RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
M I N U T E S
October 26, 2007
PRESENT: Adam, Becker, Bodnar, Borisovets, Cooke, Cotter, Gould, Greenhut,
Leath (Vice Chair), McCall, Puniello, Rabinowitz (Chair), Stein, Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
ATTENDING: Furmanski (Administrative
Liaison), Goodman (attending as Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee
Chair), Gliserman (New Brunswick
Campus Faculty Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University
Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 1:10 p.m. in
the Executive Board Room of Administrative Services Building III, Cook
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Samuel Rabinowitz
called the meeting to order at 1:16 p.m. He welcomed all present to the
meeting. Noting that the committee had met just over two weeks previously, he
skipped the chairperson’s report.
2. Executive Secretary’s
Secretary Ken Swalagin added to the agenda the recently received request from
the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee request to
postpone the deadline on Charge S-0605, and the penultimate draft of the
Academic Integrity Policy. With those additions, the meeting agenda
minutes of the October 11, 2007 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the secretary.
Swalagin shared with the committee President McCormick’s Response
to the Senate Report on Charge S-0602, Course Textbook Reserve Requirement.
3. Administrative Report
Executive Vice President Furmanski presented the
administrative report, which began with a brief summary of the Middle States
reaccreditation process, after
which Furmanski introduced SEBS Executive Dean Robert Goodman, who is also
chair of the reaccreditation steering committee.
Dean/Senator Goodman then spoke about the reaccreditation
process and schedule, and the draft self-study report. He thanked everyone for
their participation in the process thus far, especially those who served on the
working groups. Following his summary of the plans and progress related to the
reaccreditation, Goodman received feedback from the Executive Committee on
Both Goodman and Furmanski welcomed further input or
suggestions in bullet-point format via e-mail. Goodman left the meeting at
approximately 2:00 p.m.
- persons involved in upcoming site visits;
- reaccreditation standards, which are shown in a chart in the
self-study report, and published in detail in a guidebook issued by Middle
- rationale for the unusually long executive summary in the
- Middle States reviews at other institutions;
- addition of accreditation standards met in each section,
rather than just in the table (which should be addressed by a PowerPoint
presentation that is being prepared and will eventually become part of the
- comparison of undergraduate education across the three main
- differences in campus sizes, campus autonomy, admissions and
- core curricula on all three campuses; and
- design and layout planned for the final version of the
Furmanski continued the administrative report, with comments
and discussion focusing on:
- groundbreaking for the Stem Cell Institute, and plans for
that facility; and
- the recently issued State Commission of Investigation report
on higher education in New Jersey.
Faculty Affairs and
Personnel Committee (FAPC) Response/Input to University Structure and
Governance Committee (USGC) on Charge S-0704, Standing Committee Structure
FAPC Co-chair Ann Gould summarized her committee’s input to the USGC on its
charge relating to review of the Senate’s standing committee structure. The
FAPC report had already been forwarded to the USGC. No action was required or
taken by the Executive Committee on this item.
Extensions: Based on committee chairs’ requests, reporting deadlines were
extended to April 2008 on FAPC charges S-0710 (Proposal on Tuition Remission
for Part-Time Lecturer Faculty) and S-0711 (Tenure-Track Career Flexibility),
and on Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee charge S-0605 (Admissions
and Financial Aid Assessment).
Delayed: The Executive Committee agreed to postpone Senate action on the
Budget and Finance Committee report on all-funds budgeting until the report
could be revised based on input received during the Senate’s
committee-of-the-whole discussion of that report held on October 19 in Camden.
The report is expected to go to the Senate in December.
5. November 9, 2007 Senate Meeting Agenda
Items, discussion format, and time limits for the November Senate meeting agenda were discussed, adopted, and docketed.
[Senator Greenhut left the meeting at 3:07 p.m. Senator
Furmanski left the meeting at 3:14 p.m.]
Martha Cotter agreed to write a list of questions to be
published for the Senate to help structure the November discussion of the Academic
6. Old Business
There was no old business.
7. New Business
Ann Gould, FAPC co-chair, noted that the FAPC lost its two
student members earlier that week when they both requested transfer to other
committees. She commented that her committee rarely has student input, and
asked if other standing committees had good communication with their student
members. Committee participation, particularly by constituency, was discussed
generally. Gayle Stein noted that the University Structure and Governance
Committee is looking at that issue. Swalagin noted that the two students who
left the FAPC had mistakenly requested that committee earlier in the year, and
had since requested transfer, but that EC member Jonathan Becker had agreed to
be a student member of the FAPC.
The meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate