ALSO ATTENDING: Holmes (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative), Redd (Student BOG Representative), Sclar (Newark Faculty Campus Liaison), Scott (Faculty BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 1:10 p.m. in the Cap and Skull Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
After calling the meeting to order, Chairperson Panayotatos noted that he had heard positive comments about the organization of the September 2003 Senate meeting, and that President McCormick had expressed his desire to make it a tradition for the first Senate meeting of each year to be dedicated largely to his Annual Address to the University Community.
2. Secretary's Report
Minutes of the September 5, 2003 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
3. Administrative Liaison
There was no Administrative Report, as neither President McCormick nor Executive Vice President Furmanski was able to attend the meeting.
4. October 24, 2003 Senate Meeting agenda: Transportation arrangements, and items already docketed for the October 24, 2003 Senate Meeting agenda were reviewed. One committee report was added to the Senate’s October agenda later in the meeting, but at this point, the Executive Committee approved the following arrangements and agenda items:
Committee Report: University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) - Joseph Blasi and Kathleen Scott, Co-chairs. Senator Blasi summarized his committee’s Report and Resolution on a Contract with the Governor on Higher Education. He noted that the report and resolution had been received and reviewed by the Executive Committee in April 2003, and had been deferred until September. In the interim, the committee had revised the draft to make it less restrictive. Following discussion which also included comments from USGC Co-chair Kathleen Scott, the Executive Committee docketed the report and resolution on the October 24, 2003 Senate agenda. [http://senate.rutgers.edu/govctecontractgov2.html]
Committee Report: Student Affairs Committee - Neither Student Affairs Committee co-chair was at the meeting, so Secretary Swalagin summarized the Student Affairs Committee’s Response to S-0319, Targum Concept Plan Review. [http://senate.rutgers.edu/sactargum2003.html] The Committee had been charged as follows: "Review the 2003 Targum Concept Plan, and evaluate and report on the educational value of the Targum's program as outlined in the concept plan. Report to Executive Committee by September 23, 2003." In addition to confirming Targum’s educational value, as based on its Concept Plan, the SAC also said that "The Committee did, however, agree that the educational value of the Targum could be further advanced through the extensive coverage of the breadth of campus events and activities by student writers/reporters, and a decreased reliance on AP and College Wire services." The Executive Committee endorsed these two aspects of the SAC report on this charge, and approved their transmittal to President McCormick.
The SAC’s e-mail transmitting the response to Charge S-0319 also included the following: "The Student Affairs Committee welcomes any further charges regarding the Targum's mission or other aspect of campus media coverage. Also, we would like to formally request an extension to the deadline regarding the charge to respond to the Knight Express Card Committee's report. Student Affairs would like the opportunity to have individuals from the Knight Express office speak to the Committee, and given that the next Senate meeting will be in Camden the opportunity to do so would not occur if the deadline were to remain as is." Secretary Swalagin summarized his discussions with Brian Rose, Director of Compliance and Student Policy Concerns, which focused on the independent corporate nature of Targum, and the corresponding lack of Rutgers jurisdiction over Targum’s mission or practices. No additional charges were issued.
The deadline on Charge S-0315, Knight Express Card Report Review, was extended to January 2004.
Replacement for Paul Snyder, current Administrative Liaison to University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC): Senator Snyder, who is an appointee to the Senate, will retire as of January 1, 2004. Secretary Swalagin will write to President McCormick asking if Carol Goldin of Institutional Research and Planning, who had previously substituted for Senator Snyder in some Senate functions, could become his permanent replacement as appointee Senator and USGC administrative liaison.
Request for Newark Member(s) for Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee: A request from Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Co-chair Craig Oren that additional Newark Senators be added to the committee was discussed. Secretary Swalagin will solicit volunteers to change their committee membership to ASRAC.
Committee Report Anticipated: The Executive Committee agreed that, if the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee responds to Charge S-0322 on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics' (COIA) request for endorsement of its Framework for Comprehensive Athletics Reform sufficiently prior to the October 2003 Senate meeting, it will be docketed for action on that Senate agenda.
Requests for Charge-Deadline Extensions:
Discussion of Continuance or Dissolution of Ad Hoc Senate Enrollment Committee. A brief, written summary of activities of the Ad Hoc Senate Enrollment Committee, which was received from Roberta Leslie, Executive Associate, Academic Affairs, was discussed. On behalf of the Senate, the Executive Committee formally dissolved the Ad Hoc Senate Enrollment Committee, while reserving the right to revisit the need for such a committee at a later date.
6. Old Business
Senate Parliamentarian: Senator Nicole Smith attended the meeting briefly to discuss with the committee her qualifications and experience in parliamentary procedure. The committee agreed that Ms. Smith would serve as a Senate parliamentarian for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Resolution establishing first Senate meeting of each year as president’s Annual Address to the University Community: The following resolution was discussed and approved:
The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m. by Chairperson Panayotatos.
Executive Secretary of the Senate