November 21, 2014

MEMBERS PRESENT: Boikess, Burrell, Cotter (Acting Chair/New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), Dy, Joshi, Langer, Oliver, Otto, Puhak, Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Thompson, Velan

MEMBERS EXCUSED:  Barraco, Borisovets, Gould


ALSO ATTENDING: Barchi (University President), Rabinowitz (Representative to the Board of Governors), Spiegel (Representative to the Board of Trustees)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.

1. Chairpersonís Report 

Senate and Executive Committee Vice Chairperson Martha Cotter presided at this meeting because Senate Chair Ann Gould was away and unable to attend. Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:18 p.m. Noting that she is not chair, she did not present a chairperson's report, but instead read to the group a statement sent by Gould, as follows:

"I have received personal thanks from both Leslie Fehrenbach and Robert Barchi for the terrific work everyone on the Executive Committee has done with the honorary degree selection.  I know that President Barchi mentioned this at the last Executive Committee meeting, but I heard him mention it again at the Board of Governors Committee on Alumni and University Relations Committee last week, as did Leslie.  Good job everybody!"

2.    Secretaryís Report
- Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate
3.    Administrative Liaison

University President Robert Barchi presented an administrative report, which included comments on:
Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above and other topics that included:
4.    Standing Committees

Committee Reports:

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1311 on Process of Changing Rutgers Cultural and Traditional Icons - SAC Co-chair Samuel Rabinowitz summarized the SAC's report on Charge S-1311, on the Process of Changing Rutgers Cultural and Traditional Icons. A suggestion to add the Staff Caucus to the list of Senate caucuses mentioned in the report was accepted, and the report was then docketed for action at the upcoming Senate meeting. [Note: Link above goes to the report as amended, and as adopted by the Senate.]

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1309 on Senate Election Procedures  [Report expected soon.] - This report was not yet available at the time of this meeting. USGC Co-chair Robert Puhak said the USGC should be able to have the report ready in the next several days, and would send it to the executive secretary to circulate to the Executive Committee members for review before docketing it for Senate action or introduction at the upcoming Senate meeting. [Note: Unforeseen complications with the report and issue prevented finalization of the report in time for docketing at the December Senate meeting.]

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge to Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) on Removing Barriers to the Education of Military Veterans at All Rutgers University Campuses, submitted by Senator Nambaramey Dy, and redrafted by ASRAC Chair Martha Cotter: In October, this proposed charge was discussed, including the related Department of Defense Joint Services Transcript program. At that time, Cotter said she would speak with Mary Beth Daisey in Camden, and would do some other preliminary work or investigation on the matter, after which she would redraft the charge so the Executive Committee could better consider it. The redrafted charge was discussed, and issued to the ASRAC as follows:

"Removing Barriers to the Education of Military Veterans: Examine obstacles preventing military veterans from expeditiously completing their education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. If appropriate, recommend policy and process changes that would expedite completion of studies, and promote growth of intercampus collaboration. Refer to the Student Caucus rationale for this charge when deliberating. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by February 2015." [Follow this link to read the rationale submitted for this charge.]

Proposed Charge on Reimbursement of Student Fees (with Interest), and Rationale, submitted by Senator Nambaramey Dy on behalf of the Student Caucus: A proposed charge had been received, as follows: "Reimbursement of student fees (with interest) to Rutgers students if their student fees are diverted from academics to athletics to supplement or finance the mounting debt/deficit of the Rutgers athletics program - Examine the allocation and utilization of all non-academic and athletics programs that are funded in part or in full by student fees all Rutgers Campusís. If deemed appropriate, recommend policy and process changes that would prevent student fees from being redistributed from academics to athletics. Refer to student caucus proposal for this charge when deliberating. Identify issues to be further considered." Martha Cotter pointed out that the major premise of the charge was incorrect, because student fees are not diverted from academics to athletics. She said that if the Student Affairs Committee chose to look at Rutgers' student fees compared with those of other institutions, they could do that. No charge was issued.

5.    New Business

Proposed Endorsement of AAUP Centennial Declaration, submitted by Robert Boikess: The Executive Committee discussed this item at some length, including Senate policies on taking up issues relating to collective bargaining. This proposed declaration endorsement was not found to violate the Senate policies, but it was agreed that additional language would be added to any Senate endorsement of the declaration to make clear that the Rutgers University Senate also includes constituencies other than faculty, and stating our commitment to not marginalizing any form of shared governance. The item will go to the Senate floor as a resolution. [Follow this link to read the resolution adopted by the Senate on this matter.] If approved by the Senate, the endorsement would be made on the AAUP website dedicated to that purpose.

Discussion of Potential Upcoming Proposals for Fall 2015 Unit Mergers: Camden and Newark Law Schools, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with a new Rutgers Division of Graduate Studies, which will be an umbrella over all graduate education in New Brunswick. The two potential upcoming proposals for fall 2015 unit mergers were discussed separately. The first was on potential merger of the Camden and Newark law schools, some specifics of which are outlined in the above-linked email to Ann Gould from John Oberdiek, Acting Dean of Rutgers School of Law, Camden. It was decided that a checklist is needed outlining what information the Senate needs to consider the law schools merger, because we do not yet have a template for these processes, but do need to act now on this matter. University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Co-chairs Jon Oliver and Robert Puhak will send a checklist for the Executive Committee to consider and amend, if necessary, and which can then be sent to deans of units proposed to merge. This matter will be discussed again at the next Executive Committee meeting. RBHS Faculty Executive Committee Member Jerry Langer commented on the proposed merger of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Martha Cotter said that she and Ann Gould would meet with Jerry Kukor and Kathy Scotto in December to discuss the plans for the Division of Graduate Studies.

6.    University Senate Agenda for December 5, 2014

The December 5, 2014 Senate meeting agenda was discussed and established.

7.    Old Business
Proposed Resolution on Salary and Tuition, Revised, submitted by Robert Boikess on behalf of the Faculty Caucus. This resolution was discussed at last month's meeting, and was resubmitted in a more Senate-appropriate form than the original resolution, which emanates from the New Brunswick Faculty Council. The resolution, and its appropriateness for Senate consideration, were discussed at some length. Several editorial suggestions were made, and the resolution was docketed for action at the upcoming Senate meeting. [Note: Follow this link to read the Resolution as adopted by the Senate December 2014.]
Request for Deans' Evaluation Committee (DEC) Members Nominations: It was noted that members are needed for DECs for Graduate School - New Brunswick Dean Jerry Kukor, Mason Gross School Dean George Stauffer, and Dean of the Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School Kriste Lindenmeyer. Following some discussion of the DECs and membership eligibility, Cotter asked everyone to send their nominations to Ken Swalagin before the next Senate meeting.

8.    Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:08 p.m.

Minutes written and submitted by,

Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate