Executive Committee


February 6, 2015 - 1:10 p.m.

1.    Chair's Report - Ann Gould, Senate Chair

2.    Secretary’s Report - Ken Swalagin, Senate Executive Secretary 3.    Administrative Report - Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

4.    Standing Committees/Caucuses

Committee Chair: Matt Winkler has volunteered to co-chair the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC). ASRAC Chair Martha Cotter endorses the appointment. Appointment of committee chairs requires Executive Committee approval.

Committee Reports: 

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1309 on Senate Election Procedures [Report is for information only. No bylaws or procedural changes are recommended.] - USGC Co-chairs Jon Oliver and Robert Puhak

The USGC has been charged as follows: Charge S-1309, Senate Election Procedures: "Review election procedures used by the Senate, and, if appropriate, recommend improved procedures."

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge S-1313 on Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement (TABER)  Appendix 1: TABER Survey Appendix 2: TABER Survey Summary - FPAC Co-chairs Ann Gould and Rudy Bell

The FPAC has been charged as follows: Charge S-1313, Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement (TABER): "Review current university policies and practices concerning reimbursement to faculty and staff for professional expenditures, including but not limited to, travel, conference attendance, and purchases; survey impacted constituencies for suggestions, and propose possible modifications or improvements to the current system.

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge (Revised) to University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) on The State of Shared Governance at Rutgers, submitted by Jon Oliver, USGC Co-chair: 

Consider the state of shared governance at Rutgers including its strengths and challenges. Recommend any changes based on our aspirant AAU and Big 10 peers and on the basis of the foundational element of "Robust Shared Governance, Academic Freedom, and Effective Communication" in the university strategic plan.

Report on Staff Caucus Meeting with Deputy Chief Michael Rein, Division of Public Safety - Jon Oliver, Staff Caucus Convener

5.    [At approximately 2:15 p.m.] Discussion of Proposed Merger of School of Law - Camden and School of Law - Newark
- John Oberdiek, Acting Dean of the School of Law - Camden, and Ron Chen, Acting Dean of the School of Law - Newark

Supporting Documents:
6.    Old Business

Proposed Charge on Modifying Academic Calendar and Exam Times for Online Courses, submitted by James Massachaele, Executive Vice Dean of SAS-NB via email as follows:

"I write in my capacity as Executive Vice-Dean of SAS to ask the Senate to consider a proposal for making an adjustment to the University's exam schedule. A number of faculty in SAS have asked for an improved process for scheduling final exams in online courses. Currently the University makes no provision for this. Many faculty who teach online courses feel that in-person final exams are the best way to ensure the integrity of the exam. To make the scheduling of final exams for online courses more effective, we propose that the University set aside and advertise certain time slots as standard exam times for online courses. You can find details of the proposal on the attached document. Please let me know if you need more detail or if there is a different avenue I need to pursue to have the proposal considered by the Senate."

This matter was discussed at the January Executive Committee meeting, where it was suggested that ASRAC Chair Martha Cotter would consult with Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Chair Natalie Borisovets to determine how this issue may fit in with ICAC discussions on exam space and facilities, and online course exams.

Proposed Merger of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with a new Rutgers Division of Graduate Studies - Graduate School New Brunswick Dean Jerry Kukor and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean Kathy Scotto will meet with the Executive Committee in March.

7.    New Business

University Senate Agenda for February 20, 2015
9.    Adjournment