Executive Committee
April 6, 2007 -1:10 p.m.

1. Chairperson’s Report

2. Secretary’s Report

University Senate Operating Budget (to be distributed at the meeting)

3. Administrative Liaison

Administrative Report
4.  Committee Reports

Recommendations for Nominating Panel Membership and Chair (Charge to the Nominating Panel)

Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC), Response to Charge S-0408, Academic Integrity Policy Review

Original Charge:   Review the current University Policy on Academic Integrity, particularly with respect to University-wide standards of academic integrity and differences in local academic cultures. Also consider levels of student education on academic integrity, vehicles for prevention of violations which may help reduce reliance on punishment, and methods of centralized reporting of all offenses to facilitate appropriate recourse in cases of multiple-offenders.  [Originally issued with a report deadline of March 15, 2005.  Subsequently placed on indefinite hold until the University administration's committee completes its review of the policy.]

The above report is currently being drafted by Martha Cotter for the ASRAC. It will be available soon.

Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Response to Charge S-0414, Student Fees
Original Charge: Examine all student fees collected for university-wide purposes paid by Rutgers University undergraduates on all three campuses.  Research the origins of these fees, the programs and projects that they have funded in the past and any future plans for the use of these funds.  Recommend best practices for the appropriate use of this fee money in light of these findings.  In addition, recommend ways in which university-wide student fee information can be made more widely available to all Rutgers University students.
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC), Response to Charge S-0602, Course-Textbook Reserve Requirement
Original Charge: Consider the New Brunswick Faculty Council’s Report and Resolution Regarding Requiring Course Textbooks to be Placed on Reserve, and make recommendations for review and action by the University Senate on this issue.
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC), Response to Charge S-0604, Shared Governance
Original Charge: In preparation for the upcoming Middle States reaccreditation process, examine the current state of shared governance at Rutgers, using the introduction of All-Funds budgeting, the ongoing restructuring of undergraduate education in New Brunswick, and the response to the large cuts in state funding as test cases. In each case, were all the appropriate stakeholders actively engaged in the process? Was appropriate input obtained from faculty, staff, administrators, students and other stakeholders before critical decisions were made? Did the various faculty and student governance organizations play effective roles? What weaknesses in shared governance were revealed in these cases? Based on this assessment, make recommendations for strengthening shared governance at Rutgers.
Student Affairs Committee (SAC), Response to Charge S-0406, Tolerance and Sensitivity
Original Charge: Explore and recommend ways in which tolerance, sensitivity, and open dialogue may be promoted at Rutgers, particularly among students, in media content, housing and other areas.
5. Committee Charges and Changes
Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee on Adding a Staff Affairs Committee to the Senate's Standing-Committee Structure, submitted by Gayle Stein on behalf of the Staff Caucus

Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee on creating an Institutional Climate Committee to the Senate's Standing-Committee Structure, submitted by Gayle Stein on behalf of the Staff Caucus

Request for Charge Deadline Extension: The Budget and Finance Committee requests an extension of the deadline for Charge S-0202, Evaluation of Parking and Transportation Services. Original Charge: Examine and make recommendations regarding coordination between bus and train schedules, class-period schedules, parking (especially for commuters) policies, and other campus functions.  Incorporate input from Student Affairs Committee regarding discussions held with Parking and Transportation Services.  Report to Executive Committee by March 2007.

Request for Charge Deadlines Extension: The University Structure and Governance Committee requests that deadlines be postponed until Fall 2007 on Charge S-0603 (Student and Faculty Membership, Faculty Component) and Charge S-0107 (Guidelines for Special Student Organizations). Interim Recommendations on these two charges have been submitted by the USGC.

Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee on Revising Student Charter Trustee Nomination Process, submitted by Senator Brian Spatocco (Engineering, Student) on March 2, 2007
6. Old Business

7. New Business

8. April 27, 2007 Senate Agendas (View last year's meetings' format.)

9. Adjournment