M I N U T E S
October 9, 2009
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bodnar, Borisovets, Gillett, Gould, Katz, Levine, McArdle, Panayotatos, Rabinowitz (Chair), Schramke, Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson, Wild
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Leath
ALSO ATTENDING: Cotter
(Faculty BOG Representative), Fehn (Administrative Liaison), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison),
Kaplan (Student BOG Representative), McCormick
(Administrative Liaison), Slavin (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, October 9, 2009 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 Samuel
called the meeting to order at 1:16 p.m., welcoming all present, and
moving directly to the agenda. There was no chairperson's report.
2. Secretary’s Report
3. Administrative Liaison
The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the Executive Secretary.
- The Minutes of September 4, 2009
Senate Executive Committee Meeting were approved with two corrections.
- The following communication was presented by the Executive Secretary, and acted upon as noted by the Executive Committee:
- The Student Affairs
needs an Administrative Liaison to replace Gregory Blimling, who is no
longer a Senator. President McCormick assigned Vice President for
Student Affairs Greg Blimling, as a non-Senator SAC member, to the
administrative liaison to that committee. Executive Vice President
Furmanski will inform Blimling of the assignment.
- University Structure
and Governance Committee
Changes: Peter Gillett and Jon Oliver are new co-chairs. SCI Dean Jorge
Reina Schement temporarily listed as Administrative Liaison, pending
administrative approval. President McCormick assigned Dean Schement to
the position of USGC administrative liaison.
- Daniel McArdle was the only nominee (all Camden students were polled via
email) for the position of Camden Student Member of the Executive Committee.
No election is necessary. Senator McArdle was inducted into the Executive Committee.
President McCormick and Executive Vice President Furmanski presented an administrative report which included comments on:
[At this point in the meeting, Senator Karen Thompson successfully
moved to change the agenda so the October 23 Senate agenda would be
discussed immediately after the committee reports.]
- President McCormick's plans to visit each Rutgers school to
consult with faculty, staff and students about the individual schools'
goals and ambitions, and the means through which they intend to meet
those goals, including savings and efficiencies, good management of
constrained resources, and generation of revenues;
- suggestions and input from the Senate Executive Committee on the
above, and in response to an excerpt from the September President's
Annual Address (distributed as a handout) entitled "Carrying the Conversation Forward";
- the status of settlements with unions in relation to budget problems;
- the suggested need for Rutgers-community meaningful input on budget issues;
- plans for dealing with future budget reductions;
- the budget itself, particularly the success of growing Rutgers' grant portfolio;
- the issue of state and national support for higher education generally;
- plans to engage students in responding to budgetary issues;
- a reminder that the Senate's Budget and Finance Committee has
asked that it figure prominently in any discussions about the budget;
- potential improvements in how Rutgers engages alumni;
- entrepreneurial activities, and creation of a public repository for proposals to save money;
- the need to be aware, when visiting and discussing the budget at
schools, of the risk of disenfranchising staff who are not affiliated
with any school or college;
- a suggestion to communicate best practices as they are
identified, which McCormick agreed to do as part of his regular Senate
- a recommendation that a "Suggestion Box" on the main Rutgers
webpage as an adjunct to links sent in any Rutgers-wide emails
announcing new websites, particularly on budgetary issues; and
- the series of events leading to the announcement and publication
of commencement date changes before the Senate had acted on the
4. Standing Committees
Chairperson Rabinowitz reminded the Executive Committee that its
responsibility is to discuss and issue charges rather than discuss the
Committee Response to Charge S-0907, Targum Concept
The Student Affairs Committee had been charged as follows:
Targum Concept Plan: Review the 2009 Targum Concept Plan
and the programs it describes for educational value, in accordance with
the "Concept Plan Review" section of the referendum guidelines. Respond
to Senate Executive Committee no later than September 30, 2009."
