.
Peter Gillett raised the issue of the default, repeating academic
calendar, and the need to make several adjustments to that calendar
over the past few years. Martha Cotter, ASRAC co-chair, said that
Charge S-1003A includes revisitation of the default calendar. The ASRAC
wants to develop a plan that would eliminate the necessity of having a
different designation of class days each year, but that it would likely
require changing the number of reading days. She will also follow up
with Ted Szatrowski, who first raised the issue that promulgated Charge
S-1003, regarding his expected research and data on the issue.
Karen Thompson said she had heard that some faculty were offered
football invitations if they had athletes in their class. McCormick
said he had not heard of the practice, but asked Thompson to send him
whatever information she had received on it so he could look into it.
Menahem Spiegel, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, asked
McCormick if he would like to meet with him and some members of his
committee to hear their thoughts on their report on all-funds budgeting implementation
(beyond what is included in the committee's report). McCormick asked
that he first be given the opportunity to respond to the report.
Spiegel also thanked McCormick for implementing some of the
recommendations contained in the BFC's report on fundraising.
Karen Thompson spoke about the new attendance website created by Barry
Qualls' office to allow students to self-report their class absences
electronically. The issue had been reported recently in Targum.
Swalagin will write to Qualls to ask him to attend an Executive
Committee meeting to discuss this.
The meeting adjourned at 2:46 p.m.
Written and submitted by,
Executive Secretary of the University Senate