Senator Kevin Wild, co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC),
summarized his committee's report. The SAC report and conclusions were
discussed, and will be forwarded to President McCormick. The SAC had
approved the Targum Concept Plan's on the basis of Targum programs'
educational value. The concept plan reviews associated with proposed
referenda for special student organizations do not need to go to the
Senate. Secretary Swalagin will forward the report to President
McCormick, along with a request for the final, revised and implemented
Affairs Committee Response to Charge S-0802, Policies on Participation in Blood
The Student Affairs Committee had been charged as follows: "Policies
on Participation in Blood Drives:
Determine if the US Food and Drug Administration's practice and policy of
barring blood donations by men who have sex with men is a discriminatory
practice that violates Rutgers' nondiscrimination policies. If the
discriminatory practice does violate, explore and propose options by which
Rutgers' administration may address the discrimination and policy violation, up
to and including an outright ban on blood drives. Consult with Melodee Lasky,
Executive Director of Rutgers-NB Health Services, and Francesca Maresca, Senior
Health Education Specialist, on this issue. Respond to Senate Executive
Committee by December 2009.
Senator Wild summarized the SAC report on this charge. The report was
docketed for action on the Senate's October 23, 2009 agenda.
5. October 23, 2009 University Senate Agenda
The October 23, 2009 Senate meeting will be held in Camden, and
will include Camden Chancellor Pritchett's Camden Campus Report, and
the SAC report on blood drives docketed above. In near-final form that
morning, an Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee revised
report on hybrid courses was distributed in hardcopy and discussed. The
report had been sent back to committee by the Senate at the May 2009
meeting. The ICAC's revised Response
to Charge S-0806, Hybrid Courses and Model of Teaching
was docketed provisionally for Senate action on October 23. Senator
Borisovets, ICAC chair, will withdraw the report if it is not finalized
by the ICAC before the Senate meeting.
A University Structure and Governance Committee
Response to Charge S-0805, Senate Representation by Full-time,
had been tentatively docketed for introduction (as it requires a bylaws
change) for October 23 Senate action. This report had been incorrectly
docketed on the May 2009 Senate agenda, and withdrawn because of the
requirement that bylaws-changing Senate actions be introduced at a
Senate meeting, then voted on at the next meeting. Senator Thompson
voiced several concerns with the content and recommendations of the
report, particularly aspects related to proportionality of tenure-track
and non-tenure-track faculty in the Senate, and increasing PTL
Senators' terms from one year to two years. On Senator Ray Bodnar's
motion, seconded by USGC Co-chair Peter Gillett, the report was sent
back to the USGC with a response deadline of January 2010.
A tour of the Camden Campus was discussed. Following several proposals
for scheduling of such a tour, the Executive Committee decided that it
would take place at the end of regular Senate business.
A 15-minute time limit was established for each action item docketed on the October 23 Senate agenda.
4A. Standing Committees (continued)
Academic Calendar Commencement Date Changes: Senator Paul
Panayotatos moved to amend Charge A-0906 on commencement dates to
postpone the deadline until after a "trial period" of commencement
2010. The issue was discussed at some length. The Executive Committee
made no formal modification of the charge, but the Academic Standards,
Regulations and Admissions Committee will consider the matter.
The following proposed charges to committees were considered and acted upon as indicated:
Proposed Charge to Committee on University
College, proposed by Senator Kevin Wild: "Investigate and
make recommendations for improvement upon the current scope of University
College Students on each of the regional campuses. Include in your investigation
admissions criteria, marketing techniques separate from the general university,
availability for support and student services, as well as general campus life
information for these 'non-traditional' students. In addition, explore ways that
University College can be expanded to improve the university as a whole.
Recognizing the lack of a designated 'University College' on the New
Brunswick-Piscataway Campus, explore the support structure which is in place in
the University College Community." Issued with April 2010 deadline.
Proposed Charge to
Committee on Student Services/Support Services, proposed by Senator Kevin
Wild: "Investigate and
make recommendations for improvement upon the current availability and
convenience of access for Student Services and Support Services across the
University. Explore areas such as Academic Advisement, Student Accounting
(Bursar), Financial Aid, Registrar, as well as similar departments across the
University. Also explore how other colleges and universities
have utilized the Internet to increase availability of services to students,
outside of the campus setting." The Executive Committee decided this charge was too broad to be manageable. The charge was not issued.
Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee or Student Affairs Committee
on Disability Services Support, Resources, and Awareness, proposed
by Senator Nate Levinson: "Examine the
function of disability services support to determine the adequacy of resource
allocation and awareness. This includes the review of the
adequacy of physical resources, the availability of funds for outside services
and required accommodation equipment and tools, and sources for increases in
professional and support personnel. It is also requested that
the Senate provide suggestions of best practices to be implemented which would
allow for the effective dissemination of information to faculty and staff to
promote awareness so they may be a part of the solution towards providing
accommodations and supporting this unique population of
Chairperson Rabinowitz summarized the proposed charge. Senator
Gillett's suggestion to change "provide suggestions" to "recommend" was
endorsed by the EC. The modified charge was issued to the Student
Affairs Committee with a March 2010 deadline.
Proposed Charge to Faculty Affairs and
Personnel Committee on Faculty Orientation Programs, proposed by the Faculty
Caucus: "Review new
faculty orientation programs around the university. How can the process be
improved? How do faculty know whom to go for what? Are there commonalities
across all faculty hires which could be combined into one program/information
book? Should there be different programs for tenured vs. nontenured new
Chairperson Rabinowitz summarized the charge, stating that Senator
Leslie Fishbein had first proposed it. Senator Thompson's request that
the charge also specify that programs for PTLs be considered was
adopted by the EC. The charge was issued with an October 2010 deadline.
Proposed Charge to Research and Graduate and
Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) on Online Courses in Master's and
Professional Degree Programs, proposed by the RGPEC: "Review,
discuss, and make recommendations on how Rutgers can promote online courses in
Master’s and Professional degrees. Review the recommendation from the Senate
Instruction, Curricula, & Advising Committee on hybrid courses. Evaluate the
means by which online courses are set-up and suggest improved means for
encouraging Rutgers departments and schools to take advantage of the
availability on online, distance-learning, and hybrid
courses." The EC changed "promote" to "best utilize" and issued the charge with an April 2010 deadline.
Proposed Charge to Research and Graduate and
Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) on Opportunity Disparities between
Part- and Full-Time Master's and Professional Degree Programs, proposed by
the RGPEC: "Evaluate
the current climate for the disparity in intellectual opportunity and services
offered between part-time and full-time Master’s and Professional degrees. Look
into the impact on students, as well as the ability to finish on time. Assess
logistical constraints as well as cross-listing benefits." The charge was issued with a March 2010 deadline.
Proposed Charge to Budget and Finance
Committee (BFC) on All-Funds Budgeting Integration, proposed
by Senator Menahem Spiegel, BFC Chair: "Investigate
the integration of All-Funds Budgeting with the university planning
objectives and its implementation." On Chairperson Rabinowitz's motion,
the EC added "Investigate how All-Funds Budgeting applies at the
department level." The charge was issued with a March 2010 deadline.
Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee on Election of PTL
Thompson had proposed a resolution calling for the central
administration to conduct PTL/Annual-appointee faculty Senator
elections. Secretary Swalagin had asked Thompson for a proposed charge
on a different issue, and had misunderstood and misdocketed Senator
Thompson's resolution. This item was withdrawn.
6. Old Business
Senator Gillett, co-chair of the USGC, asked that the deadline on
Charge S-0903 on committee charge response-time limits be changed to
March 2010. The EC approved the request for deadline extension.
7. New Business
Senator Bodnar asked if the USGC was also considering alumni
representation when it discussed Senate-membership and proportionality
issues. Senator Gillett said that it does. Gillett also asked President
McCormick to send him his views about the importance of staff on the
Senate so the USGC could consider and incorporate them into the report.
The meeting adjourned at 3:32 p.m.
Secretary of the University Senate